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  • Vardy made right call in snubbing Arsena...

    Jamie Vardy's form for Leicester City has shown that he made the right decision to snub Arsenal, manager Craig Shakespeare has said. Herrera is as good as Kante The England international was a target for Arsene Wenger last year, with the Gunners reportedly happy to activate h...

    Vardy made right call in snubbing Arsenal - Shakespeare

    Jamie Vardy's form for Leicester City has shown that he made the right decision to snub Arsenal, manager Craig Shakespeare has said. Herrera is as good as Kante The England international was a target for Arsene Wenger last year, with the Gunners reportedly happy to activate his £20million release clause, but he chose to stay with the Premier League champions. Vardy only scored five times in his first 22 league games this season but has recaptured something like his top form since the departure of former boss Claudio Ranieri, having hit six in his last seven appearances in the top flight. Although Shakespeare feels Vardy has yet to get back to his very best, he feels that he has justified his decision not to move to north London. "Thankfully, he chose us," said Shakespeare ahead of Leicester's trip to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. "All players will go through peaks and troughs, they just have to stay mentally tough, which Jamie did. "Players can't think: 'If I have one bad game, maybe I made the wrong decision'. It's about rolling your sleeves up and making sure you turn those indifferent performances into good performances. "The Jamie we're seeing out there at the moment is full of confidence and a goal threat as well. He's banging in the goals and we need that to continue to the end of the season. "I am reluctant to say he is back to his best, as I want more from him, but his goalscoring of late has been very good. Martial triggers €10m Monaco clause "Strikers go through purple patches. Then there are the dark times when whatever they hit doesn't go in. "At the moment, you see a player full of confidence and full of running. We need that to continue because we need a Jamie Vardy threatening defenders, getting on their shoulders and being a goal threat as well."

  • Iwobi a victim of Arsenal slump but says...

    Alex Iwobi has been a victim of Arsenal’s recent struggles but insists that he has gone through “worse” and that he remains positive. The Nigeria international saw plenty of competitive minutes at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, but has seen his game time dwindle as Arsene We...

    Iwobi a victim of Arsenal slump but says he has experienced 'worse'

    Alex Iwobi has been a victim of Arsenal’s recent struggles but insists that he has gone through “worse” and that he remains positive. The Nigeria international saw plenty of competitive minutes at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, but has seen his game time dwindle as Arsene Wenger’s side hit a serious slump. Wenger: Alexis won't join PL rival The 20-year-old has not figured since April 2 and recently dropped back into the U23 ranks, forcing him to miss out on the matchday squad for a meeting with Crystal Palace. Iwobi is refusing to get downbeat, though, with the promising forward able to draw on past experiences, such as almost being released in his teens, to put his current situation into perspective. “My journey so far has been a bumpy ride, so it’s something I look back on and say to myself,” he said in Arsenal’s matchday programme for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Leicester. “If I can overcome things that I believe were worse than what’s going on now, then surely I should be able to overcome this. “It’s tough, especially for the ones who almost get released, which I unfortunately had to go through. It makes you stronger. Holding the future of Arsenal & England “If you’re good enough and you apply the work that needs to be done and put in maximum effort then you’ll come through.” Iwobi is not the only one to have experienced a testing spell this season, with Wenger and a number of his senior stars coming in for criticism as Arsenal’s season threatened to implode. They have been able to get back on track with victory over Middlesbrough and a FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, with everyone connected with the club now building towards a brighter future. “I’m the type of person who likes to keep moving forward,” added Iwobi. “You have to improve day by day and obviously we’re not doing as well as we believe we should be doing, so when the next challenge comes up we have to try to prove to the fans and prove to everyone at Arsenal what we can do. Wenger: I'm looking at transfer targets “We have some big games coming up, so everyone should be pumped up. We need to prove ourselves in these games. “We have to prove to everyone that we can play against these top teams.” Arsenal face Leicester sat seventh in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of Manchester City and the final Champions League spot.

  • Wenger 'sure' Arsenal won't sell Alexis ...

    Arsene Wenger is “sure” Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival, emulating Robin van Persie’s switch to Manchester United in 2012. The Chilean forward continues to be heavily linked with a summer transfer away from Emirates Stadium as he prepares to enter ...

    Wenger 'sure' Arsenal won't sell Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rival

    Arsene Wenger is “sure” Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival, emulating Robin van Persie’s switch to Manchester United in 2012. The Chilean forward continues to be heavily linked with a summer transfer away from Emirates Stadium as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his current contract. Wenger: Sanchez a slow starter Manchester City are reported to be leading the chase, with Alexis having previously worked with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. Wenger, though, is adamant that 28-year-old will be made to stay put even if he does not commit to fresh terms, with there no chance that a deal will be done with another English top-flight team. He told reporters: “I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. “The question is more, why would you sell him to another [Premier League] club? You want to be as strong as you can be, and not strengthen the other teams. “I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here. Wenger: I'm looking at transfer targets “Even if he doesn't sign a new deal, I will make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell to a Premier League rival? Yes. "But first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe. "The disagreements are more contractual, not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.” Wenger added on the value of keeping a player whose contract is running down: “You amortise [gradually pay off] a transfer during the length of the contract. So when you play an amount of money, every year you deduct - when he signs for four years - 25 per cent of a contract. “The problem that you have to analyse, always, firstly is, 'Can you find better? For what kind of money?' Matthaus wants Alexis at Bayern "The inflation is so big that sometimes today even mathematically there can be advantages to keep a player until the end of a contract.” Alexis has netted 22 goals for Arsenal in all competitions this season, with the most recent of those seeing Arsenal edge out Manchester City 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Wembley on cr...

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Wembley on crutches was simply a precautionary measure, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Ancelotti: Ribery not playing well The attacker was withdrawn from Sunday's FA Cup victory over Manchester City after picking up a foot injury, bu...

    Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Wembley on crutches is no worry, insists Wenger

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Wembley on crutches was simply a precautionary measure, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Ancelotti: Ribery not playing well The attacker was withdrawn from Sunday's FA Cup victory over Manchester City after picking up a foot injury, but the problem is not as serious as it once looked. Wenger insists that there is no cause for Gunners fans to worry, despite the winger needing crutches post-match. “It was more precautionary, it was not for a bad injury,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “We will test him today. It’s a foot injury but it’s a kick.” Arsenal host Leicester City on Wednesday, with Oxlade-Chamberlain a doubt, and Wenger admitted that he is still unsure on the exact fitness of other players. “It’s basically unknown territory at the moment because yesterday [Monday] the players were on recovery,” he added. Sahin signs new BVB deal “We will have a medical check today [Tuesday] for everybody and see who is available and who is not. “Overall, we have nobody really injured after the game.”

  • Sanchez a slow starter - Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is a slow starter but has hailed the Chile international's ability to make the difference. The 28-year-old was his side's hero in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester City at the weekend, scoring the winner in extra time to fire Arsen...

    Sanchez a slow starter - Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is a slow starter but has hailed the Chile international's ability to make the difference. The 28-year-old was his side's hero in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester City at the weekend, scoring the winner in extra time to fire Arsenal into the final. Sanchez's goal against City saw him take his tally for 2016-17 to 24 goals in all competitions but Wenger concedes his star man can take a while to get going. How Monaco became the best in France "It is strange because I feel that he always grows during the game," Wenger said at a media conference. "The difficulty of the game always makes him more focused. He starts sometimes and has problems to get into the game and during the game he becomes stronger and stronger and more determined. "I think he adapts to the difficulty. He tests and he finds the way himself during the game to become dangerous. "He has been remarkably efficient. I felt that he had a very good spell when he played up front. When he plays on the flank, he is more a provider than a goalscorer. At the moment he plays in a mixed role between the flank and the middle.  "He can always turn up with something special in the game. He has the individual quality to make the difference."

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