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  • 'Hudson-Odoi is an outstanding talent' -...

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an "outstanding talent" by former Germany star Michael Ballack. Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions' sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last...

    'Hudson-Odoi is an outstanding talent' - Ballack talks up Chelsea starlet amid Bayern talk

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an "outstanding talent" by former Germany star Michael Ballack. Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions' sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last week that talks remain ongoing between the clubs. The 18-year-old has earned 10 first-team appearances for the Blues this season but is yet to make a Premier League start and is reportedly tempted by the prospect of greater opportunities with Bayern. "We're talking about a player who just came recently from the youth level. He's trying to achieve the step to the professional level in a top club," Ballack told Omnisport. "This makes it a lot more difficult for a young player because the standard is very, very high. It's hard to say whether the player is good enough for this demand or not. It's a fact that he's an outstanding talent. "Chelsea have to evaluate whether they want to keep him or maybe send him on loan. I think that's the philosophy of all top teams - to educate young, top players and to give them the possibility to play. "It's the most important thing during that young age, to play without losing the player. Bayern had their focus on Hudson-Odoi very early. We will see if the transfer is happening or not." Ballack was a far more established performer when he swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Bayern in 2002, having inspired Germany's run to that year's World Cup final, and he is reluctant to impart any pearls of wisdom upon Hudson-Odoi. "I don't have any advice for him. He has to see if he has a realistic chance at Chelsea in the first team or not," he said. "[Recently] he was often part of it and showed his qualities. Is it the right time to go to another top club like Bayern? Every player has to decide this on his own. There's no special recipe." The success of 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has been viewed, to a certain extent, as a motivation for Bayern's interest in signing Hudson-Odoi. Arsenal's 19-year-old forward Reiss Nelson has also impressed on loan at Hoffenheim this season and England manager Gareth Southgate welcomed the openness to such opportunities among his next generation. "I think Jadon and Reiss Nelson are the obvious ones who have trodden that path, there are some other young players who have done that and haven't yet appeared in first-team football," Southgate said, speaking courtesy of William Hill at a Football Writers Association dinner held in his honour in London on Sunday. "I think it's good that the opportunity is there. Young people now in our country are less restricted in their decision making. They don't view travelling the world in maybe the way we did when we were younger. "They're more secure in themselves and they're ready to go if it gives them an opportunity to play. For all young players, that opportunity to play first-team football is really important."

  • Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails Lacazette’s i...

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. The 29-year-old opened the scoring before Laurent Koscielny’s header sealed the victory to help Unai Emery’s men maintain a fifth spot in t...

    Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails Lacazette’s impact in Chelsea win

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. The 29-year-old opened the scoring before Laurent Koscielny’s header sealed the victory to help Unai Emery’s men maintain a fifth spot in the log having garnered 44 points from 23 games. Aubameyang and Lacazette have formed a formidable partnership since the former joined the side in January 2018. They have scored 22 Premier League goals between themselves this season and the Gabon international is delighted to be reunited with his ‘friend’ on the pitch against the Blues. “It was really nice [playing with Lacazette],” Aubameyang said after the game. “I think we made a lot of runs, with a lot of effort for the team, and we worked a lot and of course we are happy when we play together because we have such a good feeling between us. It was cool. “When I joined Arsenal he was here and he came to me and talked to me and now we are going well, we have the same vision about football and I love him. He is a great guy. “I think it is nice between us, it’s not a bad rivalry, we are friends when one is going well the other is happy and that’s the most important thing, to do well.” Arsenal are three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and the former Borussia Dortmund striker believes the Gunners can finish in top four at the end of the season. “It was very important. We knew that it was important to get a result,” he continued. “It’s a very good win for us because now we are only three points from Chelsea. We’re not far. We will try to keep the distance very low.” Arsenal will now shift focus to their FA Cup tie against Manchester United on Friday.

  • Emery claims Ozil is part of his Arsenal...

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has one again stated that Mesut Ozil is part of his plans, despite remaining as an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday. The 30-year has played just 155 minutes of Premier League football since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with W...

    Emery claims Ozil is part of his Arsenal plans

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has one again stated that Mesut Ozil is part of his plans, despite remaining as an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday. The 30-year has played just 155 minutes of Premier League football since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on November 11 and has been linked with a host of clubs. He has also incurred the wrath of a number of former players include Emmanuel Petit and Paul Marriner, both of whom have criticised Ozil’s workmate and commitment. Yet despite this, Emery insisted Ozil could feature in the club’s next game. “He was on Saturday okay to play, but we decided not play [him],” Emery said. “I spoke with him also and I want to him be ready for the match today, for the next matches like all the players in the team. “Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality,” he added. While speculation continues about Ozil’s future, his agent told Goal earlier in the month that the former Real Madrid man has no desire to depart the Emirates. “Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind,” said Ozil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut. “He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer. Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.” Should Ozil force his way back into Emery’s plans it would have to be at the expense of Matteo Guendouzi or Aaron Ramsey, both of whom put in excellent performances against Chelsea. However, the former World Cup winner may well get his chance in the Gunners next game, an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United. Emery rested a number of key first-team players during the previous round against Blackpool and may well do the same this time around.

  • Batshuayi in Brussels as Monaco move rem...

    Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is in Brussels as a move to Monaco remains held up, Goal understands. The Ligue 1 side revealed earlier this week that they were interested in signing the Belgian on loan and claimed Chelsea were holding up any potential deal as they search for a ...

    Batshuayi in Brussels as Monaco move remains held up

    Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is in Brussels as a move to Monaco remains held up, Goal understands. The Ligue 1 side revealed earlier this week that they were interested in signing the Belgian on loan and claimed Chelsea were holding up any potential deal as they search for a permanent buyer. “We are happy with our transfer window so far," Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told a press conference. "It's true that a striker could help the team. We're just looking to good opportunities on the market. "Batshuayi? We have an agreement with the player and with Valencia but not with Chelsea. "They want a [permanent] transfer. Everything could go very quickly in football so we'll see.” Batshuayi’s appearance in his homeland therefore suggests he could soon be on his way to Thierry Henry’s side. Should the striker make the move he will be the second Chelsea player to do so this month, with Spaniard Csec Fabregas also joining Monaco. Batshuayi has endured a tough few seasons since joining the Blues in 2016. He was scarcely used by former manager Antonio Conte in his first campaigns at the club, with the Italian coach preferring Diego Costa. Last January, Batshuayi was sent on a short-term loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he bagged an impressive seven goals in 10 Bundesliga matches. However, a move to the German side failed to materialise in the summer and as a result he was shipped off to Valencia on loan. That spell was less rewarding for the Belgian, where he managed just three goals in 23 games. He returned to Chelsea at the beginning of this month and was linked with a £18 million ($23m) move to Everton. Yet this now appears unlikely and Batshuayi appears set for another loan deal to the continent. Any deal for Batshuayi would be determined by a move for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentinian is currently on loan at AC Milan but appears set to join up with former boss Maurizio Sarri.

  • Mohamed Elneny lauds ‘awesome' Arsenal w...

    Mohamed Elneny has lauded Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. After their 1-0 loss to West Ham United last time out, the Gunners bounced back to winning ways by defeating their bitter rivals the Blues with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent ...

    Mohamed Elneny lauds ‘awesome' Arsenal win over Chelsea

    Mohamed Elneny has lauded Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. After their 1-0 loss to West Ham United last time out, the Gunners bounced back to winning ways by defeating their bitter rivals the Blues with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny. Elneny made his second league appearance in the encounter featuring for 18 minutes after his introduction for Hector Bellerín. And the Egypt international has taken to the social media to hail the fighting spirit of his side in the encounter. “Well, that’s what we do; we fight. Awesome win,” Elneny wrote on Instagram.         View this post on Instagram                   Well, that’s what we do. We fight. Awesome win #COYG A post shared by Mohamed Elneny (@elnennym) on Jan 20, 2019 at 4:33am PST  The victory helped Arsenal maintain their fifth spot in the log with 44 points from 23 games. Elneny will hope to be involved when the Gunners take on Manchester United in Friday’s FA Cup tie.

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