Bernd Leno

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...

How Arsenal could line up against BATE Borisov

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match between BATE Borisov and Arsenal, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors could line up in Belarus. Arsenal head into the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with BATE Borisov looking to register back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of 2019. The Gunners have suffered three defeats in their last half-a-dozen outings, although Unai Emery‘s side did register a 2-1 victory away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal reached this stage of the competition by recording 16 points from their six group games, as well as keeping five clean sheets. Emery has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of Thursday’s match, and here Sports Mole looks at how the North London outfit could line up against the Belarusian ...

Bernd Leno: ‘Arsenal ready to claim fourth spot in Premier League’

Bernd Leno says that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any errors from Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to finish in fourth place in the Premier League. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has claimed that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any mistakes from the club’s rivals in the race for fourth position in the Premier League table. Arsenal have endured an indifferent top-flight campaign, but the Gunners find themselves just one point adrift of Manchester United with 13 matches remaining. Chelsea are also in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, but Leno has backed the North London outfit to outlast their nearest rivals. The German stopper is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “It is a good competition between all the teams. Chelsea played Manchester City a...

Unai Emery ‘wants three new signings’ in summer transfer window

Arsenal boss Unai Emery will reportedly look to sign three new players in this summer’s transfer window. Arsenal boss Unai Emery will reportedly look to sign three new players in this summer’s transfer window. Emery was blocked from signing players on permanent deals in January, but the Gunners head coach did manage to bring Denis Suarez to the Emirates Stadium on a loan deal from Barcelona. According to the Daily Mail, Emery is keen to secure three new additions ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign, including a left-back. The same report has claimed that Arsenal will only have £45m to spend this summer, although another publication has placed that figure at £40m, suggesting that it could be another difficult window. Emery will more than likely look to offload players in order to fr...

Bernd Leno: ‘Arsenal must improve away from home’

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno admits that Arsenal must improve their form away from the Emirates Stadium if they want to earn a top-four place in the Premier League table. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has acknowledged that Arsenal need to record more away victories in the Premier League. Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, and it has left the Gunners three points adrift of Chelsea in the race for fourth position. The North London outfit have now won just four of their 12 matches on their travels this season, and Leno has admitted that the team must improve over the coming months. The German stopper is quoted by The Telegraph as saying: “I think we are still in a good position to go to the top four. “We still have big games and I think we need more away wins, ...

Preview: Everton vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday’s Premier League meeting between Everton and champions Manchester City. Manchester City have a quick turnaround in Premier League fixtures as they make the trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Wednesday night, aiming to maintain the pressure on league leaders Liverpool. The champions revived their title hopes with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend and now have this re-arranged trip to Merseyside to prepare for. Everton © Reuters Marco Silva, the short-term manager brought in for a long-term project at Goodison Park, is growing under more and more pressure following a poor run of form. The Toffees last won back-to-back league matches in October and have picked up all three points in just five ...

Result: Sergio Aguero hat-trick fires Manchester City past Arsenal

Sergio Aguero scores his 10th Premier League hat-trick to fire Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Arsenal which takes them to within two points of leaders Liverpool. Manchester City have closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool down to just two points courtesy of a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. Sergio Aguero was the star of the show with his 10th Premier League hat-trick, and all of his goals came from close range as Man City ultimately cruised to a victory which takes them back above Tottenham Hotspur and into second place. Arsenal were level for much of the first half after Laurent Koscielny had cancelled out Aguero’s opening goal, but they were comfortably second best over the course of the full 90 and remain in sixth place having seen both Ch...

Result: Arsenal improve to overcome Cardiff City as tributes paid to Emiliano Sala

Arsenal make it back-to-back victories in the Premier League by overcoming Cardiff City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal produced an improved second-half display to overcome a spirited Cardiff City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Gunners could have found themselves behind at the interval if not for some poor finishing from the visitors, who were in action for the first time since the plane carrying club-record signing Emiliano Sala – as well as pilot David Ibbotson – went missing last week. Daffodils were placed on the centre-circle before kickoff and Arsenal paid their own tribute by including Sala’s name in Cardiff’s squad on the back of the matchday programme. On an emotional night for the visitors, they came unstuck when Bruno Ecuele Mang...

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects a combined XI from those expected to be available for Friday’s FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Manchester United. The FA Cup‘s two most successful sides collide at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening as Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. Only Arsenal (13) have lifted the famous cup on more occasions than United (12), with at least one of the sides reaching the final in each of the last five seasons. With the teams well out of the Premier League title race and seemingly competing for a top-four spot, the FA Cup has taken on added importance this season. Ahead of this latest high-profile tussle between the English heavyweights, Sports Mole selects the strongest combined XI from both teams using only the players expected to be avai...

Arsenal ‘eyeing Emil Audero as Petr Cech replacement’

Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero, who has impressed on loan with Serie A side Sampdoria this season. Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero has reportedly been lined up for a move to Arsenal as a replacement for Petr Cech. Veteran goalkeeper Cech announced last week that he is to bring an end to his playing career at the end of the campaign. That will leave Arsenal short of cover, with Bernd Leno their current number one and Emiliano Martinez considered third choice. According to Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca di Marzio, Arsenal have their eyes on Audero following the 22-year-old’s impressive displays while on loan at Sampdoria this season. Audero’s path to the Juventus first team is being blocked by former Gunners fan favourite Wojciech Szcze...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League London derby between top-four rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Arsenal and Chelsea meet in a crucial battle for a top-four spot on Saturday with six points currently separating the two sides in the Premier League table. Chelsea occupy fourth spot with Arsenal the other side of the dotted line, and the Gunners know that defeat this weekend could spell the end of their Champions League hopes. Arsenal © Reuters Arsenal fans could be forgiven for thinking that they have been transported back a year with their team underperforming on the pitch and frustration growing at a lack of transfers. Unai Emery‘s admission that the club can only afford loan signings this month was as perplexin...

Result: Declan Rice strike earns West Ham United win over Arsenal

Declan Rice’s first Premier League goal secures West Ham United a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the London Stadium. Declan Rice‘s first Premier League goal secured West Ham United a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the London Stadium this lunchtime. Michail Antonio showed West Ham’s attacking ambition early on with a 60-yard run down the right wing, with his pass inside eventually leading to a chance for Mark Noble who scuffed his 20-yard effort straight at Bernd Leno. Otherwise it was Arsenal who started the stronger, with Alexandre Lacazette forcing a 13th-minute save out of Lukasz Fabianski with a low shot, after his driving run from Alex Iwobi’s pass had taken him beyond the penalty spot. The Frenchman had another sight of goal moments later but could not keep his header down ...

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