Arsenal manager Unai Emery has demanded consistency from his players as they prepare to face relegation battlers Southampton in their Premier League clash on Sunday.
In his pre-match thoughts ahead of the game, Unai Emery revealed that consistency is key in their quest for a top-four finish at the end of this Premier League campaign.
The former Almeria and Valencia boss also pointed out that Premier League is the priority for him and his players at the expense of the Europa League.
Arsenal progressed into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday after a 3-1 aggregate win over Belarusian club BATE Borisov made possible by the 3-0 thrashing of their opponents in the second leg.
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The Gunners will now face French club Rennes for a place in the quarterfinals of the competition after they stunned Spanish La Liga side Real Betis in the last round.
Arsenal have struggled for consistency since their unbeaten run ended in the reverse fixture with Southampton.
The Gunners started the season with two successive defeats in what is Unai Emery’s first season as an Arsenal manager.
Those two defeats were followed by a 22-match unbeaten run stopped by the Saints.
Arsenal have lost seven of their 15 games since then including elimination from the domestic cup competitions.
Arsenal Target Welcomes Ajax Exit Talks
Ajax Amsterdam defender Nicolas Tagliafico has refused to rule out transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the Dutch Eredivisie club.
Argentine international Tagliafico has been touted as a possible transfer addition for several European clubs including North London giants Arsenal.
Apart from the Gunners, the left-back has also been linked with the Spanish La Liga duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In his latest interview monitored by popular media portal Goal, Nicolas Tagliafico was delighted that major European clubs are interested in him but the Argentine defender was quick to point out that he won’t disrespect Ajax Amsterdam.
Nicolas Tagliafico revealed that he’s enjoying his football at the moment.
The Dutch Eredivisie star had been heavily linked with both Arsenal and Barcelona until Real Madrid came into the picture via his agent Ricardo Schlieper.
According to his agent, Nicolas Tagliafico is being targeted as a direct replacement for Real Madrid defender Marcelo who was close to joining Italian champions Juventus as from this summer.
Zidane has already confirmed that Marcelo would no longer leave the club after his reappointment as the Real Madrid manager last week.
Nicolas Tagliafico has been named in the starting XI for Argentina by manager Lionel Scaloni ahead of their international friendly clash with fellow South American nation Venezuela on Friday night.
Arsenal Face Premier League Threat For Serie A Star
North London giants Arsenal must contend with the reported interest of rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their chase for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
This is according to the publication from popular Italian transfer news portal Corriere dello Sport which claimed that Arsenal and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur want to sign the young midfielder.
It was revealed that both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the situation of Franck Kessie at AC Milan.
The 22-year-old signed for AC Milan at the start of last season having joined on loan from fellow Italian Serie A club Atalanta.
Franck Kessie joined the Rossoneri on a two-year loan deal until this summer with the option to make the transfer permanent.
It remains to be seen whether AC Milan will take up the option of signing him outrightly.
He has a good season for the San Siro giants in the last campaign but the Ivorian international player has not been able to live up to the heights reached last season.
His time at AC Milan took a turn for the worse after he clashed with teammate Lucas Biglia during last weekend’s Milan Derby clash with Inter Milan.
The incident took place shortly after he was subbed off in the second half of the game.
Arsenal Target Tipped To Become World Beater
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has backed Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans to become a world-class player in the wake of his performance for Belgium in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia.
Belgium played host to Russia in what was the first game of their qualifiers ahead of the 2020 European Championship and Youri Tielemans produced a man-of-the-match performance to lead his country to victory.
His performance showed why the Gunners wanted to sign the 21-year-old during the winter transfer window before Leicester City secured his loan transfer from French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.
He has scored one goal and provided two assists in six games for the Foxes since his transfer.
Reacting to Tielemans’ performance against Russia, Chelsea talisman Hazard told reporters that Youri Tielemans has what it takes to be a world-class player.
Eden Hazard backed his international teammate to be a world beater in the nearest future.
Both Tielemans and Hazard were on the scoresheet for Belgium against the Russians.
Tielemans scored the opening goal of the game on 14 minutes before Denis Cheryshev equalised for the Russians two minutes later following an uncharacteristic error from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Hazard scored a second goal for Belgium from the spot on the stroke of halftime before the Chelsea talisman wrapped up the 3-1 win for the Red Devils in the 88th minute.
Arsenal Defender Targets Regular First Team Football
Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed that his focus is to play regular football ahead of the 2020 European Championship.
The 35-year-old has not seen much football at Arsenal for the past one month but the Swiss international star insists that he’s happy at the club.
Stephan Lichtsteiner went on to hint that he could leave the club in search of regular football.
The former Juventus right-back talked about Arsenal and the need for regular football in a chat with media portal Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
Stephan Lichtsteiner became an Arsenal player last summer after joining on a free transfer.
The Swiss international right-back signed for the Gunners as a free agent shortly after the expiration of his contract at Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
He was the first signing of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal.
Unai Emery was appointed the Arsenal manager at the start of the season as a replacement for long-serving boss Arsene Wenger who had resigned at the end of last season despite the fact that he had one year left on his then contract.
Stephan Lichtsteiner has already started the discussions over an extension to the one-year contract he signed at the club upon the request of Unai Emery but the defender could still leave the club in search of regular football.
Arsenal Target On Song In Win Over Russia
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans was one of the best players on the pitch as he helped his Belgium team to a 3-1 victory over Russia.
Belgium entertained Russia in what was the first game of their qualifiers ahead of the 2020 edition of the European Championship.
The Belgians secured a relatively straightforward win over Russia though they suffered a small scare in the first half the quality of players like the aforementioned Tielemans and Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard was too much for the Russians.
Youri Tielemans showed why Premier League sides like Manchester United and Arsenal wanted to sign him on loan during the January transfer window before he ended up at Leicester City.
The 21-year-old gave Belgium the lead in the 14th minute before the Russians levelled proceedings two minutes later after Denis Cheryshev pounced on an error from Red Devils goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Eden Hazard gave the Belgians the lead again from the spot on the stroke of halftime after he was fouled in the box before the Chelsea star wrapped up the win for his side.
In the other group I games played on Wednesday night, Cyprus thrashed San Marino 5-0, while Kazakhstan stunned Scotland via a 3-0 win.
Arsenal Loanee Inspired By Hudson-Odoi Impact At Chelsea
Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has lauded the impact of Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea since he broke into the first team at Stamford Bridge last year.
According to Reiss Nelson, he has been inspired by his meteoric rise at Chelsea.
Reiss Nelson has also been turning heads at German Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim whom he joined on a season-long deal last summer.
He spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi in a chat with Sky Sports News.
Reiss Nelson has scored six goals for TSG Hoffenheim since his loan transfer to the German club at the start of the season.
Earlier reports claim that the German club wants to sign him permanently but the Gunners are not interested in a deal for him.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reiss Nelson were England teammates at junior level but the Chelsea winger has graduated to the senior level.
The 18-year-old was called up to the England national team for the first time by manager Gareth Southgate earlier this week.
He’s in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and England will face Czech Republic at home on Friday before facing Montenegro away from home three days later.
Young Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi has made 16 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this season.
Arsenal Fan Alaba Wants Premier League Transfer
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has talked up the possibility of moving to a major club in the Premier League.
Arsenal fan Alaba spoke about the Premier League in a chat with popular German newspaper Sport Bild as he also revealed that a move to Spanish La Liga giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid is possible.
David Alaba has been a key player for German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the better part of the last decade.
The Nigerian-born Austrian international left-back has made 335 appearances for the Bavarian giants and he would be hoping to add more when the international break is over.
Bayern Munich will resume their league campaign against Freiburg on the 30th of March before they face Heidenheim in the last eight of the German Cup.
David Alaba and Bayern Munich are only fighting for major honours on two fronts after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Premier League giants Liverpool.
The Reds secured a quarterfinal spot in the competition via a 3-1 aggregate win over the Bavarian giants in their last 16 tie.
Both sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield before Sadio Mane scored a brace in the second leg in Germany to give Liverpool a 3-1 win.
Arsenal Face Barcelona Threat For La Liga Defender
North London giants Arsenal will have to fend off the threat from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in their quest to sign one of the best defenders in the Spanish top flight this season.
Getafe defender Djene Dakonam has been in superb form for his Madrid-based club this season.
His performances for Getafe has not gone unnoticed with the best teams in Europe.
Dakonam and Getafe are having a fantastic season with the club punching above their weight in the Spanish La Liga this term.
Getafe are in fourth position on the Spanish La Liga table and they are on course to play Champions League next season.
Major European clubs Arsenal and Barcelona are said to be keen on signing Djene Dakonam.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was at the Mestalla to run the rule over the Togolese centre back as he helped Getafe to a battling goalless draw against hosts Valencia.
Unai Emery and Arsenal have made the signing of a new centre back top priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The Arsenal defence has been largely unconvincing in the Premier League this term with just six clean sheets in 30 games and Unai Emery wants to boost that area of the team ahead of next season.
Bayern Plotting £69m Summer Move For 17-Goal Arsenal Target
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are eyeing a big money move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe according to widespread reports in the media.
Ivorian international Pepe is one of the best young players in European football following his form for French Ligue 1 club Lille.
Several European clubs including North London giants Arsenal are interested in the in-form Pepe.
According to a specific report from BeIN Sports, Bayern Munich are ready to spend as much as £69m on Pepe.
It was revealed that Bayern Munich are backed by Sportswear manufacturing giants Adidas in their quest to sign the aforementioned Pepe.
The proposed transfer would make the Ligue 1 star the most expensive player in the history of Bayern Munich.
He would eclipse the €40m that the Bavarian giants paid to sign French World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.
Lille owner recently revealed that it would take £43m to prise Pepe away from the club.
Nicolas Pepe bursted onto the scene in the last campaign when he scored 14 goals to help Lille escape relegation at the end of last season.
The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals and also provided eight assists for Lille this season with the club in the Champions League places at the moment.
£30m Asking Price Slapped On Arsenal Target Benrahma
Premier League giants Arsenal will have to spend a lot of money to prise one of their transfer targets away from his club.
Brentford winger Said Benrahma has been in very good form for his English Championship club this term and his quality has not gone unnoticed with the best teams in the Premier League and outside the top flight of English football.
According to the publication from TeamTalk, Brentford has slapped the asking price of £30m on one of their prized assets in a bid to ward off the interest of Arsenal and other interested clubs.
Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace have registered their interest in the exciting Algerian winger.
Non-Premier League sides like Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and German Bundesliga title contenders Borussia Dortmund are also keen on a possible summer transfer for the Algerian international.
Brentford paid just £5m to secure the signing of Said Benrahma from French Ligue 1 club Nice at the start of this season and the Algerian has lived up to expectations after netting nine goals in 23 games for his London club this term.
He has also provided 13 assists in those games.
Arsenal will have to fend off stiff competition to sign the highly rated winger.
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