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We’re currently in the middle of the Champions League campaign, and now 16 teams are left to compete with each other during the final stages. Although there are much more superior teams left in the competition, you still can’t count the likes of Basel out of the mix. Realistically, though, which teams have the power and experience to bring the crown back to their trophy rooms?

Manchester City

Manchester City currently find themselves favourites to take the crown for the first time in their history and, if their domestic form is anything to go by, they have a real shot of competing with Europe’s elite. The only problem Manchester City have is that they don’t have the same Champions League experience as some of the other favourites, as they’ve only been competing at the highest level now for around 5 years. One benefit City do have is that they have a winning manager in Pep Guardiola, and he has experience to take the club to a higher level. Will Manchester City be able to compete with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid? Or will their lack of experience cost them when it really matters?

Paris St Germain

With the quality PSG have at their disposal, it would be very hard not to see them in the final stages of the tournament. Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe all have the quality to score the important goals in both legs in each stage of the cup. It just depends on whether they have the defensive quality to keep out Real Madrid and co. They are second favourites to Manchester City by a small margin, but if they can continue their good run of form like they have domestically, they are serious contenders to bring the Champions League to France.

Barcelona

You can never count Barcelona out of anything they compete for, especially the Champions League. They’re already a team filled with heroes in Lionel Messi and Iniesta, and it could be their heroics that takes them to the winner’s circle of the Champions League. Barcelona still aren’t the same team as they once were under Pep Guardiola, but they still have the attacking quality to put any team aside on their day. Barcelona are strong contenders to bring the cup back to Spain, but they’ll need to be at their best with some of the other teams they’re up against.

Manchester United

If you look at the current form of Manchester United you wouldn’t fancy them at all in a competition with so much quality opposition, but all sports betting odds suggest they’re still in the mix. After all, we’re going into the last 16 of the tournament when anything has and can happen. One advantage Manchester United have other their competitors is that their defence looks pretty solid, and they’ve only conceded a mere 16 goals in 24 games in their Premier League campaign. The only problem United have is that they’re very hit or miss. They can’t seem to string a good run of form together under Mourinho, and it has become a problem in the Premier League. United do, however, have the experience of winning the Champions League on two previous occasions, so never say never.

Juventus

Italian sides always seem to do well on the European stage. We’ve seen Roma, Napoli and Juventus compete at the other end of the competition multiple times in their history. Juventus look like a different opposition this year and defensively they’re well known to be able to handle the bigger giants. Ultimately, it depends what side of Juventus turns up in the final stages of the competition, but if they can defend properly like they’re known for, there’s no reason why their attack minded players won’t be able to do the business in front of goal.

Liverpool also look like strong candidates this year along with Bayern Munich. However, the above teams look like they have that little bit more this year in terms of attacking and defensive ability. Will Manchester City live up to their status as favourites of the competition or will Manchester United provide us with a shock and turn up the heat on their rivals?

 

One of the hottest strikers in Europe the last couple of years, that many predicted to end up in Real last year, is now is knocking on the door to Arsenal.

We all know the quality of Aubameyang. An amazing striker that's fast as the wind (fastest on FIFA 18, it says something). Year after year we find him in the top of the list of most goals scored in Bundesliga. Will we see him dressed in red and white in a few weeks? Let’s hope so!

I think this transfer would take Arsenal to the next level, combined with the latest sign of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The speed and breakthrough quality they offer will make an effective weapon.

There are many indications that the transfer will go through within a few days, if we should listen to all rumours. In my opinion, If Arsenal manage to close this deal, I would say that this transfer window can be one of the best Arsenal made in a long time. It could be the transfer that take us to top 4 and Champions League.

Odds for Aubameyang - January transfer window

If you’d like to try to make some money based on the rumours, there always the possibility to place a bet. The odds are at the moment around 1,60 (4/7) that he will be representing Arsenal in February. Which is a quite good indication of how close the deal is.

However, it might not be the best way to go if you chase that big win, as the odds is quite low. If you’re looking for a winning of your dreams you could visit Dreamz Casino, where you can find nice bonus offers for UK based casinos, among many other useful things.

If you don’t want to go the casino-way, there’s also option to place a bet on a transfer for other teams as well. A transfer to Liverpool for instance will give you 21X your bet!

Downside for the transfer

The downside to this transfer is that Arsenal might lose Giroud on a loan to Dortmund. In my opinion, he’s a perfect striker to have in the squad as well. A completely different player with other qualities that’s nice to have against low defending teams in locked games.

I for one will keep my thumbs for a transfer will go through within a few days. Arsenal need it. I need it.

 

Possible Arsenal Transfers this Winter

The transfer window closes on the 31st of January 2018 as we wait with baited breath to see what Arsene Wenger will do. Below we list all the information we have on transfer deals that have been secured and those that are ongoing as well as the rumours that continue to do the rounds. Don’t forget to check out the top sports betting sites in Ireland so you can place your bets on upcoming Premier League matches and more.

Top Transfer News for Arsenal

Below you will find all the latest news for Arsenal as the transfer window draws to a close in the next two weeks.

  • Theo Walcott transfers to Everton: Walcott has signed a three and a half year deal and is the first Gunner to leave this Winter.

  • Wenger rules out move for Malcom: Wenger has stated that the Girondins De Bordeaux winger isn’t on the club’s radar.

  • Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil will not be leaving: Although out of contract at the end of the season Wenger has confirmed that he will still be with the club in February.

  • Wenger confirms Sanchez move to Manchester United: Wenger has said this move is likely to happen in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Wenger also confirmed that Mkhitaryan’s wages won’t be a problem and the Armenian will be seen as a direct replacement for Sanchez. United are to play Sanchez £350,000 per week. Wenger was adamant that he would not let Sanchez go without a replacement and many feel that Mkhitaryan will be an excellent addition to the Gunners.

  • Borussia Dortmund look set to take Olivier Giroud: This will be a loan until the end of the campaign and the Bundesliga club are viewing him as a temporary replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is expected to move to the Emirates during the transfer window.

  • Juventus negotiate for Hector Bellerin: Juventus have begun negotiations for this Arsenal defender who is currently contracted to the club until summer 2023.

  • Terms agreed with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang: Tersm have been agreed for a sensational £60 million move from Borussia Dortmund.

With both Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang set to join the Emirates we are in for some exciting games. Both understand each other well on and off the pitch having played together at Dortmund. As a pair, these two could transfer the speed with which Arsenal can attack their opponents and it will make for some exciting soccer games ahead.

Manchester United currently lead the race for Alexis Sanchez who has reportedly agreed a £14m a year deal to take him to united but they are still awaiting United’s Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision on whether to make the move or not. However, Wenger is also reported to be looking into the availability of Anthony Martial as another potential signing although United will probably be less likely to part with 22-year-old Martial as he currently still has lots of potential

You would have had to be hiding under a rock if you were not aware of the pressure heaped on Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger's shoulders. Out of the top four spots and dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league side Nottingham Forest has only added to the growing unrest amongst the Arsenal supporters.

Many fans were dismayed when Arsene Wenger signed a new two year contract last season as many felt as if the time was right for the great man to take a step down and hand over the keys to another candidate.

Many fans pinned for the likes of Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus or Leonardo Jardim of Monaco but hopes were dashed when the Frenchman put pen to paper, extending his stay in North London to 22 years, allowing him to break Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games in charge, a record that is unlikely to be beaten any time soon, if at all.

But Arsene Wenger knows that his time is coming to the end, and it looks as if the club are already preparing for his departure, whether that be this summer or the following. I recently checked out an online slots portal that already have Arsene as favourite to leave his position in the summer so maybe everyone is coming to terms with that idea now.

Additions have been made to Arsenal's backroom staff. Raul Sanllehi has come in as director of football, Sven Mislintat as the head of recruitment. Summer appointments from Team Sky cycling of Huss Fahmy as contract negotiator, Darren Burgess from Australian rules as director of high performance. Former legend goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was also added to the first-team coaching staff this year, while captain Per Mertesacker has agreed to become the academy manager next season when he retires from playing.

Those changes look significant, especially when you consider the timeframe of those changes.

One name that keeps popping up if that of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta. He is currently the assistant manager at high flying Manchester City, learning the ropes from the impressive Pep Guardiola and of course playing for Arsene Wenger himself for many years.

Mikel Arteta has always been well respected as a player, he has excellent leadership skills and his experience working under such giants in the game like David Moyes. The obvious concern will be his lack of management experience and that is a big risk at a club like Arsenal.

Ivan Gazidis will have a better idea as to Arteta's suitability to the job than most and it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard is on Arsenal's list when the time comes or whether or not Arsenal look towards a more experienced man for the role.

 

Ups and downs are part of the English top flight premier division. After the summer transfer tempo, each team is confident of securing the bragging rights come may of the next year. Arsenal is one of the teams to win you the William Hill promo code 2018 with numerous bookies available.

 

From match 1 to match 38 is a whole drama and high expectations from the ever loyal fans. The preseason is a right time to sharpen the team’s forces and a hint of the best starting 11. It offers managers a chance to strengthen their team ready for the season.

 

Now let’s have a look at Arsenal. Five exits and two additions, some contract renewals as well as boycotts. The most notable was French talisman Alexander Lacazette, who signed a record £46.5 from Lyon. He seemed to offer a striking solution that has since been left unsolved since the departure of Dutch talisman Robin Van Persie. Scoring on his debut, it was a sign of relief to the Emirates faithful. This season so far, he has scored eight goals and will be looking to add more to his name.

 

The other bargain signing was Sead Kolasinac. After arriving for free, the 24-year-old star looks to have cemented a pecking order for the north London side. With excellent defending and attacking capabilities, he seems to be a perfect fit in the preferred 3-4-2-1 formation, taking the left flank by storm.

 

Up to this point, Arsenal is the 6th best side in the league, trolling behind league leaders Manchester City by 22 points. 11 wins, six draws and 5 loses sums up the premier league football this season for Arsenal. Nevertheless, there will be no chance to lift the highly coveted FA cup, having bundled out by Nottingham Forest on a 6-goal thriller. However, there is still hope of the league cup if they win over Chelsea at the Emirates.

 

Thursday Europa league tiers are highly unpredictable, with elite European sides such as Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid dropping from the champions’ league to join the lower Europe division. Will Arsenal manage to pull a replica of United’s last season campaign to claim the top spot? While that might sound tricky enough, it will assure the Gunners Champions League spot, in case of failure to make it to elite four.

 

The work to be done seems to be massive, with top stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil having undivided attention over the looming transfer activity. Which stars will take Arsenal to the top? Is it the unpredictable Xhaka or the misfiring Lacazette? Or will reformed Wilshere and the upcoming Maitland Niles claim authority? Will Mustafi and Koscielny pull up the wall of Jericho? Might the departure of Alexis and Ozil kill the dreams or is it the rebirth of a new dawn?

 

For an extended period, Arsenal has failed to replicate the Highbury success. The old days dominated by stardom can still come along if the club unveils the right players. The team needs a new coaching strategy. The Frenchman has failed on numerous occasions with poor signings and a weak game strategy being met with the wrath of the fans. Despite all these situations, there is still hope at the end of the tunnel for the North London side.

 

We all know about Arsenal when it comes to the transfer market. Wenger plays a pivotal role to ensure that the team is nourished with young talents and promising stars. Meanwhile, bet on Arsenal to win over Bournemouth and get the Ladbrokes Welcome Bonus 2018.

 

First, let’s look at last summer’s activity. Letting go defenders Gabriel Paulista, Kieran Gibbs, and forwards Yaya Sanogo, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, and Lucas Perez might have created more space on the bench, did Arsenal sign the best players? Sead Kolasinac and Alexander Lacazette were excellent additions, but how sufficient are they.

 

It is notable that Arsenal missed out on top target Thomas Lemar, who would have been an excellent addition to the attacking midfield with top playmaker Santi Cazorla serving an extended period on the injury bed. What amazes me is the collection of many average players instead of top game changers.

 

The premier league is often characterized by numerous injuries, mostly due to its physical nature. Looking at Arsenal’s case, you will see a clear view of what happens when a team fails to reach the top-class. Right now, some first-team stars are on the sidelines. They include Kolasinac, Ramsey, Koscielny, Monreal, Ozil, Giroud, Cazorla, and the latest one Jack Wilshere. There is the mystery surrounding the future of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with the latter on the verge of joining either of the Manchester sides, what look left is just a shattered dream.

 

With the premier league title dreams long dead, the top four race seems hot especially for Arsenal, with the renaissance of Manchester United and Liverpool to fill the coveted positions. Arsene Wenger, however, doesn’t seem to care and this might prove yet another massive slump for the once invincibles. Failure to take command the big matches have made arsenal a laughing stock under the Frenchman. The ejection from the FA by minnows Nottingham Forest added misery to the already ailing situation.

 

There are no real game changers in the squad, and that seems to prove a hard nut to crack for the London side. If this situation has to change, Arsenal needs to be part ways with some right amount of money and the average stars who can’t overturn results on a bad day.

 

Each part of the squad, from defense to striking, looks to have loopholes that have to be filled if the north London side has to get back to the days of glory. 13 years have passed since lifting the last premier league trophy, not even a single UEFA champions league title.

 

Recent stats show that Arsenal has surpassed lifetime foes United as the most endowed club, as they come second to Manchester City. This rise in financial muscle should be converted to modern stars, just as the 2004 golden era invincible side that had Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehman, Sol Campbell just to mention a few.

 

A new manager might offer a solution, but will he keep the beautiful game and bring in more trophies? This stalemate lies at the hands of Stan Kroenke and the entire club committee.

 

  • 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