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David Luiz Keen On Extending His Stint With Arsenal

Arsenal’s solid centre-back, David Luiz has no plans of leaving the London club as of now, Kia Joorabchian, David Luiz’s agent has informed the media. There has been a lot of talk going about David Luiz’s transfer to Benfica since his statements on his former club.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal paid £8m to Chelsea and £6m to “intermediaries to fix everything up”, in addition to Luiz’s annual salary of £10m. However, Joorabchian insists the figure of £6m paid to intermediaries to broker the deal is inaccurate.

David Luiz
David Luiz Image Credits: Goal.com

In an interview with Sky Sports News on Sunday, Joorabchian insisted David Luiz did not want to leave north London, adding the club and player would discuss his future as soon as possible.

David Luiz Has No Plans Of Leaving Arsenal Anytime Soon

“He’s very happy at Arsenal,” Joorabchian said. “He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody,” Joorabchian added.

David Luiz
David Luiz Image Credits: Getty Images

“Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic. We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this ‘new normal’, Joorabchian further said.

David Luiz Will Sit With The Arsenal Board Before The Next Season: Joorabchian

“These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new normal’, Joorabchian said.

David Luiz
David Luiz Image Credits: Goal.com

“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave,” Joorabchian added.

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Top 5 Teams With The Most Premier League Titles

The English Premier League is one of the most intriguing and competitive football leagues not only in Europe but across the world. It is widely regarded as the toughest competition in European football because of the challenging conditions and the hectic schedule that the teams and players have to go through.

Winning a Premier League title is every club’s dream in England. A lot of footballers aspire to play in the league because of the repute that the league holds. This season, Liverpool are the obvious contenders to win the title as they have been in an exponential form throughout the Premier League season.

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Liverpool FC are on top of the Premier League Points Table Image Credits: Getty Images

As Premier League announces a comeback in world football from June 17, let’s take a look at the teams with the most number of title wins in the Premier League history.

Top 5 Teams With The Most Premier League Titles

5. Aston Villa- 7 Titles

Aston Villa
Aston Villa Credits: Action Images

As astounding as it might seem, Aston Villa stand at the fifth spot in the Premier League title rankings with seven titles to their name in the Premier League. They won their first title back in the 1893-94 season. They won it in consecutive years in 1895-96 and 1896-97 seasons.

Once again, they won it consecutively 1898-99 and 1899-1900 seasons. Their last title came in way back in the 1980-81 season and there has been a drought since then.

William Saliba, Dani Ceballos
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Arsenal Announce Signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba

Dani Ceballos has signed with Arsenal on a loan deal, and William Saliba has been signed for a £27 million fee.

Arsenal announced double signings yesterday, with a loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, joining the North London side for a year on loan. Ceballos was convinced for the move by assuring him of regular playing time and a position in the starting line up.

Tottenham Hotspur had also lined up a move for him, but failed to promise him a place in the starting 11.

The 22 year old midfielder also said, the prospect of playing under Unai Emery was a major factor influencing him to join Arsenal. After the signing was made Ceballos told the media. “I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club.

“He is a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. He is a really tactical coach and I think that is going to really help me to perfect my positioning.”

William Saliba signs for Arsenal:

Saliba William
Saliba William joins Arsenal. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

An 18-year-old AS Saint Etienne defender, Saliba was also announced an hour later of the other signing yesterday. Saliba is seen as one of the best defensive youth prospects in the French League.

Arsenal again pipped Tottenham, who were also after the signature of the young defender.

Arsenal have paid £27 million fee for the French defender. He has signed a long term contract with the club, but will immediately return to Saint Etienne on a season-long loan.

Saliba told the press his reason to choose Arsenal “The history, the badge,”. Since I was little, I have been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League. And there are a lot of French players who have come through here. That really helped me to make up my mind.”

When asked why will he return to the French side on a loan deal he told “It was important because I wanted to prove myself for another year at Saint-Etienne before I come to try and establish myself here at Arsenal. This is a big club and when you come here you need to be ready”.

Arsenal let Aaron Ramsey leave for Juventus in a free deal, after not giving him a contract extension. Their captain Laurent Koscienely has also asked the club to let him go this summer. New signings are much needed for the squad to compete for silverware next season.

With a low transfer budget of £40 million, and more than half the share is already spent. Thus, the smart transfer moves from the board will be needed.

Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin says he has been a victim of verbal abuse both on and off the field. Image Courtesy: Getty
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People have Called me Lesbian for My Hair – Hector Bellerin

Spain and Arsenal right-back, Hector Bellerin has revealed in an interview that he had faced anti-gay abuse both on and off the field.

You act little; differently, you become a target – Bellerin

Bellerin, who likes to try different things starting from hairstyle to clothes has often been a victim of abuse both online and at matches. He also revealed he is abused not only on social media but also during the Premier League matches. Bellerin told The Times,

“Most of the abuse is online, but you hear it in the stadium too. People have called me ‘lesbian’ for growing my hair. There are other kinds of homophobic insults. I have learned to grow a thick skin, but it can affect you. Every now and again, you get a bit of self-doubt.”

Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin says he has been a victim of verbal abuse both on and off the field. Image Courtesy: Getty

 

The Spanish defender also feels if footballers do anything differently and do not conform to preconceptions, they will always get targeted.

“The problem is that people have an idea of what a footballer should look like, how they should behave, what they should talk about. You act a little differently, and you become a target. There is pressure to conform. This is very dangerous. In life, you should be allowed to express yourself. People are happier like this.”

At the moment, there are no gay footballers in the Premier League. And Bellerin said it remains difficult for a player to come out than it would be if they were involved in another sport.

“It is impossible that anybody could be openly gay in football,” he said. “Some fans are not ready. When it happened in rugby with the Welsh player [Gareth Thomas], people respected the situation. The fans respected his decision. In football, the culture is different. It can be very personal, very nasty, particularly for players from the opposition team.”

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Lucas Moura scored his maiden goal for Spurs.
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Premier League 2018/19: Round Up – Chelsea-Tottenham Makes it Two in Two, Arsenal Struggle

The second week of the Premier League 2018/19 saw Chelsea and Tottenham keep their winning run going, however, Arsenal have lost their London derby to make two defeats in a row.

Two in two wins for Chelsea and Tottenham while the Gunners lose two in two.

Chelsea vs Arsenal

A goal-fest night at the Stamford Bridge ended in Chelsea’s favour, as Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win for hosts over Arsenal.

Sarri’s men started the match aggressively and didn’t have to wait long for scoring their first goal. Pedro brought the lead for the home side and just after ten minutes, an out of form Alvaro Morata finally found the net.

However, Arsenal made a sensational comeback even before the second half to make it 2-2. However, Alonso’s goal in the 81st minute sealed the win for the home side.

Premier League 2018/19
Marcos Alonso celebrates after hitting the winning goal against Arsenal.

Tottenham vs Fulham

Tottenham sealed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Fulham with Harry Kane finally breaking his August’s goalless streak in the Premier League. The other two goals came from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier.

Moura opened the account for Spurs. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled Moura’s opener to make it 1-1. Many still remember the sublime set-piece of Trippier in England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. And he repeated the feat with 16 minutes remaining to get Spurs back in front. Just after a couple of minutes, Kane scored a goal to ensure his side a back to back win.

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United

A nightmare performance from both sides ended in a goalless draw at Cardiff City stadium. Particularly for Kenedy, who missed a penalty in the stoppage time.

Kenedy also failed to complete a pass during a first half when he should have been sent off for kicking out at Victor Camarasa. However, Newcastle got reduced to ten men in the end after Isaac Hayden’s 66th-minute foul on Josh Murphy was adjudged worthy of a red card.

But the home side couldn’t take any advantage of it and both the teams had to settle with a point in the Premier League.

Leicester City vs Wolves

An unlucky night for Wolves ended with a 2-0 defeat over Leicester City. An own goal and a deflected strike consigned them to the 2-0 defeat although Jamie Vardy was sent off and Leicester got reduced to 10-man.

However, Wolves played better in most of the moments of the game. They hit the post twice through Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez.

But Matt Doherty headed into his net. And Maddison’s strike from the edge of the box found a way beyond Rui Patricio with a touch from Conor Coady to make it 2-0.

Premier League 2018/19
Everton back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Everton vs Southampton

Everton’s Richarlison kept showing his worth to the Everton supporters by scoring in a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Goodison Park.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Everton in the 15th minute of the game. Walcott has scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time since January 2013.

Then the £50million man Richarlison doubled the lead. Danny Ings pulled one back for Southampton in the second half. But Everton ran away with all three points in the end in the Premier League.

West Ham vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth came from behind to win 2-1 against a struggling West Ham. After getting thrashed by 4-0 against Liverpool, Pellegrini’s side meekly crumbled to a second successive defeat by giving up two soft goals.

West Ham scored the first goal in the 33rd minute when Arnautovic made no mistake after being awarded a penalty. But they witnessed a shocker in the second half when Bournemouth pulled back two goals in under six minutes to put the home side down.

Marcos Alonso, Chelsea, Arsenal
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Premier League 2018/19: Marcos Alonso’s Late Winner Help Chelsea Beat Arsenal

A goal fest night at the Stamford Bridge ended in favour of the Blues, as Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win for Chelsea against their London rivals, Arsenal.

Chelsea won the London derby 3-2.

Maurizio Sarri’s men started the match aggressively and didn’t have to wait long for scoring their first goal. Pedro brought the lead for the home side inside ten minutes, and later, an out of form Alvaro Morata finally found the net to make it 2-0.

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Pedro celebrates after scoring a goal against Arsenal.

After trailing by 2-0 in under 20 minutes, the Gunners were in all sorts of trouble. But they pulled it back even before the second half. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan missed a few chances for Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan produced almost a carbon copy of Aubameyang’s miss. But he made amends with a fine left-footed strike to get the away side back into the game. And later, Iwobi thumped high into the net from the Armenia winger’s cross to level the scores before the break.

Chelsea left the field being shell-shocked. The home side looked in disarray. But in the end, it was Sarri’s men who looked the most likely to break the deadlock in a more scrappy second half.

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Alvaro Morata made it 2-0 for Chelsea inside 20 minutes against Arsenal.

And they did it with 81 minutes played courtesy of Marcos Alonso’s strike. Though, the substitute man Eden Hazard deserves massive credit for the goal.

After some brilliant work from Hazard, the defender made no mistake to take Chelsea upfront with just a few minutes to go.

Arsenal tried to pull one back in the dying minutes. But nothing could save them to taste their second defeat in a row in the end. It was nearly the first point on the board for Arsenal under Emery. However, the team showcased a quality they have been accused of lacking for several years now, which is the character.

While on the other said, Sarri’s men are off to a flyer with two wins in a row.

FT: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
Pedro 9′, Morata 20′, Alonso 81′ | Mkhitaryan 31′, Iwobi 41′

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Top Five Bargains of 2018 Summer Transfer Window

2018 summer transfer window has been one of the quietest transfer windows in recent times. Although the extravagant transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus did make the news, all the top clubs managed to hold onto their star players.

But as usual, there are certainly few coups that clubs have managed this summer.

Despite the massive signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe (loan deal made permanent), here are the best bargain deals of the 2018 summer transfer window so far.

Top five bargain deals of the 2018 summer transfer window

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Mesut Ozil would be made to feel like home here, says Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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Premier League 2018/19: We will Make Mesut Ozil Feel Like Home – Unai Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has talked about the Mesut Ozil issue and informed everyone that he respects the German midfielder’s decision to call it quits from international football.

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Mesut Ozil, Germany’s midfielder has announced his international retirement. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ozil announced his retirement from International football a few days ago.

The Arsenal star was the target of criticism over his performances during Germany’s disappointing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, as well as for his meeting with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were jeered off by German fans in warm-up games before the tournament began.

Erdogan said on Tuesday, the treatment of Ozil was racist and unacceptable. The 29-year old’s decision to quit has triggered a bad-tempered public debate in Germany about its relations with its largest immigrant community. Emery told reporters in Singapore,

“It’s a personal decision [which] I respect. We are like his home. We are like his family, and we are going to help him to feel good. For him, it is one thing with the national team and another with us. With us, normality helps him to feel good every day in the training sessions. This normality is best for him, and I’m sure he’s going to have a big season for us.”

Emery added Arsenal are doing the best they can for Ozil to feel comfortable.

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Mesut Ozil with the Arsenal squad during the club’s pre-season friendly. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“He is doing nicely every day, training well with partners. We want him to feel good with us.”

The playmaker has not commented about his decision since his arrival in Singapore on Monday with Arsenal. Arsenal will also play Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in the tournament.

The Arsenal midfielder blamed the German Football Federation (DFB) for failing to defend him against his most strident critics in recent times. He also explained in the statement that he had been blamed unfairly in Germany for the side’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Jack Wilshere poses after signing for West Ham United on July 09, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)
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Transfer Latest: Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Joins West Ham

West Ham United have signed Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on a free transfer, the club confirmed.

The midfielder has agreed on a three-year deal at West Ham.

Hammers boss, Manuel Pellegrini and Director of Football, Mario Husillos signed off on the move for the 26-year-old. Wilshere has agreed on a three-year deal at the Premier League club.

Wilshere, who has been capped 34 times by England and is a boyhood Hammers fan is delighted after signing for the club.

“It feels good; it feels special. Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this club growing up. People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt, and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham. It feels good, and of course, my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans, so everyone’s buzzing.”

Hammers Director of Football, Husillos said after the done deal,

“Jack is a player with vast experience and quality at the highest level, having played all of his career in the Premier League. On the biggest stage, he has shown that he has game-changing abilities, as well as having the creativity and intelligence to make a real difference to our squad.”

“He is a passionate man and has shown winning characteristics throughout his career. Jack will be a great addition. We look forward to seeing his undoubted quality in a West Ham United shirt over the coming years as we fight for important goals at the club,” he added.

Jack Wilshere
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: West Ham United new signing Jack Wilshere poses on July 9, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

 

Wilshere made his competitive debut for the Gunners in 2008. He broke Fabregas’s record to become their youngest-ever league debutant at 16 years and 256 days old.

Over the next ten seasons, he played a total of 125 Premier League games for Arsenal. He scored seven times, with two FA Cup winners’ medals to his name.

Europa League: Atletico spoil Wenger’s farewell to qualify for the final

Arsene Wenger was denied the opportunity of a perfect Arsenal farewell as Atletico Madrid won 1-0 to secure a 2-1 aggregate triumph and a spot in the Europa League final.

Wenger confirmed in April that his 22-year association with the club will conclude at the end of the season and the players’ bid to see him sign off with a first European trophy ultimately came up short against Diego Simeone’s characteristically shrewd Atletico, for whom Diego Costa netted the decisive goal.

Arsenal’s luck appeared to be out early on as they lost captain Laurent Koscielny to injury, with the France international now a potential doubt for the World Cup as a result.

And, although the Gunners responded with commendable spirit, they failed to capitalise on their time in the ascendancy and Atletico showed them how it was done just before the interval – familiar foe Costa netting a fourth goal in seven games against Arsenal.

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While Atletico continued to craft chances in the second half, there was a hint of tension in the stands – from where the banned Simeone watched on – that was transferred to the players and gave Arsenal encouragement.

But the visitors, still facing a battle just to claim a top-six spot in the Premier League, were simply incapable of breaking through Atletico’s exceptionally well-drilled defence as the home side dug deep to hold off Arsenal’s late onslaught, booking passage to the final in Lyon on May 16.

Atletico – who claimed a late draw in London despite having Sime Vrsaljko dismissed and Simeone sent from the touchline – showed their game plan right from the start as they set up to counter, using the strength and pace of Costa and first-leg scorer Antoine Griezmann.

And that approach nearly paid off after just five minutes – Costa barging his way beyond Nacho Monreal before shooting narrowly wide from a good position in the area.

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The hosts, who had wasted decent chances through Koke and Griezmann, eventually punished their opponents just before half-time – Costa holding off Hector Bellerin and finishing past David Ospina inside the area following a swift break.

Arsenal stepped things up after the break and nearly levelled early in the second half, but Ramsey scuffed wide under pressure from three defenders after Jack Wilshere’s shot ricocheted into his path.

Simeone’s side almost took advantage with their next attack as Costa charged into the right side of the area before being denied by substitute Calum Chambers as he was about to pull the trigger.

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Despite Arsenal’s improvement, they continued to look unimpressive at the back and should have conceded again 23 minutes from time, but Griezmann’s close-range effort was blocked following a fine Costa run and cutback.

Arsenal huffed and puffed in the final stages, but their attacks often lacked craft and direction as Atletico clung on to secure a third appearance in the competition’s final in the last nine years, leaving Wenger to face up to the fact that his final game of a long and distinguished tenure will now come at Huddersfield Town.

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