Report Claims Borussia Dortmund Ready to Rival Arsenal in Race to Sign Turkish Starlet

Borussia Dortmund have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Turkish starlet Yusuf Yazici from Trabzonspor this summer, according to reports.

Yazici burst onto the scene at Trabzonspor last season and went on to score six goals and provide 10 assists in 22 Süper Lig games and is now a first-team regular for the Turkish side.

Arsene Wenger is said to be a long-term admirer of the young attacking midfielder and saw him as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil, who recently signed a new deal in February. 

However, according to ​Turkish Football, the Gunners now face stern competition in securing the young ace’s services, as German giants Borussia Dortmund scouted him during a recent 4-1 win over Akhisar – where he impressed, scoring a brace.

The 21-year-old has played 27 games in Turkey this season and has had a hand in nine goals, demonstrating his attacking and creative abilities.

The Turkish report also claims that Dortmund are expected to scout Yazici again during the international break, where he may feature against Ireland on Friday, and have lodged an enquiry for his services.

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Trabzonspor value the young talent at £17.5m, and the German side’s enquiry may worry Arsenal as they have been keeping tabs on the player since early October.

However, there are positives for the Gunners, as Wenger has watched Yazici in person according to his representative, he said: Yusuf wants a move to Europe, Erkut Sogut has been in talks with clubs and there is interest from the Premier League, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has watched Yusuf in person.”

This long-term saga involving Yazici won’t be finished anytime soon, as there are many who admire the Turkey international, but it remains to be seen where he’ll be playing football next season.

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Arsenal & England Midfielder Jack Wilshere Out of Netherlands Friendly After Another Injury Setback

​Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of England’s friendly against the Netherlands on Friday after picking up an injury, with Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate expected the disclose the issue to the media later on Thursday.

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Arsenal midfielder Wilshere is back in England’s set up after a period away, having not played for the national team since the 2-1 Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.

Wilshere has not travelled with the rest of England’s squad, according to ​the ​Sun, despite training with the squad this week and will target a return from this latest setback when Southgate’s side play Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old admitted recently that he feared his World Cup dream was over after being told he was no longer needed at Arsenal by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger but has recently reestablished himself at the Emirates.


“I chose to stay and fight and I was always confident in my ability but, at the end of the day, it is down to the manager and whether he puts you in the team or not,” he said.

“Thankfully he has and I have stayed in there. I have always had the confidence in myself and felt that if I got in there I could put in the performances that would give me the opportunity to be back here with England. But it is down to the manager of Arsenal for picking me, so I am thankful for that.”

Neither the Netherlands or Italy qualified for this summer’s World Cup, while England reached Russia without losing a game in qualifying.

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Arsenal Eye Cech Replacement & Join Chelsea in Race to Sign RB Leipzig Goalkeeper

​Arsenal have joined the race with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid to sign Red Bull Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi as they look to replace current ‘keeper Petr Cech as he continues to put in poor performances. 

Cech has been at fault for multiple goals this season, and he has not replicated the form that he had previously shown at Chelsea.

Gulacsi has impressed for Leipzig since joining from sister club Red Bull Salzburg, and it is apparent that Arsene Wenger has been keeping tags on the goalkeeper this season, according to ​The Sun. 

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The 27-year-old is rated at £25m and would count as a home-grown player as he spent five years at Liverpool. He has 73 appearances at the German side and was rated the best ‘keeper in the Bundesliga by magazine Kicker. 

Chelsea are also interested in the player, with Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ contract running out at the end of the season. Real Madrid, among other clubs, are interested in his services, so Chelsea will have to pursue other options in case they cannot persuade Courtois to stay. 

Leipzig are currently sixth in the Bundesliga, with two points separating them from the Champions League places. Missing out on the European competition would make it difficult for them to hold onto their top players, especially ones like Gulacsi who have numerous clubs interested.

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Gulacsi has had an incredible turnaround in his career since moving on from Liverpool. He did not make a single appearance for the Reds in his five years there, instead being sent out on loan four times for Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers (twice) and Hull City. He has done well to go from this to attracting interest from the world’s top clubs. 


3 Positions Arsenal Need to Strengthen This Summer to Help Get Back Into Premier League’s Top Four

Arsenal have had a relatively disappointing season so far. They were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round against Nottingham Forest, a competition they had won in three out of the last four campaigns.


They followed that up by losing 3-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup final back in February. As for the Premier League, they currently are in sixth, 13 points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with eight games remaining. 

With qualification for the UEFA Champions League through the Premier League looking highly unlikely, they could yet rescue their season by winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League that way. They are currently in the quarter finals of that competition. 

But no matter what happens for the remainder of the season, Arsenal need to start planning for the summer, if they haven’t already, or face another campaign like this one. Among the things they must start considering is which positions to priorities strengthening in the transfer window. 

Here’s a look at three positions the Gunners should consider most important:

3. Goalkeeper

Petr Cech has been a great goalkeeper throughout his years in the Premier League, but what has become increasingly obvious this season is that he is now past his prime.

He has conceded 41 goals in 30 league games this season. Although he can’t be held solely responsible for conceding all of them, he has made quite a few individual errors. The 35-year-old has made six mistakes so far this season which have led to goals, and there is still eight games remaining.

David Ospina is the second choice at Arsenal. Although he has had his good moments this season, he has not been convincing enough to be able to claim the no.1 jersey. Arsenal need a new stopper if they are to be at least challenging for the top four next season.   

2. Central Defence

If Arsenal want to be at least challenging for the top four next season, they will need to sign at least one top quality centre back this summer.

Club captain Per Mertesacker is due to retire in the summer. Laurent Koscielny has been the heart of the Arsenal defense for many years, but he is now 32 and injuries seem to keep recurring for the star.

Shkodran Mustafi has been the Gunners other regular central defender, but he has looked unconvincing this season. Calum Chambers has had his good moments but he has not been consistent enough. Rob Holding hasn’t produced enough either to earn a starting role at Arsenal.

The other defender at the club is Konstantinos Mavropanos, who arrived in January, but he is untested in England’s top division as of yet. So, overall, the Gunners need to invest in their central defence. 

1. Defensive Midfielder

A lot of people have been saying the same thing about the Gunners ever since Patrick Vieira left the club – Arsenal need to bring in a top quality holding midfielder. 

When Granit Xhaka arrived at the club in 2016, they thought they may have finally solved that problem. However, the player’s inconsistently in the position since has many doubting if he is the answer. Xhaka has a number of qualities, but qualities which may be better suited in another role rather than holding midfield.

The Gunners need a physical presence in their midfield, a player that will help shield their defence and be a leader in the team. That is why they must address this finally in the summer or they could again struggle next season.


Sky Sports Pundit Believes Tottenham Hotspur Will Beat London Rivals Chelsea & Arsenal in Top 4 Race

Sky Sports pundit Mark Warburton believes Tottenham Hotspur will finish in the top four of the Premier League ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea. 

Spurs are currently fourth in the league table, five points clear of Chelsea and 13 points ahead of Arsenal, with eight games remaining. Tottenham have also reached the FA Cup semi finals, ​where they are due to face Manchester United.

Speaking about the top four race in the Premier League, Tottenham fan Mark Warburton believes that Spurs will get one of the UEFA Champions League places. 

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According to Sky Sports, via the ​Express, the 55-year-old said: 

“I think the top four are finished. I’m tempting fate because I’m a Spurs fan so I’m being very careful what I say but they’ve performed well and you look at the fixtures remaining it’ll be a tough job now to break up that top four.”

Warburton also identified the key Chelsea player that needs to play well if Antonio Conte’s side are to have any chance of making the top four. He continued: 

“I think Hazard is obviously a key player, Willian’s done really well of late.”

I think Hazard has maybe dipped slightly but he has the undoubted quality to shine for Chelsea so if they can get him firing at this vital stage it’ll be a huge boost for Antonio I’m sure.”

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Tottenham’s campaign is currently on pause as the international break is underway. Their next game will be in the league against a top four rival as they travel away to Chelsea next Sunday.