Arsenal legend Paul Merson has sent some warnings to Chelsea’s boss Antonio Conte about defender David Luiz.
Due to some of his recent performances at Chelsea, Merson feels it appears the Brazilian defender is slipping back into some bad habits.
The former PSG man has been very much consistent in his second spell with the west Londoners, but Merson made it known that he is noticing some recent laziness from the samba star.
During his first stint at Stamford Bridge, Luiz, despite his impressive performances, is known for his constant errors and mistakes. He has, however, become an important member of Conte’s squad since he returned to Chelsea from PSG last summer.
However, he hasn’t been at his best lately and even gave away a needless penalty that almost cost Chelsea some points in their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
And the former Arsenal man Paul, writing in his column in the Daily Star, is concerned that the defender could become a liability once again.
The Gunners legend compared the Brazil international with goalkeeper David James, who was a fantastic shot-stopper but, at some point in time, begin losing concentration and was nickname ‘Calamity James’.
“It is the same with Luiz.” Merson wrote.
Recently, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is singing the praises of youngster Andreas Christensen. Perhaps, the Dane will make Luiz sit on the bench during important games very soon.
How Freddie Ljungberg Reacted To Paul Scholes Bizarre Comments
While responding to Paul Scholes, Freddie Ljungberg has hit back at him following the unwarranted criticism from the former Manchester United midfielder.
As you reckon, Ljungberg took charge of Arsenal first team as an interim manager at the weekend, His first game as a manager ended with a 2-2 draw against Norwich City.
Whilst some post-match analysis has blamed his poor defense, Scholes did not blame the player but aimed dig at Ljungberg.
Sky Sports cameras captured a scene where the Arsenal legend arrived at Carrow Road sporting with a grey jumper and shirt combination.
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However,Paul Scholes unimpressed with Ljungberg after he claimed he should have dressed more formally.
“You would think he’d be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job,” Scholes said on Premier League Productions.
“To me that’s a great start – shirt and tie to show some discipline.
“I don’t think he’ll be the right man.”
Ljungberg has since hit back at Scholes by insisting it’s his decision over what attire he wears on matchday whilst also revealing that he is yet to be fitted for a suit.
“I’ve seen coaches with a tracksuit, suit and sweater and I’ll decide on matchday what I will where,” Ljungberg said during his pre-Brighton press conference at London Colney.
“I haven’t been fitted for a club suit but you will know what I where.
“That’s extremely important. It happened so quickly that the suit was at the dry cleaners and I couldn’t get it ready,” he joked.
When Ljungberg was asked to comment he said there isn’t exactly dress code for managers in the Premier League.
What Happend To Arsenal Against Southampton
North London giants Arsenal can’t seem to buy a win after they played out a draw during the Premier League game with Southampton.
The Gunners could have lost the game against the Saints but they were able to salvage a 2-2 draw to take their winless run to six games in all competitions either side of the November international break.
Arsenal have not won a game since they beat Vitoria Guimares 3-2 at home on Matchday 3 of the Europa League.
Summer signing Nicholas Pepe scored twice in the last ten minutes to give Arsenal the win over their Portuguese opponents.
Since the Vitoria Guimares game, Arsenal have played four Premier League matches, one Carabao Cup game and one Europa League game without recording a victory.
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Arsenal started the run with a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at home in the league before the 5-5 draw away at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The Gunners were knocked out of that competition via a 5-4 penalty shootout win for Liverpool.
Arsenal then played 1-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league before a similar scoreline away to Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal in the Europa League.
Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 at home in the league before the Soutampton game made it six games without victory for the Gunners.
Analyzing what Ashely Cole said about Harry Kane after Hat-trick
Ashley Cole has reacted over Harry Kane’s goals during England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro, he explains how the Tottenham captain is a natural leader.
Harry Kane, 26, who married about a year ago took reached 19 goals yesterday, with ten goals for Tottenham and nine for England – He scored a hat-trick on Thursday night when te The Three Lions played against Montenegro.
Liverpool midfielder, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Tammy Abraham, and Marcus Rashford saw England breeze through to a much-deserved victory at home.
Ashley Cole gave his verdict on Kane and his performance on Thursday night, Harry Kane now supersedes Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse, and Frank Lampard to become The Three Lion’s sixth-highest goal scorer of all-time.
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“I don’t want to be disrespectful and say he’s just a goalscorer,” Cole said. “He has a cleverness and brings others into play but when he’s in front of goal, he’s quality. All strikers want to score goals, he should be really happy with his contribution.”
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So far it Harry Kane as scored 31 goals in just 44 appearances. We believe that with the commencement of Euro 2020 next summer and the Nations League, there is every chance he will beat Wayne Rooney’srecord.
To achieve this, He injury free, avoid ankle problems that have seen him out of play in the past.
Arsenal in talks with West Brom over right-back
North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be in talks with West Brom over the sale of star player Carl Jenkinson on a permanent deal.
Carl Jenkinson did not get enough playing time under manager Unai Emery and that seems to have gotten him frustrated to want to leave the club and he has been given an escape route to West Brom.
The 27-year-old was handed just eight games under Unai Emery last season and could be the end of his stay at the club, after coming through the ranks of the youth team.
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However, West Brom are not the only club in the chase of Carlo Jenkinson as Celtic are also reported to be interested in his signature because they seek to replace Mikael Lustig, who is set to join KAA Gent.
It is also suggested that Carl Jenkinson will wish to leave the Emirates Stadium as he can no longer be guaranteed of a first-team football under the Spanish boss.
Meanwhile, it has been suggested to Arsenal to let go of the player to be able to cash in for more additions.
It is no longer news that manager Unai Emery only has £40 million to engage with, in this summer trader window.
Arsenal agree deal, announcement on July 7
If emerging reports are to be believed, English Premier League outfit Arsenal and Italian Serie A side Napoli have agreed on a deal for this summer transfer window.
The report claim that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will no longer be returning to the Emirates Stadium as he has already agreed to remain at Naples to have regular playing time.
David Ospina spent the entire last season on loan with the Serie A outfit and has made it clear that he would not be leaving the club for a return to the Emirates Stadium.
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It can be concluded that David Ospina was sent parking by the coming of Brend Leno from the Bundesliga as the German international was able to find his way into the team to become a first choice stopper.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will pay £4million for the Colombia international who proved his worth in a total of eight clean sheets to help Napoli.
With legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech already out of the Emirates Stadium for retirement, it is expected that David Ospina would return back to provide an option to Bernd Leno but the Gunners boss seems not to be interested in working with him and might have an option already.
The Man City deal that Arsenal will benefit from
English Premier League outfit Arsenal are set to benefit from the report that defending champions Man City are set to secure the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
Despite winning the English title for the second consecutive year, The Citizens are still keen to strengthen their squad and have identified the Spanish La Liga outfit player as an ideal man to fit into the team.
It is claimed Man City are willing to pay the sum of €70 million for the star player with a possibility that it would be concluded in coming days.
However, Atletico Madrid will have to find a replacement for the star player and they have identified Arsenal player and Swiss international Granit Xahaka as an ideal option.
Already Granit Xhaka has been linked away from the Emirates Stadium with claims that he is unhappy after enduring a difficult last season.
This could be a blessing in disguise for the North London outfit as they will be able to cash in from the sale of the Swiss international to increase the £40 million that is available for manager Unai Emery to engage in this summer transfer window.
It has been concluded that Arsenal will not reject a bid for Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal to announce Brazilain as first signing
North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be getting set for their first summer announcement with claims that the deal for Brazilian international Gabriel Martinelli is almost confirmed.
Gabriel Martinelli has been on the radar of the Arsenal team for a long time and it was suggested that terms have already been agreed upon by the player while talks between both clubs are ongoing.
It is claimed that Man United had the opportunity to secure the Brazilian starlet two years ago but they had turned down the opportunity to do so when he had a trial at the Old Trafford in July 2017.
Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay about £6 million for the Ituano striker, who celebrates his 18th birthday today.
It is suggested that he could find his way unto the first team just like Mateo Guendouzi did when he first joined Arsenal last summer window.
Gabriel Martinelli is a young talent who has shown big prospect to lead in coming years and that has already been observed by the Gunners boss Unai Emery who is the one keen on the player.
However, Arsenal have got need of more additions in this summer window if they must challenge for titles next season as there are lots of strengthening needed in the squad.
Shock bid, United linked with Arsenal striker
In what seems to be a shock to many, Man United have been linked with a move for Gabon international and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this summer transfer window.
It is expected that the Red Devils will move in for a number players in the summer transfer window but no one anticipated the interest in the former Borussia Dortmund.
This gives a hint that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be available for a move this summer as the Red Devils are not alone in his chase. Two Chinese outfits are reported to have submitted an offer each for the star striker with a proposal to pay him £300,000 weekly.
The development is believed to have unsettled the North London outfit and that is why they consider giving him a new deal as they are not interested in parting ways with the star player this summer window.
With Man United now reported to be interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it is expected that a bid would be submitted In coming days to have him form part of the building process at the Old Trafford.
But the chances that Arsenal will let go of the former Borussia Dortmund star is slim despite the fact that they will cash in an attractive fee that will help boost their transfer kitty.
Why Arsenal might not sign Meunier this summer
There are fears that North London outfit Arsenal will lose out on the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain defender Thomas Meunier in this summer transfer window.
The Gunners team are in search of a right back as they now lack option with the departure of Stephan as a free player.
Hector Bellerin has not been consistent due to the injuries he has had to battle with, leaving the Arsenal defence exposed.
Daily Mail has therefore reported that the Gunners team might be prised out of a move for Thomas Meunier because of the €30m (£27m) fee imposed on the player.
This makes it a setback for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery because they might not have a budget as heavy as that.
It is no longer news that Arsenal management are only handing the sum of £40 million to the Spanish boss to engage in this summer transfer window which is suspected not to be enough, going by the number of needs at the team.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are also keen on the signature of the PSG man as they have had their bid for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned down in this summer transfer window.
Is this player transfer decision a blow to Arsenal?
North London outfit Arsenal are reported to be on the verge of missing out on the signature of summer target Markus Schubert but it is yet to be known if they will be suffering a blow by that development.
It is reported that the goalkeeper is keen to move to Schalke despite the interest from the North London outfit.
Arsenal need for a goalkeeper because of the decision by legendary player Petr Cech to quit the game as a player and move into management.
Also, David Ospina is set to remain with Italian Serie A outfit Napoli on a permanent deal which means Bernd Leno will be the only experienced goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper has therefore been linked to serve as an option to Bernd Leno ahead of the coming season.
However, Daily Mail claims that the Dynamo Dresden keeper will be heading to Schalke to become the first choice goalkeeper rather than remain with his club as an option to No.1 Alexander Nubel.
However, it is unclear if his failure to come to Arsenal remains a blow knowing that the management are willing to work with Martinez as an option for the coming season.
The decision by the goalkeeper could, therefore, be a blessing in disguise for the young Arsenal goalkeeper to help him step up to the ranks.
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