Arsenal

  • 'Let them keep talking' - Denis Suarez's...

    Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media. The midfielder only joined the Gunners on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, although he has made just ...

    'Let them keep talking' - Denis Suarez's defiant message amid rumour Arsenal plan to cancel loan

    Denis Suarez has appeared to respond to the rumours suggesting his loan spell with Arsenal is about to be cancelled as he sent a cryptic message on social media. The midfielder only joined the Gunners on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, although he has made just six substitute appearances since arriving in north London. Manager Unai Emery has instead opted to start the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi ahead of him, leading to The Sun reporting that the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is preparing to cancel the loan agreement. But Suarez appears to be fully committed to Arsenal and with no plans of heading back to Spain early, with his post on Instagram seemingly denying the report that he's set to return to Barca. Adding text to a photo of the player in training during the international break, Suarez wrote: "Back on training with [smile emoji]. Let them keep talking [finger to lips emoji]." One of Suarez's rivals for a starting berth has been playing more regularly recently, with Ozil having started both Europa League last-16 games against Rennes and the 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Speaking to the club's official website, Nacho Monreal was full of praise for the German, and insists that opposition teams are more cautious of facing the Gunners when he is in the line-up. He said: "Mesut had some small problems and he missed a few games, but he’s with the team again and he’s fighting. "If you see him training or playing you can see that he’s completely committed to the team and that’s really good. "He’s very important for us and he’s a top-quality player. He helps us a lot with assists and scoring goals. "When the other teams see him on the pitch, they say, 'Oh Mesut is here, we need to be careful' so he’s an important player." Having missed parts of the season through injury and lack of form, Monreal has started to feature more prominently under Emery of late and says he will continue to give his all for the club. "This season has been a bit different for me because it’s been the first one when I’ve had a few injuries in a row and I’ve missed a lot of games," he said.  "I lost my form over the last few months, but now I’m back I’ve started to feel better again. The team is happy and lucky to have two left-backs who try to help the team.  "I’m really happy with my past performances, but as I’ve said, I just try to give my best every single day, every single training session and every game. I try to help and I’m happy doing that." Next up for the Gunners is a home meeting with Newcastle after the international break, with Arsenal currently fourth in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Manchester United.

  • Emery credited with righting Wenger's wr...

    Unai Emery has been credited with ushering in an exciting new era for Arsenal, with Nigel Winterburn of the opinion that regression under Arsene Wenger is now being forgotten. Towards the end of a 22-year reign for an iconic Frenchman, the Gunners found themselves slipping down ...

    Emery credited with righting Wenger's wrongs and delivering exciting new era for Arsenal

    Unai Emery has been credited with ushering in an exciting new era for Arsenal, with Nigel Winterburn of the opinion that regression under Arsene Wenger is now being forgotten. Towards the end of a 22-year reign for an iconic Frenchman, the Gunners found themselves slipping down the Premier League pecking order. A humbling tumble out of the top four was endured in back-to-back seasons, with Emery charged with the task of delivering a reversal in fortune during his debut campaign at the helm. The Spaniard remains on course to do just that, with a feel-good factor returning to north London as serious challenges for Europa League glory and Champions League qualification are pieced together. Former Gunners defender Winterburn told talkSPORT of the changes at Emirates Stadium: “We’re in a new era for Arsenal. “Since Arsenal have moved to the new stadium, they’ve found it very difficult to compete. “Yeah, they’ve won FA Cups, but in terms of Premier League titles, it’s just non-existent. “As a club we’re looking to try and get back among the elite, and I think it’s going to be very diffucilt for Arsenal to do that. “Arsenal supporters realise we’ve got a long, long way to go. “We’re seeing different scenarios with Unai Emery: team selections, formations, substitutions at half-time. “But the more important thing is it looks like the team are together and there’s a driving force there. “There’s a good feeling around the stadium which was not there last season.” While Emery is returning optimism to Arsenal, his predecessor remains out of work. Wenger has been linked with a number of positions across Europe, but is yet to fill any. That has come as a surprise to Winterburn who believes the Frenchman departed the Gunners convinced that he had another big job left in him. He added on the 69-year-old: “Wenger still believes that he can drive a team to be league champions, whether that be in the Premier League or somewhere else. “I’m a little surprised that he’s not back in yet. That puts a little bit of doubt into my mind.” Wenger was linked with a coaching post at AC Milan earlier this season, while directorial roles at Paris Saint-Germain have also been touted for a man who has expressed a desire to remain in top-level football.

  • Arsenal dealt further sporting director ...

    Arsenal have been dealt a fresh blow in their hunt for a new sporting director after Marc Overmars signed a new long-term contract with Ajax on Monday afternoon. The Gunners were hoping to appoint Spanish transfer specialist Monchi later this month after tabling an attractive th...

    Arsenal dealt further sporting director blow as Overmars signs new Ajax contract

    Arsenal have been dealt a fresh blow in their hunt for a new sporting director after Marc Overmars signed a new long-term contract with Ajax on Monday afternoon. The Gunners were hoping to appoint Spanish transfer specialist Monchi later this month after tabling an attractive three-year contract offer for his services, but he ultimately decided to return to Sevilla instead . While that news came as a shock to Arsenal chiefs, a back-up candidate had also been previously identified in the form of a former fan favourite Overmars - who played for the club between 1997 and 2000. The 45-year-old is now serving as technical director at Ajax, but the Premier League giants were ready to make a play for his signature after losing out on Monchi. Unfortunately for Arsenal, their search for a new recruitment guru is set to continue after Overmars signed a contract extension at Ajax which will keep him at the club until 2024. Overmars expressed his joy after the announcement was made on Monday, insisting he still has plenty of targets to reach at Ajax over the next few seasons. "There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I'm having a good time here," he told the club's official website . "We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team. From a sporting point of view, we still want to show a lot. "What is also important to me, is that it is nice to work with the people around me. I get pleasure and satisfaction from that."

  • Monchi reveals why he opted for Sevilla ...

    Monchi has revealed that he chose to return to Sevilla instead of accepting a role at Arsenal because their 'project appealed to him most'.  The 50-year-old was reportedly offered the role of sporting director at the Emirates Stadium, shortly after he left the same post at Roma....

    Monchi reveals why he opted for Sevilla return over Arsenal role

    Monchi has revealed that he chose to return to Sevilla instead of accepting a role at Arsenal because their 'project appealed to him most'.  The 50-year-old was reportedly offered the role of sporting director at the Emirates Stadium, shortly after he left the same post at Roma. The former Sevilla goalkeeper decided to call time on his spell at the Stadio Olimpico after results had turned sour at the club in 2019, and he followed sacked Italian boss Eusebio Di Francesco out the door after a Champions League defeat against Porto. Monchi spent two years in Italy but was unable to replicate the success he had enjoyed in Spain, with supporters apportioning him some of the blame for Roma's misfortunes on the pitch. Arsenal had reportedly tabled a three-year contract for the Spaniard and were said to be expecting him to start in his new role at the beginning of April, but he ultimately opted for a Sevilla homecoming. Monchi explained his decision in front of the media on Monday, stating: "I appreciate the interest of Arsenal, perhaps the one that has shown the most interest, and of other clubs who have made contact. "I have evaluated the proposals I had and I have chosen Sevilla. "It was the one that brought things together and had the conditions for me." It was claimed that Monchi was offered a £2.5 million per year package by Arsenal and they saw him as a crucial piece of the puzzle ahead of a restructuring of the club's hierarchy over the next few months. The Gunners' loss is Sevilla's gain, as they welcome back a club legend who spent 17 years as their sporting director after a 10-year spell as a player at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Arsenal must now go back to the drawing board in their hunt for a new head of recruitment, as they continue to target a place in the Premier League's top four. Unai Emery's men will return to action after the international break, with a home clash against Newcastle scheduled on April 1.

  • Matic backing Solskjaer stay despite suc...

    Nemanja Matic has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get Manchester United back on track after consecutive defeats and wants the crowd favourite to remain as manager for the long term. United lost 2-1 to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, six days on from the first dom...

    Matic backing Solskjaer stay despite successive Man United defeats

    Nemanja Matic has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get Manchester United back on track after consecutive defeats and wants the crowd favourite to remain as manager for the long term. United lost 2-1 to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, six days on from the first domestic defeat of Solskjaer's tenure at Arsenal in the Premier League. They remain well placed in a top-four battle they looked set to observe from a distance during the final days of Jose Mourinho's reign, while the Champions League quarter-final draw has thrown up a mouth-watering showdown with Barcelona. However, the honeymoon period for Solskjaer appears to be well and truly over and the prospect of another trophyless season for the club is now a distinct possibility. Despite United's recent wobble, Matic is still hopeful the caretaker boss will be installed on a permanent basis and insists he has the attributes to mastermind a quick revival of fortunes.  "I am sure the manager will turn this situation around and we will do better," Matic told United's official website. "I want Ole to stay. He is a great manager, very positive. "We have to give our best now to reach the top four. We cannot let it go like this." Matic added: "Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will give their best to be in the top four. Everybody knows that. "If you see that two months ago we were 11 points behind Chelsea, then now we are in a much better position. We have eight finals to play for us so we have to learn from this defeat." Arsenal currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League and are two points ahead of United with eight games remaining after their potentially pivotal 2-0 win over Solskjaer's side at Emirates Stadium. Chelsea are a point further back in sixth following their 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, while third-placed Tottenham are a point better off than Arsenal but must still travel to both Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the season. United's first game back after the international break is a home showdown against Watford on March 30, before another crucial away clash at Wolves three days later.

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