Alexandre Lacazette

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the International Champions Cup clash between Real Madrid and Arsenal, including team news and predicted lineups. Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich last time out when they face Arsenal in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday night. Madrid opened their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a defeat to the German champions, but Arsenal have overcome Colorado Rapids, Bayern and Fiorentina in their three friendly games this summer. Real Madrid © Reuters There is no question that it is performances and fitness rather than results that matter most at this stage of pre-season, and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have been encouraged by aspects of his team’s display against Bayern on Saturday night despite a disap...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Thursday’s pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Thursday on the back of a 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids. The German outfit will be playing their first game of pre-season having recently made the trip to Los Angeles. Arsenal © Reuters Unai Emery is having to contend with a number of issues away from the pitch right now as a result of a limited transfer budget and the unhappiness of club captain Laurent Koscielny. That probably left the Spaniard feeling relieved when his side returned to the pitch on Tuesday to register a convincing win over their opponents from the MLS. Emery took the opportunity to field a young team from kic...

Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole looks ahead to Arsenal’s opening pre-season friendly against Colorado Rapids, including predictions, teams news and a full match preview. Arsenal will begin their pre-season tour of the United States in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they face the Stan Kroenke-owned Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Gunners are gearing up for the second season under Unai Emery, with Tuesday’s match kicking off a four-stop tour in the States. Colorado Rapids © Reuters Whereas Arsenal are just beginning their preparations for a new campaign, Tuesday’s match comes in the middle of Colorado Rapids’ MLS season. It is a season which has not gone particularly well for Conor Casey‘s side so far, though, with the Rapids sitting 11th in the We...

How Arsenal could line up with Malcom but without Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal are said to be keen on Malcom, while also having to contend with issues regarding Laurent Koscielny, but how may that impact on this season’s starting lineup? There remains much speculation regarding the make-up of Arsenal‘s squad next season, but manager Unai Emery is yet to make any notable additions during the summer transfer window. Despite the signing of teenager Gabriel Martinelli, supporters want to see fresh faces in a number of areas, including at centre-back and out wide. As a result of Wilfried Zaha‘s alleged £80m valuation, Malcom has been identified as a realistic alternative at a time when Barcelona are contemplating several sales. However, Emery is also having to contend with an ongoing situation involving Laurent Koscielny, who is attempting to for...

Arsenal fans vote for Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi to leave

Arsenal fans vote for Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi to leave the club this summer, whereas a slender majority want Laurent Koscielny to stay. The 2018-19 campaign saw Arsenal finish outside the top four for the third season in a row, and their transfer budget has taken a significant hit as a result. Plenty of players continue to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but Unai Emery‘s ability to bring his desired targets to the club are limited by a reported £45m warchest. With many fans calling for a major squad overhaul that budget is unlikely to suffice, meaning that Arsenal could be forced to offload some high-profile players to raise more funds. Sports Mole recently gave supporters the chance to vote on who they felt should stay or leave the club dur...

How Arsenal could line up with Nabil Fekir, Wilfried Zaha

Nabil Fekir and Wilfried Zaka have been linked with a switch to Arsenal in recent days, but how would the arrival of the duo impact on Unai Emery’s starting lineup? Arsenal‘s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League has resulted in manager Unai Emery being left with a limited budget for the summer transfer window. However, that has not prevented frequent speculation regarding potential arrivals and departures at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners attempt to strengthen their first-team squad. Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is said to be high on Arsenal’s shortlist, with the player himself allegedly keen on a move due having supported the club during his childhood. The Premier League outfit have also been credited with an interest in Lyon attacker N...

Atletico Madrid ‘want Alexandre Lacazette as Antoine Griezmann replacement’

Atletico Madrid reportedly line up Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette as a possible replacement for outward-bound Antoine Griezmann this summer. Atletico Madrid have reportedly identified Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette as a possible replacement for the outward-bound Antoine Griezmann this summer. Griezmann has already signalled his intent to leave the Wanda Metropolitano during the current transfer window and a move to Barcelona is understood to be edging closer to completion after his release clause dropped to £107m on July 1. Atleti are expected to reinvest the majority of that fee into their squad, and The Mirror reports that they have now set their sights on Lacazette. The futures of Lacazette and strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have come under scrutiny following Arsenal...

Arsenal squad: Vote on who you think should stay or go

Sports Mole gives you the chance to vote on who Arsenal should keep or ditch this summer ahead of another campaign without Champions League football. Unai Emery‘s first season as Arsenal manager ultimately ended in disappointment as the Gunners once again missed out on Champions League qualification during the 2018-19 campaign. A fifth-placed finish in the Premier League table was an improvement on the previous season, though, while they also made it all the way to the Europa League final, where they lost to Chelsea. However, there was still a 28-point gap separating them from champions Manchester City and the general consensus is that major work needs to be done to their squad in order to get anywhere near their former glories once again. Emery may find sweeping changes difficult wi...

Alexandre Lacazette agent holds talks over Arsenal future?

The agent of Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly sat down with Arsenal chiefs to discuss the French striker’s future, amid links with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Alexandre Lacazette‘s agent has reportedly held talks with Arsenal after learning of interest in the striker from La Liga. The French striker has been touted as a possible target for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona after scoring 36 times for the Gunners over the last two seasons. Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to sell players if he is to raise funds to strengthen other areas of his squad, but Lacazette is not one of the players he is looking to offload. Amid the speculation surrounding the 28-year-old’s future, Yahoo! Sport France suggests that his representative has sat down with Arsenal chiefs to discuss the int...

Arsenal ‘offer £200k a week to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be offered improved terms to stay on at Arsenal, according to a report. Arsenal are reportedly prepared to hand new and improved deals to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to persuade the strike pair to stay at the club. Both players’ futures at the Emirates Stadium have been called into question in recent weeks on the back of a season that saw them score a combined 50 goals in all competitions. Aubameyang has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and Lacazette is said to be a target for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Amid the growing rumoured interest in two of their star men, The Sun reports that Arsenal are primed to offer them both £200,000 a week Gabonese striker Aubameyang is already close to t...

Arsenal ‘set for talks with striker Alexandre Lacazette’

A report claims that Arsenal intend to hold face-to-face talks with Alexandre Lacazette amid rumours that he is a target for a couple of Spanish sides. Arsenal have reportedly arranged talks with Alexandre Lacazette following speculation that the striker is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The 28-year-old is coming off the back of an impressive campaign with the Gunners that saw him crowned the club’s Player of the Year. Atletico and Barca are rumoured to be weighing up offers for the Frenchman, with Antoine Griezmann‘s future key to their interest. Atleti will need to replace Griezmann should he join Barcelona, but the Catalan giants may yet turn to compatriot Lacazette in their search for a new goalscorer. Amid the rumours regarding one of their key men’s future...

Arsenal looking to move on midfielder Mesut Ozil?

Mesut Ozil has reportedly been put up for sale by Arsenal manager Unai Emery after failing to impress during the 2018-19 campaign. Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for German playmaker Mesut Ozil, according to a report. The 30-year-old signed a new deal with the Gunners in January 2018 that is worth a rumoured £350,000 a week and keeps him tied down until 2021. However, Ozil struggled to win over manager Unai Emery in the 2018-19 campaign and the Spaniard is now rumoured to be looking to get rid of him. A report carried by Football.London suggests that the former Real Madrid midfielder has been placed on the transfer list, but Arsenal are likely to struggle to find any takers because of his transfer fee and wages. Ozil, who is Arsenal’s third-most expensive signing behind Pierre...

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