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Spanish giants Barcelona is eyeing a move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but could also be tempted to look to Serie A to alleviate their current bad form. The Catalan giants have been suffering something of a slump, recently going out of the Copa del Rey in the quarter finals. The Guardian reports that their recent defeat against Athletic Bilbao is part of a crisis engulfing the side, something they will look to spend their way out of. Aubameyang has been scoring freely for Arsenal, registering 14 Premier League goals in 23 outings this season.

                      

It’s been tough for Arsenal, well beaten in last year’s Europa League final, they struggled to assert themselves in the early part of this season. Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in early winter and has since seen his side experience something of an upturn in fortunes. They came out of the transfer window with their squad intact and results have also seemingly picked up under their former midfielder’s watchful eye. bwin outlines how Arsenal were unbeaten in six matches coming out of January, opening February with a 0-0 draw at Burnley. That result left them 10th in the table, six points behind Spurs in the last Europa League spot.

There is a feeling that Arsenal are building for the future and any Barcelona swoop for Aubameyang would severely dent their hopes of progressing next season. They may be offered a crumb of comfort, though: The Daily Express reveals that Barcelona also has an eye on a possible £94m ($121.5m) swoop for a Serie A striker currently enjoying a good run of form. 22-year-old Lautaro Martinez has 11 goals in 20 Serie A outings for Inter Milan this season, a run of form that has seen them keep the pressure on leaders Juventus.

He’s also been in good form in the Champions League, registering five goals in six games, including one in the Nou Camp against Barcelona. That wasn’t enough to keep his side in the competition though, as Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona advanced from a tough group stage. The lure of genuine contention for top European titles might be too much for Martinez, who joined Inter from Racing Club of Argentina in 2018. He’s been capped by his country too, bagging eight goals in 13 matches in 2019, including a hat trick against Mexico. Although he’s yet to score against significant opposition for his country, his other goals coming in ties with Iraq, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Qatar.

The quoted price is alleged to be his release fee, but that expires in the summer and continued good form could see his value rise, so Barcelona may want to pursue the youngster quite quickly once the season is over. Arsenal fans need not get too complacent that their Gabon international will stay put just yet. He is out of contract in the summer and could move for nothing, which may mean the Catalan side are still in the hunt. Lionel Messi isn’t getting any younger and Luis Suarez is expected to leave the Nou Camp soon, so Barca might look to make an ambitious double swoop in order to regain their place at the very top of European football.

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Mikel Arteta

After a stormy season, Arsenal has called back their ex-captain, Mikel Arteta to coach the current team on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 37-year old has been with Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola since 2016 after retiring as a player.

                    

At the moment, Arsenal is trailing at the number 10th position on the Premier league position.

He will be watching the team this Saturday against former club, Everton from the stands while the current interim coach, Freddie Ljunberg leads the team for the last time. 

Speaking about the recent appointment, Arsenal director, Josh Kroenke said;

"We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal. He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.
 
"I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism."

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After almost 22 years in charge of Arsenal football club, three premier league titles and seven FA cups, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, 68, has announced he will be leaving the team at the end of the season.

                 

In a statement posted on the team website, 

After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

 I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special. I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.

 To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support forever.

 

 

 

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Theo Walcott, 28,has completed his move to Everton after 12 years at his old club, Arsenal. 

   

The forward signed a three and a half year deal in a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday. While in Arsenal, Walcott won 3 FA cups, 108 goals in 397 appearances.

 Watch Theo Walcott message video here;

             

In a video message on his Twitter account, Walcott said;

I've been so overwhelmed with the messages I have received today of good lucks and I can't thank you enough, and especially for the last 12 years. I just want to wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.

Everton will play Arsenal early February, and Walcott might be among the squad against his old team.

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Alexis Sanchez might be looking to move to Manchester City this week in a £30million deal, as both Arsenal and City have finished talk for the transfer.

City are looking to bring in Sanchez quick to the Gabriel after Man City Manager, Pep Guardiola sees that Gabriel ruled out due to a damaged ankle ligaments, which will leave only Aguero as the forward for the club as they battle both European and domestic sides.

                            

A move now will also allow Alexis Sanchez to play in the Champions league.

The move by Alexis Sanchez is likely going to cause an uproar among Arsenal fans who currently are not happy with the football club manager after losing out on the FA to Nottingham Forest.

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Pep Guardiola, 44 has refused to extend his contract at Bayern Munich and he has said he is looking forward to manage a premier league team. While Manchester City is confident that the manager might join them next summer, other football clubs in England are also eyeing the Guardiola.

Chelsea Football club had recently sacked their coach, Jose Mourinho, and Manchester United are also looking to sack their coach, Louis Van Gaal, after a lot of poor outings by the team in the league. Also, another club looking to sign Pep Guardiola is Arsenal. 

           

Pep Guardiola said;

The reason I have not extended my contract is simple. I want to manage in the Premier League.I haven't decided on a new club yet. I'm very happy and grateful to Bayern for the trust they've shown in me but I need a new challenge.

I have an opportunity to work in England. I think I'm at the right age and I feel it is the right move for me.

Carlo Ancelloti has been named to be the successor of Pep Guardiola in Bayern Munich, and while talking about the move, Pep said;

Coaches come and go but I think Carlo Ancelotti is a perfect choice to take over and I wish him the very best,The squad won trophies under Heyckes and for me too. They'll be successful with Ancelotti in charge as well.

 

 

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Arsenal striker, Yaya Sanogo, 21 to join Ajax on loan for 2015/2016 season. Yaya Sanogo, French under-21 international will spend his 2015/2016 at the Amsterdam Arena.

Sanogo joined Arsenal in 2013, but has been struggling to play more games while at the club, and will likely loosing more playing time as Chuba Akpom just joined the team, and will have more game playing opportunities.

             

Sanogo who was on loan last season at Crystal palace will join Ajax. Speaking on his loan transfer to Ajax, Arsene Wenger told the club website;

He needs to play.He came to us injured and it took us a while to get him to the top level. He's ready to play now and I'm sure he can be a good signing for Ajax.He has an opportunity to play in the Champions League with Ajax, which is good experience. We have a good relationship with them and hopefully he can have a great season.

 

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Arsenal FA CUP

Arsenal FC had a comfortable win at Wembley after winning the FA cup over Aston Villa with a 4-0 score. Arsene Wenger side had a better display over Tim Sherwood side throughout the game.

                  

The goals came from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal team is retains the cup for the second time.

The victory makes Arsene Wenger joins the legendary Aston Villa boss, George Ramsay with 6 FA cup trophies to his name. The FA cup is the sixth of Arsene Wenger during his stay at Arsenal for 18 years.

Congratulations Gunners..

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