Arsenal’s new executive team met supporters before this game and personally pledged to bring “pride back to the fan-base” - and, while the sight again of so many empty seats underlined the challenge, a fifth straight win does suggest tentative steps in the right direction. Yes, Everton could easily already have been ahead by the time Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in three second-half minutes to settle the match 2-0. And, yes, you had to go back more than 22 years - pre-Arsene Wenger - for Everton’s most recent win at Highbury or The Emirates but Arsenal are back up into the top six of a Premier League table that already has a rather familiar feel. Can Arsenal now seriously build further? The departure as chief executive of Ivan Gazidis suggests that there are doubts about that even at the very highest level of the club, especially in the context of how Manchester City and Liverpool have begun the season, but there is at least now … [Read more...] about Arsenal made to work for win as wasteful Everton leave Emirates empty-handed
The teams Everton will want to challenge Chelsea Who have they bought? A traditional big spender yet to do any business - though it doesn't help that Antonio Conte's position still remains a mystery. Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea manager shortly. Who are they trying to buy? Conte reportedly had no input on Chelsea's transfer business, so the London club have continued to push ahead with new signings, though they have enjoyed little success so far. World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin is said to be on the verge of signing, with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani another target. Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker has emerged as a potential target, with Thibault Courtois said to be interesting Real Madrid. What does it mean for Everton? The Toffees will be pleased to have their management structure in place, with Chelsea certain to be frustrated that their attempt to replace Conte with Sarri has taken so long. Everton will hope that the London … [Read more...] about What Everton rivals’ transfer business tells us about the summer so far
Liverpool are in line for a €74m (£67.8m) windfall after reaching their first Champions League final for 11 years. Arsenal, meanwhile, stand to receive around €40m (£35m) after being dumped out of the Europa League in the semi-finals last night by Atletico Madrid. Jurgen Klopp's side could even earn as much as €78m should they beat reigning champions Real Madrid, who have triumphed in three of the last four competitions, in the Kiev final on 26 May. Liverpool have already earned €49.7m in prize money payments – a new record for a British side in the competition – after becoming the first Premier League representative to reach European football's showpiece event since Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2012. The Reds’ total payment could rise to €54.2m if they win the competition and, with an estimated €23.8m to come in TV money, it would see the Reds finish with €78m. Chelsea are the only other Premier League club in the … [Read more...] about Champions League and Europa League revenue: How much prize money and TV income will triumphant Liverpool, heartbroken Arsenal and other Premier League teams receive?
PUBLISHED: 13:06 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 May 2018 James Morris Arsene Wenger speaks at his first Arsenal press conference at Highbury. Picture: PA PA Archive/PA Images Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final home game on Sunday. He leaves having changed Arsenal, and Islington, for the better. The Gazette looked through the late ‘90s archives to assess how he set about that change. Arsene Wenger is announced as new Arsenal manager at Highbury in 1996. Picture: PA Only Arsene Wenger could say a whole nation of people is fat and do it with graceful eloquence. As Mr Wenger prepares for his last Arsenal game in Islington on Sunday (the Emirates Stadium match against Burnley), the Gazette fished through the Islington Local History Centre archives. We wanted to size up the impact he had on the club – and the borough – when he was appointed as manager in autumn 1996. So, back to the fat thing. From the outset, this Frenchman, whose last job was in Japan, was … [Read more...] about Arsene in the archives: Wenger’s contribution to Arsenal and Islington
Arsenal have made central midfield as well as central defence their transfer priority this year amid increasing uncertainty over the future of Jack Wilshere. The 26-year-old is out of contract this summer and, while his recent performances have prompted the offer of a new deal, he is not happy with the proposed terms and now considering other options, which are likely to include Everton. Arsenal are also weighing up their position and Sven Mislintat’s scouting department is looking especially this summer to bolster the central spine of the squad. The striker situation is largely settled but, with Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey having not extended their contracts and Santi Cazorla’s entire career in the balance, central midfield has become a major focus. Arsenal have been assessing Schalke’s Max Meyer, who is also out of contract this summer and at the age of 22 might be regarded as a better long-term use of significant resources. Manager Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said … [Read more...] about Arsenal prioritise signing central midfielder amid Jack Wilshere uncertainty