Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has responded to Instagram after criticism from former players. Ozil has scored three goals in all competitions this season, but the midfielder missed Arsenal’s victory over Fulham with backbone and there were reports of a training session bust-up with new manager Unai Emery at the start of the season. There were rumors that Emery told Ozil that he would be on the bench against West Ham, and the Germans responded by going out of training. But, both Ozil and Emery insisted on a disease was the reason for his absence in the Emirates.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown, an incredible critic of Ozil, claimed the midfielder was not missed at Craven Cottage, and ex-Gunner Charlie Nicholas predicted that he would be sold in January and the reason for his not playing could be the same. Ozil, who has returned from his back problem, sent Instagram: “Believe while others doubt # M1Ö #faith.”
So far the Arsenal team has lost two games, both opening under Emery the new manager of the team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil do not fit into the desired system of Unai Emery at Arsenal, says Paul Merson.
On Saturday, in the match of the team against Chelsea Ozil was remain anonymous throughout the game. The team got the defeat with the score 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. Ozil was substituted after an hour by Emery. The reason for the same was Emery wanted the team to play high-press style after following his move to Arsenal.
There are reports that Liverpool are amongst the leading candidates for the signature of Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss is set to exit Stoke City following their relegation from the top flight of English football.
The Merseyside club is looking at activating his £12 million release clause after the player confirmed that he was leaving the club. There are others interested in the signature of the talented player, known for scoring screamers. Mark Hughes, who brought the player to England, is seeking to land the player at Southampton ahead of the pre-season, as per reports. St Mary’s are seeking reinforcements following a bit of an underwhelming season.
Fresh from an underwhelming pre-season West Brom manager Tony Pulis would’ve been desperate for a positive start to the new Premier League season.
faced last season’s revelation Bournemouth in the opening fixture on Saturday and thanks to an Ahmed Hegazi 31st minute powerful header, the West Londoners came away with the full three points in the bag although staying above relegation this season remains their primary benchmark.
Still they will be happy to have lessened the tide of unsatisfaction emanating from the stands, aggravating the removal of the squad coach.
Pulis, especially from his days at Stoke City has built a reputation of favouring substance over style, preferring instead his players stick with the unconventional ugly job of sacrificing entertaining football for the primary safety from the relegation zone; The chief reason why his teams rarely aspire finishing above the mid-table.
Another new signing from Southampton Jay Rodriguez showed a lot of promise on Saturday as he proved that his pace will most certainly add a new and perhaps effective dimension to the Baggies’ attack.
Still it was Hegazi’s powerful drive beyond Asmir Begovic’s line that proved crucial throughout the afternoon encounter. The Egypt international is on loan from Al Ahly and will hope to do enough to convince West Brom to sign him on permanent terms even if that means ditching Jonny Evans. Continue reading
Celtic fans are going crazy over recent comments made by Rangers chair Dave King about their title victories.
King made a controversial statement when he rubbished the victories of four out of six that Celtic have won. The South African based chief claimed Celtic are two in a row and would not get the rest eight to make up to the ten they want.
Even Rangers fans’ asked that the chief keep quiet and focus on the forthcoming term. They ask that the club chief not make statements like this that could backfire on the club.
The club chief said the four titles Celtic won without Rangers in the top flight were crap. His comments are already igniting the heat for the next season as many would be keen to see if Rangers can cause an upset to the title winning Brendan Rodgers led side.
While the arguments prolong, Hoops manager Rodgers has said that he is looking at adding just a player during the Champions League qualifying period. Praises of the historic treble are still being sung, with many daring to ask for a repeat next season. With Patrick Roberts returning to his parent club Manchester City, Jonny Hayes has joined Parkhead. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not influenced by the banner flown above the Bet365 stadium when they played Stoke City in the Premier League.
Arsenal eventually won the game 4-1 on Saturday to move a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
A section of the fans are protesting the Frenchman’s continued stay as the head coach despite years of stagnation. Wenger is out of contract at the end of the year and the fans want him to leave after 21 years in charge.
Wenger was successful in his first six years as he led teams to win two League and Cup doubles. The club has failed to win the Champions League even though they regularly qualify for it. Heck, Wenger has reached just one final. In the past 12 years, Wenger has won just two trophies which were the back to back FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.Of recent a cycle has been happening. Top players would play, win and lose some games then exit the side due to different levels of ambition. And it seems that cycle is not ending soon. Continue reading
Generally you expect a coach to try and ease the nerves of his boys in the locker room, but, Antonio Conte, at times, himself tries to make some hype around certain matches.
Conte reckons that because of him being a former player himself, he doesn’t have to try too hard to understand how a player’s mind-set tends to be like at different stages. There are moments when the guard of a player just drops down a little bit.
In the opinion of Conte, it generally happens when the opposition is of a small stature and you feel unthreatened by it.
If the big boys are there to battle against, then there is enough hype around the encounter itself and at that time, you actually have to look to ensure that the team doesn’t get too anxious.
But, against a minnow, it’s completely different. There is no such hype and that’s where there is the danger that the sense of complacency may creep in and the players may not approach the game with the right kind of mind-set. Continue reading
Chelsea player Oscar dos Santos Emboaba, commonly referred to as Oscar, is set to complete his switch to China to play for Shanghai SIPG in a £52 million deal.
The Brazilian is set to earn four times his salary in England with the Chinese side. The player currently earns a reported £90,000 a week but will see any time that in China particularly when his image rights deal is sorted.
The image right deal and accommodation are some of the issues holding the deal off but would soon be sorted out, reported say. The 25-year old would join the growing community of Brazilian stars in China. His stats, age, nativity and looks will surely be a plus when he arrives in the Far East.
SIPG, funded by the city’s Port Authority, is not as enthusiastic about signing the player as reports say the government is the one forcing the deal to pull through. The government – a major shareholder in the Port Authority – is persuading the city’s top clubs SIPG and Shenhua to make big singings in a bid to fuel the city. Continue reading
Galatasaray winger Bruma has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the last few days.
It has been reported that the winger is unhappy with life in Turkish football. Bruma been a major factor in the club managing to stay afloat in the Turkish league table. Galatasaray are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams in the division, but they have not been at their best for the last couple of seasons. After managing to score 3 goals and three assists in just seven league outings, Bruma is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets within Galatasaray’s squad.
Unfortunately, his goals have not been able to lift the team any higher than third place. It is only in the last couple of weeks that they have managed to hit the right note and find some form. Just one draw in the last five games has seen the club progress to 3rd place in the table. Even though they remain only level on points with leaders Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir, it is not seen as a good enough start to the league campaign. In this instance, sudden rumours linking Bruma with a move to either has taken the club by storm.