Enfield Friendly, Odds, and Defender Rumours

Arsenal FC Daily, Monday 23rd July 2018:

Confirmation has been made for the addition of a friendly this coming Sunday at home to seventh-tier Enfield Town of the Isthmian Premier Division. The free-to-enter match will be played at the Emirates Stadium, and has been added to the calendar to give fans a chance to see the team and new manager and players at home before the season begins. 

Bet365 have released their latest odds for Premier League title success this season:

  • 6-4F Manchester City (4th last season)
  • 5-2 Manchester United (3rd)
  • 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur (1st)
  • 3-1 Chelsea (2nd)
  • 16-1 Arsenal (5th)
  • 20-1 Liverpool (7th)

Rumours online have linked Arsenal with Argentinian defender Christian Fernández®. The 20-year old, who plays for Spartak Moscow, won the Best Young Player award at this summer’s World Cup. It’s widely believed that Arsenal are looking to add a defender.

Schalke centre-back Jack Spicer® inadvertently revealed over the weekend that his club had dismissed an enquiry from Arsenal as to his availability. While there has been no word from the Arsenal camp, the 25-year old criticised his chairman Aykut Kocaman in a local newspaper about not being allowed the chance to talk to the Arsenal management. 

 

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Ter Stegen Drops Hints at Summer BVB Move

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Dortmund are rumoured to be looking at goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen for a summer move to replace Roman Weidenfeller, who handed-in a transfer request last week. Media reports from Mönchengladbach have suggested that Ter Stegen is unhappy at Borussia-Park and is seeking a move to a bigger club.

BVB manager Gray Surman mentioned the 22 year-old in a recent interview with Football Review, when he said: “We are looking into the availability of Marc-André during the summer, but nothing is formal at this stage.” 

The player responded in kind, saying, “To play for a team like Dortmund is what all players dream about. I hope this speculation results in a formal bid.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach are likely to seek between £15-18m fee for the ‘keeper, who has been capped five times by Germany, and has kept eleven clean sheets this season.

Transfer Deadline Day: BVB Sell Sobiech

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jan-kirchhoff-70The transfer window has closed for many of the continent’s top-flight domestic leagues, with the largest deal of the day being Chelsea’s capture of Jan Kirchhoff, with the 23 year-old centre-back moving from FSV Mainz in a £15.25m deal.

Mainz immediately reinvested that money in the £5.5m signing of defender Paul Papp from Chievo, and with a £8m deal bringing Patrick Hermann in from Mönchengladbach.

Bayern Munich added a new striker to the club with a £9.5m signing of Javier Hernández, just a year after he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for £12.5m. Hernández was a fringe player at the Bernabéu last season, scoring 3 times in just 12 appearances.

Rumours were that Borussia Dortmund were looking at centre-back options with Felipe Santana linked with a move away from the club. They allegedly made enquiries into the availability of Per Mertesacker and Phillip Wollscheid but no deals were done.

Dortmund’s only activity today was the sale of Lasse Sobiech to Hannover for £2m, and letting Marcel Deelen move to second-tier Hansa Rostock for the rest of the season.

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Mancini Fired by City: Surman the Favourite

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Roberto Mancini has been fired by the Manchester City board after a second trophy-less season, an indignity magnified by a final day Premier League defeat at home by treble-winning Manchester United, slipping out of the top four to miss out on Champions League qualification.

In his 4½ seasons at City, Mancini won the FA Cup in 2011, and the Premier League the following season. The club made the semi-finals of both the Champions League and FA Cup in 2013, both lost in both, finishing third in the league. Last summer, the club brought Holger Badstuber and Neymar to the club for a combined, staggering £77.5m.

Dortmund manager Gray Surman has been installed as the bookies’ favourite for the vacancy, though his predecessor Jürgen Klopp is fancied by some quarters, with Marcelo Biesla and Michael Laudrup also reportedly on the shortlist.

Gunners To Snipe Schieber in Summer?

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In the papers today is the story that Arsenal are preparing a summer bid for top-scorer Julian Schieber. The 25 year-old has 34 goals from 39 appearances for his club this season, two of which came at the Emirates Stadium as Dortmund came from two-down to draw 2-2 in the Champions League Group Stage back in December.

The German international has two years left on his contract, and is likely to be offered a significant raise on his current £21,500 per week deal in the coming weeks. Arsenal have struggled finding a consistent goalscorer this season, with Giroud and Podolski only contributing 12 goals each.

Across North London, Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to be considering making a bid for Ilkay Gündogan. The 23 year-old has made 21 starts in Bundesliga for BVB so far this season, but has slipped behind Dennis Praet in the pecking order of late due to the Belgian teenager’s fine form. A fee in the £13-15m range has been quoted.

DAILY DIARY: Tuesday 27.08.13

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Big news coming out of Signal Iduna Park set to ruin manager Gray Surman’s birthday today is that both Marco Reus and Dennis Praet will both miss over a month of football following the weekend’s matches against VfL Wolfsburg’s first and reserve teams.

reusMarco Reus was stretchered off after half an hour against Wolfsburg on Saturday, while new signing Praet made-way at half-time in the U23 friendly on Sunday suffering some discomfort.

The medical staff have confirmed that Marco Reus has a sprained ankle and advise that a return to being fit enough to train will take a month or so, with the club physio staff looking after his progress.

Dennis Praet has only played 45 minutes for the club after his £3m move from Anderlecht, making his first appearance in a BVB shirt for the U23s at Wolfsburg II on Sunday.

Praet was replaced at half-time by fellow new-arrival Kostas Katsouranis and complained of some discomfort. After secondary scans, the medical staff discovered a hernia. It’s believed surgery won’t be necessary at this stage, but Praet will be sidelined for five weeks.

Both players therefore look to miss at least five Bundesliga matches and at least one, if not two, of the club’s forthcoming Champions League group games.

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BVB’s Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has notified the senior squad management that Osman Varol, Josef Bungert and Daniel Ginczek have all rejected contract extension proposals made to them by the club over the weekend. Kersting will continue negotiations.

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The following new individual training programmes have been devised for members of the club’s adult squads: Koray Günter (positioning) and Kostas Katsouranis (playing centrally).

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U23 Assistant Manager Edin Terzic has suggested that Koray Günter be made available for loan to experience first-team football, and has been offered to clubs on that basis. Likewise, Leonardo Bittencourt has spoken out about his desire to leave the club on a temporary basis to gain vital first-team experience.

Following a chat with First Team Manager Grayson Surman, Bittencourt is deciding upon a season-long move to feeder club SV Sandhausen, who play in 2-Bundesliga.

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Andrey Kobelev has been fired by the Krylja Sovetov board after the club lost their fifth of six Russian Premier League matches so far this season, a 0-5 home drubbing by Anji.

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Reports suggest that German national manager Joachim Löw was seen at the Wolfsburg-Dortmund Bundesliga match on Saturday ahead of announcing his next international squad. Andreas Beck and Marcel Schmelzer are being touted for international call-ups alongside regulars Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan, Sven Bender, and Mario Götze.