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Arsenal predicted XI to face Burnley  


Can Arsenal make it five Premier League wins in a row when they take on Burnley this Sunday?

After another impressive win in midweek, Arsenal turn their sights back to the Premier League with a trip to Turf Moor and newly-promoted Burnley.

Arsenal currently sit third in the table, five points off a flawless Manchester City, and one point behind North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. With first facing second this weekend, Arsenal have the opportunity to prove their title credentials by extending their winning run to five Premier League games.

Arsenal have often slipped up in these sorts of games, especially after the exertion of the Champions League, but Arsene Wenger will know that if his side can continue to produce the intensity displayed against Chelsea and Basel,the Gunners will have too much for Sean Dyche's men.

Petr Cech will return to the line-up as the only change in an increasingly formidable back five, with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny's impressive partnership likely to continue. Nacho Monreal was replaced by Kieran Gibbs in the latter stages of the Champions League tie against Basel, but looks set to continue on the left this weekend, with compatriot Hector Bellerinproviding pace and width on the right.

With Francis Coquelin out until after the international break, Arsenal fans are likely to be happy that Granit Xhaka will get the nod alongside Santi Cazorla in the middle of the park, with the Swiss midfield General impressing since making his £35 million move in the summer.

Alex Iwobi has impressed on the left hand side of the Arsenal front three, and will keep his place in a fluid attacking line-up that is completed by Mesut Özil and a reinvigorated Theo Walcott, sitting behind the industrious Alexis Sanchez.

It is unlikely that Arsene Wenger will tamper too much with the current winning formula, and with the International break coming up, he is unlikely to rest any of his key players.

Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are still out injured, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain currently sits behind Iwobi and Walcott in the pecking order. Lucas Perez will likely make an appearance from the bench as he continues to bed into the Arsenal squad.

Arsenal to Make January Move for €30m La Liga Ace



According to the Spanish outlet AS, Arsenal have made approach for La Liga outfits Las Palmas’s central midfielder Roque Mesa whose fine form in the recent seasons has impressed Arsene Wenger.

Premier League defending champions Leicester City have planning to make move for Las Palmas midfielder and ready to fight with Arsenal for Spaniards signature.

The 27-year-old star has been regular for La Liga outfits and now has been on radar of Premier League clubs.

Despite signing Granit Xhaka in order to strengthen Arsenal’s midfield area Wenger is believed to be keen on to sign one more enforcer in January to finally finish on top of the Premier League.

12-years passed since Gunners won their last Premier League title and fans alongside with Wenger who is seeing his final year of the contract at Emirates are desperate to finish season with a victory.

According to reports, Mesa current deal with Las Palmas ends in 2020 and has a release clause of €30m. Gunners already signed Granit Xhaka in a big-money move earlier this summer and if they are planning to add Mesa to their squad in January they should pay the release clause.

Wenger – Arsenal have moved forward but Burnley are still dangerous

The Gunners are flying right now and we are aiming for our fifth win in a row on Sunday afternoon. Wenger is as much pleased with our quick and entertaining play as much as coming out with the three points in each game.

Le Prof said yesterday: “Yes, in recent games we have combined style and efficiency and we want to continue that because we want to give pleasure to the fans and we know that comes with results but as well with the quality of the game. In our recent games against Chelsea and against Basel, we managed to do both.

“It looks like we have moved forward, with the quality of our game. We’ve found a good balance between attacking and defending. Our drive is always to move forward but at the moment the team has more belief in what we want to do and the way we want to do things. That should keep the focus very high.”

Wenger just feels that the team need to maintain the quality we have shown in the last few games, but admits that he is still wary of Burnley this weekend. “We have to go into the game with the same commitment, the same focus that we had in recent games.” he continued. “The danger from Burnley comes from the fact that they are very efficient in some aspects of their game, they are very well-organised defensively, they don’t concede many goals at home and they’ve shown that against Liverpool and Watford. They’re very dangerous on set-pieces and counter-attacks as well, so we have to prepare well.”

The fact is that we all know if our Gunners play at the same pace we should have far too much power for Burnley but, as we all know, there is NO easy games in the Premiership any more.

Should we try not to be overconfident just yet?


Arsenal Trending Today: Update on Aubameyang, Winger reacts to victory, Ozil praises Iwobi


Arsenal winger reminds Edgar Davids to Arsenal's assist master

Arsenal superstar maestro Mesut Ozil has praised Arsenal talented youngster Alex Iwobi and compared him to a couple of legendary players. Iwobi has broken into Arsenal’s first-team last campaign and has continued that form into the new season.

Alongside with another Premier League’s talented youngsters including Marcus Rashford and Kelechi Iheanacho, Iwobi is one of several youth players making the transition to the first-team.

During his interview, Mesut Ozil hailed the Gunners breakout star: “He reminds me of his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha. He was a player I loved watching.

“Alex reminds me of a mixture of him and Edgar Davids. He’s really strong on the ball, also defensively, but he’s good in front of goal too.”

The uncle of Jay-Jay Okocha was a Premier League fan favourite during his four years at Bolton Wanderers from 2002, following spells at PSG and Fenerbahce.

Okocha also won the Olympic gold medal back in 1996 with Nigeria, the same country that his nephew chose to represent instead of England.

“He’s developing really well and if he continues the way he’s been playing for the whole season, he will enhance his game. The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best.” Added Ozil.


"We did the same sort of thing against Chelsea" - In form Arsenal winger Walcott reacts to impressive Champions League victory

According to Arsenal explosive striker Theo Walcott, the Gunners will strike fear into any potential Champions League opponents this year after their impressive performance against FC Basel.

Arsene Wenger’s side won 2-0 against the Swiss club on Wednesday night, with Theo Walcott netting two goals in the first half in what could have been a far more one-sided scoreline by the end.

The 27-year-old England international himself is a player reborn this season after a disappointing recent run, and he’s confident that his club can do better in Europe than they have in last seasons.

During his interview with London Evening Standard, Walcott said: “You can tell our confidence from the way we start games and the intensity.

“We go out there and want to win the mental battles first, to put the opposition on the back foot. We did the same sort of thing as in the first half against Chelsea. And that is what we want to do, build on performances like that.

“It will be important to see who finishes top, we need to break that duck. But if we continue to play like this I don’t think anyone will want to play us.

“The experience we have in the dressing room, it bodes well for us.”


Arsenal have a chance to sign the long-term target as attacker is considering an exit

According to the Metro, Arsenal have handed a transfer boost in pursuit for Borussia Dortmund striker and top Premier League transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as the explosive attacker is considering the exit from Signal Iduna Park next summer.

The 27-year-old Gabon international has been in stunning form over the last several season, establishing himself as one of the deadliest attacking players in Europe.

The Gunners are reported to have made a big-money move for speedy striker last January, while the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United have also been interested in player’s signature.

As per the Bild, Aubameyang is now preparing to move on at the end of this season and has privately admitted as much to those close to him.

However, it’s not yet revealed where the former Saint-Étienne man will end up, but it is thought that his preference remains a move to Spain, most likely with Champions League holders Real Madrid.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sends message to big clubs: They all need to do this


ARSENAL have been accused of playing one too many passes over the years.

But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The veteran Frenchman marks 20 years in north London this weekend.

And his side are on a run of form which has seen them exhibit some of their best football in years.

“The big clubs need to have the ambition to win with style.”

Arsene Wenger


Now, speaking to NBC, Wenger has opened up on his philosophy.

And he’s explained why he thinks all big clubs should play in a way which is pleasing on the eye.

"Do you win ugly? You cannot be a big club and say, ‘Look, friends, buy a season ticket because we want to win ugly,’ that will not go far," he said.

"The big clubs need to have the ambition to win with style. People want to see an experience that fulfils them.

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THE BOSS: Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years as Arsenal manager this weekend

"We live in a period where it is only about winning at any costs.

"The best way to win is to play where everybody expresses their talent. In a team sport, it’s about developing the qualities and getting them to play in harmony."

Arsenal will be seeking to ensure Wenger can celebrate his landmark anniversary when they travel to Burnleyin the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sends message to big clubs: They all need to do this


ARSENAL have been accused of playing one too many passes over the years.

But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The veteran Frenchman marks 20 years in north London this weekend.

And his side are on a run of form which has seen them exhibit some of their best football in years.

“The big clubs need to have the ambition to win with style.”

Arsene Wenger


Now, speaking to NBC, Wenger has opened up on his philosophy.

And he’s explained why he thinks all big clubs should play in a way which is pleasing on the eye.

"Do you win ugly? You cannot be a big club and say, ‘Look, friends, buy a season ticket because we want to win ugly,’ that will not go far," he said.

"The big clubs need to have the ambition to win with style. People want to see an experience that fulfils them.

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THE BOSS: Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years as Arsenal manager this weekend

"We live in a period where it is only about winning at any costs.

"The best way to win is to play where everybody expresses their talent. In a team sport, it’s about developing the qualities and getting them to play in harmony."

Arsenal will be seeking to ensure Wenger can celebrate his landmark anniversary when they travel to Burnleyin the Premier League on Sunday.

Injury Update, Target speaks out, Insane Sanchez stats


Injury Update: Top class Arsenal midfielder ruled out for two weeks

Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out of action for three weeks with a knee injury.

Coquelin was forced to leave the field in the 32nd minute of the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday, after he was hurt in a challenge with N’Golo Kante.

There were initial fears the 25-year-old could be sidelined for a lengthy spell when he left the ground in a knee brace, amid suggestions he may have aggravated an injury suffered at West Brom that kept him out for more than two months last season. However, a scan has revealed the injury is not serious and Coquelin appears likely to miss just two matches.

He was sit out Arsenal’s Champions League home game against Basel on Wednesday and He will be out from Sunday’s Premier League trip to Burnley, but boss Arsene Wenger will hope to have him available again for the visit of Swansea to the Emirates on October 15, after the international break. Wenger said at his press conference ahead of the clash with Swiss side Basel: “Coquelin is out for the game tomorrow – it should be a short-term injury.

The scan was quite positive.”


"I wouldn’t be the ‘main man’ at Arsenal" - The reason why Premier League champion snubbed Arsenal

England striker Jamie Vardy has opened up about his decision to stay with Leicester City, according to a report with The Sun.

Arsenal triggered Vardy’s release clause at the King Power this summer leaving the Englishman with a decision to make, one which seemed a formality to most Gunners fans.

However, the Premier League star expressed his desire to build on the foxes campaign as a major factor in staying and also said he wanted to be the “main man” as his career moves forward.

Vardy said: “Arsenal triggered the release clause in my Leicester contract — giving me a huge decision to make. I tried to work out the pros and cons.

“With people like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil creating chances, Arsenal felt they could benefit me as much as I could them. But I also thought about the tactical aspect.

“You look at Arsenal’s style of play and they don’t get the ball forward quickly in the same way Leicester do for those runs I like to make in behind the defence.

“One thing that didn’t worry me was the idea that I wouldn’t be the ‘main man’ at Arsenal. Every time I’ve moved, I’ve managed to meet the challenge in front of me.

“We even looked at new schools for the children, but I got to the stage where I felt with my heart and head that I wanted to stay at Leicester.

“It wasn’t to do with ‘loyalty’ or how I feel about my teammates. Players always come and go. It was more a case of seeing Leicester as a club that wanted to build on what we achieved with the title and I want to be part of that.

“I’m happy with how everything has turned out. ‘The dream continues’, Claudio texted me after I agreed to stay. That’s exactly how I felt, too.”


The stats proves that Arsenal ace could become the next Henry at The Emirates

If evidence was ever needed of just how good a signing Alexis Sanchez has been for Arsenal, it’s his goals-to-game ratio in his first 100 appearances for the club.

Since completing a big-money move from Barcelona in 2014, the Chilean has found the back of the net 47 times, averaging just under one goal in every two games.

For a winger by trade, that’s a phenomenal return.

He’s continued his fine form into the new season too, scoring four Premier League goals thus far, assisting another and finding the back of the net against Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League.

In fact, so prolific has he been in recent times that comparisons have been made to Thierry Henry.

Arsene Wenger has opted to field Sanchez in the lone striker role so far this season and the bold move has paid dividends.

With the Chile international up top, Arsenal have an abundance of pace in behind and a player capable of scoring from all angles, as displayed during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea.

It was Sanchez’s pace that allowed him to dispossess Gary Cahill and surge through on goal in the opening stages, before dinking the ball over Thibaut Courtois.

So, about those comparisons to Henry – Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer.

While many will be quick to quash any suggestions that Sanchez can replicate the former striker, the statistics from his first 100 appearances for the Gunners are unerringly similar to Henry’s.

In 100 games for Arsenal, Sanchez has scored 47 goals, one less than Henry managed (48) during the same period.

Of those strikes, the Chilean has used his right foot 39 times, whereas Henry scored 37 times with his stronger foot.

Furthermore, Sanchez has scored four free-kicks and nine goals from outside the box; Henry scored four penalties and eight from range.

And in his first season at Arsenal, Sanchez scored 25 goals, compared to Henry’s 26 in 1999/2000. They both scored 22 from then until their 100th appearance.

All this is without taking into account that the 27-year-old is currently undergoing the exact same transition from winger to striker that Henry did when he signed for £11 million.

The writing is on the wall, is it not?

As mentioned, comparing Sanchez to Henry is difficult given their respective achievements in north London but, where statistics are concerned, there’s every reason to suggest that Sanchez can somewhat follow the same path as Arsenal’s record goalscorer.

Mesut Ozil to take new Arsenal shirt number after signing new contract – report

Mesut Ozil has reportedly agreed to sign a new lucrative contract with Arsenal


Mesut Ozil has signed a lucrative new contract with Arsenal and will take the number 10 shirt at the north London club, according to reports in the German media.

German outlet Bild is reporting that the playmaker has put an end to the speculation about his future by penning a new deal with the north London side in recent days.

There has been plenty of speculation about Ozil’s future at the club after the World Cup winner entered into the final two years of his current contract this season.

However, it appears that Ozil has now committed his future to the club, if the reports from Germany are to be believed.

The same story claims that Ozil’s new wage packet will make him the highest paid player at the club, with the former Real Madrid star believed to currently earn around £140,000 a week.

The length of Ozil’s reported new deal has not been disclosed but the claims will come as a relief to Arsenal fans following the uncertainty about his future.

Ozil has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers since his transfer to The Emirates from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.


Ian Wright reacts to Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Basel

The former Arsenal striker gives his verdict on Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over Basel at The Emirates


Ian Wright praised Arsenal’s fantastic attitude after Wednesday night’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Basel.

The Gunners scored three goals in the first half at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening as Arsene Wenger’s side were 3-0 winners against their bitter London rivals Chelsea.

And Arsenal were 2-0 up inside 26 minutes in north London after Theo Walcott scored twice against Basel to put the home side in charge of the Champions League group-stage clash.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil had good chances to extend Arsenal’s lead as Wenger’s men recorded their first Champions League win of the 2016-17 season after a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in their group-stage opener.

Former Arsenal striker Wright felt the home side could have won by a greater margin after the hosts finished with 19 attempts on Basel’s goal.

“I think that they started the game at a very good pace with a very good intensity coming off of the Chelsea game,” Wright told BT Sport after Arsenal’s 2-0 win on Wednesday night.

“Basel weren’t the kind of opposition to give them a big test but it was about their attitude – and I thought their attitude was fantastic today. They did exactly what they needed to do.”

Wright added: “Yes, they could have scored more goals but they got the job done and it was good to see.”

Arsenal will make the trip to promoted side Burnley in their next Premier League game on Sunday evening.


Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel: Red-hot Theo Walcott strikes twice as impressive Gunners stay top in Champions League Group A


Theo Walcott: The winger is in fine form for Arsenal


Theo Walcott continued his fine form by netting a first-half double to setArsenal on their way to a  victory over FC Basel in the Champions League.

The England winger made it four goals in his last three Gunners appearances – taking him to five for the season – as both strikes were laid on by Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates.

It took just seven minutes for Arsene Wenger’s side to open the scoring, with Walcott netting the most uncharacteristic of goals. After good build-up play, Santi Cazorla sprayed the ball to Sanchez on the left-hand side, with the Chilean crossing a delightful ball for Walcott to powerfully head past goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

The hosts were all over their Swiss opponents in the first half and their advantage was doubled shortly before the half hour after the 27-year-old played a neat one-two with Sanchez before drilling a low effort across goal from 15 yards.

The north Londoners were impressive, days after their 3-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League, and they take spot in Group A, on six points after two games. In the other group game, Paris Saint-Germainwere 3-1 winners in Ludogorets.

The Gunners prepared for the clash with Urs Fischer’s side without Olivier Giroud. The French striker, who only passed a late fitness test to take a place on the bench at the weekend, was suspended after his sending off last time out in Paris.

They were also without Francis Coquelin, who suffered a knee injury in the first half against the Blues.

Arsenal looked sharp from the word go. Sanchez, playing central in Giroud’s absence, twisted and turned to show his early threat and it was his in-swinging cross from the left wing which Walcott ran on to fire a bullet header home inside ten minutes.

Basel's Marek Suchy headed wide but the hosts were relentless as they pushed for a second.

As the visitors began to look more confident going forward, Walcott hit home his second for the night on 26 minutes. After a large quantity of passes in the build-up, Walcott received the ball on the edge of the box, playing the ball in to Sanchez in a central position, who sent the return ball into the box. Walcott assessed his options in the centre but opted to slide the ball home.

Walcott had a good chance to seal his hat-trick two minutes later as he was brought down in the box, with claims for a penalty from the crowd, but they were more hopeful than realistic.

Next Walcott turned provider as he sent Hector Bellerin through on the right and the Spanish right-back’s effort was saved well.

Another brilliant Arsenal move saw Sanchez, central to all their good play in recent games, cross to the far post but Mesut Ozil sent a volley into the side-netting before the break.

The second half petered out as Arsenal were happy to see out the victory.

It looked like a goal was due up to the hour. Sanchez played Walcott through and he dinked the ball wide, but the offside flag was raised.

Cazorla tried to pull the strings for a third, but his final ball was too close to Vaclik before David Ospina was called into action to deny Iceland international Birkir Bjarnason, who shot down the middle from 20 yards.

Arsenal looked in danger as Ospina failed to collect a corner, but it was a rare worry for the home side.

Walcott was denied the chance to get his hat-trick as he was replaced, possibly with Wenger looking ahead to their weekend trip to Burnley.

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Champions League clash: Arsenal vs Basel – Preview, Predictions, Team News and Kick-off time!

Arsenal are set to face Basel in the Champions League this week as Emirates welcome the Swiss champions for the crucial clash.

The Gunners will go into the game after their crucial 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain on the first match day which has opened the doors for them to top the group if they perform to their potential.

The game to be crucial as Arsenal need to clinch three points if they want to bid to become top of their group which could help them reduce the chances of meeting Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Real Madrid as early as Round of 16 in the competition.

The Swiss champions are a dangerous opponent as they have the potential to create an upset. Basel have already defeated the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in European competitions in the last few years and are keen to create another upset by defeating Arsenal.

The Gunners go into the game after a prolific run in the Premier League as they have now four back to back games in the league and have only lost on the opening day of the season Liverpool so far this season. They are expected to dominate the fixture after their impressive display against Chelsea last weekend as they won the London derby quite comprehensively with a 3-0 scoreline.

What the Managers said?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “We had a good game on Saturday but let’s show that we can go from good game to good game and put the effort in in every single game. That’s what it is about.

“What pleased me most was the relentless team energy, the fact that we kept going no matter what the result was, and that we respected what we planned together. That’s a sign of maturity.

“Our game is about style and steel, and we combined both. That was pleasing. Every time it’s a new challenge but I believe the humility is to accept that you have to start from scratch again and show another performance.”

Team News:

Arsenal

Arsenal will be without Francis Coquelin as the Frenchman was sidelined after his knee injury during the London derby against Chelsea last weekend. The Gunners will be also without Olivier Giroud who is suspended for the game after his red card in the clash against PSG a few weeks ago.

Apart from the above two, long-term absentees Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are ruled out of the clash.

Basel

The Swiss champions are expected to field the same XI that have played against Ludogorets in their opening Champions League fixture while defender Manuel Akanji and midfielder Kevin Bua are set to be missing out.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Basel

Bournemouth Wants Permanent Deal for Arsenal Midfielder

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may not return to the Emirates after a season long deal at Bournemouth. The club’s chairman Jeff Mostyn revealed Bournemouth might attempt to offer a permanent deal for the midfielder.

Wilshere left Arsenal last month to join Bournemouth on season long deal after Arsene Wenger could not guarantee him regular first team football after an injury-plagued career.

Seeing the ease with which Wilshere has become part of the team, Mostyn thinks they can sign the player and offer him a permanent contract.

“I think anything is possible,” Mostyn admitted at the Soccerex Global Convention according to the Evening Standard.

“The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfill what he wants. Whether or not we will go beyond a season, I think everything is possible.

“You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal. If that was the case then we couldn’t disagree with his decision – and the decision will be his.

“But if there is a possibility and Eddie Howe decides that he’s somebody he wants to keep it will be up to him.”

“He will have to persuade [owner] Maxim Demin to unload a huge treasure chest in order to keep him”, he added.

“That would be the $64m question – it may even be the £64m transfer fee!”

Wilshere is yet to play the entire 90 minutes for the Cherries, as manager Eddie Howe has decided to take it slow on the midfielder.

The 25-year-old earned a start against Everton playing a part in the impressive 1-0 win against the Merseyside club. In the four games Bournemouth has played Wilshere has appeared in three.

He made his debut as a sub against West Brom and helped Bournemouth earn a 1-0 win. Even though he couldn’t do much against Pep Guardiola’s side who thrashed them 4-0, Wilshere believes the club can have a decent league season.

The England international is enjoying playing with the Cherries and celebrated their weekend 1-0 win on Twitter.

Wilshere will decide his future at the end of the season. Seeing if he manages to earn regular starts and survive the season injury-free he might choose to stay at the club than returning to boy-hood club Arsenal where he will have to contest for a place in the team.

Even though Wenger is willing to welcome the player back, Wilshere might not gamble with the prospect of playing for England and if staying at Bournemouth serves the purpose he might not consider a return at all.

Plus to make matters worse for the midfielder, Mesut Ozil is set to take his No.10 shirt at the club.

Is there space for Wilshere back at Arsenal? Share your thoughts below.

Arsenal's £51.8m bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explained

 


ARSENAL tried to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £51.8m in January, according to reports.

Spanish paper El Confidencial say the Gunners lodged an official bid to Borussia Dortmund for the Gabon hitman.

However, the Bundesliga club snubbed the approach demanding a whopping £35m more than what was offered.

ARSENAL are gearing up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Basle, and they are clearly still loving life after beating Chelsea.

They were asking for £86.3m for the goal machine and that was enough to end Arsenal's interest.

It would have made Aubameyang the world's most-expensive player at the time, smashing Gareth Bale's £86m move to Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013.

Manchester United have since topped that with Paul Pogba's £89m move from Juventus.

Wenger continued his search for a striker right up to the end of the summer window when he landed Deportivo La Corona's Lucas Perez for £17m.


OFFER: Arsenal reportedly bid £51.8m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

It looks like Aubameyang will now stay at Dortmund with Real Madrid - his preferred destination - interested only in Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea also apparently looked at the possibility of singing the 27-year-old but were put off by the massive asking price.

They opted for Michy Batshuayi in a £33m deal from Olympique Marseille instead.

Arsenal midfielder Coquelin sidelined for 3 weeks


Francis Coquelin

London, Sep 27 (IANS) Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger on Tuesday confirmed that midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for around three weeks of football action with a knee injury.

Coquelin was forced to leave the field in the 32nd minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates stadium here on Saturday, after he was hurt in a challenge with N’Golo Kante.

The 25-year-old will sit out Arsenal’s Champions League home game against Basel on Wednesday and Sunday’s English Premier League trip to Burnley, but Wenger will hope to have him available again for the visit of Swansea on October 15, after the international break.

“He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out,”Wenger said in a statement on Arsenal’s website.

Wenger also said that striker Oliver Giroud may miss the contest against Burnley with a toe injury.

“He is not available (for game against Basel), he is suspended because he was sent off at PSG. He is a doubt for Sunday, we will see,” Wenger said.

Arsenal monitoring the situation of proven Serie A goalscorer



According to the reports from the Daily Mail, Arsenal have reportedly sent scouts to watch Sassuolo centre-forward Gregoire Defrel in action.

The 25-year-old in-form striker has played in five of his side’s six Serie A matches this campaign, scoring an impressive four goals in total.

This is a great start of the season as the striker had just seven league goals in the entirety of 2015/16 season, with the Neroverdi qualified for the Europa League with a sixth-placed finish. The playing form of Defrel was strong enough to attract interest from four Premier League clubs.

It is believed that Liverpool, Swansea and Crystal Palace were all admirers of Defrel, but the Gunners are now keenly tracking him.

Arsenal’s French boss Arsene Wenger has sent scouts to watch the uncapped Frenchman three times since the summer, the source suggests.

The North London club were seemingly in desperate need of attacking reinforcements over the summer, given the lengthy injury absence of Danny Welbeck and the poor form of Olivier Giroud.

Arsene Wenger has elected to use prolific winger Alexis Sanchez as a centre-forward this term, though, with the Chile international slowly acclimatising to the new position.


Arsenal vs. Basel: Team News, One To Watch, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction

Given the nature of Saturday’s emphatic 3-0 win over London rivals Chelsea, you wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal wanted to play this game on Sunday.

The Gunners are still buzzing from the weekends result, a victory that ended an unwanted record that goes back over five years to the early days of Jose Mourinho.

But we’ve had our fun with that result now and it’s time to focus on our involvement in Europe and bagging the three points needed to get top spot in this group.

It’s an old saying but if you win your home games and don’t lose the away game you’re 99% sure of going through, and a result over Basel will give Wenger a chance to relax.

This is the first time these two sides have met in their history, but the game will be important for a couple of reasons as Elneny comes up against his former side, whilst Xhaka could in charge of defending against his brother.

Team News

Arsenal

Wenger is expected to make 3-4 changes from the side that beat Chelsea at the weekend, with the most notable being the man between the sticks as Ospina gets another shot.

The only player lost from the weekend is Francis Coquelin, who after having a test on a recurring knee injury is now set to return after the international break.

Olivier Giroud remains suspended, but Wenger announced the striker still hasn’t shaken off his toe injury and is a serious doubt for Sunday’s test with Burnley.

Also on the sidelines is Aaron Ramsey who despite targeting this game in his recovery will not be risked, that’s nearly two months the midfielder has missed now.

It’ll be a game where changes can be made and this is where we can see that squad depth come into play, with Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka and Lucas ready to come in.

Arsenal Absentees: Mertesacker (knee), Ramsey (hamstring), Welbeck (knee), Giroud (toe), Coquelin (knee)

One To Watch

Arsenal – David Ospina

Probably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt came in the trip to PSG the other week, and if it wasn’t for him Arsenal could’ve suffered a cricket score.

This is a really big moment for Ospina because being back in the Emirates will no doubt bring back memories of the shockers he had against Zagreb and Olympiacos last year.

He is good enough to be Arsenal’s number one right now and I don’t think people realise his true ability because he’s never given a good string of games.

A good performance against Basel will get his confidence right back up, and if he continues to put in a show like PSG then Petr Cech should have one eye on the Colombian.

Likely Line-Ups

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, The Ox, Ozil, Alexis, Lucas

Basel (4-2-3-1): Vaclik, Suchy, Lang, Traore, Alvarez, Delgado, Calia, Xhaka, Elyounoussi, Doumbia, Sporar

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Basel

Providing nobody has a shocker, this should be a fairly simple game for the Gunners and another clean sheet is on the horizon with Koscielny and Mustafi together again.

Basel will come at this game with everything they’ve got and won’t be happy to sit back and take it because they know Arsenal will begin to dominate and eventually score.

A game like this Basel will want an early goal to settle into the atmosphere so expect a frantic start to this one, but with this squad I can’t see anything other than three points for Wenger.

Saturday was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time, and if the new guys coming in to the side can replicate the energy to chase everything down then Basel will fall flat on the faces.


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Arsenal dominate the Premier League Team of the Week for Matchday 6


Another week of Premier League action, another fascinating round of matches. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were on show again in their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, and Liverpool made the most of Ahmed Elmohamady’s red card to beat Hull City 5-1 at Anfield. These are the 11 players who made the biggest impact on matchday six.

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

Another excellent performance by Boruc in the Bournemouth goal. The Polish ‘keeper had little to do in the match against Everton, but he made a brilliant save to deny Romelu Lukaku, and he looked comfortable whenever called upon.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Bellerin is probably the fastest player in the Premier League, and his tracking back to deny Pedro was incredible. He continued to be an attacking threat throughout the 90 minutes, and made the most of Eden Hazard’s defensive slackness to set up the Gunners’ second.

Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)

Since his move to St. Mary’s last summer, van Dijk has been a key man in the Southampton side, and he was brilliant against West Ham. He won almost every ball that came into the box and didn’t give Simone Zaza a sniff all game.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Diego Costa has regularly been the scourge of Arsenal in the past, and he was in top form going into the game at the Emirates. However Koscielny marked the Spaniard out of the game, playing a huge part in helping Arsenal to their first league win over Chelsea since 2011.

James Milner (Liverpool)

It’s no doubting that Milner isn’t a natural left back, however with Alberto Moreno’s defensive deficiencies, he’s the best man for the job. He has done a decent job since coming into the side, and put in an impressive performance against Hull City, scoring twice from the penalty spot.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth)

With Eddie Howe looking to bring more technically gifted players to the club in recent months, Arter’s physical edge is more important to Bournemouth than ever. He was excellent against Everton on Saturday, and dominated Ross Barkley, winning ten duels as opposed to Barkley’s two.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Easily Pogba’s best game since his return to Old Trafford. Comfortably the best player on the park in the first half, controlling the midfield, and adding his first goal since his world-record move to United.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

It has been said at times that Ozil doesn’t turn up for the big matches, but this wasn’t the case on Saturday against Chelsea. The German ran the show in the first half at the Emirates, volleying in the third goal to practically finish the game as a contest.

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)

It’s been quite a change of fortunes for the South Korean. It seemed inevitable he would leave White Hart Lane in the summer after a difficult first campaign in the Premier League, but he has been fantastic this season. He scored two brilliant goals against Middlesbrough at the weekend, and has already matched last year’s tally of four goals.

Charlie Austin (Southampton)

What a couple of weeks it has been for this man. Five goals in four games in all competitions since his return to the side, and he made the difference in their win against West Ham. He scored the first with a trademark finish in the area, before excellently setting up Dusan Tadic to double his side’s lead.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

The Argentinean is simply in the form of his life. He already has 11 goals in all competitions this season, and that’s despite a three-game ban. He was back at his best against Swansea, opening the scoring before his outrageous panenka penalty restored City’s lead.


Rashford: I watched Arsenal because of one man

Marcus Rashford has admitted that it was hard not to pay attention to Thierry Henry at his best for Arsenal during his childhood.

The Manchester United striker is now regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in world football after breaking into the Red Devils’ first team under former Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal.
Rashford, who scored his first ever Premier League goal against Arsenal last season, has revealed he was actually inspired by one of the Gunners’ club legends.
In a candid interview with Sky Sports ahead of the weekend, the 18-year-old admitted that he takes Henry’s opinion about him seriously.
“Thierry Henry is one of my heroes, he is one of the players I watched when I was younger. When I was 17 I changed position to be a forward and he, along with the Brazilian Ronaldo, were the two players I tried to mirror my performance on so I would watch how they scored goals.” Rashford said
“He [Henry] was definitely one of the major players. It’s crazy when you think about it, he knows who I am and it’s very strange.
“You see ex-professionals talking about you, players you think would never know you, so it’s different but when you hear these things from those types of people it just gives you so much more confidence and belief that you can go on and achieve more.”
When asked about how he derailed Arsenal’s title hopes at Old Trafford in February, the youngster did not hide his delight.
“It was an amazing feeling. Arsenal is a big game and the goals were so close together that everything happened so fast. We went in 2-1 up at half-time and you knew it was a good game.” Rashford added


Martin Keown hails Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal's best since Henry


 

The Arsenal forward was in fine form in the 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has praisedAlexis Sanchez to Match of the Day, saying he is the best quality player to play for the club since Thierry Henry.

The Chilean forward was in fine form once again on Saturday evening as his side comfortably beat rivals Chelsea 3-0.

He scored the opening goal of the game and later provided the assist for Mesut Ozil’s third.

His strike now means he is just one goal behind the 48 strikes that legend Henry managed in his first 100 games for the club.

That is a fine record and Keown was full of praise for him during his analysis on Match of the Day.

“It was a fantastic team performance but this fella is the icing on the cake,” he said.

“I haven't seen anybody of his quality for years. [Thierry] Henry was the last one I saw with this sort of pace and the sort of quality he has. It creates panic in the defence and you just cannot take risks with him.”

It was certainly a fine performance from Sanchez, who has enjoyed a superb start to this season after failing to live up to his potential last year.

He now has four goals in his first six games, making him the club’s top scorer so far, while he also has two assists.

That has helped his side into third place in the table, with 13 points from their first six games of the season.

Former Arsenal Star Ratings after Arsenal trash Chelsea in Gameweek 6

Who Was The Best Player?

Arsenal blew away the challenge of Chelsea in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 win at the Emirates. It was the first meeting between Wenger and Conte and the first meeting went in favour of the Frenchman. Three first half goals ensured victory for the Gunners as they not only ended their run of 858 minutes without scoring against their rivals but also the record of not beating them at home since 2007. Let’s take a look at how the players performed in the match on a scale of 10.

Petr Cech (7/10)

Was left untested for almost the whole game but was up for the challenge when Batshuayi was clean through on goal. Cech made the stop in a 1v1 situation in the 86thminute, which was Chelsea’s first shot on target to keep the clean sheet.

Hector Bellerin (9/10)

A superb performance by the right back. Assisted Theo Walcott to score the second goal of the game and executed the tackle of the match after a brilliant recovery sprint on Pedro in the 73rd minute to keep things clean at the back.

Shkodran Mustafi (8/10)

Very solid performance by the German center back. Partnered Koscielny very well and showed his reading of the game with his impressive interceptions all through the 90 minutes.

Laurent Koscielny (9/10)

Another performance worthy of a captain of Arsenal from the back. Was immense in the air winning 5 of his 6 duels and made two exceptional blocks in the first half to deny Chelsea into the game. Diego Costa was pocketed by the Frenchman to add him to his list of strikers nullified.

Nacho Monreal (8.5/10)

Used the ball excellently showing complete class and technique. Was drawn out of position a couple of times in the first half but recovered to his credit managing the situations expertly. Another significantly impressive performance for the unsung hero.

Francis Coquelin (6/10)

Was neat with possession and with his job as long as he was on the field but had to be substituted with an injury.

Santi Cazorla (7.5/10)

Controlled the tempo of the game as he took charge of midfield right from the start. Stayed back in the second half and provided much cover to his defence.

Theo Walcott (8.5/10)

A really determined performance from the Englishman who epitomized Arsenal’s grit with his work rate in the game. Theo provided brilliant cover to the fullbacks and troubled the Chelsea defence with his movements. Scored the crucial second goal and linked up extremely well with the forward players.

Mesut Ozil (9/10)

Finally, a performance to remember in a big game for the German. Mesut in what can only be called a complete performance won 100% of his tackles, made 2 interceptions and 1 block apart from creating 3 chances, completing all three of his take-on and scoring a beautiful team goal to make it 3-0 on the night.

Alex Iwobi (8.5/10)

Showed extreme confidence with the ball and caused many problems from the left-hand flank, provided the pre-assist for Walcott with a superb pass and also gave support to his fullback. Looked very lively before being subbed on the 69th minute.

Alexis Sanchez (9/10)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) takes the ball past N’Golo Kante of Chelsea (L) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In his 100th appearance for the club, Sanchez showed what he is all about by hounding Cahill into a mistake before producing an exquisite chipped finish past Courtois to set the ball rolling with the first goal of the game. Was a constant threat with his runs and movement and provided the assist for Ozil for the third goal of the tie.

Substitutes

Granit Xhaka (6.5/10)

Came on for Coquelin in the 32nd minute and controlled possession passing the ball with 93% accuracy. Won 50% of his tackles and made 3 clearances as well.

Kieran Gibbs (7.5/10)

Was extremely impressive since he came on the field in the 69th minute. Provided full support to Monreal defensively and also added some energy in the forward areas with his runs creating 2 chances for his teammates.

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Wenger confirms Arsenal star suffering with “knee problem”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin is suffering from a knee injury recurrence after the midfielder was forced from the field on Saturday.

Coquelin had to be substituted in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea after receiving treatment twice from the medical team.



The 25-year-old was replaced by summer signing Granit Xhaka, with the Gunners winning 2-0, and his injury was the only blemish on what was a perfect contest for the north London club.

And Wenger has revealed that Coquelin has injured the same knee that kept him out of action for a significant period of last season.

But the manager is hopeful that, while it is too early to put a time frame on the set-back, Coquelin will not be out for a similar number of matches.

Wenger told BT Sport after the game: “We lost Coquelin and Xhaka came on and straight away he is at the level of the game.

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“It [Coquelin] is a knee problem – the same problem as last year. I hope he is not out as long as last year.”

Coquelin has started five of Arsenal’s six league matches this season, and his partnership with Santi Cazorla has been praised by fans and pundits alike in recent weeks.

How Arsenal’s players rated during their 3-0 victory over Chelsea


Arsenal absolutely took Chelsea to the cleaners this evening, with Arsene Wenger’s men sending out a real message to the rest of the Premier League. The game finished 3-0, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil getting on the score sheet in an excellent game of football from first whistle to the last.

 

The hosts were by far the better team throughout ninety minutes of action, and more than deserved to go home with the London bragging rights this weekend. Chelsea just weren’t at it whatsoever, and at times you felt they looked kind of lost in terms of their positioning and play.

We’ve rated the performances of the Arsenal players below:

Petr Cech – 6

The goalkeeper didn’t really have an awful lot to do until late on when he made an excellent save to prevent Michy Batshuayi scoring, and keeping his well-deserved clean sheet.

Hector Bellerin – 7

What a player this man is turning into. Offensively he was brilliant and grabbed a super assist for Theo Walcott’s goal. His main job is to protect goals at the other end of the pitch though, and he made some outstanding tackles. 7

Laurent Koscielny – 7

A real leader. He commanded the area almost single-handedly, and although Diego Costa was right at it this afternoon, Koscielny kept him in check for the most part. 

Skodran Mustafi – 7

Very solid. He is calm on the ball, dishes it out to his teammates well and does his defensive duties diligently. The German could be the centre-back that Arsenal have been crying out for over the last few years.

Nacho Monreal – 6

Kept Willian well and truly in check and didn’t give the Brazilian a sniff throughout. The Spaniard has become a real mainstay in that Arsenal back four now, and it’s great for them to have someone to rely upon

Francis Coquelin – 6

Unfortunately he had to go off after suffering an apparent knee injury. When he was on the pitch, he controlled the game brilliantly and didn’t let Chelsea at the back four.

Santi Cazorla – 6

The perfect midfielder for an Arsene Wenger side. He has energy, picks a pass excellently and can do a bit of defending as well. Played well this evening, and got Arsenal moving in the right direction.

Alex Iwobi – 9

What a star. Iwobi absolutely ran the show at times. His passing and movement was a real privilege to watch at times. Man of the Match.

Mesut Özil – 8

Özil has had a quiet start to the season but today he was right at the races. His range of passing is absolutely incredible, and the link-up play between him and Sanchez for that third goal was nothing short of phenomenal.

Theo Walcott – 7

Has started this campaign nicely, and seems to have put those injuries behind him. Kept his head and finished coolly for Arsenal’s second goal, and was always a threat from that right-hand side.

Alexis Sanchez – 7

The man from Chile proven he has it in him to lead the line for Arsenal. His goal was a delicious chip to beat Thibaut Courtois and open the scoring, and remained positive throughout. Gave Chelsea’s back four a real torrid time.

Subs:

Granit Xhaka – 6

Came on in place of the injured Coquelin. Bossed the game to the delight of the Arsenal fans. Couldn’t resist a shot late on when the crowd were willing him to shoot, but it went high and wide.

Kieran Gibbs – 6

The Englishman was brought on to shut the game out, and he did exactly that.

Olivier Giroud – 5

Still not able to force his way into contention for a starting role, Giroud had to be content with little more than the last ten minutes of action. Although in an admittedly short amount of time, he exhibited little that will give Wenger a selection headache.

Manager:

Arsene Wenger – 8

The French coach got it tactically right, and deployed the correct players to go out there and win the game. His side played their part in that, but Wenger has to be praised for today. 

Arsenal’s Predicted line up against Chelsea for London Derby

Arsenal are going to face Chelsea in the London derby on Saturday in Emirates Stadium as the team looks to continue their momentum.

Arsene Wenger have been spot on with his selection after the international break as the Gunners were on a roller coaster having won three consecutive Premier League games in the league for the first time in nine months.

They have also shown their dominance against Nottingham Forest as they tamed the Championship side with a 4-0 scoreline. The Gunners look to continue their impressive playing style as they are cruising past opposition  with ease.

The derby would be the biggest test for Chelsea as the Blues will come with full force against Arsenal and Wenger is keen to add three more points to their tally as they look to challenge Manchester City for the title who are currently running away with their perfect start after five Premier League games.

Wenger is keen to field the best quality available at his disposal for the high-profile game. Here we look at the predicted line up for Arsenal against Chelsea.

Petr Cech is expected to start as he is the best goalkeeper available at the club despite decent performances by David Ospina. The centre back partnership of Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny is expected as they could be the perfect solution to contain Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

Koscielny would neutral the aerial threat while Mustafi could blend in with decent tackling and could be the perfect defender for the Arsenal’s style of play for the game. Having lesser options in the wings, Hector Bellerin would start in the right back position as he made that position his own over the past year. Monreal is expected to start on the other side of the pitch to complete the defense.

Central defensive midfield is the area where  Wenger is expected to have lot of options as all the three central defensive midfielders Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla are all in fine form. Xhaka could be given a nod ahead of Coquelin due to his consistent fine performances while Cazorla is set to partner due to his experience.

Mesut Ozil is expected to start as the central attacking midfielder as he is the one that could really make the difference in the game with his creative passing in the final third.

Wenger would have plenty of headache while choosing the striker as Lucas Perez have scored a brace in their 4-0 EFL Cup win against Nottingham Forest but the 66-year old is expected to go with Alexis Sanchez as his central forward.

The 20-year old Iwobi is expected to start on the left wing after his man of the match performance against Hull City last weekend while Theo Walcott is expected to start on the right side of the attack.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Xhaka, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez

Arsene Wenger lining up move for 24-year-old Man United man


Premier League giants Arsenal are ready to submit a January offer for out-of-favour Manchester United star Phil Jones however face competition from Liverpool, as reported by The Sun.

TheEnglishman has sustained from constant injuries in the last years and has not played for Jose Mourinho’s team in the Premier League this season.

New signing of Eric Bailly has reinforced the central defensive options for the Red Devils, with the strong former Villarreal star usually played with Daley Blind.

Another centre-back Chris Smalling is also ahead of Jones in Mourinho’s pecking order, with discussions that the ex-Blackburn Rovers anchorman could be sold in the new season.

The Gunners have had problems at centre-half lately and landed Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia over the summer to fill the space.

The German’s company with Laurent Koscielny seems set to be Arsene Wenger’s first choice, while the North London side also have Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista on the return route after pre-season damages.

So, if the North London side made a move for Jones it would come as something of a wonder, however Arsenal have landed Danny Welbeck from their Premier League rivals in the past.

EPL 2016/17: Arsenal vs Chelsea- Three key battles

  

These battles might turn the tide in either side's favour.


Bellerin will face his toughest challenge yet in the form of Eden Hazard

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have had a decent start to the new season. The two London clubs have the same points tally with ten points in the bag. They have won three each, drew one apiece and have even lost a single game each.  With the arrival of legendary manager Antonio Conte to South London combined with Arsenal’s mainstay manager Arsene Wenger, the London derby will be one of the most watched derbies in Europe this year thanks to the calibre of the managers and players involved.

However, in order to catch up to Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City, this is a must-win game for both the teams. Old foes will rekindle their former disputes while new faces will look to make a positive impact. Let us take a look at three key battles which would decide the outcome at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night:

Two of the fastest players in the Premier League are set to lock horns on Saturday night. Twenty-year-old Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin will face off against a rejuvenated Eden Hazard. The Spaniard took some time to adjust to the Premier League.  However, he has shown remarkable improvement since last year. He forced Mathieu Debuchy out of the squad and made the right-back position his own for another few years.  

While the clash against Sadio Mane on the opening day of the season proved to be a handful for the young defender, his meeting with Eden Hazard will definitely be one of the biggest obstacles he has faced in his young career.

Meanwhile, last season was certainly a year to forget for the 2014 PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard. Nevertheless, the poor form has disappeared and the old Hazard has returned. The hunger for scoring goals, the tenacity to dribble past players and the nonchalant passes has returned. He has once again become Chelsea’s best player and will have a crucial role in determining Chelsea’s outcome for the game. 

The overall creativity and passing ability have been the key attributes of the Belgian’s game this season. He has produced 11 goal scoring chances and has supplied 2 assists to add to the 2 goals he has scored himself. 

Notably, Bellerin has once again started off slowly this term and is yet to hit last season’s peak. It is important for him to not lose his cool or be caught out of position against Chelsea. The canny Hazard will be waiting for him to slip up and will devour on any loose ball offered to him. This key battle alone could decide the outcome on Saturday night.

Highly-rated Ligue 1 keeper linked with Arsenal move

Premier League giants Arsenal are ready to pounce for French teen sensation Alban Lafont.

The youngster has been tipped for a bright future and has already made his debut for French club Toulouse.

That came last term when Lafont was just 16-years0old and 310 days old, making him the youngest ever goalkeeper to perform in Ligue 1.

And according to L’Equipe Arsenal, have been tracking the teenager ever since and they have been very impressed.

The keeper kept eight clean sheets in 24 games last campaign to secure that Toulouse avoided relegation from French top-flight.

Lafont was given a new deal until June 2020 for his attempts and any sale is likely to ask a very high price for player so young.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and reigning Premier League champions Leicester could reportedly fight for the Las Palmas star Roque Mesa.

The Premier League clubs are believed to be interested in the creative midfielder, reports the Spanish newspaper COPE Las Palmas.

The British duo have clearly enquired about his availability ahead of the January transfer window.

He has been linked up with the La Liga minnows when they were still in the second division six seasons ago.

And he has gone on to prove himself in Quique Setien’s squad having helped them win promotion to the top flight at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Last campaign he played 34 games for Las Palmas as they achieve an unexpected 11th place.

And his displays apparently caught the eye of Sevilla, with a move to the reigning Europa League champions mooted earlier this summer.

But, it appears a move to England could be on the cards for Mesa come the turn of the term.

COPE claims Las Palmas are now trying to persuade the Telde-born ace to continue his stay at La Liga side.

Howveer he may be intrigued by the chance of challenging himself outside of his home if Arsenal or Leicester set up their supposed interest in him.


Ex-Premier League defender: This is what Arsenal must do with Chelsea’s Diego Costa

ARSENAL’S defenders have been warned to not go near Diego Costa when they face Chelsea.

The Premier League clash is expected to be fiercely competitive and the Blues striker is undoubtedly set to be at the heart of the action.

Costa has a chequered past against Arsenal, having been involved in a spat with Gabriel that saw the Gunners ace dismissed last September.

Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to beat Chelsea in any of their last nine meetings, and Arsenal need to cope with Costa in particular on Saturday at the Emirates (5.30pm).

And former Manchester United and Southampton defender Danny Higginbotham has outlined how - don’t get close.

The striker has a fiery temperament, and if the Gunners give him nothing to work with, he will lose his hot streak.

“Diego Costa wants and needs to live on the edge,” Higginbotham wrote in his column for The Sun. “It’s how he gets the best out of himself.

“You’d want the Chelsea star in your team, 100 per cent.

“But when you play against him one of two things happen — he either winds up the opposition centre-back or winds himself up.

“If Costa can’t wind you up, he turns it on himself. His mind goes off the game. 

Diego Costa's scored five times for Chelsea already in the Premier League this season

“So the first thing I’d say to Arsenal defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny is whenever you are up against Costa don’t let him touch you — don’t let him feel you.”

Chelsea’s hitman has been in devastating form to start the new season, scoring five goals in as many Premier League games.

Costa scored on his last visit to the Emirates, and with both teams fighting to keep in close proximity of Manchester City at the top already, the forward’s performance could prove vital.

If either Wenger or Antonio Conte’s teams lose this weekend, they could fall to eight points off top spot.

Arsenal Star : Arsenal supporters can spur us to victory in London derby against Chelsea



The Gunners go into the clash with their local rivals having failed to win any of their Premier League meetings since 2011/2012, and also haven’t scored against the Blues in the last six.

Furthermore, they have noticeably found it somewhat difficult to cope with the pressure of playing in front of the home supporters in recent years, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping a great atmosphere will inspire the side to victory.


“It  got to keep a cool head and you can’t let all of that cloud your judgement or get the better of you on the day,” the 23-year-old told the club’s official website.

“You know, if you go a goal up and the crowd starts getting right behind you it can push you on.

“At the same time, sometimes you might end up going a goal down and the crowd can show their frustration and you can’t let that affect you too much because you’ve got to focus on getting the right result and keep plugging away.

“The crowd will be massive and I’m sure the atmosphere will be great.

“It always is for the big games and we’ve got to use that to our advantage. We need to get the right result so everyone leaving the Emirates happy.”

On the opening weekend of the season, Arsenal were beaten 4-3 at home by Liverpool – a game in which Oxlade-Chamberlain scored – but have recovered since then to beat Southampton 2-1 in their last fixture at the Emirates.

Despite netting his second of the campaign in the 4-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest in round three of the EFL Cup in midweek, Oxlade-Chamberlain might have to settle for a place on the bench against the west London outfit, as Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi appear to be the preferred options to play out wide.

Arsenal Trending Today: Injury Update, Update on Ramsey, Move for world-class forward

Premier League club Arsenal will once again attempt to land Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, as reported by the Spanish outlet Merca Futbol.

The French manager Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of his compatriot, although Benzema has always maintained his loyalty to La Liga giants.

The striker Lucas Perez was landed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, however the Gunners are still ready to reinforce their attacking options.

The story goes on to suggests The Frenchman will test Madrid’s resolve with a £40 million offer, though the North Londoners attempts are incredible to succeed given Madrid’s two-window transfer embargo.


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Premier League club Arsenal will once again attempt to land Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, as reported by the Spanish outlet Merca Futbol.

The French manager Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of his compatriot, although Benzema has always maintained his loyalty to La Liga giants.

The striker Lucas Perez was landed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, however the Gunners are still ready to reinforce their attacking options.

The story goes on to suggests The Frenchman will test Madrid’s resolve with a £40 million offer, though the North Londoners attempts are incredible to succeed given Madrid’s two-window transfer embargo.

Arsenal legend shares conspiracy theory about why Arsene Wenger signed Granit Xhaka IAN WRIGHT has shared a bizarre conspiracy theory about Arsenal's capture of Granit Xhaka.

CONSPIRACY THEORY: Granit Xhaka was signed to appease the fans, according to Ian Wright's mate

The Arsenal boss has been criticised by Gooners for his thriftiness in the transfer market and failure to get deals over the line quickly.

Xhaka has started just three games this season despite being one of the Gunners' standout performers.

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“Me and my mates were talking and one of my friends came up with the idea that Wenger's only bought him to appease people that he can spend a lot of money”

Ian Wright


And Wright told The Sun Goals podcast that one of his mates thinks Wenger merely signed Xhaka to keep the fans happy.

"I can't understand it," the Arsenal legend said of Xhaka's lack of starts.

"Me and my mates were talking and one of my friends came up with the idea that Wenger's only bought him to appease people that he can spend a lot of money."

Xhaka, who captained Gladbach, has scored two screamers in consecutive games and Wright believes he is an Arsenal skipper in the making.

He added: "The sooner you can integrate Xhaka into the team, the way he plays, he will have an imprint on the team.

"He already has the capabilities to be a future captain of Arsenal."


Arsenal possible lineup against Chelsea this weekend


Arsenal to start Lucas against Chelsea after EFL cup double?

After Arsene Wenger finally got the Arsenal chequebook out and spent something like the sort of money we have been hoping he would for years during this summer´s transfer window, Arsenal fans have been a little disappointed and frustrated that we have not seen more of two of those big signings so far this season.

Shkodran Mustafi has been an ever present since his arrival but with the defensive injury crisis facing the club the boss had little choice but to throw him in at the deep end. The Frenchman has been more cautious with Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez, however, and the way the Spanish striker struggled to make an impact on his debut against Southampton perhaps you can understand why.


Lucas certainly made his mark away to Nottingham Forest in the EFL cup last night though. A well taken penalty followed by a great solo effort and a good set up for Chamberlain´s goal had the boss buzzing and showed us all why he went for the relatively unknown Deportivo La Coruna forward.

Now Wenger has a big decision to make ahead of the visit of Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and it is a good decision to have, especially if Giroud is still not going to feature. Will he now drop Alexis Sanchez back to the left and play the pacy Perez through the middle, with Walcott on the other side.

I must admit I like the look of that front three, with Ozil supplying the ammunition for them to work with. Lots of pace and talent and all three of them in good form and feeling confident should give the shaky Chelsea defence a really tough time. Would you go with Lucas after his cup heroics?



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