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Arsenal round-up: Wenger discusses European hopes; Walcott responds to England snub; La Liga defender linked

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Arsene Wenger has come under extreme scrutiny after a poor couple of months for his team. Before the trip to West Brom this weekend, the Arsenal manager has been discussing the rest of the league campaign and he has admitted that his team can’t afford to drop many more points. They are currently 5th and trailing Liverpool by five points, albeit the Gunners have two matches in hand.

 

“For us it’s vital, of course. It’s a strange championship because there’s no continuity at the moment – we’ve had games cancelled after you play away, you don’t play, you play FA Cup and you play away again.

“So you don’t really know where you stand. You have not the same number of games, you have not the continuity home and away. What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.”

Supporters will be expecting a strong finish from their team as they try to clinch Champions League football through the league. It will be difficult as the top six is very competitive this season, but Arsenal’s experience should help them over the line. They have a good run of fixtures coming up and they can build up some serious momentum over the next few weeks.

The England squad was announced on Thursday and one Arsenal player that won’t be joining up with the national team is Theo Walcott. He has been dropped by Gareth Southgate and the England manager has opened up on the heated exchange between him and the Arsenal forward that took place on Walcott’s birthday.

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“I’ve got to say he wasn’t chuffed to bits to get the call. And I understand that. Did he argue his case? Yes. Quite rightly, he said: ‘I’m one of the leading goalscorers in the league.’

“I don’t mind being challenged on that. I totally respect that. I don’t expect him to be happy but I’ve got to make decisions and I think it was the right thing to call him to talk that through – even if the timing wasn’t great.”

It is a controversial call from the England manager as the Arsenal man has been in great form during recent weeks. He continues to score crucial goals and is one of the only reliable characters in the Arsenal dressing room. This should benefit the Gunners as Walcott will now be keen to prove Southgate wrong with some good performances for his club side.

Finally, Arsenal and Tottenham are two of the clubs that are showing an interest in Eibar defender Florian Lejeune according to the Mirror. The 25-year-old has been impressive this season in La Liga and could be bought in the summer for £8.7 million, as it would activate his minimum fee release clause. He was formerly on the books of Manchester City, but he didn’t manage to make an appearance for the Citizens.

 

Although he would very much be seen as a squad player for Arsenal, this isn’t a transfer story that will excite supporters. They will be wanting their club to be compiling a list of Champions League calibre players as there is likely to be a lot of changes made to the squad this summer. A number of key players could leave the Emirates Stadium and they will need to be replaced if they do. Lejeune may be a tidy player, but he isn’t going to revolutionise this Gunners squad.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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