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Arsenal hold talks with Barcelona star

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has held secret talks with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in Brazil, according to reports in Italy.

 

The north London side are in the market for a forward, with rumours growing that AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is on his way to the Emirates. But Wenger has now set his sights on 25-year-old Sanchez just in case a deal can’t be completed. However, as the French manager seeks to take his team one step further in their race for the Premier League title, he may just splash the cash on both. It’s clear that, despite their frugal ways, the club can afford to bring both players in.

 

Barcelona fans would certainly be unhappy to see their club sell Sanchez. He scored 19 goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season in a disappointing season for the Catalan giants. This has led to interest from… Continue reading →

Spain vs Chile: Match preview

TONIGHT COULD see the elimination of one of the best footballing sides of all time if Spain lose against Chile in the Maracana.
A 5-1 humiliation against Holland last week has raised questions about the future of the Spanish players and they will be looking to put those to bed this evening.

They will take comfort from the fact that four years ago, in South Africa, they opened their World Cup campaign with a surprise defeat against Switzerland before going on to lift the trophy.
However it’s the manner of the defeat against the Dutch which caused alarm bells to ring and caused Xavi to say it was the worst defeat of his long career.

Much debate over changes to the starting line-up have been the main topic of conversation in Spain this week with goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ position under most threat. Despite his errors it is likely he will… Continue reading →

Spain vs Holland; Match preview

SPAIN AND the Netherlands will get their 2014 World Cup campaigns underway when they meet at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.
The match will see a repeat of the 2010 final and Louis Van Gaal’s side will be looking for revenge this time out.

That game will be remembered for two incidents. Andres Iniesta’s late extra time winner for Spain in the 1-0 win and Nigel de Jong’s scissor-kick challenge on Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso. The Netherlands rough-tackling tactics were criticised by many but tonight will see a different game plan for Van Gaal’s team.

Holland have a youthful look about their side this time around with three of the back four having played under 20 times for the Dutch. First choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen himself has only made eight appearances since making his debut last year and much will be expected of Van Gaal’s side.

Van Gaal had a… Continue reading →

Chelsea sign Barcelona midfielder

Chelsea have signed ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

 

Fabregas becomes Chelsea’s first signing of the summer, signing a five-year deal at the club. The 27-year-old was told by Barcelona that he didn’t feature in next seasons plans, alerting Chelsea and Arsenal to his availability.

 

The Gunners had an agreement with the Catalan giants that gave them first refusal of their former captain. Manager Arsene Wenger decided not to make a move though, leaving the path clear for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

 

Fabregas played played 96 times for Barcelona following a £30 million move from Arsenal in 2011, scoring 28 goals along the way. Last season he scored eight times and assisted 13 more. He boasted an 87% pass completion rate too. This, though, was not enough to force his way into manager Luis Enrique’s plans going forward. He leaves his boyhood club for a return to England… Continue reading →

Where next for Cesc Fabregas?

Following the arrival of Luis Enrique as Barcelona’s first team coach, Cesc Fabregas has found himself surplus to requirements at his boyhood club. Having left the Catalonia giants at the tender age of 16, he soon found himself at the centre of Arsenal’s midfield. As he matured so did his performances, and it wasn’t long before Arsene Wenger handed him the captain’s armband. Despite all his ability and leadership on the pitch, he was never able to return the Gunner’s to their former glory.

After experiencing six years where the Emirates trophy cabinet remained locked, a return to Spain was too hard to resist. In 2011, a protracted transfer saga eventually saw the Arsenal captain return to his home country for a reported £35 million. He was joining a golden generation for the four-time European Champions. Pep Guardiola, with his tiki-taka style, had brought great success to the club and… Continue reading →

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