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Arsenal player rating vs Brentford – How your favorite players performed

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Alexander Lacazette

Arsenal began their Carabao cup competition in style as they thrashed championship side Brentford 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring with a great header in the fourth minute of the opening half to give the Gunners an early lead.

The England’s outcast scored his second goal of the night when he put the ball in Brentford’s goal after a great team-work from Gunners players.

Brentford pulled one back in the second half after a well-taken free kick from Aaron Judges get past Bernd Leno, but that wasn’t enough to see them come back into the game as second-half substitute Alexandre Lacazette round up the scoring to make it 3-1 in favour of the Gunners.

Here is how they perform:

Bernd Leno (6.5/10)

He couldn’t do anything about the goal conceded, He made many saves and was awesome throughout the night.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (7/10)

He displayed much pace, energy and intelligence during the encounter, His experience was obvious in his play against the less-experienced championship side.

Shkodran Mustafi (5/10)

The German made his return from injury but was unconvincing at the back, He needs some more time to return to full fitness.

Rob Holding (7/10)

The youngster is far becoming a household name in the team. His last night’s display was top class, he could only get better with time.

Nacho Monreal (7/10)

A good display from the experienced player, Didn’t do too much going forward but he’s rock solid at the back. He assisted Welbeck’s second goal of the game.

Matteo Guendouzi (7.5/10)

The teenager was nothing but brilliant in his ball distribution. However, he needs to time his tackles perfectly.

Mohamed Elneny (8/10)

A cool, calm but solid display from the Egyptian midfielder. He showed his class once again.

Alex Iwobi (7/10)

The player continues his transformation under Emery and he’s awesome against the Brentford’s players.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (6.5/10)
Not a great night for the Armenian star, however, he played a role in Welbeck’s first goal. He needs to improve.

Emile Smith Rowe (6/10)

The youngster is definitely learning the trade and one would expect him to progress with time. Not the best display from him but he showed huge promise.

Danny Welbeck (9/10)

Put up a Man of the match performance and he deservedly scored two great goals.

Substitute

Lacazette (6), Torreira (6), Ramsey (not rated as he comes in too late).

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Olivier Giroud says he was ‘forced’ out of Arsenal, reveals who

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has stated that he was ordered to leave his former North London side in the 2017 summer by God.

Giroud who did not enjoy his last days at the Emirates Stadium owing to his unsatisfactory performance revealed how difficult life was for him at Arsenal before he moved to the other side of London.

The Frenchman was unhappy that he was already replaced before he was gone after former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signed Alexandre Lacazette from French outfit Lyon.

Giroud who was threatened with the arrival of his fellow countryman stated that he had to pray for a direction on how to go about it before he was asked to leave.

However, the World Cup winner has failed to impress since joining the Stamford Bridge but he is positive that he made the right decision to move away.

Giroud has not delivered convincingly as a striker this term in terms of goals but manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed delight with the player stating that the former Arsenal man has helped the team with his assist.

Meanwhile, Giroud expresses delight to be playing alongside Belgium star Eden Hazard as he described him as the best player in the world.

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Clubs Fighting For Eric Bailly Signature Revealed

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Man United defender Eric Bailly could be on his way out of the club in the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as from January 1.

The Ivorian international centre-back has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho in the new campaign thus leading to reports of a transfer away from the Theatre of Dreams.

He has featured in just seven games in all competitions in this campaign, including five Premier League games.

According to the publication from the Daily Record via caughtoffside, two North London giants could go head-to-head for him.

Arsenal and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have been repeatedly linked with a move for the former Villareal and Espanyol player.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United would be willing to sanction his sale to one of their rivals for the top four places in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to move him and Argentine international star Marcos Rojo on in a bid to free up space for a new centre back signing during the upcoming transfer window in January.

Players like Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar and Tottenham Hotspur centre back Toby Alderweireld have all been linked with the Red Devils.

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The Overwhelming Favourite Club To Sign Aaron Ramsey Revealed

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Aaron Ramsey

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich have emerged as overwhelming favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of his contract in North London.

According to the report from the Independent via the Daily Star, the German champions have made a breakthrough in talks with his representatives and are confident that they have won the race to sign the highly coveted player.

Bayern Munich are among a host of European heavyweights interested in the 27-year-old.

Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan have also been mooted as possible destinations for the Welsh international playmaker.

Aaron Ramsey is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad after over a decade at the club but his time in North London is almost up following the Gunners’ decision to withdraw their contract offer for him in September.

He has made over 300 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions.

Ramsey was a regular under former manager Arsene Wenger but he has seen his playing time reduce drastically under the new managerial regime of Unai Emery who was appointed as the Arsenal manager in the summer.

Despite his reduced game time for the team, Aaron Ramsey has scored once and provided four assists in the new league campaign.

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Arsenal Face Italian Battle For £26m-rated Forward

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2006 Champions League finalists Arsenal have to see off competition from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma in their bid to sign Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

According to the publication from popular English media platform Daily Star, Arsenal are ready to make a move for the Spanish international player in January.

Lucas Vazquez is said to be frustrated with his lack of playing time at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and is open to a move away from the club.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid Academy graduate is behind the quintet of Isco, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Mariano and Karim Benzema for the forward positions at the club.

A bid of around £26m would be enough to prise him away from the Spanish capital club according to the aforementioned publication.

He could be a direct replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck.

England international player Welbeck is almost certain to miss the rest of the season after he broke his ankle last week Thursday.

He sustained the injury during the Europa League home game against Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

The Group E clash ended in a goalless draw.

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Arsenal Turn To 22-year-old Goal Poacher In Bid To Replace Injured Welbeck

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Cristian Pavon

North London giants Arsenal have reportedly turned to Argentine international winger Cristian Pavon in their bid to find a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck in their squad.

According to the report from the Daily Express via theweek, Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mslintat is eyeing a move for the 22-year-old ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as from the 1st of January.

Cristian Pavon plays for Argentine giants Boca Juniors at the moment.

He has repeatedly been linked with a move to North London.

Pavon was linked with a transfer to Arsenal in the summer after he shone for Argentina at the World Cup tournament in Russia.

He was part of the Argentina squad that failed to impress at the World Cup.

Pavon and Argentina were dumped out of the tournament in the first knockout stage after they were beaten 4-3 by eventual winners France.

Cristian Pavon would be a direct replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck.

Former Sunderland and Manchester United player Welbeck will miss at least six months after he broke his ankle during the Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

He suffered the injury in the first half of the encounter which ended goalless.

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Arsenal Turned Down Chance To Sign World Cup Star For €12m – Report

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Domagoj Vida

Premier League giants Arsenal came close to signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida during the summer’s transfer according to various media reports.

Vida was one of the standout performers for the Croatia squad that surprisingly reached the final of this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia before they were beaten 4-2 by eventual winners France in their final clash in Moscow.

According to the report from Turkish media portal Aksam via thesportswitness, Arsenal offered €12m for Vida but Besiktas wanted more from the Gunners.

The Turkish Super League giants were said to have requested for Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in addition to the transfer fee offered by the North London giants.

Arsenal didn’t grant their request thereby prompting the collapse of the transfer.

Colombian international shot-stopper Ospina went on to join Italian Serie A giants Napoli on a season-long loan deal until next summer, while the Turkish side beefed up their goalkeeping options with the addition of German goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Karius joined Besiktas on a season-long loan deal from Merseyside giants Liverpool.

Domagoj Vida joined Besiktas from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv in January on a free transfer and the club would still look to sell him when the transfer window reopens so as to make a profit on him.

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Arsenal In Battle To Sign £43.5m Player

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Junior Firpo

Arsenal will have to fend off Premier League moneybags Manchester City in their pursuit of highly rated defender Junior Firpo ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as from the 1st of January.

Junior Firpo currently plays his club football for Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

According to the publication from trusted Spanish media portal AS, Arsenal will have to battle with the Premier League champions to determine who will secure the signature of the £43.5m rated player.

The 22-year-old player has impressed for the Europa League campaigners since the start of the new campaign.

Junior Firpo is of Dominican Republic descent but he has already represented the Spanish national team at the U21 level.

He could be the answer to the Gunners’ troublesome left-back position as manager Unai Emery continues to search for quality signings to beef up his squad.

Arsenal have already used six players at the left-back position this season and this is mainly due to the various injuries sustained by the first choice pair of Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.

Apart from the two players, the likes of Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Carl Jenkinson and summer signing Stephan Lichtsteiner have all played at left-back for Arsenal this season.

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Arsenal will win the race to sign Junior Firpo in January

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Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Real Betis defender Hector Junior Firpo Adames ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

According to the publication from trusted Spanish news outlet AS via football. london, the Gunners are keen on a transfer for Junior.

It was further revealed that Premier League champions Manchester City are also interested in the centre back.

Junior Firpo has been one of the standout defenders in the Spanish La Liga this season and his impressive outings for Real Betis has not gone unnoticed with the European heavyweights.

Junior was hugely instrumental to Real Betis’ historical win at the home of Spanish champions Barcelona in their last league outing.

The 22-year-old scored the first goal to propel Real Betis to a 4-3 victory.

His good showings have attracted the Premier League duo of Arsenal and Manchester City.

North London giants Arsenal face a big battle to fend off the Premier League champions in the race to sign Junior ahead of the January transfer window

This is due to the fact that his agent is the brother of the Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Pere Guardiola is the brother of Pep and he manages the player.

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Arsenal Loanee Says No To Permanent Transfer Move

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Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has reiterated his desire to become a Gunners legend while hinting about a January return to the club.

Young English forward Reiss Nelson is presently on a season-long loan deal at German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim from Arsenal.

His impressive showings for the Champions League campaigners have led to talks of a permanent move to Hoffenheim.

Nelson, 18, has debunked those rumours in his latest interview as he said he’s eyeing legendary status with the Gunners.

He was recently named Bundesliga rookie of the month for October after he scored six goals in his last seven appearances in the competition.

Bundesliga rookie of the month is the same thing as the young player of the month.

Reiss Nelson’s sensational form for Hoffenheim has led to calls for him to cut short his loan spell when the the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal fans want him to replace the injured Danny Welbeck in January.

England international star Welbeck is almost certain to miss the remainder of the season after he broke his ankle in the Gunners’ last Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

He has already undergone two successful operations on the ankle.

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Man United Open Contract Talks With Arsenal Targets

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North London giants Arsenal have been handed a huge blow in their quest to sign the Manchester United duo of Juan Manuel Mata and Phil Jones.

This is because the three-time European champions have opened contract talks with Mata and Phil Jones.

Both players from top four rivals Manchester United have been linked with a transfer to the Gunners but it appears that the Red Devils are keen on retaining their services beyond the current season.

Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata is in the last year of his current Manchester United contract having signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he joined from rivals Chelsea in January 2014 in a reported club-record deal worth around £37.1m.

With his long-term future uncertain, the 30-year-old has been linked with a transfer to former club Valencia as well as a move to the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was said to be interested in reuniting with Mata whom he worked with at Valencia between 2008 and 2011.

Phil Jones has also been touted as a possible Arsenal signing with less than a year left on his contract at Manchester United.

The England international centre back was also linked with a move to North London side Tottenham Hotspur but he’s almost certain to stay at Old Trafford after the club opened contract talks with him.

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