Arsenal to miss key players for UCL clash

Arsenal squad have travelled to Bulgaria without a number of key first-team players for the Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Ludogorets. In his press conference on Monday, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the likes of Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott haven’t travelled with the rest of the squad. He said: “Who did not travel is Monreal, Cazorla and Bellerin, Walcott – both are more or less injuries. Some of them being very close, like Walcott, Bellerin had a little incident in the last minute of…

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Arsenal leading the race for German star, forward turns down Liverpool interest

Arsenal are leading the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, according to reports in Spain. Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claims that Bayern want to get rid of the 24-year-old, despite his willingness to fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and the Gunners have emerged as frontrunners in his pursuit. Gotze’s former club Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have also been linked with the player strongly. Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has turned down interests from Liverpool and Manchester City to stay at the Emirates Stadium. Football Insider,…

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Arsenal stars linked with exits

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been linked with a move to Liverpool by the latest report from Evening Standard. The report claims that the Reds are ready to bid £25m for the 27-year-old and offer him a four-year contract. Walcott struggled with his form for the Gunners last season and saw very little game time in the second half of the season. He has been consistently linked with an exit from the North London club this summer with West Ham United also reportedly interested in his services. Walcott joined Arsenal…

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Two Arsenal stars linked with exits from the club

Arsenal looked one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market with a host of players getting linked with the club. Amidst all the potential arrivals, a number of players are also expected to leave the club in the summer. The likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are the usual suspects, but the latest reports have claimed that a number of first-team players might also depart from the club. Evening Standard has exclusively claimed that forward Theo Walcott is a £25million target for West Ham. The 27-year-old…

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West Ham linked with Arsenal forward and former Manchester United star

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The Sun, in an exclusive report, has claimed that the 27-year-old forward is set to quit the North London club and is on the verge of joining the Hammers. Chelsea are also said to be interested in the speedster, but he would prefer a move to West Ham as he will get more playing opportunities in Slaven Bilic’s side. Walcott joined the Gunners as a 17-year-old in 2006 and has made 231 appearances for the Gunners. He signed…

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Top five most disappointing Premier League players of the season

The Premier League is nearing the end of the very entertaining 2015/2016 season. Leicester City enjoyed an historical campaign, capturing their first ever league title in shocking fashion. However, not every team and player played up to their standards. Therefore, let’s take a look at the top five most disappointing Premier League players of the season. 5. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) Manchester City sat at the top of the league table during 12 of the first 14 matchdays, but tumbled as far as sixth place in part thanks to a…

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Manchester City asked to keep track of Arsenal forward

Manchester City have added Arsenal forward Theo Walcott to their transfer wish list. In an exclusive report, London Evening Standard claims that incoming manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of the pacey forward and has asked City keep a watch over him. Walcott has endured a difficult season at the Emirates Stadium and Arsene Wenger recently suggested that his future might not lie with the North London club. The 27-year-old has lost his place in Wenger’s starting eleven and hasn’t started a league game since his abject performance in the 3-2…

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Arsenal linked with swap deal with AC Milan, set for transfer battle with Juventus

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott’s future at the club seems far from certain, especially after the recent comments from manager Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old has suffered from a dip in his form in the second half of the season, and Wenger recently refused to confirm that Walcott’s future lies with the North London club. Now Italian source Calciomercato has claimed that Serie A club AC Milan are interested in Walcott and are ready to offer prodigious midfielder Manuel Locatelli as part of a swap deal. Locatelli is an Italy Under-19 international and…

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Theo Walcott drew the wrath of Arsenal fans [Tweets]

Arsenal managed a disappointing 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Arsenal fans were quite irate with the result, and some of it was also directed towards Theo Walcott. The £140,000-a-week forward has been disappointing of late, and his substitute appearance in the draw against Palace was no better. He appeared as an 84th minute substitute in the game and endured some dismal moments on the pitch. Walcott actually the worst player in our squad. — Billy Dunmore (@Dunmoreorless) April 17, 2016 It’s just a matter of time…

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Everton and Arsenal have the most loyal players, Liverpool and Manchester United have far bigger rotation

Recently, we ranked the top five Premier League players that have flown from one club to another, with Marcus Bent taking the top spot, playing for eight different teams in just eight seasons in the English top flight. But there are also players who’ve been with the same Premier League team for a very long time. Therefore, we rank all current 20 clubs in the English top flight according to loyalty by their players, via Transfermarkt. 20. Watford The current Hornets squad has an average stay of just 539 days,…

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Arsenal receive double injury boost ahead of busy Christmas period

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Arsenal have been finally handed some respite with their injury problems. Daily Mirror is reporting that forward Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring injury is not as severe as initially feared and the Chilean star should be back in action before Christmas. The former Barcelona man limped off in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City, the game that also witnessed injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla. According to the report, Sanchez might also have an outside chance to feature in the crucial fixture against table-toppers Man City at Emirates Stadium on December…

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Lithuania vs England – Match preview and team news

England have just one more hurdle to overcome in their attempts to complete their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a perfect 30 points as they travel to Vilnius to take on Lithuania on their artificial pitch. Despite the limited opposition they have had to face for the most part in Group E, it will still be a terrific achievement for the Three Lions to end with a 100% record, particularly given the number of shock results elsewhere in the race to get to France. Another victory was secured on Friday…

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Arsenal gossip: Wenger praises team spirit but rues missed striker opportunity

Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 27, is set to be dropped for a number of key fixtures, including in the Champions League and could push for a loan move in January, according to The Sun. Arsenal had a loan bid for Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 24, rejected during the summer transfer window, the London Evening Standard reports. The Gunners were keen to add to their striking options ahead of the season, with Karim Benzema identified by Arsene Wenger as his top target as…

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England vs Estonia – Match preview and team news

England can be expected to play with a certain degree of freedom as they face Estonia in their final home Euro 2016 qualifier, with the visitors needing a result to keep alive their chances of making the play-offs. With Wayne Rooney having become his country’s record scorer last time out against Switzerland, the only remaining target from this relative cakewalk of a campaign is to finish with maximum points. Indeed, Rooney may not even be fit for this clash, so manager Roy Hodgson may sense an opportunity to experiment slightly…

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Man United gossip: Gunners star has warning for Shaw while new Ronaldo link emerges

Thursday’s biggest Man United news and transfer roundup. Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shed some light on speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to his old club Manchester United. According to the Daily Express, the Italian tactician has poured cold water on the proposed deal, saying he expects Ronaldo to see out the remainder of his career at the Bernabeu. Versatile Manchester United star Daley Blind has stated his preference for playing centre-back after being used in a number of roles for club and country, the Metro…

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Arsenal gossip: Walcott praises legend as striker is wanted in Turkey

Thursday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour gossip. Galatasaray are eyeing up a January transfer window move to sign out-of-favour Arsenal forward Joel Campbell to boost their attacking options. The Turkish champions are hoping to pounce for the Costa Rica international after struggling with a number of injuries to their strikers this season, according to the Metro. Hector Bellerin is enjoying the pressure of being the club’s first-choice right-back, the Daily Star reports. The 20-year-old, famed for being the fastest player in the Gunners’ squad, moved ahead of Mathieu Debuchy…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners on Benzema alert and Sanchez given fitness boost

Tuesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer gossip. Arsenal have been put on red alert after long-term target Karim Benzema expressed his disappointment after being continually substituted at Real Madrid this season, saying that he is “fed up” with his situation, The Independent reports. Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi is keen to complete a temporary switch away from the club, according to the Metro. The 19-year-old is yet to play a competitive match for ArsenaI, although he has made the bench a couple of times. Theo Walcott is simply “unstoppable” and should…

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Arsenal vs Man United predicted line ups: Wenger to ring the changes while LVG sticks with winning formula

A look into how Manchester United will line up for the trip to Arsenal on Sunday. With Luke Shaw injured, usual makeshift left-back Daley Blind will have to move over into the centre to make way for Ashley Young. The 30-year-old has performed well for Louis van Gaal, if further back than he would have liked. However, Blind, now in the middle, will have to have his wits about him if he is to keep Alexis Sanchez quiet. The Chilean can turn even the most hardened centre-backs inside out, and…

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Leicester vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City are now the only remaining unbeaten side in the Premier League, but that record is sure to be tested by an Arsenal side that will be buoyed by a Capital One Cup triumph over rivals Tottenham in midweek. Few would have predicted that the Foxes would be the last team standing with no defeats to their name, but they have been relentlessly difficult to shake off so far. Stoke City were the latest side to be frustrated, emerging with just a point after taking what looked a comfortable 2-0…

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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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Arsenal news: Wright brands Benzema pursuit ’embarrassing’, but another former Gunners backs club to win title

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Ian Wright has called the Gunners’ failed pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema embarrassing, according to the Daily Mirror. The 27-year-old quashed speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates with a defiant Tweet, and Wright believes the whole saga reflected poorly on Arsenal. “I thought the Benzema situation was embarrassing in the way they pursued it,” he said. Another former Gunner Charlie Nicholas believes that the club are in a strong position to go on and win the Premier…

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Arsenal news: Gunners motivated to win Champions League, but Wilshere out for three months

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has insisted that the Gunners are more than motivated to try and win the Champions League, the Daily Mirror report. The side begin their competition tonight against Dinamo Zagreb, hoping that they can go further than the last 16 stage for the first time in six years. “This drive [to win the competition] is immense,” he said. “It has never been done at Arsenal and we were very, very, very, close,” he added. They will have to negotiate the group…

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Arsenal news: Wenger tells board to get Real Madrid star, while bid planned for Belgian prospect

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has told the club’s hierarchy to go out and get Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to the Metro. The Spaniard is also being pursued by Manchester City, but Los Blancos will accept nothing less than £36.7m for the 23-year-old. Arsenal have received a boost should they decide to go back in for Isco’s Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, the Metro report. Despite the Frenchman’s desire to stay at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos are allegedly open to offers for the 27-year-old. The…

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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott officially named as FIFA 16′ FASTEST player

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been revealed to be the fastest player on FIFA 16. Gooners will be pleased to learn the the winger-cum-striker has a sizzling speed rating of 96 on the latest incarnation of the world’s most beloved football game, which hits the shelves on September 22. However, Walcott has been made to share the top spot with relative unknown Matthis Bolly of Fortuna Dusseldorf, who actually beat Walcott for pace on FIFA 15. The bad news is, though, is that right-back Hector Bellerin doesn’t even make the…

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