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Thursday Kickoff: Barca 'close' to signings; Kylina Mbappe undecided and more

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Transfer sagas continue to surround Barcelona while Real Madrid's big target remains undecided.

Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura says the club is "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. (REPORT)

PSG youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez said that Kylian Mbappe has "two or three teams" in mind: Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and possibly Manchester City.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool firm on Coutinho; Wenger unsure on Sanchez and more

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Philippe Coutinho won't be leaving Liverpool any time soon if club ownership is to be believed while the same can't be said for Ousmane Demebele or Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool's owners released a statement saying the club's "definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe (Coutinho) will be considered".

Arsenal

Aliko Dangote: I’ll replace Wenger when I buy the club

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Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, has publicly claimed that Arsene Wenger's...

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Now we play Stoke City in the Potteries

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This is my least favourite away game of the season; we play the ever repugnant Stoke City. My thoughts are always dominated by the FA Cup semi final games in 1971 and 1972, both semis went to replays and we won them both. The circumstances involved in those losses caused Stoke fans to have an everlasting dislike/hatred for the Arsenal.

Arsenal’s Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez contract talks

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Eh? Thierry Henry blasts Arsenal’s title chances!

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Well there is a turn up for the books. We are used to various ex-Arsenal pundits like Paul Merson laying in to Arsene Wenger on our TV screens, but Thierry Henry is usually a bit easier going with Le Prof, especially considering that he is continually being linked with being Wenger's successor one day.

Arsenal to consider cheeky Aston Villa bid for Wilshere?

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If it was a Premier League club trying to persuade Arsenal to allow our England international Jack Wilshere to join them on loan it would be a different matter entirely, especially if the terms of the deal meant that Arsene Wenger had the option to recall the 25-year old midfield star if he felt that [.

Is Wenger strong enough to give Ozil the ‘Conte’ treatment?

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Arsene Wenger has been told he needs to be tougher on Mesut Ozil, with the German seemingly given an easy ride. The German international is regularly singled out for criticism by fans, with the 28 year-old putting in a number of lazy performances despite being one of the best players in the Premier League.

Are Arsenal simply not ruthless enough to win the title?

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We all know that Arsene Wenger was a revelation when he first moved to Arsenal, winning titles and Doubles and achieving the Invincibles season, but since the club decided to build the Emirates to increase the space for paying supporters his achievements have been a bit less memorable. In fact since Arsenal last won the [.

Gazidis: There Was Nobody To Replace Wenger With

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has finally admitted why Arsene Wenger was handed a new contract on the back of a hugely disappointing season. He could not find anyone better!

A statement that is even more mystifying considering that Barcelona found a manager Ernesto Valverde to replace Luis Enrique, why by the way is still available.

Will Wenger agree that Giroud must start next Arsenal game?

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Arsene Wenger could not have asked for more from the subs he put on with 25 minutes or so to play as Arsenal were heading for yet another opening day defeat to a Premier League season. Straight away both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud had an impact and both capped their cameos with impressive goals [.

Arsenal Rally To Beat Leicester As Premier League Returns

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Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side's favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud: Arsene Wenger admits opening the door for transfer

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he opened the door for Olivier Giroud to leave the club this summer. Speaking after the France...

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Wilshere keeping Arsenal from Mahrez transfer? Really?

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Here was me thinking that all the talk about Arsenal making big changes to the way things are done at the top, even though the man in charge will still be Arsene Wenger after the board signed him up to another two years as our manager, would see the Gunners make real strides in the [...]

Arsenal to pay £525K a week to keep Ozil AND Alexis Sanchez?

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This week for the first time during the summer transfer window we heard Arsene Wenger sounding a bit downbeat about the situation at Arsenal with our Chile international star Alexis Sanchez and his long tern future at the club, although the Frenchman did not change his stance on keeping the star striker for the coming [.

Wenger lauds Giroud as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed “relief” over Olivier Giroud’s decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.

Giroud came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 3-2 in Friday’s Premier League curtain-raiser at the Emirates Stadium and after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey equalised, he headed in an 85th-minute winner.

Giroud earns Arsenal madcap opening win

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London (AFP) – Substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 on Friday in a dizzily entertaining opening Premier League game.

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead after only 85 seconds at the Emirates Stadium, before a Shinji Okazaki header and a Jamie Vardy brace saw 2016 champions Leicester go 2-1 and then 3-2 up.

Predicted XI: Arsenal vs Leicester City

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The Premier League kicks off tonight at The Emirates with a visit from 2015/16 champions Leicester...

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Ozil fitness to hand Arsenal HUGE boost v Leicester?

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We are now at the end of the build up to the first Arsenal game of the new Premier League season, which I am sure you are all aware takes place tonight at the Emirates stadium with the EPL champions of two seasons ago, Leicester City, the side hoping to stop Arsene Wenger and the [...]

Video: Arsene Wenger admits to a “lack of clarity” within the club last season

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In last night's Football Writer's Association event, Arsene Wenger somewhat...

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Wenger confirms major injury blow for Arsenal, top class star set to miss these matches

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Arsenal have been dealt a major injury blow right before the start of the new season.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners will be without their best player Alexis Sanchez for their first two matches.

“He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training and he had a scan two days ago,” Wenger told a news conference.

Arsenal boss claims PSG are not targeting Alexis Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger insists that Paris Saint-Germain have shown no interest in signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean striker is strongly linked with the exit door at present, having allowed his contract to enter its final 12 months, and has so far failed to agree terms on a new one. Alexis is ruled out of [.

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.

Arsenal’s star forward set to miss Premier League opener

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal's Premier League opener...

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No PSG contact over Sanchez, says Arsenal’s Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.

Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just completed a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) swoop for Barcelona superstar Neymar.

Friday Night Football at the Emirates

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For the first time in the Premier League history the season will kick off on Friday August 11th when Arsenal will host Leicester City at the Emirates with the game starting at 19:45.

We played our first game against Leicester 125 years ago on January 7th 1895 – back then the teams were known as Leicester Fosse and Woolwich Arsenal, we lost the game 3-1.

Is Arsenal ready? Where should Wenger strengthen Gunners squad?

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I have to hold my hand up and say that when the teams for the Community Shield clash between Arsenal and Chelsea were announced I groaned inside and thought to myself that the Gunners were bang in trouble. The absence of key players like Ozil, Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Mustafi and most importantly Koscielny made our [.

Wenger fearful of another slow Arsenal start

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997.

Wenger fearful of another slow Arsenal start

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997.

Should Arsenal accept £30M bid for Welbeck from league rivals?

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Everton are claimed to be eyeing a£30 Million move to sign Danny Welbeck from Arsenal this summer, but would we sell? The England international has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, but has always returned to fitness as a part of Arsene Wenger's plans, and seems to be a player the French boss likes to [.

Wenger calls for united front as Arsenal make Shield statement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger pleaded with Arsenal fans to stay united after his side made a statement of intent with their Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal’s travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is far less turbulent affair.

Wenger calls for united front as Arsenal make Shield statement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger pleaded with Arsenal fans to stay united after his side made a statement of intent with their Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal’s travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is far less turbulent affair.

Arsenal v Chelsea review – Gunners come from behind to win on penalties!!

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When I saw the Arsenal and Chelsea teams selected for this Community Shield clash by Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte I was a bit concerned, as we seemed to be missing a lot more key players than our opponents. Before the game we knew that Chelsea would be without Hazard, Costa and Bakayoke while Arsenal [.

Lacazette gets Wembley start for Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette was handed a starting berth by manager Arsene Wenger for Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea at Wembley.

The France striker, a £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros) signing from Lyon, was flanked by Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, with both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil left out.

Chelsea Preview

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Tempus Fugit. Seems like yesterday ... actually it doesn't, much talk and some action has taken place since season's end, some good, some not so good, some still to happen.Has anyone left from the 1st team squad? Will they? Loans must be the order of the day as we try to clear the decks. We need more bodies etc etc

But today we have the little matter of a Wembley appearance, and we are good at Wembley, aren't we?

Time for Arsenal to forget Lemar and go for Mahrez?

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If the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are true, or some of them at least, then Arsene Wenger is ready to test the resolve of his former club AS Monaco for a fourth time this summer, by making yet another bid for their France international star Thomas Lemar. Maybe his connection with the club is leading [.

Is Wenger too stubborn with FOURTH Arsenal bid for Lemar?

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There is persistence and determination and they can be a good thing to have in football or any other walk of life, but too much can turn into stubbornness and that is a quality that some Arsenal fans have levelled at our manager Arsene Wenger for years. Even being stubborn can be a good thing, [...]

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Major Link Soccer: Krisztian Nemeth lands with New England Revolution

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But the revs paid dearly for him. Arsene Wenger says it won't be long before women manage PL teams. Paul Arriola is ready to hit the ground running in DC.

Seattle

The early season for the Seattle Sounders certainly had some rough patches, but here we are again in a late summer surge, and it's feeling a little familiar.

Chelsea have ‘problems’ but Conte doesn’t want sympathy

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists he isn’t looking for sympathy despite admitting Chelsea are facing problems at the start of their Premier League title defence.

Conte has been frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets while the champions’ title rivals embarked on multi-million pound spending sprees.