Tottenham likely to finish above Arsenal, says Wilson

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are being tipped to enjoy a higher finish than their rivals for the first time in over 20 years

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson is expecting Tottenham to finish above the Gunners this season.

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Spurs have failed to place higher than Arsenal in every top-flight campaign since 1994-95, but the London rivals are again tightly matched this time around having only been separated by one point last time out.

Tottenham sit second, three points clear of Arsene Wenger’s fourth-placed side, who have one game in hand.

“It is very feasible [that Tottenham finish above Arsenal],” Gunners icon Wilson, speaking ahead of the London Football Awards, told Omnisport.

“I think I can just about bear one year in 20 for Spurs to finish ahead of Arsenal and I am sort of preparing myself for that. 

“As for the manager Mauricio Pochettino, what he has done since he has been there – he showed it at Southampton to a degree – I think he has great ideas.

“I have heard of certain things he makes the players do at the training ground, I am all for little initiatives that make it different. He has got himself a squad of players who have got a lot of youth on their side.”

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Spurs are yet to win a trophy under Pochettino and recently crashed out of the Europa League at the last -32 stage having failed to reach the Champions League knockout phase.

But Wilson thinks that is another run that could well come to an end for his old club Arsenal’s main rivals, with Spurs joining Wenger’s side in the last eight of the FA Cup.

“They will pick up a trophy this year at the back of my mind,” he said.

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“I thought they would probably at least be knocking on the door again as the season came to a close. 

“And they may well do, who is to say they won’t now having been out of Europe. They are in two competitions – still in the FA Cup and they can have a big say in the title race as well.”

Ozil faces fight to be fit for Liverpool game

The Germany international will be hopeful of featuring in Saturday’s huge Premier League clash

Mesut Ozil faces a fight to be fit for Arsenal’s game against Liverpool on Saturday after he was sent home from training by the club doctor on Wednesday due to illness, Goal understands.

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The Germany international will be hopeful of being passed fit for the crucial Premier League encounter at Anfield, although he has been advised to rest up and didn’t take part in Wednesday’s training session at London Colney.

Gunners stars including Ozil took part in a team outing at Bloomsbury Bowling on Tuesday night but the 28-year-old reported for training the following morning with flu-like symptoms.

Ozil, who has scored nine goals and assisted eight in 29 appearances this season, has covered more ground (10.49km per 90 minutes on average) than the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez in 2017 despite playing fewer minutes than the duo.

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He’s been one of several players criticised for his performances of late which has coincided with Arsenal’s inconsistent form, prompting the player’s agent to come out in his defence following the recent Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny won’t be available for the match at Anfield due to injury but he could be back in less than a fortnight according to sources close to the player, while Aaron Ramsey has a chance of being named in the squad after taking part in training on Wednesday.


'Arsenal let Ozil down' – Gunners star suffering from lack of support, says Bierhoff

The former striker says his countryman was not to blame for the Gunners’ Champions League defeat versus Die Roten

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff feels Mesut Ozil was let down by his Arsenal team-mates in the 5-1 Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

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The attacking midfielder was heavily criticised in the wake of his side’s loss at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their last-16 match last month, with fans and pundits alike questioning his ineffective performance.

Nevertheless, Bierhoff feels Ozil was suffering due to a lack of support, making it hard for the Germany international to have much of an influence on the game.

“If I look at Ozil, who was singled out following the 5-1 loss to Bayern, in that match there was not much support for a player like Mesut, who lives on his footballing qualities,” Bierhoff told Sport Bild. “The team let him down a bit.”

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The 28-year-old’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt, with his existing contract at Emirates Stadium due to expire in 2018 and talks over a renewal yet to bear fruit.

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Despite recent criticism, Ozil has been a key figure at Arsenal this term, netting nine goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.

Wilshere's awesome 'get well soon' message to injured Gotze

The World Cup winner is out of action for an undefined period due to metabolic disorders, with the Arsenal midfielder sending on his well wishes

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has posted a special message to Mario Gotze, with the Dortmund star currently sidelined due to metabolic disorders.

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The Germany international, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has struggled for fitness and form since making the move back to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in the summer.

Gotze is currently sidelined for an unknown period of time, with the Bundesliga club releasing a statement on Monday to say that, after a thorough internal examination, he would not be able to play in the near future.

 

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The statement read:  “Borussia Dortmund will have to do without their midfielder Mario Gotze. 

“The world champion has been struggling with muscular problems in recent months, leading to a thorough internal search for possible causes.

“Investigations have now revealed metabolic disorders, which make it absolutely necessary to take Gotze out of training.”

Wilshere himself has had plenty of injury problems over his career, with the Gunners midfielder, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, having missed most of the 2015-16 season due to a knee problem.

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And the 25-year-old posted a message of support to Gotze on his Instagram page, with an image of the playmaker wearing Wilshere’s shirt accompanied by the text: “Get well soon my friend”.

Wilshere’s Bournemouth face Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League clash, with Eddie Howe’s side currently on a run of eight games without a win in all competitions.

Keown: I wish Ibrahimovic joined Arsenal

The former Gunners centre-back regrets Arsene Wenger’s failure to land the Swede and believes that comparisons with Eric Cantona are inevitable

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown still laments Zlatan Ibrahimovic not joining the Premier League club in 2000.

Ibrahimovic, now playing a starring role at Manchester United, was once offered a trial by Arsene Wenger, but turned it down and insisted he found it insulting.

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Keown, who was at Arsenal at the time and won three league titles with the club, rued the fact the Swede opted against making the move.

“I regret that Zlatan Ibrahimovic never joined Arsenal,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.

“He visited the club in 2000 as a teenager and such was his physique and frame my team-mates joked that the Swede was coming to take my place at centre-back.

“Even then you could see Ibrahimovic had such a big presence. Now that he is thriving at Manchester United, the comparisons with Eric Cantona are inevitable.”

Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at the likes of Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and now United.

The striker led Jose Mourinho’s side to EFL Cup success on Sunday, scoring a brace – including the match-winner – to take his tally to 26 goals in 38 matches in all competitions this season.

And Keown believes the comparisons to Cantona are warranted. He added: “I man-marked Cantona for England against France and for Everton when he was at Leeds,” he wrote.

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“Although Cantona was an intelligent player, I never felt he was going to run away from me. When I could lock on to him, I knew I could deal with him.

“In a one-against-one situation Ibrahimovic has more. He is bigger, stronger and more powerful.

“Cantona unlocked the door for United’s success in his five seasons at the club. He will always be considered The King, but Ibrahimovic is helping to rescue United’s reputation and make them great again.”