A busy newsday today, as we have several snippets from manager Arsene Wenger and also an interview from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The manager went on record to state that the current form of the attack is playing a large part in the team’s successes, and also challenged the team to maintain their form for the rest of the season.
In other news, there are several transfer rumours circulating, including the news that Arsenal have signed a promising Argentine youngster, Maxi Romero. Also, Santi Cazorla speaks to the media about how the players have bonded over the course of the season. All this and more in today’s roundup.
Wenger asks team to maintain winning streak
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked the team to maintain their current form and win all their remaining matches in order to take advantage of any slip-ups from League leaders Chelsea. The Gunners are rampant in the League, having demolished Liverpool 4-1 over the weekend, while Chelsea had to struggle to win at home against Stoke.
For the title we need us to be perfect and Chelsea not to be perfect.
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Let’s focus on what we can master which means our own performance.
But now you can see that when we have everybody back, we can compete and the number of points we have made shows we have the quality to fight at the top.
The manager also praised the quality of the Arsenal attack and claimed that he was able to ‘smell’ the goals in the squad:
You smell that we can score goals.
If you look at the number of goals we’ve scored now (62 from 31 league games), that’s quite good with seven games to go.
We have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team. There is something happening. That shows you that they are ready to fight for each other. You can see that – you can’t cheat on that.
Brendan Rodgers reveals reason for defeat
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his envy at the wealth of options available to Arsene Wenger following the 4-1 thrashing his side received at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
As the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud tore his defence apart, Rodgers may have feared the worst when he realised that Wenger still had international stars sitting on the home bench:
I look at Arsenal and their bench, the players, the world-class players on the field with big talent and it shows the continual work we have to do.
Though how he ended up short of talent after spending close to 100 million over the summer is a mystery in itself.
Jamie Redknapp praises ‘majestic’ Mesut Ozil
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has reserved special praise for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after the German’s majestic display against the Reds on Saturday:
When he’s at his best he is worth paying to watch. Against Liverpool, Ozil was at his brilliant best in a massive game. You don’t become a Real Madrid hero or win the World Cup without being something special. Ozil is just that.
When things don’t come off for the German, people are quick to criticise. We do that too much in this country — looking at what people can’t do rather than what they can — and it’s where we go wrong so often.
No, Ozil doesn’t charge around like Alexis Sanchez so people say he doesn’t care. Just ask Liverpool if Ozil cared about the game on Saturday.
Admittedly, Ozil is nowhere near as active as Sanchez off the ball, but his skill and vision on the ball are so sublime that all must be forgiven for the German.
Transfer stories: Argentine wonderkid and Dortmund defender on the cards?
Arsenal have signed Argentine youngster Maxi Romero from his native club Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield for a fee in the region of €6m, according to reports in Argentina this week.
The rumours seemed to have come completely out of left-field with further reports claiming that Romero, who’s 16, will join us in two years time.
Confirmed by a reliable source: Maximiliano Romero (Vélez, 16), new Arsenal player. He will stay in ARG next 2 years pic.twitter.com/WZ20ulILLu
— A. Devoti (@AgustinDevoti) April 2, 2015
Another report comes out of Germany, with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic saying he wants to play in the Premier League just weeks after being linked with a move to Arsenal.
ESPN claimed last month that the club were very keen on acquiring the Serbian international this summer with question marks over his BVB contract negotiations. They state that his current deal is set to end in 2016, but there are no signs of an extension being agreed to as yet. The American broadcaster have now published quotes from an interview with the 26-year-old:
I can still imagine playing in a league someday which rates physical football.
The game in England is tougher, more aggressive and more physical — in a sportsmanlike sense. As a centre-back I don’t always want to fear just touching an opponent.
How can I do my work when my opponent starts crying without contact? And those penalties after dives annoy me, I think that’s cheating. I just don’t like it when an attacker is going at what feels like one kilometre an hour and flies like he’s been hit by a car.
Santi Cazorla praises team spirit after massive win
Santi Cazorla has lavished praise on Arsenal’s performance against Liverpool, the club’s biggest win over the Reds since 2006, claiming that it’s our togetherness that has helped produce such a wonderful run of results.
Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all scored as we dismantled our top-four rivals at the Emirates Stadium, much to the delight of Cazorla, who believes the win will give us a massive boost heading into the remaining fixtures. The Spaniard spoke to the media yesterday:
It’s a very important win for us because Liverpool are with us fighting for the Champions League.
Liverpool have very good players with Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho but the team played very compact and played together, which is very important for us. When we defend together, we always win.
The confidence is high for everyone and we need to play the same now we have a week of rest, and then we need to prepare for the next game.
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