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The August transfer window is not called the silly season for nothing, but this year’s antics could put anything Monty Python might dream up to shame. The walls are still echoing to the gasps from Neymar’s £200 million move to Paris Saint Germain, but it seems that the French club are not finished yet.

Alexis Sanchez has made it clear that he wants to leave The Gunners and play in the Champion’s League this year, and the conventional thinking was that a move to Manchester City for around £47 million was on the cards. But now PSG has entered the fray, with talks of a potential £80 million move. It is well known that PSG are in the market for a striker, and while they still have their eyes fixed firmly on Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, Sanchez would be a tantalising option.

View from the bookmakers

This time of year has become even more interesting, for both sports fans and keen gamblers, since the online betting sites got as involved in the “game within a game” that is the transfer window as they did with the matches themselves. Today’s punters can go online and claim Mr Green bonus bets to prove they know better than the so-called experts which way the wind is blowing. So what do the bookies have to say about Sanchez?

They are currently offering only 1-3 on for him to remain at Arsenal, while a move to Manchester City is a 4-1 shot. The smart money, however, might be on the 12-1 odds against him following Neymar to PSG. Interestingly, the same odds are available for a switch to Barcelona, while if you think a trip to Manchester United is on the cards, you can get odds of 25-1.

Will he stay or will he go?

It is by no means a foregone conclusion that Sanchez will move at all, and the 1-3 odds could be tempting. After all, Arsenal have shown no indication that they would accept any offer on him, meaning he would have to wait till the end of the season.

Although he so far seems unwilling to sign his £250,000 Arsenal deal for the year, there are plenty of reasons why it might make sense for him to do so. Sanchez appears to have his heart set on Manchester City above all else, probably due to a desire to reunite with his ex Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Sources close to City’s Spanish manager say that he is equally eager to work alongside Sanchez again, but that time is not pressing, and he would possibly slot into the team even more easily this time next year.

How about PSG?

PSG are on one of the biggest spending sprees in football history, and they are not done yet. If Sanchez is tempted to join them, it is likely to be for pecuniary reasons above all else. In the end, the promise of £400,000 a week might be just too tempting an offer to turn down.


Following our escape from another disastrous opening game, new stat's are in to make us Gooners even more concerned.


Can You Win Anything With Kids? has analysed the most common starting eleven of every title winner in the Premier League’s history to uncover just what is the perfect age to lift the trophy.

Since its inception in 1992/93, statistics suggest the perfect age to win the league is 26.62 and with the new season now underway, Liverpool look strongest with an average age of 26.73.


At the back the Reds have almost the perfect line-up, with a goalkeeper of 29 (average winning GK: 29.63), and a back four aged 27.5, just 0.49 years older than the average. Additionally, the midfield has only a little bit more experience (26) than the average age of 25.38 and Sadio Mane has just over a year before he hits the peak striker age of 26.94.


Chelsea, who won the league with an average age of 27.36 last season, is the second most likely to win the league among the top six clubs with an average age of 26.45, but this looks increasingly unlikely given their performance against the mighty Burnley.

Trends suggest once a team hits an average age of around 29, to win the title again needs an influx of fresh blood. Arsenal’s title win back in 2002, Manchester United’s in 2013 and Chelsea’s in 2015 all saw refreshed squads from their winning campaigns a few years previous.


The introduction of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata into the team has already significantly dropped the average age of the Blues compared to last season, while Pep Guardiola’s summer spending has seen them go from being the oldest top six team to the second youngest (25.55), with only rivals Manchester United having a younger team (25.45).


Does age really matter that much? Leave your comments below.


To see the full data and see average ages across teams and seasons, visit

The average ages of the top six teams for the coming Premier League season are:

Liverpool - 26.73

Chelsea - 26.45

Tottenham Hotspur - 26.36

Arsenal - 27

Manchester City - 25.55

Manchester United - 25.45


Positional average age of title winners:


Goalkeeper - 29.63

Defender - 27.01

Midfielder - 25.38

Forward - 26.94


Notes to Editor


Data was collected from every season in the Premier League’s history. Average age for the 2017/18 season were based on last season’s most common starting elevens with the additions of new signings expected to be in the first eleven.


Informed sources have revealed that Arsenal is engaged in high gear talks with Lyon in a bid to sign their maverick striker Alexandre Lacazette. None other than the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the Gunners’ interest in the talented forward. The France international was the subject of a £29 million offer from Arsenal which failed to materialise last summer. Lacazette could finally make the move to Emirates this summer with Lyon president asking for £44 million.

Reports this week indicate that Wenger is finally edging closer to sealing the £44 million deal that would see the Gunners bag their prized target by next week. The Lyon chief Aulas has reiterated the fact that Arsenal’s interest in the 26-year-old valuable player is authentic.

 However, all indications are that Lyon are in no hurry to sell Lacazette since Atletico Madrid still remains a possible contender for him and the striker might be headed there in January after their transfer ban is lifted. While confirming this possibility, the club’s Lyons chief also said that he is keen on listening to what the striker has to say about the expected move. He also confirmed that he, together with is adviser Gerard Houllier, had met Wenger during the match between France and England (played on June 13) and Wenger expressed his interest.

Most football fans, as well as the betting experts from, are interested parties who are following the developments of the Lyon striker’s anticipated move with a keen interest. But how much do you know about the French international?

Below are 10 fact quick facts about the player that many might not know.

  1. He’s a Prized French Marksman

Lacazette scored a total of 28 Ligue 1 goals in 2016; an unmatched record for any French forward in a single calendar year since Jean-Pierre Papin achieved the same feat in 1991.

  1. The Forward Is A Clinical Finisher

The Lyon striker had the highest chance conversion (38.9 per cent) in Europe’s top five leagues last season, ahead of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner (at 34.4%) as well as Monaco forward Radamel Falcao (33.9%)

  1. He is a European Champion

Lacazette scored a dazzling winning goal through a header against Spain in the 2010 European Under 19 Championship and his goal sealed their 2-1 win over France. He played in that winning team with the current Arsenal midfielder, Francis Coquelin.

  1. His Emirates experience

In less than 24 hours after he led his team to a victory over Spain, Lacazette played for Lyon in the Emirates Cup, whereby he arrived just 10 minutes to the warm-up and started the match against Celtic.

  1. He’s a Puel Product

The Lyon forward came through the youth ranks at the club and was handed his debut by the former Southampton manager Clause Puel, which effectively makes him Puel’s prodigy.

  1. Comes from a footballing family

His older brother played in the Swiss second division before becoming a coach while his cousin Romuald Lacazette plays for 1860 Munich in Germany.

  1. He is a penalty box Maverick

Out of his 28 Ligue 1 goals in the last season, only two were scored from outside the penalty box.

  1. He is an International Goal Scorer

The French international scored his first France goal where they won 2-0 over Denmark, in a game played at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, home to his club’s vicious rivals St Estienne.

  1. In Comparison to Arsenal Players

The Lyons striker scored a total of 28 goals last season. This is more than the goals scored by Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez, and Danny Welbeck combined

  1. Lacazette is in Good Company

Since the 2012/2013 season, only nine strikers have been able to score more goals in the top five Leagues in Europe. These include Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luiz Suarez Edison Cavani, Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero.


The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, will continue to manage Arsenal for another two years at least. It comes as no surprise to fans and the football community that Wenger and the club agreed on a contract on May 31st following the FA Cup win over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger has been managing the club for the past 20 years – however, last season was the most uncertain period of his entire career. With a strong start to the season, Arsenal had a devastating run of form between January and April that cost the Gunners a Champions League spot and a place in the top four for the first time in 20 years of Wenger’s managerial career. This poor form has already impacted what’s going on at the bookies. From research, I came across these BetVictor Arsenal odds of them winning the league and they’re currently at 10/1. It’s clear to see that the Gunners have a lot to prove if they want to come out on top this season.

Furthermore, for the seventh consecutive season, Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League round of 16 stages against the mighty Bavarians. Bayern Munich won both games and the tie by 10-2 on aggregate.

All these issues have disgruntled fans. As Wenger somehow earned himself another two-year contract in an attempt to make things right at the club, the Gunners and their fans have a lot of questions to ask.

Wenger agreed to stay on after meeting with Stan Kroenke, who is a majority shareholder of the club. There was uncertainty throughout the season regarding the extension of Arsene’s contract. However, the manager admitted that he was at fault for the team’s performance this season. The Gunners had their worst finish ever as they came fifth for the first time in 21 years. The manager accepted that team morale was low and the players were not in a good place which greatly affected their performance this season.

However, the season ended with something positive for Arsenal where the team managed to produce one of the best performances. Arsenal beat Chelsea on the grand stage at Wembley by 2-1 and won the FA Cup. The fans were happy and the manager was also satisfied with the performance. There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger always wanted to stay at the club irrespective of the situation. He has turned down numerous opportunities to manage other clubs along with a chance to manage the French national team. Hence, the new two-year contract was a victory for Wenger as he wanted unequivocal support from the Arsenal board and shareholders.

Rumours arose that Ivan Gazidis, the Chief Executive at Arsenal, didn’t want Arsene to continue managing the club and was pushing a change from behind the curtains. The Chief Executive also wanted to appoint a technical director for Arsenal – something which Wenger has expressed strong disagreement for.

After months of discussions and speculations, the decision came out to be in favour of Wenger with the support of the board. The majority shareholder, Kroenke, thinks that Wenger is still the right man to take the club forward and make things right in the upcoming seasons.

Now that the manager has signed a two-year contract, here are the five things he should do to prove that it was the right decision:

Sort the Futures of Key Players

The first and foremost thing Arsene Wenger needs to do is to sort out the futures of the club’s key players; Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. If the club want to be a contender for the Premier League title next season, they must keep both players. In my eyes, these are the only two ‘world class’ players in the team. However, the manager will have to ensure that their commitment and dedication towards the club remains consistent.

From February onwards, despite starting and playing major games for the club, Alexis Sanchez has been highly unsettled at Arsenal. The club is prepared to offer Ozil and Sanchez a contract which will make them the highest paid players in the club’s history. Reports suggest that Ozil will be offered a deal worth £250,000 a week whereas Sanchez will be at £280,000 a week.

The Gunners were frustrated as the team failed to pen a deal with Ozil last year. Sanchez’s situation is not looking good either, as the player is heavily linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Nonetheless, the club should try to persuade Sanchez to sign a deal which will keep him at Arsenal until 2020.

Bring back positivity

The events of the 2016/2017 season has created great unrest among fans, where a clear majority are dissatisfied with the team’s lack of progress.

Is it possible for Arsene Wenger to bring back the positivity and convince supporters that his team can still win major trophies and Premier League titles? Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League since 2003-2004.

It all depends on how Wenger motivates his players before August and how the club intends to spend in the summer transfer window. If they fail to bring in big names, the fans won’t accept any excuses if Arsenal have a poor start to the season. The Gunners have already been very patient with trophies as well as signings.

For the past couple of years, fans usually start the season by supporting the manager as the team get off to a good start. As time passes by, and especially in the second half of the season, the same supporters quickly start to feel dissatisfied.

To overcome this, Wenger has to ensure that his team challenges for the Premier League title and other major trophies.

Modernise the Club’s Structure

It’s also important that Wenger should consider modernising the club’s structure to ensure future success. However, we should not expect Wenger to change his gameplay, style and how he works.

Few managers operate the same way as Wenger and it’s time for him to accept some structural change.

Play threemen defence

Arsene Wenger changed the club’s formation and brought in threemen defence at the back, which really suited fullbacks. The new formation also helped central midfielders, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka, to galvanise and play effectively.

In the past season, Wenger gambled with his system and the positive change was reflected in the FA Cup win against Chelsea. Furthermore, Arsenal won nine out of ten games in which they played three men at the back (preferably 3-4-2-1).

Sign world class players in the summer transfer window

This is crucial. Even if Sanchez and Ozil decide to stay, Arsenal must strengthen their squad by signing world-class players. The primary setback that Arsenal might face is not qualifying for the Champions League.

Currently, the club is heavily linked with world class young prospects such as Alexandre Lacazette. However, would they be able to sign such players considering Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, etc. are also aiming for them? These clubs can also potentially offer more than Arsenal can.

Hopefully, Wegner will manage to pull things around in time for the new season and will restore faith amongst fans.


Are you one of those folks who only remembers that you need to get some new travel luggage on the day when you’re at a loss to find anything to use for the trip you’re making to a conference or meeting?  Or are you someone who is embarrassed when your new friend stares at your travel bag from undergrad school when you pick it out of those at the airport carousel?  After the third time my luggage was tossed about by handlers I decided it was time to break down and get some new totes; particularly since my new job required me to spend half my time on the road.

Searching for new luggage can be worse than finding the suit the luggage will be carrying.  I was fortunate; the Container Store was offering a complete selection of various types of new luggage.  All I had to do was to pick out the particular style, design and color; then I could use my Groupon coupon to purchase them at prices of up to 43% off the list price.

I decided on three criteria to be used in selecting the luggage set I wanted.  First, durability. I wanted my set to be able to withstand abuse from the user – myself, since I tend to be exceedingly careless; the mechanical systems used today to transport luggage; and from nature including weather.  Second, portability.  I wanted luggage that was easy for a single person to handle without needing a warehouse hi-lo just to get from terminal door to the check-in counter.  And third, capacity.  I wanted my luggage to be able to carry as much as possible.  I ultimately settled upon soft-sided luggage so it could effectively squeeze it into tight spaces like airplane overheads or tight car trunks.  The leather set I selected had one large case, a shoulder bag and a suit bag; all had rollers, shoulder straps and folded down to fit on a closet shelf.  They were durable and attractive (leather!).  And they were light – at least until fully packed!  I could pack a suit, toilet kit, and a full weeks’ wardrobe, including shoes and casual wear.  And buying them with a Groupon coupon made the set cost less than either the jacket I bought to wear or the new suit I’d be wearing when working on my new job.


For all the talk of Arsene Wenger leaving or staying at The Emirates, it seems the Arsenal hierarchies are making contingency plans to replace the legendary manager, and a host of names have been bandied around. From the world class, superstar coaches such as Massimiliano Allegri, Laurent Blanc and Diego Simeone, it seems Arsenal have not identified a coach with a growing reputation in Europe. Step forward, Leonardo Jardim The Monaco manager had worked wonders with the modest French club, guiding them to The Champions League semifinals, French Cup semifinals, French League Cup finals and are on the cusp of a Ligue 1 title. He would feature high on the list over promo codes to replace Arsene Wenger should the manager leave.

With a Monaco team that have delved from the massive spending days of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, and have embraced a philosophy of blending in youth and adding them to experienced hands. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Benjamin Mendy have all earned plaudits for their performances this season and it has been down to their manager, who has been responsible for that remarkable upturn in form. He blends youth with experience, and his attacking philosophy is perhaps the best in Europe, with his side known for goal scoring in almost every match. At 42, he fits into the mound of young managers getting the top jobs, and his unheralded arrival will probably work well for him, as Antonio Conte will testify at Stamford Bridge.

Jardim is known for his progression of youth, a philosophy that Arsenal is synonymous with. Under Arsene Wenger in recent years, the club have somewhat regressed in the league as they have gone 13 years without a league championship, and Jardim will prove a master class if he does get to sign. His Monaco teams are on the cusp of Ligue 1 glory even with the financial might and clout of PSG, meaning that he can mix it with the bigger boys irrespective of the club budget. He is renowned for getting the best out of players, and just like Mauricio Pochettino, is famed for improving players, as the likes of Sidibe, Fabinho, Bakayoko and Lemar, as well as reviving Radamel Falcao, who performed so badly in his two years in England.

Another reason that may well work for them is that apart form the Portuguese; the other managers they are looking at are not likely to coach the Gunners. Luis Enrique will probably go for a sabbatical, Diego Simeone is obsessed with coaching Inter Milan and why will Max Allegri want to leave Juventus when he is on the cusp of a Treble? Jardim has done wonders with a youthful Monaco side, and one can only imagine what he can do with a bigger, more financed, stable club like Arsenal. And just like Wenger, who also won Ligue 1 ahead of more fancied clubs; he may well be the new man to take the English game by storm.

He won't be the first.....


Arsenal and Manchester City face off on Sunday at Wembley in what promises to be a crucial game in the outcome of what a successful season will mean for both clubs. The FA Cup offers Arsene Wenger and City counterpart, Guardiola the chance to end the season on a high and ahead of the clash at Wembley, we take a look at The Gunners probable lineup ahead of the clash. Arsenal have lost just twice in their last 10 matches against City, a stat that may well see Gooners rushing over to NetBet Sport to put their money where their mouth is. Those statistics which will give them confidence heading to the tie at Wembley, for a place in the showpiece later next month.


Petr Cech should come in for this one. David Ospina had been the regular cup keeper, but is still out due to injury meaning Cech should come in and try to thwart the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne. A 4-time previous winner of the competition, he offers a calm presence in front of goal.


After trying 3 at the back against Middlesbrough, Wenger may likely revert to type against City. Captain, Laurent Koscileny should pair German, Shkodran Mustafi in the centre of defence. The pair had been unflappable at the beginning of the season, but had suffered a dip in form in recent months, yet, they are the best bet on defenders at the club. Hector Bellerin should come back into the defence and hope to cause damage against City's ageing left side of defence. At left back, Nacho Monreal should offer balance as Wenger looks to win the match and progress to another FA Cup final, having won the prestigious cup 6 times.


Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny should get the nod in the pivot. Both players will be looking to halt City's attack and continue with their good cop-bad cop role, as Xhaka is a destroyer, while the Egyptian is a calm presence. In attacking midfield, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Chamberlain should occupy the forward role. The pair of Sanchez and Ozil was majestic against Boro and are expected to offer a threat to City's defence.


Oliveir Giroud should come in for this one, as his aerial presence will threaten City. The Frenchman has come in for a lot of stick this season, and is fighting for his future at the Emirates.

Predicted lineup: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Sanchez, Ozil, Chamberlain, Giroud.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more