It’s shaping up to be a busy summer transfer window for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta puts the finishing touches to his first-team squad overhaul. The March international break is officially under way and for some, it will likely be their penultimate experience of one as an Arsenal player ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer in terms of incomings and outgoings.
Everton have been a fresh concern on the injury front following the hamstring tear suffered by defender Ben Godfrey during the FA Cup fourth round tie with London club Brentford at the weekend. The ex-Norwich City player was a major casualty at the end of the Brentford game at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. Everton will face non-league team Boreham Wood at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup as reward for their 4-1 home win over Brentford in their fourth round tie at the weekend.
Godfrey has been a regular in the Everton defence this season and he will miss around 4 to 5 weeks as a result of the abovementioned hamstring injury. The Englishman is not expected to return to full fitness until next month at least. Godfrey is in his second season at Everton on the back on his big transfer from Norwich City at the start of last season. The player is a central defender by trade, but he has also played as a right-back and as a left-back since moving to Everton. Continue reading “EVERTON INJURY BLOW AHEAD OF NEWCASTLE”
The Manchester United quartet of Jesse Lingard, EdinsonCavani, Paul Pogbaand Donny Van De Beek have been linked with moves away from the Premier League club ahead of the January transfer window. Out of all the four aforementioned players, only French World Cup winner Pogba has tasted regular action for the Red Devils this season.
England international Lingard was a hit when he left Manchester United to join fellow Premier League team West Ham United on loan during the second half of last season. His goals almost fired the Hammers to Champions League football and they had to settle for a place in the Europa League in the end. West Ham United wanted to sign the Englishman this summer with a year left on his contract, but he opted to stay and fight for a spot in the starting XI at Old Trafford. Apart from the Hammers, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and Italian champions Inter Milan were also interested in him in the summer. His decision has come back to haunt him as he has failed to start a league game at Manchester United this season despite netting twice off the bench and he has been linked with a lot of big European teams. The Manchester United Academy graduate has been linked with a free transfer move to long-term admirers Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan. Continue reading “TRANSFERS: UNITED QUARTET LINKED WITH EXITS”
Arsenal striker Pierre-EmerickAubameyang scored one of the goals as he led Gabon to their first win in Group F of the African qualifiers ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. The African qualifiers are in the second round and Gabon were drawn in Group F alongside Libya, Egypt and Angola.
Aubameyang and Gabon started the second round of the African qualifiers with a point from the two games played last month. Aubameyangdidn’t find the back of the net as Gabon were beaten 2-1 by hosts Libya in the first of the two qualifying games in September. In the second game, the Arsenal skipper didn’t score as Gabon played out a 1-1 draw at home to Egypt. Continue reading “AUBAMEYANG ON TARGET IN ANGOLA WIN”
English Premier League side Liverpool are currently locked in negotiations with their Egyptian star Mohammed Salah and his representatives over a new contract, according to reports. The Reds are impressed with Salah and are keen to offer him a new contract extension that will keep him at the club for a few more years. The reports about Liverpool opening contract extension talks with Salah started making the rounds from two weeks ago but nothing serious started between the parties involved until the turn of the new week.
English Premier League club Arsenal are insistent that they want midfielder Granit Xhaka to remain at the club and they have confirmed their interest in him by offering him a new long-term contract to continue his career at the Emirates. The Switzerland international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Italian Serie A, with Jose Mourinho said to be keen to sign him for his new club AS Roma. There were reports that the midfielder held talks with the Italian club and was close to signing for then this summer but it looks as though Mourinho would have to look elsewhere in his search for a new midfielder to sign for his club.
Xhaka had an outstanding campaign with his country at the Euros and his stock rose as well but the Gunners know that they have to try to keep him at the club as they continue their rebuild process. The north London outfit, manager by Mikel Arteta, are well aware of Xhaka’s qualities and they confirmed their long-standing interest in him by making him their club captain some months ago. He has now earned himself a new contract and is set to sign the massive new deal at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading “XHAKA SET TO SIGN NEW LONG-TERM CONTRACT AT ARSENAL”