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Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Arsenal are not focusing on the top four


Arsenal attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has insisted that the club are not focusing on the top four race despite securing a third successive league win. The north London side are currently occupying the fourth position in the standings but they have just a single point advantage over Manchester United, who are right behind them.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Armenian highlighted that the team are unperturbed by the race for the Champions League positions and they are rather focusing on a game-by-game basis, he said:“We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play. The most important is to be focused and to be ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four and nothing will change. We just have to keep working and trying to our best to win three points in every game.“It is not the main thing at the moment. The season is not done as we still have lots of games to play. The most important thing is to stay focused and keep winning games.”
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David Ngog began his football career at Paris St. Germain in 2001, going on to sign his first professional contract at the club in June 2006 at 16 years.

Liverpool began tracking the striker in the summer of 2007 with then-manager Rafael Benitez insisting he would like to make the Frenchman a part of his squad.

Robert Pires insists he never dived with any purpose


Robert Pires thinks that whatever Danny Mills said about him in terms of his tendency to dive on the pitch, he said that because he is angry with him at a particular penalty incident which happened many years ago when the Gunners were going head to head against Manchester City in a game of the Premiership.

Mills a couple of years back had said that Pires, even when something injurious was not done to him by an opposition player, used to fall on the pitch deliberately just to catch the referee’s attention and earn an advantage for his team and it was after watching him that many other upcoming players started to do that as well and now it has reached an extent where most of the players are doing it and it has almost become a trend especially in UK.
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Didier Deschamps heaps praise on France’s defensive duo


France head coach Didier Deschamps has lavished praised on Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez after the pair played fundamental roles during Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph. Neither Pavard nor Hernandez were guaranteed of a starting role in the lead up to the global tournament but they managed to excel after being backed by Deschamps.

Speaking to Kicker, the France boss acknowledged that the duo were able to stabilise the defence from the full-back positions and reserved special praise for Stuttgart’s Pavard, he said: “Despite their former status and some inexperience at this level, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas [Hernandez] were brilliant and stabilised the defence.
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Robert Pires has extended his offer of help for the next Arsenal manager. The Highbury legend has remained close to the club through the years and has been seeking a more official capacity in recent years.

Pires was a close ally of outgoing manager Arsene Wenger and he believes his experience would be helpful to the next manager, whoever it is. He was also in contention for the role of sporting director but Sven Mislintat got the job. He remains an ambassador of the club but believes as a former player and having worked closely to the first team he could really do a lot more.

Obertan Pledges To Prove His Mettle At Newcastle


Gabriel Obertan has pledged to prove his mettle at Newcastle post his exile.  The 25-year-old winger is deep into training now with the mission to win his stance back in the team.

This is something rightfully expected from a player who was earlier being tagged as an able successor to dapper Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

A few months back, Obertan was quite a forgotten man & was even suggested to look for new team. However, his efforts seem to have paid off- 3 months on, Newcastle chief Pardew (Alan) is pretty aware of the promising winger. Without Obertan, 4 points from games against Swansea and Leicester would have been simply one. He & 4-goals Papiss have saved their boss big time.

The Lecister match saw him scoring a 1-0 triumph – that was the first home-start for him in 2 seasons & 1st goal in Premier League in thirty-two months.

“When one spends 3-4 months without a play, he immediately starts doubting himself. At times, you extend yourself to go little bit”, remarks Obertan who was signed by Man U on his first arrival in England back in the year 2009.

“This time it’s different”, he continued. “I simply kept going. In case, people feel that you are done it is their trouble. If one believes in oneself and remembers his past achievements, it would flow your way, sometime or the other.”

Obertan has already been showered with praise once again which must be really something for him post his exile. Intelligent and popular, the player has received admiration from fans, teammates, his manager and so on. “He speaks really better English in comparison to all players here”, said one of the sources.

Talking about his lonely period, Obettan said- You get really impatient & frustrated yet you can’t put the blame on somebody else. It’s you who have deal through the troubles.”

Cavani’s Performance Drops For PSG


Edinson Cavani’s impressive series of performances in each season as a Napoli player lured the attention of top European clubs that were willing to go deep in their pockets and offload a huge amount of money in attempts of signing the Uruguayan attacker and this is exactly what happened as PSG splashed out €64.5 million and secured the services of the former Palermo player.

Unfortunately for PSG, things have not gone the way they wanted it to go as Cavani does not look like the same player he was back in Italy. Cavani is a constant starter for PSG but he just keep on being overshadow by the Swedish giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the main star of PSG is Ibrahimovic as the team is trying to be built around the Swedish forward who continues scoring break taking goals every single season meanwhile Edinson Cavani has had to settle with a place down the wings of the squad instead of his natural central position which is currently being filled by Ibrahimovic.

Cavani was the star of Napoli but now at PSG things just aren’t the same and there were even rumors about the Uruguayan player wanting to leave PSG and this has sparked a series of reports linking Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool with a move to Edinson Cavani.

According to the agent of Cavani, Annelucci said that his client is interested in making a move to the Premier League.

Anelucci revealed details concerning his client Cavani as he went on saying: “There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal. He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision. He is not interested in money and fame; he just wants to be happy playing football.”

PSG has a price tag of around £51million for Edinson Cavani and it would be surprising to see Arsenal offloading such a high amount of money to sign the Uruguayan attacker but Arsenal is a squad that has recently been shocking people around the world after they landed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for around £42.5 million.

Arsenal has never really been a club that spend insane amount of cash to sign specific players but times are changing and the Premier League side has shown that they are willing to splash out money to sign their desired targets but is Edinson Cavani really worth that much?



Arsene Wenger is optimistic about the future of Arsenal despite whatever happens at the end of the season. Arsenal has not been able to secure a trophy since 2005 but things can change for the Premier League club when they face off against Hull City on May 17.

After dropping points and getting a series of negative results, Arsenal lost their pace for the league title and will now have to settle for the FA Cup. Lately Wenger has been under excruciating pressure and more criticism than usual as the fans of the club want them to lift a trophy as it has not happened in a long time. Continue reading ‘WENGER SEES GREAT FUTURErgb’

Arsenal To Reward Ramsey


Arsenal has announced to reward their Welsh star Aaron Ramsey with a whopping 1, 00,000 pounds-a-week deal. Post the deal, Ramsey would come up as the 2nd highest paid player of the elite club behind Ozil (Mesut) and this only echoes the dapper Welsh’s growing significance in Wenger’s squad.

It’s certainly a big deal for the young 23-year-old player since he has been able to achieve the heightened status within less than eighteen months of his previous contract.

Albeit Ramsey had to miss out on the games for last couple of months given serious thigh injuries yet presently he is just back to training. The latest deal would simply double up his salary.

Along with Ramsey Santi Carzola has been also offered a high paying long-term contract with Arsenal. Wenger’s club has reported to reward Santi with a 80,000 pounds-a-week deal. The Spanish international, who was signed with 15 million pounds in 2012, has proved to be one of the most stalwart picks by Wenger.

Besides, Arsenal has also received support from two of its most loved players, Per Mertesacker & Thomas Rosicky. Both the German & Czech soccer stars have pledged futures to Wenger’s squad with improved contract extensions. While Mertesacker’s & Risicky’s contract formalities have been finalized, Arsenal is soon to seal the fresh escalated deals with Ramsey & Carzola are to be made official soon. Both the young players have readily agreed to the new deals from Arsenal.

However, Wenger is about to lose Bacary Sagna as the French star declined to come in terms with a new proposed contract from the club. Sagna would be out of Arsenal by the completion of the present season. As per the speculations, he is most likely to sign up with Inter Milan this summer.



The former footballer Robert Pires is considered to be one of the legends that has played in the Arsenal jersey as he spent 6 years of his football career playing in the English club and managed to claim 2 Premier League titles as well as 3 FA Cups having made over 180 appearances and scoring 62 goals.

Pires was also named in the PFA Team of the year on 4 occasions and claimed the Premier League player of the month back in 2003, his number of accolades achieved represents his successful time when playing in Arsenal.

According to Arsene Wenger, Mesut Ozil has the potential on becoming the new Robert Pires and transforming himself into a club legend.

‘’I believe that he has a personality. He works quite hard. He is adapting to the physical challenges of the Premier League. He looks to me like Pires. It took a while for Pires to adapt to the physical side of the game. Once he had adapted he was absolutely amazing. He is a similar type of player.” Wenger stated.

The head coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger later went on comparing Pires with Ozil as he said that even Pires took time to settle and adapt playing on a different league and a different club.

Considering the £42 million that Arsenal had to pay in order to secure the services of the German midfielder from Real Madrid, there are a lot of reasons on why Wenger wants Ozil not only to improve but also to stay with the club for as long as he can and become a legend for Arsenal.

Not too long ago Jose Mourinho praised Ozil and said that the German player is the best No.10 in the world and even though Ozil has already made a significant impact and difference in Arsenal, Wenger wants him to become something much more than what he already is.



Arsenal managed to stay top of the table after a comfortable 2-0 win over Premier league strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday. The real test for the club will be coming in the next few weeks because they will be facing the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Borussia Dortmund in successive matches. Arsene Wenger has said that this run will probably determine the rest of the season for his club. Even though Arsenal have managed to stay top of the table, there has been criticism that they have not faced any of the real title challengers up until now.

This criticism will be put to bed when they take on Chelsea in the League cup, although Chelsea manager José Mourinho has said that he will field a weakened team for this encounter. In some of the big matches that Arsenal have played, they have come second best. This was most recently in the Champions league match against Borussia Dortmund when they lost 2-1 at home to the German club. On the positive side, they have managed to win matches against Napoli and Tottenham earlier in the season.

Wenger has said that his side cannot do much other than hope to win these matches. They do not come into the matches on a good run of form.

“It is people who do not believe that we have a chance, but the only thing we can do is win our games. The only thing which is important is every win makes you a bit stronger and strengthens the belief. We have difficult games coming up, and that will be a good test, but I am confident. Crystal Palace put a shift in, they were determined to fight very hard, we needed to be patient and we were,” said Wenger after the Crystal Palace win.