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The Unai Emery-Mesut Ozil Feud Continues Taking An Uncertain Turn



Since the beginning of the season, there have been rumors flying out regarding quarrels between Arsenal manager Unai Emery and Mesut Ozil.

Be it being subbed off during the 3-2 loss against Chelsea to being excluded from the squad in the victory over West Ham and most recently, eliminating the playmaker from the starting XI against Bournemouth.

Even though the gaffer and the player have denied any possibility of a bust-up, fans and pundits are getting more and more skeptical about the pair’s sour relationship as the season progresses.

The German’s exclusion from the starting line-up at Vitality Stadium drew a lot of eyes as many believed there was no genuine justification for the same. Emery added fuel to the fire when he hinted that he did not trust his best-paid player to do the job and cope up physically with 8th placed Bournemouth.

The Gunners came back in action after 2 weeks of international break. However, since Ozil was not a part of his national team, there was little need for him to be rested. Additionally, since the subsequent fixture was against FC Vorskla Poltava in The Europa League, it was well obvious that first team players will not feature as the London Giants had already made it to the next stage of the competition which further questions the decision for the Gunners’ No.10 to settle for being an unused substitute.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who got in a feud with the German and his agent last season, has reason to believe that Ozil should be ‘extremely concerned’ about his place in Emery’s plans for the future. The former English international revealed,

“Ozil must be asking himself why he is not in the team. He will point to the draw with Liverpool – Arsenal’s best performance of the season – and can say that result was delivered with him in the team.

“As a player, I would have been concerned reading Emery’s comments after the Bournemouth game. Emery will have been talking about the same things with Ozil day in, day out on the training pitch and will have felt that he had given the player enough chances. But I fully expect Ozil to come back into the side for this game.”

The last statement of Keown offers some hope to Arsenal fans as they would love to see their star midfielder back in action in the North London Derby. The former German international was the heart of the team as the Emirates outfit beat their fierce rivals 2-0 last season. Orchestrating every attack and getting the best out of his team-mates sufficed for Ozil to earn the man of the match title.

However, times were different back then as Arsene Wenger’s successor does not cut off slack for Ozil the same way and the widely reported bust-ups do not help much. It can only be speculated if the gaffer will include the playmaker in his starting XI.

I think Emery is getting the best out of Mesut Ozil. The tough-love approach used by the manager may be precisely what the playmaker needs and a few reminders time and again that he has to earn his place in the team irrespective of being the club’s highest-paid player can help.

I don’t think the former Sevilla boss would name the World Cup winner as one of his 5 captains if he did not believe in him and his ability. I would love to see our No.10 back in the starting line-up against Spurs but an unbeaten run of 18 games is enough for me to trust any decision made by Emery as long as the results continue to pour in.

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Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira drops transfer revelation that could WORRY Gunners fans




Torreira joined the Gunners from Sampdoria lsat summer and impressed in his debut season at the Emirates.

The Uruguayan made 34 Premier League appearances as the Gunners finished fifth, scoring twice.

But he has now thrown his Arsenal future into doubt by admitting he wants to play in South America.

“One day, I want to play for Boca and wear their shirt,” Torreira said.

“It’s a dream I have had since I was a little kid. It’s no secret, my family and friends know that.

“I was with several friends [at the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid]. I did not think I was going to suffer so much, I lived it with a lot of nerves.

“It was not as we wanted, but reaching the final is not for anyone. It was a nice show because I had never had the chance to see Boca.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to have a busy summer, though his budget may be limited.

First, the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29 is on Emery’s mind though.

Though the Spaniard recently admitted he needs money to improve his Arsenal squad.

He said: ”I think we can improve first, by spending money to achieve players.

“In the past the club have done great work in watching players, finding and signing young players and developing our players in the academy.

“I have big respect for our work, for our players in the academy.

“I want to develop the players here—giving them progress to achieve something at a big club like we are.

“We can also achieve [buy] some players who are in other teams, who can come here and give us this performance—like [Virgil] Van Dijk with Liverpool.”

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Arsenal facing transfer PROBLEM because of Man Utd, Liverpool and Nicolas Pepe




Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to the transfer window to strengthen his squad, regardless of whether or not they win the Europa League.

But Manchester United and Liverpool are looking to do the same, with both clubs interested in securing Pepe’s signature.

The Lille star, who is also in the Gunners’ sights, has enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Ligue 1 giants.

The 23-year-old has bagged an impressive 20 goals from 36 league outings, clocking up 11 assists along the way.

Express Sport understands Arsenal are interested in securing Lorient hitman Alexis Claude-Maurice.

But Lille want him too as a replacement for United and Liverpool target Pepe.

Should one of Arsenal’s domestic rivals swoop for the star, then Lille may go in for Claude-Maurice.

And that would give the Gunners a problem, with Emery eager to sign Claude-Maurice as well this summer.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move to Pepe.

But United, according to journalist Duncan Castles, have enquired about the player Arsenal are also tracking.

“One of the clubs interested in Pepe [that] have expressed an interest to Lille is Manchester United,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“I’m told that last week a phone call went in to one of the Lille directors to enquire about the cost of a transfer for Pepe, who’s been outstanding in the French division this year, scoring goals and creating goals with a great deal of pace, actually a very good fit to what Manchester United would need on the right wing, to ask whether he would be available for sale.

“So Manchester United have shown their hand there. They’ve not gone any further.

“I’m told there’s been no bid and there’s been no further contact with Lille since that enquiry.

“But, again, the market’s beginning to move.

“Clubs like Lille who have players like Pepe who they know they will sell this summer, they very openly advertised and set a fee for him, would like to have as many of the big clubs bidding for him as possible, are waiting for one of these big clubs to make a move and inject money into the market so they can spend and recruit elsewhere, and those moves have implications for everyone else.”

Arsenal have also been linked with Kostas Manolas, Wilfried Zaha and Samuel Umtiti.

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Arsenal star hopes to play last Gunners game in Europa League final vs Chelsea




Danny Welbeck could be available to play for Arsenal in the Europa League final after returning to training.

The 28-year-old has not played after breaking his ankle in November.

The Injury was so severe it required him to go under the knife twice as part of his recovery.

However, following Welbeck’s return to full training Arsenal are now planning to take him to Baku to face Chelsea, reports the Daily Mail.

Although the player will travel with the squad it is not known what involvement, if any, the England international will have during the final on May 29.

It is expected to be a farewell game for Welbeck, after Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed the player will be leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer.

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton in their final Premier League game, Emery confirmed Welbeck’s departure.

“I spoke to the club with this situation and the decision is he is going to leave,” Emery said at the time.

Despite Welbeck missing half of the season through injury, he could get an opportunity to help the club qualify for the Champions League next year as Arsenal might not be taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Azerbaijan.

The club have made it clear they want Mkhitaryan to travel, but the 30-year-old Armenian might be caught up in political tensions if he travels to the game.

That is because there is currently a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Arsenal are seeking guarantees from UEFA about the situation with Mkhitaryan, but the club are reputedly growing concerned about the situation.

The Gunners have already played in Azerbaijan in the Europa League this season, when they took on Qarabag FK in the group stages of the tournament.

Mkhitaryan did not travel to Baku to play but the Gunners did win 3-0 on the night.

However, it might not just be Mkhitaryan not making the journey to Azerbaijan, as thousands of fans from both clubs also face the prospect of missing out.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have only been allocated 6,000 tickets each from the 68,700 seats at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, a decision which has infuriated fans.

And those who are lucky enough to get a ticket then face the logistical nightmare of completing a 2,500 mile round trip to attend the game.

Uefa have apologised to both clubs over the travel chaos fans face but admit they hadn’t expected an all-English final.

“It goes without saying that an all-English final played by two London teams was not a very predictable event at the time of the appointment,” Uefa competitions director Giorgio Marchetti said.

“There is little doubt that this has added significant difficulties to the event logistics.

“We are really sorry for the problems that your (and Chelsea’s) fans are encountering trying to organise their journey to Baku.

“Our experts are keenly working on this matter with a view to help find cheaper solutions for travelling fans. We would welcome a joint effort with your club in this respect.”

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