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The Real Reason Frank Lampard Wants Olivier Giroud To Stay At Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has assured wantaway striker Olivier Giroud that he’ll get more playing time to show him the quality that he possesses amidst the numerous transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club when the transfer market reopens in the New Year.

After the Newcastle United game at the weekend, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was asked about Giroud and his desire for more playing time.

Frank Lampard urged Giroud to be more patient and that he’ll get the chance to impress.

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He went on to say that he doesn’t want him to leave Chelsea during the winter transfer window.

Olivier Giroud had previously talked about leaving Chelsea in the New Year in search of more playing time.

The French World Cup winner has dropped to third on the striker pecking order at Chelsea.

The former Arsenal and Montpellier striker is the third choice striker at Chelsea right no behind the duo of Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.

Olivier Giroud is keen to retain his spot in the France starting XI ahead of the 2020 European Championship next summer and he would have to play football on a regular basis as already pointed out by manager Didier Deschamps.

Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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Underfire Unai Emery Slammed For Two Major Mistakes At Arsenal

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Spanish tactician Unai Emery has been berated for the two major mistakes made at Arsenal since he replaced Arsene Wenger as their manager.

Unai Emery was appointed the Arsenal manager at the start of last season after the end of the lengthy Arsene Wenger era at the club.

Arsene Wenger spent almost 22 years at Arsenal before his exit last summer.

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Former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson was highly critical of Unai Emery and his performance as the Gunners’ boss while he was on BBC Radio 5 Live.

According to him, Arsenal manager Unai Emery had made two major mistakes since replacing Frenchman Wenger.

The first mistake is spending a club-record  £72m on Ivorian international winger Nicholas Pepe when the money could have been spent on a quality centre back to fix the glaring defensive issues at Arsenal.

Arsenal signed Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea for just £8m this summer but the ageing centre back has not been able to do the job of fixing the defence which has already conceded 17 goals in just 12 Premier League games.

The Gunners also signed young French centre back William Saliba from Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne this summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.

William Saliba is expected back at Arsenal next summer.

The second mistake made by Unai Emery according to Matthew Upson is that the Spaniard tried to change the Arsenal style within a short space of time.

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Arsenal Plotting January Move For Juventus Centre Back

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Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for Juventus defender Merih Demirel ahead of the January transfer window.

This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in Italy.

Merih Demirel became a Juventus player in the summer following his transfer from fellow Italian top flight club Sassuolo.

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The Turkish international center-back is in his first season at Juventus but that has not stopped the interest of Arsenal who want to sign him during the winter transfer market in January according to the specific report from the stables of Italian media outlet Tuttosport.

Arsenal scouts were in attendance as Merih Demirel helped Turkey to secure their place at Euro 2020 with a goalless draw at home to Iceland on Thursday night.

He also played for Turkey as they rounded off their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a 2-0 win at the home of Andorra on Sunday night.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is targeting the additions of new defenders to his squad to solve his defensive issues.

The Gunners have conceded 17 goals in just 12 league games this season and they have just two clean sheets to show for their troubles.

Arsenal are in sixth position with 17 points only.

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The Duration Given To Unai Emery To Save His Job Revealed

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is a man under pressure after the underwhelming start to the season.

Several Arsenal fans have called for him to be sacked as the team continues to struggle in the Premier League but it seems like the Gunners Faithfuls won’t get their wish immediately at least.

According to The Sun, senior Arsenal officials have given Unai Emery one month to turn things around or face the sack.

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Arsenal are on a five-match winless run in all competitions ahead of their next game, a Premier League match at home to struggling Southampton who are in the bottom three on the league table.

The Gunners are winless in their last four games in the Premier League ahead of the Southampton game with just two points to show for their troubles from the maximum twelve points possible.

The poor run of form has seen them drop to sixth spot on the league table and are now eight points adrift of the top four places which guarantee Champions League football for next season.

Arsenal appointed Unai Emery as their new manager last summer on the back of the exit of legendary manager Arsene Wenger who left the post with one year left on his then contract.

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Expensive Arsenal Transfer Market Revealed

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North London giants Arsenal should have signed a world-class defender in the summer.

This is according to former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) star Martin Allen who slammed the transfer business conducted by the Gunners in the summer while he was on TalkSports at the weekend.

According to him, Arsenal would have been better off with a world-class centre back.

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Martin Allen said that the Gunners should have spent the £72m transfer fee on summer signing Nicolas Pepe elsewhere.

Arsenal would have improved with the £72m spent on a quality defender.

Summer signing Pepe has failed to light up the Emirates Stadium as expected with the Ivorian international still waiting for his first goal from open play for the Gunners.

He has already scored three goals this season but they all came from setpieces.

Nicholas Pepe joined Arsenal from French Ligue 1 club Lille this summer and he scored his first goal during the Premier League comeback win over Aston Villa.

He scored a penalty in the game at the Emirates Stadium which ended in a 3-2 win for 10-man Arsenal.

Pepe then came off the bench to score two freekicks to rescue his team from defeat against Portuguese club Vitoria Guimares at home in the Europa League.

With Arsenal trailing 2-1, Pepe scored twice in the last ten minutes to give the Gunners a 3-2 victory.

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Man City Find Replacement For Leroy Sane And It’s Good News For Arsenal

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Premier League champions Manchester City have reportedly found a replacement for injured winger Leroy Sane who could leave the club in the New Year.

According to Sky Sports, Manchester City have identified a replacement for Arsenal target Sane who was linked with the North London giants in the summer.

The Leroy Sane transfer links to Bayern Munich are stronger with the player still linked with the Bavarian giants despite the fact that he’s still recovering from a serious knee injury.

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Sane is recuperating from the knee injury suffered during the Community Shield match with Liverpool at the start of the season.

The German international had wanted to leave Manchester City for Bayern Munich in the summer only for the injury to prevent any potential transfer to the Allianz Arena.

Manchester City have already offered him a new deal as he has less than two years left on his existing contract but the winger is said to be keen on an exit.

His desire to leave Manchester City could have been fuelled by the fact that he struggled for regular football last season with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez ahead of him in the winger pecking order.

Manchester City are lining up Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman as the possible replacement for Leroy Sane.

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Dani Ceballos Will Only Return To Real Madrid On One Condition

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Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos is said to be reluctant to return to Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid at the end of his loan spell at the Emirates Stadium.

Dani Ceballos is on a season-long loan deal at Arsenal from Real Madrid, having joined the North Londoners in the summer.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Dani Ceballos is not ready to return to Real Madrid after his loan spell with the Gunners as long as Zinedine Zidane is still the manager.

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Dani Ceballos didn’t get much first-team opportunities under Zinedine Zidane while he was at Real Madrid.

There is no transfer fee clause in the loan contract that took Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid to Arsenal.

Dani Ceballos is currently out injured with a hamstring injury sustained during the Europa League clash between Portuguese Super League outfit Vitoria Guimares and Arsenal.

He is expected to return to action for the next game, the Premier League game at home to Southampton on Saturday.

The hamstring injury forced Dani Ceballos to miss the international break with the Spanish national team.

Dani Ceballos will sit out the Spain games against Malta and Romania.

He was missing for the Malta game that ended in a 6-0 win for Spain and will also sit out the Romania game on Monday night.

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Why Juventus Want To Offer Wojciech Szczesny New Contract

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Italian Serie A champions Juventus have concluded plans to offer first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny a new contract according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Italy.

Wojciech Szczesny is in his third season at Juventus and the Old Lady wants to tie him down to a new deal that will secure his long-term future at the club.

According to the specific report from CalcioMercato, Juventus want to offer their first choice shot-stopper a new three-year deal.

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Wojciech Szczesny has less than two years on his current deal at Juventus and the Italians are ready to offer him a new contract until 2024.

The Polish international star joined Juventus from Arsenal in 2017 and he went on to become their first-choice goalkeeper after the exit of club legend Gianluigi Buffon.

Retired Italian international goalkeeper Buffon left Juventus for French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 and Wojciech Szczesny became the first choice afterward.

Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus after his one-year spell at PSG but Wojciech Szczesny still remains the first choice goalkeeper under the new management of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who has led the Old Lady to the top of the Italian Serie A table.

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Top Arsenal Target On Man City Radar

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Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is on the radar of Premier League champions Manchester City as the Citizens target defensive reinforcements to bolster their squad.

Trusted British media outlet Sky Sports revealed that Manchester City are on the trail of Turkish international centre back Caglar Soyuncu and that the former Freiburg FC of Germany player is one of several defenders being monitored by the Premier League champions.

Arsenal are also interested in the Turkish defender and will need to see off fellow Premier League side Manchester City if they want to sign him.

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Caglar Soyuncu is currently rated at around £60m by his club as per the recent reports in the media in the United Kingdom.

He was watched by Arsenal scouts during the Euro 2020 qualifier between Turkey and Iceland on Thursday.

Caglar Soyuncu played the entire duration of the game which ended in a goalless draw as he helped Turkey to book their spot at the 2020 European Championships.

He was seriously linked with the Gunners last summer before his move to Leicester City.

The young Turkish defender is in his second season at Leicester City and he’s already a regular fixture in the starting XI under manager Brendan Rodgers.

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