Reports suggest Arsenal unlikely to sign a replacement striker for Giroud


Arsenal already had a depth problem at the front of their attack.

Now, with Olivier Giroud out 3-4 months with a broken tibia, they have a complete lack of players up front.

And yet, it seems Arsene Wenger is content.

With Loic Remy, Danny Welbeck, and Radamel Falcao available among plenty of others, Arsenal is unlikely to move for a striker before the transfer window shuts tomorrow night, according to multiple reports in England.

Instead, Remy was snatched up by Chelsea, Falcao looks to possibly be on his way to Manchester City, and Welbeck at the moment is appearing to be either staying at Old Trafford or maybe off to Spurs on loan.

The decision is questionable at best, especially after watching Sanogo against Leicester City. He timed a run perfectly on a play with Sanchez that led to Arsenal’s first goal, but that was about it as far as good moments for the Frenchman. In fact, he should have scored on that play, but was completely baffled by the bounce and is lucky the rebound fell to a teammate.

Otherwise, he was useless in buildup and poor finishing chances. He blew a great chance on a counter-attack in first-half stoppage time when he was caught needlessly offside.  Just a few minutes later he gave a hilariously bad pass away outside the box to kill another buildup.

It’s unsure how Wenger plans to proceed without Giroud, but Sanogo as his regular starter up front could be quite problematic.

Sanchez played striker against Besiktas in the Champions League, and was quite good there, so that could be a potential option.  So too could be Lukas Podolski, but the German was left on the bench against Leicester in favor of Sanogo.

Wenger did, however, say after the match that “We want to and are looking into that. We’re very active.” But it’s hard to trust what managers say to the media about transfer dealings.

Anything can happen on Deadline Day for sure, that should be remembered – especially after this performance by Sanogo, which could make Wenger rethink his plans – but as of now, stagnation could be the plan A for Arsenal.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

Jurgen Klopp coy over links with Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Based on all the reports, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Jurgen Klopp will be named the next manager at Liverpool.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss had been heavily linked with the Liverpool job even before Brendan Rodgers was fired, and now that Rodgers is out, Klopp’s name is once again grabbing all the headlines.

While some reports state he could be appointed manager by the end of the week, nothing is official yet as Klopp is still in Germany, unemployed as of today.

[ REPORTS: Nigel Pearson approached by Sunderland ]

Klopp was approached by a reporter from German news outlet Bild in Leverkusen, and was asked about the vacant Liverpool job. While he did not confirm he was in talks with the club, he didn’t deny the links either.

There’s nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I’m going home now.

It is believed that a deal between the club and the manager is in the works, with a few details still needed to be worked out before anything is made official.

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One of the biggest roadblocks in the deal is Liverpool’s use of a transfer committee when buying new players, while Klopp is supposedly keen on having full control over the team’s signings. The club has said no moves are made without the manager’s approval, although it is reported that Rodgers was limited on what players he could bring in, having multiple moves shot down by the committee.

Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is still in the running for the vacant position, but at this time, Klopp is the out-and-out favorite to take over.

Reports: Sunderland reaches out to Nigel Pearson

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 11, 2015 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Sunderland is without a win and without a manager, as the Black Cats are in desperate need of some help.

After manager Dick Advocaat resigned following Sunderland’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, the club has been searching for a replacement to help lead the club off the bottom of the table.

Reports out of England state the North East club has approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who has been out of work after being fired over the summer.

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Pearson knows what it takes to win with a team in a relegation battle, as he led Leicester to a 14th place finish last season after sitting bottom of the table at Christmas. Still in last place in March, the Foxes won seven of their final nine matches to stay up in the Premier League.

However, Pearson was sacked over the summer after having a fall-out with the Leicester board, and it was well-documented that he had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s owners.

It is being reported that Sunderland’s technical director Lee Congerton approached Pearson about the job, but that club owner Ellis Short would rather bring former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on board.

[ REPORTS: Liverpool could appoint Jurgen Klopp manager by end of the week ]

When you look at Nigel Pearson, he is a polar opposite of Dick Advocaat. Advocaat came to Sunderland towards the end of his managerial career, with experience winning titles with major clubs throughout Europe. However, he had never managed in the Premier League, and had no experience with a club fighting for survival.

Pearson, on the other hand, is fresh off a relegation battle and his fiery attitude may be what’s needed to turn Sunderland around. While Pearson may not always see eye-to-eye with the media or the board, he is fiercely loyal to his players and is a no-nonsense type-manager.

With the Premier League on an international break, Sunderland has a bit of time to figure things out, but expect Pearson’s name to continue to be linked with the job.