Sunday, 16 September 2018

Mesut Ozil Finally Speaks On Rift With Emery

Mesut Ozil Finally Speaks On Rift With Emery
Ozil & Emery | Getty
It's what we have been waiting for and it's here at last. Mesut Ozil has opened up on the reported fracas between him and recently appointed manager Unai Emery.

News of a training ground bust-up between the German midfielder and the Spanish manager rented the entire media in recent weeks.

The speculation gained weight when Ozil was left out of the game against West ham United two weeks ago and even though 'illness' was cited as the reason for this exclusion, some still did not believe it but linked it with what was earlier disseminated.

The 29-year-old who retired from international football shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup tournament has now stated that he is happy at the club and has a healthy relationship with the boss contrary to widespread belief.

"I am very happy to play for Arsenal and especially for the new coach," Ozil told BBC Sport at full time. "He knows what he wants and the team accepts that, we have a good relationship."

Ozil was instrumental in Arsenal;s 2-1 win against Newcastle United. It was his 200th appearance which he marked with a goal which gave a lead extension following Granit Xhaka's opener from a thunderous free-kick.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Emery: I Want The Players to Be Angry

Emery: I Want The Players to Be Angry
Aubameyang subbed against Newcastle
Unai Emery has revealed that he is not moved by player reactions whenever he decides to take them off at any point in time.

It is normal for players to demand much playtime even when they know that their presence on the pitch will only yield disaster.

Unlike Arsene Wenger who loved to over-satisfy players by still leaving them to play on till very late in the game when it was so obvious that they were costing the team progress, Emery is one who makes changes as early as possible when things are not working out. We have seen that on various occasions since the start of his reign at the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed in the 2-1 win against Newcastle United on Saturday and the look on his face showed that he was not pleased with the decision. That, according to the manager is not something that bothers him since it is the normal thing to do in such circumstances.

“It’s normal,” he said. “I want the players when I change the team or when I decide them not to start them in the first XI to be angry and have ambition to play and help the team and stay on the pitch. For me it’s a normal situation.”

The Spaniard went on to refute claims that Aaron Ramsey's substitution in the same game was as a result of injury. The Wales international had no serious fitness isues apart from the fact that he was fatigued - an aftereffect of his involvement in games during the just-concluded international break.

“It’s also normal,” said Emery. “He played with the national team two matches and then he played 80 minutes with us, so he asked us to change him. It’s not a big problem but he was tired. I think it is no problem.”
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Fans React As Mesut Ozil Slots Home On the Road

Fans React As Mesut Ozil Slots Home On the Road
Ozil scores vs Newcastle | Arsenal
It was another blissful day for Arsenal. The red and white army of Unai Emery recorded a third consecutive win following their poor start to the season.

Still unable to record a clean sheet, the Gunners moved past Newcastle United with a 2-1 lead and you know what? The goals came from two players who had been objects of massive criticism in recent times.

The hosts gave Arsenal a tough time in the first half but could do less to stop them after the break. Granit Xhaka was the one who opened scoring for the day.

The Swiss international scored via a curling freekick in the 49th minute. His long range effor did not come as a surprise to many who already knew the kind of strikes he is fond of.

The 58th minute came and it was Ozil that gave an extended lead with a rebound from an Alex Lacazette. It was an important goal on the German midfielder's 200th appearance for the club.

We conceded a late one but ended up triumphant with three points and that was what mattered on a Saturday evening.

Fans took to Twitter as usual to react to Ozil's performance in today's game and below are some of them.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Another Arsenal Star Makes Fitness Comeback

Another Arsenal Star Makes Fitness Comeback
Alex Iwobi | Getty
There is this friend of mine who is a Manchester United fan but loves to watch Arsenal matches as well (though with a condition). You know why? I'll tell you.

This dude anytime we are together before any Arsenal game would say: "I hope Iwobi would be in the lineup. If I check the lineup before kick-off and his name is not there, I won't watch it.

Let me use this medium to inform my friend and any other who falls under this category that they can now begin watching Arsenal games once again.

Alex Iwobi has recovered fully from an illness which kept him out of the Gunners' match against Cardiff City and also made him miss the Africa Cup of Nations clash of Nigeria against Seychelles on Saturday.

The 22-year old nephew of the legendary Austin Jay Jay Okocha has now announced his return to action via his Instagram account.

He posted: "Haaaa 17’s Back Yaa Digg Always Nice When Your Team Wins In Training 💪🏽 #AllezLeBlanc ⚪️

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ex-Gunner Apologises For Weekend Misconduct

Ex-Gunner Apologises For Weekend Misconduct
Nicklas Bendtner
The ever-controversial Nicklas Bendtner have come out to apologise over the ugly incident he was involved in over the weekend.

The Rosenborg and former Arsenal striker was said to have broken the jaw of a taxi driver early on Sunday.

At the time the news surfaced, there was no much detail on what led to the brawl which saw the victim requiring a surgery. Awww!

In the midst of our confusion as to whether this actually happened or not Bendtner has issued a heartfelt apology to his fans and teammmates for what he termed a regrettable act.

"I was involved in an extremely unfortunate episode at around 2am on Sunday", the Denmark star said.

"I could not imagine it would develop as it did, and of course I'm extremely sad that the outcome became as unfortunate as it did.

"To Rosenborg fans and audiences, I regret that this has happened. I'm sorry with all my heart that we are standing here today.

"To my dear team-mates, I regret that this will steal focus in an important time. I thank you for your understanding.

"I have never been a fighter but I protect those I love on and off the pitch."

Bendtner's girlfriend who was out with him on that day has backed him saying his guy only acted to defend himself and her after the driver came out of his car with a bottle which he threw at her.

According to the taxi firm's management, Bendtner's statement is false. It says it has got enough evidence which it has handed over to the police.

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INJURY UPDATE: Striker Cleared For Newcastle Game.

INJURY UPDATE: Striker Cleared For Newcastle Game.
Aubameyang | AFP
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the Gabonese camp to make an early return to Arsenal fueling speculations that he suffered an injury on international duty.

Some of you almost released pee in your pants when the news surfaced. Don't be shy. You were one of them. Right? I understand your plight.

Well, the goal machine is as fit as could be and is gallant to feature even if called upon to participate in a game this minute.

He was one of the three players allowed to leave ahead of Gabon's final friendly game of the international break and in as much as one of them was injured, not all were.

“Gabon coach Antonio Camacho will also have to work without some key players including Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina. They have been made available to their respective clubs, and Serge Martinsson Ngouali was injured in the knee at training,” Fegafoot, the Gabonese Football Federation, said in a statement.

Lucas Torreira has also been passed fit and should be in contention to make the squad by the time Arsenal make a trip to Newcastle for their fifth Premier League game of the season this weekend.

The midfielder who joined from Sampdoria in the summer transfer window suffered an injury in Uruguay's 4-1 win over Mexico.

Initially, reports ruled him out of at least one game, giving the first Europa League group stage game as a possible return date but the 22-year-old has since returned to training after the scare.

He will be hoping to start as we are also hoping he does in the game against the Magpies. He is yet to show up in the Arsenal starting lineup so far in the present campaign.

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Arsenal Man Linked With Shock barcelona Transfer

Arsenal Man Linked With Shock barcelona Transfer

Arsenal defender, Nacho Monreal is said to be on the books of Barcelona over a potential transfer come January.

The Spanish international who Arsene Wenger signed from Malaga in 2013 has since established himself as a regular in the first team. 

He remains favourite at the left-back position despite the arrival of Sead Kolasinac 12 months ago.

Whether he will be offered a contract beyond his present one which expires next summer is still unknown.

Reports according to sources in Spain have it that the Catalans are desperately in need of a left-back who will support Jordi Alba. For this reason, they have beamed their searchlight on him as they hope to get him signed during the winter transfer window.

It is also believed that Unai Emery is interested in bringing in Filipe Lius from Atletico Madrid, meaning that Monreal could be on his way out of the club.
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Photo: Arsenal Get Torreira Injury Boost Ahead of Newcastle Trip

Photo: Arsenal Get Torreira Injury Boost Ahead of Newcastle Trip

We have got positive news coming from the injury room. Our new signing was ruled out over the weekend but now has a very high chance of featuring sooner than expected.

Lucas Torreira was a major doubt for Arsenal's next Premier League game which will come up this Saturday after picking up an injury on international duty.

The Uruguayan had to be taken off as he suffered a calf injury during his national team's friendly game with Mexico last weekend.

He sat out of the second half and was spotted on the bench with an ice pack on the lower part of his leg

It was said initially that he will be unavailable for the trip to Newcastle but there has been an improvement, according to a picture that has surfaced.

Unai Emery gave fans a lot of hope with a training picture he posted from London Colney earlier today. In it, the 22-year-old summer signing is seen with the rest of his teammates, a sign that he has shaken off his fitness issue.

Arsenal supporters would hope to see Torreira start for the first time since joining. He has not been in the starting squad in all Premier League fixtures so far.
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