THIS summer has seen a new fad sweep Premier League youngsters... swapping the English top-flight for the Bundesliga.On Sunday, Manchester City youngster Denzeil Boadu, 20, became the FIFTH confirmed player to head to Germany during the most recent window alone.Boadu followed fellow ex-Manchester City man Jadon Sancho, 17, to Dortmund - after he completed a £9million move to Germany earlier this summer.Meanwhile, Reece Oxford swapped East London for Germany, when he moved to Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan deal.Talented Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, 20, also booked plane tickets to Europe, after he linked up with Bundesliga side Freiburg for the season on loan.Finally, ex-Arsenal star Kaylen Hinds, 19, moved to Wolfsburg - run by another ex-Gunner Andries Jonker - in a £2m permanent deal.But what is the deal with the current fad?Perhaps the success of the youth system in Germany was the biggest lure... after all, they've made monumental strikes in the past two … [Read more...] about Jadon Sancho, Denzeil Boadu, Ryan Kent… the list of young, English Premier League stars heading to the Bundesliga keeps on growing… but what’s the appeal?
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ROMAN ABRAMOVICH may take a back seat these days in Chelsea's transfer dealings - but he's still the most "invested" owner in the Premier League.Research has revealed the Russian billionaire has ploughed in £2BILLION into the London club in his 14 years since buying the Blues.Though he started as a street trader, Abramovich has come a long way, now with the greatest investment in any football club in the league.After the controversial acquisition of Manchester United by the Glazer family, with fans worried that the club was being bought by debt, we can reveal that the Americans have pumped £800million into the club.The Glazers don’t only own Manchester United, they also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League in America.And in third spot in the list of investor giants might come as a surprise to some.Stan Kroenke has been the subject of some pretty intense criticism from Arsenal fans, but he has parted with a whopping £450m since becoming … [Read more...] about Premier League’s top investors revealed with Roman Abramovich top of the list at £2BILLION… and Arsenal fans should not be too upset with Stan Kroenke’s expenditure
TALK of the title surely confirms Arsene Wenger is not living in the real world any more.The Gunners, three-time Premier League winners under Wenger, finished 18 points behind champions Chelsea.Boss Wenger, fighting for his career at the Emirates, claimed on Sunday that Arsenal could go on to win it next season with the same group of players. Keep up to date with ALL the Arsenal news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary Nobody on the Arsenal board, certainly on this side of the pond, is having a bar of it.They have stopped believing — finally catching up with the rest of the world — after finishing fifth in the Premier League.Arsenal, Champions League finalists in 2006, are no longer one of Europe’s superpowers. Wenger is still convinced he can somehow put Arsenal back together again.But here in England, the main body of the Arsenal board — comprising chief executive Ivan Gazidis, chairman Sir Chips … [Read more...] about Arsene Wenger talking about Arsenal winning the Premier League title is surely proof he is not living in the real world anymore
CHINA has been heralded as the next global football superpower, a country that can win the World Cup in the next 22 years.But the Land of the Dragon is currently experiencing serious problems — with jealousy between its homegrown footballers and the vastly overpaid millionaire mercenaries who have flocked to the Chinese Super League.Sven Goran Eriksson manages Chinese top league team SIPG - but has failed to garner the attention senior officials had hopedAnd this curious drama is being played out in front of half-empty stadiums.Even the fans who do bother turning up would rather be watching the Premier League.I travelled to the People’s Republic and discovered:Chinese players unhappy they earn up to FIFTEEN times less than foreign team-mates and are not treated equallyA feeling among coaches and foreign players that Chinese footballers do not have the work ethic to become top playersTicket touts struggling to flog seats at a fraction of face valueThe … [Read more...] about Football fans would rather watch the English Premier League than China’s sub-standard fare
WAGES paid by Premier League teams amount to more than DOUBLE those at Serie A — the next highest-paying division.That is the incredible statistic revealed by the Uefa Club Licensing Benchmarking Report for the 2015 financial year.In total, the Premier League paid out a staggering £2.3BILLION in players’ salaries — averaging out at £116.6million. Keep up to date with ALL the Premier League news, gossip and transfers Serie A clubs, meanwhile, saw £1.13bn leave their coffers for the bank accounts of their players, with the average wage at £56.8m.While the Bundesliga paid out a total of £1.08bn, which came to an average of £60.2m.The Uefa report read: “For the first time on record, the total wage bill of the highest-paying league (English Premier League) was more than double that of the next highest-paying league (Italy’s Serie A), with the strength of the British pound in 2015 just pushing the English clubs over this … [Read more...] about Premier League pays more than double in wages of any other league — and Chelsea, Man City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in top ten spending teams
ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere has already picked his chin up off the floor after England's humiliating Euro 2016 campaign.The Premier League midfielder, taken to France by ousted boss Roy Hodgson despite just 141 minutes of injury plagued-league football last season, looked fit as a fiddle as he worked-out in the shower and shared photos online.Excitingly for Gunners fans and manager Arsene Wenger, the 24-year-old looked in brilliant condition as he worked his arms, chest and back muscles.But the club will be more concerned with his ankles, knees and hamstrings after a hugely promising career was cut down to cameo appearances for club and country in recent seasons.The left-footed playmaker has not completed 90 minutes for the north London side since Wenger’s men lost 2-1 to Southampton on September 23, 2014.But he will be hoping to make a massive impact on Arsenal’s upcoming campaign with fellow midfielders Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky having left … [Read more...] about Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looks fighting fit for upcoming Premier League campaign with gym session in the shower after Euro 2016 pain
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE’S minor landmark – and referee Bobby Madley - spoiled Gareth Barry’s record-breaking night.Two-goal Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three league matches at home since Brian Marwood on the occasion of Barry’s 633rd Premier League appearance.But the Frenchman’s strike came only after Madley had denied West Brom a stonewall penalty and he rubbed it in by giving the Gunners a harsh-looking spot-kick which the home No 9 converted to kill game midway through the second half.Baggies boss Tony Pulis had lost on all nine of his previous visits to the Emirates as a manager and must have feared his luck was out inside eight minutes.Madley incomprehensibly failed to award the visitors a penalty when Jay Rodriguez ran on to a pass from Barry and was brought down by Shkodran Mustafi.Rodriguez got up to hit a shot which cannoned off the post and Jake Livermore went wide with the rebound, but that should not have … [Read more...] about Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Match highlights as Alexandre Lacazette scores twice to ruin Gareth Barry’s big night as the veteran broke a Premier League record
ARSENAL striker Alexandre Lacazette has moaned about Premier League refereeing, but admits it up him to get used to it.The 26-year-old became the Gunners' record signing this summer and has enjoyed a good start to life in England since joining from Lyon.But the French internationa,l who has spent his entire career in Ligue 1 until last summer, admitted he has been shocked with some of the decisions in the English top flight.The striker featured in the 2-0 win at home to Brighton to Arsenal go up to fifth in the table.Lacazette told SFR Sport: “I have not totally adapted yet, there are things that still surprise me, but I am trying.“I am watching quite a few matches to understand English football, I am watching quite a lot of my matches with Arsenal and when I look back and see what I didn’t do right, I try to learn from it.“Which hopefully facilitates my progression.“The refereeing decisions [still surprise me] and sometimes I think it is a bit … [Read more...] about Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette blasts ‘dangerous’ Premier League refereeing
On Thursday, the Premier League agreed to a rule amendment that will mean future summer transfer windows will end on the Thursday before the competition's opening game, rather than on August 31. Five clubs voted against the proposal, including Manchester United and Manchester City. The change only currently deals with transfers to English clubs, meaning that clubs in other leagues could still buy players from England's top flight. But with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin having lent his support to the idea of shortening the window, there are some big decisions to be made in the other European leagues. What's the reason for change? The move has been discussed in England for some weeks, with several top flight bosses complaining that transfer battles, such as Alexis Sanchez' proposed move to Manchester City and Coutinho's mooted transfer to Barcelona disrupt their preparations. "Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players' minds they … [Read more...] about How will Premier League transfer window changes affect the Bundesliga?
The allegations came in a report published in this Sunday's edition of the "Sunday Times" and a documentary aired by German public broadcaster ARD. Both quoted London-based Dr. Mark Bonar as claiming to have prescribed banned drugs to 150 sports figures. Although no names were mentioned, Dr. Bonar was quoted as saying that he had prescribed doping substances to players with three Premier League clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City. All three have issued statements denying the allegations. "Leicester City Football Club is extremely disappointed that The Sunday Times has published unsubstantiated allegations referring to players from clubs including Leicester City when, on its own admission, it has insufficient evidence to support the claims," England's Premier League leaders Leicester said. "The claims The Sunday Times put to us are false and entirely without foundation," said Chelsea's statement, while Arsenal said it was "extremely disappointed by the publication of these … [Read more...] about UK doctor claims to have doped 150 athletes, including Premier League players