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Why Arsenal should really consider the departure of Mesut Ozil in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is in the final stages of contract with the Emirates Stadium outfit and reporters continue to propose a possible departure from the North London club before the start of next season.

Specifically, the 31-year-old has a year and two months to the end of his agreement with Mikel Arteta’s side, and it is believed that the coach might convince his ex-teammate to remain under his tutelage.

As much as Ozil’s experience might be very important to the team in the 2020-21 season, now is the best time the Gunners let go of their ageing midfielder.

The former Germany international joined the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid as one of the best midfielders in the world following his obvious creativity at the middle of pitch.

Unfortunately, Ozil is obviously struggling to reach the standard he’s known for. He has managed just one goal and two assists in 18 Premier League games so far this season.

Judging by the player’s weekly wages, being involved in just three goals is definitely unacceptable for a player of his calibre.

It will be unnecessary to pay a huge £350k for a player who hasn’t really justify his inclusion in the club’s starting lineup since Arteta took over from Unai Emery (on permanent basis) .

So What Next?

It’s time the Gunners release Mesut Ozil and bring in Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish in the next summer window. Grealish, 24, is arguably the most in-form playmaker in the Premier League so far.

Despite Aston Villa’s unimpressive performances throughout the campaign, the Englishman has managed to score eight goals and six assists.

He is shouldering Villa’s hope of staying in the top-flight League beyond this season, although the burden seems too heavy for his young shoulders.

Bringing Grealish to the Emirates Stadium as Ozil’s replacement will surely be good a good decision as he will surely deliver more goals and assists than the former world cup winner.

In terms of financial profit, the club have a higher chance to making huge profits from Grealish deal because the young England international will likely receive less wages compared to Ozil’s expensive income.

Intense Competition For The Youngster

However, Arteta and his employers must be on top of their game if they must sign the English international because many clubs are interested in his services.

Manchester United are reportedly leading the park for Grealish’so signature. According to The Mirror, the Red Devils are set to offer a huge sum of £70m to the Villa Park outfits, while they are willing to offer him a £150-a-week contract.

Chelsea are also said to be keeping close tabs on the in-form playmaker. Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato revealed that Frank Lampard is ready to challenge Solskjaer for the Aston Villa man.

Tottenham’s José Mourinho is also a great admirer of the player, and he is likely to launch a surprise bid for him as part of his plans to rebuild the falling North London club.

The Sun revealed that Real Madrid and Barcelona complete the list of clubs targeting the Grealish’s service. This means that Arteta might need to sell Ozil as soon as possible in order to launch a move for Grealish.

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Liverpool could make move to sign Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The English Premier League is currently on break as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak which has prevented many football matches from taking place in Europe and other part of the world since February.

However, the pandemic is unable to stop the media from coming up with latest transfer news regarding players who are likely to change their current club during the next summer transfer window.

The most shocking but interesting news coming out of the Emirate Stadium this morning revealed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in luring Arsenal’s want-away striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Anfield Stadium in the summer.

According to the Mirror, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is highly impressed with the Gabonese international , and he is ready to explore the player’s contract situation to his advantage.

The 30-year-old centre-forward is in the final year of his contract with the Gunners and pundits can’t stop linking him with a move out of the Emirate Stadium.

Though it is believed that the Gunners hierarchies are in talks with the player’s agent over a new contract but it remains unknown if that will be enough to prevent other clubs from snatching him out of Mikel Arteta’s watch before the start of next season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are not the only European giants keeping close tabs on the player’s current situation. Manchester United are said to be monitoring the gunners top striker as Ole Gunnar Solskjear is very keen on bringing a goal-poacher to Old Trafford on a long-term deal.

Despite signing in-form Odion Ighalo on a loan deal from Shanghai Shenua In January, Solskjear is still keen on bolstering his side by signing a very reliable goalscorer who can convert most of his clear-cut chances.

Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham are also in the race for the player’s services as Mourinho aims to provide a strong competition for Harry Kane.

Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled to win matches since Kane picked up an injury, and they are far from qualifying for next year’s Champions league competition.

The Portuguese tactician will hope to see his employers beat other suitors to Aubameyang’s services in the summer as that will surely boost his team’s attacking prowess during his second season as the Spurs manager.

Barcelona are also linked with a move for the former Borussia Dortmund star as the Catalans begin intense search for Luis Suarez’s replacement.

The Uruguayan has been a huge success at Camp Nou, but the La Liga Champions could release him in the next transfer market due to his late injury concerns.

Aubameyang is reportedly their major target and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is doing everything within his power to ensure that the player ends up being the club’s top striker in the 2020-21 season.

Conclusively, Arsenal will definitely want to do everything possible to make Abameyang stay at the Emirate Stadium beyond this campaign due to his goalscoring abilities and Lacazette’s uncertain future.

As for Liverpool, it is yet to be seen how Klopp will feature Salah, Mane, Firmino, and Aubameyang in his starting lineup, should he eventually capture the Gabonese star.

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Gooner News: Arsenal defender explains the severity of his injury

Arsenal and Scotland international full-back Kieran Tierney had admitted dislocating his shoulder “three times in 10 minutes” during the Gunners’ win at the London Stadium against West Ham United in December.

The former Celtic defender, who has capped 12 times for the Scotland senior national team, endured an injury-hit start to his career in English football having joined the Gunners from Celtic in the summer, and the left-back finally made his debut in a Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September.

Tierney’s debut against Nottingham Forest in September was the first of his 11 appearances for the North London club this season so far, with 11 of these appearances coming against West Ham United at the London Stadium, when the 22-year-old was forced off the pitch after dislocating his shoulder 29th minute into the game.

Speaking to SportBible’s Facebook channel via the Daily Mirror, the Arsenal left-back, who’s currently rated at €23m, has now opened up on the severity of his injury.

Tierney said:

“Mentally it was probably the toughest time of my life. In my head I was thinking, ‘I need an operation now.’ I knew,”

“I knew that devastation straight away and I think you can see it on my face.”

The Scott is now returning to full fitness ahead of schedule and hopes his first game would be in the Premier League under Arsenal’s new boss Mikel Arteta when football action returns to normal.

He added:

“I know the way the team play, how they want to play and how the manager wants to do his things.

“It’s never ideal sitting on the sideline watching but I just want the team to win and be successful.

“Everybody loves going out and playing football but to be mentally tough and to deal with all these obstacles and hurdles that people throw at you, it’s the hardest part but when you get to the other side it’s the most rewarding part.”

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Dani Ceballos deserves a lengthy spell at Arsenal

Arsenal’s display against West Ham United on Saturday wasn’t the best performance we’ve seen from Mikel Arteta’s men this season but they would be happy with the 1-0 victory.

The Gunners took the lead at the latter stages of the game as second-half substitute Alexandre Lacazette found the back of the net in the 78th minute.

Though the French striker deservedly made the headline for his inspiring cameo, one player was arguably the major reason why the Gunners maintained a clean sheet against the Hammers.

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos continued his scintillating performance for the team on Saturday. Fresh from his man-of-the-match display against Portsmouth during the week, Ceballos was included in Arteta’s starting XI against struggling David Moyes’ side.

The Spaniard was brilliant at the middle of the park as he showed the defensive aspect of his game. He snatched the ball from West Ham players on 14 occasions ( The Sun)

Apart from acting as an unstoppable ball-winner during the weekend, the 23-year-old was equally important at the final half of the pitch.

He initiated many of the Gunners attacking moves which almost led to goal if not for their wastefulness in front of goal.

Considering the fact that he made 86 successful passes, he had 100 touches on the ball, and impressive numbers of interceptions against the Hammers, Dani Ceballos was obviously one of the best players on the pitch.

The Spanish star is currently in his best form since he returned from his two-month injury, and Arsenal fans are getting used to the player’s consistent performances on the pitch.

Unfortunately, Ceballos is just on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and he is expected to return to the Spanish side at the end of season.

His recent displays for the Emirates Stadium outfits must have caught Zinedine Zidane’s attention and the Frenchman will love to improve his midfield by integrating Ceballos into his plans for next season

However, It remains unknown if the North London Club can reach an agreement with Los Blancos to make him stay permanently ahead of the next season.

Since he joined the Gunners last summer , Ceballos has featured in 24 games and has been involved in three goals (two assists and one goal) in all competitions (Transfermarkt)

Arsenal fans will hope to see another great performance from their newly found unsung hero when they tackle Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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“…king of assists is back” – Some Arsenal fans react to Mesut Ozil and Saka’s performance against Hammers

It was a tough London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Gunners battled West Ham United to the very end of the match. Mikel Arteta’s men weren’t very lively in the opening minutes of the encounter as they almost concede a quick goal in the opening two minutes of the game.

West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen struck the woodwork in the early stages before Michail Antonio also wasted a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock.

However, the home side grew into the game and they piled much pressure on their visitors but it remained goalless throughout the first 45 minutes of the game.

The second half saw a better display from Arsenal who needed maximum points to boost their Champions League’s qualifying hopes for the next season.

Nketiah, Sokratis and Granit Xhaka all have their chances to put the Gunners ahead but the ball couldn’t find its way into Fabianski’s net.

The Hammers also have some chances of their own at the other end of the pitch and one of them was Antonio’s well-struck header that was saved by Bernd Leno’s mighty hands.

After 78 minutes of actions and some controversies, the host eventually broke the deadlock via second-half substitute Alexandre Lacazette who replaced Eddie Nketiah.

The Frenchman converted from close range after a lovely pass from Mesut Ozil. The goal was initially ruled out for offside by the match officials, but the decision was turned down by VAR after a lengthy check.

With the result, Arsenal now occupy the 9th position on the League table with 40 points. They are five points behind fourth-place Chelsea who play host to Everton at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, and they have a game at hand.

At full-time, some Arsenal fans took to social media networking site Twitter to express delight with Ozil and Saka’s performance against Hammers. While there are some who believed Saka is very good, others cannot stop admitting the Premier League’s “king of assists” is back.

Below are some of the best selected tweets:

https://twitter.com/LacaSweat/status/1236323335115624450?s=20

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Arsenal’s probable line-up against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium

The Premier League’s match-day 29 fixtures is set to kickoff on Saturday’s launch-time as the Gunners welcome West Ham United to the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side were involved in the mid-week FA Cup competition and comfortably secured a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Fratton Park Stadium and a win against the Hammers on Saturday afternoon will make it two wins in two games for the Gunners

Ahead of the London derby, let’s take a look players that could make the match-day squad:

Goalkeeper

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to return to the starting XI after being rested against the League One side on Monday.

Though Martinez kept a clean sheet against the promotion-chasing side, I’m afraid he hasn’t done enough to displace Leno from Arteta’s first eleven.

Defence

Hector Bellerin, who wasn’t included in the club’s traveling squad on Monday, is expected to regain his spot in the team.

The Spaniard has been a mainstay in the team since he returned from injury, and he will hope to help the Gunners record a famous victory over West Ham. This means that Sokratis Papastathopoulos will return to the bench for this one.

David Luiz will surely keep his spot at the heart of defense alongside Shkodran Mustafi who was left out of the team that defeated Portsmouth.

Though Pablo Mari was immense for the North London club on Tuesday, it is arguably too early to see him leapfrog rejuvenated Mustafi in the pecking order.

18-year-old Bukayo Saka is definitely set for another starting role as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances.

Midfield

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka will feature at the base of the midfield as they will be charged with the responsibility of providing a strong shield for the back four.

Mesut Ozil will feature as the link between the midfield and attack. The German has somewhat returned to form and his teammates will rely on his creativity to provide some goal-scoring opportunities.

Attack

In-form Aubameyang will return to the line-up following his inactive role on Monday. The Gabonese is currently the Gunners top goalscorer and they will rely solely on his goal-scoring abilities during the upcoming encounter.

Nicholas Pepe is tipped to start despite his unimpressive stats in front of goal this season. The Ivorian has struggled to hit the ground running at the Emirates Stadium but Arteta will likely give him a starting berth against West Ham.

Hale End Academy product Eddie Nketiah is expected to be the club’s centre-forward ahead of Alexandre Lacazette due to his present form.

Summary: Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Mustafi, Saka; Ceballos, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Nketiah.

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Three headlining transfers the Gunners should prioritize in the summer

It’s obvious that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs to make wholesome changes to his current squad in the summer transfer window if he must keep Arsenal be in contention for next season’s Premier League title.

Having inherited the team from Freddie Ljunburg midway through to the campaign, Arteta had to do with the current players at his disposal until the January transfer window.

However, the North London club managed to make some additions to the team with two new players in Cédric Soares (loan from Southampton) and Pablo Mari (loan from Flamenco) during the January winter transfer window, which leaves the Spanish gaffer with few quality players.

That said, there have been speculations in the past couple of weeks linking the Emirates outfits with top-rated players across Europe ahead of the next summer transfer window.

In light of that, amongst players linked move to Arsenal, gooner news have highlighted three players believed will be a shrewd piece of business if the club can prioritize their signing in the summer:

*Note: The names on the list are in no particular order as they are some of the hottest transfer speculations making headlines in Europe and beyond

1. Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid)

Thomas Partey is arguably the best player currently linked with a move to Arsenal owing to his incredible performance in midfielder for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side.

The Ghanaian international, who despite being a defensive midfielder, can also be used in the central midfield and attacking midfield has been in red-hot form for the Rojiblance so far this season registering 34 appearances with three goals and one assist to his name.

However, his days with the Madrid club seems numbered with reports that the Gunners are considering to trigger the release cause in his contract with Atletico.

According to FourFourTwo, Arsenal are keen to meet Atletico’s asking price of £42m in the summer amid Liverpool’s interest.

2. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)

Domenico Berardi is another player who is being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as Offside-football claimed on Tuesday that the Italian star has attracted Arteta’s attention.

The Gunners could be in the market for new strikers following the uncertainties surrounding Aubameyang and Lacazette’s future. Hence, the manager is keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old striker who has scored 83 goals in 245 appearances for Sassuolo.

3. Maitland-Niles (Tipped To Leave Arsenal Next Summer)

As much as getting new players will improve the team next season, it is also good to note that Arteta will have to create space for the incoming ones by letting go of underused players.

Arsenal’s Hale End Academy product Aisely Maitland-Niles is one of the players who could be shown the exit door in the summer. The 22-year-old has fallen out of favor under Arteta who prefers Hector Bellerin and Sokratis ahead of him.

Luckily, the player won’t wait for too long before joining a new team as Serie A sides AC Milan and Inter Milan are reportedly keeping a close tab on his situation at North London.

Report via The Sun revealed that the young man could finally part ways with his childhood club if he fails to regain his spot in the club’s starting line-up before the close the season.

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Good news for gooners has seven-goal striker keen on Arsenal move

There have been speculations that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could be forced to look for new strikers in the next transfer window as some of his best strikers are being linked out of the Emirates Stadium.

It is believed that the club’s highest goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way out of North London in the summer if they fail to qualify for next season’s European competitions.

Another section of the media also have it that French centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette is uncertain to remain at the North London club beyond this season as he could be forced to find a greener pasture next campaign.

However, Arteta’s search for a new striker might not be a long one because there’s one player who’s ready to feature for the team if given the opportunity. Nigerian international striker Josh Maja has revealed his desire to play for the Gunners before the end of his career.

The former Sunderland striker — who was born and raised up in London — has been an Arsenal fan since he was a child and it will be a great accomplishment to put on the club’s jersey.

According to him, playing for the North London club is one of his dream and he will be glad if he achieve it. The 21-year-old is enjoying his best season since he joined Ligue 1 side Bordeaux from Sunderland two years ago.

He has featured in 23 matches for the Girondes in all competitions so far this season, scoring seven goals and three assists in the process.

His goalscoring form caught Chelsea and Everton’s attention during the winter transfer period as reports claimed that both clubs were ready to compete for his services, although, it turned out to be a mere rumor.

Internationally, Maja has one cap for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and he will hope to be involved in Gernot Rohr’s plans during and after the ongoing AFCON 2021 qualifying series.

It is yet to be seen if Arteta and the board member will look towards Maja’s direction, if the need to replace Aubameyang and Lacazette eventually arises before the start of next season.

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have developed a keen interest in AC Milan central midfielder Franck Kessel who has featured in 120 games for the Serie A giants since 2017.

With Dani Ceballos tipped to return to his parent club Real Madrid in the summer and Torreira’s injury woes, The Express revealed that Arteta hopes to lure the Ivorian to the Emirates Stadium as soon as the transfer market reopens.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta taking a step closer to emulating his former boss

Arsenal manager Mikel and his players endured a tough time towards the end of February as they surprisingly bowed out of the Europa League competition last week.

Though the North London club managed a 2-2 aggregate draw with Olympiakos in one of Europa League’s round-32 fixtures, Arsenal couldn’t progress to the next round due to away goal rule which favored the Greeks side.

However, the team started this month (March) on a brilliant note as they defeated League One side Portsmouth 2-0 in Monday’s FA Cup tie. The Gunners traveled to the Fratton Park as favorites judging by both club’s current status and quality players.

Though Kenny Jackett’s men curtailed Arsenal’s pressure during the first 40 minutes of the encounter, they couldn’t prevent the visitors from taking the lead as Sokratis Papastathopoulos found the back of the net before half-time.

Hale End Academy product Eddie Nketiah added the second goal of the game in the 51st minute to give the Gunners a morale-boosting victory. Arsenal are now through to the quarter-final round of the competition.

Having watched his former boss Pep Guardiola won the Carabao Cup for the third consecutive season on Sunday, Arteta would be glad that he is a step closer to emulating his compatriot by laying hold on the FA Cup glory with the Gunners this season.

However, he still has a long way to go because his team will need to overcome Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur’s challenge to win the trophy.

Knowing this, Arteta told reporters that the team won’t dwell too much on the victory against Jackett’s side because they know the quality of teams they will face in the next round.

He told BBC Sports after the encounter:

“There is a long way to go [in the FA Cup] But we’re on the right path. We’ll see what happens in the draw. We’ll keep going because we love this competition.”

The FA Cup competition is the Gunners only hope of claiming a silverware this season, and the players will do everything possible to end the season on a positive note.

Meanwhile, Arsenal left wing-back Bukayo Saka is set to pen a new deal with the club. According to reports emanating from the Emirates Stadium, the youngster has been offered a new bumper deal while will see him remain at the club until 2025.

This will come as a huge relieve to Arsenal manager who is keen on having the youngster in his team for a longer period of time amid speculations surrounding his future.

Saka was in action on Monday and he’s expected regain his spot in the starting XI when the team play host to West Ham United this weekend.

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Why Arsenal should rekindle interest in Villarreal youngster despite Saka’s importance

Villarreal youngster Samuel Chukwueze has been Arsenal’s longtime transfer target as reports revealed that the Nigerian international was once targeted by former manager Arsene Wenger during his spell at the Emirates Stadium.

It was equally claimed that current manager Mikel Arteta was also interested in the player’s services as his employers put a call through to Santi Cazorla, who is Chukwueze’s teammate, to make enquiries over the youngster’s quality and availability in January.

Chukwueze, 20, was also tipped to join Chelsea during the winter transfer window but the Blues failed to make an official move for his services despite numerous reports which claimed that Lampard included him as one of his prime targets.

Other clubs including Liverpool, Lyon Manchester City and Barcelona were all believed to be keeping close eyes on his development under coach Javi Calleja’s tutelage prior to the January transaction period, but none of them was able to lure him out of the Yellow Submarine’s squad.

Having said that, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must, however, reignite his desire to work with the young man in the next transfer window as he now stands a better chance of winning the race for his services due to some reasons.

Firstly, it must be said that Chukwueze is currently having a less-impressive spell at the Estadio de la Cerámica Stadium, having failed to make the team’s starting lineup in the last five consecutive league matches.

Should he fail to turn things around before the end of the campaign, top clubs might lose interest in him, which means Arsenal will have a massive chance of luring him to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

In addition, Chukwueze often speaks of his desire to play in the Premier League before the end of his career, the North London club should try to take advantage of the player’s love for the League in the summer.

Another reason why the Gunners should consider Chukwueze’s services is the youthfulness, skills and competition he will inject into the team.

Saka is obviously doing a great job as a makeshift left-back, but signing the Nigerian star will add more depth and quality to the team.

He is obviously talented and his addition to the Gunners attacking setup will be a very huge boost to Arteta’s hope of having a strong team in the next campaign. Hence, all wingers or wing-backs will up their game in order to remain prominent members of the team.

Finally, Arsenal will have a very high tendency of capturing the player’s signature in few amount of money because his financial value is expected to drop as a result of lack of regular game-time this season.

According to a report from Daily Mail, Villarreal placed a huge £60m price tag on the player, but that is expected to change in the summer if he fails to regain his spot in the starting lineup before the end of the season.

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How Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd’s Match-day 28 results could determine Arsenal’s top-four hopes

Arsenal’s hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League has received a massive boost following series of favorable results from other top-four competitors.

Chelsea needed a win on Saturday to boost their chances of laying strong hold on the fourth position, but Frank Lampard’s men failed to defeat 18-place AFC Bournemouth who have been poor all through the campaign.

Despite taking the lead through Marcos Alonso in the 33rd minute of the encounter, the Blues only managed to play a 2-2 draw as they conceded two quick second-half goals.

The Gunners, who are 10th on the Premier League table with 37 points from 27 games, have played a game fewer than other top-four chasers, and they now trail Chelsea with just eight points.

As for Tottenham who are also in the race for a place among the top-four clubs, José Mourinho’s men surprisingly lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of the Lilywhites supporters.

Though the result is not totally favorable to the Gunners’ top-four hope because Wolves are also in the race, Mikel Arteta’s side will be happy to see their local rivals drop important points.

Mourinho and his men are obviously missing Harry Kane and Heung-min Son’s services as they are yet to win a single league game since losing both players to injury.

They remain on the 7th position with 37 points, three points ahead of the Gunners. Arsenal won’t have difficulty overtaking them before the end of the season, judging by their current unimpressive form.

We move to Manchester United’s result against Everton in a highly controversial game that was played on Sunday. The Red Devils looked to have regained their confidence having won two consecutive Premier League matches prior to the encounter.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men shocked everyone as they took the lead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin in less than 5 minutes of action.

Winter signing Bruno Fernandes equalized for the away side before half-time and both sides settled for a 1-1 draw after some VAR controversial decisions.

The result means the Red Devils are in the fifth position with 42 points, five above Arsenal who should be able to close the gap when they play their one outstanding game.

As much as these results appear to favor the Gunners, Mikel Arteta’s men must make perfect use of this opportunity to close the gap between them and the three Premier League giants.

They must endeavor to win every match left in the season because every point is valuable at this stage of the campaign.

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Mesut Ozil to remain at Arsenal despite 2020-21 UCL uncertainty

There have claims and counter-claims surrounding the future of Arsenal’s and ex-Germany international Mesut Ozil. The claims have suggested nothing more than saying the 31-year-old could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium before the end of his contract next year.

It should be recalled that the player was heavily linked with a move to Fenerbahce during the first half of the season due to lack of regular first-team action under the then Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Unfortunately, Ozil’s proposed move and talks about his move to the Turkish side failed to materialize as Emery was shown the exit door in November owing to run of poor form.

Ozil then became a regular starter for the Gunners under Freddie Ljungberg, who replaced the Spanish tactician.

Furthermore, Ozil’s be an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s team since he took over from Ljungberg, but there are still claims that the former Real Madrid playmaker could leave Arsenal by the end of the season.

Read also: Aubameyang’s future in doubt: Two reasons Arsenal could lose their key player

However, Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut has confirmed the player’s desire to remain under Arteta’s tutelage until 2021.

According to him, Ozil still has 15 months left to run on his current deal with the North London club, and he wants to help them return to their glory days as soon as possible.

Sogut said:

“He still has 15 months to go. Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There’s no chance he’ll leave.”

Since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid seven years ago, the 92-cap former Germany international has notched up 183 Premier matches, with 33 goals and 53 assists to his name for the Gunners. (Premier League)

He has won three FA Cup trophies but he is yet to lift the Premier League title. He has been an integral part of Arteta’s team this season and the manager will rely on him to help the team qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

Having crashed out of the Europa League following their 2-1 defeat to Olympiakos on Thursday, the Gunners now need to end the season among the top-four clubs to stand a chance of featuring in Champions League campaign next season.

Meanwhile, Arteta has charged his men to up their game if they must beat Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Manchester United to the fourth position.

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Speaking after Tuesday’s Europa League ouster, the former Spanish midfielder urge his players to keep believing in themselves and respond brilliantly to the shock defeat suffered at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta said:

“I just want to concentrate now on lifting those players, getting back the belief, and convincing them that there is still a lot to play for, and move on.”

With 11 Premier League matches to go until end of the season, Arteta and cohorts cannot be ruled out in the race for a top-four finish this season. Arsenal are currently sitting ninth on the Premier League table with 37 points from 27 matches at the time of this article. They are seven points behind Chelsea who are in the fourth position.

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Aubameyang’s future in doubt: Two reasons Arsenal could lose their key player

Arsenal could be on the verge of losing their most influential striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the next transfer window as he is close to the end of his contract with the club.

The in-form striker is in the final year of his contract, and the Gunners hierarchies are reportedly doing everything possible to extend his stay at the North London club.

However, the club might fail in their bid to see the player remain under Arteta beyond this season due to the reasons listed below:

1. The Urge For Champions League Action

Mikel Arteta’s men presently occupy the ninth position with 37 points, seven points behind Chelsea who are in the fourth position, and their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League remains in doubt.

Judging by their current position on the Premier League table and Manchester United’s newfound confidence, it won’t be out of context to suggest that their chances of featuring in any of next year’s European competitions (Champions League and Europa League) remains uncertain.

Aubameyang will certainly want to ply his trade across Europe next season; hence, the Gunners face a very slim chance of convincing the player into signing a new contract before the end of the season.

2. Interest From Top European Clubs

Barcelona were the first club who showed interest in the striker following the injury picked up by Luis Suarez, but the Gunners were smart enough to deny the Blaugranas the chance of negotiating with the player during the winter transfer window.

However, Arsenal’s mission to prevent all interested suitors from snatching Aubameyang away is far from over as Barcelona are likely to reignite interest in the player in the next transfer market.

In the same vein, Inter Milan are equally knocking on the player’s door. According to Italian outlet Inter Live, Antonio Conte is looking at the prospect of luring the Gabonese striker to the San Siro Stadium as part of his mission to boost his attacking department next season.

The former Chelsea boss, who signed Lukaku from Manchester United prior to the start of this campaign, hopes to include the Arsenal forward to the list of players he wants to have under his watch in the 2020-21 season.

The Italy-based media outlet further revealed that the Nerrazurri are set to launch a player-plus-cash move for the striker, which could see Ivan Perisic move to the Emirates Stadium.

As much as the Gunners are not in desperate need of a winger, the North London club might fail to overcome the temptation of making huge profits from a player who could leave the club as free agent.

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One Of These Two African Stars Can Make Arsenal Title Contenders Next Season

It’s a forgone conclusion that Liverpool are Premier League Champions in waiting as they currently top the League table with 79 points, 22 points above reigning champions Manchester City.

Though the Gunners still have a chance of winning their first trophy under Mikel Arteta this season, every Arsenal fan is more determined to see the team qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

The Gunners faithfuls will equally hope to see their darling team compete for the EPL glory in the 2020-21 campaign.

As much as winning next season’s Premier League title appears too early for Arteta and his backroom staffs, the Gunners cannot be ruled out of title race next season in thus, his employers should be ready to get quality players during the next summer transfer window.

The former Manchester City assistant manager has seen his side conceded cheap goals so far this season, and he must find a perfect solution to the shaky defence during the next transfer window period.

Apart from finding a quality centre-back to replace aging David Luiz, Arteta must bring at least one defensive midfielder to the Emirates Stadium next season.

Some top players have been linked with the North London club, but we believe any of these two players will increase the club’s chances of winning their first Premier League title since 2005. Who are the players?

1. Wilfred Ndidi

The Nigerian midfielder is definitely one of the best defensive midfielders in the world judging by his obvious ball-winning potentials.

He is not just an important player for Leicester City, he has been the club’s engine so far this season as he often prevent opponents from gaining access to the defensive setup.

His passing ability has improved tremendously under Rodgers, while, he now score goals too.

The Foxes have struggled to win matches since his injury. They have played six league games without the 23-year-old star, they’ve recorded three defeats and two draws and one victory.

His physical appearance and work rate at the middle of the park will give Mesut Ozil the confidence to operate more in an advanced position.

2. Thomas Partey

You can’t make a list of top 10 players in the Spanish League without mentioning the Ghanaian star.

Partey has a strong reputation as one of the most reliable defensive midfielders in the world following his exploits for Atletico Madrid in recent years.

Apart from stopping opponents’ attack, the player also helps in scoring important goals for Diego Simeone’s side.

His level of creativity, strength and experience are all needed by the Gunners who have arguably failed to produce a reliable defensive midfielder all through this season.

Though Lucas Torreira is no doubt a fine midfielder, the Uruguayan has struggled to settle down at the North London club and it won’t be a surprise should he decide to return to Serie A next campaign.

Considering Xhaka’s inconsistency, Guendozi’s inexperience and Torreira’s uncertain future, the Gunners must lure either Ndidi or Partey to the Emirates Stadium before the start of next season.

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Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos – Will Mikel Arteta’s men prove Arsenal legend right?

“This side has got its attacking side back and got its mojo back in that respect. Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos.”

Above quotations were the words of Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports ahead of the Gunners’ Europa League second-leg tie against Greeks side Olympiakos on Thursday.

Obviously, the Emirates Stadium outfits are currently enjoying a great run of form at the final half of the season having scored eight goals in their last three matches across all competitions. They have equally won all the three matches.

Heading into their second-leg tie against Greeks side, Mikel Arteta’s men have have a goal advantage having defeated their opponent 1-0 in the first leg of the game. The return leg being at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners are in a favourable position to progress to the next round of the competition owing the sole fact that they would be playing right in front of their own fans.

However, the Greeks Champions are not pushovers as they have shown resurgence in their recent performances in the Greek Super League, and the Gunners must avoid being complacent against them.

Olympiakos couldn’t progress out of Champions League group stage drawn against the likes of Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade, Pedro Martins’ side, however, are far from a finished side, and they have all it takes to shock the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

The Gunners’ shaky defence should be ready for a very strong test against the in-form opposition attackers who found the back of the net on nine occasions during their last four League matches.

Judging by Nicholas’ prediction, the Gunners will have a very easy game against their upcoming opponents, but it remains to be seen if the team will prove him right or wrong.

Meanwhile, the former Arsenal player — who is now a football pundit— equally gives a clue on the list of players who should be in Arteta’s starting lineup on Thursday.

According to him, in-form youngster Bukayo Saka is set to reclaim his spot at the left-back position following Sead Kolasinac’s injury against Everton last Sunday.

Aubameyang, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette are all tipped to start by the Former Gunners star based on their present form for the team.

Surprisingly, Nicholas believes summer signing Pepe should be dropped from the starting XI as he hasn’t done enough to justify his £72m price tag.

He urged the former Manchester City assistant manager to replace the Ivorian with Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli, even if that’s almost an impossible task.

He said:

“Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.”

A goalless draw is enough to see the Gunners progress to the next round of the Europa League competition, while Olympiakos need an outright win without conceding any goal to stand a chance of overcoming Arsenal’s challenge.

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