The Latest Arsenal FC Transfer News, Stories and Updates for 2017 – 2018 have been added below:
- Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:28:28 +0000: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Arsenal | The Guardian
A crunch clash at Anfield, depleted Palace and Huddersfield teams, and the start of a crucial run for Fulham
It is a marker of how far Manchester United have fallen to see that when Gary Neville set about choosing his combined XI for Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday Night Football, he included just three outfield United players. The only player he picked with conviction was Anthony Martial at left wing, admitting Eric Bailly would not be in if Joe Gomez was fit and laughing that his selection of Paul Pogba alongside Naby Keïta and Gini Wijnaldum was “just an opportunity to get a United player in”. Nobody would argue that Liverpool are the better side, and have been for a number of years, yet the past eight league meetings read W0, D3, L5 for the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness against Napoli so nearly came back to bite them in the Champions League; they can ill afford the same profligacy against a José Mourinho side that is unlikely to be anything other than defensively minded. MBContinue reading...
- Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:08:52 +0000: Arsenal 1-0 Qarabag: Europa League – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian
Alexandre Lacazette scored the winner on a night when Laurent Koscielny returned from injury an Saka, Maitland-Niles and Nketiah impressed
A beaming Koscielny tells BT of his joy at returning after seven months out through injury: “It was very important for me. Now I start a new chapter in my career ... For a football player to miss the pitch is very difficult but not it’s the end of that and now I can smile and enjoy myself.”
Arsenal have fulfilled their last group fixture. It was a mostly dreary spectacle but did feature a nice poacher’s goal from Lacazette and encouraging displays from some youngsters, especially Saka and Maitland-Niles. They will remember this match but few other people will.
90+3 min: Elneny saunters over to take a corner. It’s cleared at the near post. Pfft!
90 min: There will be at least four more minutes.
89 min: arsenal launch a swift counter-attack and Maitland-Niles provides Saka with a wonderful chance to crown an impressive display with a goal. But the keeper saves the youngster’s eight-yard shot with his face!
88 min: Guerrier tries to control a crossfield pass with his chest ... but allows the ball to run through his legs and out for a throw-in instead. The
crowdclutch of people in the stands go wild.
86 min: Can a game be said to be petering out if it never got into ay kind of flow in the first place?
Qarabag substitution: Ozobic on, Rzezniczak off.
Arsenal substitution: Gilmour on, Ozil off. Can’t say Ozil did enough today to force his way back into Arsenal’s starting lineup.
80 min: Medvedev has been Qarabag’s best player so far but he’s just kneed Saka in the back with, let’s say, a reckless jump for a ball he was never likely to win. The youngster sure felt it. But he’s back on his feet after 30 seconds or so. He immediately gets the ball and darts past Medvedev for some sweet revenge before being clattered by Garay, who gets a deserved yellow card.
76 min: Gah! A lovely Arsenal goal is ruled out for offside! It’s the correct decision by a matter of centimetres, which is a shame because Nketiah started an finished an otherwise excellent move also involving Ozil and Saka.
Qarabag substitution: Quintana on, Madatov off.
Arsenal substitution: Monreal on, Koscielny off. That was as gentle a workout as the French defender could have wished for on his return after seven months injured. He trots off to warm applause with a big smile on his face.
69 min: Saka receivs the ball midway inside the Qarabag half and central. He shuffles to make space for a shot from his left foot and then unloads. It’s a decent effort from 25 yards but Vagner saves comfortably.
68 min: Maitland-Niles wins a corner on the right. Arsenal take it short, eventually working it back to half-way, from where Elneny tries another diagonal ball back to the corner. A useless vignette of football, all told.
65 min: Maitland-Niles revels in his new role, jinking down the right and then firing a low cross into the danger area. Saka tries to flip it first time into the net from seven yards but snatches at it, sending it wide instead.
Arsenal substitution: Medley on, Lacazette off. The teenager goes in at left-back, as Maitland-Niles advances into midfield.
63 min: Zoubir lashes down the left wing and bypasses Sokratis easily before pulling back an inviting low pass to the substitute. But Abdullayev hasn’t got up to speed quickly enough and misses his kick from 12 yards out. That was the best chance Qarabag are likely to get and they’ve fluffed it.
Qarabag substitution: Abdullayev on, Michel off.
61 min: Elneny goes for another long diagonal ball, this time towards Lacazette. But it’s getting predictable now and two defenders were practically waiting for it to land.
58 min: A loose back-header by Jenkinson results in a corner for Qarabag. Martinez rushes off his line to intercept the delivery but gets nowhere near it. Guerrier wins the header but fails to keep it down.
55 min: freekick to Arsenal after Nketiah is pulled down just outside the box, on the right-hand side. The angle is surely too acute for a shot. Ozil flights it into the danger zone. Sokratis leaps well to win it but heads way wide.
54 min: Elneny sprays the ball wide to Nketiah, who tries to jink his way into the area but is thwarted by Garay.
52 min: Saka races on to a pass from Lacazette and clips a useful cross from the byline into the six-yard box. But it’s headed clear at the near post.
50 min: Jenkinson’s low cross from the right is cut out but he pounces on the rebound and then takes it further into the box and tries a shot. But that’s blocked too.
49 min: Today’s attendance is apparently just over 21,000, ie about a third of the stadium’s capacity.
48 min: Arsenal continue to boss play. But they lack incisiveness up front.
46 min: Off we go again. No changes during the break. But let’s hope the second half is more interesting than the first.
Lacazette’s well-constructed and well-taken goal is the only highlight of a dreary first half. Actually, that’s not quite true: there have been a couple of nice flourishes from young Saka and Willock, too.
43 min: BT’s commentators have spent the last minute discussing their favourite Christmas songs. Stuart Robson is partial to a bit of Dean Martin, apparently. No mention of Twisted Sister, surprisingly.
40 min: Maitland-Niles clips a nice pass into the left-hand channel for Saka to chase. He reaches it but can’t get the bouncing ball under proper control and it runs out of play.
38 min: Maitland-Niles is well positioned to cut out a diagonal pass by Medvedev, curtailing a rare Qarabag counter-attack.
35 min: Willock darts towards the box, then nips the ball in to Lacazette, who holds it up before edging it sideways to Nketiah, whose cross is put behind for a corner. Nketiah gets on the end of Ozil’s delivery but sends a header looping over from eight yards.
32 min: This is the most high-profile game of walking football ever.
29 min: The cameraman focuses on Martinez in the Arsenal goal, presumably just to check that he hasn’t fallen asleep. I can confirm he’s wide awake. Too cold to nap, no doubt.
26 min: Isn’t it funny how time can drift by without you even realising it? One minute you’re thinking about what to say about a non-event, then three minutes have passed and you still haven’t thought of anything.
23 min: Lacazette continues to look dangerous. There’s a wonderful directness to his play, the way he nimbly manoeuvres to get the ball going forward - ideally, goalward - as rapidly as possible.
21 min: Arsenal are in full control now. Qarabag are very limited and being penned into their own half quite easily. Elneny is so emboldened by their passivity that he tries to smash the ball into the net from 40 yards. You can guess how that ended.
18 min: A slack moment in Arsenal’s defence as Maitland-Niles misjudged a lofted pass and allows it to reach Medvedev. Sokratis bails out his teammates with a terrific sliding tackle in the box.
That’s more like it! Nketiah does well to win the ball for Arsenal just outside the visitors’ box. Then he feeds Ozil, who nudges the ball through to Lacazette, who quickly takes it under control and gets off a fierce low shot that beats the keeper from 10 yards.
11 min: No real pattern emerging here yet, other than the lack of intensity. Arsenal are not smooth, which is understandable given all the changes in the side. And Qarabag aren’t very good.
9 min: Saka runs in from the right flank and then lets fly with a fine curling left-footed shot from the corner of the box. The keeper dives to push it away with both hands. That’s the first glimpse of the skills that have so many Arsenal fans are predicting big things for this teenager.
7 min: This has a definite mid-season friendly vibe about it so far.
5 min: Willock makes a decent burst from midfield but is upended by Michel, giving Arenal a freekick midway inside opposing territory.
3 min: The visitors make a reasonable start, popping the ball about gamely. Arsenal are content to let them have their fun for now, so long as they don’t get anywhere near the home box.
1 min: Arsenal v Qarabag is go! The fans in the sparsely populated Emirates are doing a good job of containing their excitement early doors.
The protagonists have arrived, ambling out on to the pitch on a bitterly cold London night. Arsenal are wearing their customary red and white outfit, with many players choosing to accessorise that with black gloves. The visitors are all in black.
“You left out Guendouzi in the list of teenagers on the bench,” protests Krishna Moorthi. “Not to mention Nketiah and Willock, who are starting.” Yes, I did, and that’s because those are better known than the ones I highlighted. Guendouzi, indeed, is already so famous that Manchester United players have chased after him just to grab a lock of his hair.
Plenty of youngsters in that Arsenal lineup, especially on the bench. The one we’re told to be most excited about is Bukayo Saka. Word is he’s a 17-year-old from Ealing with exceptional skill and speed, a darling of a left foot and a big bright future. The teenagers on the bench include another 17-year-old, Tyrece John-Jules, plus 18-year-old centreback Zech Medley and the 19-year-old midfielder Charlie Gilmour.
Arsenal: Martinez; Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Willock, Saka; Ozil, Lacazette, Nketiah
Subs: Illiev, Monreal, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Gilmour, Medley, John-Jules
Hello. Here’s how things lie: Arsenal have already won Group E and Qarabag already know this is their last match in this season’s Europa League no matter what happens today. The best the visitors can aspire to is a result that restores some self-respect after their last match ended in their heaviest ever home defeat in Europe, a 6-1 clobbering by Sporting Lisbon. So this match doesn’t carry much intrigue in terms of the competition. On the other hand, the performances of certain individuals will be worth watching: Laurent Koscileny, for instance, is set to make his return after seven months out injured; 17-year-old prodigy Bukayo Saka – a thrilling forward prospect by all accounts – will make his first start; and Mesut Ozil will slot back into the starting lineup and hopefully show enough ingenuity and dynamism to convince Unai Emery to give him another chance in a proper match.Continue reading...
- Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:58:45 +0000: Alexandre Lacazette points the way in Arsenal’s Europa League run-out against Qarabag - Arsenal | The Guardian
A contest of limited consequence given Arsenal’s pre-match status as group winners might not have meant a great deal to many but to Laurent Koscielny the experience of feeling like a footballer out on the pitch again and under the floodlights appeared to mean everything.
His individual performance passed without major incident – ideal under the circumstances – and when his number was up after 72 minutes he stopped for a moment and raised his fist to the air, before breaking into an elated smile. The crowd responded with a warm ovation. The substitutes all shook his hand when he got back to the bench, obviously delighted for him. This was a significant moment for the Arsenal captain. He described it later as “much more than a game”.
The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League will take place on Monday from midday. Seeded teams will consist of the Europa League group winners along with the four best third placed teams dropping in from the Champions League. These teams are then drawn against the unseeded sides.Continue reading...
- Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:05:13 +0000: Laurent Koscielny to face Qarabag on Arsenal return amid injury crisis - Arsenal | The Guardian
• Captain due to play first game for Emery, with Özil to feature
• Others’ absence means Koscielny may play at Southampton too
Unai Emery has confirmed Laurent Koscielny will make his comeback against Qarabag and Mesut Özil is also set to feature in the Europa League dead rubber. The 33-year-old Koscielny, the Arsenal captain, has yet to play under Emery having ruptured an achilles in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atlético Madrid in May.
The defender missed France’s World Cup success as he recovered his fitness and featured for 85 minutes in an EFL Trophy match with Portsmouth last week.Continue reading...
- Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:45:20 +0000: Racism in football: have you witnessed abuse at a match in the UK? - Arsenal | The Guardian
After a troubling week with two high-profile incidents in the Premier League, we want to hear from fans
Raheem Sterling says sections of the media “fuel racism” in football after being the subject of alleged racist abuse during a Premier League match on Saturday. The England and Manchester City forward wrote on his Instagram account that young black footballers are treated differently to their white counterparts and, because of reporting like this, he expects no better from fans.Continue reading...
Historic News Stories have been added below:
- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:24:32 +0000: Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.
- Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:47 +0000: Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
- Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:16:16 +0000: The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.
- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.
Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.
The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.
Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.
Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.