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Arsenal To Surprise Fans By Launching Tempting Offer To Sign Chelsea Target



Ousmane Dembele

There are indications that Barcelona star player Ousmane Dembele could leave Camp Nou at the end of this season.

According to new reports, the Frenchman is weighing his future at Barca ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window and he intends having discussions with manager Ernesto Valverde.

Dembele joined the Catalan giants last summer from Borussia Dortmund but has failed to settle fully at his new side this term.

And it was made known that the France international has received an offer from premier league side Arsenal and that the offer presented by the North London club is tempting him to make a move to England.

Apart from Arsenal, another premier league side – Chelsea – are understood to be interested in his signature. Despite his challenges at Camp Nou, the youngster remains a talented player who can add value to any club he plays for.

Don Balon claims the Stamford Bridge club are ready to pay as huge as £104million just to secure Dembele’s services.

Dembele could thrive at a different atmosphere that guarantees more regular playing time – compared to Barcelona where he keeps sharing game time with other big names.

Arsenal are regarded as firm favourites to get his signature as the 20-year-old could see them as the ideal club that can help his development by enabling him to express himself more

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EFL Cup: Can Arsenal record another famous victory over Tottenham?



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Arsenal are set to tackle their local rivals Tottenham in Wednesday’s EFL fixture. 16 days ago, the Gunners recorded a massive 4-2 victory over the Lilywhites and they will be hoping to do the same when both sides meet again on Wednesday.

Match preview

Arsenal failed to protect their 22-match unbeaten as they were defeated 3-2 by Southampton at the St Mary’s stadium last Sunday. They will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways against Mauricio Pochetino’s men in the quarter-finals of the EFL competition.

Irrespective of their great goalscoring prowess so far this season, Unai Emery’s men are far becoming a team with a slow start.

In 17 Premier League games, they have failed to lead any of their opponents before the half-time break.

Apart from their slow and uninspiring start to games, the Gunners have a very fragile defence concedes goals too easily.

23 goals in 17 Premier League games is a testament the Emirates outfits need an upgrade at the back of the pitch.

However, the frontline is a total contrast to the defence unit. The strikers have looked sharp and deadly under Unai Emery and they will certainly cause Tottenham lot of problems.

The Gunners couldn’t lift any EFL trophy throughout Arsene Wenger’s reign at Emirates Stadium. However, Emery is more than willing to do everything to win the trophy this season.

Knowing quite well that this competition offers him the best opportunity to win his first trophy as Arsenal boss, Emery will approach Tottenham’s game with total concentration and winning mentality.

Team News

The Gunners will be without left-back Hector Bellerin due to injury. The Spaniard picked up a calf injury in their defeat to the Saints on Sunday and he’s expected to be out of action for two weeks at least.

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are long-term absentees, while, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac are uncertain to make Emery’s match-day squad list.

Having missed Sunday’s defeat to Southampton due suspension, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is back in contention for a place in the team.

Predicted starting lineup

With experienced Sokratis’ return from suspension, Emery has no reason to continue with his unproductive three-man defence. Therefore, he’s expected to deploy a four-man defence formation.

Fit-again Laurent Kolscieny, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Nile are equally expected to be in the starting lineup.

Petr Cech would be given the nod to start ahead of Bernd Leno who wasn’t convincing against Southampton.

Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Lacazette, Sunday’s two-goal hero Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Guendouzi are all tipped to be in the starting XI.

See the Gunners possible lineup below :

Cech; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette

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Manager fuels Arsenal rumours for South American forward



Ivan Leko

Club Brugge manager Ivan Leko has fuelled the speculations linking Brazilian Wesley to the North London side after his recent claim.

The Gunners have been linked with the star player a couple of weeks and it was reported that they could strike a deal in the winter transfer window which reopens in the coming weeks.

Wesley’s boss Ivan Leko who gave his reaction to the speculation stated that his player has been left surprised by the speculations and will wish to have it happen.

He made it clear that Wesley has got all it takes to play for Arsenal at the top level because he has displayed quality in his last six months and also working hard.

Ivan Leko, therefore, hinted that the North London side could strike a deal in January transfer window when he expressed worries for his side for the remaining six months of the season, knowing that a bulk of his players are interested in a move away to other top sides.

However, Wesley could emerge as a direct replacement for England international forward Danny Welbeck who is injured and might not return to the club as a player as he would be allowed to leave as a free player at the end of the season.

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Chelsea dealt heavy blow in pursuit of Arsenal youngster



West London outfit Chelsea have been earlier dealt a heavy blow in their pursuit of Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka as the player refused to give them his nod.

Reports according to Football.London claim that the star player turned down an offer from the Stamford Bridge to the North London side and he has no regret about that.

Bukayo Saka is one of the biggest prospects in the Gunners team and it was very evident in the quality performance he showed in his side’s Europa League clash against Qarabag.

The 17-year-old caught the attention of the football world in Europe and has been tipped to be a very special player in the future.

Bukayo Saka is already being likened to World Best player Cristiano Ronaldo in their style of play with suggestions that he will have a great career like the Portuguese man.

However, manager Unai Emery had praised the young lad for making such an impact at his young age as he promised to hand him more playing time in the team.

The North London side are known to be lovers of youth players and have over time invested a lot in them just like it was done in the days of former manager Arsene Wenger.

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Arsenal, Tottenham to battle for 23-year-old versatile midfielder



Florian Grillitsch

North London sides Arsenal and Tottenham are reported to be in a battle for the signature of Hoffenheim versatile midfielder Florian Grillitsch ahead of the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

The 23-year-old has been impressive for the German Bundesliga outfit after joining from Werder Bremen in January which has made him linked with a number of clubs across Europe.

Reports state that the Gunners and their North London rivals are in the front queue of the race for the player and they will battle to secure his service as both sides are keen on having him as early as in January.

Florian Grillitsch has just had a goal to his name in the 18 games under his belt for the Bundesliga side. He is linked already away from the club and might not remain in Germany.

The Gunners are keen to have the star midfielder so as to have him as a replacement for departing Wales international star Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey will leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season after he failed to agree on a new and improved deal with the club with his current deal set to run out at the end of the campaign.

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Europa League: Chelsea and Arsenal get favorable draws



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Europa League round of 32 draws take place earlier today and the two Premier League clubs taking part in the competition were drawn with relatively small clubs.

Arsenal vs BATE

The Gunners made it through to the knockout stages of the competition as group winners, hence, it wasn’t a surprise they get BATE as their next opponent.

The Gunners shouldn’t have any problem defeating BATE who progressed from their group as runner-up to Chelsea.

Unai Emery men are in top form at the moment and they would be hoping to maintain their wonderful run of form throughout the season.

In-form or not, BATE shouldn’t cause Unai Emery any problem over both legs.

This is not to take anything away from the round-32 encounter, but it’s safe to say that Arsenal won’t have much to do against BATE.

In most of the group matches that were played, Emery gave some academy products chance to show what they’ve got.

Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah all featured in some matches played by the Emirates outfits.

The Gunners will be on the road for the first leg of the clash while the return leg is scheduled to take place at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea VS Malmo FF

Just as their Premier League counterpart, Chelsea have been paired with other minnows of European football.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are up against Malmo who was runner-up to Genk with nine points.

The Blues were winners of their group with 16 points, hence, Malmo shouldn’t be too difficult for Chelsea to overcome.

The 2012-13 Europa League winners are doing well on the European scene and they are expected to score plenty of goals against their less-fancied opponents when the competition resumes by February next year.

Considering the level of his next opponents, Maurizio Sarri should be able to give some youngsters another chance to feature with the senior players.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi — if they failed to go on a loan move to other clubs in January — should get some game-time against Malmo in the return leg of the encounter.


As much as Malmo and BATE appear as an easy draw for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, the Premier League clubs must be in their best form to progress to the next round of the competition.

They must avoid overconfidence as that will be their greatest enemy during the game.

All in all, nothing should stop both clubs from making it through to the next phase of the competition.

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