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Arsenal ‘have £40m summer transfer budget’

Arsenal will reportedly only have a transfer budget in the region of £40m for the summer window. Arsenal have reportedly decided to restrict Unai Emery‘s transfer budget to £40m. There has been widespread speculation regarding Arsenal’s plans for the summer window, with it being suggested that the size of the funds made available to Emery depends on whether the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. According to The Mirror, the club’s board have already made the call regarding their spending ahead of the new campaign with an onus being placed on reducing the wage bill. The report claims that Emery may be provided with more money should they earn their place in European football’s premier competition, but it remains to be seen how much Arsenal woul...

Unai Emery leaps to defence of under-fire Shkodran Mustafi

Unai Emery launched an impassioned defence of Shkodran Mustafi on the eve of Arsenal‘s Premier League trip to Wolves – but admits there is room for improvement for the beleaguered centre-back. Mustafi was singled out for widespread criticism following his performance in Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace. A win over the Eagles would have seen Emery’s side finish the weekend in third but they now head to Wolves outside the top four and with Champions League qualification still in the balance. Shkodran Mustafi has been criticised for his defending (Adam Davy/PA) Mustafi, 27, has split opinion ever since he joined from Valencia for a reported £35million in 2016 but Emery believes the Germany international has the ability to be a success at the Emirates Stadium and th...

Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Arsenal have a quick opportunity to bounce back from their shock 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Wednesday night. The Gunners saw a 10-match home winning streak come to an end in Sunday’s London derby, allowing Chelsea to leapfrog them in the top-four race with Monday night’s draw against Burnley. Arsenal do still have a Champions League spot in their own hands but know that another slip-up in midweek could change that. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news ahead of Arsenal’s trip up to the Midlands. ARSENAL’S INJURY LIST © Reuters S...

Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday’s Premier League meeting between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal. Unai Emery will be after a quick response from his Arsenal players when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. The Gunners suffered a shock 3-2 home loss at the hands of Crystal Palace on Sunday and cannot afford to drop more points as the race for a top-four finish heats up. Wolverhampton Wanderers © Reuters This midweek tussle with Arsenal may have come at the perfect time for Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves’ season is at risk of spiralling out, having won just one of their last five matches. That solitary win, at home to Manchester United at the start of the month, seems like an ...

Unai Emery vows to rotate Arsenal squad “to protect players”

Unai Emery insists he can keep rotating to “protect” his players and seal a top-four Premier League finish. Arsenal made seven changes from Thursday’s Europa League win in Napoli for Sunday’s league clash with Crystal Palace, only to be beaten 3-2 by the Eagles. The Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes took a hit in losing a game they expected to win, with Palace claiming their eighth victory on the road this term. Unai Emery, pictured, remains confident Arsenal can still secure a top-four Premier League finish (Bradley Collyer/PA) Granit Xhaka should recover from a hip complaint in time for Wednesday’s league trip to Wolves, as manager Emery looks set to mix up selection once again. “We have had some injuries, like with Aaron Ramsey, and ...

Report: Liverpool initiate contact over Nicolas Pepe

Liverpool are reportedly in control in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille as they have established contact with the French side over a summer transfer. Liverpool have reportedly moved to the front of the queue in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe after making a formal enquiry about the Lille forward. The Ivory Coast international’s agent confirmed at the weekend that a number of clubs have showed an interest in the £75m-rated attacker. Arsenal are considered long-term admirers of Pepe and Chelsea see him as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, while Bayern Munich and Manchester United have also been touted as possible suitors. French outlet Le10 Sport suggests that Liverpool have stolen a march on each of their rivals, however, as they have established contact with Lille about t...

Unai Emery: “We lost a big opportunity”

Unai Emery fears Arsenal blew a big opportunity in the Premier League’s top four race by losing 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur all found the net as Palace stunned Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, hindering the Gunners’ chances of Champions League qualification. Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck for Arsenal but the Gunners never looked like pulling off any kind of rescue act, leaving manager Emery counting the cost in defeat. Mesut Ozil, left, and Wilfried Zaha both scored as Crystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 (Bradley Collyer/PA) “It was very frustrating because it was a big opportunity,” said Emery. “But we’ve had plenty of big opportunities before today, plenty of key moments, that give us ...

Arsenal line up former midfielder Edu to become technical director?

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu, currently employed by the Brazilian FA, is reportedly in line to become the Gunners’ new technical director. Arsenal have reportedly turned focus back to former midfielder Edu in their search for a new technical director. The Gunners were knocked back by Monchi last month and have had to rethink their appointment, which they had supposedly wanted to make in time for the summer transfer window. According to the Daily Mail, Edu is seen as an ideal candidate as he has historical links to the club, having been part of the Invincibles squad in 2003-04. Edu is currently employed by the Brazilian FA and he has been reluctant to take up Arsenal’s offer as the Selecao are hosting the Copa America this summer. However, it is claimed that Arsenal are now pre...

Unai Emery: Arsenal blew “big opportunity”

Unai Emery conceded Arsenal blew a “big opportunity” in the race for the Premier League’s top four with their 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur all found the net as Palace stunned the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Roy Hodgson‘s men sealed an eighth league win on the road to leave Arsenal in fourth on goal difference alone and unsure of securing Champions League football next term. FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace Goals from Benteke, Zaha and McArthur send the Eagles up to 12th in the #PL after a thriller at the Emirates Stadium pic.twitter.com/CoykAggVLw — Premier League (@premierleague) April 21, 2019 Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck for Arsenal but the Gunners never looked like pull...

PSG to offer £65m for Spurs, Arsenal target Zaha?

Paris Saint-Germain consider a £65m offer for Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, according to a report. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering a £65m offer for Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha. Zaha scored his ninth Premier League goal of the campaign in Palace’s 3-2 win at Arsenal on Sunday. The 26-year-old has expressed a desire to leave Selhurst Park this summer, though, and Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both been credited with an interest. According to The Express, PSG are ready to make a £65m bid for the Ivory Coast international and will offer him ‘a healthy pay rise’ on his current £130,000-a-week salary with the Eagles. That said, a recent report has claimed that Palace want closer to £80m for the attacker. Zaha has scored 52 times in 320 app...

Result: Crystal Palace end Arsenal’s home run to dent Gunners’ top-four hopes

A defensively-poor Arsenal slip to a second home Premier League loss of the season, going down 3-2 to London rivals Crystal Palace in Sunday’s clash at the Emirates. Crystal Palace have defeated Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s Premier League clash to end their London rivals’ home run and dent their top-four hopes. © Reuters Unai Emery promised to make changes on the back of Thursday’s victory at Napoli, which sealed Arsenal’s place in the last four of the Europa League, and so it proved as just four players survived from that match. One of the new faces to come in was Konstantinos Mavropanos, who gave away a needless free kick for the game’s opening goal 17 minutes in. The right-sided delivery from Luka Milivojevic was headed past Bernd L...

Crystal Palace ‘demanding £80m for Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha’

Crystal Palace reportedly place an £80m price tag on wantaway winger Wilfried Zaha amid alleged interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped an £80m price tag on the head of rumoured Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Wilfried Zaha. Zaha confirmed his desire to leave the Eagles in order to play Champions League football earlier today, with Palace now resigned to losing their star man. However, they will not let the 26-year-old leave on the cheap and the Daily Mail claims that Palace will only consider bids of around £75m-£80m for the Ivory Coast international. The asking price could prove problematic for both Arsenal and Spurs, who have scouted the winger intensively but are unlikely to be able to afford spending up to £80m on one player. Borussia ...

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