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With the transfer window closed down for the English clubs, one would not expect Arsenal to be among the headlines for transfers any more. The North London club completed their transfers way back before the deadline day, thus not rushing to sign players on the last day. But Mohamed Elneny could be on the move... The post Marseille Plan A Surprise Swoop For Arsenal Midfielder appeared first on...
With the transfer window closed down for the English clubs, one would not expect Arsenal to be among the headlines for transfers any more. The North London club completed their transfers way back before the deadline day, thus not rushing to sign players on the last day. But Mohamed Elneny could be on the move to Marseille.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 14, 2018
With incoming of many high profile transfers, such as goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papasthopoulos from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund respectively, midfielders Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria and Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient, one would expect the Gunners to bid adieu to a number of players from their squad, especially defenders, and thus, balancing their transfer spending this summer.
However, that didn’t quite happen as the Arsenal fans would expect. Some of the notable transfer outs were Jack Wilshere (free transfer) and Lucas Perez to fellow London club West Ham United, Santi Cazorla (free transfer) to his boyhood club Villarreal, and Calum Chambers on a season-long loan to newly promoted Fulham.
Nevertheless, it seems that French club Olympique Marseille are willing to put in some cash into Arsenal for the transfer of a young, and promising Gunner.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 13, 2018
According to the Daily Mirror, the Marseille feel they can capitalise on Mohamed Elneny’s uncertain situation at the Premier League club and thus, table an offer for the 26-year-old midfielder.
This would come as a surprise to the Arsenal fans, since earlier this year, Elneny admitted he had the chance to leave Arsenal, but refused to do so, stating his will to succeed at the club at all cost. He recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Emirates outfit in March.
From : Elneny is on Marseille’s list of targets. The club’s coach likes him and it’s likely the player won’t play a major role at Arsenal.
— Arsènic (@MrArsenicTM) August 14, 2018
He said at that time:
“There were some clubs interested in me because I was not playing enough games and maybe they thought they could sign me or even have me on loan.
“I heard about this in the news just like everyone else and I was not interested at all. I spoke with the people here at the club and I told them, ‘I don’t want to leave. I want to fight for my position.’
“I trust myself, I have a dream to pursue and I am not going to give up on it. I dream big and this is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I want to stay. The club welcomed my decision to stay and that was the end of it.
“People were saying, ‘You aren’t playing enough games, maybe you should leave or go on loan somewhere’ but I wanted to prove myself.
“I played the first game of the season in the Community Shield and I proved I can play for Arsenal and will continue to fight for my position.”
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 14, 2018
Elneny has become a reliable player for Arsenal since he came to the London club in January 2016, from FC Basel. He can play both the role of a defensive midfielder, as well as the role of a central midfielder, specifically as the number 6, creating passes for attacks from deep midfield.
On the other hand, in the two years with Arsenal, he has mostly appeared from the bench, stabilising the Arsenal midfield for the crunch last minutes, before the full-time whistle. Last season he appeared 13 times in the league matches for the Gunners, starting 11 matches. Elneny has also been vital figure in the Egyptian national term, starting all three matches for Egypt at the World Cup this year at Russia.
Marseille are considering a move for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who signed a new four-year contract in March. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/BdFDdKE2FS
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 14, 2018
In my opinion, it would be a mistake to offload Mohamed Elneny to Marseille, that too when the English transfer window is closed. He is a developing central midfielder, who can solve the various issues of the Arsenal midfield. With Guendouzi arriving at the club, the competition for the final midfield position between the two, alongside Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil and Mkhitaryan, could enhance the growth of Elneny into a world class midfielder.
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) August 14, 2018
In the end, the reliable midfielder may feel as if a move to Marseille could be beneficial as the competition in midfield is too tight in North London. Though Marseille may not guarantee a starting position, he will definitely get more playing time in France.
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Unai Emery’s first game in the Premier League resulted in a loss vs the champions. The Spaniard’s methods simply didn’t work on Sunday as Arsenal tasted a 2-0 defeat. Playing the ball from the back just put extra pressure on Petr Cech and pressing the Manchester City defenders and goalkeeper created extra space for the... The post Cech, Guendouzi, Ramsey | What Arsenal Need To Learn From The Opening Day Defeat Vs Manchester City appeared first on...
Playing the ball from the back just put extra pressure on Petr Cech and pressing the Manchester City defenders and goalkeeper created extra space for the wingers to run on their flanks. Emery’s training method would certainly take time but in the fast paced English league, he must make sure that his strategies are implemented before it’s too late.
Unai Emery is the first Arsenal manager to lose his opening league game since Steven Burternshaw in March 1986.
Not the ideal start to life in Premier League. pic.twitter.com/bBsmL9ptbt
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 12, 2018
Firstly, playing both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi in the midfield didn’t seem to work. The midfield pair are slow with the ball and don’t have the pace to compete with the average forward, as seen on Sunday. This opened gaps for City and they followed it up by numerous attacks.
Tactical analysis: Arsenal had limited success when building short, mostly if both Matteo Guendouzi and granit Xhaka dropped between the central defenders. This overloaded central presser Sergio Aguero and forced Fernadinho to leave Mesut Ozil free. https://t.co/Dm9as3KOIF pic.twitter.com/wgY7UIdIfc
— AFCPressWatch (@AFCPressWatch2) August 14, 2018
Playing Lucas Torreira instead of either of the one would result in greater efficiency. With Torreira’s quick movement and agility, he would be a perfect complement with either of the two starters from Sunday. We did see the Uruguayan partner with Guendouzi in the last 20 minutes, where Arsenal saw more of the ball and goal scoring chances.
Hence, if Emery goes with the 4-2-3-1 formation against the Blues this weekend, picking the former Sampdoria star would be ideal for Arsenal.
Meanwhile, although Cech’s keeping against the Skyblues was commendable, his distribution was sub par. The former Chelsea man almost kicked the ball into his own net on Sunday in the first half. Playing from the back simply didn’t work because of the shot-stoppers lack of experience in that area.
— The PL Zone (@TPLZNE) August 12, 2018
Many of the veteran keeper’s balls from the back were to the Pep Guardiola’s men, while the rest got contributed to the Arsenal defensive players who were put under pressure real quick. When a new £19 million keeper is at disposal, he should be made of use, especially considering Bernd Leno is known for his easiness on the ball.
Arsenal‘s mistake of not buying a natural winger was evident against the Cityzens. Both Henrikh Mkhytarian and Mesut Ozil saw less of the ball and were unable to take on the City full-backs. They were so engrossed in pressing the defenders, that they left spaces in the back.
Aaron Ramsey wasn’t effective either. Playing as an attacking midfielder proved difficult for him. The Welshman wasn’t successful in pressuring the defenders quickly. Ozil should be the one playing in that role for Arsenal; additionally allowing him to link up with the strikers as well.
Not starting Alexandre Lacazette wasn’t appreciated by the fans. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left isolated majority of the match. But once Lacazette came on, we could see the spark between both of them.
The gaffer must try some new tactics with Lacazette and Aubameyang as attackers or with the latter on the wing for the next fixture against Chelsea.
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Fred made his Premier League debut on Saturday against Leicester City. He recently came from the Ukranian football team, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and his performance against the Foxes has already endeared him to the fans. Manchester United were able to secure a 2-1 victory over Leicester in the first game of the season and Fred was an important... The post How United New Signing Is Already Proving To Be The Perfect Jose Mourinho Midfielder With His Debut Performance appeared first on...
Fred made his Premier League debut on Saturday against Leicester City. He recently came from the Ukranian football team, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and his performance against the Foxes has already endeared him to the fans.
Manchester United were able to secure a 2-1 victory over Leicester in the first game of the season and Fred was an important factor in claiming the win. He was pursuing the ball everywhere and was tireless as an engine. He tried to create a lot of chances for the team and played some really great short passes.
He moved the ball well and created quite an interplay in the midfield, alongside Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira. When defending, Fred was pressing the opposition and was trying to retrieve the ball as much as he could. Although there were a few mistimed tackles, the Brazilian had a really good debut at Old Trafford.
Fred completed 33 accurate passes in the first half vs. Leicester, more than any other Manchester United player.
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 10, 2018
While playing, Fred gives an attacking edge to the team and this is the way United should be playing. After scoring the first goal, United were playing defensively and Leicester had far more possession, but by having Fred, Mourinho’s men were able to create a few more chances. By acquiring Fred, Mourinho may just have filled in the void of a play-maker who is able to create chances in the final third.
It is exciting to see such an addition to the squad, and it lets United rack up the goals rather than just parking the bus after scoring one. There were a few moments where Fred was unable to win the ball as he did not have the physical strength to overpower the hefty players from the Premier League, but with some training and experience, he will able to get used to the English game and fit right into the squad.
Fred is an exciting prospect and shows a lot of promise. If he is able to consistently perform well in every fixture, he can prove to be one of the most essential players to the squad and will be crucial in helping United win titles this season.
It is no secret anymore that United ace Paul Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho have their fair share of differences. Differences that originated in the 17-18 season as one of the costliest midfielders in the world was dropped after a series of display that clearly were below the standards Paul Pogba is known to produce.... The post Is This The End Of The Road For Paul Pogba At United With His Recent Comments appeared first on...
It is no secret anymore that United ace Paul Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho have their fair share of differences. Differences that originated in the 17-18 season as one of the costliest midfielders in the world was dropped after a series of display that clearly were below the standards Paul Pogba is known to produce.
Match against Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were apparently spotted arguing at the sidelines. The subsequent matches against Huddersfield and a rather crucial Champions League tie against Sevilla(who eventually knocked United out of the competition).
Both have spoken out after this incident and appeared to have cleared the air among them.
“I change a few players and the intention was not to punish anyone” – Mourinho on Pogba snub
“I change a few players and the intention was not to punish anyone”
– Mourinho on Pogba snub
“It’s something that didn’t happen in the past, it’s not something I’m used to. But, everyone has to go through this, it makes you stronger and makes you realise you have to work hard, because anything can happen. It’s affected me in a good way.” – Paul Pogba
“It’s something that didn’t happen in the past, it’s not something I’m used to.
But, everyone has to go through this, it makes you stronger and makes you realise you have to work hard, because anything can happen.
It’s affected me in a good way.”
– Paul Pogba
The rumours of unrest and disagreement died down between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho as the former was busy on France duty with successful World Cup campaign.
But as the Premier League transfer window entered its last week, reports of Barcelona interest came flooding in. Reports claimed that Mino Raiola has reportedly offered Pogba to Barcelona and the Catalan Giants were interested in signing the world cup winner. These reports further threw light on the souring relationship between Pogba and Mourinho. The reports even claimed Pogba having accepted the personal terms offered by Barcelona.
However the Premier league transfer window is now closed, but other top European Leagues have window open until the end of August and hence reports that the move of Pogba to Barcelona could still materialize are coming up.
The first week of Premier League action for United gave no reassurances to the fans. Mourinho offered the Captain’s armband to Pogba in a move, many thought to be, a show of confidence from Mourinho. But after the match Pogba was quoted saying,
“There are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined. I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on.” Pogba after Leicester match
“There are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined.
I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on.”
Pogba after Leicester match
Mourinho has been known for being hard on players that have not played on his terms. The most prominent being the feud with Ronaldo that saw him benched too. But that is not to conclude that Ronaldo later not only became an important part of the team but was pivotal in all the trophies Mourinho won at Real Madrid. The speculation of Pogba leaving seems to be a step too far.
For a creative player who loves to play attacking football, Mourinho was never going to be easy dealing with. Mkhitaryan can be cited as a latest prime example. If one plays for a coach who loves to defend, one has to defend more than attack.
Paul Pogba not happy at Manchester United. Says there are things he can’t talk about otherwise he would be fined. Barcelona trying to sign him. 3 years left on his contract. Spanish window closes 31 August
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 11, 2018
With Mourinho’s United this has been a problem for the creative attacking players, who love to be up on the pitch and have company in the opposition half, have to stay in their own half and use their energy on defending rather than pressing or attacking.
Several players including Paul Pogba has not been able to buy his way into Mourinho’s philosophy and is visibly struggling to perform happily. The marriage between Mourinho and the players hasn’t been as strong as he has exhibited at his previous clubs. The results are also reflecting because of appointing defensive minded manager at attacking suited club.
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Unai Emery started his Arsenal campaign as the Arsenal Boss against the last season champions,Man City, and the result made it quite evident why the Gunners finished 37 points behind them. "Let's not judge Arsenal on this performance against the best team in the land."#ARSMCI reaction 👉 https://t.co/jHS8bQckO3#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/RBMj5zKsjm — Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD)... The post Stepping Stone For Unai Emery As We Analyse How Arsenal New Signings Fared In The...
Unai Emery started his Arsenal campaign as the Arsenal Boss against the last season champions,Man City, and the result made it quite evident why the Gunners finished 37 points behind them.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) August 12, 2018
Though the players are still getting used to the new playing style under Emery and his new signings which was evident Man City,Emery is trying his best to bring on a new change,a new era after the 22 years of Arsene Wenger.
Along with Emery, a few of his new signings, namely, Sokratis, Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner also made their Premier League debuts.Lucas Torriera also made an appreance for the Gunners against Man City in his short 20 minute cameo. Although the reaction from the fans was mixed, they bring a new hope for Arsenal.
Guendouzi was given a place in the starting line-up vs Man City in the heart of the midfield against and though,the youngster might have made a lot of mistakes due to his inexperience, like the one near-disastrous incident with Aguero,he never hid,he understood his mistakes,didn’t let them get to him,smiled and went ahead with the game giving his best against Man City.
"Yes, he found it tough going at times against City but what impressed me was his attitude and effervescence. It would have been easy to hide – let's face it, others in the Arsenal side did – but he was still demanding the ball"
– Ian Wright about Matteo Guendouzi [The Sun] pic.twitter.com/idouKfPn0U
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 14, 2018
Guendouzi is the raw talent who lacks sharpness, which he might learn under Emery, but what set him apart from all the other players was his energy throughout the game vs Man City. The David Luiz look-alike ignored the fact that he was playing against a top-class team like Man City and played his game with full enthusiasm winning the ball on his own on multiple occasions. All in all, if a 19-year-old can sweep the fans off their feet on just his debut, I think we have a lot of unseen potential in this kid who just might make a permanent place in the heart of our midfield.
Arsenal’s Greek signing turned out to be one of the best defenders of the night as he showed the Gooners what impact an experienced player can have on the team.To debut against the Man City,the champions is the hardest it can get and Sokratis proved that he could be an asset in our central defense.He won some good challenges, in the air as well as on the ground and coped up with Man City’s strikers pretty well too.
Was worried about Sokratis going into this one, but he's been quite solid, have to say.
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) August 12, 2018
The center-back though seems to lack the pace needed and doesn’t look comfortable with the ball at his feet might be a problem looking at Emery’s plans to play out from the back.But the fact that he gave a classy performance in his first ever Premier League game gives us an image of the ways he can improve under Unai Emery.
The right-back got his debut as a replacement for Ainsley Maitland-Niles who got injured vs Man City at the 35th minute of the match.The experienced right-winger was made to play out of position on the left side of the defense, who covered the left wing pretty well for the major part, but gave way for Man City to score their second goal.
Age is no barrier
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 12, 2018
His experience made our defence more solid and tried to come up front whenever he saw the chance, making our side dynamic and assertive against Man City.When Benjamin Mendy got to the byline and cut the ball back to the penalty spot, Lichtsteiner was the right side of Bernando Silva and should have been alert to the danger.
I personally think that given the chance on the right wing, he would prove everyone what he’s capable of and given the fact that he played out of position, he played very well for his debut even in a wrong position against Man City.
Arsenal fans got to see a little bit of the Uruguayan Midfielder with only 20 minutes left for the game to end but showed some good signs on the field and the Arsenal midfield looked more intact when he came on. He pressed hard when Man City had possesion and showed some real quality in terms of passing.
Premier League debut for Lucas Torreira.
In 20 minutes, Torreira already showed why Arsenal signed him. Assumes defensive responsibility, breaks up the play and has the vision and quality to spot a pass.
The Uruguayan should start vs. Chelsea next week. pic.twitter.com/Qg2gaIs8pq
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) August 12, 2018
Arsenal did improve when the substituiton was made and that ball to Aubameyang which was unfortuantely ruled offside was beautiful. Torreira is exactly what Arsenal midfield need at the moment and the new signing will surely be a key figure in the team as the season passes.
Arsenal now face Chelsea at Stanford Bridge in what will be their first away game of the season and given their last season’s away record,Gunners would like to improve their form away from home and Unai Emery will surely have that in his mind. It is one of the games of the season and it will be interesting to see which of these players who made their debut vs Man City will hold their place in the London Derby.
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There’s something odd about everything Manchester United have done since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. With three new managers in the last 6 years, they still don’t look any closer to winning major silverware. Their transfer woes are very common and the manager’s moaning over the way the transfers are done too. Though United... The post United Looking At Two Potential Candidates Including United Legend For Director Of Football Role appeared first on...
There’s something odd about everything Manchester United have done since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. With three new managers in the last 6 years, they still don’t look any closer to winning major silverware. Their transfer woes are very common and the manager’s moaning over the way the transfers are done too.
Though United have spent a lot on bringing in new players to taste victory, nothing seems to be helping them. Mourinho has been open about the way Ed Woodward’s been doing the business and doesn’t seem to like it.
According to Independent , United are looking to add a new layer of management to the club. This could turn out to be the most important position held by any name in the club’s history. Also, United have never had a position of ‘Director of Football‘ in recent years, which was half of Alex Ferguson’s job.
If sources are to be believed, United are looking for someone like Edwin Van Der Sar, who has done a great job at Ajax as he held the same position over there as well. It is also being reported that the Red Devils could possibly knock on Roma’s door, where their transfer chief Monchi could be roped in for the role. Juventus also could lose Fabio Paratici if United come calling.
This new appointment could help lower the tension between Mourinho and Ed Woodward. ‘Director of Football’ would be dealing closely with the recruiting and scouting team, and later lay down a long term plan of bringing in players who could help United win and also stay for a longer period rather than a brief one with no proper outcome for both the club and the player. With United also adding a new department to their footballing world, the Women’s team could benefit from this too.
Edwin Van Der Sar has been regarded as the ‘more favorable’ over the others, already a known entity in the United’s history having previously played for the club. Only time can tell what the new appointment could possibly bring to the club, but United atleast need to try something new to bring success back to the club.
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