Arsenal will have the opportunity of landing Alexandre Lacazette in the summer with Lyon having given up on keeping hold of their star man.
The France international is lining up a fresh challenge in a new league after proving himself on a seasonal basis for Les Gones. Lacazette has bagged over 20 goals in each of his last four campaigns, and he is now eager to push himself further in a bigger league.
According to The Telegraph, the Gunners could sense a chance of landing the frontman following negotiations between manager Arsene Wenger and Les Gones’ hierarchy in Nice last week. The 26-year-old had previously hinted that Champions League football could be key to his move with Atletico Madrid being his prime destination.
However, with the Spanish club failing to overcome their transfer ban, the striker has had a change of thought as he eyes a lucrative wage package at a club where he would be deemed as a regular in the starting lineup. Lacazette has come through a 37 goal season with his hometown club, and he is said to be frustrated with the lack of progress at Lyon when compared to their rival teams. Continue reading “Arsenal can land Alexandre Lacazette for £60m this summer”
Arsene Wenger managed to once again put behind them negative criticism and put Arsenal on the path towards title success. The club won the FA Cup for the second consecutive season and this time around they managed to beat Aston Villa. A 4-0 victory in the final was extremely well-deserved for the gunners, who controlled the encounter from start to finish. This victory has made Arsenal as the most successful club in the FA Cup history with 12 titles to their name. More importantly, expectations will now increase for the upcoming Premier League season and manager Wenger says that he retains the hunger for a league title.
The ambition from Arsenal has been questioned on several occasions in recent years since they have been failing to mount a title challenge for almost a decade. The club last won the title back in the 2003-04 season. Amidst rumours about an impending exit for Wenger, the Frenchman stated that he has two years left on his contract and intends to reclaim the league title before it ends. This could be the last contract for the former Monaco manager, who will be edging towards 70 by the time this current contract runs out. Continue reading “Arsene Wenger managed to once again put behind them negative criticism”
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has confirmed that he would not like to become a manager in the future once he retires from playing, despite stating previously that he would one day like to manage a club.
The former French international has also said that he would like to remain in football as long as possible, but has ruled out the possibility of a management job as the only means to do so. One of the reasons for Henry ruling out management is that he does not believe that would be able to pass on knowledge he has secured from the likes of Arsene Wenger, according to the Arsenal news website.
Thierry Henry has also said that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba should not be criticised for his decision to choose Chinese football over the United States football. It is very much thought that the United States football is on the ascendancy in recent seasons after the arrival of players like Thierry Henry and David Beckham. However, Didier Drogba is thought to be closer to a move to the Chinese regions, which does not have a significant presence of high profile players other than Nicolas Anelka. Henry has also said that he would not move to China if he was offered the same kind of wages as Nicolas Anelka.
“The more I think about it, it’s pretty difficult. You don’t think about it but you need to be a teacher [as a coach/manager]. Teaching isn’t easy. Sometimes you see things yourself but how do you pass it on? When you know something and you’re talking to someone who just doesn’t get it … that must be hard. Some of the guys that you are talking about, they’ve been there and done that. I don’t know if you can put it down to a ‘no’ to MLS, I think it was just more of a choice. Nicolas, I’m sure, felt like he was more into being in China,” said Henry.
Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal should put all their efforts into the match against AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsenal will be facing AC Milan in the second leg of the Champions League knowing that they should be giving more than 100% in order to have any chance of getting into the quarter-finals. Arsenal trail the tie by four goals after having lost the first leg 4-0. If Arsenal managed to turn this one around, then they would become the first team in the history of the Champions League to overturn a four goal deficit from the first leg in order to qualify for the next round.
Even though the chances of Arsenal making it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League look extremely bleak, Arsene Wenger has said that his players should not worry about the result and should give all their efforts into the match. Arsenal will certainly be feeling confident going into the match – despite the first leg deficit – due to the fact that they have been extremely brilliant in the last two matches. Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2 last weekend, while this weekend they managed to end Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by beating them 2-1 at Anfield.
“When you are a top-level competitor, even if statistically we have a 5% chance, what is important is that we believe that we can be in this 5%. That is what is at stake for us. Let’s make sure that we do not miss out because we did not believe in it,” Arsene Wenger said ahead of the match with AC Milan. He is expected to have a fully fit squad for the match. Deportivo La Coruña were the last team to overturn a three-goal deficit, but no team has overturned a four goal deficit.