Crocked Santi Cazorla Wants to Remain at Arsenal But Gunners Sceptical Over Extending Contract

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla wants to remain in north London beyond the end of the season when his contract is due to expire. However, the club are sceptical about offering him a new deal due to injury concerns, a report from Spanish new outlet El Confidencial has claimed. 

Cazorla hasn’t made an appearance for the Gunners since October 2016​ after suffering a series of well-publicised problems with his achilles tendon. In total, he has undergone ten operations on the troubled tendon – with doctors seriously considering whether to amputate his foot at one point due to infection. 

Speaking back in January, Cazorla revealed how he considered retiring from football during the ordeal, but that he is now targeting a return to action in 2019.

“There have been moments when I’ve thought about throwing in the towel. I’ve thought things like ‘Maybe it is not worth continuing,” the 33-year-old explained to RTVE, as quoted by the Daily Mail

“If things go well, maybe next year I can play at the top level again. The last surgery was seven weeks ago, and my tenth in total. 

“The first surgery was risky because I took many corticosteroids and the skin deteriorated. Then a skin graft was proposed and after that, the infection ate my tendon.”


Cazorla has made a total of 129 appearances since arrived at the Emirates from Malaga in 2012. His contract only has a few months remaining before it’s due to expire at the end of campaign, and – while his commitment is to be applauded – it seems unlikely he will get a new extension at the Emirates sa.


Gunners Legend Thierry Henry Sends Warning to Arsenal Over Premier League Complacency

Arsenal all-time record goalscorer ​Thierry Henry is concerned that his former club’s season could end in disaster, if they continue to prioritise the Europa League.

Arsenal’s Premier League form has been dreadful of late and the club are at risk of slipping further down Premier League table, following their latest away defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.

The result meant that Arsenal are the only club in England’s top five divisions without an away point in 2018. This run coupled with Burnley’s fine form has closed the gap between the two clubs to just two points.

Arsene Wenger has openly stated that his side are prioritising the Europa League, after giving up any hope of reaching the Champions League through a top four finish.

However, Henry does not want the Arsenal players to lose focus on the league because the ramifications could be serious.

Speaking to ​Sky Sports, Henry said: “I said two weeks ago, Burnley are only two points behind Arsenal and people were like, ‘Come on, relax’. No, I can’t relax because they are really two points behind Arsenal.

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“It is kind of a weird one because you want to put all our focus on the Europa League and it was great to see Joe Willock today and Reiss Nelson the other week – you want to see youngsters.

“If they go out to Atletico Madrid, suddenly you’re fighting with Burnley – what an amazing job that Sean Dyche has done by the way – and you’re out of everything. 

“I don’t think that will happen – maybe it’s my Arsenal side coming out – but [Wenger] rested some good players today and ended up losing the game.

“You need to think carefully about how you are going to play those last few games.”


Arsenal are back in action in the Premier League on Sunday against West Ham. The Gunners will then begin preparations for their first leg Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid at The Emirates on Thursday April 26.


5 Players Arsenal Could Be Watching as Chief Scout Sven Mislintat Attends Ruhr Derby

Arsenal are set for a massive overhaul in their squad this summer and even success in the Europa League – which now seems unlikely after being drawn against Atlético Madrid – won’t paper over the ever growing cracks in north London.

Some steps have already been taken to prepare for a post Arsène Wenger era at the Emirates, with Raul Sanllehi being brought in as the club’s head of football relations and former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat taking up their head of recruitment role.

The latter was spotted in the stands at the Veltins-Arena on Sunday as Schalke 04 secured a derby day win over Dortmund, likely eyeing up potential recruits for Gunners ahead of the summer transfer window.

With that in mind, here are five people that Mislintat should have been keeping a very close eye on in Gelsenkirchen.

5. Max Meyer – Midfielder

Arsenal fans tuning in to the Revierderby at the weekend would have been disappointed to see Max Meyer remain an unused substitute against Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal when the transfer window opens this summer and he has been lined up to be a direct replacement for Jack Wilshere. 

The Germany international will be available on a free at the end of the season and a switch to north London will see Meyer follow the same path that Sead Kolašinac went down 12 months ago.

Meyer started out his career as a promising attacking midfielder but he has been deployed as a deep playmaker under Tedesco.

4. Christian Pulisic – Winger

Christian Pulisic is a name which has been floating around for some time, but the 19-year-old is yet to really see his career move forward at the Westfalenstadion.

The USMNT star is often linked with a move to the Premier League and with Arsenal in desperate need of a natural winger in their squad, this could be a match made in heaven for the Gunners. 

Additionally, Pulisic will have the chance to lineup with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again.

3. Naldo – Defender

The prospect of Arsenal signing a 35-year-old player might sound ridiculous, but Schalke defender Naldo is arguably still the best centre back outside of Munich, and the Gunners are in desperate need of an injection of quality and experience in their backline.

The Brazilian veteran is also deadly when it comes to set pieces, something that was highlighted against Dortmund, and Naldo is currently the Royal Blues’ second highest goalscorer this season.

2. Thilo Kehrer – Defender

Keeping along the same lines of Arsenal’s woeful defending, the Gunners could do a lot worse than making a move for Schalke youngster Thilo Kehrer.

The 21-year-old is one of Germany’s rising stars and could be in line to replace the likes of Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng in the national team in the not too distant future.

After signing from the Stuttgart academy in 2012, Kehrer has gone on to make 59 appearances for Schalke throughout his short senior career.

1. Domenico Tedesco – Manager

Above all else this summer Arsenal are in desperate need of a new manager and Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle just highlighted that fact even more.

The harsh reality for the Gunners is that although they are still a big club, what big name manager is going to risk taking a job at the Emirates after Arsène Wenger’s 20 year reign?

Although there is undoubtably a taboo in the Premier League about appointing young managers, Domenico Tedesco has worked wonders at the Veltins-Arena this season and the 32-year-old is on course to become a household name of European football.


Barcelona Star Ousmane Dembele Speaks Out on Future Amid Links With Arsenal

​Barcelona wide man Ousmane Dembele has spoken out about his future, with rumours circulating that a move to Arsenal could be on the cards.

The Frenchman only moved to Barcelona last summer in a deal that cost the Catalan club around £135m, and an injury plagued first season at the club has hampered his progress.

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At just 20, Dembele still has a long career ahead of him, but the long term hamstring injury he suffered at the start of the season has led to him largely being left in the shadows at the Camp Nou.

Reports emerged that ​Arsenal were taking an interest in the former Borussia Dortmund forwards and were hoping that assurances of first team football could tempt the youngster to make a move to north London. 

However, Dembele has this week spoke out about his future and looked to quash any suggestions of an exit from Barcelona. As reported by ​The Express, he said: ”I’m not going to leave after just one season.

”I signed a five-year contract with Barcelona. I’ll be here for a long time. I’m not at the top of my game right now but little by little, I will return to my best. I’m working on my cardio, because I get tired very quickly.

”In Barcelona I have a better lifestyle than in Dortmund. I didn’t have a healthy lifestyle in Germany and I didn’t get injured. So it’s not because of that.”


Dembele will be hoping to make an impact for Barcelona before the season is up in order to prove to those in the national team set up that he is worthy of a World Cup place in the summer.