Arsenal make approach for Draxler
Arsenal have made a last minute attempt to bring Paris Saint-Germain attacker Julian Draxler to the club. With days remaining on the transfer window clock, there are still a number of question marks over how the Arsenal side will look when the next league game kicks off after the international break. With several players looking to leave Arsenal must line up possible replacements to drive the side forward for this season. Liverpool had long been linked with Draxler but it seems now Arsenal could step in for the cut price German. Although impressing fans during his short time in Paris it is understood that Draxler will move away from the club this summer. Touted at around £30 million he could be a bargain in the current market and an ideal replacement for some of the want away players currently at the club.
Sterling offered as part of the Sanchez deal
Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez continues this week and they are now preparing to offer Raheem Sterling as a bargaining chip. The England international has been offered up in an attempt to turn Arsenal’s mind as they will have a replacement for the position in return. The Alexis to Man City rumours have been running all summer as Guardiola is a keen admirer but as yet a deal has not been close to an agreement. If they were to sign Sanchez then they would surely need to lighten the attacking load somewhat and Sterling looks to be the one to give way, despite rescuing a last minute win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Players have stopped playing for Wenger – Wright
Ian Wright believes that some of the team have stopped playing for manager Arsene Wenger. In words given after the humiliating defeat on Sunday the former striker said:
“After what I rate the worst display any Arsenal team has ever dished up, the conclusion is obvious. Judging by the way he was twiddling his thumbs on the bench as they got thumped 4-0 by Liverpool, helpless to find an answer, I think even Arsene realises it, too. In my book, the team have stopped playing for him. Stopped fighting for the cause. Stopped showing any pride in the shirt — or, most cutting of all — any hurt at the performance. That is why I believe the Arsenal board — and let’s face it, they’ve hardly covered themselves in glory — have a truly massive choice to make. They must sit down and decide what happens next. Namely, whether the manager stays or goes.”
With players looking to leave and sections of the supporters calling for Wenger to go, the Frenchman could be in for a long season.
Cech also has tough words
Petr Cech was one of the few players to talk to the media following Sunday’s defeat at Anfield. If not for the experienced goalkeeper the 4-0 scoreline could have been worse and according to sources, he had harsher words for his teammates in the dressing room after the game.
“It was quite simply unacceptable for the size of the club we are and for the team we have. Obviously you can come here and lose 4-0. OK, it can happen on a bad day when you fight but you are unlucky and your opponent is playing well and scores with every shot they have. Then it can happen. But not like it happened today. The way it happened today is unacceptable. We were not fighting, we were not running enough, we were not winning any individual battles and as a team we completely failed to respond to their way of playing, and that is the most disappointing thing. But we have only ourselves to blame.”