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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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s London derby between top-four hopefuls Arsenal and Crystal Palace, including prediction, teams news and head-to-head records. Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday knowing that anything other than victory could see them surrender the initiative in a fiercely-competitive top-four race. Only goal difference is currently keeping the Gunners above the dotted line, and they take on a Crystal Palace side that needs just a draw to reach the 40-point mark. Arsenal © Reuters It has not all been plain-sailing for Arsenal in the post-Arsene Wenger era so far, but as things stand Unai Emery is on course for a successful first season at the helm. Charged with getting the Gunners back into the Premier League, Emery still has two routes open to ...

How Arsenal could line up against Crystal Palace

Sports Mole looks at how top-four hopefuls Arsenal could line up during Sunday’s London derby with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal could take another step towards securing a top-four finish when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners still have two routes into next season’s Champions League after confirming their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League in midweek, and a top-four spot remains in their own hands. However, only goal difference separates Unai Emery‘s side from fifth-placed Chelsea with five games of their season remaining, and any slip-ups at this stage of the campaign could prove fatal. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for Sunday’s London derby. Out: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (s...

Unai Emery “very proud” after Arsenal reach semi-finals

Unai Emery was proud of his Arsenal players after they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with a victory away at Napoli. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, the Gunners will now face Valencia in the last four after Alexandre Lacazette’s 36th-minute free-kick was enough to seal victory on the night and a much-deserved 3-0 aggregate win over a Napoli side far from their best. For all the criticism often aimed at the Arsenal defence, they have now kept six clean sheets in their last seven games and not conceded in consecutive away matches across all competitions for the first time since January 2017. We never feel alone, but we are looking forward to seeing you all at the Emirates on Sunday! We are the @Arsenal ! Forward together! pic.twitter.com/rS0mPYPrBT — Unai Emery (@UnaiEmer...

Result: Valencia brush aside Villarreal to set up Arsenal semi-final

Valencia will face Arsenal in the last four. Valencia booked their place in the Europa League semi finals as a 2-0 win over neighbours Villarreal secured a 5-1 aggregate victory. Toni Lato‘s first senior goal for Valencia built on hosts’ commanding position after the 3-1 win in the first leg, before Dani Parejo doubled the lead at the start of the second half to put the tie beyond Villarreal. The two sides are only separated by 60 kilometres in eastern Spain, but Valencia sit nine places above their opponents in the league, having lost just once in their last 20 matches in all competitions. Valencia made the brighter start, piling the pressure on Villarreal and looking to put the tie beyond the reach of the Yellow Submarine in the opening 10 minutes. Lato fired Valencia in fron...

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