Premier League giants Arsenal still have some work to do before they can confirm their place in the Round of 32 in the Europa League ahead of their final group game against Standard Liege FC of Belgium.
The Gunners travel to take on the Belgians in the Matchday Six clash in Group F with the North Londoners needing at least one point to seal passage to the next stage.
Arsenal can also risk defeat and still qualify for the next stage of the competition as long as they avoid the defeat of more than four unreplied goals.
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Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg got the first win of tenure on Monday night during the West Ham United game which ended in a 3-1 for his team with the help of three goals in ten second-half minutes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicholas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has a lot of injury problems to deal with ahead of the Standard Liege game.
He could miss up to six players for the game with the likes of Nicholas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding all struggling with one problem or the other.
Possible Arsenal XI vs Standard Liege: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Kostantinos Mavropanos, Zach Medley; Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe; Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson
Why Sheffield United Are Vulnerable To Arsenal Interest In John Fleck
Premier League surprise team Sheffield United have been rocked with the news that North London giants Arsenal are interested in one of their best players.
Sheffield United are in their first season back in the Premier League after more than a decade in the lower leagues and they have more than punched above their weight in seventh position on the league table at the moment.
The Blades have been in very good form under the guidance of manager Chris Wilder and midfielder John Fleck has been one of the best players in the team this season.
John Fleck is attracting serious interest from Arsenal according to Football Insider and he could be available for £20m.
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The 28-year-old midfielder showed his quality as a goalscoring midfielder after he netted the equalizer for the Blades during their Premier League trip to Arsenal at the weekend in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw after Brazilian and Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli had given his team the lead.
John Fleck has 18 months left on his Sheffield United contract and that makes the club vulnerable to the Arsenal interest in the player.
Arsenal are a bigger club too and they can offer him a better salary package in addition to him having the chance of achieving more at the North London club.
John Fleck is the joint topscorer for Sheffield United in the Premier League with five goals.
EPL: Confirmed Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Chelsea
Arsenal have the direct chance to close the gap on a top-four place in the Premier League as they take the short trip to face Chelsea in the London Derby league meeting billed to take place at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The chasing pack has a better chance of catching up with a wobbly Chelsea team in recent weeks than the other three teams mentioned earlier.
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Chelsea have a five-point cushion over the chasing pack spearheaded by Manchester United in fifth place with 15 games left to play.
Arsenal are ten points worse off than Chelsea at this stage of this season and another defeat against the Blues will put an end to their slim top-four hopes.
Chelsea came from a goal down to score two goals in the last ten minutes and win the game 2-1 away at Arsenal in their first league match this season.
Possible Arsenal XI: Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Bukayo Saka; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette, Nicholas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal Face Another Competition For Bruno Guimaraes
Europa League finalists Arsenal might need to fend off competition from the French league if they want to sign Atletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimares.
This is according to the publication from French newspaper L’Equipe which stated that former French Ligue 1 champions Lyon have joined the race to sign the Brazilian midfielder as they prepare for the exit of Lucas Tousary.
Arsenal sporting director Edu met with the agent of Bruno Guimares last week to discuss a move for the player said to be worth around £21 to £26m as per the valuation from his Brazilian Serie A club Atletico Paranaense.
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Bruno Guimares was an ever-present player for Atletico Paranense as they finished in fifth position on the league table at the end of the latest Brazilian Serie A season which ended at the end of 2019.
The 22-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of the best Brazilian talents on the local league season at the moment.
Arsenal have already signed a Brazilian talent Gabriel Martinelli from the local league in Brazil and Bruno Guimares could follow suit.
Gabriel Martinelli has been a revelation at Arsenal after the 18-year-old scored nine goals in all competitions till date including two Premier League goals.
Atletico Madrid might sign Alexandre Lacazette January
Atletico Madrid could turn their attention to Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette if Paris Saint Germain (PSG) continue to rebuff their bid to sign Edinson Cavani.
This is according to the latest media reports in the European nation of Spain.
Atletico Madrid want to sign Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani from PSG and have already had a bid turned down by the French champions.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed on Sunday night that Atletico Madrid made a bid for the 32-year-old striker and that it was turned down by the club.
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Leonardo spoke to reporters shortly after the French Cup win over second-tier club Lorient.
Atletico Madrid had a €10m offer rejected for Edinson Cavani and its not certain whether they will push ahead with another offer for the striker who has played second fiddle to Mauro Icardi since the Argentine international signed for PSG last summer on loan from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.
PSG want to sign Icardi permanently after his successful loan spell with the club.
For Cavani, he has six month remaining on his PSG deal at the moment.
Alexandre Lacazette is a long-term Atletico Madrid Target and the Frenchman could become an option if the Spaniards fail to lure Cavani from PSG according to Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo.
Arsenal Decision On Boateng Revealed
Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on loan before the end of this January transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign a defender on loan before the winter transfer window ends this month and German international Jerome Boateng is the main target.
Arteta had previously said that the Gunners will most likely operate in the loan plus free transfer market this month and that’s exactly what’s happening with Jerome Boateng who has made just nine starts for Bayern Munich in the league this season as the Bavarian giants start to prepare for life without him in their team.
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He has been a mainstay of the Bayern Munich defense for the majority of the last decade and was crucial to the German national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil which they won by beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.
Arsenal are a center-back short as a result of the serious knee injury to Calum Chambers and Jerome Boateng could be the man to replace him.
The aforementioned report said that the Gunners will spend big on a central defender in the summer with a £50m transfer for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in the works.
What Laryvin Kurzawa Said About Arsenal Transfer?
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Laryvin Kurzawa has fuelled the transfer rumors of a move to Arsenal with his social media activity.
The French international announced that he has joined Sports Agency ‘the Sports Invest in the UK’ via his official Twitter account.
The latest development has increased speculation of a free transfer move to Arsenal in the summer.
His PSG contract expires in the summer and France Football claimed that the left-back already has an agreement in place to join the Gunners.
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Earlier reports had said that PSG demanded small money from Arsenal for the player to move to the Emirates Stadium this month since he has six months to run on his present deal.
Kurzawa, 27, could be the first signing under new manager Mikel Arteta who has spent just one month in his new job.
Mikel Arteta was named the Gunners manager in December 2019 having been player at the club for five years until his retirement in 2016.
He has overseen two wins, three draws and one defeats since his appointment as the Gunners boss last month including the record of just one win in five Premier League games.
Arteta and Arsenal had three draws and one defeats within that league period.
Arsenal Sent Laryvin Kurzawa Warnings
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilles Grimandi has advised the North London outfit to flee away from a possible agreement with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Laryvin Kurzawa.
In his latest interview as monitored by the Daily Star, Arsenal legend Gilles Grimandi warned the Gunners from signing Kurzawa as the French left-back lacks the fight and hunger to succeed in a tough league like the Premier League in England.
France Football had earlier said that the Gunners have agreed a free transfer move for Laryvin Kurzawa and that he’ll link up with the Premier League giants in the summer when his PSG contract expires.
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Arsenal are desperate to strengthen their team in defence and they have turned to Kurzawa who is not the first choice left-back at PSG though club manager Thomas Tuchel said that the Frenchman has improved in recent games.
It was initially thought that the player will move from PSG to Arsenal for a small fee this month since he has six months left on his current deal at the Parc des Princes.
Arsenal have two left-back options in Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac but they have been injury-prone to date thus forcing Arteta to play young winger Bukayo Saka in the position in recent times.
EPL: Arsenal Confirm Starting Lineup vs Sheffield United
Arsenal are a more organised team under new manager Mikel Arteta though it must be pointed out that the Spaniard has been a little unlucky with the number of points accrued from the games played under his short tenure at the club.
The Gunners have won one, drawn two and lost one of the four games played under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League and many football fans would agree that Arsenal deserve more points with their performances in those games.
Arteta and his players face a difficult challenge in Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening in what’s their latest league game this season.
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Sheffield United have been the surprise team of this season and they are four points and four places better off than the Gunners ahead of the meeting of the two teams.
Young French striker Lys Moussett scored the only goal of the game in the reverse fixture.
Arsenal have several injury worries in the defence with the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira doubtful for the game.
Arsenal XI vs Sheffield United (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka; Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicholas Pepe.