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Should Arsenal make a move for Christian Eriksen in January?

Following Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with newly promoted Leeds United on Sunday, it is now seven hours and 56 minutes since the Gunners scored from open play in the Premier League. 

This equates to the North London side’s lowest tally in 34 years, just nine goals in nine games. The failure to score against the leagues’ worst defence must draw concerns for Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff all be it they were playing with ten men for the best part of half an hour. 

In addition, Mikel Arteta’s side have now not scored in four of their last Premier League matches.  Their one goal came in an impressive 1-0 victory at Old Trafford scored from the penalty spot by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

What is a more startling stat, however, is that the North London club now rank among the bottom six teams so far this campaign for chances creation per match in the top flight. 

German international Mesut Ozil, who has not played for Arsenal this season, ended up ranking second on the list of most creative player for the 2019/20 season. Despite only playing 18 games he created 38 chances for his teammates.  

This begs the question whether Ozil should be recalled from his exile or in fact should Arteta go all out to recruit another creative player in the January transfer window?

Arsenal’s Christian Eriksen link?

One former Arsenal player Kevin Campbell has suggested that the Gunners should sign the ‘superb’ ex-Tottenham star Christian Eriksen. 

The 28-year-old Danish attacking midfielder has reportedly asked to leave his current club Inter Milan and could be sold in January according to the Serie A club’s sporting director Giusppe Marotta. 

Marotta told DAZN:

“We do not certainly have to force a player to stay when he asks to leave.”

Indeed, since moving for £17.5 million from Spurs to the San Siro in January of this year, Eriksen has just managed four goals in 33 matches – including none this season. 

Eriksen has also only started three of the club’s eight league matches so far and has been an unused substitute in Inter’s last two matches, including Sunday’s 4-2 win over Torino.  

The attacking midfielder’s contract with Inter Milan runs until 2024, but when asked about his current role with the club Eriksen told TV2:

This isn’t want I dreamed of, 

It is a strange situation, as the fans want to see me playing more and so would I, but the coach has different ideas and as a player I have to respect that.

“I am concentrating on my football, then when the transfer window opens we will see if something happens or not.”

While Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte said:

“I will not select my team just to please one player.” 

Eriksen’s record with Tottenham

The Denmark midfielder’s record with Tottenham is significantly more impressive as he played more than 300 games for the club and helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side reach the Champions League final back in 2018. 

Overall he scored 69 goals in his 305 games for the club but perhaps more importantly chipped in with 89 assists for his team. 

When asked about the Eriksen speculation, Campbell said: 

“Christian Eriksen played for the rivals but we all know the quality he possesses, that’s for sure.

“It is not quite working out for him at Inter Milan right now and I am sure he would be a good addition to Arsenal’s squad.” 

Do Arsenal need a player like Eriksen?

Truth be told, a team like Arteta’s could certainly do with someone of Eriksen’s talents.  

The Danish playmaker is certainly someone who has that potential to come up with that spark in the final third and picking that pivotal final pass is something that the Gunners clearly lack at the moment.

It is also clear that Eriksen is a player who currently does not fit in with Conte’s plans at Inter Milan and he has struggled so far to get the best out of the Danish international. 

It certainly worked out well for Eriksen first time round in the Premier League for another North London side, could perhaps it do so again?

Let us know what you think Arsenal fans in the comments below, would you be happy to see your side make a move for the Danish international in the January transfer window? 

WHAT NEXT FOR OLIViER GIROUD?

Often underrated and always scores goals Olivier Giroud is facing a decision over his future. After all, It is imperative that the French World Cup winner plays regular football in order to secure his place in his national side for next year’s Euros.

The 34 year old has appeared just six times this season for Chelsea and this week France manager Didier Deschamps spoke out about the striker who has been an integral part of his plans in recent times despite being on the fringe at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud scored twice in midweek for France against Sweden to move him to within seven goals of the nations record goal scorer Thierry Henry – a mark of the forwards credentials.

However, with the plethora of striking options available to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Giroud has been on the periphery of matters in West London this term, leading to plenty of speculation around a move in the upcoming January transfer window.

Fellow Premier League club West Ham are believed to be interested, whilst a host of Serie A sides have also been credited with interest, including a reunion with former manager Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

The cultured French striker who’s attributes stretch to beyond his prowess in front of goal with his ability to hold up the ball and bring others into play will be desperate for one final hoorah on the internationals stage in the rearranged Euros next summer – therefore may need to move on to pastures new.

France boast a host of high-quality forwards who will all be hoping to oust the tall striker from Deschamps’ plans. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezzmann, Anthony Martial, Moussa Dembele, Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Thuram are all in with a shout of leading the line.

With competition for places at the attacking end of the France squad as such, it is inconceivable Giroud could expect to be picked without regular football behind him.

One thing is for certain is Giroud’s representatives believe their player deserves to be seeing more action, this week the players agent questioned Lampard’s preference of Tammy Abraham whilst hinting at a January exit.

At 34 years old and with Timo Werner and Abraham clearly above him in the pecking order, a mid-season move seems the most viable option in order for the cultured frontman to get the football he needs for the rest of the season.

Is it time to switch the capital for Merseyside?

Chelsea look set to complete a move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley this month, and despite the Merseyside outfit looking set to complete the signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas to add firepower up front, could the club benefit from adding another striker to their ranks.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has become a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge and has had to play second fiddle to Alvaro Morata, but in the World Cup year could the Belgian striker switch the capital for Merseyside?

The Telegraph reported that Antonio Conte had said that both he and David Luiz were free to leave Stamford Bridge this month if they wished to, and if he is to be on the plane to Russia he is going to need to get game time under his belt to impress Roberto Martinez.

Despite Everton looking to bring in Cenk Tosun, they could look to bring in another striker who has Premier League experience and Batshuayi fits the bill. The Belgian has 9 goals to his name in all competitions this season adding to his tally of 11 in all competitions in his first season in the Premier League, showing he has an eye for goal and if given regular game time he could become a prolific goalscorer.

Everton fans would you like to see Michy Batshuayi at Goodison Park? Let us know in the comments section…

Match Preview: Chelsea v FK Qarabag

Champions League action returns to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening as Premier League champions Chelsea welcome FK Qarabag from Azerbaijan.

Italian manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that Eden Hazard will be on the bench for the Blues as he makes a slow recovery after just returning from a broken ankle.

Gary Cahill could make his return to action tonight as he returns from a three domestic ban after being sent off against Burnley during the opening day defeat to Burnley.

Chelsea play seven games in 21 days this month and Conte said “You have to do some rotation otherwise the last two games you have no energy”.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said “We’re not scared of any of them”.

“Even though Chelsea is an icon in the Champions League and have a big chance to win the tournament this season , the team is ready and we’re going to play until the end ”

Danny Drinkwater Chelsea’s summer transfer deadline day signing who is yet to make his debut is also set to sit out of the clash becoming Chelsea’s only absentee with a calf injury.

Qarabag come into the game on fine form as they have won their opening three league games and to make the group stages came through three rounds of European qualifying to make history as the first side from Azerbaijan to make the group stages.

The Blues will be clear favourites for this clash as they have only lost once in their past thirteen Champions League group games.

 

Will this Spanish international play for Chelsea again?

Chelsea made the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in the summer which was the replacement for Diego Costa, despite the Spanish international being named in the Chelsea Premier League squad. 

Despite finding the back of the net on 20 occasions last season for the SW6 outfit, it seems that manager Antonio Conte deems the striker surplus to requirements, having spent heavily on bringing in Morata this summer.

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Many touted Costa to join former club Atletico Madrid this summer, but with the Spanish giants under a transfer ban for breaching FIFA rules that move couldn’t happen, but Atletico could rekindle interest in the striker in the January window.

With Spain looking set to qualify for Russia 2018, it would be in the interest of Costa to try and sort things out with manager Antonio Conte to ensure he has every chance of getting on the plane for the World Cup next summer.

Having scored many goals for ‘The Blues’ over the past 3 seasons, its clear that he has been a major part of Chelsea success as he has lifted 2 Premier League titles and an English League Cup whilst at the club, and despite the club making a new signing in his position this summer he could still prove to be a useful to have playing for the club.

Chelsea fans would you play Costa in the Premier League? Do you want to see him stay at Stamford Bridge? Let us know in the comments section…