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Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk – Thierry Henry (Video)

Arsenal after the Tottenham defeat

Will Arsenal be in the Champions League next season?

After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the north London derby at Wembley, it’s beginning look incredibly unlikely that the Gunners will finish in the top four.

Tottenham’s win means that Arsene Wenger is seven points behind Mauricio Pochettino in the table with 11 games to go.

Many will now believe Arsenal’s best chance of playing UCL football next term will be in Arsenal can win the Europa League.

The Gunners head to Sweden this week to face minnows FK Ostersunds in the last 32 of the UEL.

Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk

On Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry tried to understand why the Arsenal defence is so bad.

The pundits recognised that Wenger has failed to significantly improve Arsenal’s backline in recent years.

It seems clear to everyone that new blood and quality is needed to solidify the Arsenal rearguard. Yet, when a player like Virgil Van Dijk came on the market, it was Liverpool who stumped up the cash.

Did Arsenal make a mistake allowing VVD to join Liverpool?

And what are fans to make of Wenger’s claim that Jonny Evans wasn’t signed because West Brom wanted too much money. Yet there was money to break their transfer record on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

For Carragher and Henry, Wenger’s failure to sign Van Dijk was a mistake.

Both talking heads believe it’s obvious that Arsenal have defensive problems, and they wondered if Wenger is blinkered from the truth.

Watch the discussion below.

Also see: Arsenal fan overacts to Alexandre Lacazette’s miss vs Tottenham.

Arsenal’s Europa League opponents Ostersunds win the internet.

Star returns – Liverpool’s strongest possible 4-3-3 XI vs Porto

Star returns – Liverpool’s strongest possible 4-3-3 XI vs Porto – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool defeated Southampton 2-0 away from home to move within 2 points of arch rivals Manchester United, who suffered a shocking defeat against the Magpies in the Premier League yesterday.

Next up, the Reds will collide against Porto in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League contest. Who will come out on top?

As far as the head to head record is concerned, the Merseysiders have played the Primeira Liga giants on four occasions and have never lost (won 2, drawn 2). Not to forget, Porto are currently leading the domestic league table after 21 games.

As far as Jurgen Klopp’s team news is concerned, we can expect the German boss to make a few changes in the squad that started vs the Saints yesterday.

Belgian international Simon Mignolet should get the nod to return to the starting line up. He could replace Loris Karius in the goal. The German shot stopper is now a regular starter in the league for the Reds.

Few days back, Klopp stated that Gomez may have a chance of featuring against the Portuguese side and if fit, he should replace Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right back position. Dejan Lovren might return to replace Matip in the central defense.

Skipper Jordan Henderson was rested vs Southampton and he should return to partner Wijnaldum and Can in the central midfield. Here is Liverpool’s strongest possible 4-3-3 XI vs Porto.

From Sportslens.com – Football News | Football Blog

Merson predicts ‘disappointing’ Liverpool’s trip to Southampton

Paul Merson admits he was surprised to see Liverpool give up control of the game to Tottenham in the second half of last week’s 2-2 draw.

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