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Arsenal ‘to offer Rob Holding new contract’

Arsenal are reportedly preparing to offer centre-back Rob Holding – currently on the sidelines with a knee injury – a new contract. Arsenal are reportedly preparing to offer Rob Holding a new and improved contract. Holding has been with Arsenal since a 2016 move from Bolton Wanderers, making 60 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. The 23-year-old will not play again this season having picked up a serious knee injury in December. Holding had been a regular in the first half of the campaign, however, and according to The Mirror, Arsenal are preparing to offer the centre-back fresh terms to reflect his importance to the team. The Englishman’s current deal will run until the summer of 2023, but the report has claimed that Holding can expect an increase on his basi...

Arsenal boss Unai Emery was a big fan of ‘very special’ Matt Le Tissier

Arsenal host struggling Saints on Sunday knowing a victory could see them return to the Premier League top four. Unai Emery may be relatively new to English football but the Arsenal head coach has revealed he has been watching Southampton for years after becoming a fan of Matt Le Tissier. Arsenal host struggling Saints on Sunday knowing a victory could see them return to the Premier League top four. The Gunners lost at St Mary’s in December but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side go into the weekend in the relegation zone having won just twice since the turn of the year. Battling against the drop became a regular occurrence for Southampton during the early years of the Premier League – but it was the performances of Le Tissier which kept them in the top flight on more than one occasion. Matt Le Tissie...

Alex Iwobi praises Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after Europa League return

Alex Iwobi heaps praise on Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after the German made a successful return to the starting lineup in the Europa League win over BATE Borisov. Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has said that he hopes that Mesut Ozil can remain in Unai Emery‘s starting lineup. Ozil has spent a period out of the team due to injury, illness and falling out of favour with Emery, but the German made a positive impact in the 3-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night. The playmaker may find himself among the replacements at the weekend, but Iwobi has acknowledged that he enjoys having the 30-year-old in the team. Iwobi is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “We know what Mesut is like because we see him in training every day. He’s world class....

Report: Arsenal expect Monchi to accept technical director role

A report claims that Arsenal are awaiting a decision from Roma chief Monchi after asking him to become their new technical director. Arsenal have formally approached Monchi to become their technical director and fully expect the Roma chief to accept the position, according to a report. The Gunners are believed to have fast-tracked the appointment of a new transfer guru as they know the importance of having a new man in place ahead of the summer window opening. Despite Marc Overmars being linked with the position, which has become available following Sven Mislintat‘s departure midway through the season, The Mirror claims that Monchi has always been Arsenal’s preferred choice. Monchi, who has previously worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla, is said to have a £1m buyout clause in his...

Southampton set 40-point survival target by Hassenhuttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has set his players a target of 40 points for Premier League survival after putting them through their paces during a tough training camp in Tenerife. Saints headed to the Canary Islands following a home defeat to fellow strugglers Cardiff a fortnight ago that dropped them back into the relegation zone. Hasenhuttl used the lengthy break ahead of Sunday’s trip to Arsenal to remind his squad of their responsibilities and prepare them for the run-in. “It was an intensive time but I think we needed it because we are still below the line,” Hassenhuttl said. “We have a hard way to go until the end, so it was important to use the time where we had a chance to speak with every player, show him what was good until now, what was not so good. “We have taken a lot ...

How Arsenal could line up against Southampton

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for the visit of Southampton in the Premier League this weekend. Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday following a two-week break, with strugglers Southampton the visitors to the Emirates Stadium. Since beating Huddersfield Town 2-1 in their most recent top-flight outing on February 9, the Gunners have twice been in Europa League action. Following a shock 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their last-32 tie, Unai Emery‘s men recovered with a 3-0 triumph in Thursday’s return fixture. Focus now turns back to the Premier League, and victory for Arsenal on Sunday may see them climb back into the top four. Ahead of that match, Sports Mole looks at how the North London outfit could line up. Out: Hector Bellerin (kne...

Chelsea draw Dynamo Kiev and Arsenal meet Rennes in Europa League last 16

Chelsea will face a trip to Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine in the last 16 of the Europa League, where Arsenal take on Rennes, with the first leg of that tie having been switched to France. Friday’s draw in Nyon was not protected by any seeding but teams from Russia and Ukraine were kept apart. Dynamo Kiev were first out against Chelsea. The first legs of the last-16 ties are set for March 7, when both Premier League were selected to be at home. We will play our away leg first due to @UEFA‘s city-clash rule pic.twitter.com/n5lj9qCh2w — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2019 However, Arsenal later confirmed their fixture against Rennes had been reversed under UEFA regulations to avoid a clash of two games taking place in one city with the same kick-off time. The Gunners, therefore, will now h...

Arsenal ‘eye summer swoop for Nick Pope’

Arsenal prepare a summer swoop for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to a report. Arsenal are reportedly preparing a summer swoop for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Pope dislocated his shoulder last summer and has been unable to regain his spot in the Burnley XI, with Tom Heaton currently Sean Dyche‘s number one at Turf Moor. Joe Hart is Heaton’s back-up, meanwhile, leaving Pope, who travelled with England to the 2018 World Cup, struggling to make the bench in the Premier League. According to The Sun, Arsenal will keep Bernd Leno as their number one next season, but the Gunners need a replacement for Petr Cech, who is retiring at the end of the campaign. The report has claimed that Pope is seen as the perfect candidate for the position, with Burnley prepared to let the Eng...

Arsenal ’emerge as shock contenders for Matthijs de Ligt’

A report claims that Ajax’s highly-rated teen defender Matthijs de Ligt is a summer transfer target for Arsenal, despite his £70m valuation. Arsenal have entered the running to sign in-demand defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, according to a report. De Ligt is believed to be on the radar of Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona after another impressive season with the Dutch club. The Sun claims that Arsenal are also interested in signing the Netherlands international, who has worked closely with Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars at Ajax. The 19-year-old is said to be a huge admirer of Arsenal, but Unai Emery must first convince the board to part with £70m to bring in the highly-rated teen. Emery has a £40m budget for the summer window, though th...

Arsenal ‘fast-track director of football search to save their season’

A report claims that Arsenal will hold talks with Monchi and Marc Overmars as they speed up the process of bringing in a new director of football. Arsenal have reportedly brought ahead plans to appoint a new director of football in an attempt to salvage their campaign. The Gunners suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Belarussian minnows BATE in the Europa League in midweek and have struggled for form in the Premier League, leaving their top-four hopes in the balance. Arsenal were expected to bring in a new transfer chief ahead of next season, with Roma sporting director Monchi and former player Marc Overmars, now employed by Ajax, both in the frame. According to The Sun, however, the North London outfit have made recruiting a director an urgent priority as they feel it will help to stabili...

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil ‘refusing to leave club’

Mesut Ozil turned down a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain last month as he wants to stay at Arsenal for the remaining two years of his contract, according to a report. Mesut Ozil has no intention of being forced out of Arsenal and is ready to see out the rest of his contract, according to a report. The German playmaker is locked in a standoff with manager Unai Emery, having featured just twice for the Gunners this calendar year. Emery once again left Ozil out of his squad entirely for Thursday’s trip to BATE in the Europa League, despite being fit for inclusion, amid concerns over the player’s workrate against certain opponents. Arsenal are believed to want rid of the 30-year-old and his £350,000-a-week wages to free up space for signings in the summer, but The Sun claims that ...

Result: Ten-man Arsenal slump to defeat against BATE in Europa League

BATE Borisov register one of the biggest results in their history as they defeat 10-man Arsenal by a 1-0 scoreline in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. BATE Borisov have recorded a 1-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night. Stanislaw Dragun‘s header shortly before the half-time whistle proved to be the difference as Arsenal toiled on a poor pitch and in freezing temperatures in Belarus. The North London outfit also had Alexandre Lacazette dismissed for an elbow during the closing stages, and Unai Emery‘s side must come from behind in next week’s second leg in order to progress through to the last 16. Arsenal wasted little time in going onto the front foot and Henrikh Mkhitaryan should have put the...

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