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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 02:12

Arsenal prefer Alexis Sanchez go for free over summer sale

Wenger is adamant selling his 28-year-old top-scorer to Arsenal's direct rivals is not an option this summer - even it means they run the risk of losing the South American on a free transfer next year

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 01:17

Vardy will show what Arsenal missed out on - Shakespeare

The Leicester striker turned down Arsene Wenger’s £20million approach having won the Premier League title and the decision initially appeared questionable as he and his club struggled.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 00:59

Is Manchester United's Marcus Rashford the new Harry Kane?

MARTIN SAMUEL: United produce great players. Not great strikers. Not lately. Great strikers, they buy. This may be why uncertainty continues to surround Marcus Rashford.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 26 Apr 00:07

Sanchez will not move to rival - Wenger

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will not be sold to a Premier League rival, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 21:32

Liverpool prepared to make 50m bid for centre-back ? report

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is planning to break the club’s transfer record to buy Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claim Liverpool will not be put off the £50million price tag that Saints are believed to want if they have to relinquish the services of the 25-year-old.

Saints have no plans to sell the central defender, who only signed a new six-year deal in May 2016, and he is contracted to the south-coast club until 2022.

Klopp though is determined to strengthen his defence this summer and knows he will have part with a significant amount of money to better what he already has at Anfield.

The club’s record signing is the £35million they paid for Andy Carroll in 2011, but they did spend big on £34million Sadio Mane last summer and are willing to do the same again this summer.

Van Dijk is believed to be Klopp’s number one target, but  Man City, Chelsea, Everton and now Arsenal are in the hunt for the former Celtic man, who signed for Saints for £13milllion in September 2015.

The club “are prepared to make the 25-year-old defender one of the club’s highest wage earners” claims the report, with Southampton “resigned to losing” the player.

That is in stark contrast to a recent report, which quoted a source close to the player and claimed he was “settled at the club”.

A club source, attributed by the Daily Star, is claimed to have said: “When Virgil took the captaincy it was on the understanding he would lead the team until the end of next season as a minimum.

“He has a long-term contract and is settled at the club.”

And in January Southampton executive director Les Reed stated: “Virgil is not for the sale.”

However, that stance may have changed, especially if Van Dijk has made his desire to play Champions League football clear.

Van Dijk, who has been sidelined since January with a foot injury, is expected to assess his options in the summer and if the indications are that he wants to leave then Klopp will be ready with a huge offer.

 

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 19:14

Tottenham star Danny Rose could return for Arsenal game

Tottenham left back Danny Rose has a chance of making his return in this weekend's north London derby against Arsenal after recovering from a knee injury.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 18:23

COMPETITION: Mascot for Chelsea v Arsenal in FA Cup final

MailOnline has teamed up with Emirates to give five young fans the chance to become mascots at the Emirates FA Cup final.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 17:45

Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal scout Turkish ace; Donnarumma interest

Liverpool are chasing a Bayern Munich winger, while AC Milan are offering one of their prized assets a new incentive to keep him away from Manchester United, according to the European media.

MILAN OFFER STAR CAPTAINCY TO KEEP MAN UTD AT BAY

AC Milan want to make goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new captain next season in an effort to ward off interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old is regarded as the best young keeper in the world and United and Real are ready to offer the player a huge salary hike in a bid to lure him away from the San Siro.

Calciomercato, via La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims that Milan have offered the youngster a contract extension until 2022 with a new 3.2million-a-year euros salary. However, the Premier League and La Liga giants will offer Donnarumma more than twice that figure and are also ready to pay Milan 50m euros to land the player.

United are still in the hunt for a new goalkeeper, with David De Gea expected to be the subject of yet more interest from Real this summer, and it would seem that whichever club has De Gea on their books next season will have a knock-on affect on where Donnarumma’s future will ultimately lie.

ARSENAL HANDED BOOST IN HUNT FOR TURKISH STAR

Arsenal have reportedly been given a transfer boost in pursuit of Turkish wonder-kid Yusuf Yazici.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in brilliant form for Trabzonspor this season and has been directly involved in an incredible 15 goals in 16 games for the Turkish ouftit.

Arsenal scout Jurgen Kost was in Turkey recently and is believed to have watched Yazici in action, and Turkish-Football claims that Trabzonspor are already looking at alternatives as they expect the player to leave this summer.

The Gunners are not the only club to have been linked with a move for Yazici, with Manchester United also rumoured to have shown an interest.

AND THE REST

Liverpool are interested in signing winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich (Sport Bild)

PSG trio Jean-Kevin Augustin, Lorenzo Callagari and Alec Georgen all want moves away from the French capital this summer (L’Equipe)

Iker Casillas has rejected a return home to Spain with Malaga to stay at Porto (Record)

Chelsea and Manchester United targets Antonio Rudiger and Kostas Manolas are reportedly being shortlisted by Inter Milan as possible defence reinforcement for next season (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona have seen off rivals Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti (Don Balon)

Juventus are tracking Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick and could hold the upper-hand in a potential transfer (Tuttosport)

AC Milan do not want to sell Juventus target Mattia De Sciglio (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Max Allegri could sign a contract extension with Juventus at the end of the season (Tuttosport)

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has revealed that Paul Pogba has recently Skyped his former team-mates telling them to be happy for their results and that he’d like to be there with them (Tuttosport)

Frank de Boer has urged Barcelona to sign former Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen from Tottenham (Football Oranje)

AC Milan star winger Suso could sign a contract extension until 2022 (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are interested in signing Chelsea and Bayern Munich target Ghoulam, who will be leaving Napoli at the end of the campaign (Tuttosport)

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 15:23

Arsenal?s cup final achievement dispels popular myth ? Cech

Petr Cech believes Arsenal have disproved accusations they lack leaders by beating Manchester City and reaching the FA Cup final.

But Cech has warned his team-mates winning the FA Cup for a third time in four years would still not excuse them failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on May 27 after goals from Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez sealed a 2-1 win in extra-time against City, who had earlier led through Sergio Aguero.

City were dominant for the best part of an hour at the national stadium but the Gunners, rejuvenated in their new 3-4-3 formation, provided a rare display of grit and determination.

They are not qualities often associated with this Arsenal team but Cech says criticism of the players’ mentality has been unfair.

“I think it’s easy to hide behind ‘oh they lack leaders but they have leaders’. You need to see behind the scenes how well the team works and how we operate,” Cech said.

“Sometimes you have periods of games where you prepare and do the right things but the game starts and it goes completely wrong.

“We had a difficult period where the team was losing games it should have not lost and obviously you come to the situation where you play under pressure and need to find a way out.

“Sometimes you find a way out quickly and sometimes it takes a bit of time.”

Arsenal: Battled to victory over Man City

The victory on Sunday means Arsenal have registered back-to-back wins for the first time since January, following a miserable run of form in the league.

They sit seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, albeit with a game in hand, and are still to play Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton during the run-in.

Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League qualification therefore appear slim and Cech insists even winning the FA Cup would not diminish the disappointment of missing out.

“The FA Cup is at the end of the season so there will be a lot of conditions before we play the final,” Cech said.

“Our target is to finish as high as possible. At the moment we have games in hand but the situation in the league is a bit complicated for us.

“We will be able only to judge and measure at the end of the season. Then we’ll see for the final because if you don’t qualify for the Champions League it will be a big loss and a big disappointment.”

Arsenal host a resurgent Leicester on Wednesday before travelling to White Hart Lane for a crunch north London derby on Sunday. There is little margin for error.

“I think we’re going to be under pressure in every game now because of the position we’re in in the league,” Cech said.

“There is no other option than we need to keep getting three points in every game to hope we can get automatic qualification for the Champions League for next season.”

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 15:21

Paper Talk: Man Utd favourites for Morata; Walker to quit Spurs

Manchester United want to pair up Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid stars in their attack next season, while Kyle Walker could be ready to quit Tottenham, according to Tuesday’s papers.

 

MOURINHO HOPES TO WIN RACE TO SIGN ALVARO MORATA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly called former club Real Madrid to discuss a move for Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, this summer.

Mourinho hopes his past relationship with the Bernabeu club will put United at the ‘front of the queue’ should Madrid decide to cash in on the striker this summer.

Morata has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but it is thought the Blues prefer a move for the former striker Romelu Lukaku, who is destined to quit Everton this summer.

That would, according to The Sun and via Don Balon, likely leave Morata a straight choice between Manchester United and AC Milan should he quit Real.

Morata has cut a frustrated figure this season, where he has scored 19 goals for club and country, despite being reduced to a role on the bench for most of the campaign.

It’s believed a bid of around £60million would tempt Real to do business with United hoping to pair the striker in attack with Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial and alongside Antoine Griezmann, with a £84m deal for the latter reportedly already agreed.

WALKER ‘MAY QUIT TOTTENHAM’ AS HUGE CLUBS LURK

Kyle Walker will reassess his Tottenham future at the end of the season after holding talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Daily Telegraph claims the England star has held a meeting with Pochettino to discuss his future, with Bayern Munich reportedly joining Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign the £45million-rated star.

It’s believed Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke was at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, with Walker his main target.

However, he’d have been disappointed to see Walker left out of the starting line-up with Kieran Trippier selected ahead of him – and it’s claimed the player’s exclusion has further pushed talk he could leave.

Spurs would no doubt fight to keep their right-back, who only signed a new deal worth £70,000 late last year.

But with the player able to double his wages with a move elsewhere, Tottenham may need to up his pay again to keep him happy.

Kyle Walker: New deal

Speaking about interest in his players last week, manager Maurcio Pochettino said: “If some clubs are interested in some players it is very clear you need to knock on the door of Daniel Levy.

“If any player is going to leave the club it is always the club’s decision. All the players today have contracts for the next two or three years, minimum, and we’re not worried.

“I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy.”

AND THE REST

Manchester United are looking to snap up Valencia starlet Carlos Soler in a £25m deal this summer (Daily Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accepts his Manchester United career is over and is targeting a return to action in Major League Soccer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United and their top target Antoine Griezmann have already come to an agreement, claims an agent (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich chiefs were in attendance at the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, with Alexis Sanchez now the club’s No 1 summer transfer target (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are willing to pay Chelsea a combined £25m this summer for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and defender Nathan Ake (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will not be signing 23-year-old Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac and Germany midfielders Max Meyer, 21, and Leon Goretzka, 22, from Schalke – according to the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Christian Heidel, who worked with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp at Mainz.

Norwich City are ready to pounce for Garry Monk if Leeds United fail to gain promotion to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola is plotting a world-record swoop for Tottenham’s Dele Alli, according to Barcelona legend Xavi (The Sun)

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane, who is valued at £30m (The Sun)

Chelsea are ready to beat Manchester United in a bidding war for £50m-rated Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic (The Sun)

Premier League new boys Brighton are hoping to snap up Arsenal’s forgotten winger Joel Campbell (The Sun)

Newcastle United are showing interest in Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez. The 27-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, is a target for West Brom with Tony Pulis a confirmed admirer (Daily Mail)

Roma have named Ramon Rodriguez ‘Monchi’, who is widely regarded as the architect of Sevilla’s recent success, as their sporting director (Daily Mail)

Jack Wilshere could be open to a mega-money move to China this summer (Daily Star)

Lucas Perez: 'Too reliant' on left peg

Lucas Perez’s agent has revealed he could be set for talks with Arsenal this summer over the future of his client (Daily Star)

Tony Pulis is ramping up his summer transfer plans at West Brom after making a scouting mission to check on Sporting Lisbon’s £25m-rated William Carvalho (Daily Telegraph)

The Premier League is scrutinising Manchester City’s signing of an academy footballer as young as 11 years old (Daily Telegraph)

Virgil van Dijk: Chairman rules out move

Arsenal have made a move to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk but Chelsea remain favourites to recruit the player (Daily Telegraph)

Daniel Sturridge may have played his last game for Liverpool because of injury (The Guardian)

Manchester United’s hopes of luring one of Europe’s brightest talents, Kylian Mbappe, away from Monaco took a setback after the club’s vice-president insisted the player has no desire to leave the Principality (The Independent)

Manchester City are losing interest in Mbappe after the French club valued him at £110m (The Times)

Crystal Palace have placed a £40m valuation on winger Wilfried Zaha (The Times)

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 25 Apr 14:30

Peaty in GB team for World Championships

Olympic champion Adam Peaty is in a 29-strong British Swimming team for the World Championships in Hungary from 14-30 July.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Apr 14:24

Arsenal's Alexis a 'slow starter' in games

Arsene Wenger praised the form of Alexis Sanchez and admits he is sometimes a slow starter in games.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Apr 13:45

Alex Iwobi would love to see Chelsea rival N'Golo Kante at Arsenal

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that he voted for N'Golo Kante as the PFA Player of the Year, and acknowledged that he'd love to have the Chelsea man as a teammate.  Kante saw off Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard to clinch the prestigious award last week, and the former Leicester City man appears on course to win a second consecutive Premier League title this term. Speaking to Arsenal Player [as per the club's official website], Iwobi has...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Apr 13:44

Wenger ducks Arsenal future questions

Arsene Wenger gave one word answers when he was asked again about his Arsenal future.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 13:29

?Put Firmino back up front and drop Lucas?

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool “don’t have the big-game mentality’ and would you go for Griezmann, Lukaku, Belotti or Morata in the summer? All in our forum…

 

Join in with the debate…

Ronaldo or Messi?

CM – Like I said, the only people who make a case for Ronaldo being better than Messi are Man united and Real madrid fans is what i’VE Notices.Atleast 95 % of neutrals think messi is better.You ask many pundits(Neutral not neville or rio as they’ll still make a case for ronaldo because they’ve played with them) and they’ll say messi.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Who is the next best?

I really respect ronaldo,he’s clearly had a tougher career and been a harder worker but messi is a natural.He’s god sent to entertain the football fans.Although they are in a league above everyone else, there is really no debate about who’s better or should I put it in the perspective who people would rather watch play.

the specialone

 

‘Their personas have shifted’

I think it’s strange how their personas have shifted in recent years. Messi was always the darling who rode challenges and never went down, played with a smile on his face, clean shaven and generally was an all round good guy. Compared to Ronaldo who was stroppy, dived left right and centre, was selfish and was the player who everyone loved to hate.

Now, Ronaldo has mellowed a bit, does a lot of charity work, is more of a team player and is generally seen in a better light whereas Messi has been accused of tax evasion, has organised strikes by the national team players and has even grown a ginger beard. He’s no longer the darling we all thought he was.

manthistle

 

Ronaldo is better, he’s taller…

The specialone-

I have seen some non United, Madrid and Portugese fan stating a claim that they would prefer Ronaldo in the side in comparison to Messi. Messi has only ever done well in 1 system and that is possession football, anything else and he has not looked himself as proven under Martino and the Argentinian side.

Ronaldo can adapt to any style of play as proven with United, the English game, the Spanish game and the numerous different managers Real Madrid have had.

Some have said that for someone the size of Messi, he should not be doing what he is doing. Well that is incorrect, it is more difficult for someone like Ronaldo to do what he is doing. There are plenty of players similar size to Messi who are naturally good at controlling the ball and gliding past players i.e. Sanchez, Hazard, Cruyff, Giggs, Maradonna, Silva, Aguero, Pele, Overmars to name a few past and present.

How many players do you know that are over 6 foot and done what Ronaldo has done, the only player I can think of, but no where to Ronaldo’s level has been Bale.

CM

 

Griezmann, Lukaku, Belotti or Morata?

Who’s the better choice:

Griezmann for Atleti:
59 goals in 105 games

Lukaku for Everton:
52 goals in 105 games#

Personally i’d rather go for Belotti and Morata

Amz

 

Striker demand pushing fees towards £100m

I find it very interesting when posters turn around and state that this player or that is not worth the money rumoured to be anywhere between £60m – £100m.

The problem is supply and demand and these days it is quite clear that a top striker is pushing the transfer fee towards to 100m mark and if Chelsea are serious about wanting to compete at all levels then we have to accept that this is a figure that we may have to pay

Of all the foreign strikers mentioned there is absolutely no guarantee that anyone of them will settle immediately and may take time to adjust to the EPL and the country. Lukaku is the only striker mentioned who at least knows what the EPL is about, has proved himself at that level in a mediocre team and actually wants to play for Chelsea

I am not saying that those factors should rule out other strikers but unless we have a world class striker on our books – which we do not – then we have to face facts that we are going to have to pay for our next striker assuming that Costa is leaving. KTBFFH

CFC1905

Lukaku is not worth £100m

Romelu Lukaku: Set to leave Everton

I’m sorry CFC1905 but for me at a very steep and hefty 100m quid Lukaku would have to come complete with gold trimmings as well as can make the tea and put the dinner on for that price!.

A 100 big ones is not the going price for a player of Lukaku’s quality…100 mill is the price because Everton want to have fun and games with us and will want to charge us as much as they think they can get away with because it’s deemed we’re not short of a bob or two,we look desperate and we seem to treat money like confetti!.

My crystal ball tells me that if we go calling for Lukaku us and Everton will be going round and round all summer and still get nowhere,but let Man.Utd or someone else enter the race to get him and we’ll see how quickly Everton are prepared to be reasonable…and I bet it’s nowhere near even 70 mill let alone a 100!.

Lukaku can stay where he is for all I care!

mtal61

 

Holding impressed

As i said in another thread i was happy with the defense (mostly) and thought holding had a good game as did Gab.

Let look at holding, hardly any games all season then comes in to a back 3 at Semi Final stage with the team in a mess and a poisonous atmos around the club and fans and we won the game and defended well. not amazing, its not all fixed by any stretch, but i was happy with the way they played and worked

steveo snake

 

Man City were ‘unlucky to lose’

Steveo – The defence had a good game especially after the first half.But overall I still feel we were dominated and city were unlucky to lose.

Yes it was a much improved performance from the rubbish we’ve seen over the 2 months but still as far as what I really expect to see in our team we’re a far way from it.The funny thing is even If I saw what I wanted to see in order to think we can really win titles under wenger,it still wouldn’t have made a difference because it would be over a game.And then we’ll go back to being the same old.

I actually noticed quite often after the game many Arsenal fans saying that we should “Thank” Arsene wenger for getting us to the final.

So from “wenger out” week it’s “thank Arsene wenger week”.Wenger talks about loyalty but what about the loyalty the club have showed him in the past decade of not winning trophies.You can’t really classify it as loyalty under this current board it was actually desperation from the board to save their faces.

All in all I would love for him to win a trophy and win but right now there is nothing to thank him for.No matter what I still want wenger gone at the end of the season along with the board.

the specialone

Van Dijk unlikely to choose Liverpool

We need established players to help the team to turn the corner around but those famous, established players always refuse to join us because of football and financial reasons. So, we are always forced to bet on those overpriced future players. No matter we can get a CL spot or not, the coming transfer window remains the same. We have to fight an uphill battle in the transfer market.

Instead of attack, defense is equally or even more important. I mean keeping our best players (defense) is more important than new signings (attack). We must keep all our best players like Coutinho, Mane etc. before trying to make new signings.

About CB, van Dijk is no doubt the first choice but personally don’t believe that the player will join us instead of Chelsea or Man. City. It is better for us to find other CBs.

Klopp said that we received very positive answers form our targets, just hope those positive answers come from van Dijk, Nabi keita and Aubameyang etc. Not just from those M. Keane or Robertson.

Football Scouser

Liverpool have grown and £100m to spend isn’t bad…

You know what guys, as many as you can concede I am the eternal optimist, its the law of O´toole.

Often I might get a bit a head of myself with my predictions but you know what, they are not that far off, we are in 3rd position. The only reason why is our attacking force, that have scored the most goals of any side in the league like I tried to convey when the season started.

We are not getting one hundred goals, painstakingly the defense might even concede about 50 goals, if things turn really bitter.

But you know what, we are miles ahead from where we were last season, the team has grown. Coutinho has stepped up, Lallana has stepped up, Can has stepped up. We got a number of players that are equal to the best in the league.

What we lack is depth, that will be dealt with this summer, I can´t say if we will see another false dawn or not but we will see reinforcement brought in. There is no doubt about it. Even the most pessimistic fans think that we will have about 100 million to spend this summer. Those are the ones that think we are going to crash out of the top four in our last four games.

I´m thinking okay, 100 million on top of what we got, that´s not half bad. Its not a title challenge but its something. That would put us into the 3rd spot in terms of investment being made, if we go by the last summer window.

Right now though, there is a lot of pressure on the lads, the most vocal player after our defeat is Can, 23 years old. Alexander Arnold as a impact sub, Grujic as a impact sub, lets not condemn the players. We can rally behind them, even at the away fixtures.

Even the lone cry of watch out for that run from the fans can be the difference right now.

NotoriousBingo

 

Big-game mentality missing at Anfield

Number8 it’s not just Mane we are missing. We have some players in there who are young, some without that experience and others who just don’t have that big-game mentality (either never will or don’t yet).

As I said thou some of this rests on Klopp to find the best system and start those players in those positions, for example Firmino back up top. Klopp also needs to be a bit braver with his subs as he has done sometimes (I just mean change things earlier).

Rob mate I do agree with what your saying and that’s why for me the focus should be more on attack, we have proven we can’t really shut up shop and generally keep things tight so should go back to high intensity football. I have seen less of this from the players recently (unless we are just tired).

I think Klopp should drop Lucas for the last few games and put someone more dynamic in or consider dropping Coutinho further back as a play maker (for example if Lallana won’t be back).

At times we look far too pedestrian with that trio and whilst I don’t think Lucas has done a bad job by any means, those 3 are just not what we need for the remaining games. So back to basics, press from the front and possession higher up the pitch.

Bob-Notts

 

The great Pogba debate

fatrooney

Yet more evidence that you are more concerned about stats and fail to watch the game.

Get me another central midfielder in europe who has contributed as much as pogba to his team. I mean all round contribution, passing chances created, tackles, duel won etc

Make your mind up. Am I to watch the matches or find players with better stats?!

How do I know that most of the ‘chances created’ by Pogba weren’t just half chances or barely even chances at all? What defines a chance created? People who generally just watch the game and don’t rely on stats say that Pogba has been poor this season, yet you use them to claim the opposite. Yet when I use stats I’m accused of not using my eyes and seeing whats right in front of me.

Just out of curiosity how are Pogba’s miss-control stats and caught in possession stats and shot conversion stats?

manthistle

 

Pogba expectation levels

On the Pogba debate, I think it’s more of a skill level vs what is expected of him that people need to look at; people expect a lot more from him than, say, Herrera so if Pogba has a 7-rating game and Herrera has a 7.5-rating game then you’d still expect to get more from Pogba overall than Herrera even though he was rated lower (because expectations are higher on him).

It’s the same thing with Sneijder vs Messi back in 2010 – Sneijder had a 9.5-rating year and Messi had a 9-rating year however Messi’s 9 is still a greater level than Sneijder’s 9.5

On Pogba this season, going with the above in mind, I think he came in with a very high expectation level and hasn’t come close to hitting the heights expected however that shouldn’t hide the fact that he has done well for us and has been a very important part of the team.

He needs to improve his long and short range shooting for us (the amount of times he’s hit it into Row Z from outside the box or missed a good chance in the box is incredible) and needs to play better in big games to lead the team in midfield however, besides those two, I’m very happy with his contribution.

Sympathy for the Devils

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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Apr 13:03

Marseille hope to make Arsenal's Olivier Giroud top summer signing

Olivier Giroud could be tempted to leave Arsenal for Marseille's ambitious project. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is analysing some of the bigger moves that may happen. Check out the latest deals here. Marseille are interested in signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal this summer as their new American owners try to challenge Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco in Ligue 1. France Football reported that the club have €200 million to spend this summer and are willing to make the 30-year-old their priority, with Crystal Palace's Steve Mandanda,...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 25 Apr 12:06

Arsenal v Leicester City

Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Premier League game between Arsenal and Leicester City.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Apr 11:47

Arsenal don't want to sell Olivier Giroud, no Marseille bid - Wenger

Arsene Wenger was proud of how Arsenal stepped up to the occasion and silenced critics to reach the FA Cup final. Current Arsenal stars take on club legends in a race to crack a series of puzzles and escape the room they're locked in. Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare believes Arsenal's FA Cup semifinal performance dispelled any notion of slumping. LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club next season, adding that Marseille have not made an approach for the striker. Marseille have been linked with a move for Giroud, 30, this summer, with France Football reporting that the French club are hoping to tempt him back to his native country. However, Wenger dismissed the speculation at his news conference on Tuesday. "I have had no approach from Marseille and we want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club," Wenger...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 24 Apr 09:09

Wenger has been 'let down' - Ramsey

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been "let down at times" by the club's players this season, says midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 23 Apr 22:06

We showed togetherness - Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal answered their critics with a "strong and united" performance as they reach a third FA Cup final in four years.

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