SportsNet - April 2013
Arsenal's search for a new goalkeeper could lead them to soon-to-be relegated QPR ace Julio Cesar. The Brazilian veteran offers the kind of experience and authority Arsenal lack between the posts.
Reports in The Daily Mirror suggest Arsene Wenger will attempt to lure Cesar to North London once QPR's demotion is officially confirmed. Cesar is known to want to stay in England's capital city.
Wenger actually tried to sign Cesar last summer, but only wanted him to backup Wojciech Szczesny. That dynamic might have changed, as the youthful, but inconsistent Szczesny is no longer assured of his place.
The 22-year-old has been benched for fellow Polish 'keeper Lukasz Fabianski. That move came after Szczesny faltered in several high-profile games.
He has regained his place for Arsenal's last two fixtures with Fabianski out injured. Szczesny has kept a pair of clean sheets during his first-team return.
Manchester United Transfer News: Lewandowski Re-Ignites Transfer Move To United After Comments To Associates!
My reliable sources at Old Trafford told me last year that Manchester United had made a transfer bid for Robert Lewandowski, the Borussia Dortmund striker. Some of the UK media carried a smaller version of the story throughout the last summer transfer window; however, none of them had the concrete information that I had from an Old Trafford insider that Sir Alex had, indeed, made a serious offer for the player.
Now, it seems that the player has himself re-ignited the debate over this matter by telling his club and associates that he would prefer a move to the Premier League. He has also made quite clear that he is not interested in joining Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City, but wants to join Manchester United. Of course, it helps that Shinji Kagawa has given Lewandowski glowing reports of his first season at the club, especially as they are certain to be crowned champions, probably tonight.
David Lee’s season is over. An MRI has shown the All-Star forward suffered a tear to his right hip flexor in Saturday’s Game one loss to the Denver Nuggets. Lee has been a pillar of strength for the Warriors all season long. He led the NBA in the regular season with 56 double-doubles and averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
It will be difficult for the team to defeat the Nuggets in the Western Conference Quarter-finals without him, but it is too early to conclude their season is over just yet. They have two players on their roster in Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut who have the potential to fill the void.
Landry is a proven NBA power forward who has played big minutes of the bench this season and has career averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while playing close to 25 minutes per contest. Bogut, a former third team All-NBA center who has been injured for most of the season appears to be somewhat healthy. If this is the case the Warriors will be in good shape, because when healthy he is among the best rebounders and shot blockers in the league.
Arsenal are preparing to pay £15 million for Schalke 04 youngster Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old schemer would add a greater scoring threat to Arsenal's midfield.
Reports in The Daily Express indicate Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen for Draxler to boost his squad. Wenger got a glimpse of his talents during this season's UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal battled Schalke twice in the group stages and Draxler definitely demanded attention. He's a cultured midfielder, blessed with an excellent touch and a natural eye for a pass.
Draxler also possesses deceptive strength and a powerful and accurate shot. He poses a major threat to a defence any time he's running with the ball and can create room for a shot.
Draxler has scored 11 times this season, and Arsenal need the cutting edge he provides in advanced midfield areas.
Santi Cazorla has netted 12 goals in the English Premier League this term. However, the rest of Arsenal's midfielders have only managed eight league goals.
In the ever-changing transfer environment around the premier league clubs, we are going to take a closer look at Manchester United. At the beginning of the year, there were a small number of likely candidates for a move to United, Lewandowski being one of the main ones. However, the game moves on at a frantic pace; players form improves and recedes, as does the likelihood of their being replaced. Conversely, other players form dips and their places are therefore up for grabs.