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Ozil ‘in battle for Arsenal future’

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil faces a fight for his future at the club, according to The Mirror.

Ozil missed Unai Emery’s first win in charge against West Ham, and the coach has reportedly “made it clear he expects more in terms of workrate from Arsenal’s biggest star and top earner.”

The former Germany midfielder did not train on Friday after reporting that he was suffering from a cold, and then sat out the game at the Emirates.

The Mirror says Ozil — substituted in the defeat at Chelsea last weekend — “was then told in training last week that he must work harder as suspicions grew that he could be dropped.”

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey, into the final year of his contract, “could keep Arsenal waiting until January” before deciding on his future — but officials believe he will sign a new deal.

United again linked with Roma’s Pellegrini

When Marouane Fellaini seemed set to leave Manchester United at the end of last season, Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini was tipped as a replacement — and he could end up arriving in January, says the Manchester Evening News.

Italy international Pellegrini is being lined up by manager Jose Mourinho to bring added dynamism to his midfield.

Although the 22-year-old had been a summer target, the Evening News says the club “never stepped up their interest” — but that is set to change.

However, a new central defender remains the priority, with United set to face Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, strongly linked with an Old Trafford move, on Monday.

A clause in the Belgium international’s contract means he would be available for £25 million next summer if he does not agree a new deal — and the Evening News says that “would represent a fraction of the fee sought” earlier in the year.

Mignolet keen to quit Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet wants to leave and could “push for a departure” before transfer windows close on Friday, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Mignolet is Jurgen Klopp’s second choice following the loan departure of Loris Karius to Besiktas and was on the bench for Saturday’s win over Brighton.

The Echo says the Belgium international — who has not played for the first team since January and is deputy to Alisson — wants regular playing time and a fresh start.

But Liverpool “are unlikely to allow him to depart this month, with youngsters Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara the only other goalkeeping options available.”

Mignolet was linked with Besiktas and Napoli before the departure of Karius was confirmed.


— Kevin Strootman‘s transfer to Marseille should be announced on Monday pending a medical, according to multiple reports in Italy, which said the French side will pay €25m plus another €3m in performance-related bonuses.

Roma left the 28-year-old Dutchman left out of their squad for Monday’s game against Atalanta.

— Leicester are planning for the January window, and the city’s Mercury reports that Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack is a target.

Dack, who scored 18 times as Blackburn won promotion to the Championship last season, has attracting the attention of Foxes manager Claude Puel, who could offer £10 million.

— West Brom want another defender on loan, says the Birmingham Mail, with boss Darren Moore optimistic that a deal can be done.

Moore is keen to add a right-back but has stressed he will only bring in a new face “if they’re right to take us forward.”

fifa15guide | West Ham are creating the ultimate FIFA team

Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson

Part of the fun of the transfer window is contemplating which club will be your team on the next edition of FIFA. FIFA 19 looks like it will have West Ham’s name written all over it, with the club’s transfer spree bringing an array of talented players to London. Manuel Pellegrini will be happy that he has managed to be so busy in the transfer market, and he probably won’t mind at all when you swoop in at the start of your FIFA 19 career and take over the team he has assembled. His new signings should not only be effective in the real world, but also boast qualities that will translate in exciting fashion to FIFA.

West Ham bringing home the bacon

The poster boy for the transfer spree is Felipe Anderson for a club record fee of £36 million from Lazio. The BBC have reported how West Ham bosses have called the Brazilian attacking midfielder one of the most exciting players in Europe. Anderson was actually something of a bit-part player for Lazio last season, with injury and the form of Luis Alberto restricting him to 21 Serie A appearances. Maybe those at the top at West Ham gained their glowing opinion of Anderson from his FIFA stats; a potential rating of 84 on FIFA 18 places him alongside Manuel Lanzini as one of their star players, while a sprint speed and acceleration of 91 and 94 respectively make Anderson the dream FIFA player. Being blessed with pace and the technical ability to back it up is a hallowed combination.

Jack Wilshere brings strong passing ability, with a short passing and ball control rating of 84. Unsurprisingly, Wilshere carries the injury-prone trait on FIFA because of his struggles with fitness in real life, but this is a player touted to be one of the world’s leading central midfielders when he emerged onto the scene. If he can avoid injury on FIFA then he will be a guaranteed starter for West Ham, with the FIFA gamers having the added bonus of not having to deal with his occasionally fiery persona.

Andriy Yarmolenko seems to have been around for ages, but at an age of 27 the Ukrainian forward is ready to make a mark on a big league in a way that he couldn’t at Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund are blessed with an embarrassment of speedy attacking riches, so FIFA and football managers alike may have seen cause to overlook Yarmolenko. At West Ham, he is the kind of player who can take them to the next level. His dribbling of 87 and strength of 81 will make him difficult to shrug off the ball, with FIFA gamers having the added bonus of not having to deal with his occasionally volatile personality. With characters like Wilshere and Yarmolenko, Pellegrini is going to have an interesting dressing room.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

A FIFA challenge

Ryan Fredericks (sprint speed 94), Fabian Balbuena (potential rating 80), Lukasz Fabianski (current rating 80) and Issa Diop (potential rating 86) round off the incoming arrivals to West Ham. In particular, Diop could turn out to be a stunning signing. Sky Sports reported how West Ham fought off interest from European heavyweights Monaco and Sevilla to capture the signature of Toulouse’s 20-year-old captain, with the centre-back’s FIFA 18 strength rating of 86 marking his potential to become a formidable defender. West Ham are investing significantly in hope of making the jump from mid-table to European regulars. As of 17th July, the Hammers are 250/1 with Betway to win the Premier League, placing them in the company of Everton and Leicester. However, if the signings are embedded quickly into life in London then West Ham will be fancying their chances to spring a surprise.

Plus, their outsider status makes them an appealing FIFA challenge. Especially if Pellegrini struggles to integrate his new signings quickly, when FIFA 19 hits the stores there will be a multitude of gamers eager to see if they can do better. As mentioned above, some of these new signings are big characters who are not averse to trouble in real life. Throw in the presence of the combustible Marko Arnautovic and it is clear that Pellegrini will have his work cut out in keeping the dressing room positive. There is then the added issue of finding a system that accommodates all of his attacking talents. FIFA players can get stuck into that second issue without having to worry about potential problems off the pitch to the same extent. If players can’t find a system that works then the likes of Felipe Anderson and Ryan Fredericks are really quite fast, so that helps.

Three Career Mode Challenges For FIFA 19 on fifa15guide

Cardiff City

Cardiff City

Source: Cardiff City Football Club via Facebook.

Although the release of FIFA 19 is still a few months away, it is never too early to start planning for the new season. The transfer window is reshaping squads as it always does, giving FIFA players some intriguing propositions about who to take control of in a career mode on FIFA 19. While it is, of course, always tempting to jump straight in with the club that you support, here are three other options that players may want to consider when starting a new save.

Sporting CP

It may seem like a safe option to start as one of the big dogs in the Portuguese league, but this particular big dog has been muzzled. Disarray has hit the club, with the club’s president causing mayhem and a player exodus. Nine key players quit after being attacked by furious supporters, although the Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes has recently announced his return. Key players Rui Patricio and William Carvalho have gone, however, and it would be unwise to predict what else may happen between now and the release of FIFA 19. One thing is for certain: Sporting haven’t won the league since 2001/02, with Benfica and Porto sharing the title. Even without the drama off the pitch, Sporting would make for a worthy career mode challenge as you seek to restore their former glory.

Cardiff City

Cardiff are likely to be propping up the table in many commentators’ end of season predictions, in part a result of the strength of the two teams that came up with them. Wolves are coming up with genuine ambitions of jumping straight into the top half of the table while Fulham have signed Jean Michael Seri, a player that Barcelona tried to sign in the not so distant past. Cardiff have taken a more prudent approach, with their four signings so far all coming from the Championship. They are unlikely to be favourites with bookmakers considering the strength of opposition they will be coming up against, which makes them the perfect challenge for the confident FIFA player.

Neil Warnock is a canny manager, but he’ll have to be if he’s to guide this Cardiff side to Premier League safety. The odds are stacked against Cardiff; if fans did want to back the Bluebirds to achieve survival, then using the best free bets online from will give more scope to place a speculative punt. One free bet offer available on the website is from Paddy Power, who are one of the many bookmakers to consider Cardiff the favourites for relegation. But who doesn’t love an underdog story? New arrival Bobby Reid adds some firepower up front, but that might not be enough for you to guide Cardiff to safety on FIFA 19. Instead, you may have to deploy some Warnock-esque management, which will made easier by using the increased defensive settings mooted to be included on the new FIFA.




Source: Teritorio via Facebook.

Parma are one of those Italian sides that invoke intense feelings of nostalgia among those who lived through Football Italia in the nineties. Parma have gone through a lot, to say the least. The club was declared bankrupt in 2015 and relegated to the fourth tier, but after three successive promotions, they are making a glorious return to Serie A this year. Basically, they’ve done all the hard work for you. Now you have the easy task of taking the double UEFA Cup winners to their first top division title. Fortunately, Juventus are looking like their run of seven straight titles is set to come to an end, with their main signing this year being a 33-year-old forward who has never played in Italy before. Parma may not be blessed with any outstanding star quality, but their story is defined by defying the odds. Can you take the club to new heights and complete a remarkable story?