Liverpool have tabled a €15m (£12.8m) bid for Arsenal target Clement Grenier, according to the Mirror. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the 22-year-old earlier this week and compared his style of play to that of former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. However, it appears Liverpool may have jumped to the head of the queue with the Mirror claiming that the Merseysiders have made a €15m (£12.
In the 52nd minute at St. James' Park, the inevitable happened. Arsenal scored. Not many would have banked on the rejuvenated Laurent Koscielny to break the deadlock in such a fine fashion, putting his team firmly in the driving seat after a well taken half-volley, but it was no surprise to see another Wenger team heading for the Champions League (with the qualification round in their path) for the umpteenth time in a row (16 to be exact).
How Arsenal can become more Barcelona-like - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal came face-to-face with Barcelona in the final of the 2005-06 Champions League, but despite being beaten by the Spanish giants, they held their own and were good value for their place at Europe's top table.
Some very interesting comments from Samir Nasri about his transfer to Man City in 2011. Ignoring Nasri's ridiculous claim the deal was not about the money, when we all know that was what is was all about, his comments about it from Arsenal's perspective are interesting.
If you remember Nasri was going into the last year of his contract at Arsenal, and had basically said he was not going to sign a new deal with the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks to Jack Wilshere (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal FC is currently at a fork in the road; on one hand there is a future with manager Arsene Wenger and giving him the opportunity to rebuild a new roster and see if he can bring the good name back to Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to Arsenal.com about the importance and difficulty of scouting ahead of the London side's FA Cup tie with Swansea City. Traditionally known to have a vast scouting network, Wenger discussed the various markets the world's best players are starting to appear in, and how vital it is for clubs to get in early.
The calm and perpetually pensive Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he is leaving Malaga at the end of the season. Sure, half the Spanish broadsheets had been chanting "Manchester City!" since the start of the year, but Pellegrini's own statements about his departure and own objectives for next season hardly correlates with a team like City.
Samir Nasri has talked up Manuel Pellgrini's prospects of success at Manchester City while suggesting former boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get to grips with different personalities in the City dressing room. The France international was full of praise for the man widely expected to become his new manager.
Samir Nasri of Manchester City (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Manchester City football development executive Patrick Vieira wants midfielder Samir Nasri to stay with the club next season despite what has been considered within the club a disappointing season.The last silver lining left for City is their FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic, which is a small consolation regardless.
Facing a troubled relegation embattled Wigan Athletic in the table (17th place) , Manchester City have no real chance at the title, nor have they for some time, and they will be looking now to secure second place. This game was scheduled to be played March, but was postponed due to other competitive duties of Manchester City.
Samir Nasri was named man of the match in Man City's 4-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday. It was only the third Premier League start of 2013 for a player who has been one of the many wobbly floats in City's parade of disappointment this season and after the match, manager Roberto Mancini expressed his frustration with him.
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Roberto Mancini might want to invest some of his club's money into migraine medicine, after Vincent Kompany's red card in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday earned the defender a three-match ban, according to reports.
The Belgian international joins the likes of regular first-team players Sergio Aguero, Micah Richards, Samir Nasri, and the brothers Toure that are unavailable to play for the Citizens.
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal's Premier League clash with champions Manchester City on Sunday is a make or break fixture for both the clubs involved.
The Gunners need all three points on the offer to stay close to the top four clubs, while the Blues pursuit of league leaders Manchester United means that they cannot afford to have anything less than a victory either.
Ahead of this afternoon's Arsenal-Man City clash at the Emirates stadium, Arsene Wenger has made some telling statements about the role of money in football. Of course, he's referring to Man City's cash-over-pedigree approach to the game, which seemingly favours short term success over a longer term outlook.
Newcastle United and St. James's Park played host to league holders Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. The Champions would be looking to get back to their winning ways after suffering a late defeat to their cross-town rivals Manchester United last week. City did just that, coming out of the gates early and scoring through Kun Aguero just ten minutes in.
Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly Gossip special! This week, read about Xavi's upcoming nuptials, Juventus coach Antonio Conte's wedding, Xabi Alonso's Family Day Out, Mario Balotelli's engagement and Samir Nasri's holiday. Go on, then!
Finishing a distant second to Man United in the Premier League last season has prompted Man City to get back to their big spending ways and their latest acquisition is 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. According to Shakhtar Donetsk's official website, City ponied up €40 million for the man with just five caps for Brazil (four in 2011, one in 2012).
With so many mid-priced midfielders out of action due to injury, we set our sights on a potential short-term 5th midfielder FPL candidate as our Funny Feeling Friday selection. First, let's take a look at a few of the mid-priced ... Continue reading →