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Shocking Revelation: Sitting On Arsenal Bench Is A Blessing To Me Says Arsenal Star




Per Mertesacker

Isn’t it shocking when you see an experienced, 221-capped defender happy for sitting on the substitute bench!? That was the shocking revelation made by former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.

The German international was known for his non-nonsense defensive abilities, despite this, he couldn’t feature regularly for the Gunners throughout last season.

In an interview with German reporters, Mertesacker revealed that it was a great honor for him to have sat on the bench in the final year of his 15 years of active football.

According to the former Arsenal captain, the 2017-18 season was a very challenging one for him as he had to forcefully retire as result of his knee injury.

The injury ruled him out of action for most of the season, however, he was able to make a return to training before the close of the campaign.

After returning to full fitness, the then – manager Arsene Wenger couldn’t give him the green light to feature prominently in the starting lineup due to his health conditions.

As a way to compensate the Germany international, Wenger and the club’s hierarchy agreed to make him one of the club’s youth coaches.

In his recent interview, the retired defender said he was happy with his achievements during his playing days. According to him, it’s a great privilege playing in front of over 60,000 fans.

During his active days, Mertesacker appeared in 104 games for the 2014 World Cup Winner, while he played 221 matches for the Gunners in all competitions.

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Confirmed: Arsenal Target To Stay At Leverkusen

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Kai Havertz

Europa League finalists Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow following the news that one of their targets will stay at his German club.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has been strongly linked with a summer move to Arsenal but the young midfielder is almost certain to remain at the Bay Arena next season.

Club manager Peter Bosz confirmed in his recent interview that Kai Havertz will stay at the club beyond this summer.

In a chat with the official TV of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayer 04 TV, Peter Bosz revealed that Havertz will stay at the club next season while he was less convinced about the future of Julian Brandt.

Peter Bosz revealed that Liverpool target Brandt might still stay at the club after Bayer Leverkusen sealed a spot in the Champions League next season.

Bayer Leverkusen qualified for Europe’s premier club competition by beating Hertha Berlin 5-1 on Saturday.

Julian Brandt scored one of the goals for Bayer Leverkusen during the game that could be his last for the German Bundesliga club.

It was his 10th goal for Bayer Leverkusen this season in addition to his 17 assists.

On his part, Kai Havertz has scored 20 goals for Leverkusen this season in all competitions and was previously linked with Arsenal earlier in the season.

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Confirmed: £44m Arsenal-linked Midfielder Open To Atletico Exit

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Thomas Partey

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has kept his options open as the transfer window hots up this summer according to the BBC Sports.

It was revealed that the Ghanian international star is open to an exit from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid with several Premier League clubs keen on a deal for him.

Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United are willing to take a chance on the utility player.

Thomas Partey can play in several roles namely as a right-back, centre back and as a midfielder.

He has a £44m release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid.

Partey is an important player at Atletico Madrid and he has made 42 appearances for the Rojiblancos this season.

The young midfielder is expected to be a key player for the Black Stars of Ghana ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) this summer.

Arsenal and Manchester United are both in need of reinforcements in the midfield position and Thomas Partey could be a perfect candidate for both clubs.

The Gunners need to sign at least a midfield replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey this summer after the player agreed on a four-year free transfer deal with the Italian champions.

On their part, Manchester United need a new midfielder for Ander Herrera who’s expected to join French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the coming weeks.

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Big Opposition: Arsenal Face Liverpool Threat For Assist Machine

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Europa League finalists Arsenal will have to deal with the threat of Liverpool in the chase for Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser according to The Sun.

Ryan Fraser had a very good Premier League campaign and it’s not surprising that clubs like Arsenal are on his trail.

Champions League finalists Liverpool are the latest club to join the race to sign the aforementioned Fraser.

The London duo of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur had previously been mentioned as a potential transfer destination for the Scottish international player.

Arsenal see him as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey who’s expected to link up with his new teammates at Italian champions Juventus at the end of his contract with the Gunners this summer.

Ramsey has agreed on a free transfer move to Juventus with a four-year contract already signed to make him the highest paid footballer in Great Britain at £400,000 per annum.

Tottenham Hotspur have been short in the midfield area since Belgian international star Moussa Dembele left the club for China in January and Ryan Fraser could provide cover in that department.

For Chelsea, Fraser could be a direct replacement for midfielder Cesc Fabregas who left the Blues in January.

Ryan Fraser scored seven goals and also provided 14 assists during the just concluded Premier League season.

Only Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard (15) bagged more assists than Ryan Fraser who has just one year left on his contract at Bournemouth.

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Revealed: Arsenal Target Will Leave Man City On THIS Condition

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Leroy Sané

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will reportedly leave the club this summer if he fails to sign a new deal according to the publication from popular media outlet Goal.

German international Sane has two years left on his current deal with the Citizens and it has been revealed that the club could sell him to prevent him from running down his contract which runs out at the end of 2021.

The former Schalke 04 player has been linked with major European sides like German champions Bayern Munich and North London giants Arsenal.

Leroy Sane and compatriot Ilkay Gundogan are in the same situation at Manchester City though the latter has one year left on his contract.

Both Sane and Gundogan are important members of the record-breaking Manchester City squad this season.

Manchester City won four trophies this season as they completed a clean sweep on the domestic front.

The Citizens won all the three major trophies on offer domestically in addition to the Community Shield.

Apart from the Community Shield, Manchester City also retained the Carabao Cup and the Premier League titles they won last season before adding the FA Cup title at the weekend with the 6-0 thrashing of fellow top flight side Watford.

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Deal On: Arsenal Target Talks Up Summer Return To Europe

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Yannick Carrasco

Dalian Yifang forward Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco has talked up the possibility of moving back to Europe this summer.

The Belgian international attacker was close to returning to European football during the winter transfer window but Premier League giants Arsenal were unable to agree on a deal for him.

Carrasco spoke about the botched move to Arsenal in a chat with The Sun.

According to him, the president was not in full support of a proposed transfer back to Europe but a move is most likely this summer.

Arsenal were keen on taking Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco on loan in January until the end of this season with the option to make the transfer a permanent one this summer but the move didn’t materialize.

The Gunners were rebuffed by his Chinese Super League outfit.

Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco played for French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco and Spanish club Atletico Madrid before moving to Dalian Yifang last year.

He was part of the Atletico Madrid squad that reached the Champions League final in 2016 before they were beaten by city rivals Real Madrid on penalties after both sides had played 1-1 after regulation time and extra time.

Carrasco scored the only goal of the game for Atletico Madrid but it was not enough for the Rojiblancos.

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Confirmed: Arsenal Target Rubbishes MLS Transfer Talks

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Marseille defender Adil Rami has debunked transfer rumours linking him with Major League Soccer (MLS).

In his recent interview as monitored by popular media channel Goal, Adil Rami reiterated his desire to stay with the French Ligue 1 giants on the back of a disappointing season.

Adil Rami has made just 18 appearances for Marseille this season.

Marseille have had a disappointing campaign having already missed out on qualification for the Champions League next season.

Adil Rami has endured a largely frustrating season after the biggest moment of his career last summer.

The 33-year-old was part of the French squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia last year via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash.

Adil Rami helped France seal a second World Cup title.

He has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal especially when compatriot Arsene Wenger was the Gunners boss.

Wenger resigned from the post last summer and he has since been replaced by Spanish tactician Unai Emery who has led Arsenal to the Europa League final in his first season as the Gunners manager.

Adil Rami wants to stay at Marseille amidst the intense transfer rumours linking him with a move to LA Galaxy in the MLS.

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Transfer Fight: Arsenal Face Juventus Battle For Roma Defender

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Kostas Manolas

North London giants Arsenal will have to contend with Italian champions Juventus in their quest to sign AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to the publication from II Messaggero which claimed that the two clubs, Arsenal and Juventus, are keen on a summer move for Manolas.

It was revealed that the Greek international center-back has a release clause and both clubs are ready to pay it.

The player will decide whether he wants to stay in Italy or move to the Premier League this summer.

AS Roma have no power to retain the player since he has a release clause.

Kostas Manolas has been a key player for AS Roma since moving to the Italian capital club five years ago.

He was linked with the Gunners before joining Roma from Greek giants Olympiacos in the summer of 2014.

His finest hour in the Roma shirt came during the Champions League clash with Spanish champions Barcelona last season.

Manolas scored the third and final goal of the game to hand the Italians a Champions League semifinal berth via the away goals rule after their 3-0 win over the Spanish La Liga giants.

Roma had earlier lost the first leg 4-1 in Spain.

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Manager confirms Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal £70m target is leaving

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Nicolas Pépé

The West London outfit Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of French Ligue 1 outfit Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

This is after it was confirmed by his manager Christophe Galtier that Nicolas Pepe will be leaving the club now that the season has ended.

The blues team has been handed a transfer ban but they seek an upturn as they approach the Court of Arbitration to appeal the judgment given by the world football governing body.

Therefore, Christophe Galtier has hinted that Nicolas Pepe will be available in this summer transfer window after hinting that a number of Interest clubs are already bidding for his signature.

A number of top European clubs including, Man United, Arsenal and Spanish La Liga club Barcelona are also in the chase for Nicolas Pepe.

It has been suggested that the Star Player will come in to replace Belgium international Eden Hazard who is set to leave the club to join Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid after indicating interest to play under his football Idol and manager Zinedine Zidane.

Howbeit, West London outfit will wait for the decision of CAS to be able to know their next step for new additions in the summer transfer window.

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Deal On: Southampton Eyeing Summer Transfer For 22-Year-Old Arsenal Target

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South Coast club Southampton are said to be plotting a move for highly-rated Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to widespread reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

It was revealed that the Saints want to boost their midfield options next season with Joe Aribo who has been earning rave reviews due to his performances for his English League One outfit this season.

Arsenal and Manchester City have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old midfielder this summer but the two Premier League giants could miss out on him to Southampton who are poised to make a big for him according to the publication from the Sunday Express.

The Gunners are in need of a new midfielder and Joe Aribo could be their man but they have to fend off the serious threat from the Saints.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will leave the club this summer to join Italian champions Juventus after agreeing on a free transfer move with the Italians.

He has agreed to a four-year deal reported to be worth around £400,000 on a weekly basis thus making him the most expensive football in Great Britain.

Aaron Ramsey has spent the last decade in North London.

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Future Target: Arsenal Star Reveals Boca Juniors Desire

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Lucas Torreira

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has confessed that he would like to play for Argentine giants Boca Juniors later in his football career.

The petite midfielder made the admission in his recent interview as monitored by popular English news portal Daily Star.

According to him, playing in the colours of Boca Juniors is a lifelong dream.

Lucas Torreira further revealed that it would be difficult for him to turn down an opportunity to play for Boca Juniors.

Arsenal fans don’t have to worry about his commitment for the long haul having put pen to papers on a long-term deal when he joined the Gunners last summer.

The Gunners signed Uruguayan international Torreira from Italian Serie A club Sampdoria at the start of this season in a deal reported to be around £26m.

Arsenal were told to pay his transfer fee in three installments and the defensive midfielder has played a major part in the Gunners run to the Europa League final this term.

Lucas Torreira has lived up to expectations in the colours of the North Londoners and the midfielder had been one of the best Arsenal players this season especially in the first half of this campaign.

He can win a trophy in his first season as an Arsenal player when the Gunners face London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan later this month

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