Chelsea chase Alexis Sanchez transfer
The Daily Mirror reports Chelsea could attempt to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Antonio Conte is planning for the departure of Diego Costa, who reportedly could leave this summer for the Chinese Super League. And they are watching Sanchez’s contract impasse at the Emirates with interest - the Chilean has 18 months remaining on his current deal.
Giroud: Mkhitaryan did well, but my goal was better
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud once again spoke about his scorpion kick goal and compared it to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's scorpion kick. "It's unbelievable that two such goals were scored in one week. I don't know whether I was inspired or not, it's a destiny. Speaking honestly, people try to test me and say that Mkhitaryan's goal was better. He also did it well but I think that my goal was more beautiful. We were very happy in the dressing room as we all were surprised with such a goal," Giroud said.
What can prevent Chelsea from Premier League glory?
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea continue their journey to the Premier league glory. The Blues are well-placed at the first place in the table with 7 points of advantage from their nearest rivals Tottenham and Liverpool. With 17 weeks still to go, we already have reasons to start discussions about the competition in the league. Do Chelsea have any real rivals to challenge their leadership, are there any factors that can prevent them from winning the 5th Premier league title in their history. The schedule Despite being top of the table, Chelsea are yet to meet their main rivals in the league. In the coming week, they will face tournament underdogs Hull City and will probably grab three points, though their next matches will present some major headache to Antonio Conte. First, Chelsea will have to visit Liverpool which are believed to be the main favorite to fight for the title with the London-based side. Jürgen Klopp’s men fought it till the end with Manchester United recently, conceding the equalizer only in the ending of the match. Moreover, having Philippe Coutinho back from the injury, Liverpool will receive a huge boost to their title hopes. The Reds will surely make it hard for Chelsea to take points from Anfield. The situation will get more difficult for Conte and his men days later when they host city rivals Arsenal. Wenger’s side are fourth in the league and are only one point behind Liverpool and Tottenham. The positive result against leaders could see them back to the title race which is a big temptation and motivation. And finally, Chelsea will have to face two Manchester sides in April. First, they will host Pep Guardiola’s City side on April 5, and then will visit Old Trafford 10 days later. These are too difficult exams for Hazard and Co., and if they don’t lose too many points in these 4 games, their title dreams will become reality. Concluding, we can say that nothing is decided yet and Chelsea will have to run their engine with the full power to reach the finish in the first place. Diego Costa’s problem Another problem for the London-based club is Diego Costa and his financial demands. The Spaniard has received a huge offer from Chinese Super League and is considering a move to the destination where Oscar moved weeks earlier. Being Chelsea’s top scorer and leading goalscorer in the league, Costa becomes another headache for Conte. It’s already reported that the duo had a major conflict during one of the training sessions and as a result, Diego was left out of Chelsea squad against Leicester. Costa went on to provoke Chelsea and ask a salary rise. It’s believed, that his representatives have already presented their demands to Roman Abramovich. Costa wants to earn 300.000 pounds per week which is twice as much as his current wage. It’s true, that Chelsea can satisfy these demands and forget about the danger of losing their top man to China, but this kind of atmosphere inside the team may be harming the team overall. We all know that the biggest problems have always started from minor issues that weren’t handled successfully. Summing up, we see that Chelsea will have to solve a difficult puzzle in their pursuit of happiness. They are still the favorites to win the trophy, no one can doubt it, but Premier League is full of surprises. We just have to wait and see how Antonio Conte will handle the situation. If he finds the exit from the maze, we will see John Terry lifting the EPL cup in May.
Rome rejects Arsenal offer
The agent of Roma defender Kostas Manolas has claimed that Arsenal saw a £35million bid for him turned down in the summer. "I cannot say where Kostas would like to play but it will be interesting to see which teams will come knocking for him," Ioannis Evangelopoulos told Sport FM. "Roma refused an almost €40m offer from Arsenal for Kostas in the summer. The Gunners were really interested but Roma's demands exceeded what they were willing to pay."
Alexis Sanchez may return to Spain
Atletico Madrid could rival PSG for the signature of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to reports in Chile. Sanchez has not yet renewed his contract at Arsenal and that has prompted suggestions that he could depart the Emirates. PSG are reportedly weighing up a €70m for the Chile international, but they could face competition from Atletico. According to El Grafico, Atletico have him on their transfer agenda ahead of next season. Atleti were linked with Sanchez during his time at former club Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger about Bramall: “A very exciting prospect”
Arsene Wenger has spoken about Arsenal's newest signing, Cohen Bramall. "He is a young, promising left back who has a lack of experience at the top level but who has fantastic ingredients," said Wenger. "He has tremendous pace, a good left foot, a great desire to do well. Overall, he’s a very exciting prospect.”
Arsenal sign Bramall
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of left-back Cohen Bramall from Hednesford Town. The 20-year-old, who impressed on a recent trial, will join up with the Under-23 squad. Details of his contract were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth about 40,000 pounds.
Allegri addressed Arsenal rumors
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri addressed Arsenal rumors yesterday after victory over Bologna. It's been claimed the 49-year-old specialist is keen to succeed Arsene Wenger at the end of the season. And he said last night: "I'm studying English, but I have done so for many years. 'It is unbelievable, the day I arrived in London with my daughter, I walked through the airport and saw a giant picture of me in the newspaper that said that I would go to Arsenal. Hell, I said, it has had to happen today? "I'm very happy at Juventus and until they kick me out, I am happy to stay."
Ozil dismisses criticism from Henry
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has dismissed criticism from club legend Thierry Henry. The London club face a battle to hold on to midfielder Ozil and forward Alexis Sanchez. Both are demanding £300,000-a-week deals, with clubs in Europe and China set to pounce. Arsenal ex-player Henry has accused them of “holding the club to ransom". Yet Ozil said: “Everyone has a right to say what they want — but what they have to say doesn't interest me."
Arsenal eye Torino striker
Arsenal are interested in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti but have been put off by the Italian club's £50m valuation, according to The Sun. The Gunners reportedly wanted to bring the 23-year-old to the Emirates in January but have put those plans on hold until the summer due to the hefty proposed fee. Belotti’s goalscoring exploits for both club and country – 17 this season – has seen him emerge as one of Europe’s most promising young talents.