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Mesut Ozil retires from international football citing racism

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has decided to call quits on his international career with Germany following the heavy criticism towards him. The 29-year-old’s future with Germany became a public debate after he was controversially pictured alongside Turkish president Recep Erdogan and an average showing at the World Cup thereafter has only increased the verbal attack towards him.

As such, the Gunners ace has decided to end his association with the national team via a statement released on his official Twitter account which read: “The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten. It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.”

Borussia Dortmund chief refutes Arsenal agreement for Sokratis

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has stressed that Arsenal are yet to finalise an agreement to pursue the signature of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from their clutches. The Greece international has widely been tipped to join the north London giants this summer with reports emerging that a £16m deal has already been agreed.

Speaking to Revier Sport, Zorc admitted that Sokratis could be heading to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window but the transfer has not been ‘completely finalised yet’. He said: “It is likely that he goes there, that’s right. But things are not completely finalised yet. And I will not work with you now and talk about the rumour mill, which includes 27 new Dortmund signings since the end of May.

Ray Parlour downplays Arsenal’s title prospects under Unai Emery

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the Gunners may not come close to the Premier League title under Unai Emery owing to the vast investment being made by some of their rivals. The north London giants have recently entered into a new era with Emery being picked to succeed Arsene Wenger as their next head coach.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Parlour was asked whether his former club could compete for the title, to which he replied: “I would love him to do it, but I’m going to say no.I think Man City are going to get stronger and stronger, and I think Pep Guardiola is going to stick around.I can’t see who’s going to challenge them.Top four is going to be important [for Arsenal].They’ve got to get back into the Champions League, so, for me, top four will be a very successful season. Unless there’s massive investment, the same as at Man City, [they’ll never win the league].”

Ray Parlour optimistic over Jack Wilshere stay

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour is hoping that Jack Wilshere extends his Gunners contract beyond the current month. The England international has been in a contract standoff with the Gunners since December but recent reports have suggested that he could sign a fresh three-year contract depending on the outcome of his meeting with new boss Unai Emery.

A number of former Arsenal players have urged Wilshere to extend his decade-long say with the club and Parlour opined similarly whilst speaking to Arseblog. During the official launch of the Gunners’ away kit for next season, he said: “I hope he stays, I really do. Like me, he came through the ranks and I think it’s always good to have players in your squad who have come through the system.

Ex-Arsenal Winger Urges Club To Sign Jack Butland

Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves believes the club should jump at the opportunity to signing Jack Butland from Stoke City when the season comes to a close. The England international recently witnessed the Potters’ relegation from the top-flight and he has since been heavily tipped to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.

As such, Groves believes the Gunners should take him in a heartbeat after having progressed into one of England’s best shot-stoppers, he told Sportingbet: “I want Jack Butland to replace Petr Cech as Arsenal’s goalkeeper and I would take him in a heartbeat. I think he’s one of the best young goalkeepers in the country and he has a huge physical presence. Any goalkeeper that’s playing for Stoke will look vulnerable, but he would only improve at Arsenal. We would be able to get him for a good price once Stoke are relegated too.”

Arsene Wenger Explains Why Alexandre Lacazette Has Been Substituted Early

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained as to why Alexandre Lacazette has found himself being substituted on most occasions with the club. The France international joined the north Londoners from Lyon during the summer of 2017, and he has since contributed a decent tally of nine goals in 26 appearances across all competitions.

Despite being used to playing regularly for the entire 90 minutes with Lyon, Lacazette has now enjoyed a similar run with the Gunners, having completed the feat on just occasions, and when quizzed on the matter, Wenger appeared to suggest that it was more to do with the striker’s adaptation period.

Cech Inspired By Ryan Mason’s Determination

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is inspired by the determination of Ryan Mason following his fractured skull injury earlier this year. The player had to undergo surgery at the Saint Mary’s Hospital in London following a clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.

Hull City faced the Blues on January 22 last year when the incident happened. Many believed he would not return to the game in playing capacity due to magnitude of damage. This was confirmed on Tuesday that the 26-year old player would no longer play professional football following advice from world renowned neurologist and neurosurgeons.

Petr Cech Still Hopeful Of Champions League Qualification

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech remains hopeful that the Gunners can qualify for next season’s Champions League despite their average performance at the domestic stage this term. The north London club are currently 12 points adrift of the top-four in the Premier League, but the 35-year-old believes his side can still reach the elite competition via their Europa League campaign.

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Petr Cech indirectly blames Alexandre Lacazette for Tottenham Hotspur loss

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has indirectly put the blame on Alexandre Lacazette for the north London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. The Gunners were second-best for most of the game, and they had two clear-cut chances at the end which could have changed the complexion of the match.