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EFL Cup; Chelsea to face Arsenal in Semis, Man United knocked out

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The EFL Cup, now known as the Carabao Cup, produced a massive upset on Wednesday night as defending champions Manchester United were knocked out of the competition by Championship highflyers Bristol City at the Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol.

A late strike by Korey Smith handed the Robins a 2-1 victory over their more illustrious opponents. Man United were way below par on the night as a number of their stars produced lacklustre performances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite scoring struggled for the entirety of his time on the pitch as he made his first start since April. The Red Devils can have no complaints as their opponents showed more fight and desire and were good value for the win.

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Chelsea needed a last-gasp winner from substitute Alvaro Morata to secure their place in the Semi-finals of this season’s Carabao cup. A much changed starting IX against Bournemouth saw starts handed to Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and 17-year defender Ethan Ampadu, who produced a performance of real quality proving he is one for the future.

The draws for the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup produces a London derby to look forward to, as Chelsea face Arsenal. Arsenal booked their place thanks to a Danny Welbeck-inspired one nil victory over West Ham United.

The other fixture sees Bristol City look to continue their fairytale run as they face Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City.

The semi-final of the Carabao Cup is a two-legged affair, with the first leg scheduled for January 9 and 10 and the return legs January 23 and 24.

The final is billed for February 25 at Wembley Stadium.

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Arsenal In Advance Talks To Sign Two Players, Journalist Reveals

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Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has revealed that Premier League giants Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign two players this month.

The Gazzetta dello Sport media personnel made this known on his official Twitter account as monitored by Football London.

According to the experienced journalist, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign both Denis Suarez and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco as the Gunners target quality additions to boost the squad ahead of the second half of the season.

Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez is on the payroll of La Liga giants Barcelona at the moment, while Belgian international winger Carrasco is based in China.

Yannick Carrasco joined Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian at the start of last year after leaving Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and has scored seven goals in 25 appearances for his team.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is no stranger to both players from his time in Spain especially Denis Suarez.

Denis Suarez excelled under Unai Emery at Seville four years ago (2015) and the Spaniard will definitely welcome the opportunity to work with him again at Arsenal.

The Gunners are likely to sign the two players on loan with the club handicapped for funds as confirmed by Unai Emery in one of his recent press conferences.

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£160,000 p/w Player Offered To Arsenal, Journalist Confirms

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Experienced Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has confirmed that North London giants Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign exciting winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

According to him via the Daily Star, Belgian international attacker Yannick Carrasco has been offered to the Gunners who don’t have the money to sign him.

Terreur further revealed that his wages will also be a problem for the North Londoners.

He earns £160,000 (€180,000) on a weekly basis in China.

Yannick Carrasco is desperate to return to Europe in the current January transfer window after leaving Spanish side Atletico Madrid for Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian in February 2018.

An Arsenal transfer for Carrasco will be possible on two conditions.

Firstly, he has to take a pay cut on his £160,000 per week salary.

The other condition is that his Chinese club would opt for a loan arrangement with the Gunners for the former AS Roma forward rather than their preference for a permanent deal.

Arsenal have been restricted to possible loan signings this month after it was revealed that the club has no money to spend in this transfer window.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed the ‘no money’ stance from the club in one of his recent pre-match press conferences.

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Arsenal Prepared To Pay Midfielder To Hasten Exit

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Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay midfielder Mesut Ozil to speed up his exit from the club.

According to the ESPN, senior club officials don’t mind paying Ozil after he leaves the club with Arsenal finding it difficult to sell him because of his huge salary.

Earlier reports claim that the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has already been offered to the Italian Serie A duo of Juventus and Inter Milan by Gunners boss Unai Emery after Ozil failed to adapt to his methods since the start of the season.

ESPN confirmed that there is interest in Mesut Ozil from China and that Inter Milan are also open to a loan deal for the former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 playmaker but his huge salary is a stumbling block to any transfer.

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Mesut Ozil is on a weekly pay of £350,000 following the contract that he signed in February 2018.

The recently retired German international star still has two-and-a-half years left on that contract.

Ozil and Unai Emery have not enjoyed a good working relationship since the latter was appointed the Arsenal manager in the summer.

The Spaniard had dropped Ozil on numerous occasions including last weekend’s Premier League London Derby defeat (1-0) at the hands of West Ham United.

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Denis Suarez Is Bookmakers’ Favourite Player To Join Arsenal

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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has emerged as the favorite player to join Arsenal in the current January transfer window.

This is according to bookmakers SkyBet via Football London.

Denis Suarez, 25, is the favourite player to join North London giants Arsenal this month at the odds of 8/13 ahead of China-based forward Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (9/4), Chelsea centre back Gary Cahill (4/1) and the Barcelona forward duo of Malcom (9/1) and French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele (12/1).

Spanish international star Denis Suarez has not been able to break into the first XI at Barcelona under the guidance of manager Ernesto Valverde.

He has rarely featured for Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this season with the majority of his appearances coming in the cup competitions namely the Champions League and the Spanish Copa Del Rey.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to reunite with Denis Suarez whom he worked with at Spanish club Sevilla in 2015.

When asked about a possible transfer for the Spaniard in one of his recent press conferences, Unai Emery said that a deal for him is not close before he added that he’s happy with the crop of players at his disposal.

Arsenal fans have been left disappointed with the inactivity of the club in the January transfer window despite the long-term injuries suffered by important players Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

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Arsenal Can Sign Transfer Target For Just £3m

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Arsenal have been boosted with the news that they can get one of their transfer targets for £3m.

Colombian international playmaker James Rodriguez has been linked with Arsenal after falling out with Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena.

The 27-year-old is on a two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich from European champions Real Madrid at the moment.

He joined the Bavarian giants at the start of last season and was a regular fixture in the Bayern team that retained their Bundesliga crown at the end of last season under the guidance of veteran manager Jupp Heynckes.

He has had to endure contrasting fortunes this season in comparison to the last campaign.

James Rodriguez is certainly not a favorite of Niko Kovac as the Colombian has struggled to make the same impact from last season under him.

Bayern are willing to let him leave in the current transfer window with six months left on his loan contract with the club.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal can get him for just £3m which is for the remaining period before his loan spell expires.

Bayern Munich were said to have paid £11.5m for the two-year loan with the option to make his transfer permanent for £39.5m.

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Arsenal Midfielder Offered To Two Clubs By Unai Emery

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has offered midfielder Mesut Ozil to two clubs in his quest to offload him to free up funds for potential signings.

This is according to the report from Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb via the Daily Express.

It was revealed that Mesut Ozil has been offered to two clubs in the Italian Serie A.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has been offered to both Juventus and Inter Milan.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to get his huge salary off the wage bill at the club to free up some funds to sign Gunners-linked players like Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Denis Suarez.

Mesut Ozil currently earns £350,000 on a weekly basis at Arsenal thus making him the highest earner in the history of the club.

The former Real Madrid and Werder Bremen playmaker signed that contract in February 2018.

Mesut Ozil has not been able to adapt to the new style of play introduced by Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

He has been dropped from the Arsenal squad on several occasions this season with the latest coming at the weekend.

Ozil was left out of the Arsenal team for the West Ham United game at the Olympic Stadium despite his return to full training last week.

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Arsenal Midfielder Fuels Exit With Emotional Message

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Arsenal midfielder Mohamed ElNeny has fuelled transfer rumors linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium after he posted an emotional message on his social media account.

The Egyptian international star took to his Twitter account to pen a heartfelt message about his time at Arsenal.

Mohamed ElNeny has been linked with a possible Arsenal exit with recent reports claiming that he’s not in the plans of Gunners manager Unai Emery.

It was revealed that the Egyptian is surplus to requirements at the club.

He has been on the outskirts of the Arsenal team since Spanish tactician Unai Emery took charge of the team in the summer.

The Spaniard put pen to paper on a three-year deal to replace legendary manager Arsene Wenger at the club.

Mohamed ElNeny is the fourth choice central midfielder at Arsenal at the moment following the arrivals of two midfielders at the start of the season.

Young midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were signed from French second-tier side Lorient and Italian Serie A side Sampdoria respectively.

He has played in just one Premier League game all season and that was the 3-1 win over Burnley last month.

The Burnley victory was as a result of a brace from in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Agent Requests For Sale Of Top Arsenal Transfer Target

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Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has revealed that the agent of Denis Suarez has told the club to agree on a deal for his client with North London giants Arsenal firm favorites to clinch his signature before the end of the month.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential transfer for the Gunners in the past weeks with the Spaniard keen to leave the Catalan giants in search of more playing time.

He has had to endure a lack of playing time, especially in the league.

Experienced journalist Schira revealed the request of the player’s agent via his official Twitter account before pointing out that an Arsenal transfer for Denis Suarez is still far from nearing completion.

Denis Suarez is said to be interested in the ongoing project at Arsenal under the managerial regime of Unai Emery.

The 25-year-old played under Spanish tactician Unai Emery while he was the Sevilla manager.

Arsenal can only sign players on loan this month and they are finding it difficult to agree a deal with Barcelona for Denis Suarez as a result.

It was revealed that senior Barcelona officials want a permanent deal for Denis Suarez if they are to sanction his exit from the club.

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Arsenal Can Sign ‘Most Expensive Player’ Neymar, Journalist Reveals

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Experienced journalist Gabriele Marcotti believes that Arsenal are able to sign Brazilian star Neymar.

Former Santos forward Neymar became the most expensive player in the history of world football at the start of law season when French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) activated the £200m (€222m) release clause in his then Barcelona contract to secure his signing.

The Italian was speaking while he was on the Guillem Balague Transfer Show as he revealed that Arsenal will make money available for a permanent transfer if the aforementioned Neymar is available for £50m.

Gabriele Marcotti was reacting to the news that Arsenal have no money to spend in this January transfer window.

Earlier this month, Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed that there was no money available to expand on permanent signings and that the Gunners can only sign players on loan.

The North Londoners are in danger of letting their season slip away and fans were expecting significant additions in the transfer window to boost the squad.

Arsenal have fallen six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League and their fifth position is currently under threat from Manchester United who have the same number of points as the Gunners (41 points)

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AC Milan Join Arsenal In Race For Carrasco

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Seven-time European champions AC Milan have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Yifang Dalian winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

The interest of the Rossoneri in the Belgian international attacker was revealed by experienced Italian journalist David Amoyal.

Italian media personnel David Amoyal is the host of the CalcioLand podcast.

According to him, AC Milan are keen on bringing Yannick Carrasco back to Europe from his sojourn in the Asian country of China.

It was also confirmed that both Arsenal and Manchester United have already expressed their interest in signing the former AS Monaco attacker.

Yannick Carrasco joined Chinese Super League club Yifang Dalian in February 2018 and he has scored seven goals in 26 games for his team.

The 25-year-old is tempted by the opportunity to move back to Europe despite the fact that he has relatively settled well in China.

Arsenal were the first team to be linked with the Belgian as Gunners boss Unai Emery tries to bolster his underperforming squad for the second half of the season.

The injury to Danny Welbeck has decimated the North London giants a great deal and a move for Carrasco would go a long way to soften that blow for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery.

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