It has been reported that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina who is currently on loan with Italian Serie A side Napoli could have a permanent exit from the Emirates Stadium in the January winter transfer window.
According to latest report in Italy, the Naples side are set to trigger the option of having the Columbia international on a permanent basis after joining on loan in the last summer.
David Ospina, who was a second choice to Petr Cech, went down the pecking order in the Gunners team following the arrival of Bernd Leno from German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the last summer.
However, life has been good for the Columbia international as he has been consistent for the Italian side, including every UEFA Champions League game this season.
He has therefore been impressive and has won the heart of the Napoli management which makes them resolve to have his signature as a permanent player.
David Ospina’s father is reported to be happy with the development as he hailed Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti for giving his son the opportunity and good treatment.
Meanwhile, Bernd Leno remains the first choice in the Arsenal tea ahead of the former Chelsea stopper after making good use of the opportunity handed him to deliver quality performances.
What Lacazette said to fans after Red Card
Amongst the pain for not recording a win against BATE in the Europa League is the fact that Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette was shown a red card in the game.
The North London outfit saw their first defeat in the Europa League with suggestions that it would not have happened, should Alexandre Lacazette had remained in the game especially after he found the back of the net in the 55th minute before it was disallowed by the referee.
His absence later in the game reduced the creativity in the attack and that was the reason his apology is more needed than any other Arsenal player.
Alexandre Lacazette took to the twitter to apologise for the result of the game, noting that he feels bad to have let the team down.
He added that he would have remained in the game because there was still more time to have the game on. Alexandre Lacazette, therefore, hopes that his teammates will endure the qualification of the team to the next round.
However, Alexandre Lacazette will not file out with the North London outfit in the second leg of the game at the Emirate Stadium which means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be left alone to handle the attack.
How Piers Morgan reacted to Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat
Popular English Premier League outfit Arsenal supporter could not keep hold of himself when he reacted to the disappointing 1-0 defeat suffered by the Gunners team against Belarus outfit BATE Borivos on Thursday.
The Thursday defeat is the first of its kind under manager Unai Emery at the Europa League and it was made more disappointing because it was expected to be a win for the North London outfit but that actually did not happen.
The defeat, therefore, means that the North London outfit will have to put more effort or face the risk of losing out of the Europa League at this stage.
More so, the defeat is evidence that the Gunners team are no longer consistent in their games and that could set them aback later in the season.
However, Piers Morgan in his reaction to the defeat, took to Twitter as he asked who BATE Borisov are to secure a win against Arsenal and how they were able to defeat the North London outfit despite the rating of the boi
However, North London manager Unai Emery is confident that his side can still qualify the next round especially as his side will host the Belarus outfit at the Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez’s possible destination will shock Arsenal fans
There are suggestions that Chile international Alexis Sanchez will be heading out of the Old Trafford as his move to Manchester United has not yielded any result.
The former Barcelona playmaker left the North London outfit to the Red Devils in last year to earn about £400,000 but is it now suggested that he took a bad decision and might be set to return back in the summer window.
Alexis Sanchez failed to excel under former manager Jose Mourinho and he is yet to impress under the new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which cast doubt over his ability to deliver good performance at the Old Trafford the way he did at the Emirates Stadium.
However, there is suggestion according to former Arsenal player Marc Overmars that Alexis Sanchez could return as it is now glaring that he made a wrong decision to have parted ways with the North London outfit.
During his three-year spell at Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez was one of the most feared players in the Premier League where he scored a total of 80 goals and impressed.
The same cannot be said of the star player at the Old Trafford as he has scored only 5 goals in the 37 appearances that have been handed to him.
Arsenal told why this star player should be signed
Arsenal have been advised to go ahead and seal the signature of Eredivisie star Hakim Ziyech in the coming summer transfer window.
The North London outfit have been told that Hakim Ziyech is capable of sealing a perfect replacement for German international Mesut Ozil who has not been in the heart of the team for weeks.
Mesut Ozil has fallen out with the Gunners manager Unai Emery as a result of his poor performances with claims that the Spanish boss is doing all it takes to have him leave the club.
However, the North London outfit have been told they have no reason to worry about losing the former Real Madrid international as long as they are able to secure the signature of Hakim Ziyech in the summer.
The fact that Mesut Ozil earns the biggest pay at the club and does not see games makes a worse scenario for the Gunners team but that can be settled with Hakim Ziyech.
Hakim Ziyech has been tipped to become a world class player in coming years as a result of the potentials he has shown.
He is known to have the skills to create spaces and asset his teammates which adds to his excellent dribble skill but one thing that makes him stand out is his eyes goal scoring ability.
How these two players have added to Emery’s Arsenal woes
English Premier League outfit Arsenal will be heading out to Belarus for their first leg of the Europa League knockout clash against BATE Borisov later today ad they are expected to secure a win if they must cross to the next stage.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has that a lot to say ahead of the game as he said there is a need to show compassion to the North London boss Unai Emery for the stress he is made to pass through as a result of his two central defenders.
According to Charlie Nicholas, the Spanish boss has been made to pass through stress because of the poor performances of Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny at the defence.
He noted that Shkodran Mustafi is one of the worst signings the Gunners have had in a long time while insisting that Laurent Koscielny is being affected by his age and can no longer be at his best.
Charlie Nicholas lamented that there is nothing the Gunners boss can do to his defensive issues until there is another transfer window opening.
However, Charlie Nicholas has predicted a massive 3-1 win for the North London outfit while insisting that they will qualify to the next round.
Why I am interested in Europa League, Petr Cech
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed why he has more interest in the Europa League than any other competition so far this season.
There is no doubt that the legendary goalkeeper will be in between the sticks owing to the fact that he has been ousted by newcomer Bernd Leno as the first choice goalkeeper who keeps the Premier League, based on the manager’s policy.
However, Petr Cech has hinted that he has his attention on the Europa League because of the ideal scenario to end his career by winning it with the North London outfit.
It would be recalled that the former Chelsea stopper announced that he would retire from active football at the end of the season which with suggestions that he could pick up a coaching role after being handed the opportunity by Arsenal and Chelsea.
With the North London outfit expected to play BATE Borisov in Belarus later today, Petr Cech has stated that his side are already prepared and will hope to secure a win in the game to be able to push stand the chance of winning the trophy.
However, the Gunners are being gifted with Unai Emery who has got the experience of winning the Europa League, having won it on three occasions with Sevilla.
Emery makes big claim on Europa League game
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has got reasons to comment on the weather condition at Belarus when his side will be facing BATE Borisov later on Thursday in the Europa League.
It is understood that the temperature for the game is expected to fall below zero by the time the game would be starting which might be difficult for the Gunners team to adapt to.
In his reaction, the Gunners boss claims that his side will have no excuse to not win the game as they will only have their mind set on what is expected from them.
He noted that they have had the experience when they North London outfit Vorskla in Kiev, noting that the temperature during the game was also zero while there was snow fall.
He, however, admitted that every game remains a big challenge but that has to be faced with all preparation and readiness if results must be achieved.
A win for Arsenal will mean they stand a chance to push to the next round of the competition and brighten their hope of winning it at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery is known to have won the Europa League with Sevilla three times and that could influence.
Wenger explains big Jadon Sancho regret
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained revealed that he almost landed Jadon Sancho at the North London outfit when he was in charge before the player joined German Bundesliga outfit.
Wenger had a 22-year-spell as the Gunners boss before he was supposedly forced to resign in the last summer and was replaced with former PSG boss Unai Emery.
It would be recalled that Jadon Sancho left English Premier League outfit Manchester City as a youth player in 2017 to secure a first-team football elsewhere.
He has now progressed to become a star player who is already being followed by a number of big sides including Liverpool, Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona. They all made attempt to secure his signature in the last winter transfer window.
However, Wenger stated that his effort failed to yield any result despite convincing the player to join the London club because he is from a big city.
The former Gunners boss, therefore, showered praise on the young lad, stressing that he can dribble, has the confidence and belief to help him succeed at the club.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho is now having a great season with the Bundesliga outfit with the former Arsenal boss is yet to secure a new job.
Why Wenger will never coach Real Madrid
Following the sack of their former manager, Real Madrid were reported to be seeking the signature of former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger to take over but that did not happen.
The French man has been jobless since the last summer window after he resigned his job as the Gunners boss and was immediately replaced with Unai Emery from PSG.
However, the former Arsenal boss made it clear that he will never manage the Spanish La Liga outfit again because his chances are already over.
He noted that he was approached by the Los Blancos on several occasions to move to the Spanish capital but he refused while acknowledging that Real Madrid is a big side and a dream club to nay manager in the world.
Arsene Wenger recalled that he was approached even before the North London outfit left the Highbury home to the Emirate Stadium but all he wanted was to remain with the Gunners team.
He stated that a stadium was built and there was a need to pay back because he was involved in the process.
However, it is unsure where the destination of the French man lies but he has made it clear that he missed coaching which hints that he still has the interest.
Liverpool Face Arsenal Threat For £45m Transfer Target
Premier League title challengers Liverpool will have to fend off strong interest from rivals Arsenal in the bid to sign highly rated Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella.
Barella plays his club football for Italian Serie A club Cagliari Calcio at the moment.
Liverpool must be wary of the threat from North London giants Arsenal after the Gunners sent scouts to run the rule over the player at the weekend.
Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb revealed that Arsenal sent scouts to watch Nicolo Barella in action for his Cagliari side for their visit to the San Siro to play AC Milan in what was an Italian top flight clash.
In the end, Barella didn’t have the best of games for Cagliari who were thrashed 3-0 by Champions League hopefuls Milan.
Lucas Paqueta and Kryzystof Piatek were on target for seven-time champions AC Milan against Cagliari.
Nicolo Barella, 22, has become one of the most exciting young players on the Italian football stage and it’s no surprise that he has been attracting the interest of major European clubs though Cagliari have slapped a £45m transfer fee on him in a bid to ward off the attention from other football teams.
Apart from Liverpool and Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus are also interested in the player.
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