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There has been plenty of speculation over his future in recent months, but Mesut Ozil has finally confirmed his desire to stay at Arsenal to see out his objectives with the London outfit. The news has come at a point where Arsenal and co could really do with a boost to try and get back into the top 4 before the end of the season is out, an objective that is looking unlikely after the recent 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace. There were rumours Ozil would be heading for an Emirates exit to try and rekindle his relationship with Real Madrid, and recent rumours even suggest he was aiming for a move to Manchester United so he could work with Jose Mourinho again. Luckily for Arsenal, Ozil wants to stay in London, and all he needs to do now is put pen to paper to make it a certainty.

Will Arsenal Have to Finish in the Top 4 to Keep Ozil?

For a start, Arsenal players and management will need to get their heads down to see the rest of the season out in style. Arsenal are out of the running for every competition this season, and so it means their only possible accomplishment is to try and finish in the top 4 so they have the chance to compete in the Champions League next year. Ozil has confirmed he wants to stay at Arsenal but that doesn’t mean anything yet until he signs a contract, something he’s likely not willing to do until he knows what the future holds for Arsenal next season. You may feel that if Arsenal do not manage to achieve a top 4 finish this season then Ozil could quickly change his mind and make a move to a more ambitious club.

What Else Will Arsene Wenger Have to Ensure Ozil Of?

Arsene will likely sit down with Mesut in the coming weeks to ensure him things will pick up at Arsenal before the start of next season. Wenger will likely tell Ozil of his transfer plans and what possible world-class players he will bring in to improve the squad to compete for the title next year. The Arsenal board have apparently made £200 million available to Arsene Wenger, so it would be wise of Arsene to let Ozil know what’s going to happen in terms of transfers.

What Will Mesut Ozil Really Do this Summer?

Any football fan knows that just because a player says one thing in the media doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Ozil has yet to sign a new contract, which is why many think he could still head for the doors. When you hear of a player announcing his desire to stay at a club it usually means they are currently in contract discussions and the player is looking to push things forward, but it could also mean the player is only going to stay for the right price.

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Will Ozil stay or will he go? Fans will be glad he has finally announced his desire to stay at the club, but they will want him to put his pen to paper as soon as possible so they can secure his services for another few seasons at least. If Ozil doesn’t sign a contract within the next month or so we could see another club abroad snap up his services pretty quickly, so Arsene will need to be careful and offer him the contract he wants.

The upcoming summer period could be described as one of, if not the most important times in Arsenal’s recent history. So many possible scenarios have been painted in the media over the last few weeks about manager Arsene Wenger and his decision to either stay or leave at the end of the current campaign.

Another angle to consider is the playing staff at the Emirates Stadium – and in particular, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who will both have just 12 months remaining on their contracts in the summer. Can the Arsenal hierarchy convince both stars to stay, if Champions League football is attained, or will both leave North London for big fees, to either rival Premier League clubs, or most likely on the continent.

The next window promises to be a very interesting period on so many levels for Gunners’ fans and here we will look at five players who could join this summer to bolster the playing squad.

Bellerin 2.0?!

Lorik Cana is the only Albanian footballer ever to grace the Premier League with Sunderland, however, Arsenal may look to firm up their interest in Albanian full-back, Elseid Hysaj who currently plays for Serie A side Napoli. The 23 year-old who is more adept on the right side of defence, has garnered interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in recent months, and now Premier League clubs including Arsenal have joined the chase for the rising star. The Gunners have Hector Bellerin as their number one right-back, but the young Spanish defender’s future is also open to question. With that in mind, Hysaj would provide strong competition for the young Spanish raider, or be a capable replacement if he left the club.

Time to splash the cash

A long standing issue with many Gunners fans is their clubs real inability to splash the big money on top stars. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku looks set to leave Goodison Park this summer, and the powerful 23 year-old striker could be on the radar for the Arsenal board. Bringing Lukaku to the Emirates would add another dimension to the Gunners strikeforce – and the potential of many goals. Lukaku has hit 23 Premier League goals so far this season for Everton – at an average of one in every 119 minutes of play – and although the Belgian international would be an expensive purchase of around £70m, the statement of intent shown by Arsenal to return to the summit of English football would be a huge boost for supporters.

Eye catcher

Everyone of an Arsenal persuasion knows that the Gunners look to buy young players – and Ajax’s 17 year-old defender, Matthijs de Ligt is already catching the eye of many top clubs. De Ligt broke into the Ajax first team back in October and has currently made eight league appearances for the Dutch giants. With fine physical attributes for his age, De Ligt has already been thrusted into full international honours with a first half appearance in the Netherlands 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria in March. Dutch clubs ultimately sell their best players, and Arsenal could steal a march on the rest of Europe by clinching the signature of De Ligt this summer.

Rising star

If the Gunners midfield is depleted this summer with potential outgoings, then Schalke’s Leon Goretzka could be a new recruit to replenish options. Goretzka is another player with time on his side at just 22 years of age – but has already gained plenty of experience in the Bundesliga. After making his debut for Schalke, following a transfer from Bochum back in the 2013/14 season, Goretzka has grown into a firm favourite at the Veltins Arena. With just over one year remaining on his contract, Goretzka could be attained at a knock-down price of around £20m for the promising German international.

Young stopper

The goalkeeping situation within the Gunners’ squad is also likely to be reshuffled this summer, with David Ospina likely to leave for new pastures. At 34 years of age, Petr Cech is still a fine custodian, but surely Arsenal will be looking to get younger men to fill the position – so step forward Sunderland keeper, Jordan Pickford. With the Black Cats marooned as an obvious bet for relegation, Pickford’s performances have been one of the rare highlights for Sunderland fans this season. Pickford would provide stern competition for Cech if he arrived this summer, and looks to be a player who will be challenging for full international honours in the near future.

 

Arsenal have been crying out for major trophies in recent years, and are starting to resemble something of FA Cup specialists. The Gunners have won the hallowed competition two times in the past three years, but a win in this year’s competition will even be more significant for the future of much-maligned boss, Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss has come in for criticism after a dreadful season so far, which reached its peak after a 10-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League first knockout round. The FA Cup offers a respite, and all seems to be going in their favour after being handed the likes of Sutton United and Lincoln City in the 5th and 6th rounds respectively. Maybe you won't see a lorry load of Arsenal fans running to place a bet via CrownBet on the Arsenal due to low confidence in the team but this represents Arsenal's best chance of a trophy this season without question.

The race for the Champions League places is heating up as the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City continue to garner points, leaving Arsenal in sixth position, though with two games in hand. However, one of those games is against Southampton, who have proved having a major nut to crack in recent years for the North London outfit. Another reason for optimism is that Arsenal tend to tear up scripts when faced with intense pressure. One can only look back at Arsenal's remarkable run to finish second last year, though part of the credit should be given to Tottenham after they suffered their meltdown and capitulation towards the end of the season.

Arsenal can also point to their recent record against Manchester City, next month's opponent at Wembley. In the last 10 matches against the Citizens, Arsenal have won five, drawn three and lost just twice. However, City do have Pep Guardiola as their manager, a man famed for his success rate in cup competitions over the years. Arsenal do have an advantage, as no other manager has won the competition more times than Wenger's six. The wiry old man loves the competition, and has the trophies to show for it. The likes of Chelsea and Tottenham still remain in the competition should Arsenal get past City in the semis, however, the likes of Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte and his Tottenham counterpart don't have the experience of having won a domestic cup competition in their managerial career, despite their track record.

The fans want Wenger out at the end of the season, when his current deal runs out while the futures of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is generating a lot of worried glances at the Emirates. Wenger's deal runs out at the end of the season, and is no rush to ink a new deal. Sanchez and Ozil have contracts that run out at the end of next season and will be likely to push on with the FA Cup to appease the fans who might be disillusioned with them if they do leave North London. Sanchez, in particular is more likely to leave, and is a fierce competitor who will enjoy the Wembley stage to show his quality to the watching eyes of all football stakeholders all over the world.

 

It is always said that a coach should bow out when the ovation is loudest. And for Wenger, there will be no bigger ovation than winning the FA Cup. For all his success in England, he deserves to bow out on a high, and Arsenal have all it takes to win the Cup. Who will begrudge an old man a fantastic end to his career?  

He is an undeniable talent, and on that will be sorely missed should, as expected he leave the Emirates this summer. But would have we already seen the high-water mark of Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, and would selling him be such a bad idea?

It’s certainly a controversial sentiment, anyone who has witnessed the German in full flight knows they are witnessing one of the most elegant and creative footballers on this generation.

Mesmeric, enchanting skills – no better exemplified than his wonderful finish against Ludogorets in the Champions League earlier this season – have made him a fans favourite and resulted in admiring glances from Arsenal’s European rivals.

But there is of course another side to Ozil’s game that taints the World Cup winner’s achievements for many fans. Quite simply: he goes missing in the biggest matches.

Last season was the peak of his Arsenal career to date, with his slide rule passing helping to clock up 19 assists in the Premier League alone (in fact earlier his season he had the highest assist to game ratio of any player in the history of the Premier League)

By contrast this season he has made less than a quarter as many chances, as Arsenal have failed to build on last season’s achievements.

Of course this isn’t the first campaign in which Ozil has failed to live up to expectations at the Emirates, after an excellent debut campaign he struggled during his second season at the club.

It’s also worth remembering that he failed to make a real impact at former club Real Madrid until his third La Liga season when he made 24 goals and scored ten

With Arsenal’s season in serious jeopardy, can the decorated German pull a rabbit out of his hat a few more times in service of a club that truly loves players of his type? The days of loyal players like Dennis Bergkamp might be at and end, but The Gunners have never needed some strong shifts as much as they do now from the German.

Next up is a must win game against Man City at the Emirates. In current form bookies might just entertain giving punters a free bet on Ozil scoring or even making an assist, safe in the knowledge they are unlikely to pay out.

But Arsenal fans can hope that this is one big game he does grab the scuff on the neck. In full flow there is no finer player, but there is nagging suspicion we may have seen his best days in North London.

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Away at West Brom last week, there were planes flown across the stadium. Both pro and anti-Wenger banners adorned the landscape, yet, the manner in which the team lost again left a lot to be desired. There was lack of grit, determination and willpower, but not all the blame lies at the feet of Monsieur Wenger.

The 67-year-old is one of the best managers of his generation, yet, he threatens to leave The Emirates in no manner that is befitting of a person like him, and the majority of the fans are to blame for this. Prior to the home game against Bayern Munich, the fans protested in front of the stadium. Going to Arsenal matches is now a lot easier than previously, as fans are staying away from the club due to unrest, you can get your Arsenal tickets here.

However, the fans should be careful what they wish for. Wenger should not be allowed to leave under a cloud. Instead, he deserves fanfare for all the success he has brought to the club.

In 1996, a certain unknown French manager by the name of Arsene Wenger took over the reins after the exit of Bruce Rioch. He performed creditably well in his first season and in his first full season, 1997/98, Arsenal won the double.

More success followed, and Arsenal have qualified for the UEFA Champions League every season for the past 20 years, which has made the profile of the club and increased the revenue of the club, while shaping the club from the very top to the bottom.

It is fair that the fans have a right to complain after the bad results of this season, but it is their approach that has bordered on downright being disrespectful and disgusting.

Arsenal fans have had to cast envious glances at London rivals, Chelsea FC who we're bankrolled by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, and changed the landscape of the English football league system. Wenger has had to deliver success on stringent budget, the inevitable lure of his biggest players to their nearest rivals.

Lately, the Gunners are looking likely to be toppled by North London rivals, Tottenham, who are building a new, impressive stadium on the site of White Hart Lane; yet, no manager can handle Arsenal players like Wenger does. 20 years at a particular workplace means you have a right to be treated fairly, even if things are not going well at the moment.

Arsenal's season may yet end in success. The North London outfit are in the FA Cup semifinals and are still in the race for the Champions League places. The team facesManchester City after the international weekend, and their overall general record against the Etihad stadium outfit. Arsenal have won five, drawn three and lost two of the last 10 matches between the clubs. Arsenal have two outstanding matches in hand against the rest of the division, and wins in both could be decisive in the race for Europe.

The fans must not bury Wenger until he is dead. It is downright unfair for the fans to castigate him after all his achievements. Steer clear of the banners and perhaps see him bring success to The Emirates. They must never forget The Invisibles, for that achievement trumps all whosoever going on at this point. Arsene Wenger has earned that right.

Everyone wants to be the big winner when betting on sports, and knowing all of the inside tips can help you to increase your winnings. Betting on sports can be risky if you aren't in the know of what you're doing. Taking advantage of some betting tips can help you to increase your odds for a more bountiful bet. Betting when you are fully informed is going to help you make better betting choices. 

Plan Your Betting Period

Will you be betting on a single game or will you be planning to bet for the season in order to cover all games? When planning to bet for the season, decide what your betting limit will be and place that money to the side. Smart betting can be anywhere from 1 to 5% of the money that you have set aside for the season. Should you lose your first couple of bets don't over react and up your future bets to try to chase your losses. Stay steady with your lower bids to regain your money.

Don't Bet on the Underdog

This is just a poor betting habit and can result in the loss of your funds quicker than if you chose to go with the team that has a proven track record. Don't go against the grain when it comes to placing your bets. Stick with making your bets smart and placing your bets with the team that is a more predictable win.

Research

Research can be the key to making winning bets. Of course, many people make bets on a hunch and win but there are times when those bets can promote a loss. Knowing the statistics of a team can make the difference between winning and losing that bet. View past games to have the information that you need to make a strong bet.

Do your homework on teams or individuals that you plan to bet on prior to placing any bets. Watch for trends as well that can determine the outcome of your bet. Take notes if you need to and even compose yourself a betting journal that can help you keep up with the latest facts on the teams you may be placing bets with. The amount of information you have may be the key to your winning bets.

Another betting tip you will want to make sure that you take advantage of is using the best betting sites. Research this as well since there are so many to choose from. You will want to make sure that the site you choose is reputable and offers the best profits for your bets. You can choose a site such as redbet to begin your research and for a more secure betting experience.

Shop the Best Lines to Place Your Bet

You will be surprised to learn that there are many different lines from which you can place your bets so you will want to make sure that you choose the line that is offering the most profits for your wins. There are a lot of online betting hosts that you can select from, and doing prior research can be vital in order for you to ensure that you reap the best profits for your wins.

State of Mind

Make sure that when you place your bets that you are in your right mind, being intoxicated can cause you to make a poor or hasty decision that can cost you money in the aftermath. Betting sober will allow you to make strong choices with clear judgment allowing you to reap the profits of your smart betting habits. Don't let your emotions determine the way you place your bet, whether it's with the amount you bet or the team that you choose. Hold off on any betting anytime that you are emotional, angry or upset. Once you've cleared your mind you will make the best betting decisions.

All bettors want to win and make a profit off of their bet and having the best information and the best betting site is key to making the best profits when betting. 

 

No matter whether you’re supporting them or boo-ing them every time they take the field, everyone’s interested in Arsenal. With a long and definitely turbulent history behind the team, there’s enough material to last a lifetime, but we’ve managed to select the best insights for those interested to know how they fared throughout the years.

#1 – Finest Artillery

Arsenal’s players are nicknamed ‘The Gunners’, as you certainly know. But did you know it was all due to its founders, who were a group of cannon makers at the Woolwich Arsenal back in 1886.

#2 – Relegation Matters

Being relegated to a lower stratum most certainly matters to any football club. However, Arsenal has no such worries, as they are the only still-existing English football club which has avoided relegation since 1919/20.

#3 – A Special Cup

The Premier League of 2003/04 witnessed Arsenal’s total victory without a single loss. Moreover, the strain of wins had been going on since the previous season’s league, with a total of 49 unbeaten league games which ended early in 2004/05 Premier League. They were awarded a special gold version of the cup that year, for setting a precedent with such an accomplishment.

#4 – Wenger’s Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is beyond doubt the longest lasting manager in their history, so much so he considers the club to be his child. Dating back from 1996, Wenger has kept his seat secure for over a decade now.

#5 – Rivalry

No great club has ever gone its way without a rival. In Arsenal’s case, it’s Tottenham Hotspur, their closest neighbor.

#6 – Wenger & The Cup

Another interesting fact about the team’s manager lingers around the team’s Premiership title. In the season of 1997/98, they won the cup and Wenger became the first ever foreign manager to lift the title.

#7 – International Feats

This club is known to be the sole Premier League representative who has defeated Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena and is known to have triumphed in San Siro over Italy’s AC Milan. Now those were the types of games that guides are written about at www.sbat.com.

#8 – Arsenal Through The Radio

The game they had played against Sheffield United on January 22nd, back in 1927 at Highbury, ended up being the first ever to be broadcasted on the radio.

#9 – Arsenal on TV

As it seems, whenever technology evolved, Arsenal managed to keep up with the trends. Hence, on September 16th 1937, during an exhibition match between the first team and the reserves one became the first football game to be broadcasted on television live.

#10 – Arsenal in 3D

Being as tech savvy as a football club can, Arsenal have another ‘first’ in January, but this one is truly a memorable one. Their match against Manchester United on the 31st, in 2010, became the first match to be broadcasted in 3D. Unluckily for them, Manchester left the match as winners, beating Arsenal in all three dimensions.

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