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EPL: Reports of talks with Mesut Ozil dismissed

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It has been alleged that the reported discussion between English Premier league giant, Arsenal and the club outcast Mesut Ozil over the future never happened as claimed.

Mesut Ozil has been on outcast at the North London outfit since last season as he has not played any competitive game so far this season. More to this, is the fact that he was omitted from the Europa League squad which sends the message that he is no longer needed at the club.

Efforts to convince the former Real Madrid star to leave the club have failed as he has reportedly rejected offers from several clubs, including the latest offer reported to be coming from Saudi Arabia.

Mesut Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires next summer transfer window and he has insisted on staying at the club until then. However, reports claim that the Gunners are keen to part ways with him in the January window to have him leave the club.

This report has been dismissed, according to ESPN with sources close to Arsenal revealing that there were no talks of such and there is no possibility that it would happen anytime soon.

This development means the World Cup winner is set to stay at the Emirates Stadium until the end of the season with no chances of playing a single game under Mikel Arteta.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Mikel Arteta told how he can feel more of Thomas Partey’s impact

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Arsenal manager Mikel Aretta has been told that he can feel more impact from Thomas Partey’s presence on the pitch if he is able to secure the signature of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The North London outfit were all out for the signature of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar but failed to land the France international, instead, they snapped up the signature of the Ghanaian international on the summer transfer deadline day by activating £45 million his release clause.

The French Ligue 1 outfit were uninterested in the bargain for Houssem Aouar, leaving no chance for the North London to make an attempt before the transfer window was shut in October.

However, Arsenal have been told by the club legend Ian Wright that the presence of Houssem Aouar will do a lot for the team as more would be enjoyed from the presence of Thomas Partey in the team.

The North London outfit might have suffered a defeat against Leicester City but Ian Wright is impressed by the performance of the Atletico Madrid midfielder

Ian Wright noted that Thomas Partey is exactly the type of player Arsenal have been looking for and he will help to get Granit Xhaka and Dani Becallos to operate better especially with his interceptions and ability to calm situations in the middle.

What we cannot say at the moment is if the North London outfit will be moving in for Houssem Aouar again and whether his asking price will be higher or not.

It has already been revealed that the Gunners are not done with the rebuilding of the team by bringing in new players and that is expected to continue in the coming transfer windows.

Meanwhile, reports claim that the North London outfit are not alone in the chase of the France international again and will be facing competition from other teams when they return for his signature.

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EPL: Frank Lampard gets another strike from Chelsea legend

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Chelsea legend Alan Hudson is the latest to give manager Frank Lampard a strike over his tactics at the club and he is unsure if the Blues legend and lead the West London outfit to a Premier League title.

The West London outfit have continued to be inconsistent with the delivery of good results under the former Blues midfielder and more to that is the fact that they have conceded nine goals which is the worst defensive record in the history of the club.

Alan Hudson noted that Fran Lampard cannot be compared with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, adding that his tactics against Man United was wrong, the reason why he failed to win the game last Saturday.

The West London outfit recorded goalless draws in their Champions League game against Sevilla before the Man United draw to make it two successive clean sheets but that has not stopped Alan Hudson from criticizing the team.

Alan Hudson stressed that Frank Lampard has not learned lessons as he continues to make excuses for experienced players who are guilty of defensive blunders, noting that the same happened to Chelsea last season but for the fact that Liverpool were far ahead of most teams, it was unnoticed.

He added that the Chelsea boss will be more exposed because the likes of Everton and Wolves are better teams now and Arsenal are beginning to pick up again to close the gap that existed before now.

Reacting to the two goalless draw results from the Champions League and the Premier League games, Alan Hudson stated that Frank Lampard was desperate to correct his defensive blunders and had to stall out by not having adequate shots on target just to stop the opponents from scoring goals.

However, it is feared that Frank Lampard would be sacked if the results don’t improve in subsequent games.

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EPL: Why Chelsea included Petr Cech in their PL squad

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Petr Cech was a shock mention in Chelsea’s Premier League 25-man squad for the season as he has already retired from the game at Arsenal and holding a more technical position at the club.

The West London outfit had announced that the former Arsenal goalkeeper will join the club’s Premier League squad as a non-contract player alongside Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, and Willy Caballero.

Describing the decision to include Petr Cech as a desperate one, a former Chelsea player Alan Hudson had stated that the development is a revelation of how terrible the club is at the back for a retired goalkeeper to be included in the team.

He also stated that Petr Cech is brought in because of his vast experience in the game and because the Blues team were unable to buy another goalkeeper in the last summer transfer window.

Alan Hudson took a swipe at manager Frank Lampard by stating that if John Terry was to be his assistant, he would have included him in the team as a centre-back because of the calamity of the defenders.

However, it is obvious that the West London outfit are struggling with the defenders and goalkeepers and that has been evident in their results since the start of the season.

In a bid to correct it, Frank Lampard made the decision to play Edouard Mendy ahead of the first-choice goalkeeper after his many blunders in the opportunities that were handed to him in the past and there are no chances he will regain that position again with a better performance of the new starter.

The possibility of having Willy Caballero having a major appearance for Chelsea is now very slim as he has been relegated except if the Blues boss finds him worthy of a playing time ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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