WENGER HAILS WALCOTT AGAINST WATFORD

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has hailed the performance of England international Theo Walcott after their 3-1 relaxed win over Watford in the third round of games in the Premier League.


The Frenchman has defended the player several times when fans pressure him to push out the longest serving player in the team.

“I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year. If he can maintain that focus, that desire and that fighting attitude, then he will have a great season,” a proud Wenger said. Walcott was brilliant during the game, helping with the attack.

In the season’s first game against Liverpool, he controlled the ball well before scoring the first for Arsenal this term. He has been decent in the other two games in the Premier League so far. He missed a penalty, but Santi Cazorla didn’t, scoring the penalty to get the Gunners first against Watford. Walcott was close to adding the second in quick succession as he caught unto a Cazorla pass but Heurelho Gomez saved it from scoring using his feet.

Watford threatened as Amrabat moved past Nacho Monreal but it didn’t quite happen. Sanchez moved to add the second but Gomes saved it again. Walcott got an assist as Sanchez latched onto his 40th minute cross, sending the ball to the net. Goal line technology came to immediate rescue as many were not sure if the ball had entered at first.

Walcott remained impressive at the right flank, as his attempt was saved by Gomes yet again. It was not long before Arsenal compounded the woes of the hosts as Sanchez sent a well timed cross to the head of Mesut Ozil who was running into the box. Ozil headed the ball home, leaving the defence shocked.

Roberto Pereyra came in the second half as a substitute to score the only goal for Watford in the 57th minute. Wenger added that he hopes Walcott wouldn’t suffer any setback to his brilliant season thus far. “I hope he has no setback because he is an intelligent player, he is focused and has a great desire to prove his critics wrong and he’s on a good way,” Wenger said.

ARSENAL STILL LINKED WITH MOVE FOR LACAZATTE

Even after Arsenal were humbled by Liverpool at home in the first game of the season, coach Arsene Wenger said that the management were working hard to get one or two more players in.

It’s been a difficult few years for the French manager as his approval ratings fast erode, but Wenger is still optimistic of his young and inexperienced squad. Olympique Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette remains a long term target for the Gunners and there The Guardian reports that there is new evidence that the move will happen as Arsenal need a centre back and a striker badly. Lacazette scored a hat trick against Nancy in the French Ligue 1 in the opening weekend of the season. The player has admitted that if a big money move comes that he could not refuse, he would not.

Another player on Arsenal’s radar is Mario Lemina who’s with Serie A champions Juventus. The player originally belongs to Marseille and the rumoured bid of €16 million from the Premier League giant would likely not be enough. The Bianconeri want at least €4 million more with other clubs like Schalke interested.

ARSENAL SET TO DOUBLE ALVARO MORATA’S WAGES

Arsenal FC are set to double the weekly wages of Spaniard Alvaro Morata if he agrees to join the Emirates this forthcoming season, according to reports making the rounds.


The extra effort is seen as part of desperate efforts by the London club to nab the player after missing out on other possible additions.

Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause to get Morata from Juventus in order to now sell to the highest bidder. Chelsea FC, Arsenal’s rival, are among the favourites to land the player this summer from the Bernabeu forcing Arsenal to offer the player extra incentive so he joins this summer. The 23-year old player scored 12 goals in the last season for Juventus after making 47 appearances for the Turin-based club. AS reports that the striker is not keen on staying at Madrid except he would get serious game time which might not be very realistic, so he is keen on going where he would get enough time like he enjoyed back in the Serie A.

Arsenal are now offering £144,000 weekly to land the player this summer. Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is also keen on the player, who displayed what he was capable off when both teams met at the Euro 2016 in France. Italy were the victors as they defeated their counterparts 2-0 but Morata enjoyed a decent performance at the tournament.

Arsenal are in serious need of a prolific and consistent striker after the performance of their first choice forward Olivier Giroud left much to be desired in the last campaign. With more pressure on Arsene Wenger to win the English Premier League he last lifted in 2004, the club is out for a good goals’ poacher to do the job well in the coming season. The club is obviously willing to go extra length for Morata.

LEWANDOWSKI’S COMMENTS PUT ARSENAL ON RED ALERT

Polish centre forward, Robert Lewandowski has made certain revealing comments in light of several interests in acquiring the services of the current Bayern Munich player.

His revelation puts Arsenal on red alert as he admitted that he would like to play in England. A host of top clubs are keen on the in-demand striking talent.


The Sun say that The Gunners are keen on the Bayern Munich forward and see the possibility of an audacious summer move to help Arsenal in their EPL jinx break next season. English rival, Manchester City, are interested in the Polish hitman and incoming boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan. Pep currently manages the player in Germany but will join The Sky Blues this summer as he leaves Bayern.

“Maybe I’ll play in England or Spain one day,” Lewandowski said sending clubs on red alert.

If coach Arsene Wenger has his way, Lewandowski could be lining up against his current boss when he arrives at The Etihad next season.

“But, if I committed to pursuing my career in Munich, it’s because I considered it the ideal club at which to move up a level and to win more trophies,” he added.

Lewandowski’s current contract runs till the summer of 2019 and being just 27 years old, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has market value of up to 70 million Pounds.

Arsenal are extremely clear about their objectives in the remainder of the season

Arsenal are extremely clear about their objectives in the remainder of the season and this will hold them in good stead going into the final six matches of the season, according to Arsene Wenger.

Even though the club are 11 points behind Leicester City, they have a game in hand. The deficit could potentially reduce to eight point if Arsenal win this match. More importantly, Arsene Wenger believes that his team will be able to give their full attention to the league title since they are not involved in other competitions. Even in the past, the club has been knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup competitions much earlier.

This is the case in the 2015-16 campaign as well. After going out of the Champions League yet again at the hands of Barcelona, the club were at least hoping to win the FA Cup and be involved in the Premier league title race. This hope, however, was thrown out of the bag by Watford, who claimed an unlikely victory in the FA Cup at the Emirates stadium. Arsenal have gained revenge for this defeat by beating Watford 4-0 during the weekend, but it does not help the club’s objective of winning trophies. Wenger remains defiant that the club are involved in the title race.

Arsene Wenger: ‘’Arsene Wenger is hungry for titles’’

The Premier League has reached it’s 2nd half point of it’s campaign and so far, Arsenal has been dominating it as they are at the top of the English League after managing to collect 42 points from the initial 20 league games of the season.

The real test that lies ahead for Arsene Wenger and his team is to maintain their momentum and not drop any points, if they are able to do that then Arsenal will become the new champions of England and claim the English Premier League title which they haven’t accomplished since 2004 when Arsenal was going through their unbeaten season.

So, it has been over 10 years since Arsene Wenger has won the Premier League and the Frenchman recently stated that not only him but his squad is hungry to win it back as well as lift more pieces of silverware.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said: “We are hungry our hunger and desire is very strong. We have survived despite the fact that we have been hit by very bad injuries and have made some fantastic results. For 2016 the target is now to be the best team. One thing that is very positive is that if we are the best team from January to May, we will be very happy. That’s our target, and knowing that the Premier League is an extremely competitive league, and looking at the results around you, of course you know that you need to put in the effort to be competitive in every game’’



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