Barcelona midfielder says he told Wenger to buzz off

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper was rumoured to be on Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger’s wishlist for a while now, and the 21 year old has revealed today that he was approached by Wenger this summer about a possible move to the Gunners, and apparently told the Frenchman that he has no interest in leaving Los Cules.

Samper, who is presently spending the season out on loan at Granada, said, “I did not want to even listen to Wenger. ‘I made it clear to him that I wanted to stay, that I wanted to triumph at Barca, that I was a Cule fanatic and that making it at Barca in the future would make me the happiest.” Continue reading

Arsenal star in the making to ink new long term deal

Arsenal are determined to quell speculation linking star right back Hector Bellerin to Barcelona and Manchester City by preparing a new long term contract for the 21 year old Spaniard.

Bellerin has repeatedly spoken of his desire to continue to play for Arsenal and his lack of interest in returning to Barcelona, but that hasn’t quite stopped the press from continuing to link him with a move away from the Gunners in the future. Continue reading

Desperate Wenger makes approach for Champions League-winning defender

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certainly desperate to land a new world class defender at the Emirates Stadium this summer; however, it seems his frugal nature isn’t permitting him to splash out loads of cash for his needs. According to a revelation made by French TV channel SFR Sport, the boss has now made an approach to sign Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu.

The 32 year old, who is also believed to be a target for Turkish giants Besiktas this summer, moved to the Nou Camp from Valencia two summers ago and went on to win a treble in his very first season at the club. The player was also named in France’s squad for the Euros earlier this year before he eventually had to drop out due to an injury.

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Guess who might be coming back to Arsenal?

The pre-season injury to Per Mertesacker has forced Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger to dip into the transfer market for an experienced centre-back.

While most media reports are discussing the possibility of Arsenal making a 20 million pound move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, Wenger himself is looking for someone with knowledge of the Premier League, a player who can adapt quickly to Arsenal’s style of play, and who would at this stage of his career be happy to compete for a starting berth and not necessarily be guaranteed one. Continue reading

Welbeck: “We should have done better”

Arsenal played a lot better against Barcelona at the Camp Nou than we did at the Emirates, but it wasn’t enough to earn the Gunners a first visit to the quarter-finals in six seasons as the sheer quality of Barcelona in the final third was far superior to that of the Gunners, and we were beaten 3-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal had a rather amazing 20 shots on goal tonight, but sadly for the Gunners only got 4 of them on target, with a bunch of those coming as part of the same move. Continue reading

Barcelona too good for Arsenal at the Camp Nou

Another attacking masterclass from Barcelona’s lethal striking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar saw all three get on the scoresheet as the Catalan giants cruised into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, beating Arsenal 3-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

Credit needs to be given to Arsenal, who played some really good football at the Camp Nou and contributed in full to what was an excellent spectacle, but the difference in quality in the final third was stark as the Gunners created 19 goal scoring opportunities, but only scored the 1 goal, that coming from an excellent strike from Egyptian midfielder Mohammed Elneny, who scored his first goal in Arsenal colours, having joined the North London club this January from Swiss champions FC Basel. Continue reading

Barcelona vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Suarez.

Subs: Bravo, Arda, Bartra, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Elneny, Flamini, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Macey, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin, Walcott, Campbell, Giroud

Latest on Oxlade-Chamberlain injury

An error in judgement from the Arsenal medical team made the poor decision to leave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the pitch after his collision with Javier Mascherano in the Gunners’ Champions League defeat to Barcelona in midweek, and the England international is going to pay for that by missing what appears to be close to 6 weeks of action with a knee injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee and ankle after running into Mascherano at full speed and was bizarrely allowed to not just finish the first half but also attempt to run off the injury early in the second. Continue reading