Wenger explains Ozil’s absence

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explained Mesut Ozil’s continued absence ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium today.

Speaking about the German playmaker, Wenger said, “I haven’t seen him for a week. It was an easy decision. He is still in bed. He’s not available and I don’t think he will be available for the next game as he hasn’t done anything for a week.” Continue reading

Wenger wants goals, goals, goals from Ozil

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil had come under fire in recent weeks for a poor outing against Manchester City on the back of the Gunners’ loss at Everton, but bounced back in style with a key assist against West Bromwich Albion, that won Arsenal the game 1-0.

Wenger as always remains a staunch admirer of his German protege, and while he is happy with the player’s contribution in terms of his passing ability, he admits he wants to see a lot more goals from Ozil. Continue reading

Arsenal’s general secretary provides positive update on Ozil and Sanchez contracts

Arsenal’s general secretary David Miles has enjoyed a couple of rare days in the limelight, and things are only going to get brighter for the veteran after he provided an update on the contract situation of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla.

While Ozil and Sanchez have 18 months left to run on their contracts and are rumoured to be holding out for a 384,000 pounds a week salary, Cazorla is in the odd situation of being 31, frequently injured, and in the final 6 months of his contract at the Emirates. Continue reading

Wenger dismisses fears of Sanchez and Ozil exits

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger asked for all the naysayers looking to derail the Gunners’ title ambitions with talk of rumoured exits for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to calm down, insisting that the club will do everything in their power to hang on to the superstar duo.

Amidst rumours that have been floating around in recent weeks that Sanchez and Ozil have asked for salaries in the region of 20 million pounds a year, well in excess of the Gunners’ wage structure, Wenger dismissed talk that Arsenal will be unable to hold on to their superstars, just when things appear to be going well for the club. Continue reading

Arsenal will not meet Ozil’s £384,000-a-week salary demands

Arsenal fans will need to begin saying their goodbyes to Mesut Ozil this season as reports in the Daily Telegraph suggest that the Gunners will be forced to reluctantly part with the German playmaker next summer unless he lowers his £384,000-a-week salary request.

Both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are currently in the final 18 months of their contracts with Arsenal, and while Manager Arsene Wenger is especially fond of both players, he will only bend backwards to keep Sanchez if push comes to shove as the two superstars have asked for a salary of £20 million-a-year to stay at the Emirates. Continue reading

Alex Iwobi: “It’s felt like a long time coming”

Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi scored his first ever Champions League goal, benefiting from a sublime pass by creator in chief Mesut Ozil, before sliding the ball past Tomáš Vaclík to complete a 4-1 rout for the Gunners against FC Basel on Tuesday night.

Iwobi was quick to pay tribute to his senior teammate, saying, “It’s been a good night. I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.” Continue reading

Perez hat-trick sends Arsenal top of Champions League Group

An excellent day for Arsenal in the Champions League began with the Gunners in second place in Group A, almost looking destined to finish behind Paris St. Germain, but finished with another Arsenal forward grabbing a hat-trick and the Gunners topping their Group, whilst also finishing the Group Stage unbeaten… an excellent omen considering the last time accomplished that feat they made it all the way to the final of the competition.

A rare start for summer signing Lucas Perez saw the Spanish striker redeem the faith shown in him by grabbing a hat-trick, including two tap-in goals, the mark of a true striker of knowing where to be at the right time. Continue reading

Three Gunners in FIFPro World11 2016 Shortlist

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have today announced the final 55-player shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2016. The list includes three Arsenal players – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from more than 25,000 professional footballers from about 75 different countries. They each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. Continue reading