Emery backs Cech to keep his place against Chelsea

Unai Emery has backed Petr Cech to keep his place when his Arsenal side travel to play Chelsea in Saturday’s London derby despite the goalkeeper’s discomfort with the ball at his feet against Manchester City. Emery believes the goalkeeping selection is “easy” for this weekend’s challenge and the former Chelsea player is expected to keep his place ahead of the new arrival from Germany, Bernd Leno, who will get game time soon enough when the cup competitions begin, if not before. “Petr Cech can continue to start the match. I…

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David Ospina joins Napoli on loan deal from Arsenal

David Ospina has joined Napoli on loan with the Italian club having the option to buy the goalkeeper from Arsenal on a permanent basis. Ospina had fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League club following the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2m this summer. With Leno and Petr Cech expected to battle it out to be new manager Unai Emery’s first choice goalkeeper, opportunities would have been few and far between for Ospina. The Colombian international joined Arsenal from Nice in July 2014 for £3m after impressing for…

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Petr Cech in row with Bayer Leverkusen over Twitter remarks

Petr Cech has become involved in a row with Bayer Leverkusen after the German club appeared to criticize his performance in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Cech struggled with new manager Unai Emery’s demands to play the ball out of defence and almost scored an own goal after mis-hitting a back pass from Matteo Guendouzi. With Arsenal having spent £19.2m on former Leverkusen number Bernd Leno in the summer, it was slightly surprising to see Cech given the nod ahead of the German. A video of Cech almost scoring an…

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Stan Kroenke acquires 100% Arsenal ownership for £600m

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has acquired full ownership of the Premier League club after his £600m offer to buy the remainder of shares out of his control was accepted by the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov and his company Red and White Securities which owns 30% of the outstanding shares. The American businessman previously owned 67% of the club’s total shares and this deal takes Arsenal’s value to £1.8bn, with Kroenke insisting his ambition is “to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League.” Kroenke is acting through his…

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Iwobi signs long-term contract extension at Arsenal

Alex Iwobi has signed a new contract at Arsenal that keeps him with the club until 2022, the club announced on Friday. Iwobi broke into the first team in 2015 after graduating from the club’s Hale End Academy and, the 22-year-old who joined Arsenal aged 6, was delighted to commit his future to the club despite speculation linking him elsewhere. “It’s always been my childhood dream to represent Arsenal, from young,” Iwobi told the club’s official website. “To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I’m…

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Who will win the Premier League 2018/19?

The FIFA World Cup is over, and now it’s time for some good-old club football. The Premier League 2018-19 season kicks off with Leicester City’s trip to Manchester United on 11th August. Football fans are eagerly waiting for the real action to begin and to see their favourite clubs fight it out for the Premier League trophy. It makes for an interesting season, and we expect a very interesting battle for the league and for top four places. Here’s a glimpse at top contenders and their chances of winning the…

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Fulham seal sensational Seri swoop for club record fee

Fulham have completed the signing of Jean Michaël Seri from Nice for a club-record fee in the region of £25m, on an initial four-year contract with a further option for one year. The west London club have beaten off stiff competition from several European clubs to sign Seri, who was on the verge of a move to Barcelona last summer. Chelsea, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal were thought to be interested in the Ivory Coast international but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have acted decisively to make him their first summer…

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Arsenal sign French youngster Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

Arsenal have completed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi from Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee believed to be £7m. The youngster began his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014. The 19-year-old, who plays as a defensive playmaker, made his first team debut for Lorient in Ligue 1 and went on to make 30 appearances in a season that saw them relegated. Guendouzi is a France youth international having represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level. “He is a talented young…

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Arsenal sign Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria

Arsenal have completed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee, the club announced Tuesday. The 22-year-old midfielder completed his medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and will wear the number 11 shirt at Arsenal. The Uruguay international had been linked with Unai Emery’s team for some time and the deal inched towards completion when Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero revealed he had accepted a €30 million offer from the Gunners last month. Torreira’s participation at the World Cup, where he played all five of Uruguay’s games, meant the deal…

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Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year deal

Jack Wilshere has become a West Ham player after signing a three-year deal with the club following the expiration of his Arsenal contract at the end of last month. Wilshere left Arsenal this summer, a club he joined aged nine, after talks with new manager Unai Emery left him adamant that his “playing time would be significantly reduced”. “It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing,” Wilshere, whose brother and father are also supporters of his new…

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Arsenal complete Papastathopoulos signing from Dortmund

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract. Reports linking the Greek international with the north London club have been widespread in the last few weeks and Unai Emery has now got his man as he continues the rebuilding work following Arsene Wenger’s departure. The 30-year-old brings experience to Arsenal’s defence and having won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during his time with Dortmund, Emery will be hoping he proves the lynchpin at the heart of a new-look club.…

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Petr Cech turns down Napoli to fight for Arsenal spot

Petr Cech has turned down the chance to join Napoli as the veteran goalkeeper insists his ‘future is at Arsenal.’ The 36-year-old moved to the north London club three years ago from Chelsea and still has a year to run on his current contract. But with new manager Unai Emery having invested £19m in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Cech’s time as Arsenal number one could be over. Serie A runners-up Napoli are in the market for a new goalkeeper following Pepe Reina’s move to AC Milan and were reportedly…

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Jack Wilshere willing to go abroad after Arsenal exit

Jack Wilshere has admitted that he is “willing to go abroad” as he weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal as a free agent. The 26-year-old is leaving the club he joined as a 7-year-old, and amid interest from English clubs and a few others on the continent including Fenerbahce. “I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up. Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it,” Wilshere said when asked by Sky Sports News if he was willing to leave England. “It is…

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Juventus have no interest in Jack Wilshere move after Arsenal exit

Juventus have no interest in signing the Arsenal midfielder on a free transfer when his contract ends this month. The midfielder announced last week he would be seeking a new club after failing to get assurances of adequate playing time under new manager Unai Emery and now it seems one of the top clubs credited with an interest are no longer keen on a move. Wilshere has been linked with a move to the Italian champions for a while but according to reports will have to find a new club…

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Lucas Torreira hails Arsenal but remains coy on future

Lucas Torreira has hailed Arsenal as “one of the most important” clubs in the world, but he remained tight-lipped over his future as speculation grows he is set to swap Sampdoria for the Emirates. Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero said this week his club have accepted a €30 million offer for the midfielder, but with Torreira in Russia for Uruguay’s World Cup campaign, the deal has dragged on. “No, I don’t know [if a move to Arsenal will happen soon],” Torreira was quoted as saying in the Independent. “At the moment, the…

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Five reasons to love this England team

It’s been easy to feel fatigued following England in recent years. Whether it’s the slightly cheesy ‘car flags and bunting’ that surrounds a tournament or the predictably poor performances in big games, many fans have fallen out of the love with the national team a bit in recent years. Most prefer club to country. So, it’ll be more of the same this time, right? I mean, if I gave you £20 and told you to name the finalist with williamhill.com then it’s unlikely that you’d put your cash on the…

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Arsenal fail with a late bid for Fabinho, but signs look positive for the transfer window

Liverpool have made a huge statement in the transfer market by signing central midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for a transfer fee of £45m. Fabinho was linked with almost all major sides in Premier League over the course of last season, and his signing is a major coup for the Reds. However, there was a late twist in Fabinho’s move to Merseyside as Sky Sports has claimed that Arsenal made a last-minute attempt to hijack Liverpool’s move for the midfielder. The Gunners certainly missed out on a great opportunity to sign a…

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Manchester City ahead of the competition in pursuit of Serie A midfielder

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is attracting interests from multiple Premier League sides this summer, according to the latest report in the Daily Mirror. As per the report, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has confirmed on Radio station CRC in Brazil that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in his client. The Mirror quotes him as saying: “I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea.” However, the whole situation gets quite murky when you…

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Chelsea battle with Arsenal in pursuit of midfielder

Chelsea’s pursuit of Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri is under threat as London-rivals Arsenal have also joined the race for the 26-year-old. Sky Sports claims that the Gunners have already held discussions with the representatives of Seri regarding a summer move. Arsenal’s director of football, Raul Sanllehi, is reportedly leading the negotiations for the Ivory Coast international. Sanllehi rates Seri highly and nearly signed him for Barcelona last summer. Reports suggest that the former Barcelona man still enjoys a good working relationship with Seri’s camp. However, Arsenal still have a long…

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Multiple names in frame as Arsenal step up their pursuit for a centre-back

Arsenal are yet to finalize on their new manager but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing their targets in the transfer market. It’s not a secret that the Gunners want to bring a new centre-back at the club in the summer, and a number of names have been linked with the club in past one week. The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu is a top target for the North London club, and club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pushing for a £35million deal for the…

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Chelsea to sack Conte to sign star player, and more from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are desperate to keep Eden Hazard at the club, and they are prepared to sack Antonio Conte to make it happen. Conte’s future at the West London club has already been a subject of speculation, and it looks very unlikely that the Italian will stay in his current job for another season. The Daily Telegraph claims that Hazard’s current situation has further helped Chelsea make up their mind about their Italian manager. Hazard reportedly has fallen out with Conte, and the report suggests that the arrival of an attack-minded…

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Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal – Betting Tips and Predictions

At the start of the season, nobody had backed Huddersfield Town to survive relegation in their debut season in Premier League. However, the Terriers have secured their top-tier status, with a game to spare. Huddersfield will aim to end their debut Premier League season on a high when they host Arsenal on Sunday. We expect a rocking atmosphere at the John Smith’s Stadium on the final day of the season. The hosts are placed 16th in the table with 37 points, four points clear of the relegation zone. The Terriers…

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Leicester City vs Arsenal – Betting Tips and Predictions

Arsenal will travel to King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Wednesday evening. Both sides have nothing left to play for this season besides their pride, and we expect an open and exciting encounter with a number of youngsters featuring in both starting elevens. The Foxes have looked disjointed in the recent weeks, and it’s very obvious that Claude Puel’s players are suffering from the end-of-the-season syndrome. Leicester have picked up only a point from their last five games, and on the weekend, they lost 2-0 to West…

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Arsenal vs Burnley – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Arsenal have had a disappointing week as they bowed out of Europa League following a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday. However, the focus will shift on Arsene Wenger when his side welcomes Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Frenchman is set to take his place in the home dugout for one last time, and Arsenal fans and players would want to give him a proper farewell. In their last league game, the Gunners lost 2-1 at Manchester United which means they are yet to pick up…

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Manchester United vs Arsenal – Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester United will play hosts to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for one last time at Old Trafford on Sunday. This is one of the best rivalries that Premier League has to offer, and it’s a shame that these two sides are meeting in an almost meaningless game. United sit in the second spot and have a three-point lead on Liverpool despite playing a game fewer than the Merseysiders. A win against the Gunners would almost guarantee the runner-up spot for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Red Devils registered an impressive 2-1 win…

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