The rebuilding of Arsenal

Lacazette

Last Wednesday, Unai Emery’s Arsenal side capitulated in the second half of their Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku. Emery – well-versed in the art of winning European football’s second-biggest prize – could only watch on as Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea took them apart, thanks largely to the talents of one Eden Hazard. Arsenal lost 4-1 on the night and missed out on their last chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League in the process. The Gunners’ suspect backline was moved about at will by Hazard and co in…

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The genius of Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

In July 2011, Manchester City paid Atletico Madrid €36 million to acquire the services of their young Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero. Aguero had enjoyed five seasons with Atleti after joining them from Independiente in Argentina in 2006. Even though Aguero was only 18 when he moved to LaLiga he was still Atletico Madrid’s record signing at the time, moving for €21.7 million. Standing at 5’8” tall, Aguero is smaller than the average footballer but what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength, technique and tenacity. He has…

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Several Arsenal players facing exodus after the Europa League debacle

Unai Emery

Arsenal are still reeling following their embarrassing defeat to Chelsea in the final of Europa League. Gunners’ spectacular collapse in the second half has left a lot of questions hanging over the squad, and it is clear that a lot of Arsenal careers have come to an end. Manager Unai Emery also made this very clear following the game, when he said that some of his players would need to leave in the summer. “Our idea is to continue to carry on and improve with the young players that have…

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Big-name players who could be leaving Man City

Pep Guardiola

Now that another enthralling Premier League season has drawn to a close, let’s take a look at some big-name players at Manchester City who may well be leaving the club this summer. Pep Guardiola has some decisions to make regarding three semi-regular, multi-talented first-teamers this summer. Ilkay Gundogan, now 28, is yet to sign an extension to his current contract which is due to expire in June 2020, one year from now, with many punters using their online betting codes to back his departure. The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder made…

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This season’s best players from the top 6

Bernardo Silva

In the week of this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals, we take a look back at this season’s best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and attacker from the Premier League’s top six. Goalkeeper –A couple of years ago this position would have been a ‘gimme’ for Manchester United’s David De Gea. However, a bad dip in form in the last 18 months has seen The Red Devils’ shot-stopper drop down the rankings. This season, it was a toss-up between the Brazilians Ederson and Alisson. Liverpool and Brazil’s number one, Alisson,…

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Five transfers that could break the 100m-mark this summer window

Antoine Griezmann

It’s going to be a huge summer window in the world of football. Spanish giants Real Madrid need a huge overhaul, and everyone knows they are going to spend a lot of money. The same can be said about Manchester United. Their below-par finish to the season has made it obvious that they need to sign a number of players this window. With these two superpowers sniffing for the top talent, we can see some transfer records breaking this summer. Besides, the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich would…

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Chelsea explain Sarri’s outburst

Earlier today, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri stormed out of his side’s training session ahead of their Europa League final with Arsenal on Wednesday. The incident took place during a training session open to media in Baku, and it quickly went viral all over the internet. At first, many football fans assumed that the Italian’s reaction was due to Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz coming to blows in training just minutes before. However, a Chelsea spokesperson has dismissed this story and has claimed that Sarri’s reaction was not down to any…

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Man City Deny Guardiola Rumours

Manchester City board member Alberto Galassi dismissed rumors regarding Pep Guardiola joining Juventus.  “I want to clarify what has been reported in the last few days and confirm what Guardiola said last week during the press conference,” said Galassi on Sky Italy. “He wants to stay at Manchester City. Besides, a club like Juventus would not have allowed such a news to come out like this. Man City could not have been left out without knowing and being advised. “This rumour is unfounded. It is unbelievable that the media pursue these…

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Premier League’s new-found love affair with Europa League

UEFA Europa League

Even if it is for wrong reasons, one could say that the upcoming Europa League final has almost upstaged the Champions League counterpart in terms of media coverage. UEFA’s choice of venue for the final, Baku, has attracted a lot of criticism from all corners for multiple reasons. Fans of both clubs have had to face multiple difficulties in travelling to Azerbaijan, and then there is the issue of Henrikh Mkhitaryan not being able to participle because of his Armenian nationality.    However, the final has also received unprecedented attention in…

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Bayern Munich Confirm Interest In Man City Star

Bayern Munich club president Uli Hoeness has named Manchester City star Leroy Sane as his club’s priority transfer target.  The 23 year old has produced stunning displays for the Premier League champions whenever he got the nod, but he wasn’t a regular name on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet.  Sane, who was signed from Schalke 04 in 2016, could find his way back to the Bundesliga next season as he pursues regular first team football. Being asked on Sane,  Hoeness replied “Yes, we are dealing with that name at the moment.” The…

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Real Madrid Issue Official Statement Addressing Pochettino

Real Madrid have issued a official statement dismissing  Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s claims that his team were denied access to Los Blancos training facility.  The Lily Whites will fly into the Spanish capital soon ahead of their Champions League final clash with Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano, home to Real Madrid’s derby rivals Atletico Madrid, on June 1. Both clubs will be using Atletico’s training centre during their stay in Madrid.  Speaking to the press on Thursday, Pochettino lightheartedly claimed that he asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to accommodate his club in…

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Willian Determined For Europa League Glory

Willian

Chelsea winger Willian believes the Europa League final in Baku will define his side’s season. The West Londoners secured Champions League qualification finishing third in the Premier League this season, but manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly failed the Chelsea hierarchy with his first season performance. After a promising start to the campaign, the Blues suffered a dismal midseason run which saw them suffering humiliating defeats to Bournemouth, Spurs and Manchester City. It seemed they would be out of luck even betting on royal ascot this year. Willian did not hesitate to…

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Manchester United face a battle in keeping David de Gea

It has been stressed enough in the media that Manchester United need an overhaul in the summer. A lot of faces are supposed to make exit, while a lot of new faces are expected to arrive at Old Trafford in the summer. However, United’s main battle may lie elsewhere this window. The Red Devils face a tough fight to keep their star goalkeeper David de Gea at the club. The Spaniard has only one year left in his deal with United, and according to Sky Sports, he has turned down…

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Antonine Griezmann set to dominate transfer headlines this window

Antoine Griezmann

Undoubtedly, France international Antoine Griezmann is one of the biggest talents in football. And when a player of such calibre becomes available in the market, it is surely going to make a lot of noise. Since moving to Atletico Madrid in 2014, Griezmann has been linked with an exit for the club almost every window. However, the 28-year-old is finally set to make his exit from Atletico this summer. Griezmann has publicly announced that he would be leaving Atletico in the summer, and that has already put a lot of…

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The Premier League’s out of contract stars

As the 2018/19 season finishes, we take a look at some players from the Premier League’s (PL) top six who will be out of contract this summer. Starting at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has a lot of work today ahead of next season at Old Trafford. The players out of contract this summer at United are Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata. Ashley Young was awarded a one-year contract extension back in February so he will stay on for at least one more year. Club-captain, Valencia, will be…

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“Grealish staying at Aston Villa”

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has poured cold water on reports that Jack Grealish will be making a summer exit from Villa park. Grealish has been often linked with a move to Tottenham, most recently in the January transfer window, but the Midlands club have been able to keep hold of him while in the Championship. That situation may change on Monday should they defeat Derby County in the Championship Play-off Final, but promotion or not, Smith has warned off potential suitors for the attacking midfielder: “He loves Aston Villa…

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The End of Solksjaer’s honeymoon period

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Things were going so well at Old Trafford. Right up until early March, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revitalised Manchester United team were beating almost everyone they met. Other than the home defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) last-sixteen tie, no-one had managed to conquer Ole’s Red Devils. And United even went on to knock PSG out of the CL with that memorable win in France. However, that was the last notable victory Solskjaer’s team managed in the 2018/19 campaign. United did win two…

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Signing off in Baku – Sarri’s Chelsea days are numbered

It’s a strange atmosphere that surrounds Chelsea as they prepare for their Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29th. The club, which has won five Premier Leagues and a Champions League trophy all in the last 15 years, could be considered to be in limbo at the moment. Currently, at Stamford Bridge, there are far more questions than answers regarding the future of The Blues. Roman Abramovich seems to have lost interest in his not-so-shiny-anymore plaything, having pumped millions into player recruitment from when he acquired the club in…

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Emery’s Europa League love-affair bodes well for Arsenal

Unai Emery

Last Sunday, the curtain came down on the 2018/19 Premier League season for all 20 clubs. Manchester City were favourite to win premier league 2019 and were crowned champions, one point clear of Liverpool, while we said goodbye to Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff as they were relegated to the Championship. In fifth place came Arsenal, just a point behind their north London rivals, Spurs, and the coveted Champions League (CL) places. It was the second successive season The Gunners were outside the top-four having finished sixth a year ago as they said goodbye to…

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Chelsea’s summer shake-up

What’s going to happen at Chelsea over the summer months is anyone’s guess at this stage. The Stamford Bridge club is in a very strange situation. Despite what appeared to be a divide between boss Maurizio Sarri and the players for much of the season, they managed to secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign. Chelsea also reached the League Cup final, losing on penalties to Manchester City, and they have a Europa League final to look forward to against London rivals Arsenal at the end of May, where…

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Pochettino at the pinnacle

Tottenham fans everywhere will have breathed a collective sigh of relief when Manchester United offered Ole Gunnar Solksjaer a full-time contract and Real Madrid brought Zinedine Zidane back to the club. The powers-that-be at Old Trafford and the Santiago Bernabeu had long been rumoured to be biding their time before making an official approach for Pochettino, possibly luring him away from The Lilywhites. With those roles filled, for now, it meant Spurs fans could relax a little this summer, knowing United and Real are not actively pursuing their man. However,…

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Turbulent summer ahead for Man Utd

With the curtain coming down on another Premier League campaign last Sunday, one of English football’s top six teams faces a summer of massive upheaval. Manchester United won two of their last 12 games in all competitions. After that famous Champions League victory in Paris, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team fell to pieces as their season collapsed around them. Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford in December after United had been handed a 3-1 beating at Anfield, home of their much-improved rivals, Liverpool. That visit to Merseyside was Jose Mourinho’s last…

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Gary Neville Wants New Fullbacks At Manchester United

Gary Neville

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club needs to follow the footsteps of city rivals Manchester City and invest heavily on recruiting new fullbacks. The 44 year old, widely considered as the best right back in Man United’s history, have urged former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to splash the cash for bringing in a world class fullback rather than gambling on promising but unproved players, “I don’t know why United have had such problems at right-back. You can’t keep signing full-backs for £15m. Over the past few years they’ve…

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Manchester City Odds-On For 2019/20 Premier League Title

Pep Guardiola

Most fans are just catching their breath from an incredible 2018/19 Premier League season that went right to the wire, but it hasn’t stopped odds-crunchers from looking beyond to next season. Indeed, Bet365’s release of odds for the 2019/20 season will delight some fans, while make others – looking at you, Manchester United fans – want to curl up in a ball and start crying.  Anyway, the main take away is that Man City have been cited at just 8/11 to win the title, which is quite the statement given…

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Premier League Lessons – Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer’s 260 Premier League goals see the Geordie striker sit at the very top of a star-studded list as the all-time highest Premier League goalscorer. His closest rival sits a spectacular 73 goals behind and this statistic in itself is why the Newcastle United legend is also a Premier League legend. An illustrious career started with Shearer ditching his northern roots as Southampton offered him a shot at the big time in 1986. Two years later, and at the tender age of just 17, Shearer made his debut with…

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