In today’s news roundup, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals his mentor when he first joined Arsenal while Arsene Wenger is urged to sign Robert Lewandowski by former German international. There were a few rumours linking us with defensive midfielders (what’s new?) and interesting quotes from the boss on Alexis Sanchez.
Without further ado..
You wouldn’t guess who mentored Oxlade-Chamberlain when he was a newbie at Arsenal
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal back in 2011 after an impressive spell in Southampton where he spent most of his youth career. He has followed the footsteps of former Saint Theo Walcott and is now a regular member of Wenger’s first team. However, the Ox claimed that making the switch from Saint Mary’s to the Emirates was never an easy task especially as a 17-year old.
As reported on the official Arsenal website, the England international revealed that Emmanuel Eboue is the one who helped him settle and establish himself at the North London club. While recounting his first ever training session in Arsenal colors, the Ox revealed that the humorous and down-to-earth nature of Eboue enabled him to feel right at home even in the presence of senior players like Robin van Persie and Eboue himself.
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Looks like Eboue did more than just the ridiculous dances.
Wenger keen on signing French midfielder.
Arsenal fans have come to live with the fact that Wenger has a thing for the French and it’s a no brainer because, well, he is French. Some of his greatest signings in the likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira were all his compatriots. Well, old habits die hard and Le Professor is now keeping close tabs on Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons according to the Metro.
With Mikel Arteta plagued with injury and Mathieu Flamini far beyond his peak, Wenger is expected to go for the 25-year old defensive midfielder, despite having a promising prospect in Francis Coquelin. Although Napoli and Tottenham have also expressed interest in Gonalons, Arsenal are expected to easily meet the asking price of £14.8M so as to secure the services of the midfielder.
Out with the old and in with the new if you ask me.
Arsenal urged to sign Lewandowski.
Former German international Dietmar Hamann believes that Robert Lewandowski’s time at Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich is almost over despite it being barely a season after his departure from rivals Borussia Dortmund. Hamann, now a pundit, believes that the current system of play under Guardiola doesn’t suit the Polish striker who is a hard-worker rather than a fox-in-the-box.
According to Sky Sports, Hamann has urged Arsenal to break the bank for Lewandowski insisting that he was built to play for a club like Arsenal where he can get enough of the ball and play on the counter attack.
Quite frankly Bayern have never been the club to keep players like Lewandowski for the long haul and if he’ll be available, I’d say we’ll need a lot of those intelligent runs and counter attacking pace to challenge for the title next season.
Wenger reveals secret behind Alexis’s success.
One would find it hard to believe that a player like Thierry Henry took a while before settling in Arsenal to become the legend that he is today. However, the same cannot be said about Alexis Sanchez as he has realized success in Arsenal colours much faster than premeditated. While in an interview on the official Arsenal website, Arsene Wenger attributed this fate to the fact that the Chilean international settled much faster than most signings.
Despite being unable to speak English and being forced to play out wide to suite a change in formation, the 26-year old has scored 18 goals for the Gunners.
Alexis Sanchez, what a signing!
Barcelona transfer ban paves way for Arsenal to sign Bundesliga midfielder.
Arsenal are on the verge of tabling a £22m offer for German midfielder Lars Bender according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo. Spanish giants Barcelona have also expressed their desire to sign the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. However, the Catalan club have been banned from signing anyone until 2016 after breaching FIFA regulations regarding the signing of players under the age of 18.
Francis Coquelin has proved a revelation, but signing Lars Bender would be a big coup .