Sanchez to hold clear the air talks with Chile manager
Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is due to arrive in Europe ahead of talks with some key players for the national side. Sanchez is said to be frustrated with recent performances which have left their qualification to the World Cup in the balance. The Copa America champions are currently sixth in the qualification table and are set to miss out on Russia 2018. Following a disastrous international break where Chile lost 3-0 to Paraguay and 1-0 to Bolivia senior players were left frustrated with some threatening to quit the national side.
Debuchy left frustrated by failed summer move
Forgotten man Mathieu Debuchy has spoken about his failed move to Nice in the summer and the fact he is now left at Arsenal and unlikely to play. The 32-year-old right back was in talks about a return to the French league with Nice but this didn’t materialise and now he must wait until January at least.
“I had met Julien Fournier, the general manager of the club, in June in Monaco. We talked about everything to find out where I was then he asked me to meet the coach, which I agreed to. I even accepted to do physical tests, they were positive but afterwards, I did’t have any news.”
Nice instead singed sign fellow right-back Christophe Jallet which left Debuchy stranded. The Frenchman added:
“Fournier could at least have sent me a message, warning me that in the end, I wasn’t their choice. It irritated me, it was not correct on their part but it didn’t surprise me too much. There are things in football that go beyond me.”
Bellerin targets Europa League glory
Hector Bellerin believes that Arsenal should focus on winning the Europa league as they have a chance of winning it. The attacking full back had the following to say on the competition, which Arsenal enter tomorrow night against Koln:
“Europa League is a very important competition for us. We know that if we have the possibility of winning it, we will return to the Champions League next year, which is one of our targets. It’s a competition that we know we can win and we’re going to go fight as much as in the other competitions to do it. Whoever plays, we are going to give our best.”
Legendary midfielder (also) speaks about importance of Europa League
Former Europa League finalist with Arsenal Ray Parlour has spoken about how the competition could be good for the club.
“It’s not ideal, you’d rather be in the Champions League but you’ve got to deal with it. It’s worth winning. Look at last season, there’s the top four and then Man United got into (the Champions League) by winning the Europa League, so it will be interesting to see what Arsene Wenger does. Certainly it’s an important cup – I didn’t win it, I got to the final in 2000 when we played Galatasaray in the final and we lost on penalties. That was disappointing as that would have been another good trophy to win.
There’s nothing like losing (a final), you sit in the dressing room afterwards and think about how it’s been a long hard road to get there only to then lose. Being runners-up is no good, you have to be a winner – that was why it was a disappointing year in the end. I’m sure this Arsenal team will map it out to try to get to the final, they have good quality and I am sure they will be there or thereabouts.”