Giroud or Llorente? Who’s headed to Chelsea?

After a month-long search for a target-man, it seems that Chelsea are left with a choice to make between Fernando Llorente of Tottenham and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal. The Blues have been strongly linked with both strikers in the last couple of days. As we head in to the deadline day, the transfer market is heating up and various accounts of both potential transfers have been reported by multiple media accounts in the last few hours. In the last few hours, at least a couple of sources have claimed that…

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Striker commits future to the Gunners

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reiterated his commitment to the North London club in the wake of recent rumours linking him with a summer exit from the club. The France international has been a regular fixture of Arsene Wenger’s side since moving to Premier League from Montpellier in 2012. During his time at Arsenal, he has quite often been a subject of criticism from the club fans, and he was recently linked with a move back to France with Marseille said to be interested in him. However, Giroud, who recently…

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Arsenal linked with a shocking swap move

Arsenal have been linked with a shocking swap deal involving Olivier Giroud and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain by reliable Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio. The report claims that the Gunners are ready to offer the France international in addition to £42 million to sign the Argentina international from the Serie A club, who finished second behind Juventus last season. The 28-year-old striker currently has two years left on his deal with Napoli. He has also attracted interests from the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, and has reportedly already…

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Just a point is what Arsenal need to secure third position and earn a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, and it would be a major shock if they fail to do so against an Aston Villa side that plays its last top-flight game for the foreseeable future. While a failure to maintain a significant title challenge has meant that this has been a season of underachievement and has led to some rumblings of discontent among supporters, a resilient performance at Manchester City last weekend has…

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Small champions in big competitions: these teams set the example for Leicester City

Leicester City were crowned the most surprising Premier League champions ever as Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Monday. However, despite the Foxes’ amazing accomplishments, they are not unique in football history, as there have been more “small” champions in Europe’s five biggest competitions – England, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Premier League: Blackburn Rovers (1995) Before Leicester won it this season, there were only five teams who had won the Premier League since 1992: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2) and… Blackburn…

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Bundesliga club set to offer a way out to struggling Arsenal star

Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud has been struggling with his form at the North London club. The French striker’s last league goal came in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool in January, and he has now gone 15 games without scoring in the Premier League. The 29-year-old has attracted severe criticism from the fans due to his poor form and has been a subject of boos during games at the Emirates Stadium. However, the struggling striker is still not short of suitors in the transfer market and could be given a way out…

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Serie A giants are interested in Arsenal star

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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud might have his days numbered at Emirates Stadium. If the latest reports from Italy are to be believed, Serie A giants Juventus are interested in signing the Arsenal striker in the summer. According to Italian source Tuttosport, via talkSPORT, the Old Lady have identified the French forward as one of their possible summer targets. The report claims that the Serie A champions’ top priority is to sign a striker in the summer, and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edison Cavani is their number one transfer target. However, the Turin…

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Twitter celebrates Olivier Giroud ending his Arsenal goal drought

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Olivier Giroud had failed to score a goal in his last ten appearances for Arsenal. However, the French striker hit the net twice in the Gunners’ 4-0 return win against Hull City in the FA Cup. Not surprisingly, Twitter celebrated the 29-year-old’s brace like crazy… Olivier Giroud scores his first goal in 774 minutes of football for Arsenal in all competitions. Drought over. pic.twitter.com/O3TZAqAD7K — Squawka Football (@Squawka) 8 maart 2016 1 – Olivier Giroud’s goal was the first that Hull City have conceded in a competitive home match since…

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Arsenal vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to reignite their title challenge with a first win in four Premier League games as they take on a Southampton side that is back on song after three straight victories. Even before Per Mertesacker saw red for his desperate challenge on eventual match-winner Diego Costa, Arsenal had made a struggling start against reigning champions Chelsea and had found it difficult to contain the fluent attacking play of their opponents. The decisive goal came shortly after, with Arsene Wenger’s decision to sacrifice leading scorer Olivier Giroud being…

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This stat proves some Premier League star goal scorers are not ‘complete strikers’

If a football player wants to be called a star striker, he has to be able to score at any time, anywhere and against any opposition. One way to test this is how many goals a forward has scored at home and away. Some Premier League top scorers can be branded as ‘complete strikers’, as they balance their goals, while others only work their magic primarily in one place. It’s striking the three leading top scorers in the Premier League are all balanced once. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 16 goals in total,…

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be hoping to finish another weekend leading the standings as they attempt to get the better of Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League since October 2011 and gain revenge for a controversial defeat at Stamford Bridge back in September. It is all very tight at the top, and with such expectation on Arsenal in a season where their fellow title hopefuls are dropping points on a regular basis, they are under pressure to continue leading the way. Two points from two very tough away matches…

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Stoke vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal face another considerable test of their resolve as they take on Europa League hopefuls Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, a venue where they have endured many afternoons to forget in recent years. It took a while for them to make the extra man count, but Stoke eventually saw off Norwich City in commanding fashion on Wednesday to move up to seventh in the Premier League table and very much in the race for a European spot, which if gained would be an achievement well within the capabilities of what…

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Five footballers to have rocked the bearded look

Only a handful of footballers sport a beard on the pitch, and still fewer manages to rock that bearded look. Here we will take a look at some of the modern footballers who nailed the bearded look during their playing days. 5. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Arsenal fans call him the ‘Handsome French Bloke’. Opinion might be divided on whether he is a world-class striker or not. But when it comes to his looks, the opinion is almost unequivocal. 4. Gennaro Gattuso (former AC Milan) The former AC Milan legend was a…

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Southampton vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming to claim their fourth consecutive Premier League win as they travel to Southampton, who need a result after suffering a significant loss of form over recent weeks. In general play, the Saints were equal to opponents Tottenham last time out but were denied by a couple of fine saves at one end while some amateurish defending let them down at the other. Manager Ronald Koeman’s assessment was scathing as his side were breached all too easily for the opener while nonexistant marking at the far post…

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Arsenal vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

The final Premier League clash before Christmas is a potentially significant one in the title race as Arsenal take on Manchester City with the incentive of moving four points above their opponents. With the exception of finding out that Barcelona lie in wait in the last 16 of the Champions League, the last fortnight has been very satisfying all round for Arsenal and if over the festive period they can maintain the form which has delivered them three straight wins, they may convince a few more people that they are truly capable…

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will hope to push on from their stunning victory in Europe in the week by getting the better of lowly Aston Villa and ending the weekend at top of the Premier League. There was a small step in the right direction for the hosts last time out as they collected their first point on the road since the opening day, holding Southampton to a 1-1 draw. They were fortunate to get away with series of near misses in the opening half hour, but managed to gain a foothold in the game and…

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Arsenal vs Dinamo Zagreb – Match preview and team news

Arsenal face a very tough ask if they are to rescue their Champions League campaign, and anything other than a victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb will see them exit the competition at the group stage. The Londoners currently sit bottom of Group F alongside Dinamo Zagreb on three points, six behind the top two. That means that even if they do take the three points, if Olympiakos avoid defeat away to leaders Bayern Munich, they would be eliminated. If results go their way on Tuesday, they will have to…

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Arsenal vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to hit back from another bad result in Europe by extending their fine run in the Premier League, but it will not be a simple task as North London rivals Tottenham are unbeaten in 10 top-flight matches. Injuries are becoming a growing concern for home boss Arsene Wenger, and they certainly had a part to play in what turned out to be a chastening defeat in Munich on Wednesday; one which leaves their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League hanging by a…

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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming to repeat their recent home success over Bayern Munich and bring themselves right back into contention in Champions League Group F as they head to the Allianz Arena for the return fixture. Having lost their first two group matches amid a catalogue of errors, that 2-0 win over the German champions has breathed new life into the Gunners’ European campaign, but there is still a considerable amount of work to be done. It is important that they avoid defeat here, as should they lose and Olympiakos get the better…

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Swansea vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be ready to pounce on any potential slip-ups by leaders Manchester City as they travel to South Wales for a tricky game against a Swansea City side that did the double over them last term. The hosts’ victory at lowly Aston Villa was a hugely welcome result after a build-up tinged by a number of malicious rumours concerning boss Garry Monk, who has done an exceptional job throughout his 20-month reign. It came after his first real run of poor results, culminating in an unimaginative display against Stoke…

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Arsenal vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will – at least temporarily – go top of the Premier League if they can end an excellent week by seeing off Everton, against whom they have not lost at home for nearly 20 years. Very few people doubt now that the Gunners are serious title contenders in what looks a very open race, and they have certainly showed their class over their last three outings, during which they have scored eight times without reply. A terrific demolition of rivals Manchester United was followed after the international break by a…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners to make £10.5m move for starlet Brazilian as Cavani remains on radar

Monday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Olivier Giroud admits he has to man up and accept being on the bench for Arsenal because Theo Walcott has been so good up front, the Daily Mirror reports. Walcott netted for England against Estonia on Friday night to make it seven goals in nine for club and country. Arsenal are lining up a move for Brazilian youngster Luis Henrique, the Daily Express reports. That is according to Goal Brazil, who claim Henrique’s agent Kia Joorabchian is keen to find the young striker…

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Arsenal legend wants Theo Walcott to start ahead of Olivier Giroud for Chelsea clash

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to start with Theo Walcott spearheading the attack against Chelsea instead of Olivier Giroud, according to the Metro. Keown suggested that the system currently being employed by Wenger means that it makes more sense to use the England man. “Arsenal are at their best when they pass it through the compartments. When they get Ozil and Sanchez in a central position they are able to play good quality balls on the deck for Theo’s pace,” he said. The tough-tackling centre-back believes that the…

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Former Gunner slates Arsenal trio for performances in Champions League defeat

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has criticised Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta for their performances in their Champions League group stage opener with Dinamo Zagreb, while also accusing Olivier Giroud of being childish in the defeat in Croatia, the Metro report. Zagreb took the lead in the 24th minute, and Nicholas believes that it was the tempo being set by the Spanish pair in the minutes leading up to the opener that caused the Gunners to go behind (via Metro). “After 20 minutes I thought it was going nice and…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners hijack Barcelona offer for goal machine winger and HUGE Benzema contract offered

Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to axe defender Calum Chambers, 20, despite his shaky display against Liverpool on Monday, The Sun reports. The Arsenal manager admits £16million buy Chambers was nowhere near his best as he was run ragged in the first half. Olivier Giroud is keeping the reasons behind his fine Newcastle scoring run a tightly kept secret, the Daily Star reports. Arsenal travel to the North East on Saturday hoping to continue their recent dominance over the Magpies. Arsene Wenger…

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