Ozil not needed, Emery-Auba challenge, worrying Mourinho message, Cavani unhappy in Arsenal, Man United Wednesday
Here is a roundup of todays Arsenal and Manchester United news, gossip and transfer news.
Vinnie Jones says selling top earner Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window is a ‘no brainer’ for Arsenal.
Ozil is once again out injured for the Gunners, as he always seems to be around this time of year, and there has been many calls in the media over the last few days which have claimed the German is no longer needed at the Emirates.
Unai Emery’s side didn’t need him at the weekend in the London derby against Tottenham, as they claimed a 4-2 victory over their arch-rivals to cement their credentials for more than just a top four spot.
And Jones has now claimed the Guunners no longer need the German and that no supporters ‘will shed a tear’ if he leaves.
“I’m not a fan of Ozil, so that’s a no-brainer for me,” said Jones on the TalkSport website.
“Ozil is a bit of a luxury player.
“If things are going well, it’s alight having Ozil in there pinging it about doing those one-twos.
“But if you need a player to get in there in the midfield and get stuck in, someone like Aaron Ramsey is much more important.” (READ MORE)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed “everyone improved except us”.
After winning the Europa League, Community shield and Carabao Cup in his first, reaching the FA Cup final and finishing second in his second year, Mourinho has struggled to get going this season and has seen his side fall out of the race for the Premier League title already.
He made one big signing during the summer transfer window and failed to improve the back-line, which has been a real problem this season, constantly shipping in goals from every angle.
And with his side falling behind the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in the chase for a top four spot, Mourinho has admitted he couldn’t have imagined falling so far behind his main rivals.
He told Sky Sports: “The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn’t predict.
“You always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.
“But I said clearly, last season we didn’t get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group – we didn’t get the credit we deserved at all.
“All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn’t.” (READ MORE)
Manchester United have been alerted to the news that PSG striker Edinson Cavani is unhappy at the club.
Since Zlatan Ibrahmovic left PSG to sign for United a few seasons ago, Cavani has been banging in the goals for the French side and firmly established himself as the clubs man forward.
However, he has not been such a big player for PSG this season and has seen his game time limited as he simply cannot click with Brazilians at the club.
French publication L’Equipe have claimed he believes his lack of playing time is because he is not part of the Brazilian clique – which includes Thiago Silva, Neymar, Dani Alves, and Marquinhos – rather than for footballing reasons.
And the news will alert Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who is in dire need of adding another striker to his front-line, especially since Romelu Lukaku has failed to find the form which made him such a force last season for United.
Mourinho is expected to delve into his transfer kitty during the January transfer window and try to acquire a few players as he looks to reignite the clubs season. (READ MORE)
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has challenged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season.
Despite a relatively slow start to the new Premier League season, Aubameyang has adapted to the new style of play under Emery very quickly and is the league’s top scorer with 10 goals after scoring twice against Tottenham at the weekend.
The result moved Arsenal above Tottenham in the premier League and fully cemented the club as real title contenders, something which many never predicted when Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Now Emery wants his star man to push on from his decent run in the league and seriously challenge the likes of Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku for the golden boot.
“I want him to continue improving, and his challenge is also collective and individual,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“I want his challenge to be that he has the opportunity to be the best scorer in the Premier League.
“We want to help him achieve this and that is because, if he is scoring, he is helping us.” (READ MORE)