Arsenal & Mesut Ozil have a big problem

Arsenal & Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil once again failed to impress for Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League.

The Gunners lost their third match of the season away at Watford on Saturday. The Hornets had Tom Cleverley to thanks for his injury time winner in the 2-1 comeback victory at Vicarage Road.

Before Watford completed their comeback, however, Arsenal could have secured the points.

Ozil, who started the Watford match on the bench, fluffed an awesome opportunity to score when he was clean through on goal.

Off in January?

At the same time, as everyone knows, Ozil will become a free agent at the end of the season.

On Tuesday, the Mirror have reported that Arsenal are now open to selling the German World Cup winner in January.

That potentially means Ozil only have two and half months left with the Gunners.

But will Ozil actually leave the Emirates Stadium in the new year? That’s up for debate, as nobody really seems willing to take a punt on the playmaker:

Arsenal are ready to try to find a January buyer for Mesut Ozil.

The problem that Arsenal have is that Manchester City are keen on Sanchez but there has been a lack of interest in Ozil.

Inter Milan have publicly admitted they are keen and that is why they are now actively looking round for a buyer.

Manchester United have been linked with Ozil in the past few weeks, however that rumour is omitted from the Mirror’s report.

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Atletico Madrid want to wrap up £53m deal for Chelsea’s Diego Costa this week

Atletico Madrid are reportedly hopeful of securing a deal worth up to £53m for Spain international striker Diego Costa,

 

The La Liga side, who are unbeaten in the Spanish top-flight so far this term, but have won just one of their opening three fixtures, have been continuously linked with re-signing the Chelsea outcast this summer.

The 28-year-old, who has 16 international caps for his country, has failed to feature for the defending Premier League champions this season after flying off to Brazil following a text message from boss Antonio Conte earlier this summer stating he was not part of his first-team plans.

 

Costa, who arrived at Stamford Bridge back in July 2014 following his reported £32m switch from Atletico, scored 22 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2016-17 campaign.

 

After being made surplus to requirements in London, the report suggests the La Liga outfit are poised to offer up to £53m for Costa’s services – a £40m bid, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment – and are determined to conclude transfer talks by the end of this week.

Overall, Costa has netted 58 times in 120 games for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup.

Monaco explain why they sold Martial but kept Lemar

Monaco sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United in 2015 due to fears over Financial Fair Play regulations.

Martial spent little over two years at Monaco before joining United in a deal worth an initial £36.7million in September 2015.

The fee could eventually rise to £56.7m with add-ons, and saw the French side lose their most prized asset at the time.

They sold a number of key players this summer, but vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was keen to point out that this was not due to FFP.

Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayaoko, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe all left the Ligue Un champions, but only on Monaco’s terms.

Thomas Lemar stayed at the club despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool however, and Vasilyev says that Monaco are far better off financially than they were two years ago.

“In 2015 we had to sell in order to meet FFP conditions, so it was more of an obligation. We are, currently, financially safe and sound,” he told L’Equipe.

“You sell when you think it’s the right time. You’ve got to accept the risk and it’s by taking risks that we have got here.

“Sales, they are the consequence of having a great season, the league title, a great manager and an excellent recruitment cell and scouting network.

“We don’t want records. We want to maintain a competitive team while respecting our economic model. And today, we’ve managed it.

“My dream has always been to develop the model, in both an economic and sporting sense, as far as possible. I’d said that a few years ago with Forbes magazine; I see that it is a possibility.”

Cheslea outcast Diego Costa could join Besiktas tomorrow

The saga surrounding the future of Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be coming to an end with reports suggesting the Spanish international could seal a short-term move to Turkish side Besiktas tomorrow.
The transfer window has another 24 hours to run and the Istanbul side have reportedly made enquiries about his availability. According to Spanish outlet OKDiario (via football.london) talks of a temporary move for the 28-year-old have been ongoing and with Costa desperate to try to make the Spanish side for next summer’s World Cup, this could be his best solution for now.
It had seemed as though his return to Atletico Madrid could be sealed before the Spanish deadline last Friday but the club from the capital were unable to agree a fee with Chelsea and the move collapsed.
Whilst Blues boss Antonio Conte put Costa in his squad listing for the Premier League this term, it has always seemed unlikely that he would play for the club again after his self-imposed exile in Brazil.

Arsenal vs Leicester City LIVE build up ahead of Premier League opener at the Emirates

So we’re back again!

The Premier League returns with Arsenal hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger saw his enviable top four record come grinding to a halt last term, as amid an increased Wenger Out presence the Gunners finished fifth – missing out on Champions League football.

But after landing the FA Cup, breaking the club’s transfer record to land Alexandre Lacazette, and seeing off Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield, there is renewed optimism in north London.

Tonight they host Craig Shakespeare’s Foxes, who after shocking the world in 2015-16 finished mid-table last season; they’ll have been happy with that after looking like relegation candidates in the first half of the campaign.

Riyad Mahrez is still there (for now) despite being linked elsewhere. Will he feature against potential suitors?

Follow all the build-up to tonight’s game right here..

Arsenal vs Leicester City August 12 2017

A game between Arsenal against Leicester City Will be held This August 12 2017

Which among the two teams would be victorious,

 

Arsenal

An impressive run of 20 successive top 4 finishes in English Premier League came to an end last season as the Gunners ended the campaign in fifth place, thus missing out on this year’s Champions League. And with key men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil having entered the final year of their respective contracts, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t have a lot of time to persuade the duo to stay and try to get the team back where they belong. The Gunners have so far brought in only Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, and even though they managed to pip Chelsea to the Community Shield trophy, Arsenal don’t seem to be good enough to challenge for the Premiership trophy this season. Arsene Wenger’s charges could face a tough task in their opening fixture against new-look Leicester City, especially given the fact that Alexis Sanchez is still struggling for fitness, as are few more first team footballers. Arsenal kicked off the previous campaign with a 4-3 home loss to Liverpool and we are not convinced they have what it takes to see off the Foxes this time out.

Team

Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Shkodran Mustafi are unlikely to start as they lack match fitness, whereas Laurent Koscielny is banned.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Gabriel Paulista, Francis Coquelin and Per Mertesacker are all rated doubtful for the Leicester City clash.

 

 

 

Leicester City

These past few years have been an amazing rollercoaster ride for the King Power outfit, who went from relegation dogfight to winning the Premier League and back faster than anyone could imagine. It was Craig Shakespeare who ultimately saved the Foxes from the drop, so no wonder he was allowed to continue his job. The good news is that there have been no major departures so far this summer, although Riyad Mahrez is reportedly available for sale. Meanwhile, Leicester City did a good job signing Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire, while Matty James returned to the club following a successful loan spell with Barnsley. The Foxes failed to impress in pre-season, suffering defeats to Wolves and Burton, while sharing spoils with MK Dons and defeating Luton Town, but the 2-1 triumph over very good Borussia M’gladbach side in the final warm-up game can give them confidence heading into the Arsenal game. It has to be noted though that Leicester City lost six successive away games against the Gunners

Team

Summer recruit Kelechi Iheanacho is unlikely to start after picking up a knock, while Riyad Mahrez will probably be left on the bench as he nears a summer exit.

Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater miss out through injury, whereas Islam Slimani faces a fitness test ahead of the Arsenal game.

 

 

Prediction:

With so many important players either sidelined or struggling for match fitness, we have reason to believe Arsenal will not be able to defeat very good Leicester City side, who are eager to improve on last season’s performance.

 

 

 

Man Utd beat Real Madrid on penalties in Santa Clara after Victor Lindelof error

Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties after their pre-season game finished 1-1 in Santa Clara.

Anthony Martial created Jesse Lingard’s first-half opener for United with a brilliant piece of skill on the left.

Casemiro levelled for Real from the penalty spot after United’s new £31m defender Victor Lindelof brought down Theo Hernandez with a rash challenge.

Seven out of 10 penalties were missed in the shootout, with Casemiro’s wild effort ensuring United edged it 2-1.

It was not a great night for Lindelof, who compounded his error during the game with a miss from the spot.

Another negative for United was Ander Herrera lasting only six minutes before going off with a hip injury.

They have now won all four of their matches in the United States and meet Barcelona in their final tour game in Washington on Wednesday.

Wales forward Gareth Bale started for Real in their first pre-season game.

They play Manchester City in Los Angeles on Wednesday before meeting Barcelona in Miami on Saturday.