Watch: Unai Emery confirms Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi is set to sign new contract

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Alex Iwobi is set to sign a new deal at Arsenal.

Unai Emery expects Alex Iwobi to sign a new deal at Arsenal, saying the two sides are close to agreeing a new contract.

Iwobi’s current deal has two years left, but the new Arsenal manager is keen to tie the Nigerian winger down to a long-term commitment.

The 22-year-old has struggled to hold down a starting place at Arsenal with several big-name players ahead of him in the pecking order, but Emery is ready to give the youngster championship.

“My information is, (Iwobi) is going to sign, to continue with us,” Emery said.

See what else Emery had to say in the video below.

Most popular

Man City's World Cup players to return early in bid to aid Premier League title defence

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Manchester City are looking to repeat as Premier League champions.

Manchester City‘s World Cup players are reportedly returning to training early to help the club’s bid to defend their Premier League crown.

Pep Guardiola’s side had 16 players at the tournament, with all players given three weeks off from the time their respective teams’ stay in Russia ended.
With Belgium and England reaching the semi-finals, Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph, and Raheem Sterling are among those who not due back until next weekend.
However, Guardiola said on Friday that only two players in his squad will be unavailable for City’s season opener, the Community Shield clash against Chelsea on August 5.
“Most of them are coming back,” the Spaniard said ahead of his side’s final match in their preseason tour to the US, against Bayern Munich on Saturday night (Sunday morning, 03:05am UAE time).
“We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final (Community Shield) so we have to adapt.
“Some of them are coming back before, some are coming back after the final.
“We need players for the final but if they are not coming back we’ll play with the guys who are here.
“It is not an ideal situation, we prefer to be together but it is the same for Niko Kovac (Bayern manager) or for the other managers – the calendar is the calendar so we have to adapt.”
City have fielded an under-strength squad on their US tour.

City have fielded an under-strength squad on their US tour.

Guardiola also added that he is not looking to make any major signings to improve his squad, despite the arrival of Riyad Mahrez on a club-record fee being his only summer business this window.
“If we do, we sign one more but in this moment we stay with what we’ve got,” Guardiola said.
“It’s so expensive and we spent a lot last year because we had an old squad. Maybe one (will come in), maybe not.”
City’s fixture will be a reunion of sorts for Guardiola, who spent three seasons in Munich. Despite failing to deliver Bayern’s ultimate goal of winning the Champions League, he said his spell at the club was like a “dream”.
“I have a better perspective now that I am looking back at my time there and it’s always positive,” he said.
“In three years there are good and bad moments. The dream is to win the Champions League. We were close. I still have friends and an apartment there.
“I will never have a bad word to say about Bayern.
“It was a dream, an important part of my life and I have no regrets about what happened there.”

Most popular

Fantasy Premier League tips: Liverpool duo among players you should have in your team

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

The new Premier League season is quickly approaching and it’s time to get your ducks in a row.

There are new players added to the mix with the majority coming from the promoted teams while several big names have arrived from abroad as well.

The uncertainty of the start of a new campaign has been compounded by the World Cup, so take that factor into account as some players are yet to return from holiday.

Fortunately, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Coach Brendon Netto is here to help you create your first draft.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | ARSENAL | 11.5M

With other premier strikers like Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku unlikely to start at full tilt given their World Cup excursions, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stock has risen.

The Gabon international was an instant success last season, scoring 10 goals in 13 appearances and providing four assists. He proved he can be a reliable asset, delivering returns in 10 of those fixtures.

Being more settled at the club will be a big plus this season as will the fact he should be fresh with a full pre-season under his belt. A favourable start to the season – beyond the first couple of games – could see Aubameyang flying out of the blocks.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

JORDAN PICKFORD | EVERTON | 5.0M

Clean sheets were hard to come by for Marco Silva at Watford and it could carry into his start with Everton. Despite that, their early run of fixtures makes Jordan Pickford a popular choice between the sticks.

The Toffees only play one of last season’s top six (Arsenal) in their opening nine matches. The England goalkeeper impressed at the World Cup while he earned 28 points just from saves alone last term.

He should be in line for a fair amount of clean sheets as well at the start of the campaign at least and is good value for his price tag of 5M.

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL | 13.0M

Mohamed Salah’s 303 points last season was the highest-ever FPL score from a single player. The Egyptian scored 32 times and provided 12 assists in a remarkable debut campaign. It’s no wonder his price has skyrocketed by 4m, taking him to 13m this season.

The one statistic which makes him a must-have above all the others though is his 48.4 per cent (and rising) ownership. Omitting him from your side could be extremely risky especially given his penchant for double-figure scores (15 last season).

Some will suggest teams are aware of his threat this time around but Salah has may occupy a more central role to maximise his chances.

Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah.

ANDREW ROBERTSON | LIVERPOOL | 6.0M

Liverpool kept eight clean sheets after Virgil van Dijk’s first game in Gameweek 24, more than any other team over that period. With the Dutchman manning the defence from the start, the likes of Andrew Robertson are bound to benefit from clean sheet points as well.

The centre-back is bound to hog the lion’s share of the bonus points in defence but in the Scottish left-back’s case, he’s more likely to deliver attacking returns. Robertson scored once and assisted five times in 22 appearances once he established himself last season and created several more chances.

His price rise to 6m is a drawback but he’s guaranteed starts unlike team-mate Trent Alexandre-Arnold (5m).

Andrew Robertson.

Andrew Robertson.

LEROY SANE | MANCHESTER CITY | 9.5M

Leroy Sane was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup and while that was disappointing, it made him a prime FPL asset for the new season.

Despite failing to nail down a spot in the starting XI last term, the Manchester City winger ended up as the sixth highest-scoring midfielder on 179 points with 10 goals and 15 assists. Sane should be a starter early on in the campaign at least having been afforded a break this summer.

Meanwhile, City face Huddersfield, Wolves, Fulham, Cardiff City and Brighton in the first seven rounds. The defending champions – and therefore Sane – have plenty of chances to score big from the off.

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane

Most popular