Mikel Arteta says he can get the best out of Mesut Ozil

Mikel Arteta says he can get the best out of Mesut Ozil

Newly-appointed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes he can get the best out of midfielder Mesut Ozil. The German has gone through a frustrating season where he has made limited impact in the final third of the field and most often, he has found himself substituted or excluded from the matchday squad altogether.

Speaking in his first press conference, Arteta acknowledged that Ozil remains a massive player at the north London side and he will hold a personal meeting with the German to understand his concerns. He added that he wants to have an impact on and off the playing field and it’s his duty to get the best out of the former Germany international.

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David Luiz heaps praise on the mentality of Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal defender David Luiz has heaped praise on the mentality of Gabriel Martinelli, who has made a strong impression since his summer move to the club. The 18-year-old was a relatively unknown when he was signed from Ituano during the summer but he has quickly made an impact with seven goals across all competitions.

Speaking to 90min, Luiz said that Martinelli has a great mentality and his compatriot has the chance to progress into a top quality player for the Gunners, he told: “I’m not going to say who is the best talent, but the best mentality at the moment is Martinelli. He has a great mentality, it is special, he is a top guy, a top player, but what really impresses me is his mentality on the training ground, and the way he reacts to scoring goals, like at Anfield, and how he continues to work with a great mentality. He is taking his opportunity step by step and he has the same focus, determination and respect for everything and he is so mature for his age.”

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Christian Pulisic speaks fondly about Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

USA international Christian Pulisic has spoken fondly about manager Frank Lampard after helping him to quickly integrate with the first-team squad at Chelsea. The 20-year-old returned prior to schedule during pre-season and he has since gone on to start three of the club’s opening four Premier League matches.

In a report covered by ESPN, Pulisic said that Lampard has helped him to adjust to the demands of the Premier League. He added that the 41-year-old has done a tremendous job during the opening phase of the season where he has aided the progress of a number of younger players, he told: “It’s amazing. I mean, it’s everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s incredible. It worked out really well, for sure. Frank’s a great guy and he’s helped me so much and he understands where I’m coming from and he’s done a really good job and helped me, teaching us, especially a lot of the younger guys on the team.”

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Wenger admits discussions with Arsenal board over potential return

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is not considering a return to the Gunners despite holding discussions with members of the hierarchy. The Frenchman has been touted to take up a board room role with the Gunners but so far, the 69-year-old has resisted the prospect of returning to the north London club.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger acknowledged that he has been in contact with some of the members of the Gunners board. He added that a comeback of any form remains out of the order as he wants to keep complete distance from manager Unai Emery, he told the channel: “I have been in touch with some people at the club but I felt when you go like that you cannot be half in, half out. You let people who come in work their way. And I wanted to take a complete distance. It’s still a bit early, maybe, to go back. I haven’t been back at the club.”

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David Luiz delighted with the challenge at Arsenal

Brazil international David Luiz has admitted that he is delighted after making the move to Arsenal from Chelsea this summer. The central defender made his debut against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and he produced a quality performance as the Gunners secured a close 2-1 triumph on the day.

Speaking after the game, Luiz was asked about his experience of playing for the Gunners to which he replied: “It’s a new challenge for me [moving to Arsenal]. It’s my decision to make a new history in my life. I’m so happy to be here because since the first day the welcome has been amazing from everybody so I’m going to try and do my best to amazingly like I did with Chelsea.”

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Palestine Confident of Success

The qualification campaign for the World Cup 2022 recently kicked off and Palestine have been able to take part in the qualification group as one of the members of the West Asian Football Federation Championship. The team was able to finish 2nd to Iraq, as they picked up victories over Yemen and Syria.

The loss for Palestine came against Iraq while they drew against Lebanon. Palestine coach Noureddine Ould Ali said that the team had a positive performance and he is hoping for better things to come in the near future.

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Eden Hazard has high expectations for Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

Belgium international Eden Hazard has said that Christian Pulisic can become a star with Chelsea. The United States international made the switch to the Blues from Borussia Dortmund during the winter transfer window but the terms of the agreement meant that the attacker spent the second half of the season on loan with the Bundesliga side.

As such, the Blues supporters are yet to witness the 20-year-old’s performance in the Premier League but Hazard has predicted a bright future for the youngster at the west London club, he told Associated Press: “He can be a star. Now he’s at one of the best clubs in the world. He’s a proper player. He can play football.”

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Klopp’s agent suggests the 52-year-old may manage Germany in the future

The agent of Jurgen Klopp has said that the 52-year-old may consider the prospect of managing Germany in the future. Klopp has been with Liverpool for the past three-and-a-half seasons and in the most-recent campaign, he guided the Reds to the Champions League crown while helping end their seven-year wait for a trophy.

Speaking to Bild, the representative of Klopp said that the German would favour coaching the national team, should Joachim Loew step down from the role in the future, he told: “Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Joachim Low someday no longer wants to be the national coach and it would be possible for him do that, this is an option for him.”

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Harris believes Chelsea fans may not be patient with Lampard

Former Chelsea defender Ron Harris has said that the Blues supporters may not be patient with Frank Lampard’s young revolution at Stamford Bridge, should things move in the wrong way. The west London side have lost the services of Eden Hazard and manager Maurizio Sarri in the space of a few days and this combined with a two window transfer embargo has put them under some jeopardy.

Speaking on Love Sport Radio, Harris said that the Blues have rarely remained patient with top-class head coaches and a number of managers have barely lasted a couple of seasons. He added that Lampard may be afforded more time with the ban at the moment but it remains to be seen whether the fans support him, should things not go in the right direction.

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