“All that could go wrong has gone wrong” – Arsenal legend bemoans “abysmal” Gunners collapse

Arsenal legend Michael Thomas has bemoaned the Gunners’ collapse as they now look set to miss out on the top four.

Back-to-back defeats for Mikel Arteta’s side against Tottenham and Newcastle United have all but ended the club’s hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

It now requires a massive stroke of luck for Arsenal on the final day of the season, with Arteta’s side needing to beat Everton, who are fighting for their lives just above the relegation zone, whilst also hoping for an unlikely win for Norwich City over Spurs.

Arsenal hero Thomas is certainly disappointed with how it’s played out, describing the performance at Newcastle in particular as “abysmal”.

“All that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Thomas told CaughtOffside. “The decisions didn’t go the way we needed against Tottenham and the performance was well below par. Spurs didn’t have to be great to win the … Read the rest

Napoli have expressed their interest in loaning 32-year-old Barcelona midfielder

A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on the future of Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder is set to return from his loan spell at Besiktas later this summer, but he is not involved in Xavi Hernandez’s plans for next season.

Pjanic had joined the club in 2020 in a swap deal involving Arthur Melo. But the midfielder never really managed to establish himself as a key player at Camp Nou, often lacking game-time.

He featured in just over 600 minutes of league football during his maiden season in La Liga. His lack of prominence in the first team saw Barça sanction a loan deal to Besiktas last summer.

One year later, the Bosnian could once again be on the move, but this time on a permanent deal as Barcelona look to cash in on him in the summer transfer window.

Pjanic does have two years remaining … Read the rest

Ex-Red Devil names four most disappointing Manchester United players this season

Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick has picked out four of the club’s most disappointing performers this season.

It’s been a miserable campaign at Old Trafford with the club missing out on a place in the top four and once again failing to win any trophies.

This saw Man Utd sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season, but interim manager Ralf Rangnick hasn’t done much better since coming in.

Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside, Chadwick made it clear he felt that the whole squad has to take responsibility for this poor season, with a few names in particular standing out as disappointing.

“It’s unfair to single out any individual. The squad as a whole really needs to take responsibility. It doesn’t seem right to say someone’s been worse than the rest, if results aren’t going well it’s a collective responsibility. I don’t think any of the players have performed … Read the rest

Barcelona will try to include Dutchman in the operation to sign Bayern Munich forward

Buoyed by Robert Lewandowski’s confirmation of his rejection of a potential renewal at Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona have kickstarted their operation to sign the revered frontman.

Reports coming out of Germany suggest Bayern Munich are softening their stance on Lewandowski and could entertain a sale if Barça come up with a bid of around €40 million.

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered a status update, claiming Barcelona are set to begin negotiations in the coming days and are weighing up a bid of up to €35 million.

A crucial piece of the puzzle could be Memphis Depay. Since Barcelona are ideally not in a position to shell out anything over €30 million over an individual, they are open to sacrificing a few of their own stars in an attempt to lower the valuation.

Depay has emerged as one such candidate for Barça. The report indicates the Catalans are … Read the rest

Arsenal looking to beat Juventus to Serie A attacking full-back by making player swap offer

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Udinese attacking full-back Nahuel Molina.

That’s according to a recent report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, who claims Juventus have already made their interest in the young Argentine known but the ‘Old Lady’ now face competition from Mikel Arteta’s Gunners.

Molina, 24, joined Udinese in 2020 following a free transfer from South American side Boca Juniors.

Since then Molina has shone under manager Gabriele Cioffi, who has often deployed the 24-year-old as a more right-sided attack-minded winger.

Having featured in 34 Serie A matches so far this season, the Argentina international has reached double figures when it comes to direct goal contributions.

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Barcelona do not rule out the sale of ter Stegen in the summer – report

The upcoming summer transfer window will be a hugely vital one for Barcelona. Following a trophyless campaign, the Blaugrana need to strengthen their roster adequately in order to challenge Real Madrid for the title and make a splash in Europe as well.

But with the financial situation at the club being as it is, Barça will need to make some big sales in the summer in order to generate funds that they can reinvest in bolstering the squad.

It has been claimed that the Catalan giants might look to sell midfield mainstay, Frenkie de Jong, for economic reasons should an extraordinary offer arrive for him in the summer.

Now, SPORT reports that a similar case could ensue with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as Barcelona are not ruling out the possibility of selling the German goalkeeper should a significant offer arrive for him in the summer.

This report comes even though … Read the rest

Arsenal’s superb potential XI if they seal double Premier League transfer raid this summer

Arsenal will surely have a busy summer this year, whether they finish in the top four or not.

The Gunners’ Champions League hopes were dealt a major blow after a surprise 3-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Tottenham in midweek, and it’s little surprise that they already seem to be working on strengthening their squad in the summer.

Let’s face it, if Arsenal do hold on and get that fourth spot, they’ll have over-achieved, with this squad not as good as the likes of Man Utd and Spurs on paper, while it’s a long way behind Chelsea, even if the gap between themselves and the team third in the table is now not that big in terms of points.

And if Mikel Arteta’s side bottle it late on and miss out on the top four again, that’ll be even more reason to make the changes required to ensure they’re … Read the rest

Barcelona director inquired about 22-year-old forward in meeting with Atletico CEO

Barcelona are increasingly closing in on the capture of Robert Lewandowski, who has confirmed his desire to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season shortly after the clash against VfL Wolfsburg.

With many expecting Lewandowski to join Barcelona in the coming season, a recent report from Diario AS has offered a rather interesting update on the club’s pursuit of a new forward.

It appears Barcelona are strongly entertaining the possibility of signing Joao Felix in the coming summer. The Portuguese international was discussed in the recent meeting between Barça’s sporting director Mateu Alemany and Atletico Madrid CEO MiguelAngel Gil Marin.

While the initial topic of the meeting was believed to be the sale of Antoine Griezmann, it appears Alemany had used the opportunity to bring up the topic of Felix.

The Portuguese international has been a top target for Barcelona for quite a while now. His technical brilliance, … Read the rest

Man United’s season summed up after training ground bust up

Two senior Manchester United players were involved in an alleged training ground bust-up this week which sort of sums up the season for the Red Devils. 

According to an article ran by Manchester Evening News, an incident took place towards the end of a Man United training session at Carrington on Thursday in which the two unnamed players were set to have clashed with each other, the day United returned to training following a four-day break.

This brought the training session to a premature end and if the players are important for United’s future, this is yet another headache for incoming manager Erik ten Hag to have to deal with.

The Ajax boss will take over from Ralf Rangnick at the start of next season and is tasked with turning  Man United’s fortunes around as the club is miles behind Man City and Liverpool in the English football pecking order.… Read the rest

Barcelona offered the chance to sign Portuguese left-back for €10 million

Barcelona are on the search for a new left-back heading into the new season as they seek a cover and a long-term replacement for Jordi Alba.

The veteran has had to play the entire season without a natural cover and at 33, he will soon be entering the final phase of his career. So, it is important for Barça to start laying down the succession plan for him or at least bring a player as a backup to rotate the veteran regularly.

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been a top target for the Blaugrana in this regard. But, according to Mundo Deportivo, a new option may have surfaced on the table for Barcelona as they have been offered the services of Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

The 28-year-old is set to enter the final year of his contract with the Black and Yellows this summer and is keen on … Read the rest