Arsenal Poach Key Newcastle Figure & Prepare to Appoint Him as Coach of Youth Teams

​​Arsenal have added ​Newcastle United goalkeeeping coach Chris Terpcou to their backroom staff, with the Australian set to be put in charge of the club’s Under-18s and Under-23s.

According to the Chronicle (via ​the Mag), Terpcou will work alongside fellow former Newcastle coach Andy Woodman, who is already working with the Arsenal’s reserves having left Tyneside in 2015.

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The Chronicle claim that Terpcou was enticed by the prospect of working under new head coach Unai Emery, who is making adjustments to his backroom staff as he prepares for his maiden season in English football.

Arsenal have a number of goalkeepers in their youth setup who the club believe to have potential, including 23-year-old Matt Macey, who made appearances for the Gunners in the Europa League and the League Cup during the 2017/18 campaign.

Arsenal have a number of goalkeepers in their youth setup who the club believe to have potential, including 23-year-old Matt Macey, who made appearances for the Gunners in the Europa League and the League Cup during the 2017/18 campaign.

The club also have Emiliano Martinez, who spent last season on loan at Getafe, as well as the likes of Macedonian stopper Dejan Iliev and Joao Virginia from Portugal. However, Arsenal have also released two young goalkeepers already this summer, with Ryan Huddart and Hugo Keto deemed surplus to requirements by the Gunners hierarchy.


The loss of Terpcou represents something of a blow for Newcastle, with manager Rafael Benitez unlikely to be pleased about losing a member of his backroom staff, albeit not one of the most pivotal ones. 

Former Magpies keeper Steve Harper has been linked with the coaching position vacated by Terpcou, having previously coached the side’s reserve goalkeepers before leaving his post to begin a Sporting Director master’s degree at Manchester University.


CSKA Set Price Tag on Juventus, Arsenal & Chelsea Target After Star Performance in World Cup Opener

​​Arsenal and ​Chelsea are set to be in the hunt for highly rated CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin this summer – along with Serie A champions ​Juventus – but all three teams will have to pay a premium fee for the Russian star.

Golovin impressed last season for the Russian club and he has carried that good form into the World Cup, where he stole the show in his country’s opening match against Saudi Arabia. The attacking midfielder created three goals before nabbing one for himself with a deliciously weighted free-kick to make it 5-0 for the host nation.

Russia v Saudi Arabia: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

He is undoubtedly Russia’s star player and with the spotlight focused on the 22-year-old, he has has attracted a lot of attention from some of the best sides in European football. According to Football.London, that includes Arsenal and Chelsea, but the report reveals that any buying club will need to pay €25m for his services.

Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca di Marzio has suggested that Juventus are leading the charge for Golovin, but the player himself says he focusing on his national side for now.

He said: “For now I want to focus on the World Cup and Russia. 

“I am honoured and pleased by interest from Juventus, but I want to have a great World Cup.”

This may open the door for Arsenal and Chelsea, but Golovin’s superb opening display against Saudi Arabia has bumped up his price-tag considerably.

Juventus had previously offered €15m for Golovin according to ​La Gazzetta dello Sport, but there has been no word over whether they are prepared to increase their bid. 

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Juventus, along with Arsenal and Chelsea, will be watching Russia’s remaining group matches with keen anticipation. If Juventus aren’t willing to increase their bid then it could be the perfect opportunity for Arsenal and Chelsea to swoop in.


Arsenal Fans Speculate on Transfer Activity Following Announcement of New Deal for Granit Xhaka

​It’s been a hectic summer for ​Arsenal fans, all of whom are keen to see their club make the right moves in the transfer market to ensure the club challenges for a top 4 place next season.

And although the club have made just one signing so far – ​Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteniner on a free transfer – the Gunners have still been busy, announcing on Friday that midfielder Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

​​But instead of simply being happy to accept the good news, the announcement of Xhaka’s new deal has gotten the Arsenal rumour mill spinning, with theories emerging on Twitter that new signings could be soon to follow.

A number of fans pointed out that members of Arsenal’s hierarchy must have travelled to Russia to finalise Xhaka’s contract, as the midfielder was photographed wearing Swiss national team shorts with his Arsenal shirt.



​​Arsenal are reportedly close to sealing a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently at the World Cup as part of the Uruguay squad. 

The 22-year-old made his World Cup bow when he appeared as a late substitute in La Celeste’s narrow win over Egypt on Friday, making only his fourth appearance for the national side.

Although Xhaka has struggled at times during his first couple of seasons in north London, Gunners fans are confident that the signing of Torreira will unlock the Swiss midfielder’s potential and he will grow to play a more influential part in the side’s future success.

​​Xhaka has made 94 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 for £35m. 

He has also made 61 appearances for Switzerland since making his international debut in 2011 and has become a key part of Vladimir Petkovic’s plans in the national side.


Keeper Calamities: 7 of the Most Memorable Goalkeeping Errors in Recent World Cup History

The loneliest position in all of football – goalkeeping. Errors made by keepers always seem to be scrutinised more severely than those of their outfield teammates, with some mistakes having the potential to ruin careers and tarnish reputations in the process.

While mishaps are part and parcel of the beautiful game, there can be no worse place to drop a clanger than under the glare of the World Cup. Watched by millions of fans around the globe, there’s no hiding place should a blunder take place, as these shot-stoppers unfortunately found out.

In the wake of David de Gea’s recent faux pas in Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal, here are seven of the most memorable goalkeeping errors in recent World Cup history.

1. Rene Higuita – 1990 World Cup vs Cameroon

Flamboyant, unusual and a bit mad, Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita was always a star attraction when he stepped onto the pitch, as his ‘scorpion kick’ save against England testifies, yet his high-profile gaffe at the 1990 World Cup was a result of his risky style of play. 

Already 1-0 down in extra time during a last 16 clash against Cameroon, Higuita was robbed of possession midway in his half by Roger Milla, who raced away from the embarrassed ‘keeper to score his second of the game, gracing the World Cup with his famous corner flag celebration in the process.

Colombia lost the game 2-1 as Bernardo Redin’s penalty was little more than a consolation, although the mistake would do little in halting Higuita’s cavalier approach for the remainder of his career. 

2. Pat Bonner – 1994 World Cup vs Netherlands

A legend for the Republic of Ireland national team after playing a major part in successive appearances in the knockout stages of the World Cup in 1990 and 1994, Pat Bonner would have a moment to forget in Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the last 16 at USA ’94. 

Already 1-0 down thanks to a Dennis Bergkamp strike, it looked to be staying that way as the game ticked towards half time, before Bonner allowed Wim Jonk’s strike from distance to squirm through his grasp, ending the game as a contest and Ireland’s World Cup adventure in the process.

It contrasted the mood four years prior, as Bonner’s save in a 1990 last 16 shootout against Romania helped Ireland to a first quarter final, highlighting the extreme highs and lows goalkeepers can experience. 

3. David Seaman – 2002 World Cup vs Brazil

While David Seaman is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers England have ever produced, his blunder in a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in 2002 is arguably the overriding memory of his time representing the Three Lions.

Whether Ronaldinho meant it or not, the midfield magician managed to to lob the Arsenal goalkeeper from all of 40 yards. No more than a few yards off his line, Seaman misjudged the ball, with his premature step forward meaning he was helpless as the effort drifting over him, resulting in Brazil’s second of the game, and ultimately the match winner.

The game finished 2-1 to end England’s hopes of World Cup glory, with Seaman’s tears after the final whistle a sentiment shared by fans back home.

4. Oliver Kahn – 2002 World Cup vs Brazil

Oliver Kahn was undoubtedly the world’s greatest goalkeeper during 2002, with his performances at that year’s World Cup only cementing those claims, although he had a moment to forget in the final against Brazil.

Spilling a routine shot from Rivaldo in the 67th minute, the ball fell to Ronaldo who took advantage of the gift to score his seventh goal of the tournament, before his eighth followed to confirm a 2-0 win, yet it was cruel for Kahn, who had been exceptional prior to the error.

The former Bayern Munich man had conceded only once prior to the final, while the award of FIFA’s Golden Ball – the only goalkeeper ever to win the award – would recognise his efforts in Asia despite his costly mistake.

5. Robert Green – 2010 World Cup vs USA

Heading to South Africa in 2010 as England’s first choice goalkeeper, Robert Green would’ve been looking forward to representing his nation at his first World Cup finals before the first group game against the USA, although his only appearance at a World Cup would be a disastrous one. 

Failing to deal with a daisy cutter from Clint Dempsey, the ball squirmed away from the then West Ham ‘keeper and trickled agonisingly over the line, cancelling out Steven Gerrard’s opener as the game ended 1-1.

Dropped for the remainder of the tournament, the draw proved costly as England finished behind the USA in Group C, meaning they faced Germany in the last 16 rather than Ghana – and we all know how that ended.

6. Igor Akinfeev – 2014 World Cup vs South Korea

2014’s World Cup will be one that Igor Akinfeev will want to eradicate from his memory, with a number of costly errors from the CSKA Moscow man resulting in Russia exiting the tournament at the group stage.

His most memorable came in their first game of Group H against South Korea, as a long range strike from Lee Keun-ho should’ve been a routine stop for the Russian. Instead, Akinfeev couldn’t to keep hold of the ball, which found it’s way over and past the ‘keeper, despite his best efforts to rectify the clanger.

Akinfeev was reprieved as Russia found a leveller to earn a point, although another mistake in the final group game against Algeria proved to be more significant. His failure to claim a free kick gifted Islam Slimani an equaliser; a goal that would take the African side to the knockout stages at the expense of Russia. 

7. David de Gea – 2018 World Cup vs Portugal

The most recent blunder on this list, David de Gea’s error against Portugal during Spain’s Group B opener in the Iberian Derby goes to show that even the best can make mistakes when a World Cup is at stake.

On the stroke of half time, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fired a low effort straight at the Manchester United man, although De Gea’s hands weren’t strong enough to keep the ball out, diverting it into the goal for Portugal’s and Ronaldo’s second of the game.

De Gea however almost got away with his mistake as Spain led 3-2 with two minutes remaining, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a stunning free kick, meaning La Roja had to settle for a point when they should’ve left Sochi with three. 


Arsenal Favourites to Sign German World Cup Hero as Premier League Rivals Circle

​World Cup winner Mario Gotze has been heavily linked with ​Tottenham Hotspur, but reports are claiming their north London rivals Arsenal are favourites to sign the Germany hero.

​The Mirror report that since his exclusion from Germany’s World Cup squad for the World Cup in Russia, the ​Borussia Dortmund star is eyeing up a move to the Premier League, with ​Everton, ​Leicester and ​West Ham all amongst the names attempting to sign him.

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Gotze, now 26 years old, scored the winning goal in the FIFA World Cup four years ago, reportedly wants to move to England to try and revive his career.

A number of Premier League clubs are keeping their eye on the World Cup winner, but it is believed that Unai Emery’s Arsenal are the favourites for his signature.

New Arsenal boss Emery, is looking to bolster his attack, as he looks to get his new side back into Europe’s elite competition.

​The Mirror have reported that Leicester and ​Newcastle have made tentative enquires for the German, who would cost around £18m.

The Gunners are in little need to sign Gotze with Mesut Ozil and Henrick Mkhitaryan playing similar positions, however, it would be a third ex-Dortmund star at the Emirates if they ever did sign him, with Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both starring for the German side previously.