Gunners warned off Turkish playmaker

Hamburger SV has issued a ‘hands off’ warning to all clubs looking to secure the services of their talismanic playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, after it was widely reported in the English press that the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea were attempting to entice the Turkish midfielder away from Germany.

Hamburger sporting director sporting director Oliver Kreuzer has once again reiterated that, “Selling Hakan is definitely not an option.” Calhanoglu’s agent, Bektas Demirtas has also chosen to tread a cautious line in response to queries linking his client to a move abroad, “We have not been receiving official enquiries from any club with regard to Hakan’s future. Nothing serious, no single club. There is also no reason as Hakan wanted to sign a long-term deal at Hamburg in February. He feels at home at the club. Any action is therefore up to the club. We would only start considering if Hamburg start negotiations with another club.” Continue reading

Arsenal close in on Bundesliga defender

Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his German kitty even further, with reports in the Metro indicating that the French tactician has closed in on Eintracht Frankfurt defender Sebastian Jung as a possible back-up for the increasingly likely to depart Bacary Sagna.

The 23 year old’s agent Mino Grillo recently confirmed that a move to North London could very well materialize in the near future, “In England we know Arsenal are very strongly on his trail for the summer. They have had scouts watching him in the Bundesliga. There is was interest in the past from Inter, Roma and Milan, but no recent contact.” Continue reading

Juventus challenging Arsenal for Championship starlet!

Arsene Wenger fielded his oldest team in close to a decade this week in the win over West Ham United but the Arsenal manager is looking to bring some youth and freshness in his squad this summer. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are tracking Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo but will have to battle it out with the likes of Juventus amongst other Serie A clubs for the 18-year old.

Progressing through the ranks at Sheffield, De Girolamo made his senior team debut in 2012 but has been unable to take the field much since due to a cruciate ligament injury he sustained while playing for the Italy Under-18 side last year. The youngster has represented Italy at the U-18 and U-19 levels but is also eligible to play for England. Continue reading

Arsenal hope to beat Liverpool to Kenyan-born Belgian sensation

With this year’s footballing campaign drawing nearer to its exciting end, English clubs are already busy working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the rich vein of talent flooding the English scene remains bountiful for the near future. Old foes Arsenal and Liverpool after battling it out on the pitch to establish their footballing supremacy will now once again do battle on the transfer market to woo 18 year old Belgian sensation Divock Origi, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

Origi currently plies his trade in the striking position for Lille with whom he made his senior team debut on the 2nd  of February, 2013. He has represented Belgium at all levels from the under 15s right through to the under 21s and currently has the option of representing Kenya as well, after the Kenyan coach, Adel Amrouche was recently quoted as saying, “We are keenly following Origi and will not give up yet in our intentions. Hopefully he (Origi) will one day make up his mind and decide to play for Harambee Stars.” Continue reading

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: Player Ratings

A brace from German winger Lukas Podolski and a crucial goal early in the second half from French striker Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal overturn a brief deficit and notch up a 3-1 win against West Ham United at the Emirates on Tuesday night. The win crucially puts the Gunners back in fourth place in the Premier League standings, and fans of the North London club will be hoping that one of their London neighbours Crystal Palace led by the man who never goes down Tony Pulis does them a favour tomorrow night when the Eagles head over to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Here’s how the Arsenal players performed on the night. Continue reading

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: Match Report

Arsenal reclaimed fourth spot in the Premier League standings for 24 hours at the very least with a hard earned 3-1 win over a tough West Ham United side at the Emirates in the sole fixture on Tuesday night. Playing less than 72 hours after their win against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final, the Gunners were forced to make some changes to their side as they put out an ageing side with no player other than their goalkeeper under 27, and named no British players in the starting eleven.

West Ham, who tend to typically score first against the Gunners, did just that with Matt Jarvis sending the Hammers ahead in the 40th minute with an opportune header at the near post after a good run from Antonio Nocerino down the right flank. West Ham’s lead though lasted just over 3 minutes with Lukas Podolski firing home from inside the box after being found expertly by Santi Cazorla following a mis-kick by Stewart Downing. Continue reading

Wenger on win against West Ham, race with Everton and more…

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was all praise for his team after they ground out a 3-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League today to turn the pressure in the race to fourth place right back onto Everton.

Wenger said after the game, ”I think we built the victory tonight through consistency in our game, the vital thing tonight was to come back to 1-1 before half time. It was a hard-fought win and a very enjoyable win as we had to dig deep on Saturday… We were under absolute pressure to win the game, on top of that it was a derby and after giving a lot on Saturday it was difficult. Maybe we could have scored more, I was satisfied with the mental response of the team tonight, the focus tonight of the team was outstanding.” Continue reading