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As countless Real Madrid sides of the past can testify, when it comes to attacking players, too many cooks spoil the broth. Without a balance within a starting eleven, sides leave themselves horribly exposed to opposition attacks.

Arsene Wenger will now feel burdened to squeeze, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan and Ozil into an effective fighting force. You'd be lucky to get some good odds with the William Hill promo code 2018 on Arsenal finishing in the top four due partly to this reason.

From an Arsenal point of view, the latest transfer window is hard to asses. On one hand they managed to recover well from losing their best player, attracting two extremely talented players to fill the Alexis Sanchez-shaped hole, as well as tying Ozil down to a new contract when for all the world he looked to be joining the Chilean in heading for the exit. The opposing view is that Arsenal have merely made cosmetic changes to their side, failing to address the structural problems that have blighted the team for so long.

If huge sums of money were to be dispensed, surely it would have been more prudent to splurge on a much-needed holding midfielder, or a top-quality centre-back capable of operating in either a back three, or four?

Without a real rugged, intelligent, midfield-enforcer able to negate Arsenal’s imbalance, there seems to be no cogent way for all four of Arsenal’s attacking gems to thrive.

So, who then should Arsenal consign to the bench?

Clearly, it cannot be Aubameyang. The Gabon international, while offering little in terms of link-up play, is one of the most natural finishers in the game. The penalty box is his natural habitat, at ease within those white-lined confines as any lion skulking the Serengeti.

Ozil too looks to be un-droppable. His lackadaisical demeanour may stoke the ire of many a fan, but when the little German is at his languid best, there are very few players in the game capable of matching his creativity. A fact relayed best when you consider he has almost fifty assists for the Gunners – a number that should be higher, were his teammates not so profligate.

Lastly, we have the man who was swapped for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan. It would be wasteful not to utilise the Armenian in tandem with Aubameyang, considering how fruitful a partnership they formed while playing together for Borussia Dortmund. Then, of course, you must factor how determined he will be to restore his once glistening reputation, tarnished through Jose Mourinho’s continued misuse.

This leaves Lacazette as the odd man out. It is a real shame for the Frenchman. Despite impressing hugely in the last few seasons for Lyon, he has never really looked to be trusted by Arsene Wenger.

Going forward Arsenal would look best in a 4-3-2-1.

Cech in goal. A back four of Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal, with the fullbacks expected to get forward regularly to offer the otherwise narrow side some width. Sead Kolašinac would be a better fit than Monreal, yet sadly, looks to have been permanently cast into the wilderness by his manager.

A midfield three of Elneny, Xhaka and Ramsey. Elneny and Xhaka trying their utmost to provide a secure base, simultaneously covering either attacking fullback and allowing Ramsey to make his trademark late runs into the box.

This then allows Ozil and Mkhitaryan to roam freely, pulling apart compact defences, and threading Aubameyang the through balls his pace can exploit. This forces Lacazette to operate in an auxiliary capacity, coming on late to menace weary defenders.

It is far from the ideal line up, both holding midfielders have deficiencies, Elneny too slow, and Xhaka far too erratic, while Monreal lacks the guile to full thrive going forward.

Yet, in a season where the top five clubs are steadily widening the gap between themselves and Arsene Wenger’s men, it may just be the stable line-up needed to string a few wins together and surge themselves back into Champions League contention.

 

SBO.net have tallied up every tweet sent by Premier League players in 2017; who’s the most Twitter-happy?

With so much personality on the Premier League pitch, it’s no surprise that sometimes the action spills not just into the sidelines but also online. In fact, it seems like these days, talking the talk is just as important as walking the walk. That’s why SBO.net have put together all the big stats from 2017, ranking the most frequent Twitter posters of the year, or, as they like to call it, The Premier League’s Biggest Twits.

They’ve scoured social media to count every single tweet sent out by a Premier League player last year, and the neat infographic ranks the top 20 tweeters, or twits, of 2017.

Spending his time on the shelf wisely, Everton’s Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) wasn’t going to let us forget about him. Having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in December 2016, Bolasie had a lot of time to kill in 2017 - and it shows. During his 12 months off the pitch, the Lyon-native racked up an astounding 474 tweets. Now that he’s back in action, his 180,000 followers may have to take a backseat.

Unlike Bolasie, Southampton’s Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) had no time off the field in 2017 - and yet still miraculously found the time to send 465 tweets throughout the year. On December 23rd, just three days prior to Bolasie’s return to the pitch, the second-most frequent tweeter in football, Austin, was given the opportunity to nab the top spot; not only being served a three-game suspension for violent conduct during Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield, but also suffering a hamstring tear in the same game that would keep him sidelined for 2 months. He’s got plenty of time to keep his 150,000 followers up to date now, but, without a spot in the world rankings, perhaps some time away from the keyboard might help Austin focus on proving himself on the pitch.

Having said that, we shouldn’t assume that the ones tweeting the most are the ones least focused on the game - the Premier League’s current top team, Manchester City, also took the prize for the most Twitter-happy team for 2017 - with four players ranking in the top 20. Nicolás Otamendi (@Notamendi30), Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan), Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33), and Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) were the 16th, 14th, 5th, and 3rd most frequent Tweeters, respectively.

Meanwhile, the only Arsenal player who tweeted their way onto the prestigious list is of course Mesut Ozil (@mesutOzil1088). The 7th best player in the world was the 15th most frequent tweeter - tallying up 221 posts in 2017.

 

We’re currently in the middle of the Champions League campaign, and now 16 teams are left to compete with each other during the final stages. Although there are much more superior teams left in the competition, you still can’t count the likes of Basel out of the mix. Realistically, though, which teams have the power and experience to bring the crown back to their trophy rooms?

Manchester City

Manchester City currently find themselves favourites to take the crown for the first time in their history and, if their domestic form is anything to go by, they have a real shot of competing with Europe’s elite. The only problem Manchester City have is that they don’t have the same Champions League experience as some of the other favourites, as they’ve only been competing at the highest level now for around 5 years. One benefit City do have is that they have a winning manager in Pep Guardiola, and he has experience to take the club to a higher level. Will Manchester City be able to compete with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid? Or will their lack of experience cost them when it really matters?

Paris St Germain

With the quality PSG have at their disposal, it would be very hard not to see them in the final stages of the tournament. Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe all have the quality to score the important goals in both legs in each stage of the cup. It just depends on whether they have the defensive quality to keep out Real Madrid and co. They are second favourites to Manchester City by a small margin, but if they can continue their good run of form like they have domestically, they are serious contenders to bring the Champions League to France.

Barcelona

You can never count Barcelona out of anything they compete for, especially the Champions League. They’re already a team filled with heroes in Lionel Messi and Iniesta, and it could be their heroics that takes them to the winner’s circle of the Champions League. Barcelona still aren’t the same team as they once were under Pep Guardiola, but they still have the attacking quality to put any team aside on their day. Barcelona are strong contenders to bring the cup back to Spain, but they’ll need to be at their best with some of the other teams they’re up against.

Manchester United

If you look at the current form of Manchester United you wouldn’t fancy them at all in a competition with so much quality opposition, but all sports betting odds suggest they’re still in the mix. After all, we’re going into the last 16 of the tournament when anything has and can happen. One advantage Manchester United have other their competitors is that their defence looks pretty solid, and they’ve only conceded a mere 16 goals in 24 games in their Premier League campaign. The only problem United have is that they’re very hit or miss. They can’t seem to string a good run of form together under Mourinho, and it has become a problem in the Premier League. United do, however, have the experience of winning the Champions League on two previous occasions, so never say never.

Juventus

Italian sides always seem to do well on the European stage. We’ve seen Roma, Napoli and Juventus compete at the other end of the competition multiple times in their history. Juventus look like a different opposition this year and defensively they’re well known to be able to handle the bigger giants. Ultimately, it depends what side of Juventus turns up in the final stages of the competition, but if they can defend properly like they’re known for, there’s no reason why their attack minded players won’t be able to do the business in front of goal.

Liverpool also look like strong candidates this year along with Bayern Munich. However, the above teams look like they have that little bit more this year in terms of attacking and defensive ability. Will Manchester City live up to their status as favourites of the competition or will Manchester United provide us with a shock and turn up the heat on their rivals?

 

One of the hottest strikers in Europe the last couple of years, that many predicted to end up in Real last year, is now is knocking on the door to Arsenal.

We all know the quality of Aubameyang. An amazing striker that's fast as the wind (fastest on FIFA 18, it says something). Year after year we find him in the top of the list of most goals scored in Bundesliga. Will we see him dressed in red and white in a few weeks? Let’s hope so!

I think this transfer would take Arsenal to the next level, combined with the latest sign of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The speed and breakthrough quality they offer will make an effective weapon.

There are many indications that the transfer will go through within a few days, if we should listen to all rumours. In my opinion, If Arsenal manage to close this deal, I would say that this transfer window can be one of the best Arsenal made in a long time. It could be the transfer that take us to top 4 and Champions League.

Odds for Aubameyang - January transfer window

If you’d like to try to make some money based on the rumours, there always the possibility to place a bet. The odds are at the moment around 1,60 (4/7) that he will be representing Arsenal in February. Which is a quite good indication of how close the deal is.

However, it might not be the best way to go if you chase that big win, as the odds is quite low. If you’re looking for a winning of your dreams you could visit Dreamz Casino, where you can find nice bonus offers for UK based casinos, among many other useful things.

If you don’t want to go the casino-way, there’s also option to place a bet on a transfer for other teams as well. A transfer to Liverpool for instance will give you 21X your bet!

Downside for the transfer

The downside to this transfer is that Arsenal might lose Giroud on a loan to Dortmund. In my opinion, he’s a perfect striker to have in the squad as well. A completely different player with other qualities that’s nice to have against low defending teams in locked games.

I for one will keep my thumbs for a transfer will go through within a few days. Arsenal need it. I need it.

 

Possible Arsenal Transfers this Winter

The transfer window closes on the 31st of January 2018 as we wait with baited breath to see what Arsene Wenger will do. Below we list all the information we have on transfer deals that have been secured and those that are ongoing as well as the rumours that continue to do the rounds. Don’t forget to check out the top sports betting sites in Ireland so you can place your bets on upcoming Premier League matches and more.

Top Transfer News for Arsenal

Below you will find all the latest news for Arsenal as the transfer window draws to a close in the next two weeks.

  • Theo Walcott transfers to Everton: Walcott has signed a three and a half year deal and is the first Gunner to leave this Winter.

  • Wenger rules out move for Malcom: Wenger has stated that the Girondins De Bordeaux winger isn’t on the club’s radar.

  • Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil will not be leaving: Although out of contract at the end of the season Wenger has confirmed that he will still be with the club in February.

  • Wenger confirms Sanchez move to Manchester United: Wenger has said this move is likely to happen in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Wenger also confirmed that Mkhitaryan’s wages won’t be a problem and the Armenian will be seen as a direct replacement for Sanchez. United are to play Sanchez £350,000 per week. Wenger was adamant that he would not let Sanchez go without a replacement and many feel that Mkhitaryan will be an excellent addition to the Gunners.

  • Borussia Dortmund look set to take Olivier Giroud: This will be a loan until the end of the campaign and the Bundesliga club are viewing him as a temporary replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is expected to move to the Emirates during the transfer window.

  • Juventus negotiate for Hector Bellerin: Juventus have begun negotiations for this Arsenal defender who is currently contracted to the club until summer 2023.

  • Terms agreed with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang: Tersm have been agreed for a sensational £60 million move from Borussia Dortmund.

With both Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang set to join the Emirates we are in for some exciting games. Both understand each other well on and off the pitch having played together at Dortmund. As a pair, these two could transfer the speed with which Arsenal can attack their opponents and it will make for some exciting soccer games ahead.

Manchester United currently lead the race for Alexis Sanchez who has reportedly agreed a £14m a year deal to take him to united but they are still awaiting United’s Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision on whether to make the move or not. However, Wenger is also reported to be looking into the availability of Anthony Martial as another potential signing although United will probably be less likely to part with 22-year-old Martial as he currently still has lots of potential

You would have had to be hiding under a rock if you were not aware of the pressure heaped on Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger's shoulders. Out of the top four spots and dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league side Nottingham Forest has only added to the growing unrest amongst the Arsenal supporters.

Many fans were dismayed when Arsene Wenger signed a new two year contract last season as many felt as if the time was right for the great man to take a step down and hand over the keys to another candidate.

Many fans pinned for the likes of Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus or Leonardo Jardim of Monaco but hopes were dashed when the Frenchman put pen to paper, extending his stay in North London to 22 years, allowing him to break Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games in charge, a record that is unlikely to be beaten any time soon, if at all.

But Arsene Wenger knows that his time is coming to the end, and it looks as if the club are already preparing for his departure, whether that be this summer or the following. I recently checked out an online slots portal that already have Arsene as favourite to leave his position in the summer so maybe everyone is coming to terms with that idea now.

Additions have been made to Arsenal's backroom staff. Raul Sanllehi has come in as director of football, Sven Mislintat as the head of recruitment. Summer appointments from Team Sky cycling of Huss Fahmy as contract negotiator, Darren Burgess from Australian rules as director of high performance. Former legend goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was also added to the first-team coaching staff this year, while captain Per Mertesacker has agreed to become the academy manager next season when he retires from playing.

Those changes look significant, especially when you consider the timeframe of those changes.

One name that keeps popping up if that of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta. He is currently the assistant manager at high flying Manchester City, learning the ropes from the impressive Pep Guardiola and of course playing for Arsene Wenger himself for many years.

Mikel Arteta has always been well respected as a player, he has excellent leadership skills and his experience working under such giants in the game like David Moyes. The obvious concern will be his lack of management experience and that is a big risk at a club like Arsenal.

Ivan Gazidis will have a better idea as to Arteta's suitability to the job than most and it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard is on Arsenal's list when the time comes or whether or not Arsenal look towards a more experienced man for the role.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more