Xhaka proud of Jose Mourinho links

The Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer, and there have been numerous rumours that Jose Mourinho is very keen to leave the Emirates to play under him in Serie A with Roma next season.

The Swiss captain has certainly had a rollercoaster career at Arsenal with his relationship with the notoriously fickle Arsenal fans often being in the spotlight, and he was hotly tipped to be leaving before Mikel Arteta took over the reins when Unai Emery was dismissed 18 months ago.

But the Spaniard persuaded Xhaka to stay and it must be said that he has put in many solid performances this season but I still don’t think he has won over many of the Arsenal faithful.

H is currently with the Switzerland national team ahead of the rescheduled Euro2020 coming up, and has been talking to the media about the links with Roma and Jose Mourinho.

Xhaka told Blick: “Of course I read [about the interest]. But now I’m one 100 per cent focused on the national team here,” the 28-year-old told Blick as he prepares to compete at Euro 2020 with Switzerland.

“That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now. I have another two years on my contract in London and Arsenal they know what they have in me. When the time comes to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.”

“To be honest, I didn’t hear what Mourinho has said about me. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles.

“You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.”

Arsenal boss looking for weakness as Man Utd host Man City

The Manchester derby is clearly the big match of the Premier League weekend, but Arsene Wenger has got his own things to worry about as he prepares the Arsenal squad for the visit of Southampton to the Emirates stadium today.

It is a game that the Gunners need to win and one from which we expect to take all three points, especially aftyer their slow start to life under the new manager Claude Puel. But the fact that he knows Wenger from his time in charge of Monaco may just give Puel a helping hand and we cannot afford to take this game lightly.

So our manager will be fully focused on the job at hand, but when his work is done and the points are hopefully in the bag, the Frenchman will be turning his wise old football eyes and brain onto the clash between Manchester United and Man City at Old Trafford.

Not only is this the clash between the two biggest spending clubs in the world right now, it is the clash between probably the two biggest managers, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, and Wenger will be keeping a close eye on how the two perform as well as the teams and individual players.

He said, “The two teams have started well so the game will have more psychological impact than a mathematical impact,” said Wenger. “You could say the team that wins will straight away be branded as the favourites to win the Premier League in May, but it is a bit early.

“But it will be interesting to watch. I am like you, I will watch that game and see a little bit what strengths and weaknesses come out of the two teams.

“I will watch the game again, yes [after our game]. Most of the time [I look out for] the turning points of the game because normally people after the game speak only about the results, but we know inside the game that there are some turning points where a guy missed the final ball, or someone was offside and if he had not been offside they would have been 1-0 up.

“[I look for] the potential of the teams as well, the organisation, the decisions of the managers during the game. All these kinds of things, you are relaxed enough to observe it.”

You can be fairly sure that these two clubs will be right up there at the end of the season, but will Arsenal be up there with them and will Wenger find any weaknesses to exploit?

Man United aiming to hijack Arsenal’s top target

Manchester United are reportedly claimed to be keen on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who Arsenal have been linked with since the end of the season.

The midfielder has been hugely impressive in the last 12 months, scoring 23 competitive goals and assisting 30 more.

He has since refused to sign a new contract with Dortmund, and is firmly expected to leave the club this summer, with his club believed to be ready to listen to offers.

Arsenal and Chelsea were previously said to be battling it out for his signature, but now it is Manchester United who are claimed to be making their own move to sign the goalscorer.

Jose Mourinho has already moved to agree a deal to sign Eric Bailly from Villareal this month, and is readily expected to bring in a number of other stars in the close-season.

The Portuguese boss will prove strong in the transfer market, but should we match their offer, the fact that we have Champions League football and they don’t will hopefully prove vital.

United only managed to finish in fifth place in the Premier League under Louis Van Gaal, and will only have Europa League football to offer the Armenian, but they are known to be more willing to splash the cash on wages and fees than we have been previously.

Arsene Wenger is into the last year of his contract, and is thought to be stepping up his game in the current transfer window, and it would be a huge statement if he was able to beat the Red Devils to sign Mkhitaryan.

Could we persuade the Dortmund star to snub Man United?

Is Mourinho just winding up Wenger with Welbeck rumours?

Welbeck wanted by former employers?

Danny Welbeck may have only made a hatful of appearances for the Gunners in his two seasons at the club, however according to a few reports, his former employers, Manchester United, could be interested in re-signing their former prodigy. To emphasise the point it appears that the bookies have slashed the odds on him going back to Old Trafford. If you want to take the tip, then you should check out bestbettingsites.org.uk so at least you could use the bookies bonuses to make the bet rather than use your own money!

Although Welbeck has played for a few clubs (he was at Preston and Sunderland on loan) during his professional career, his two main employers have been Manchester United and Arsenal. Supposedly Welbeck’s former side, Manchester United, want the England international striker back, after he left for North London back in 2014. The striker’s £16 million move to Arsenal was met with much debate amongst the fans when he originally signed for the club, because many were not convinced by his abilities. Welbeck did not have the best time at United and was not really utilised to the best of his abilities, often playing on the wing for the Red Devils rather than his preferred striker position. For that reason Welbeck, who grew up at United and rose through their youth ranks, never really made it in Manchester. Instead he was deemed an expendable member of their team by then manager Louis Van Gaal, and Wenger snapped up a deal to bring the frontman to the club.

Personally I think Welbeck has done well for the Gunners and certainly adds something very different to usual frontman Olivier Giroud. Whilst Giroud offers good hold up play and a great ability of heading the ball, Welbeck holds both those qualities as well as a good dribbling and bursts of pace. For that reason, Welbeck seems like the striker Arsenal needs to lead the front line, however he of course spends too much time on the treatment table. This is a real shame for the Gunners but according to the Express, Welbeck’s injury concerns don’t keep United away from looking at their former player.

The Express believes that new Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, is a fan of Welbeck, who has shone with his performances for both Arsenal and England in the recent years, and now the Special One wants Welbeck to return to Old Trafford in the shirt of the Red Devils. United are arguably short up front with strikers, and their lack of goals last season certainly shows that. However Arsenal are also desperate for strikers and despite the Englishman’s barren time on the treatment table, the Gunners won’t be too keen on letting their number 23 go.

I don’t think Wenger will look to sell Welbeck this summer and if he has learnt anything over the most recent years, the Frenchman will know that Arsenal are no longer in the position of being forced to sell players in order to invest. Welbeck should remain with Arsenal because despite being out for another extended period of time due to injury, he still has a place in this Arsenal team to fight for and has shown that on his day when fit, he offers a very different approach to Giroud.

Despite the new rumours I dn’t believe that Mourinho would buy any player that is seriously injured, and perhaps this is just another one of Jose’s mind games against Wenger….

BOOM! One Arsenal star beats WHOLE Chelsea team!!

This latest revelation showing how amazingly well Arsenal have been doing when compared to our big London rivals and the reigning Premier League title holders Chelsea this season is sure to help the miserable one Jose Mourinho to crack a smile and put his troubles to one side, NOT.

So it turns out, as revealed in a Metro report, that not only have the Blue boys been struggling to regain their form from the last campaign; with their creative stars like Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar all looking like they are different players and failing to have much of a say in matches, but the whole Chelsea team have been out performed by a single Arsenal star.

In the key area of creating clear cut chances, which should lead to a fair few goals given that you have a decent forward line, the whole lot of them from Stamford Bridge have managed just eight in the Premier League this season. That may sound pretty poor already, and it is, but when you see that our German play maker Mesut Ozil has created 12 on his own, which is a 50 percent rise, then you can see why Mourinho has been looking like a man who found a pound a lost a tenner all season.

Keep it up Mesut, and keep it up Chelsea as well, lol.

Wenger – Costa always gets away with it

Chelsea’s Diego Costa wound up Gabriel yesterday to get the Arsenal defender sent off, but Arsene Wenger thinks that it was wrong for Costa to unpunished for his actions. Wenger said: “Costa can do what he wants and he stays on while everyone who responds to him has to be sent off.

“I think his behaviour is unacceptable. Look at the pictures and what he does to Laurent Koscielny. He pushes him down and hits him in the face before the throw in. And he always gets away with it. It’s surprising.

“I don’t understand referee Mike Dean’s decision at all. Why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch? I accept that Gabriel is sent off, he cannot act like that at all.”

Wenger was then asked if he thought that the FA should investigate and give the Spanish striker a ban. He replied: “That is the least they could do but he will do the same next week and the week after and he always gets away with it. He is always in provocation and he used the naivety of referee Mike Dean well today.”

“Whenever Costa is touched he goes down as if he has been killed.”

Jose Mourinho was not impressed and basically told Wenger to stop moaning every time Chelsea beat him. He said: “I have played against Arsenal, 12, 15 18 times and only once he didn’t moan. And that day we lost the game, we lost the Cup (Community Shield). It was not good for us. We behaved in a fantastic way, No excuses. Not crying, not moaning. “

“I played my first derby in September, 2000, Benfica against Porto. And I told my players before the game you need emotional control.”

“Without emotional control, forget it. We don’t win. I played derbies in Italy, England Spain and Portugal and every derby you don’t win without emotional control.

“If you want to speak about Diego Costa with me it’s just to say he played like he has to play and that’s why you have full stadiums and you sell to television around the world for millions and millions.”

Wenger did admit that Gabriel was at fault for retaliating, but there is no doubt that he was seriously provoked by Costa. It’s a shame really because until then it had been an evenly balanced game..

Arsenal COMPLETE transfer but is it Cech MATE?

Only time will tell just how much Arsenal will benefit from the signing of the Czech Republic number one Petr Cech from Chelsea, but if the thoughts of Jose Mourinho and John Terry are anything to go by, it could be just the chess move that the Gunners needed to capture the king of our London rivals.

Mourinho was quite clear that he did not want this transfer to go through and would have blocked his experienced keeper from joining such a close rival if it was up to him, just as he did with the proposed Demba Ba transfer. Terry has played in front of our new signing for almost his whole club career and he thinks that Arsenal could have just gained ourselves 12-15 points with this transfer move.

Hopefully the two Chelsea men are right, because if so, then Arsenal will really be in a position to make the Blues regret letting us have Cech when we lift that Premier League trophy sometime next May. Just how much of a difference do you think this will make though, and what else does Wenger need to do to ensure that Arsenal become champions of England again?

Arsenal ready to CONFIRM transfer after Cech medical

Any lingering doubts about Arsenal being able to complete the transfer of the Czech Republic international Petr Cech will soon be over once and for all. I for one had my doubts about Chelsea agreeing to the deal and have had a suspicion that Jose Mourinho would get his way and veto the move of his veteran keeper just as he did with Demba Ba a year or so ago.

But with the Evening Standard reporting that the transfer fee has been agreed at around £11 million and the keeper’s personal terms are all sorted, with Cech set to earn around £100,000 a week, the 33/year old is at the Emirates today to complete his medical.

This is always just a formality and there is no way that the transfer would have reached this stage if the Stamford Bridge club were not going ahead. So we can look forward to the official announcement of this fantastic transfer deal for Arsenal. Great news for the Gunners and hopefully just the start of a top summer of transfer action.

Playing Promise has SEALED Cech´s transfer to Arsenal

It looks like Arsene Wenger will soon be able to give the Arsenal fans something to cheer about in the summer transfer window, perhaps before it even opens officially on the 1st of July. Given that the Czech Republic international number one is currently with a club in the same league as Arsenal, he would be able to complete his move now anyway.

According to a report in The Mirror today, the final stumbling block to the Gunners getting this top keeper from our Premier League rivals Chelsea has been removed and it has nothing to do with the wishes of Jose Mourinho to veto it.

According to the paper, the 33-year old wanted an assurance that he would not go from being a second choice to Thibaut Courtois to being in the same position at his new club and our manager is said to have given him that. So with the transfer fee and personal terms easily sorted, Arsenal fans could have a new player to support in the next few days!

PSG and Rosicky CONFIRMED Cech to Arsenal transfer?

This was supposed to be the week that the Arsenal transfer target Petr Cech was due for a meeting with the top brass at Chelsea to sort out his future. Despite his club manager Jose Mourinho being very clear about not wanting the talented and experienced keeper to join a Premier League rival, it is still thought that Roman Abramovich will stand by his decision not to block Cech’s transfer to thank him for a decade or so of sterling service.

And while Mourinho has hinted about getting one of the players from Arsenal to go the other way, a report in The Mirror has revealed two things that suggest that the keeper has already made his decision and that he will be coming to Arsenal.

One of the other clubs interested in the Czech Republic number one is the French Ligue 1 winners PSG, but the report reveals that they have ended their attempt to sign him as they would be wasting their time. And although the Gunners and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky was trying not to reveal anything, it sounds to me as though he is expecting Cech to join him in north London for next season.

Rosicky said, “I know some things from both sides but I will not interfere. It could even turn against me.

“Both sides know what they are doing. Arsenal are a top team in the world. Players want to be transferred there, that is nothing new. It is a fantastic club.”

Do you expect Cech to join Arsenal soon?