Should Unai Emery make this former player his first Arsenal signing?

After what seems like an age, Arsenal have finally announced that their new manager and man to replace club legend

After what seems like an age, Arsenal have finally announced that their new manager and man to replace club legend Arsene Wenger will be Unai Emery.

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Arsenal made the official announcement via their Twitter earlier today.

New signings

Now that Emery has officially been named Arsenal boss, there is no doubt he will be keen to start putting his own personal touch on this Arsenal side.

Plus, given Arsenal’s poor performances in recent years, which eventually lead to Wenger’s departure, it is clear this Arsenal side is in need of a serious overhaul.

So, given that Emery has managed many top players at big clubs such as Sevilla and PSG, we could well see some of Emery’s ex-players joining him in North London this summer.

Julian Draxler

One player who could very well make the switch to the Emirates is Julian Draxler. The German is currently at Ligue 1 side PSG, which is the club Emery has just left.

Since moving to PSG from Schalke Draxler has never really been able to tie down a first-team spot.

However, during the 2017/18 season under Emery, Draxler was able to make a total of 47 appearances for PSG in all competitions.

Julian Draxler

NUREMBERG, GERMANY – JUNE 10: Julian Draxler of Germany celebrates his first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Germany and San Marino at Stadion Nurnberg on June 10, 2017 in Nuremberg, Bavaria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During those games, Draxler managed five goals and 10 assists. The German international also showed his flexibility as throughout the 2017/18 season he played CAM, left wing, right wing and centre midfield.

Being able to play all of those positions is a very impressive trait to have. And given Arsenal do need to strengthen pretty much all over the pitch, signing someone like Draxler who can play across all of the midfield would be an excellent decision by the Gunners.

Draxler would also link up well with fellow German international Ozil at Arsenal. Also, given that Neymar is back from injury, Draxler’s playing time at PSG could once again be limited. Making his move to North London look even more likely.

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Buffon To Make Decision On PSG Within Week

Juventus’ Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon                               

Juventus’ Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon                                                         JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

 

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon said Monday that he will make a decision this week on whether he will be joining Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon, 40, played his final game for the Italian giants in a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, capping a 17-year career in Turin that harvested seven consecutive Serie A titles.

“PSG? I need a week to be calm and analyse everything. These aren’t simple choices. At 40, you can’t make decisions in the heat of the moment,” Buffon told Sky Sports Italia after playing in former Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial at the San Siro on Monday.

“Do I speak French? No,” he added.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi earlier in the day poured cold water on suggestions Buffon could step in to replace the French club’s number one goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola.

Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe sports daily: “He (Buffon) is a fantastic goalkeeper, he’s very charismatic and is a true gentleman. I’m sure all the clubs want him.”

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Football experts unimpressed by Arsenal’s reported Unai Emery appointment

Arsenal are set to announce the historic appointment of their second manager in the last 22 years with former Paris Saint-Germain

Arsenal are set to announce the historic appointment of their second manager in the last 22 years with former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take charge at the Emirates, according to multiple reports.

The Gunners will announce Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor later this week following a thorough process which resulted in club officials voting unanimously in favour of the 46-year-old.

However, the reaction to the Spaniard’s appointment has not been received well on Twitter with numerous football journalists questioning Arsenal’s decision.

David Ornstein’s confirmation

Emery in

Unai Emery

Unai Emery manager of PSG looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on October 31, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

With Mikel Arteta having withdrawn from the process, according to Sky Sports, Emery automatically became the Gunners’ first choice appointment – which is now close to being finalised.

Having recently departed his position at the Parc des Prances, the former Seville and PSG manager is now set for Arsenal having become the front-runner for the job.

Emery claimed three consecutive Europa League title during his time at Seville, going on to win Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France with PSG.

However, his performances in the Champions League and domestically in the league have been somewhat uninspiring having never advanced past the last-16 of the Champions League in six attempts and a failure to guide Seville into La Liga’s top four.

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Juventus legend Gigi Buffon set for PSG

According to reports in both Italy and France, departing Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is all set for a move to

According to reports in both Italy and France, departing Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is all set for a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Legend

Buffon, now 40, is regarded by many to be the greatest goalkeeper of all-time, with his near-unrivaled combination of lightning-quick reflexes, shot-stopping ability, command of his area and, crucially, longevity, having set the veteran apart from so many of the finest to ever strap on a pair of goalkeeper gloves.

After coming up through the youth ranks at former Italian giants Parma, Buffon eventually broke into the Crociati’s first-team in 1995, as an inexperienced but prodigious teen.

Following 3 years at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, during which he clinched the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Cup, Buffon made the move to Juventus for a then-world-record 52 million Euro in 2001, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Domestic dominance

Buffon has since gone on to establish himself as undoubtedly the greatest to ever step between the posts over the course of the storied history of the Bianconeri, and has racked up an incredible 11 (9 official) Serie A titles (including the last 7), 1 Serie B, 4 Coppa Italias and 5 Supercoppa Italianas in Turin.

Perhaps the gesture that will stand out the most to fans of the Old Lady will always be the fact that Buffon stayed loyal to the club despite their relegation to the second-tier of Italian football in 2006 following the Calciopoli scandal, despite the Italian legend having had massive offers on the table from some of European football’s other heavyweights.

In total, Buffon pulled on the Bianconeri jersey on 656 occasions over the last 17 years, keeping exactly 301 clean sheets over that span, and has spent more time on the pitch as a Juventus player than any other in the history of the club.

Emotional farewell

But, in an announcement that had long been predicted, Buffon confirmed in a press conference last Thursday that he was set to bring his spell with the Italian champions to an end this summer, with the shot-stopper having lined out in the black and white of the Old Lady for the final time during Juve’s 2-1 Serie A victory over Hellas Verona on Saturday.

France bound

However, while Buffon confirmed his Juventus departure, the veteran refused to confirm his retirement, with rumours having since been rife in the media that he is now set to begin a new adventure at another club.

The Chinese Super League was initially suggested, along with both the MLS and even Argentina, but a number of more high-profile destinations have since been touted for Buffon over the last few days.

Both Liverpool and Real Madrid have been suggested as possible landing spots with betting outlets in England, but, as per reports from both France Football and Sky Sport Italia over the last 24 hours, Buffon is in fact all set for a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG.

And, as per a further update courtesy of Paris United this evening, Buffon’s agent, Silvano Martina, has now accepted a contract offer from the capital giants which will see the Italian ply his trade at the Parc des Princes for the next two seasons:

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Arsenal star set to sign new three-year deal with the Gunners

According to various reports, 26-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to sign a new three-year deal with his boyhood

According to various reports, 26-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to sign a new three-year deal with his boyhood club. That deal will keep him at the Emirates till at least 2021.

No World Cup for Wilshere

Wilshere has had a very injury prone career. The 26-year-old has spent countless games on the sidelines racking up an astonishing 13 major injuries in his career already.

This has hindered his development and has also seen him miss out on a space in England’s World Cup squad this summer.

However, given that Wilshere did make a total of 38 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this past season, you can forgive him for being a little upset that he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The Arsenal midfielder has also taken to Twitter to express his disappointment at not going to Russia.

A move to PSG?

Could Wilshere move on from Arsenal this summer in order to earn his way back into the England squad.

Rumours were circulating yesterday that Wilshere’s agent had been in contact with Ligue 1 giants PSG about potentially signing the Arsenal midfielder.

A move to PSG would certainly boost Wilshere’s standing in the eyes of Southgate. However, at the moment, it does look as though Wilshere is going to remain loyal to his boyhood club and sign a new contract.

Potential to be a key figure

This is great news for Arsenal as while, as mentioned above, Wilshere’s career has been halted by injuries, he still has the ability to be a top Premier League midfielder.

He has shown glimpses of his talent throughout his career and in the Europa League this season he was one of Arsenal’s best players. So, if Arsenal are somehow able to keep him injury free for a full season, he could play a pivotal role in the revival of Arsenal next season.

Plus, having someone like Wilshere sign a new deal with Arsenal brings the club some much-needed stability they are desperately in need off at a time when they still don’t know who their manager will be.

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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in surprise Ligue 1 link

According to French outlet L’Equipe, the representatives of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere have made contact with Ligue 1 giants PSG

According to French outlet L’Equipe, the representatives of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere have made contact with Ligue 1 giants PSG to gauge their interest in the Englishman.

Fitness struggles

Wilshere’s injury troubles over the course of his career have been widely covered in the press, with a string of lengthy spells on the sidelines having held the technically-gifted star back from a potentially top-class career.

Following a nightmare campaign during which he managed just 3 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2015/16, Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season.

He managed a respectable 27 league outings with the Cherries, but a hairline crack in his calfbone in April ruled the marauding midfielder out until August.

Return to form

Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates last summer, Wilshere surprisingly remained in North London, with his impressive early-season performances in the Carabao Cup and Europa League having led to a Premier League recall for the Englishman.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

And he has since gone on to re-establish himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, with large sections of the Gunners’ fanbase now calling for the 34-time capped international to be handed a new contract at the club (his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season).

Impasse

While most had initially viewed the contract talks between Arsenal and Wilshere as a mere formality, the reality over the last few months has proven to be far more complicated.

Wilshere was said to have been left angered by the lowly wages on offer as part of the new deal tabled by the Gunners earlier this year, with the Englishman having admitted back in March that ‘things had changed’ with regards to his place at the club.

‘Positive’

Speaking in a press conference a fortnight ago, departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that he was ‘positive’ regarding the chances of Wilshere putting pen to paper on a new contract with the club, but, with a little over a month remaining on the midfielder’s deal in North London, a formal announcement has still yet to come.

French link

As such, a number of English clubs have already been linked with moves for Wilshere, if he does indeed become a free agent.

However, as mentioned above, the latest side to be touted as a potential destination for the Gunners’ youth product have come as a real surprise, in the form of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

According to L’Equipe, Wilshere’s representatives reached out to the French giants over the last couple of days to gauge whether or not they would be interested in acquiring the 26-year-old this summer.

However, the report also adds that new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is highly unlikely to sanction such a move.

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PSG Goalkeeper, Areola Keen To Stay Amid Buffon Rumours

Alphonse Areola   Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says he intends to stay and fight for the number one shirt

Alphonse Areola

 

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says he intends to stay and fight for the number one shirt despite talk of Italy great Gianluigi Buffon joining the French champions.

“I think I’ve shown this season I have exactly the level it takes to be the number one goalkeeper,” Areola said in an interview with French daily Le Parisien published on Saturday.

“If I don’t remain the first choice that would mean the season I’ve just had will be for nothing,” added the 25-year-old who is part of France’s squad for the World Cup.

“What happens next in my PSG career will be sorted out after the World Cup.”

After splitting time with Kevin Trapp last season, Areola played every minute of PSG’s Champions League campaign this term while keeping 16 clean sheets in 33 Ligue 1 appearances.

“For the moment, I haven’t been in touch with management,” Areola said. “I don’t know what they want to do. One thing is certain: if they give me the chance to stay at PSG, I will accept it without hesitation.”

“Now, if they don’t let me have the same amount of playing time, things will certainly be different.”

Reports in both France and Italy this week have suggested Buffon, 40, could move to PSG this summer after he announced he will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

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Rivaldo claims Neymar will never win ‘anything important’ with PSG

Big claim Brazil legend Rivaldo has claimed that Neymar will not win ‘anything important’ while he remains at French giants

Big claim

Brazil legend Rivaldo has claimed that Neymar will not win ‘anything important’ while he remains at French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The forward joined the Paris club from Barcelona last summer in the biggest deal in footballing history.

It was expected to trigger a golden generation for the French club and to push on for Champions League glory.

Though, despite completing a domestic double, they were lacklustre in Europe.

They were eventually knocked out by finalists Real Madrid but it always looked likely that they would struggle later in the competition.

(Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

What does Neymar do?

Now, there have been suggestions that Neymar could leave for his old rivals Real Madrid.

That would certainly give him a better platform to win more major honours and add to his Champions League trophy with Barcelona.

Though, it seems as though Rivaldo has forgotten that he has already won the European cup when talking about the player’s chances of winning silverware with PSG. 

‘If Neymar doesn’t leave PSG he will never win anything important,’ the 46-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by the Daily Mail. 

‘Especially the Champions League, which is the most important competition.

‘The French league is at a lower level compared to the Spanish and English leagues and he plays for a club without history.’

The former Barcelona legend Rivaldo has also explained should Neymar have a good World Cup, it could be a great springboard for the player.

‘Brazil are my favourites,’ he added.

‘We still have to dispel the disappointment of 2014, when we didn’t manage to win at home.

‘It can be a great springboard for Neymar. He and Gabriel Jesus can be the stars of World Cup in Russia and drag Brazil [to glory].’

World Cup: ‘Nobody Is As Scared As Me’, Neymar Admits

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar Jr                       CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar Jr                       CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

 

As Neymar, the world’s most expensive player battles to be fit for Brazil’s World Cup campaign, he is aware of the pressure.

“Nobody is as scared as me,” he said on Tuesday.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has not played since February but knows that soccer-mad Brazil hopes he is fit to lead their team to glory in the World Cup.

“I know that people are a little anxious, but nobody more than me, nobody is as nervous about my comeback and nobody is more scared than me,” Neymar told Brazilian station TV Globo.

The world’s most expensive player was injured on February 25 playing for PSG against Marseille in the French league.

The 26-year-old striker underwent surgery on a bone in his right foot in Brazil at the start of Match and has since dedicated himself to preparing for the World Cup.

“It’s a very difficult time, right? I think it’s one of the most difficult I’ve ever had, because I’m very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup,” said Neymar, who broke a bone in his neck in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and missed the semifinal, which the hosts lost, 7-1, to Germany.

“Thank God I have this further opportunity, this further chance, to try to be a world champion for my country, which is a dream that I have had since childhood,” Neymar said. “It is my goal. I hope it is my cup.”

Neymar was on Tuesday included in the 23-man provisional Brazilian squad for the World Cup which starts in Russia on June 14. Brazil are aiming to add a sixth star on their shirts.

Neymar resumed training with PSG last Sunday. If he is to gain match practice before the World Cup his chances will come in warm-up games against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3 and against Austria in Vienna three days later.

Brazil kick off their World Cup against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17. Their group also includes Costa Rica and Serbia.

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Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi admits it would be ‘terrible’ to see Neymar at Real Madrid

Lionel Messi has today discussed the rumours that Neymar could join Real Madrid from PSG at the end of the

Lionel Messi has today discussed the rumours that Neymar could join Real Madrid from PSG at the end of the season.

Record-breaker

Following months of speculation, South American attacker Neymar finally made the move from Barcelona to French giants Paris Saint-Germain in August of last year, for a world-record fee of 222 million Euro.

The 26-year-old went on to enjoy a scintillating start to life in the French capital, racking up an incredible 25 goals and 16 assists in his first 27 appearances between Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

However, a broken metatarsal bone in his right foot, picked up during a clash with Marseille in February, has seen Neymar sidelined ever since, derailing what looked set to be a spectacular debut campaign at the Parc des Princes (though he was nevertheless named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year).

On the move?

Despite his brilliance on the pitch this season, though, reports have nevertheless been rife in both France and Spain that the fleet-footed attacker could be set to depart Paris this summer, less than a year after his record-breaking arrival.

The early-season troubles between he and Edinson Cavani were already rumoured to have seen Neymar considering his position with PSG, with the clear lack of progress made by the recently-crowned Ligue 1 champions in the Champions League this season having also reportedly left the Selecao star frustrated.

Edinson Cavani & Neymar during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Despite their fierce rivalry with Neymar’s former club, Barcelona, European champions Real Madrid have been the club most heavily-touted as a potential destination for the Brazilian, with Los Blancos known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in attacking areas.

‘A tough blow’

Speaking in an interview with TyC Sports earlier today, Blaugrana superstar Lionel Messi, who enjoyed 4 spectacular seasons alongside Neymar at the Camp Nou, was questioned on the possibility that his former teammate and close friend could join Barca’s fiercest rivals this summer, with the Argentine attacker having hardly beaten around the bush with his response:

‘It would be terrible because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona.’

‘Although [Neymar’s time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.’

‘If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona.’

‘And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are.’

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