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Arsenal have tried just about everything to rid themselves of Mesut Ozil, they exhausted the battle of wills, dropped him, froze him out and let him go on holiday during a cup final. None of that seemed to register in the German’s brain as he stuck to his contract like a leach and happily trousered... The post Arsenal Attempt to Buy Ozil Out in a Desperate Last Attempt at Divorce appeared first on...
Arsenal have tried just about everything to rid themselves of Mesut Ozil, they exhausted the battle of wills, dropped him, froze him out and let him go on holiday during a cup final. None of that seemed to register in the German’s brain as he stuck to his contract like a leach and happily trousered £350,000 to sit at home during the rebooted football season.
With Arsenal failing to extract the required response, they are now looking at paying him off as Manchester United have done with Alexis Sanchez. One suspects Arsenal wanted Ozil to throw his toys out of the pram by demanding a transfer, but he has refused to react.
In a pitiful last attempt at divorce, as reported by the Mirror, the club wants him to accept an £18m golden handshake that allows both parties to move forward. Evidently, Ozil has the skin of a rhinoceros and may not even be motivated by the offer if he feels it’s a matter of principle.
It’s said that he’s not one for backing down in a situation and with the way Arsenal have handled this publicity disaster, I think this could go on a while longer until the playmaker feels vindicated.
Short of driving him off the edge of a cliff, the club have to find some form of resolution even if its the form of financial remuneration. If Ozil agrees, it will allow Arsenal greater latitude in the transfer market to find his replacement or pay for other reinforcements. There have already been conversations between the parties but no deal has yet been agreed.
Arsenal are determined that he play no further part in the club’s upcoming season and they will be heavily locked in discussion until he either goes or spends his remaining time at the club on the bench or at home.
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According to reports from the Daily Mail, Manchester United are looking to land Manchester City youth product Charlie McNeill and are confident of securing the highly-regarded youngster. The 16-year-old Manchester City academy starlet has decided to leave the club after rejecting a professional contract at the Etihad. Due to lack of opportunities with City’s Under-18s... The post Another Man City Youngster on The Out as United Look to Snap Prolific Young Striker Charlie McNeill appeared...
According to reports from the Daily Mail, Manchester United are looking to land Manchester City youth product Charlie McNeill and are confident of securing the highly-regarded youngster.
The 16-year-old Manchester City academy starlet has decided to leave the club after rejecting a professional contract at the Etihad. Due to lack of opportunities with City’s Under-18s and concerns over his career pathway, he has decided to move elsewhere with both the Manchester clubs locked in talks over a deal for the young striker.
Charlie McNeill has scored an enormous 600 goals for City’s youth teams in the past six years. McNeill posted on his Instagram account:
“Thank you very much to Manchester City for everything they’ve done for me during the last six years. It has been a pleasure to play with some incredible players, I wish everyone the best.”
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Massive thank you to @mancity for everything over the past 6 years. It’s been such a pleasure to play with some amazing players and made some amazing friends to. Thanks to all the staff and players for helping me develop as a player and also as a person. I wish everyone the very best, thank you
According to the report by Daily Mail, Charlie McNeill has agreed to professional terms with Manchester United. It is understood that City do not want to stand in his way, but are expecting to recoup a fee that reflects his goal-scoring exploits. The England youth international will cost a seven-figure sum, given his excellent qualities and international experience.
However, the Red Devils are not the only club looking to sign the young striker, with RB Leipzig also being mentioned. Now, Scottish club Rangers have also joined the chase for the Manchester City youngster and are trying to lure him to Ibrox. McNeill’s exceptional performances in youth level have also caught the eye of Italian giants Juventus.
Given Charlie McNeill being at such a pivotal stage in his career, Rangers FC should be the most preferable move for him, as the Ibrox based team will certainly provide him the most chances for first-team game-time, as compared to the other clubs.
Manchester City academy graduates certainly are a blessing for other clubs, if they play their cards well. Considering earlier examples, Jadon Sancho, who joined Borussia Dortmund for first-team opportunities, is on the verge of a move to Old Trafford.
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This is a crucial transfer window for Arsenal football club that will have a major impact on next season and those that follow. If Stan Kroenke keeps his hands in his pockets and fails to support his young coach Mikel Arteta, there’s a really strong chance that Arsenal will continue their descent to lower reaches of the... The post Kroenke Needs to Bite The Bullet And Rebuild The Club Regardless of The Losses appeared first on...
This is a crucial transfer window for Arsenal football club that will have a major impact on next season and those that follow. If Stan Kroenke keeps his hands in his pockets and fails to support his young coach Mikel Arteta, there’s a really strong chance that Arsenal will continue their descent to lower reaches of the Premier League table.
The Gunners managed to get the 8th slot due to the spirit that Arteta instilled into his players but as the top clubs reinvest and reinforce, Arsenal are in danger of falling even further behind Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
It’s time for Kroenke’s KSE to speculate, to accumulate and pump money into the club that they may never see again. I’m hearing some of you saying “That’s not how you run a business”, well, neither are the last ten years of football’s equivalent of The Mighty Boosh.
The club has had patchy financial input, made a succession of bad deals, and failed to address its deficiencies resulting in an inability to compete. Kroenke has a responsibility to back his manager and be seen to want what the fans want…success.
I don’t want to hear about Covid-19 because crafty Stan Kroenke wouldn’t think twice about pumping millions into his American sports interests. Don’t expect me or any other supporter to respect and abide by the rules of business when the team has been allowed to drop out of contention on just about every level.
I’m glad we won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final, which allowed us a free pass into the Europa League, but a few days after taking the trophy back to North London, I suddenly stopped smiling sloppily and realised that the FA Cup was a prize which has no real prestige compared to the Premier League title.
Over recent seasons, I had somewhat snobbishly looked at the FA Cup with a degree of contempt, only because I believe Arsenal deserve more. I had become giddy at winning a cup and didn’t seem to care about the bigger picture. The win is a band-aid on a much deeper wound and one that Kroenke is happy to gloss over.
For Arteta, it’s a remarkable turn around in fortunes, but Arsenal are as far away from winning a title as they were under Wenger and Emery, unless Kroenke invests. Is that what Arsenal are going to become? A club that can compete only on a lesser level for lesser prizes?
Kroenke should be able to provide funds of £150m, of which, he could easily recover £90m plus in sales. If he were to offload Özil, then the picture would be even brighter but Kroenke is at the point of no return and MUST aid Arteta in putting Arsenal back on the footballing map.
No excuses. I don’t want to hear about the club needing to be profitable when it can’t make the top four anymore and has just had its worst finish for 25 years.
If Kroenke doesn’t deliver what Arteta needs in the upcoming transfer window, he needs to re-evaluate his position and find an opportunity that isn’t akin to make a statue out of warm butter. He is surely capable of success but success comes at a price, you just have to be willing to pay.
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Having been postponed by almost five months, the Europa League resumed earlier this month, with the second leg of the Round of 16 ties and Quarter-finals already played in two weeks’ time. Manchester United have secured a place in the Europa League Semi-final, having beaten Austrian side LASK 7-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 and defeated... The post Ole! Manchester United Are The Definitive Favourites to Lift the Europa League Despite a Shaky Win Over FC Copenhagen appeared first on...
Having been postponed by almost five months, the Europa League resumed earlier this month, with the second leg of the Round of 16 ties and Quarter-finals already played in two weeks’ time. Manchester United have secured a place in the Europa League Semi-final, having beaten Austrian side LASK 7-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 and defeated Danish side Copenhagen 1-0 in the Quarter-final. The Red Devils are understandably the favourites to lift the trophy in the latest UEFA Europa League odds.
Ahead of the Europa League re-commencing, UEFA announced the four stadiums that will be hosting the rest of the tournament – Koln’s RheinEnergieStadion, Duisburg’s MSV-Arena, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena, and Schalke’s Arena AufSchalke. The Europa League governing body decided on this to eliminate any chance of home advantage, with fixtures being played behind closed doors. However, United played their second-leg tie of the Round of 16 against LASK at the Theatre of Dreams.
Given the draws for the remaining stages of the competition, there’s no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have the easier path to the final. After beating LASK, United travelled to Cologne for their Quarter-final tie against FC Copenhagen, overcoming the Danish side 1-0 after an energy-sapping 120 minutes.
Manchester United next face Spanish side Sevilla in the Europa League Semi-final. Of course, an all-English semi-final would have been a tasty prospect – with both of United’s Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers ending in draws, but Sevilla prevailed over the Midlands club with a late winner from Lucas Ocampos.
Managing to avoid the likes of Bayer Leverkusen (who beat Rangers 4-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16) and Inter Milan (who defeated Spanish side Getafe 2-0 in a one-legged tie), who are both on the other side of the split, makes the road to the final a bit easier for United – although there’s always the chance that an underdog could prevail, given Sevilla are the definitive specialists in the Europa League. Moreover, on the other side of the split, Inter Milan beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 to progress to the Semi-final.
Since the season restarted, bar a 3-1 semi-final defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, United have turned the screw and ended the Premier League campaign unbeaten (in 14 matches). Solskjaer’s side ended with a top-three finish and assured Champions League football next term.
United have been deadly in front of goal, also keeping countless clean sheets and when it comes to Europe, they’ll fear no-one. Their goal-scoring prowess in Europe has been there for all to see – five goals in the first-leg against LASK, a further five in their second-leg Round of 32 fixture against Club Brugge, and 10 goals in the group stage to finish top of Group L, with Bruno, Rashford and Martial firing on all cylinders.
Cologne is calling again and while there’s no doubt that the United fans would love to win the Europa League trophy for the second time in four years, the first taste of silverware in English football for Solskjaer as a manager would be even more sweet – and a testament to the turnaround he’s made at the club.
At the same time as the Arsenal players under Arteta were lifting their 14th FA Cup trophy, Matteo Guendouzi was posting pictures on his social media of himself in a sun-drenched villa. The 21-year-old had obviously been told that he wasn’t expected to make his way to Wembley for the final so instead, he hopped... The post Could Guendouzi Have Done With an Arm Around Him Rather Than The Cold Shoulder? appeared first on...
At the same time as the Arsenal players under Arteta were lifting their 14th FA Cup trophy, Matteo Guendouzi was posting pictures on his social media of himself in a sun-drenched villa. The 21-year-old had obviously been told that he wasn’t expected to make his way to Wembley for the final so instead, he hopped on a plane and began his holidays early.
In fact, there’s no acknowledgement anywhere on his social media of the Gunners’ Wembley triumph, a sure sign these days that the relationship between club and player is irreparable, but could it have been different?
If we were to look back on the final straw in the Guendouzi saga and what happened during a fixture with Brighton, we can get quite an accurate feeling of the type of manager Mikel Arteta is. Guendouzi, after a bust-up with Brighton forward Neal Maupay, taunted the Brighton players about the wages they earned and said he would always earn more. Once word got back to Arteta of Guendouzi ‘s ill-advised tirade, he was hauled into a meeting on Monday morning with the manager and asked to explain himself.
Guendouzi has fallen out of favour in recent times, but what should Arsenal do with the talented youngster? pic.twitter.com/ot3jGVte9N
— 90min (@90min_Football) August 2, 2020
What emerged was a defiant Guendouzi who showed no contrition whatsoever and naturally, Arteta took exception to it and froze him out the side. The game against Brighton on June 20th was the last time he played for Arsenal and may well be the final time he represents the club after signing from Lorient in July 2018. Now, Arsenal have been crying out for a disciplinarian in the dugout for years and now that they have one in Arteta, it seems unfair to crucify him for being decisive about what type of personalities he wants around the Emirates.
But there are a few mitigating factors that perhaps could have suggested that the Frenchman be given a bit of leeway. For starters, Neal Maupay is a divisive individual on the field. Guendouzi wasn’t the first and won’t be the last player to almost come to blows with Maupay and history will eventually show the Brighton striker to be the more antagonistic out of the two.
Young footballers can often come across as brash in the heat of the moment and yes, Guendouzi’s lack of remorse 48 hours later could be taken as concerning, but to throw him over the coals for that particular incident seems particularly unforgiving.
"That's what happens when you talk too much on the pitch"
Neal Maupay's message for Matteo Guendouzi yesterday… pic.twitter.com/Bt6wXESowW
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 21, 2020
As mentioned, Arteta ’s dealings with Guendouzi does suggest that this no-nonsense approach will now be the Arsenal way. It has already paid dividends as the Gunners won their first trophy since 2017 but there is a long way to go when you consider that the North London side is at 50/1 to win the 2020/2021 Premier League in football betting, which is undoubtedly what the fans want the most.
A player like Guendouzi is young and talented enough to have helped with that mission but it seems he is set to take flight from the Emirates after a turbulent few minutes in June against the Seagulls.
One could say that the art of effective management is knowing when to put your arm around a player or knowing when to cut your losses. Arteta has decided on the latter and time will tell if that was a good idea, especially with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus sending admiring glances at the 21-year-old.
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Before Bernd Leno’s injury, I doubt any of us had really paid attention to Emiliano Martinez but suddenly, fans were asking each other “Is he any good?” There were long pauses and a few glances to the skies as supporters searched for a reassuring answer. Leno had saved Arsenal at one end on more than one occasion... The post Martinez May Not be a Bernd Leno But he is The Embodiment of What Arteta is Searching For in His Players appeared first on...
Before Bernd Leno’s injury, I doubt any of us had really paid attention to Emiliano Martinez but suddenly, fans were asking each other “Is he any good?”
There were long pauses and a few glances to the skies as supporters searched for a reassuring answer. Leno had saved Arsenal at one end on more than one occasion in a match, while Aubameyang secured the points at the other end.
Both players were pivotal in keeping Arsenal away from the relegation zone but with Leno’s injury, fans began to panic. They needn’t have worried because in stepped the towering Argentinian Emiliano Martinez (27) to calm the nerves and anxieties of the banished fans with a series of stunning and commanding performances.
Where did this star come from? Where has he been hiding? These were just some of the comments. Is he new? Asked others, far from it is the answer to that. Martinez had served his time at Arsenal, arriving when he was just 17.
He has been loaned out left right and centre but refused to complain, instead, he asked more questions of himself and demanded extra effort as he tried to establish himself in the Arsenal first team. This guy is not in it for the money or the promise of a lavish lifestyle funded by additional commercial activities, he loves the game and thankfully, the club.
Emi is a loyal, passionate, quiet, thoughtful, unassuming man, who only wants to do well to make his family proud. A throwback to a time when passion and pride were the currency of the day, long before agents and exaggerated wages.
He is a humble, decent, and honest guy who has seen hard times first hand and who is determined to make a statement with his work and performances. As a result, there isn’t an Arsenal fan today that doesn’t know who he is or who hasn’t succumbed to his charm and delightful ordinariness.
There’s no ego here, no attitude or bullshit, just a man determined to succeed and make his family proud. That’s why he’s been embraced by supporters but more importantly, he’s the player that embodies all the qualities that Mikel Arteta wants for his new-look Arsenal.
Emiliano Martinez ticks all the boxes and relishes his punishing workload, which became phenomenal during the Premier League restart. Training and three games in a week took its toll on some players after a prolonged layoff but Martinez couldn’t wait to push himself.
He’d waited in the wings for long enough and had been pushed out on loan to Wolves, Reading, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday. He now had the opportunity to impress in unfortunate circumstances and he seized it with both of his giant hands.
The problem will now be what will Arteta do next? Bring back the designated number one or does he stick with the man who has given him so much? Arsenal are now blessed to have two excellent keepers but it’s safe to say that no one envies Arteta’s conundrum. Someone’s going to be upset next season but the fans seem to be quite clear in their views on social media with the majority supporting Emiliano Martinez.
It’s a phenomenal story and one that has endeared the Argentinian man-mountain to his public, with his emotional display at Wembley, his pitchside video call and footage of him after the FA Cup win against Chelsea, heading to the changing room dismissing talk of bonuses:
“I don’t care about the money!”
Emiliano Martinez may have come from nowhere, but he is a very important figure in the Arsenal set up and I’m told that he is immensely popular with the entire squad. No one has a bad word to say about him and he is admired for his dedication by the players, including his captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
From humble begins and desperately difficult times to FA Cup winner, Emi recalled:
“It was not a poor, poor background but my family struggled a lot in financial terms. I arrived back in Argentina and, a week after, I had the offer from Arsenal.”
“I saw my brother and mum cry, saying: ‘Please don’t go.’ But I had also seen my dad crying late at night because he could not pay the bills. So I had to be brave at the time because I said ‘yes’ for them,”
Martinez has the number one slot and who would bet against him achieving his dreams, his hard work is now paying off and Leno’s return to the first team isn’t assured, far from it. He has had a taste of life in the first team and it would prove to be difficult if he were to lose that status, it could even tempt him to move clubs.
His is a touchingly honest story. One that gives hope to players, who for one reason or another, are failing to live their dreams. One hopes that Emiliano Martinez enjoys more success and perhaps a pay hike, not that he’s bothered about that.
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