Sanogo Injury Leaves Arsenal Short Of Options
Arsenal FC’s depleted forward line has suffered another loss as news emerged that their young striker Yaya Sanogo picked up a back injury while playing for France under-21 side in midweek.
Already missing German international Lukas Podolski, coach Arsene Wenger is now left with just a single recognised centre-forward in the form of Sanogo’s countryman Olivier Giroud.
Theo Walcott is capable of playing as a striker and has long wanted the role, but shifting him inside isn’t possible either as the Gunners are lacking options on the right flank too. Moreover, the former Southampton man himself was seen limping after England’s goalless game in Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Wenger would now have to rush to get a deal concluded for free agent striker Ciprian Marica, who is rumoured to be in negotiations with the club.
In addition to the aforementioned players, midfield trio of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky are also carrying minor knocks.
Flamini Has Trophies On His Mind
Mathieu Flamini has vowed to help Arsenal win some silverware this season after admitting that the club’s trophy drought has become ‘too long.’
The 29-year-old Frenchman, who re-joined the Gunners this summer after five seasons with AC Milan in Italy, recently told the Daily Mirror: “It’s an important season for me and Arsenal. Our ambitions are clear, as the arrival of Mesut Ozil proved. [We want] to fight for the title and compete in the Champions League. We want to win trophies. The club has waited for them for too long.
“We have the means to compete for the title, even if we are outsiders, not favourites, like in 2007-08. That is my motivation. I want to write another beautiful story with Arsenal.”
Honda Will Be Available For Free In January
Keisuke Honda, who was a purported Arsenal FC transfer target earlier in the summer, has openly admitted that he will leave his current club CSKA Moscow in the January transfer window when his contract with the Russian champions expires.
This revelation would surely interest many top European clubs as the opportunity of recruiting a player of Honda’s caliber on a free transfer doesn’t come along too often. But the Gunners have already added a World Class attacking midfielder to their squad this summer in the form of Mesut Ozil, and it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll be making a move for the Japanese star.
In a recent interview, Honda said: “I have many choices, but I want to compare as much as possible. I don’t think there’s a chance I will stay in Russia. I just need to focus on the Russian league and the Champions League, so I don’t want to talk about this right now.”
AC Milan were close to snapping up the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window, but a deal didn’t pan out in the end.
Liverpool and Everton are also believed to hold interest in the player.
Michael Owen Brands Three Lions Youngsters As ‘Overhyped’
Michael Owen has implicitly criticised England youngsters, including Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
After the Three Lions played out a dull 0-0 draw with Ukraine in Kiev, Owen took to Twitter to express his frustration over the disappointing shift put by Wilshere and Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker.
Implying that the national team’s up and coming youngsters aren’t that good and still have a lot to learn from the seniors, Owen tweeted: “Our best players are still the older brigade. Gerrard, in particular is by far our best player. Some overhyped youngsters.”
When suggested by one of his followers that it is actually the Liverpool and Chlesea’s veteran duo that is hindering the development of the national team, Owen replied: “Who is better? Nobody close.”
Park Chu-Young Urged to End Arsenal Misery
Park Chu-Young has been told by South Korea head coach Hong Myung-Bo to leave Arsenal FC for a new club or risk being dropped by him. (Metro)
The 28-year-old super-flop has appeared in just one league match since signing for the Gunners from AS Monaco in a £5million deal, two years ago. He was loaned to Celta Vigo last season where he failed to impress once again and scored just four times in 25 outings. He found no takers this summer and is now stuck at a club where he has no future.
Therefore, his national team boss has advised him to end his miserable spell in North London and sign for some other club that can offer him regular football.
“Park knows what he has to do. He must find a new team if he wants to remain in the national team,” Myung-Bo recently told the press.
It is believed that coach Arsene Wenger is willing to offer Chu-Young a way out by terminating his contract by mutual consent. However, the player’s lucrative deal nets him £45,000 on weekly basis, and he is fully aware that he won’t be given similar terms anywhere else. As a result, he is reluctant to leave.