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Iwobi wants Wenger stay

 

Arsene Wenger may not be a popular figure among the club faithful at the moment but many of his players have shown him unconditional support over the past few weeks and attacker Alex Iwobi is one of them.

Iwobi recently urged Arsenal fans to show more respect to Wenger and now the 20-year-old has gone on to express his desire to see his manager remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current campaign.

"He's a great man in my opinion. I'd like him to stay. He's always helped me and developed me as player," Iwobi told the BBC's World Football programme.

"I don't think it's fair the way everybody criticises him. It's very unfair considering what he's done. He's always achieved fourth place, been in the Champions League and been up there with the title contenders."

Hector Bellerin has managed to earn a reputation as one of the best young right-backs in the world since establishing himself as a regular for Arsenal a couple of seasons ago and the 22-year-old has managed to catch the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona due to his performances.

Now according to reports from Tuttosport, Italian champions Juventus have also joined Barcelona in the race to sign Bellerin and the Old Lady are said to have sent scouts to monitor closely the young defender during the Spain Under-21’s victory over Italy on Monday.

Pires explains that Arsenal are struggling due to the absence of Cazorla

Arsenal have once again flattered to deceive during the current Premier League campaign and the best the Gunners can now hope for is a mere place in the top four once again.

It did look like Arsenal could potentially challenge for the title following a strong start to the season and club legend Robert Pires has explained that the North London side's struggles have been down to the absence of injured star midfielder Santi Cazorla.

Pires told Sky Sports News, "When you see the names on the paper they are great players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The most important [thing] is missing Santi Cazorla. He is one of the best players at Arsenal. He's been injured for four months now and this is a real problem for Arsenal."

Ozil to decide Arsenal future soon

 

Mesut Ozil’s long term future Arsenal has been subject to much speculation over the past few months and it is widely believed that the German international could potentially end up leaving the Emirates Stadium next summer if he does not sign a new contract.

Ozil has finally gone on to provide an update regarding his contractual situation at Arsenal and has hinted that he could extend his stay with the North London side beyond the end of the current campaign.

He told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, "You think Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently. I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We'll talk soon and then make a decision."

Arsenal eye a move for Kasper Schmeichel

Petr Cech is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers to have graced the Premier League but it has to be said that the veteran custodian has not been at his supreme best during the current campaign for Arsenal.

Cech has made numerous uncharacteristic errors throughout the course of the season and it is believed that Arsenal could look to find a replacement of the 34-year-old, who is clearly regressing at the moment, next season.

Now in reports from the Daily Mirror, revelations have been made that Arsenal are considering a shock move for Leicester City star Kasper Schmeichel. Schmeichel played a key role in helping Leicester win the title last season and he has continued his fine form during the current campaign as well, despite the Foxes’ struggles.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be an admirer of Schmeichel and there have been suggestions that the Frenchman could make a swoop for the 30-year-old if he stays put at the Emirates Stadium next season.