Back to winning ways
Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory away to Middlesbrough. Manager Arsene Wenger made six changes to the team that lost to Crystal Palace as well as a new formation, switching to a back three, not seen from Wenger since 1997. Alexis Sanchez scored the first, with Mesut Ozil grabbing the winner, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a good game in the right wing back position. The win keeps Arsenal’s slight hope of Champions League football alive for next season.
It may not have been vintage Arsenal but, it was a much-needed win.
Engels opens the door
Bjorn Engels has opened the door to a potential move to the Premier League. The Club Brugge centre back was a target for the club last season. Engels apparently turned down a move to the Emirates last summer saying he was not ready for the move but, with Engels claiming now how much he loves the League, a further bid may be forthcoming for the 22-year-old.
According to ex-Liverpool player Robbie Fowler, N’Golo Kante wanted to move to Arsenal in the summer. Arsene Wenger did claim he tried and failed to sign Kante twice with the deal being scuppered due to wage demands. No one really knows how Fowler knew Kante definitely wanted to sign for Arsenal. But, apparently, he did.
Arsenal could be in a battle to sign Alexandra Lacazette with Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old who has scored 30 goals for Lyon so far this season appears to be one of Wenger’s top targets. Whether the importance of potentially not being in the Champions League next season plays a part, we will have to wait and see, with Lacazette wanting European football.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry fears that the club may struggle to sign top class players in the future. Henry puts this down to the fact the club are struggling to challenge for major honours which may deter some players wanting to join the club. In Henry’s words ‘Success attracts top players’
Arsenal target Jakub Jankto will be staying with his club Udinese after he signed a long-term contract. The 21-year-old was attracting interest from manager Arsene Wenger but, looks set to stay in Italy for the foreseeable future.
According to the Star. Arsenal and Manchester United are both battling to land James Rodriguez. The Colombian is expected to leave Real Madrid after falling down the pecking order.