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Wenger says Arsenal can win title; fans should follow Spurs example

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“Don’t stop believing!”

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Arsene Wenger has obviously dusted off his “Journey: Greatest Hits” album this week as he looks for inspiration following two defeats on the spin in the Premier League.

The Gunners lost 3-1 at Chelsea last weekend to fall 12 points behind the current PL leaders (that defeat came hot on the heels of their shock home defeat to Watford) and their title hopes appear all but over for another season. After admitting at the weekend that he’s been offered a new two-year contract extension, Wenger didn’t give any update on how he’s feeling about his future.

Speaking to the media ahead of their clash against Hull City on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Wenger isn’t giving up just yet.

“It is never over. Even if you [the media] think it is, I don’t – we can’t think like that,” Wenger said. “We’re in a pack that is very tight and the fight for every position will be massive, maybe more this season than before. If it is over for us, it is over for everyone else as we are all in the pack.”

The Frenchman reiterated his point that Chelsea is in a very strong position as they do not have European action to contend with in the second half of the season, keeping their players fresher than their title rivals, but he’s obviously not giving up hope of securing a first PL title in 13 years.

Still, after plenty of late-season collapses in recent years, Arsenal’s fans won’t be holding their breath.

Speaking of fans, Arsene told the Arsenal supporters to look across north London to their rivals for how they should support a team…

“Of course, our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have as well,” Wenger said. “But I don’t feel it is absolutely clear. You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday. It doesn’t make sense. All the other clubs, everywhere we fight with – Man United, Man City, Liverpool… they have big expectations as well and big histories.

“We are in a fight there, we absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it. You have Tottenham, everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team. We have to do exactly the same, even if we had two disappointing results.”

That will go down well with the fanbase, Arsene…


In other news Wenger also completely rubbished transfer reports stating he would make a move for Manchester City’s Joe Hart this summer.

Hart, 29, is currently on a season-loan with Serie A side Torino but reports stated Arsenal were interested in England’s No.1 goalkeeper. Wenger said he already has three world class goalkeepers, so he’s good.

With Petr Cech at 34 years old, plus David Ospina around, the rumor regarding Hart joining Arsenal seemed a little off the mark to begin with. With no place for him at Man City, his search for a new permanent home will continue as Liverpool and West Ham continue to be linked with a summer move.

And when it comes to Jack Wilshere, it doesn’t seem like he will be on the move this summer according to Wenger who also said there have been no talks about the Arsenal academy product, currently on loan at Bournemouth, joining the Cherries permanently.

“We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere,” Wenger confirmed.

Wilshere said himself on Thursday that he’s focused on digging Bournemouth out of a relegation battle they currently look like being sucked in to and any decision about a new deal at Arsenal or a move away from the Emirates Stadium will be contemplated in the summer.

The England international continues to grab assists and look tidy in midfield as he gets back to full fitness and back to his best. Arsenal could certainly do with his bite back in midfield next season but if Wenger can’t guarantee him regular minutes then Wilshere may well look elsewhere.

Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

MLS Follow Live — NYCFC hosts Revs, Minnesota meets Sounders

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Only two matches will feature on the MLS docket Sunday evening, but luckily two of the league’s most exciting teams will take to the pitch.

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First, New York City FC will attempt to continue its ascent up the Eastern Conference ladder when they host Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution.

In the night cap, the Seattle Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to nine matches when they welcome newcomers Minnesota United to CenturyLink Field.

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Here’s the schedule and kick-off times for Sunday’s two MLS fixtures.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution — 6 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United — 10 p.m. ET

Neymar’s double paces PSG in home debut against Toulouse

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The early reviews are in for Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, and they’re quite good.

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The Brazilian forward scored twice and assisted on two goals in PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse on Sunday afternoon, keeping the French giants unbeaten in their first three matches.

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Neymar pulled PSG level just beyond the half-hour mark, before setting up Adrian Rabiot in the 35th minute to give the home side the lead at the Parc des Princes.

The 25-year-old wasn’t done though, as Neymar earned a penalty kick in the second half and scored the sixth and final goal of the day for the home side.

Edinson Cavani stepped up and capitalized on the spot kick with 15 minutes remaining, although Toulouse pulled a goal back minutes later when Thiago Silva scored an own goal.

PSG tacked on two more goals late through Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa, making it 5-2.

There were some nervy moments in the latter stages of the match for PSG though, when Marco Verratti picked up his second yellow card and was sent to the locker room early.

Toulouse struggled to come up with chances on the afternoon, but the visitors did manage to make their lone quality opportunity count.

Max Gradel got Toulouse out in front in the 18th minute when the attacker finished off a cross from Kevin Amian.

Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea to spend big, Draxler to PL?

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Antonio Conte‘s side put in a brilliant shift on Sunday during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham, but the Blues manager is far from done in the transfer market.

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The Italian boss has been mulling various roster upgrades this window and it is believed that as many as five more players are on Conte’s wish list despite Deadline Day’s fast approach.

The Express is reporting that the Blues could spend over $250 million on Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dyke and several others.

It is believed that Van Dyke is one of three Southampton players on Conte’s mind, while Danny Drinkwater of Leicester continues to be linked to the London side as well.


Despite recently spending big on Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain still has another big catch on its mind, but the club will need to sell off some of its talent in order to acquire their next prize.

PSG is said to be closing in on a move for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, with the team set to spend well over $200 million for the 18-year-old.

Julian Draxler looks to be one of the casualties as the club attempts to clear financial space, although the German attacker only joined the French side just six months ago.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all intrigued by Draxler’s $41 million price tag, with the 23-year-old considered to be a top-notch option for their attacks.


AC Milan has already had a strong summer, and the club could be preparing to acquire another well-known commodity in its midfield.

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Jack Wilshere has reportedly been offered to the Serie A side from Arsenal after the 25-year-old midfielder spent the last two seasons on loan at Bolton and Bournemouth.