BBC Sport pundit doubtful about Arsenal’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha

BBC Sport pundit David Ornstein has said that he would be surprised, if Arsenal are able to land the signature of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer. The Ivorian has been earmarked as the club’s prime target for the transfer window but so far, they have failed with an opening offer worth £40m for the 26-year-old.

Speaking to Arseblog, Ornstein told that the club are not close to making any new signings and he would be staggered, should Zaha head to the Emirates this summer. He added that Malcom has been earmarked as the alternative from Barcelona and a deal could work out with Gunners chief Raul Sanllehi holding a good association with the Blaugrana.

Carrasco’s agent drops transfer bombshell amid Arsenal link

The representative of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco has revealed that the Belgian may have to stick with Dalian Yifang beyond the summer, considering the Chinese Super League side have no plans to sanction his sale. The 25-year-old has been vocal about the desire to return to Europe this summer but so far, Dalian have shown little interest in listening to potential offers.

Speaking to Belgian outlet HLN, agent Christophe Henrotay revealed that the likes of Arsenal have expressed an interest in his client but a deal appears unlikely with Dalian not considering a sale, he said: "There are clubs that would like to sign him. One club submitted a formal offer. Other clubs, such as Arsenal, also wanted to do that, but Dalian said he was not for sale."

Arsenal legend compares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Thierry Henry

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Martin Keown has said that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the closest thing when it comes to comparing with former Gunners star Thierry Henry. The Gabon international has been in top form for the north London side through the campaign and he recently grabbed a hat-trick against Valencia to guide his team to the Europa League final.

Speaking on BT Sport, Keown said that there are similarities between Aubameyang and Henry and happened to praise the former, who made the step up alongside Alexandre Lacazette during the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League, he said: "I have said it before but he is the closest thing to [Thierry] Henry and he is proving that tonight. We are getting out of our chairs every time he has the ball.

‘He was always yelling and screaming’ – Golovin remarks on Thierry Henry’s tenure

AS Monaco midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has indicated that Thierry Henry was nervous during his managerial stint at the club and would raise his voice when things were not going perfectly in training. The Frenchman was appointed as the club’s manager shortly after Leonardo Jardim’s sacking in October, but he would only last for three months before the latter was reappointed at the helm.

In an interview covered by FourFourTwo, Golovin suggested that the former Arsenal man failed to kill the player role within him and this did not suit the managerial style with the players, he said: “Maybe Henry didn’t kill the role of the player inside of him. When things weren’t working out during practice he would get nervous and yell a lot. Maybe it was unnecessary. He was a very strong player and the only players near his level at Monaco are maybe [Radamel] Falcao and [Cesc] Fabregas. He would try to go out onto the field and show us how to practice and yell.”

Pogba can do better

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra believes that France international midfielder Paul Pogba can do better for his club. He said that the player was outstanding with France at the last World Cup and he has yet to play like this for Manchester United.
He believes that the current Manchester United team does not take full advantage of Paul Pogba’s talent and that the player has yet to give his best for the team.

Patrice Evra said that there are some good players at Manchester United and he does not understand why the club is underperforming at the moment. He said that there have been some new hopes among fans that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to improve the team and that they will have to wait for the next season to find out which player he brings in.

Arsenal legend names surprise replacement for Mesut Ozil this summer

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes the Gunners would consider offloading Mesut Ozil in the summer despite the midfielder’s improved showing under Unai Emery over the past few games. The former Germany international has been in-and-out of the starting lineup this term due to form and fitness concerns but he has recently won over the manager with three successive starts in all competitions.

Despite this, Merson does not believe Ozil will remain at the Emirates beyond the summer with the board likely to take the opportunity to sanction his departure. Adding further, the ex-Arsenal favourite suggested that Gareth Bale from Real Madrid could be an option, although he has not been linked with the Gunners in any form this year.

Former Arsenal manager backs Thierry Henry to succeed in management

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Thierry Henry to succeed in management despite experiencing a frustrating stint at AS Monaco. The Frenchman was offered his maiden managerial role with the Principality outfit back in October after they were lingering in the relegation positions.

However, he failed to change their fortunes in the months which followed and he was eventually sacked from the helm in January with Leonardo Jardim whom he had previously succeeded, re-joining the former French champions. Speaking to Lauren Sport, Wenger said that the situation at Monaco was not welcoming for the former Arsenal star to make the difference and this ultimately contributed to the early dismissal with the club wanting positive results.

Manchester City favorite to win Champions League

Bookmakers have designated Manchester City as their favorites to win the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s team is offered at 10/3. This is especially due to the fact that they have obtained an easy draw against Schalke O4.

Manchester City is a team that has been assembled to win the Champions League and Pep Guardiola will be expected to win the trophy after signing so many expensive players.

Thierry Henry speaks positively about Cesc Fabregas’ Monaco debut

AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has spoken positively about the performance of Cesc Fabregas during the recent league clash against Marseille. The Spain international made his maiden appearance for the club since making the switch from Chelsea and he was largely efficient in the centre of the park alongside Youri Tielemans.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw, Henry said that the former Chelsea man evolved his game by the minute and there is more to come from the experienced campaigner, he said: “Cesc evolved with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and take that break. Naldo also does it behind, [Fabregas] does it in the middle, Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the lines, to be able to see where we have to play, see what the team gives you, where to give the ball. We have to try to make progress, but I think that, especially in terms of mood, this point is good if we win the next games.”

Thierry Henry wants AS Monaco to keep their heads up despite struggle

AS Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has urged his players to keep their heads up despite the club’s poor run of form in the French top-flight. Monaco have been trapped in the drop zone since the opening weeks of the campaign and they suffered another league defeat at the hands of Guingamp over the weekend.

Speaking after the game, Henry admitted that the result was not planned, given the club had recently got the better of Amiens and Caen, who have been lingering around the relegation places. The former Arsenal star added that the team can take the positives from the performance and they are still plenty of games left to overturn their fortunes.

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