Category Archives: 1 Team In London

Arsenal Agree To Sign 21-Year-Old Striker With Better Shot Accuracy Than Cristiano Ronaldo – Player Report

An early Christmas present for Arsenal fans now, as the Metro report that Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has agreed a six-month loan deal to the Gunners when January rolls around. But who is he, and what can he offer the north London side should he arrive?

Morata is a player who has been progressing slowly through the Real Madrid youth set up for some time now and has finally established himself as a first team regular. The 21-year-old now has 30 appearances for Los Blancos and is blossoming into the player that we all thought he could become.

He is a strong player who stands at 6ft3 but he has exceptional feet for a big man. He has won 12 of his 17 attempted headed duels this season and is a man who is remarkably difficult to outmuscle, which a host of La Liga defenders will agree with.

He’s scored twice in his 10 appearances this season under Carlo Ancelotti and holds a shot accuracy of 69% – a better percentage than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Morata’s movement is also impressive, as is the way he invites team-mates into play with his hold-up skills. Having seen a great deal of the youngster this season I can comfortably say that the Spanish U21 international would be a brilliant addition to Arsene Wenger’s roster.

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Arsenal See £6.6m Striker Bid Rejected, But What Could He Offer The Gunners?

Arsenal’s search for a striker has seen them stumble across Corinthian’s frontman Pato, apparently, but it would seem that their initial £6.6m offer for the Brazilian forward was rejected – according to the Express. But what would they be receiving should the former AC Milan goal-getter arrive at the Emirates in January?

The most noticeable asset in his locker is his pace. Pato loves to drag defenders all over the place with his whippet-like speed and intelligent movement and would be a nice contrast to Olivier Giroud’s strong, meaningful displays. Pato is a strong player, also, who is always niggling at defenders and using his frame to ghost past them.

He’s capable in the air, on the floor and with his back to goal, and although he scored a handful of goals in his later years at Milan, he finished the most recent season in Brazil with 17 to his name.

Injuries have always been a problem for the 24-year-old, but should he steer clear of the problems with his body then he is a top, top player. He has represented Brazil on 25 occasions, scoring 10 goals, and is slowly but surely regaining the composure that he once had in and around the opposition box.

Pato has the potential to be the missing piece to the Arsenal jigsaw should he move to north London and would keep Giroud fresh for the exciting battle for the title.

Wenger Says Not Even £50m Would Be Enough To Buy Ramsey – A Closer Look At The Welshman’s All-Round Displays This Season

It seems incredible that Aaron Ramsey has gone from a player who frustrates fans enough for them to call for him to be sent on loan, to a man who has scored 13 goals in 22 games this season which has seen the Gunners go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table – all in such a short space of time. With good form comes interest in other clubs, but Wenger has apparently ruled out a move for the Wales international, even if it’s for £50m.

He’s a cracking young player, but it got me thinking how his all-round game has looked this year, away from the goals.

Sensational, is the conclusion. He has created 18 key passes in his 13 appearances in the Premier League and currently has a 71% shot accuracy. He holds an 85% pass completion rate, which is pretty impressive, and has also won 48/90 of his tackles, which makes him the player with the most tackles in the entire division.

His movement looks better than last year, his confidence is sky-high and he looks to be enjoying what he is doing – all ingredients in a recipe for success.

It is fair to say that there is a lot more to the 22-year-old that meets the eye and I for one hope it continues until the very last kick of the Premier League season.

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A Closer Look At How Ramsey Ripped Cardiff Apart As Arsenal Go 7 Points Clear At The Top

Last week Manchester United struggled to pass Cardiff down in Wales, eventually drawing the game 2-2, but the Bluebirds’ run out against Arsenal was anything but easy. The Gunners invited Malkay Mckay’s men to the capital and picked them apart with their sensational football, but there was one man who stood out amongst the rest in the 3-0 victory, and that was Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international went up against his former employers but was in no mood to show any remorse as he scored twice to boost his season’s tally to 13. His first was a header and his second was a fine strike from inside the area, but his general performance in the game was impressive.

He won 4/6 of his take ons, two of which were inside the Cardiff box, and he came out on top in 100% of his tackles, headed duels and his clearances.

He covered an enormous amount of ground during the game and was essential to how Arsene Wenger’s side pressed Cardiff into submission.

He also had the chance to display his beautiful passing facility – Ramsey completed 86% of his 70 attempted balls and from them two were key.

He stunned his old side and as a result Arsenal now sit seven points clear at the top.

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Mourinho Rules Out January Move For Striker – Here’s Why I Think He’s Wrong To Do So

You would have thought with the poor displays of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba so far this season that Jose Mourinho would be going all out to land a top striker in the January transfer market, but apparently that’s not the case. The Metro say that there will be no deal to sign a forward at all – something which I don’t think is right.

Torres himself has been dire, and not only has Ba been rumoured to be leaving us in the new year but has offered almost nothing in the final third. Between them, they have scored three goals. THREE. We are nearly at Christmas for goodness sake, so if that’s good enough we may as well hand the trophy to Arsenal or Manchester City, or whoever else, ourselves.

Yes, we have goal scoring midfielders, but we have no one who can lead the line well enough to see us win the title in my eyes, and while I panic about our striking options Romelu Lukaku is scoring freely for Everton and Mourinho is telling us that we won’t be moving for anyone!

It’s not easy being a Chelsea fan.

Torres has lost his pace, his touch and his movement and Ba never had any of those. And while Eto’o has scored twice this term, that’s not good enough to see us lift a trophy at the end of the season.

Why Wenger Must Rest Olivier Giroud This Weekend Against Cardiff

Olivier Giroud is enjoying his football this season, you can see it in the way he goes about himself. The Frenchman was written off before he had even kicked a ball this term but his form in pre season excited some, and rightly so. Now 12 games into the Premier League campaign, Giroud has scored seven goals, claimed four assists, and made another 13 key passes on top of that. He has also scored twice in the Champions League and created two chances, but all this playing time could prove costly later in the season.

He has been Arsene Wenger’s only viable option up top so far with Nicklas Bendtner reluctantly thrown into the mix when Giroud’s legs are tired. Now, with Theo Walcott returning from injury, this is the perfect weekend to give Giroud some time to rest his body.

Walcott’s speed would have a massive impact against a sluggish-looking Cardiff backline and could see the England international gain some morale and more importantly some momentum out of the occasion should he start.

Or, if Wenger is feeling lucky, maybe the trip to south Wales could be a do-or-die moment for Bendtner – perform and he stays in and around the first team squads before he’s flogged in the new year, but fail and he’s firmly in the reserves.

Either way, I think this weekend is the perfect time to rest Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea Looking To Loan Real Madrid Defender – Player Report

The term never go back is a phrase often used in football, and although it sometimes proves true, a lot of the time it works just fine. A manager who is said to be ready to snap up one of his former players is Jose Mourinho, who has been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao – a player he worked with at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Portuguese left-back has been a target for Manchester United over the last few months but nothing has transpired, and with Ashley Cole not getting any younger and his performances seemingly not getting any better, Chelsea fans may not have to wait long until the arrival of a new full-back.

Coentrao has only player four La Liga games this term under Carlo Ancelotti and has averaged five defensive actions per appearance.

He’s created two chances, won 9/13 of his tackles and looked fairly comfortable in most of his outings. For me, though, the Blues should be concentrating on landing Southampton’s Luke Shaw, who is also said to be a Chelsea fan.

Coentrao isn’t the quickest player, he’s not the strongest player and he doesn’t have the best technical ability, but his positioning is superb, his awareness has always been impressive and he knows when not to dive in.

They could do a lot worse, in my opinion, and perhaps Mourinho can get the best out of him in west London, but if he doesn’t work out then it’s only a loan deal.

La Liga Winger Welcomes Arsenal Interest, But What Could He Offer The Gunners?

Real Betis are currently in a slump of form in the Spanish top tier – they are now without a win in seven games and have lost six of those – and they could now be losing one of their starlets to the Premier League, as 19-year-old Alvaro Vadillo is being linked –  in an exclusive report by IBTimes – to a move to Arsenal.

But what could the winger offer?

He’s primarily a left-sided player who loves to run at opponents and whip balls into the box, but he’s struggled to find any form in his 10 appearances so far this season. He has made six key passes and claimed an assist on top of that, but that’s where his positives end.

He has completed just 66% of his attempted passes – although you could argue that as a winger that’s not essential – but he’s also only completed 13/49 take ons, which works out as just a 27% success rate.

Vadillo has also only hit the target with 29% of his efforts, which is important as a winger.

For me there are better options than the Spaniard, especially as he will be joining a stronger, rougher league than his current division. 

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