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Sporting Lisbon Boss Targets Top Spot Ahead Of Arsenal Clash

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Sporting Lisbon manager Jose Peseiro has his eyes firmly fixed on the top spot in Group E of the Europa League as he leads his players out against Arsenal in a Matchday 3 clash.

While speaking ahead of the game against the Gunners at home, Peseiro also revealed that his players don’t need to be motivated ahead of the game scheduled to take place at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Thursday night.

Sporting Lisbon go into the Arsenal game on the back of a poor league form of two defeats in three games and will start as underdogs against the North Londoners.

Both teams have won their opening two games in their group but the Gunners will be heavy favourites in the aftermath of a run that has seen them win the last ten games in all competitions.

The 3 – 1 victory over Leicester City in their Premier League clash on Monday night was their tenth win in all competitions.

It was also their seventh league victory in a row having earlier won matches against West Ham United, Cardiff City, Newcastle United, Everton, Watford and Fulham.

The visitors had led through a 31st minute Hector Bellerin own goal before the Gunners recovered through Mesut Ozil and substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

 

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Report – Arsenal Considering Release Clause Payment For 23-Year-Old Star

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3-time Premier League winners Arsenal are ruminating on a potential move for Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The 23-year-old has been in impressive form for his Catalan club in the new Spanish La Liga season thereby attracting interest from the Premier League.

He has played a big role in Espanyol’s rise to the top five on the Spanish league table.

According to the publication from trusted Spanish media platform Marca via dailycannon, Arsenal are thinking about paying his release clause to sign him when the winter transfer window opens.

It was revealed that the Real Madrid Academy graduate has a release clause of €40m in his current contract at Espanyol and that the Gunners will have to pay it to sign their transfer target.

Arsenal could face a stumbling block in their bid to sign him due to the fact that Real Madrid have a €7.5m buyback clause in his Espanyol contract.

He came through the ranks at Real Madrid but didn’t make any appearance for the first team before joining Espanyol.

It was also revealed that the Los Merengues are entitled to half of his release clause (€20m) if the European champions decide against activating the buyback clause.

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Liverpool’s secrete deal with Ramsey revealed

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ESPN pundit Paul Mariner who is believed to be an insider has revealed that there is a secret pact between Arsenal contract rebel Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool which may mean a transfer for the Wales international to the Anfield.

Ramsey is set to leave the club at the end of the season after seeing his contract run into the last months without any agreement on the table owing to the financial burden a new deal might cost the club.

Ramsey has had a gentleman’s agreement with the North London side where he was told he will not be allowed to leave in the January transfer window but will see out his contract and leave as a free agent at the end of the season.

A lot has been speculated about the would-be destination of the Wales international with Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid all reported to be interested in having the star player.

But latest revelation reveals that there might have been an agreement between the Reds and the player to have him replace James Milner at the club.

Ramsey is tipped to be able to fit into any top European team because of his quality but there is no doubt he will largely consider a move to any club that plays in the UEFA Champions League.

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Man United Open Contract Talks With Arsenal Target

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Manchester United have opened contract talks with Arsenal target Juan Manuel Mata.

The 30-year-old has less than a year on his current Manchester United contract thus leading to rumours about his long-term future at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard has been strongly linked with a free transfer move to Arsenal at the end of this season.

He has also been linked with a return to former club Valencia.

A move to North London with Arsenal would afford him the opportunity to reunite with his former manager Unai Emery.

Mata and Unai Emery enjoyed a three-year working relationship at Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.

The Spanish international midfielder played under Unai Emery between 2008 and 2011 before he sealed a big money move to Chelsea in the summer of 2011.

He helped the Blues win both the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League titles before he left for Manchester United in January 2014.

The Reds Devils paid a club-record fee of £37.1m for the playmaker who then signed a four-and-a-half year contract until 2018.

The proposed reunion with Unai Emery has been thrown in doubt following the news that he’s in talks with Manchester United over a contract extension alongside teammates Ander Herrera and England international player Ashley Young.

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Club President Denies Bid For Arsenal Target

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The vice-president of Brazilian club Bahia has revealed that they have not received any bid for highly rated midfielder Ramires.

Bahia vice-president Victor Ferraz talked about the transfer status of Ramires while he was speaking on Radio Metropole.

Ferraz further added that the club is waiting for bids for the highly rated Brazilian midfielder.

Ramires, with real names Eric Dos Santos Rodrigues, has been linked with a move to Europe ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

Premier League giants Arsenal and Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid are the two clubs linked with the 18-year-old.

Arsenal would be hoping to see off the Spanish side in their pursuit of the highly rated midfielder.

The Gunners have already been beaten by the opposition on the pitch last season and the North London giants would try to avoid a repeat off it.

Arsenal were eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of last season’s Europa League campaign via a 2-1 aggregate win over the Gunners.

Atletico Madrid went on to win the title following the 2-0 win over French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille in their final clash in May.

Arsenal have already recruited some exciting midfielders like Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi and RamRamires could join them in North London.

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Arsenal Face Spanish Threat For Young Brazilian Midfielder

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Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have entered the race to sign young Brazilian midfielder Ramires ahead of the transfer window which begins in few weeks’ time.

Ramires, with real names, Eric Dos Santos Rodrigues, has repeatedly been linked with a move to North London with Arsenal.

The exciting midfield prospect plays his club football for Brazilian club Bahia.

According to popular English news outlet TalkSport, the Gunners will have to fend off the threat of Atletico Madrid in the race to sign the Brazilian wonderkid.

Atletico Madrid already have one over the Gunners and the club would hoping that they can pay the Rojiblancos back in equal measure even if it’s off the field.

Atletico Madrid stopped the Gunners’ run in the Europa League last season at the semifinal stage.

The Spanish giants won 2-1 on aggregate to secure a final spot in last season’s edition.

Arsenal had earlier played 1-1 in their home leg before a lone goal from controversial striker Diego Costa gave Diego Simeone and his players a 1-0 over the Gunners thus making it 2-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is expected to do some form of business in the January transfer window and Bahia could be one of the potential signings at the Emirates Stadium.

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What Arsenal need to be consistent to win trophies

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Arsenal recorded another unbeaten match in the League following their 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday but that wasn’t enough to see them leapfrog Tottenham from the fourth position.

The Gunners have experienced great turnaround since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirate Stadium but the Spanish tactician needs to let his players know they need to be more consistent and determined.

After their first two defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively, the former PSG manager led his side to 11-match winning streak in all competitions.

Since their invincibility was halted by Crystal Palace in their 2-2 draw at the Selhurst Park, the Gunners haven’t been convincing in their display.

Alex Iwobi, who was nothing short of brilliance throughout their winning streak, is gradually becoming less effective and unreliable.

The young Nigerian started against Wolves on Sunday but he had to make way for Matteo Guendozi after just 45 minutes due to his unimpressive performance.

Just like Iwobi, Arsenal strikers haven’t been convincing in front of goal as Aubameyang and Lacazette continue to blow hot and cold.

In the same veil, the Defenders are equally letting down their guard as they now comfortably concede cheap goals thereby putting intense pressure on strikers to get goals.

As much as Unai Emery deserves accolades for how he transformed the club within a short period of time, it is relatively important to let him know that his priority is to win trophies.

Unlike Ligue 1 where he seamlessly won the title with PSG, Premier League is very competitive and more physical he must know that every point count in the title race.

Considering the present form of the clubs vying for a top-four finish, it would be unforgivable if Arsenal fail to defeat any of these teams – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Should he fail to ensure consistency among his players and pick up maximum points against lesser teams, then it won’t be surprising to see the North London club return to Wenger’s era when they always struggle to end up in the top four.

As it stands, the Gunners are fifth on the log with 24 points, three points behind Tottenham who occupy the fourth position. They will be hoping to return back to winning ways when they battle Bournemouth on the 25th after the upcoming international break.

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Arsenal Face London Battle For 24-Year-Old Centre Back

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Arsenal will have to fend off London competition in their pursuit of Italian international defender Daniele Rugani ahead of the next transfer window in few weeks’ time.

Daniele Rugani is on the payroll of Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

The 24-year-old has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League.

London rivals Chelsea were reported as a possible transfer destination for Rugani when new manager Maurizio Sarri took over in the summer.

Rugani played under Sarri while the 59-year-old was the Empoli manager.

Nothing came out of those aforementioned transfer rumours in the summer but the Blues are back for the Old Lady defender.

According to the report from popular English news portal Daily Express, Chelsea have reignited their interest in Daniele Rugani.

It was further revealed that Arsenal have to contend with the Blues for the Italian.

Arsenal are in the market for reinforcements to boost the squad being built by new manager Unai Emery and Daniele Rugani is one of the Gunners’ transfer targets.

He has a Juventus contract that runs until 2021.

With three years left on his current deal at the Juventus Stadium, it could take at least £30m to prise him away from the Italian Serie A giants.

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Three Clubs Join Race For 22-Year-Old Arsenal Target

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Three European clubs have reportedly joined the race for AS Roma forward Patrik Schick ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The 22-year-old has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League with North London giants Arsenal.

The Czech Republic international star has been mooted as a possible replacement for injured Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck suffered what looked like a season-ending injury while he was in action for the Gunners in their Europa League clash at home to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

The England international star sustained a serious injury in his right ankle while he was trying to connect with a cross from Stephan Lichtsteiner.

It was revealed that the extent of his injury would be determined in the next 72 hours.

Since his injury, the Gunners have been linked with several forwards including the aforementioned Schick.

Patrick Schick spent last season on loan at AS Roma from fellow Italian Serie A side before his move was made permanent in a £17m deal in the summer.

According to a report from popular Italian news outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal will have to battle with other interested sides like Sevilla, Crystal Palace and Real Valladolid.

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Arsenal Transfer Target To Sign New Man United Contract

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been linked with a move to top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of the next transfer window in the New Year.

The Red Devils are not willing to let him go despite the strong transfer links to the aforementioned North London duo.

According to the publication from popular English news portal Daily Star, Manchester United will offer the England international centre back a new contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Phil Jones has less than a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford but the Red Devils reserve the right to activate the clause of an additional year in his Manchester United contract.

This is necessary to prevent the 26-year-old from leaving the club on a free transfer when his Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season.

With the new development, the Red Devils will be able to cash in on him next summer in the event that other clubs are interested in him.

Phil Jones teamed up with Manchester United from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2011 but he has not been able to live up to the huge expectations that accompanied his move to Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Arsenal Face North London Battle For 26-Year-Old Defender

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Arsenal will reportedly have to fend off the challenge of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of England international defender Phil Jones.

Jones plays his club football for three-time European champions Manchester United.

According to the publication from popular English news outlet The Sun, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing the 26-year-old centre back.

Phil Jones was one of the last signings of the Sir Alex Ferguson era before the legendary Manchester United manager retired in 2013.

He signed for the Red Devils from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Manchester United paid a transfer fee of around £16m to secure his signing.

Big things were expected from him but Phil Jones has failed to live up to those expectations at Old Trafford.

His long-term future at the club is in doubt with less than a year left on his current Manchester United deal though the former European champions reserve the right to activate the clause of an additional year.

Phil Jones has battled with series of injuries in the last few seasons especially in the last campaign but that didn’t stop him from being named in the 23-man England squad to this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

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