Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has scored his first goal for Spain in four years after he was on target during the 7-0 thumping of Malta in what was their last home as far as the Euro 2020 qualifiers are concerned.
The Villarreal midfielder has made a miraculous return to the pitch in the last one year as he was able to defeat the Achilles injury that threatened to end his career abruptly.
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the first goal of the game for Spain before Cazorla added a second goal on 41 minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.
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The second half saw Spain score five goals to make it a dominant scoreline.
The likes of Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo, Jesus Navas, Pablo Sarabia and Pau Torres were all on the scoresheet.
Santi Cazorla played 53 minutes of the game before he was replaced by Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer.
The petite midfielder spent six years at Arsenal following his move from Spanish club Malaga in 2012.
He was a key player for the Gunners before injury struck towards the end of his Arsenal career.
Santi Cazorla left Arsenal at the end of his contract last summer before returning to former club Villarreal.
Arsenal fans pick this Argentine as Ozil’s replacement
Arsenal fans have picked Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia as the player of their choice to replace Mesut Ozil when he leaves the club.
Emiliano Buendia has been fantastic for Norwich City and known to be very skilful, a player Arsenal fans have pointed as a good replacement for the former Real Madrid player.
After a sensational performance last season, he is now in the Premier League for the first time and has handed seven assists so far.
Arsenal fans are of the opinion that Mesut Ozil should be doing what the skilful player does and should be shown the exit door if he can not deliver.
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The German international has not been stable with the Arsenal team and issues of his weekly wage, and his performance have been drawn into controversies a number of times.
Many have called him out over his performance and there have been talks from some quarters of him leaving the club.
Mesut Ozil has been unmoved by the criticisms and has stressed a number of times that he will see out his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Apparently, he has been supported by manager Mikel Arteta to still perform but it is very unlikely he will have his contract extended.
No more worries, Arsenal striking option already says he is coming
The future of two Arsenal strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates Stadium is uncertain with fears they could be having their last season with the club.
Aubameyang is currently in contract talks with the Gunners hierarchy and his demand seems to be unrealistic. He has requested for a £250,000-a-week deal and a 3 years contract which reports claim Arsenal are unwilling to pay.
He could therefore, be sold in the summer transfer window to cash in on him and avoid losing him for free.
Lacazette’s fate in Arsenal is also unknown following reports that he could be involved in a swap deal to Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey to switch to the Emirates Stadium.
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This makes the need for a striking option in Arsenal urgent with a major target, Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg already coming out to express his desire to join the North Lindon outfit.
A Bild report claims that Arsenal are in contention for the player with Newcastle and the Bundesliga outfit has slammed a price tag of £31.54 million for the Netherlands international.
Should Arsenal find him worthy, replacing Lacazette and Aubameyang, if they leave will not be difficult especially after the player has made a come-get-me plea.
The 27-year-old striker scored 16 goals and provided three assists in the Bundesliga this season.
Arsenal told how to make cool money ahead of summer transfer
Arsenal are in the market for new additions ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to improve their squad for next season’s challenge.
This has been confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta who claims the club are already making plans and they will do all that is necessary to strengthen and balance the squad.
The financing of their proposed deals could cause a hindrance, but they now have an added option to make money as advised by an Arsenal -oriented journalist Amy Lawrence when he appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘Handbrake Off’ podcast.
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He noted that the Gunners have not made use of French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in few games over issues he does not know.
According to him, the young French midfielder could serve as an income if the Gunners decide to place him in the market.
Lawrence noted that Arsenal made a good investment in the player and his value has since increased since he joined which makes him an asset already.
The journalist claimed that the only reason why this should not happen is if Mikel Arteta is only trying to work on the player’s physiology for not playing him to be able to get the best of him later on.
If not, he is hopeful that Arsenal will make something meaningful from Guendouzi’s sale as he is a talented player with great potential.
What you do not know about Willian’s transfer speculation
Brazilian International Willian is already being linked away from Chelsea as issues of his contract extension is yet to be settled.
It is claimed that he would be leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer window with Chelsea hoping to cash in on him.
Man United and Arsenal, as well as other clubs in Europe, are reported to be jostling for the signature of the star player while he is still calm, looking forward to finishing the season on a good note.
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What has been untold over Willian’s transfer speculation is the fact that he is not interested in leaving the West London outfit while Frank Lampard is still a big fan of the Brazilian and doesn’t want to see him out yet.
The Blues boss has now come out to state that he is still fighting hard to convince Willian on a new deal at the club.
Willian is insisting on a 3-year deal while Chelsea who are only ready to hand him 2 years because of the club’s policy on players who are more than 30 years of age.
Frank Lampard has made it clear that he will only be wishing Willian the best in his career if he eventually fails to agree with the club but efforts will be put in place to convince him for more years at the Stamford Bridge.
Aubameyang, Lacazette friendship coming to an end?
There are fears that the much cherished friendship between Aubameyang and Lacazette is already nearing its end.
Both players have enjoyed amazing relationship both on and off the pitch. They are best of friends and that has helped them work perfectly in the Arsenal attack.
Unfortunately, the closeness between them is being threatened by the fact that they could be separated in the coming summer transfer window if reports of their future at the Emirates Stadium is anything to go by.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has got 12 months left to the end of his current Arsenal deal and efforts for talks of a new deal might be far from being fruitful.
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The Gabon international has demanded a 3 years contract and a wage of £250,000-a-week. It is already assumed that the Gunners will not be able to meet up and will decide to cash in on him this summer to avoid losing him for free.
A similar case is associated with Lacazette as he is reportedly involved in a proposed swap deal to Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey in the summer window.
Arsenal are keen on the Ghanaian midfielder and are ready to hand over the France International who is needed in Spain.
Should the above happen, both players will be forced to go separate ways and that might affect their friendship which obviously helped their performance at the Emirates Stadium.
Why Guardiola is unhappy despite thrashing Liverpool
Man City gave the current English Premier League Champions Liverpool a record 4-0 beating in their clash on Thursday night at the Etihad.
Two goals by Raheem Sterling with an effort by Kevin de Bruyne from the spot and Phil Foden’s strike helped City convincingly win.
Pep Guardiola was full of praise of his squad for doing a good job on Thursday night, stressing how difficult it is to defeat a team with a big focus like Liverpool.
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The Spanish boss described Liverpool as an extraordinary team with bravery but noted that his team was also brave to have recorded a big win.
According to him, Man City have been able to prove a point of how good they are and willing the team is to fight.
Despite the positives from the game, manager Pep Guardiola has some reservations. He is unhappy with the Jurgen Klopp’s team for being ungrateful after the guard of honour to celebrate them before the game.
Pep Guardiola noted that the Reds did not say “thank you” for the guard of honour, citing focus as the reason.
Suggestions are that Liverpool were hurt by the big defeat and that is the only way they could express their disappointment.
EPL: Arsenal to meet £70m target tomorrow
North London outfit Arsenal will be meeting their long term target Adama Traore but not on the discussion table as usual. They will be meeting on the pitch when the Gunners file out against his Wolverhampton Wanders side in the English Premier League match on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
The Gunners will only hope to see a massive win to stand the chance of playing in the Europa League next season but more to it is that they will be served the opportunity to access their target, in what will look like a trial for the player.
Daily Mirror had reported that the Gunners were keen on the winger in April but a bid has not been tabled for the player. The winger already has a price tag of £70 million for any suitor.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed the threat the player will pose to his team, stressing that he has got incredible potential especially when he gets the ball on time which makes stopping him difficult.
In case the Gunners become convince about Traore’s quality, the challenge in securing his signature will be his price tag because the Gunners will not be able to meet with such a demand unless a negotiation is done.
However, Arsenal still have Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette to boast of in their attack which makes Traore an option and not a necessity.
Arsenal make final decision on Thomas Partey
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been mostly mentioned in Arsenal’s transfer rumours ahead of the summer window with suggestions that he is highly needed.
It is also claimed that the Ghanian player is keen to part ways with the La Liga outfit, favouring a move to the English Premier League with Arsenal as his preferred destination.
Arsenal have got Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torriera but none of them have been able to keep the defence secured as needed and Partey has already proven that he can handle the job for Mikel Arteta.
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However, the Gunners seems not interested in dragging a possible deal for the player and have decided to enter negotiation for a fee.
A £45million price tag has been slammed as his release clause which the Gunners might not be able to pay, especially after announcing a £27.1 million loss last year.
With the North London outfit now ready to step up their chase of the star player, there is a need to open negotiations with Atletico Madrid to have the fee reduced.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will seek to focus on their bid to secure a spot for Europa League qualification if they cannot make the Champions League and that will require concentration and hard work.