Arsene Wenger Insists Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil Will Not Be Sold in January

​It has been a testing transfer window for Arsenal fans to say the least. The Gunners has already sold two players this month with Theo Walcott departing for ​Everton and Francis Coquelin moving to Valencia. Meanwhile, the transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez rages on with ​Manchester United looking to set to secure his services by the end of the week.

Manager Arsene Wenger has himself ​confirmed that a swap deal is on the table for Sanchez involving United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Arsenal fans could do with some good news, and they may have just received some regarding the future of Mesut Ozil. 

The boss seems to have confirmed that Ozil will not being leaving ​Arsenal this month. Like Sanchez, the German attacker is out of contract with Arsenal at the end of the season. This has fuelled speculation that he will also be moved in January to prevent him moving for free in the summer. 

Not according to Wenger however, as when asked about whether Ozil would still be playing for Arsenal in February, the manager replied (via the ​Daily Star): “Yes of course.”

When asked to clarify if that meant that there was no move for the German in the January window, Wenger said “no.”

Ozil missed Arsenal’s last ​Premier League match against ​Bournemouth due to an apparent knee injury. However, some rumours suggested that the German attacker may have been left out of the squad in order to finalise a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Fans will certainly welcome the news that this was not the case. The German star has four goals and five assists in the league this season, and has undoubtedly become Arsenal’s main creative threat. 

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The Gunners have also been linked with a number of players in this window. Arsenal are reportedly interested in Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

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Everton Officially Announce Signing of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott on Deal Until 2021

​Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half year contract.

The Gunners forward has joined the Toffees in a reported deal worth in excess of £20m, and the Merseysiders announced the news via their official Twitter account on Wednesday. Walcott, who spent over a decade at the Emirates with Arsenal, becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing, and will wear the number 11 shirt.

Speaking about his transfer, the 28-year-old told the club’s media team that he was delighted to be heading north and ply his side on the hallowed Goodison Park turf.

He said: “I’ve come to ​Everton because I want the club to push to the next level. And with the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached.

“I’m very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction. Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great and I always used to find it very tough playing here.

“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that.

“I want to be part of something which he’s building and, like I said before, it’s a very ambitious club.“

The fact there’s a new stadium going to be developing in the next few years, it’s exciting times for Everton Football Club. I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.

“I do really believe that I’m going to give it my all, which is what I always have done, and this place is going to get even more out of me. There’s something about this move which I’ve just felt good about.”

Walcott has followed £27m arrival Cenk Tosun in moving to L4 in the January transfer window, and admitted that his time with Arsenal had come to a natural end, and it was time for a new challenge.

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He added: “It felt like it was time for me to move on [from Arsenal]. It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before. I want to be part of something and I feel like this place will offer me that.”

Walcott joined ​Arsenal from ​Southampton for £10m in January 2006, bagged himself 108 goals in 399 appearances for the north Londoners and lifted five trophies during his spell in the capital.

The Saints and ​Bournemouth had registered late interest in trying to persuade Walcott to stay in the south of England, but he has opted to move to ​Liverpool and link up with Allardyce instead.

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The England international had been eyeing more regular game time so he can be considered for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. And, after travelling to USM Finch Farm on Tuesday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, has now opted to join Everton over other interested parties.

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Bayern Munich Pulled Out of Alexis Sanchez Deal Last Summer Due to ‘Unrealistic’ Wage Demands

​Bayern Munich withdrew from contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez last summer due to unrealistic wage demands and a fear that he would disrupt the dressing room, according to German football journalist Raphael Honigstein.

The Arsenal forward has been at the centre of speculation this month linking him with a ​move to Premier League rivals.

Manchester City were expected to sign Sanchez last summer but Arsenal cancelled the transfer having been unable to find a replacement.

City’s interest was reignited upon the opening of the January transfer window, but ​the Telegraph have reported that the Chilean has now agreed a contract with Manchester United.

The Red Devils will reportedly pay Sanchez a weekly wage of around £350,000 a week, and such demands were clearly balked at by by Bayern.

Honigstein wrote on Twitter: “BTW, Bayern pulled out of negotiations with Alexis Sanchez in the summer because they felt his wage demands were unrealistic and would ruin the dressing room.”

City were also evidently reluctant to meet both Arsenal’s and the player’s demands, limiting their valuation to a maximum of £20m.

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Former United defender Gary Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, questioned City’s decision to withdraw their interest.

“If Sanchez had two years left on his contract you’d have to pay Arsenal £75m to £80m and him £200,000 to £250,000 a week,” he said. “It would cost you £100m.

“He’s going to cost £100m anyway so I’m not quite sure what City’s economics are, particularly when they’ve spent £50m on Kyle Walker and the package of his wages over five years might cost £80m.


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“They’re willing to put more into Walker than they are Sanchez. I’m struggling to see why it doesn’t make sense for City to pay more to get Sanchez because ultimately it seems to me City think they can get him cheaper than the market would be offering for a player of that quality. That’s what doesn’t make sense to me.”

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Arsenal Target Malcom Facing Disciplinary Action From Bordeaux Over ‘Immature’ Social Media Video

Girondins Bordeaux star Malcom has landed himself in hot water with the club after appearing in a social media video with teammates Otávio and Jonathan Cafu.

The Brazilian trio were seen laughing and joking with each other after Bordeaux’s 2-0 defeat to SM Caen on Tuesday, something which the club claimed showed a “lack of maturity, solidarity and respect towards the institution”.

The game itself appeared to be heading for a draw until new signing Paul Baysse received a red card late in the match, allowing Ivan Santini and Ronny Rodelin to give the visitors a shock victory at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.

However, it was Malcom’s part in the social media video after the game which has resulted in the Brazilian winger being called to a disciplinary hearing by the club, as reported by the BBC.

The 20-year-old has been at the centre of a number of transfer rumours in recent weeks, with many believing that Arsenal had lined Malcom up as a long-term replacement to the seemingly Manchester United-bound Alexis Sánchez.

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It had been reported that the Brazilian U23 international could complete a £45m move to the Emirates this week. 

However, recent speculation surrounding the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have shifted focus away from Bourdeaux’s talisman.

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Malcom has notched seven goals and five assists in Ligue 1 this season and has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe since arriving at Bordeaux in a €5m deal from Corinthians.

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REVEALED: The Exact Words Arsene Wenger Said to Mike Dean During His Angry Spat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger found himself in some fairly hot water with the FA after getting involved in an argument with referee Mike Dean over a penalty awarded to West Brom during a 1-1 draw between the sides on the final day of 2017.

The manager was slapped with a fine, as well as a three-match touchline ban for being adjudged to have called the ref’s integrity into question after the match.

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This is all well and truly behind us, and Wenger has a lot more to worry about these days, with Alexis Sanchez potentially on the verge of an Emirates exit. 

But the exact words used have surfaced, and of course those are always fun to bring up.

An official FA document has revealed what Dean and the other officials wrote in their Extraordinary Incident Report Forms, with Wenger being accused of branding Dean dishonest, unprofessional and a disgrace.

Dean’s version of events is as follows: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’.

“He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying‘you’re not honest’ on numerous occasions.

“I replied ‘so you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. He then said ‘you’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’.

“He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.”


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Arsenal fans might agree that Wenger really went in easy on said ref, some may even be disappointed. In any case, though, he’s been quite thoroughly punished, but you can bet that won’t stop him from going after Dean again if he feels hard done by in future.

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