Ezequiel Lavezzi indifferent start to the season has made managed to attract the attention of Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham, who are both desperate for reinforcements at the top end of the pitch and would love to make a play for the 28 year old Argentine.
Lavezzi’s 30 million euro move to Paris St. Germain from Italian club Napoli in July 2012, saw the beginning of a new revolution in French football, the era of superstars coming to Ligue 1. Lavezzi’s start to the season in PSG colors was successful. He was well received by the fans and Carlo Ancelotti, manager of PSG that season, recognised Lavezzi as an important part of the starting XI and played him on a regular basis. The Argentine made 42 appearances in his first season at the club and finished with 11 goals and 8 assists to his name. PSG went on to win the Ligue 1 title. Continue reading
Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, in a match in which both teams will feel confident about their chances. Arsenal have been on a fine run of form which has seen them maintain a 4-point gap over nearest challengers Chelsea. Everton on the other hand started the season slowly under Roberto Martinez, but have exploded into life and their confidence will be sky-high after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992.
Arsenal have gone about their business with the minimum of fuss, only being beaten twice in 14 games. Arsene Wenger does not have any major squad concerns and he must be extremely pleased with the way Arsenal are currently playing. On the other hand, Roberto Martinez has made an instant impact on not only the results, but Everton’s style of play. Their slick passing and possession football, while having players who can break quickly on the counter has helped them in becoming much more effective under Martinez. Continue reading
Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of the Gunners’ clash against Everton this Sunday as the Frenchman has not been able to recover from the hamstring strain he picked up against Cardiff City a week ago. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shared the team news ahead of the Gunners’ vital game against Roberto Martinez’s in-form Everton side at the Emirates and revealed that everybody else besides long term absentees, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo would be available for selection.
Wenger also said that Lukas Podolski was back in full training after suffering from a long term hamstring problem and that the German international would be available for selection soon, upon regaining match fitness. Continue reading
Alex Song was beginning to show his potential at Arsenal during the 2011-12 season, when he produced 14 assists from a deep lying midfield position from just 34 appearances. During the summer break, Barcelona began to show their interest in the Cameroon international and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly upset with the player’s lack of professionalism in training decided to transfer him to Catalonia for 15 million pounds. Despite the unceremonious nature of his Arsenal exit, it was a giant leap for the player and promised a great future for the young midfielder. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson must be waiting with bated breaths to unleash the ‘Ox’ once again after the Arsenal medical team gave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the green light to resume light training. Oxlade-Chamberlain saw his start to the season come to a grinding halt when he suffered an injury against Aston Villa on the opening day of the campaign.
The youngster started the season brightly after he took part in all six pre-season friendlies for the Gunners. However, a tangle with Aston Villa’s new signing Antonio Luna on the opening day fixture resulted in straining the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Continue reading
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 (see list below) as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
After the unveiling of the five goalkeepers and 20 defenders who made the shortlist, the 15 midfielders to be added to it are now also known. The shortlist will be completed by the 15 forwards to be announced and published on FIFA.com on 9 December. Continue reading
Despite making only 6 appearances this season and being described by Manager Arsene Wenger as “suffering on the bench”, Thomas Vermaelen is not looking to leave Arsenal for newer challenge and is still a prominent part of the Arsenal squad.
Wenger shared in an interview this week, “It’s tough to leave Vermaelen out because of his quality, his attitude and his influence at the club. It’s a difficult decision to make because he is a top-class player. He certainly suffers but he handles it with great dignity and great professionalism.I’m not concerned that he might move in January because if he wants to do that he will come and see me, which he has not done.” Continue reading