Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is certain that the Gunners can overturn their first-leg deficit against French club Rennes in their Europa League last 16 ties.
Super Eagles player Iwobi revealed through his official Instagram handle that he’s upbeat about the Gunners’ ability to secure a quarterfinal spot in the Europa League by turning Rennes over in their second leg meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
Alex Iwobi had given Arsenal an early lead against Rennes for his fifth goal of the season in all competitions for the Gunners making it his most productive campaign for the North Londoners.
His goal was the difference between both teams before Arsenal defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of seven minutes.
The Arsenal red card was the major turning point of the game as the hosts capitalised on it by netting three goals.
Benjamin Bourigeaud equalised for Rennes shortly before halftime from the freekick caused by Sokratis for a foul on Ismaila Sarr.
Sokratis received a second yellow card for the said foul on Sarr.
Rennes went on to score two second-half goals through Nacho Monreal (own goal) and highly rated Senegalese winger Ismaila Sarr who has been previously linked with a move to the Gunners.
EPL – Mustafi Set To Leave Arsenal On Loan For New Club
Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is on the verge of leaving the club on loan for the rest of this season according to the latest reports coming out of the Italian media.
Mustafi has been told that he’s surplus to requirements at Arsenal and the German World Cup winner is expected to leave the club this summer.
According to popular Italian news outlets La Gazzetta dello Sport, Shkodran Mustafi will leave Arsenal for AS Roma on loan for this season with the option to sign him permanently for a fee believed to be around €25m (£22.9m).
Shkodran Mustafi wants to stay at Arsenal but club manager Unai Emery has told him that he’s not part of his long-term plans at Arsenal.
The German became an Arsenal player in the summer of 2016 following his £35m move from Spanish La Liga club Valencia.
He has spent three years at Arsenal till date and the former Sampdoria and Everton player has two years left on his contract with the Gunners.
Mustafi has been left out of the Arsenal team this season for the first two Premier League games this term.
He missed out on the opening 1-0 away win over Newcastle United before sitting out the 2-1 win over Burnley at home.
EPL: Aubameyang Talks Tough Ahead Of Liverpool Clash
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes that its time for the Gunners to match the other big guns in the Premier League ahead of the upcoming Liverpool clash.
In his interview with Canal+, the Gabonese international star talked about the target for Arsenal this season.
According to him, the target for Arsenal is to qualify for Europe’s premier club football, Champions League.
Arsenal have not qualified for Champions League football for three years.
Aubameyang and Arsenal have started the season well under the guidance of club manager Unai Emery unlike what was obtainable with the last campaign.
The Gunners lost the first two games of their Premier League campaign last season but the reverse is the case this season after the North London giants recorded two wins from two games.
Arsenal won their first game of the new Premier League season after the 1-0 away win over Newcastle United at the St. James Park.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game in the second half of that encounter.
Arsenal went on to record the second win in quick succession with the 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette got the goals for the Gunners, while Ashley Barnes got the consolation goal for the visitors.
EPL: David Luiz Reveals What Lampard Told Him Before Arsenal Move
New Arsenal signing David Luiz has revealed what Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told him before making the decision to move across London during this summer’s transfer window.
In an interview with ESPN Brasil, David Luiz confirmed that he had a conversation with Frank Lampard before arriving at the decision to leave for Arsenal.
According to him, Frank Lampard had a different plan and he had to leave Chelsea as a result.
Reports claimed that the Brazilian international was made the fourth choice center-back by Frank Lampard with the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.
David Luiz joined Arsenal in a deal reported to be around £8m.
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The 32-year-old was the sixth and final signing of the summer for the Gunners.
He was handed a two-year contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.
David Luiz spent seven seasons over two spells either side of his time as a Paris Saint Germain (PSG) player.
He made his Arsenal debut on Saturday during the 2-1 win over Burnley in what was a Premier League game.
David Luiz played the entire duration of the game as the Gunners recorded a second straight league win at the start of the new league campaign.
Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal Defender Announces Retirement
Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from football.
The announcement was made earlier on Sunday.
Ashley Cole also revealed his plans for his career moving forward.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea player was at Derby County until this summer having joined the English Championship club on a short-term deal during the winter transfer window in January.
Ashley Cole was released by Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit LA Galaxy towards the end of last year before he signed a six-month contract at Derby County.
His move to Derby County was influenced by former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard who was the manager at that time.
Lampard has since left Derby County to return to Chelsea.
The former Derby County boss is now the new Chelsea manager after Maurizio Sarri left the club for Juventus this summer.
Italian tactician spent just one season as the Chelsea manager.
Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard were part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2012 Champions League title at the expense of Bayern Munich.
Cole played under Lampard for Derby County as they reached the Championship playoff final before they were beaten by Aston Villa who are now in the Premier League as a result of the win (a 2-1 victory over Derby County).
Details Of Alexis Sanchez’s Deal To Join Inter Milan Revealed
Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly closing in on a move to the club before the end of this transfer window.
It was revealed that the Nerazzurri are proposing a loan deal with the option to buy him after the loan transfer ends.
Inter Milan have concluded plans to offer a loan fee of £4.5m with the option to sign him permanently for £16.5m at the end of his loan spell with the San Siro giants.
Manchester United are said to be holding out for as much as £22m for Alexis Sanchez with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to offload the Chilean international attacker.
Inter Milan won’t have much problems with Alexis Sanchez’s weekly wages with the player interested in a pay cut on his £500k per week salary at Manchester United.
Alexis Sanchez has been a flop at Manchester United since his transfer from Arsenal.
The 30-year-old came into English football in 2015 following his big money move from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona to Arsenal.
He spent three-and-a-half years at Arsenal before joining Manchester United in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction.
Alexis Sanchez is the highest earner at Arsenal at the moment.
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