Premier League side Arsenal had a long stretch of regular appearances in the Champions League under former coach Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman made a fad of always finishing in the Top Four even when the club experiment with youth didn’t win titles and things didn’t always go according to plan. Then with more competition in the league, Arsenal became a fixture in the Europa League.
Manchester City have held talks with the representatives of Bayern Leverkusen midfielder, Kai Havertz, according to a report from Bild. The German youngster, who has represented the Die Mannschaft seven times is also reported to be a target of several top clubs across Europe. He is allegedly a target of seven clubs.
Nicklas Bendtner at 32 is at the twilight of his playing career but away from the field he has found a new calling and is set to star in his own reality television show alongside his model partner, Philine Roepstorff.
Benjamin Mendy was bought to replace Gael Clichy at Manchester City but the left back’s form has left much to be desired.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp and former Manchester United forward Michael Owen has lashed out on the French man for giving Manchester City’s advantage away to Wolves in a match that saw the Citizens beaten in front of their whole fans and in effect, put an end to their title challenge.
Some coaches make you a better player, others don’t stop there, they make you a better human. The difference between what Lionel Messi currently is and what he would have been like had he not grew up under Guardiola remains a guess. The Spaniard’s impact is however, not.
Watford announced last Saturday that Spanish coach Quique Sanchez Flores is the new coach of the first team after announcing the dismissal of fellow countryman Javi Gracia, who had been the coach since January 2018.
It will be the second coming of Sánchez Flores to the London club having coached the 'Hornets' between June 2015 and May 2016 leaving the team in the Premier League and qualifying for the semifinals of the FA Cup that year.
Arsenal are set to make a transfer bid for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas according to reports from Italy.It is understood that the London club are willing to activate his release clause which is valued at £32 million.
Roma are looking to increase the release clause by offering the defender a new contract but negotiations have stalled. Manolas is also understood to be among the players that are considering their futures after the debacle regarding Danielle Rossi.
Arsenal struggled to keep clean sheets last season with the club having the worst away record for clean sheets.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti according to reports in Spain. The French World Cup winner has been relegated to the bench this season as a combination of injury and poor form has affected the defender.
Umtiti is currently behind Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet in the reckoning and Barcelona are looking to add Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt in the summer. The Ajax captain would not come cheap and Barcelona would have to cash in on one of their defenders to finance the signing. Umtiti is seen as the expendable defender and at 25 years would command a bigger fee than Lenglet.
Gael Clichy is not one of the players that many remember with a lot of career highlights. Despite playing for two of the biggest clubs in England, the Frenchman is viewed as an above average footballer. This could be partly due to the type of left backs that dominated the league in the early part of the decade.
For example, Patrice Evra is known for his bursts into the defence of opposing teams and his ability to provide an extra man in the left side of the attack. While contemporary Ashley Cole is known for his exemplary defensive attributes and is considered one of the greatest left-backs in the premier league history.
Gaël Clichy clearly remembers the moment Pep Guardiola changed his outlook on how he would spend the final years of his career. Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in the summer of 2016 and summoned the French defender to his office for a clinical assessment of his future.
After one influential season under the Catalan’s guidance, Clichy and Manchester City parted ways but his former manager’s words were etched in his memory.