Robin Oozor – Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk Arsenal FC News and Lifestyle Blog Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:50:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://misterspruce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/authou-123x120.png Robin Oozor – Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk 32 32 Mahrez and Arsenal Seem a Match Made in Heaven https://misterspruce.co.uk/mahrez-arsenal-seem-match-made-heaven/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/mahrez-arsenal-seem-match-made-heaven/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:50:19 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8848 January is upon us and that inevitably means that each Premier League club will be linked with dozens of players, regardless if they are needed now. The majority of the tabloid headlines will be shown to be false, but every now and again a big signing will turn around a club’s fortunes. Most Gunners will […]

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January is upon us and that inevitably means that each Premier League club will be linked with dozens of players, regardless if they are needed now. The majority of the tabloid headlines will be shown to be false, but every now and again a big signing will turn around a club’s fortunes.

Most Gunners will be (painfully) aware that Arsène Wenger rarely makes a big statement in the January transfer window – Cohen Bramall and Mohamed Elneny are the only signees to have arrived at the Emirates in the last two years. Arsenal are nowhere to be found in the list of top 20 January transfers in history, whereas Liverpool, Manchester United, City and Chelsea feature prominently.

 

This Window Could be Wenger’s Most Important Yet

However, this January could – and should – be a different story for Arsenal. The era of guaranteed Champions League football is now over.  Four places for six teams and, at the moment, Arsenal are looking more likely to be the sixth team. A Europa League Final win would see Arsenal back in the Champions League, but the knockout stages are uncommonly strong this year with Napoli, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all expected to go deep.

A big signing in the next few weeks would give a lift to the club and its fans. And, nobody would fit the bill better than Riyad Mahrez.  The Leicester man is bang back on form this season, having had a down year after his title-winning season in 2015/16. Checking the odds and betting chatter on the Arsenal team page at freebets.co.uk, you will see that the Gunners are 7/4 (Bet 365) to finish in the Top 4. Having Mahrez in theArsenal fold would significantly lower those odds.

The Algerian is exactly the kind of player Wenger and Gunners fans adore. Full of guile and cleverness, he has made his name feeding smart passes to suit the blistering pace of Jamie Vardy. While Alexandre Lacazette and Oliver Giroud are different players to Vardy, their movement is nonetheless excellent. Mahrez would be the perfect foil to either one. Moreover, with all due respect to Leicester, Mahrez seems like a player who would improve with better players around him. His interlinking play with Mesut Ozil and, if we keep him till the summer – Alexis Sanchez could rip open any defence.

 

Mahrez Could be Catalyst for Sanchez and Ozil to Stay

All of this transfer buzz is centered around the fact that Ozil and Sanchez have yet to sign new contracts. So, it is possible that Mahrez becomes part of Wenger’s rebuilding plans rather than the final piece in the puzzle. There is, of course, still a chance that one or both of Ozil and Sanchez could stay at the club. If that transpires, a fluid three of Sanchez, Ozil and Mahrez playing behind Lacazette could be one of the most potent attacks in the Premier League.

Mr Wenger often holds his cards close to his chest, so nobody truly knows what he will do over the next few weeks. But if he can convince the brilliant Mahrez to come to North London and, perhaps, convince Ozil and Sanchez that more signings will follow, then the good times could be back at the Emirates once more.

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How To Dress To A Football Game https://misterspruce.co.uk/dress-football-game/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:38:07 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8837 There was some excitement among Arsenal fans after Alexis Sanchez failed to secure the deadline day move to Manchester City, however, January is approaching and it’s a time looked upon with much trepidation. The Ox’s move to Liverpool and his annoying comments irrespective, Alexis’ move is one move that won’t go down too well. Moving […]

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There was some excitement among Arsenal fans after Alexis Sanchez failed to secure the deadline day move to Manchester City, however, January is approaching and it’s a time looked upon with much trepidation. The Ox’s move to Liverpool and his annoying comments irrespective, Alexis’ move is one move that won’t go down too well.

Moving on…

With the Premier league heating up and the World Cup still underway, no one wants to miss the most important football matches. There is nothing more fun than experiencing live football games. However, the only thing worse than your team losing at a live football game is having to deal with drug regulatory consultants at the chemist when all you’re trying to buy is lozenges. Here are some of the tips on how to dress for a football match as per the seasons:

Autumn

With the chilly mornings and dark nights, dressing up practically can be a little tricky. However, you can never go wrong with a pair of dark jeans. Black jeans always offer maximum versatility. For this season, layering is essential. You can pair up the jeans with an oversized shirt, long sleeve sweater, and a borg collar jacket or tracker to kick-start the layering. You can never go wrong with this kind of pairing.

Winter

In as much as men love light-weight trainers and plimsolls, they can’t keep them covered and warm during winter. Winter is the time to invest in some substantial footwear or lace-up boots to finish off the perfect football outfit.
Wear smart joggers instead of jeans. If it happens to rain at the match and you’re wearing jeans, you’ll get soaked, and that won’t be fun. However, smart joggers ensure insulation and comfort and at the same time gives you a chilled out edge. However, if you still prefer jeans, opt for slim-fit jeans.

With winter, cover-ups are a must. This is where the parka coat always works to your style convenience. You can use an oversized padded jacket, a classic parka, or a waterproof option. The aim is to stay warm throughout the match.

Spring

This is the best time to watch football. However, spring weather can get you confused about how to dress up for a match. You can choose a Harrington jacket and layer it up with your Arsenal jersey t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Spring is also the perfect time to wear your lightweight trainers.

Summer

Summer is the perfect time to crack out the shorts and take a break from the jeans. If you want to keep it off duty as well, casual sports shorts are the best option. If you ‘re going to make more effort on the pitch sidelines, then you can add tailored styles in your utility shades.

If you want breathable options for the top, you can wear cotton t-shirts or a light colored arsenal jersey. If you prefer to leave your thin-layered jacket back at home, they make your to bring your baseball cap to protect you from the sun so that you can keep your head in the game. Plimsolls are the best footwear options for summer because they are breathable. Primarily any loose and light clothing will work for summer.

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Kolasinac, Arsenal, Swansea and all the HIghlights https://misterspruce.co.uk/kolasinac-arsenal-swansea-highlights/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:44:06 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8828   It didn’t start well. With Sanchez missing a shot and Koscielny missing a header, the frustration was evident on the lads as they played a Swansea team that was difficult to breakdown. And with our former goalie aka Lucas Fabianski between the sticks for them, they stood solid in defence. Then a slip, then […]

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It didn’t start well. With Sanchez missing a shot and Koscielny missing a header, the frustration was evident on the lads as they played a Swansea team that was difficult to breakdown. And with our former goalie aka Lucas Fabianski between the sticks for them, they stood solid in defence.

Then a slip, then a goal.

Laurent Koscielny slipped in the third half of the field and for once Bellerin couldn’t or wouldn’t catch Tammy Abraham, the ball or the dude who passed the ball through Cech’s legs to score a goal. Despite sites like online-betting.org predicting Arsenal to own the game against Swansea, we went into the tunnel at half time a goal down.

Truth? I stopped watching and went back to the drudgery that’s my current day job.

Sometime in the second half, Lacazette’s foot refused to curl round the ball and so he passed it back into Swansea’s final third where the Tractor, Kolasinac latched on to it with a shot reminiscent of one of Lucas Podolski’s.

Goal!

We were level with the Swans.

Not long after, again Kolasinac provided the assist to Aaron Ramsey to score the second of the game.

Arsene Wenger had lost three times to Swansea in only six Premier League fixtures previously at the Emirates and relief was his over-riding emotion at the end of his 800th game as Arsenal manager.

“I could feel worried at half-time,” he said. “It was important to play quicker, sharper and with more penetration. Kolasinac was decisive and, since he has arrived, he has convinced everybody that there are still some good deals to make.”

Kolasinac was of course a free signing last summer from Schalke, although the one lingering worry for Arsenal from this game was the sight of him limping off with pain around his hip. Wenger later said that it was a longstanding problem which he expects to be resolved ahead of facing Manchester City at The Etihad next Sunday. – Telegraph

Kolasinac has been our best free transfer so far and the niggle in his hip is a bit of a worry seeing that we face Manchester City who are on an unbeaten run. We need all our best men available.

Should we play Sanchez against Manchester City so that he might overplay with the intention to impress? And will he play with even more fervour and make City got out of their way to offer him the pound of flesh of a salary he’s asking for.

I don’t mind if we draw against City but I do mind if we lose. We need our best men.

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Arsenal Players Gunning for World Cup Glory https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-players-gunning-world-cup-glory/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:00:41 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8825 The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just eight months away and many international teams have already booked their place at the prestigious event to be held in Russia. For fans of club football, the tournament offers them a chance to see their star players in action on the greatest stage of all. And of course, […]

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just eight months away and many international teams have already booked their place at the prestigious event to be held in Russia.

For fans of club football, the tournament offers them a chance to see their star players in action on the greatest stage of all. And of course, they can also cheer on their own nation – providing they have qualified, of course. But which current Arsenal players will be turning out for their countries next summer?

And which will be left at home watching from the comfort of their armchairs?

France are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Moscow next year. In October, they qualified for their sixth straight World Cup, securing top place in Group A with a 2-1 win over Belarus. Of course, that game would have been of great interest to Arsenal fans with forward players Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette both regulars in the national lineup.

On this occasion, it was Giroud who grabbed the headlines, scoring the crucial second goal to take his overall tally for France to 28. Only six players have scored more goals for Les Bleus in the history of the game. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette did not make it onto the field of play but will have been delighted to see his side wrap up their qualifying campaign with relative ease, although they were far from at their best on the night.

Gunners’ goalkeeper David Ospina also secured a ticket to next year’s showpiece event after he and his Colombia teammates earned the point they needed to progress away to Peru. The visitors took the lead thanks to a second-half strike from James Rodriguez but were pegged back when Ospina was beaten by a 76th-minute Paolo Guerrero free-kick. In the end, Los Cafeteros hung on for the point to secure qualification, while Peru must now overcome New Zealand in the playoffs if they are to join their fellow South Americans in Russia. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Colombia reached the quarterfinals for the very first time and will now be featuring in their sixth World Cup finals event overall.

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Arsenal regular Nacho Monreal played the full 90 minutes as already-qualified Spain concluded their Group G campaign with a 1-0 win in Israel. It was the full-back’s fourth appearance for the national team in the calendar year and based on current form, he could feature prominently in the finals next summer. Spain dominated a group that also contained 2006 winners Italy, who must now face a tricky playoff against Sweden. Julen Lopetegui’s men scored 36 goals, while conceding just three, with their only dropped points coming in a 1-1 draw away to the Italians. The 2010 winners are currently third-favourites to lift the crown behind Germany and Spain.

Granit Xhaka will have to wait a bit longer to see if he and his Swiss teammates will travel to Russia, after they failed to get the point they needed in their last game against Portugal. In what was always going to be a tough fixture, Switzerland fell 2-0 to Cristiano Ronaldo and co. in the final game of Group B. While the Euro 2016 champions qualified for the main event, Switzerland will now have to play a two-legged qualifying game against Northern Ireland to determine their World Cup fate.

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Midfielder Mohamed Elneny featured once again as Egypt secured World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990 with a 2-1 win over Congo. It took a last-gasp penalty from Liverpool’s Mo Salah to confirm their status as group winners with a game to spare. Hector Cuper’s side knew exactly what they had to do following Uganda’s draw with Ghana the day before and when Salah scored his first just after the hour, they looked to be on course for qualification. However, with just two minutes of normal time remaining Arnold Bouka, Moutou bagged his first international goal to put Egypt’s celebrations on hold. With the game seemingly heading for a draw, a defensive error handed the Pharaohs a crucial lifeline, and Salah showed immense composure to step up and send Congo keeper Mouko the wrong way from the penalty spot. Egypt will now join fellow African nation Nigeria in the draw for next year’s football extravaganza. Elneny has already made 38 appearances for the national team and has five goals to his name.

England topped their group with ease thanks to a record of eight wins and two draws from 10 matches – an outcome that could offer World Cup opportunities for a couple of Arsenal players. Theo Walcott made a couple of appearances in the qualifying campaign but appears to have fallen out of favour at club and country level. A switch of formation at the Emirates has limited his opportunities and that has had a knock-on effect at International level with Three Lions’ boss Gareth Southgate overlooking the 28-year-old.

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One Arsenal player that some are tipping to make the England squad next summer is Jack Wilshere. The 25-year-old’s performance in Arsenal’s recent Europa League tie against Crvena Zvezda prompted many Oddschecker punters to back him to make the squad for Russia. Of course, he may need to force his way back into the First XI at the Emirates first but the potential January departure of Mesut Ozil may help his cause. Wilshere has struggled with injuries throughout his career but turned out 27 times while on loan at AFC Bournemouth last season, marking his busiest campaign since 2011. He began this season playing for the U-23s but has since broken back into the first team and made his 2017 Premier League bow in the 5-2 demolition of Everton

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Whether he will still be an Arsenal player by then remains to be seen, but Mesut Ozil should certainly play a part in Russia as Germany look to defend their world title. Die Mannschaft won all 10 of their qualifying games, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four. The Gelsenkirchen-born midfielder was left out of the squad for the final two qualifying matches after picking up a knee injury but should be one of the first names on the squad list should he remain fit.

Unfortunately, Sead Kolasinac will not be on a plane to Russia as Bosnia-Herzegovina failed to reach the playoffs despite a 2-1 win in Estonia on the final match day. With Greece cruising to a predictable win over Gibraltar, the victory proved to be too little too late for Kolasinac and his teammates.

Wales also failed to qualify, leaving Aaron Ramsey and his teammates frustrated. The midfielder started seven matches during the qualifying campaign including the 0-1 home defeat to Ireland that ultimately sealed their fate. Much was expected of the Welsh side following their strong performance at Euro 2016 but it was not to be for Chris Coleman’s men this time round.

Another Gunner who will not be making an appearance at FIFA’s premier tournament is Alexis Sanchez. His Chile side slumped to a 3-0 defeat in Brazil, and with other results not going their way, they were left outside of the crucial top five qualifying places in the South American standings.

Alexis joins the ranks of other star players who will not be taking to the world stage including Jan Oblak, Naby Keita, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gareth Bale.

With so many Gunners’ players making the grade, next summer’s tournament should provide plenty of interest for fans of the North London club. Whether any of them can go on to lift the ultimate prize just as Mesut Ozil did in 2014 remains to be seen. Of course, the situation could change again in January should any World Cup candidates arrive or leave the club during the transfer window.

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Everton Win, What Next With Our Best Attack? https://misterspruce.co.uk/everton-win-next-best-attack/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:56:35 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8819 I enjoyed our win, albeit through eyes glazed from a body temperature which could melt the North Pole. When Rooney scored, I thought was over especially considering his record against us. But when Monreal came in with the rebound, there was a glimmer of hope, from me and my friends at Gunner Amigos. The front […]

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I enjoyed our win, albeit through eyes glazed from a body temperature which could melt the North Pole.

When Rooney scored, I thought was over especially considering his record against us. But when Monreal came in with the rebound, there was a glimmer of hope, from me and my friends at Gunner Amigos.

The front three Arsene fielded on Sunday was about the best attack we’ve seen in years. The creativity from Ozil, the tenacity from Sanchez and the composure from Lacazette was, need I say, a joy to watch.

Ramsey didn’t light up the stands but he was better than average and bar the horrible mistake and lack of communication with Cech, Monreal was that one left-back who plays centre-back and ticks all the boxes. Per and Kosc did their jobs as did Kolasinac and Bellerin.

Xhaka on the other hand was, well, caught counting sheep, again. He’s got to up his concentration and stop making mistakes which inevitably costs us goals. His build up of play was however on point.

We however will be without Ozil and Sanchez in January.

Wenger’s Predictability

Who replaces Ozil?

If my prediction is right Wilshere will and Iwobi will be a sub. Wilshere with his assist to Ramsey against Everton and his move in the Europa league game against Red Star, Wilshere seems ready to go. Iwobi, well, almost.

Who replaces Sanchez?

Welbeck. Period.

And maybe Iwobi or Reiss to fill in when Welbeck breaks something.

I think we need to buy. But where?

 

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Everton v Arsenal: All The Goals. All The Highlights https://misterspruce.co.uk/everton-v-arsenal-goals-highlights/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:04:35 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8816 I’ve been on a job that’s been taking away my life’s essence, I however have to figure out a way to keep writing for you and to you. It keeps me sane. Moving on, I was hoping the boys would give me something to sing about considering that I’ve been overworked for days, and then […]

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I’ve been on a job that’s been taking away my life’s essence, I however have to figure out a way to keep writing for you and to you. It keeps me sane.

Moving on, I was hoping the boys would give me something to sing about considering that I’ve been overworked for days, and then Rooney scored.

Monreal restored my faith albeit before his really silly mistake towards the end of the game.  Ozil, Rambo and Sanchez all gave a good account of themselves. And the rest, they say, is history.

Enjoy the moments of today’s game.

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Should Arsenal appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their manager? https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-appoint-carlo-ancelotti-manager/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:45:20 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8811 Chris, a non-Gunner writes his thoughts about Ancelotti’s recent sacking and why he feels Arsenal should be his next port of call. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best football managers of all time and a legend of the game, but at the moment he is without a job. That’s because the Italian tactician was […]

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Chris, a non-Gunner writes his thoughts about Ancelotti’s recent sacking and why he feels Arsenal should be his next port of call.

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best football managers of all time and a legend of the game, but at the moment he is without a job.

That’s because the Italian tactician was sacked as the Bayern Munich head coach in late September. Bayern’s start to the 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign was far from impressive, and then came the 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain away from home at Parc des Princes in Paris in the Champions League. Given that the Bavarian giants had failed to make a notable impact in Europe’s premier club competition last season under Ancelotti, it was almost inevitable that the former Real Madrid head coach would get the sack at the Allianz Arena.

This is the not the first time that Ancelotti has been sacked; he was dismissed at Chelsea despite guiding the Blues to a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Managers getting sacked is part and parcel of the game and is now pretty much commonplace in football, and losing his job at Bayern should not affect Ancelotti’s credentials at all. The former AC Milan and PSG coach has already said that he will not manage a club until next season, and it will be interesting to see where he next goes to.

Could Ancelotti’s next club be Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger was recently given a two-year contract by the North London club, but Ancelotti seems a better tactician than the Frenchman, and the Gunners should do everything they can to lure the Italian to the Emirates Stadium. Fans are not happy with Wenger, and given that it is highly unlikely that the Gunners will win the league title this season – they are 25/1 to do so according to latest Premier League betting odds – the Emirates faithful are not going to completely embrace the 67-year-old anytime soon.

It would make sense for Arsenal to strike a deal with Ancelotti to take over from Wenger in the summer as early as possible. Wenger could move to the boardroom level or perhaps even retire. A top-four finish in the Premier League this season would set it up nicely for Ancelotti to launch a title challenge with the Gunners during the 2018-19 campaign. There are some wonderful players at Arsenal, such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Petr Cech, and Ancelotti would attract more such world-class footballers to Arsenal. After all, James Rodriguez went to Bayern only because of the Italian tactician, and now that he has been sacked, the Colombia international attacker wants to return to his parent club Real Madrid.

Arsenal need to act fast if they want to secure the services of Ancelotti. A number of top clubs could look at the Italian at the end of the season. There are suggestions that Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea next summer, Liverpool fans are getting impatient with Jurgen Klopp, and Unai Emery is under immense pressure to deliver the Champions League at PSG. All these clubs and perhaps more would be looking at Ancelotti at the end of the season, and Arsenal cannot wait that long to make their move.

 

 

 

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PSG Midfielder to Replace Sanchez At Arsenal In January? https://misterspruce.co.uk/psg-midfielder-replace-sanchez-arsenal-january/ Sat, 07 Oct 2017 16:00:41 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8798 It’s been a while. My new day job is, well, owning me at the moment. There have been meetings birthing more meetings and other stuff you probably don’t care to know about. Moving on… When you’re a club like PSG with too much money to spend, you either tend to have an oversupply of talent […]

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It’s been a while. My new day job is, well, owning me at the moment. There have been meetings birthing more meetings and other stuff you probably don’t care to know about.

Moving on…

When you’re a club like PSG with too much money to spend, you either tend to have an oversupply of talent or you end up buying players you don’t need circa Arsenal in panic buy mode. And then your transfer market roundup starts to sound like a hidden slot review or recap: put in your coins and see what happens. It’s left for clubs like us to pick the diamonds dumped in the bins and it’ll take an excellent manager to turn things around by building tactics around such talents. The January transfer window is’nt too far away and insinuations, rumours and outright lies have begun to brew. Like this one from former Chelsea defender, Alex:

 

Speaking to L’Equipe, Alex said: ‘I would like to see him at Arsenal.

‘They play cleaner football, more technical.

‘He had contacts, I believe. That would be a good option for him this winter.’

Younger, prettier, taller…sorry, couldn’t help myself.

There are rumours that we might do a swap deal with Paris St. Germain (PSG)  of Alexis Sanchez for Julian Draxler in January but with the Lucas Moura story coming in, a compare would give us better insight into which player would present better value for money/swap.

LUCAS MOURA. JULIAN DRAXLER. ALEXIS SANCHEZ

                                        

Age: 25 years old                     Age: 23 years old                            Age: 28 years old

Height: 5ft 6inches                 Height: 6ft 1inches                         Height: 5ft 5inches

Games 2016/17: 53                 Games 2016/17: 39                         Games 2016/17: 51

Goals: 19                                   Goals: 10                                            Goals; 30

Assists: 11                                  Assists: 5                                           Assists: 19

 

Though Draxler had been sidelined for sometime with injury, Lucas seemed the better last season with assists and goals even though none of them, came close to Alexis’ numbers. We must however remember that there’s room for growth for both players, Lucas being 25 years old and Draxler just 23 years old.

Both also are cheaper options to Thomas Lemar, who, by the way doesn’t seem interested in us anymore.

There’s also been talk of Lacazette luring Antoine Greizman to the Emirates however, I doubt we’ll be able to afford that one. If we’re able to get a Draxler/Lucas for Sanchez and a similar Ozil or Santi-esque player and a defender whether up and coming or already established in the ilk of Virgil Van Dijk, then I think we’ll be good for the rest of the season and next.

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