Month: August 2017

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down £40m Chelsea move

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly turned down a £40m Chelsea move despite both clubs having come to an agreement for a transfer fee.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, desires a move to another Premier League rival of Arsenal in Liverpool instead, as he believes the Blues plans to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.

While the Reds are expected to submit a bid for the England international before the transfer deadline closes at the end of the month, the fee they will offer could be significantly less than the price Chelsea had agreed to pay.

Additionally, if there are no further efforts by other clubs to whisk him from Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract before potentially leaving on a free transfer next summer, which in turn would force the Gunners to be on the lookout for a deal that can be completed as soon as possible.

An England international, Oxlade-Chamberlain has made clear towards the end of last week that his preference was to seek a new challenge having apparently grown frustrated at the role he was being asked to play in the team.

In addition to making starting appearances for Arsenal since the start of the season, he was also selected for the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool on Sunday and will depart despite Arsene Wenger having suggested this summer that the 24-year-old would “100%” stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Nonetheless, Wenger’s hand appears to have been forced in the period since the club’s hierarchy not prepared to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez under freedom of contract next summer.

Arsenal left humiliated by Liverpool in Merseyside drubbing

Arsenal was left humiliated at Anfield after hosts Liverpool displayed stimulating attacking prowesses to rout the London club by 4-0 in the Premier League.

The Reds outclassed their opponents from start to finish, and had easily opened their scoring with a Roberto Firmino header on the 17th minute.

Sadio Mane then struck a curling shot to score Liverpool’s second before summer signing Mohamed Salah ran half the length of the field on the break to stroke home the third after 57 minutes.

Daniel Sturridge headed in a fourth for Liverpool from Salah’s cross to sum up a scoreline that only could be described as flattering for Arsenal.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger did not spare his squad the damning label they deserved. When asked what went wrong at Anfield, the Frenchman answered: “Everything. From the first minute to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game. Not physically, not technically, not mentally and we were punished.”

“It was shocking [conceding a second before half-time] but our performance was absolutely disastrous. Not to become too emotional, we have to take some distance, and there are some reasons behind it, and the players now go on their international break, but we do have to take the consequences of our performance today.”

“If you find a manager who is happy with that performance today,” added Wenger, “I wish you good luck. The emotions are negative, but it’s not the right moment to talk about that.”

Wenger was also booed by the away crowd when he entered the technical area in the second half, but said “That’s part of the crowd’s feelings. If I am the problem, I am sorry, but I believe all together we lose. The only thing we can do is come back and give them a better level of performance.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United on one-year contract

Manchester United have re-signed Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract.

Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and and scored 28 goals for United before being released by the club in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee ligament injury in April, but he is expected to be fit again in December.

United’s main problem last season had been a lack of goals, an issue that they signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton for £75m in the summer to solve.

In just two Premier League games, Lukaku has three league goals already but United coach Jose Mourinho will need a few alternatives in place for the Belgian, especially with United’s campaign in the Champions League this season.

“We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us,” Mourinho said. “After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”

“I am back to finish what I started,” Ibrahimovic said. “It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”

Ibrahimovic also revealed that he had turned down offers from other clubs in the summer. “There were a couple of teams reaching out,” he added. “wanting ‘Ibra-kadabra’ in their team, but I had such a great year with United, we had a great year, we won three trophies. Fantastic guys, great club.”