Ex-Arsenal Striker Jose Reyes Dies In Car Crash

 

Former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Spain star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car crash, his hometown club Sevilla, said on Saturday.

Reyes, who shot to fame at Sevilla before a switch to Arsenal before spells at Real and Atletico Madrid, was 35 and on the books with second tier Spanish club Extremadura.

Euro 2016: Giroud Hopes To Emulate 1998, 2000 Heroes

Giroud, Euro 2016Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, hopes to become the latest in a long line of great French strikers to fire his country to glory at this summer’s European Championship.

The 29-year-old enters the tournament as Les Bleus’ leading scorer with 17 goals, including three in their warm-up games against Cameroon and Scotland.

Giroud grew up watching Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and would love to emulate their success on home soil.

“I was only 11 [in 1998] and it was one of my best memories as a fan of the French national team,” he told Arsenal Player.

“It was fantastic for all the French people to win the World Cup, especially at home. That’s why we want to make our French fans proud this summer.

“It was the continuity of the World Cup (when they went to Euro 2000). They confirmed their great form and almost kept the exact same squad. It is always difficult to win again two years afterwards, but they did very well with a fantastic scenario against Italy at the end of the final.

“I remember the pass from Robert Pires to Sylvain Wiltord, and then the pass to David Trezeguet who found the top-left corner. I couldn’t forget this goal.

“I also remember watching David Ginola, Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin and strikers like that. I was looking to become a striker. I remember very good players like them, and also Thierry Henry, Trezeguet and Anelka too. We’ve always had very good strikers.

“It’s a great feeling (to be representing France in front of our home fans) and we’re all looking forward to that.

“We want to do well in front of our own fans so we’re going to do everything we can to bring the trophy back home.”

Kane, Giroud Nominated For PFA Fans’ Award

GiroudArsenal’s Olivier Giroud  and Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Harry Kane, have been nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month in the Premier League award for March.

The France international has enjoyed a productive month, scoring six times in six matches, including a goal and an assist against West Ham United as well as a brace against Newcastle United.

Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Harry Kane, who is in line to make his England debut this week, bagged five goals for his club during March to help the north Londoners keep their top four hopes alive.

The 21-year-old is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League along with Chelsea’s Diego Costa, after netting 19 goals for Maurico Pochettino’s side.

The Tottenham frontman has been in sensational form of late with a hat-trick on Saturday.

Here is the full list of the players nominated:

Harry Kane

Eden Hazard

Jordan Henderson

Olivier Giroud

Marouane Fellaini

Olivier Giroud Returns For Arsenal, Fit For Manchester United Clash

GiroudArsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, has recovered from a broken leg, one month ahead of schedule.

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has confirmed that the 28-year-old French international striker is fit to face Manchester United on Saturday.

Giroud suffered a broken foot during a 2-2 draw away at Everton on August 23 and has been out of action since then.

Wenger was expecting to welcome Giroud back in January at the earliest, but the Gunners’ top scorer from last season has made a speedy recovery.

“Giroud and Arteta are both available. It’s just a question of how ready they are. But they are available,” he told reporters.

“He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead.”

Giroud’s return eases the burden on English striker, Danny Welbeck and Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez who has beenArsenal sensational since joining from Barcelona in the summer with 12 goals in 17 games.

Giroud started off the season in good form too, scoring twice in his opening four games before breaking his leg.

The Arsenal’s boss, however, confirmed that defenders, Matheiu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny are both out on the training ground but still a month or so away from being available for games.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again.

“We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness.

“It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training.

“At the moment he looks good. Ozil is doing well but he will not be ready before the start of 2015,” Wenger said.

The Gunners take on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as they aim to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in their last game.

Giroud Undergoes Surgery To Left Tibia

GiroudArsenal Striker, Olivier Giroud, has undergone successful surgery to repair a small fracture to his left tibia.

A statement on Arsenal Football Club’s official website confirmed this.

Scans following Saturday’s match at Everton confirmed the injury and after specialist opinions in the following days, the decision was taken to have surgery in London on Wednesday afternoon.

Olivier is expected to return to action in approximately four months.

There were expectations that Club Manager, Arsene Wenger, would be forced to sign a new striker to keep the team’s challenge for honours on track, but the manager, while speaking to the media on Wednesday night quashed the hopes.

“Giroud had surgery today from a broken tibia and he will be out for 3-4 months on the competition side. That means he will be capable to play again in the Premier League certainly at the end of December because he will be out for two months.

“By the time he comes back, that goes three to four months. You ask me straight away who we will buy? I give you the answer straight away – at the moment nobody.”