Arsenal finally conclude deal for Alexandre Lacazette

French forward Alexandre Lacazette set up a club record transfer fee of English Premier League football side Arsenal with a move from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Arsenal on Wednesday announced that Lacazette has agreed to join on a long-term contract without specifying the fee. But according to a press release from Lyon, Lacazette’s transfer fee could reach as much as 60 million euros ($68.2 million), including a seven-million ($7.95) incentive. The club’s previous record of 50 million euros ($56.28 million) was paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013. Continue reading

Arsenal striker commits himself to the Gunners

Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud on Tuesday said he wants to continue playing for the club and give his best.

“I won a few titles in my career, that is an important thing, but there is another thing which is important for me and that’s that the people (see you as a) loyal warrior on the pitch — that you always give your best for the team,” he said,” Giroud told Arsenal weekly podcast. Continue reading

Sanchez could stay at Arsenal… Gunners get massive boost

Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that Arsenal forward Alexis Sachez is out of the German club’s reach.

“The salaries being talked about up front of around 20.26 million euros ($23 million) every year are definitely an amount that isn’t feasible for FC Bayern,” Hoeness told German website Kicker on Monday. Continue reading

Arsenal kick off summer of rebuilding with powerful defender

London giants Arsenal on Tuesday confirmed that Bosnian full-back Sead Kolasinac will join them on a long-term contract from July.

An official statement on the club’s website said: “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract. Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.” Continue reading

Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win record 13th FA Cup

Arsenal won a record 13th FA Cup with a 2-1 victory here over Premier League champion Chelsea, which missed out on the English double.

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez got the Gunners off to a strong start in this battle of London clubs at Wembley Stadium on Saturday when he opened the scoring at the four-minute mark with a right-footed shot past net minder Thibaut Courtois. Continue reading

Alisher Usmanov offers a billion pounds to buy Arsenal

Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30.04 per cent of English Premier League (EPL) giants Arsenal, has made a one billion pound ($1.30 billion) bid to take control of the north London football club from majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.

English media reported that Kroenke has yet to formally respond to the offer, which was made last month and was reported initially by the Financial Times. Continue reading