Arsenal Nearing Deal for Juventus Star Stephan Lichtsteiner Over Free Transfer

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It may not be long until we see the first transfer addition of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal. The Spaniard was unveiled Wednesday as the newly minted Gunners boss, and now multiple reports indicate that he’s closing in on signing Juventus star Stephan Lichtsteiner. The best part is that it would be on a free transfer as the Switzerland international is out of contract.

“I’m playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there’s always competition for places,” Lichtsteiner told Mediaset after making his 300th appearance against Bologna this month (h/t The Guardian). [Read more…]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Says Arsenal Stagnated Recently

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Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who broke the club’s transfer fee record when he moved over from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window, has made some refreshingly candid remarks about the club.

After Unai Emery was officially introduced as the new manager at Arsenal yesterday, Aubameyang admits that the club has stagnated in recent years. Arsene Wenger led the club to a whole lot of silverware during his 22 years in charge of the club, but in his final years on the job the Gunners degraded from title contenders to just top four contenders to only Europa League qualifiers the past two years.

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New Manager Unai Emery Unveils His Vision for Arsenal FC

Arsenal Football Club unveiled their new manager, Unai Emery, at a press conference today which saw the Basque Country native outline his vision for the north London club.

Emery, who just led Paris Saint-Germain to a domestic treble, faces a major rebuilding project at the Emirates this summer. The Gunners, traditionally among the Premier League title contenders, failed to even finish in the top four during the past two seasons. The club went into a sharp decline during the final years of the Arsene Wenger era, and now Emery will be tasked in restoring former glory.

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Arsenal FC News: Unai Emery, Santi Cazorla, New Puma Kits

With then 2017-18 season complete, the summer offseason is now here for Arsenal. The  Gunners won’t be reunited again until training camp in July. However, it’s going to be a very busy summer, and an exciting transfer window at the Emirates, with a whole lot of topics to discuss.

Today is obviously a very busy news day, so let’s take a spin through the headlines.

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Reports: Unai Emery Set to Become Next Arsenal FC Manager

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Arsenal have found their new manager, just their second since 1996, and again there is a French connection. Unai Emery, who led Paris Saint-Germain to a dominating run through France’s Ligue 1 this season, is your new Arsenal boss according to multiple reports. David Ornstein, of the BBC, writes that “Emery emerged as the unanimous choice following a recruitment process in which all candidates were spoken to.”

The 46-year-old native of the Basque country in Spain replaces Frenchman Arsene Wenger, who stepped down after 22 seasons in charge at the club.

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Quartet of Chelsea Players Snubbed from Spain World Cup Roster

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Spain has unveiled the official team roster that is set to compete for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next month, and there are some notable absentees. Among the most glaring cuts are a quartet of Chelsea men- midfielder Cesc Fabregas, forward Pedro, striker Alvaro Morata and wing back Marcos Alonso.

Although Morata has struggled with injuries and had an ineffective club season, he was a key cog for Spain during qualifiers, as he contributed five goals. Nevertheless, Coach Julen Lopetegui decided to go in a different direction. Other notable snubs included Napoli’s Jose Callejoin and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.

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Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette Left Off France World Cup Roster

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France national team manager Didier Deschamps believes that his side’s attack is better off without Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, as both young Premier League forwards were omitted from the World Cup roster.

Deschamps, who announced the 23 man roster which will compete in Russia next month on Thursday night, decided that Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Paris Saint-Germain’s (loan- Monaco) Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud make for superior attacking options.

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Arsenal to Interview Thierry Henry for Open Managerial Job

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Thierry Henry is the next name being mentioned as the Arsenal managerial search rolls on. The Frenchman was considered a dark horse candidate to replace Arsene Wenger, long before the club announced that the man who led the club for 22 years was going to step down.

Henry, who was openly discussed the potential of succeeding Wenger, on more than one occasion, is set to hold talks with the club next week, Sky Sports reports.

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Arsene Wenger Endorses Idea of Mikel Arteta Succeeding Him

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Arsenal have held talks with former player, and current Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, over the prospect of his potentially becoming the team’s next manager. Arteta, 36, played for the Gunners from 2011-2016, and he served as captain for part of his stint with the club.

The north London side have also reached out to another former captain, Patrick Vieira, about the possibility of succeeding Arsene Wenger, who just stepped down after 22 years in charge of the team.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Almost Went to Arsenal over Man United in ’03, Arsene Wenger Reveals

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Cristiano Ronaldo was very close to becoming an Arsenal player in 2003, Arsene Wenger revealed. The Gunners were involved in the race to acquire the Portugese galactico from Sporting CP in 2003, when he was just 18-years-old, but weren’t willing to match the amount that Manchester United shelled out (reportedly £12 million) to get one of the greatest players of all time.

According to Wenger, who just stepped down this past week as manager of Arsenal after 22 years, Ronaldo is the player that he most regrets missing out on. The Frenchman gave an interview, entitled “The One that Got Away” to Arsenal’s website, in which he revealed just how close the north London side came to signing CR7.

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Tottenham Hotspur Land Five on England 2018 World Cup Squad

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England has officially announced the 23-man  roster that they will send to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. If you’re a Tottenham Hotspur fan, then quite likely you’re already an England supporter too. If not as of yet, you probably will be now as Spurs led the way with five selections to manager Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Both Manchester clubs, United and City, placed a quartet on the Three Lions roster, while Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City each saw a pair of players make the cut. The official announcement tweet video, and full official roster is below.

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Arsene Wenger Farewell Speech to Arsenal Fans: Video, Transcript

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Arsene Wenger has just won his final home game as Arsenal boss. The Gunners sent him out in style absolutely destroying a solid Burnley team that had been battling for sixth place. Feeding off such an emotional day, they pounded the Clarets 5-0. Wenger’s final set of match program notes certainly reflected the conflicting emotions of the day, and you can read those over at this link.

The 66-year-old, who won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields over the course of his 22 years at the club, was sent off in style. Here’s video of the speech he gave to the crowd after the game.

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