Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspurs 1

Arsenal’s revival gathered pace as Tottenham’s recent decline continued in an entertaining north London derby at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners propped up the table after three games while Spurs were top under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo – how things have changed as a rampant Arsenal ripped their shambolic rivals to shreds in a brilliant first half. Emile Smith Rowe started the celebrations for the Arsenal fans when he arrived unmarked to sweep home Bukayo Saka’s cross after 12 minutes before the scorer turned provider as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the second midway through the half.

Spurs were producing a horror show and nothing summed it up better than Arsenal’s third after 34 minutes. Harry Kane fell over the ball in a Spurs attack then missed two tackles on Saka as he raced back into his own penalty area to try to rescue the situation. Saka compounded the agony with a calm finish. Inevitably, Spurs improved after the break, Kane bringing a good save from Aaron Ramsdale and wasting a good chance, before Son Heung-min pulled one back. Ramsdale spared Arsenal any late anxiety with another superb stop, touching Lucas Moura’s shot on to the bar as Mikel Arteta’s side closed out a richly deserved win.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has staked his Arsenal future on a long-term plan but admits he will not get quick results and has called for patience. But there was evidence for optimism here despite those three opening league defeats. The Gunners’ latest win was based on the brilliance and exuberance of Saka, Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard, aged 20, 21 and 22 respectively. Aubameyang, whose own form and commitment have been questioned as he struggled, set the tone and lit the fuse on an explosive atmosphere inside the Emirates by chasing down Spurs’ defenders in the opening moments.

Arsenal 3 Wimbledon 0

Arsenal beat League One AFC Wimbledon to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and make it three wins in a row in all competitions. Alexandre Lacazette was making his first start since April and scored a penalty after Nesta Guinness-Walker fouled Gabriel Martinelli. Emile Smith Rowe converted from Lacazette’s pass and Eddie Nketiah’s lovely flicked backheel from Cedric Soares’ cross sealed the win. Arsenal host Leeds in round four.

The Gunners should have beaten the Dons by more after hitting the woodwork twice. Visiting goalkeeper Nik Tzanev tipped the ball onto his own bar in the first half, and Nuno Tavares later headed off the post. The Gunners named a strong team, with Nketiah the only member of the starting XI not to play in the Premier League this season. AFC Wimbledon did not manage a shot on target in the game. At Arsenal since 2017, Alexandre Lacazette seems to be heading towards an end of the adventure for the Gunners. Discussions for a contract extension are not moving in the right direction and the chances of the Frenchman leaving London in the coming months are high.

Diego Simeone & Atletico de Madrid are still interested and positioned on Alexandre Lacazette. The Colchoneros are naturally among the favorites to recover the former Lyonnais. Contact with its representatives has never been broken. And according to sources, Atletico has already validated the opening of a site for the arrival of a new number 9 next summer. Free from any contract, Alexandre Lacazette is naturally on the short-list and a priority file for the reigning Spanish champion.

Burnley 0 Arsenal 1

Martin Odegaard’s first-half free-kick gave Arsenal their first away win of the season at Burnley. The Norwegian curled home after Ashley Westwood had clipped Bukayo Saka on the edge of the area. It was Odegaard’s first goal since joining the Gunners on a permanent basis from Real Madrid in a ¬£30m deal last month. Burnley were denied a chance to equalise from the penalty spot when referee Anthony Taylor overturned his initial decision after reviewing Aaron Ramsdale’s challenge on substitute Matej Vydra on the pitchside screen. It was the high point of a spirited second-half performance by the hosts, whose manager Sean Dyche was this week given a new four-year contract and handed a debut to Ivory Coast wide-man Maxwel Cornet.

A second successive win eases Arsenal into mid-table following their poor start to the campaign, but Burnley remain second from bottom with a single point to show from their opening five games.As they had not lost at Turf Moor since 1973, Arsenal travelled north with some degree of confidence. They were helped in extending their positive record by a strangely subdued home side, who were not a real threat until Cornet’s introduction after 57 minutes. Arsenal’s midfield axis of Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe either side of a deep-lying Thomas Partey was particularly effective, even if the goal threat of Nicolas Pepe and skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was negligible. Still only 22, Odegaard still has plenty of time to prove why Real Madrid bought him as a 16-year-old in January 2015. Although he only made 11 appearances for the Spanish giants, the Norwegian evidently has plenty of confidence.

He was happy to take responsibility from the set-piece after Westwood had fouled Saka and provided the perfect finish, over the ball and beyond the dive of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Manager Mikel Arteta might have wanted more goal threat from his team, who dominated possession but surprisingly had fewer shots and corners than their hosts. However, as the familiar “One-nil to the Arsenal” chant rang out at the end, Arteta could at least reflect on his side stabilising their terrible start to the season.

Arsenal 1 Norwich City 0

Arsenal lifted the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta as they secured their first points of the Premier League season with victory over Norwich City at Emirates Stadium. Arteta was under mounting scrutiny after a miserable start to the campaign with three defeats that left the Gunners at the foot of the table, so a win that was workmanlike rather than spectacular will be gratefully received. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back on target to set Arsenal on their way after 66 minutes, with a finish from almost on the goal-line after Canaries’ keeper Tim Krul turned Nicolas Pepe’s shot on to the post and the same player then struck the woodwork again.

Arsenal had an anxious moment as referee Michael Oliver conducted a VAR check for offside before the Emirates Stadium celebrate with a mixture of elation and relief. Arteta used his programme notes to call for patience after his side’s poor start to the season but he will know as well as anyone that the clock ticks on any manager who struggles to get points on the board, especially at a club with high aspirations. And that immediate result was at least achieved to get Arsenal off the mark this season while scoring their first league goal of the campaign, even if it was hardly a convincing victory margin and achieved against a Canaries side who have now taken the Gunners’ place at the bottom of the table after a fourth consecutive league loss.

Arsenal, on the balance of play, deserved the win and Arteta will have been encouraged by getting new ¬£50m summer signing Ben White in the side together with key defender Gabriel Magalhaes, seeing new goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale mark his league debut with a clean sheet and the sight of key midfield man Thomas Partey coming on as substitute. The home fans, despite those poor early season results and performances, were vociferously behind their team from even before the first whistle, the news of Tottenham’s defeat at Crystal Palace putting them in good heart having gone into this round of fixtures propping up the table with their north London rivals at the summit. Emile Smith-Rowe was bright and breezy after coming on as substitute, forcing a fine save from Krul that could have settled matters while Bukayo Saka demonstrated once again that he is a real symbol for Arsenal, now and in the future.

The Biggest Overhaul In Arsenal’s History??!! What A Joke!

Arsenal FC are the laughing stock of the Premier League and a ridiculous joke. At the very beginning of this transfer window, that just closed late last night, it was stated by sources close to A that this would be the “greatest overhaul in the club’s history”. Really? Let us take a look at the recent comings and goings.

First the signings for players coming in:

Nuno Tavares joins us from Benfica – July 10

Sambi Lokonga signs from Anderlecht – July 19

Ben White joins from Brighton – July 30

Martin Odegaard completes move from Real Madrid – August 20

Aaron Ramsdale signs from Sheffield United – August 20

Takehiro Tomiyasu joins from Bologna – August 31

Now the ones who have left:

End of loan: Dani Ceballos returns to Real Madrid – June 30

End of loan: Mat Ryan returns to Brighton – June 30

End of contract: David Luiz leaves the club – June 30

Loan: Dinos Mavropanos rejoins Stuttgart – June 24

Loan: Matteo Guendouzi joins Marseille – July 6

Loan: William Saliba joins Marseille – July 15

Permanent: Joe Willock signs for Newcastle United – August 13

Loan: Lucas Torreira joins Fiorentina – August 25

Permanent: Willian leaves the club by mutual consent – August 30

Loan: Reiss Nelson joins Feyenoord – August 31

Loan: Alex Runarsson joins OH Leuven – August 31

Loan: Hector Bellerin joins Real Betis – August 31

With the exception of Joe Willock we didn’t really sell anyone. Willian – I’ll grant you that; he did something good for the club. He knew it wasn’t working out for him at the club or for the club and his salary was a stumbling block for the club. So he agreed to tear up his contract and leave for free. David Luiz’s contract ended. Who else have we been able to sell? Out of this list Guendouzi & Torriera look to be gone on permanent deals after the loan period is over. Maybe Bellerin as well.

This club has mismanaged the funds. At 150 million GBP Arsenal spent the most of all clubs in England and we haven’t addressed our weaknesses and are bottom of the league with 3 games played, 9 goals against and 0 goals scored. Shambles FC with a lightweight manager in Arteta and Edu who is crap at signing players. Useless!

Takehiro Tomiyasu signs for Arsenal From Bologna

Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu has joined us from Serie A side Bologna on a long-term contract. The 22-year-old defender started his career in his homeland with Avispa Fukuoka, where he developed through their youth ranks before making 45 first-team appearances between 2015 and 2017.In January 2018 Takehiro moved to Europe, signing for Belgian club Sint-Truiden, where he spent 18 months Рduring which time he was voted as the club’s player of the season for the 2018/19 campaign. His performances in Belgium earned Takehiro a move to Italy and he completed a move to Bologna in July 2019. During his time in Italy, Takehiro became a regular in Bologna’s defence, making 63 appearances in his two seasons with the Serie A side.

Technical director Edu said: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre delighted to have signed Takehiro. We‚Äôve been watching him for a while now and we‚Äôre pleased that we have reached an agreement with Bologna. He is an important addition to our squad.‚ÄĚ Mikel Arteta added: ‚ÄúTakehiro is a strong defender with good experience in Serie A and at international level. He‚Äôs a versatile defender with great defensive qualities, high technical ability and composure on the ball. He will be an important member of our squad. We look forward to Takehiro joining up with us when he returns from international duty.‚ÄĚ

Tomiyasu has represented his country at all levels from under-16s through to the senior side. He has made 23 appearances for the Japan national team and was a member of their recent Olympic squad, making three appearances at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Takehiro will wear the number 18 shirt.

Transfer Rumours With 1 Day To Go – Arsenal Struggling To Do Deals

Willian’s contract has been terminated at Arsenal. The out of favour attacking midfielder has terminated his contract with the club by mutual consent. Willian was rumoured to be leaving the club this transfer window. Eyes are now set on a return to Brazil side Corinthians. It had been rumoured previously that a move was likely to occur with Arsenal helping with the high wages, however with the club terminating his contract that opens the door for a new deal to be struck.

Mikel Arteta forced a late move in the transfer window from Everton to Arsenal ten years ago and now Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to reverse that move. Maitland-Niles has said he wants to leave Arsenal in a social media post earlier today. With a bid from Everton is being considered by the Gunners, he is on track to replicate and reverse what Arteta did a decade later. It is understood the Gunners rejected a loan bid from the Toffees over the weekend.

Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson is reportedly set to join Feyenoord. The Dutch outfit wanted to sign Amad Diallo from Man United but he has suffered an untimely thigh injury in training and will stay put. Reports are out that Feyenoord have now moved for Nelson who is set to join them on a season-long loan. Nelson’s current Gunners contract expires next summer.

Manchester City 5 Arsenal 0

Ten-man Arsenal were completely outplayed by Manchester City as they slumped to the bottom of the Premier League. It is the first time since 1954 that the Gunners have lost their three opening games of the league season and this match was effectively over by half-time. City captain Ilkay Gundogan and striker Ferran Torres scored in the first 12 minutes and any hope Arsenal had of an unlikely comeback was ended when midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for lunging into a challenge on Joao Cancelo.

A trademark teasing run from ¬£100m man Jack Grealish set up Gabriel Jesus for an easy third just before the break, then Rodri guided home a fourth from 20 yards just after it. Such was his side’s total control that City manager Pep Guardiola had used all three substitutes within 16 minutes of the second half starting. It turned into an extended keep-ball session for the hosts, who finished off the rout with Torres’ second six minutes from time. Guardiola’s counterpart and former assistant Mikel Arteta looked shell-shocked in the other technical area as Raheem Sterling – twice – Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez wasted opportunities to increase the margin of victory still further.

By the end, Arsenal had managed a single shot – off target – and 19% possession. They are still to score in the Premier League this season and immediately after the international break play Norwich, the team they replaced at the foot of the table.The return of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and new signing Martin Odegaard made no noticeable difference to two previously tepid performances against Brentford and Chelsea. The Gunners’ hapless state was exemplified by Xhaka. An experienced international, needed to guide the youngsters around him, Xhaka’s response to his team going two goals down so early in a key game was to launch himself at Cancelo in a manner that made referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to brandish a red card automatic.

Lucas Torreira Joins Fiorentina On Loan; Option To Buy Clause For 15 Million Euros

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Italian outfit Fiorentina on loan, the Serie A club announced on Wednesday. The midfielder arrived for his medical on Tuesday and has agreed an initial loan switch. Torreira, who joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018, had an impressive debut season in north London where he played 50 times in all competitions, but the 25-year-old has since found limited playing time at the Premier League club. He spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid where he made 19 appearances in its La Liga title-winning campaign.

Fiorentina said that it signed the Uruguay international with an option to buy him for a fee reported by British and Italian media to be about 15 million euros ($17.63 million). The club lost its opening Serie A game at AS Roma over the weekend and hosts Torino on Saturday. The Uruguay international, who was currently not in Mikel Arteta’s plans, decided on a return to Italy having joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018. Eintracht Frankfurt also made an offer for the 25-year-old earlier in the transfer window.

Torreira will wear the No 18 shirt for Fiorentina, who finished 13th in the Italian top-flight last season and began their 2021/22 campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Roma. He has made 89 appearances for the Gunners and scored four goals. The midfielder’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer of 2023. The loan switch to Florence follows his successful 2020/21 campaign where Torreira helped Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title, making 26 appearances during his time in the Spanish capital.

West Bromwich Albion 0 Arsenal FC 6

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick helped Arsenal to a welcome first win of the season as they beat a young West Bromwich Albion side to reach the Carabao Cup third round. Aubameyang marked his first start of the season with two first-half tap-ins and a curling finish after the break. He also acrobatically set up Nicolas Pepe for the third, with Bukayo Saka slotting in the Gunners’ fourth. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to fire in his side’s sixth.

The win could have been even bigger too, with Martin Odegaard hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle and Pepe striking the bar with a chip West Brom fielded six debutants, five of them teenagers, but showed spirit right to the end on what was a difficult night for them. The Baggies, who have made a superb start to this season under new boss Valerian Ismael, pressed high, got the ball forward quickly and would have taken an early lead had goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, on his Arsenal debut, not pushed Tom Fellows’ whipped shot aside.

Even with the tie clearly decided they continued to carve out chances, with Taylor Gardner-Hickman twice denied by Ramsdale in the second half. Ultimately, though, Arsenal –¬†who now face AFC Wimbledon – were a class above, with the ruthless Aubameyang looking sharp after recovering from coronavirus. He could hardly miss in scoring both of his first two goals, firstly following up Saka’s saved shot to slot in before turning the ball in again after Pepe had hit the post. His third was much harder to execute, but he did so with aplomb, curling in from 18 yards after cutting into the box.

Late Transfer Window Rumours About Arsenal In August 2021

The rumours around the club seem to insist that Arsenal would be open to selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if a good offer arrives, according to the Telegraph. The Gabon international’s situation at The Emirates has been a talking point in recent days amid suggestions that he could be set for a surprise move away from the north London club. A striker who may or may not be leaving Arsenal is Eddie Nketiah, who has attracted the attention of Crystal Palace. Patrick Vieira’s people are said to be preparing a bid of about £10m, which is about half of Arsenal’s valuation for a player they rarely use.

Arsenal  are ready to revive their interest in Kieran Trippier – but need Atletico Madrid to slash their asking price. The Gunners were told last month that Three Lions full-back Trippier, 30, was keen to return to England after two successful seasons in LaLiga. They were shocked when Atletico demanded the full ¬£34million release clause within the former Tottenham defender‚Äôs contract. But with less than a year still to run on his deal – and with Trippier failing to make Diego Simeone‚Äôs starting line-up for their opening two games – Arsenal hope that the Spanish champions will be open to negotiation. However this might be conditional that they can find a proper deal for Hector Bellerin.

Also Willian is closing in on a move to Corinthians as Arsenal look to offload players before the transfer window shuts next week. The Gunners have already spent over ¬£120million on new players during the summer so far, with their only significant sale being the departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle for over ¬£20m. In what was the worst free transfers in recent history, the Brazilian joined Arsenal from Chelsea last summer, but failed to justify his salary or even half his salary and has slipped down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.

Speaking of players Arsenal rarely use, Lucas Torreira is close to joining Fiorentina on loan; deal includes option to buy midfielder for ¬£12.8m; 25-year-old wanted return to Serie A after joining Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018. Eintracht Frankfurt made an offer but Torreira’s preference was a return to Italy and if not go back to South America. The Uruguay international joined Arsenal in July 2018 from Sampdoria and has made 63 appearances for the club. However, he spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid and is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2

Romelu Lukaku scored his first ever Chelsea goal – almost a decade after his debut – as Thomas Tuchel’s team deservedly beat Arsenal. Lukaku, who was at Chelsea as a teenager, started at the Emirates after his ¬£97.5m signing from Inter Milan and looks to have given the Blues an ominous new dimension. His hold-up and link-up play caused Arsenal problems all day – and the Belgian duly gave them the lead. Lukaku was involved in the build-up and then finished the move from close range into an empty net from Reece James’ pass.

James got the second himself as he slammed the ball into the roof of the net from Mason Mount’s pass to make it two wins from two in the league. Lukaku almost made it 3-0 but his header was tipped onto the bar by Bernd Leno. Arsenal, missing centre-back Ben White through Covid, have now lost more London derbies in the Premier League this season than last – after just two games. It is only the third time Arsenal have lost their opening two Premier League matches in a season.

Arsenal had never opened a league campaign with two defeats and no goals in their previous 117 seasons of existence – until now. The Gunners, who lost 2-0 to Brentford in the season opener, started the game well in front of their biggest home crowd in almost 18 months. Bukayo Saka laid the ball off for Emile Smith Rowe, whose 25-yard shot was saved early on. The fans were on their feet cheering a good Nicolas Pepe run, but it eventually led to nothing – and they looked beaten from the moment Lukaku scored. Their left side was exposed by James for both goals.

Aaron Ramsdale Joins Arsenal In A Permanent Deal

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract from Sheffield United. The 23-year-old, who was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad, has represented England at all levels from Under-18 to Under-21 and was Sheffield United’s player of the year last season.

Ramsdale started his career with the youth set-up at Bolton Wanderers before moving to Sheffield United in 2013, progressing through their Academy.  In 2017, Ramsdale signed for then Premier League side Bournemouth spending three years at the south coast club, during which time he had loan spells firstly with Chesterfield and then AFC Wimbledon, where he won the club’s young player of the season award, helping the side retain their League One status in 2018/19, having been 10 points from safety in the February of that season.

Ramsdale returned to Sheffield United in 2020 and started every Premier League match for the Blades last season. Aaron will wear the number 32 shirt. The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, at which point Aaron will be available for Sunday’s match against Chelsea.

Martin Odegaard Joins Arsenal On A Permanent Deal

Martin Odegaard has joined Arsenal in a permanent transfer from Real Madrid. The Norwegian international re-joins after spending the second half of last season on loan with us, during which time he made 20 appearances, notably scoring in our Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in March.

The 22 year-old started his career in Norway with Stromsgodset, where he made his debut as a 15 year-old in April 2014, becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in Norway‚Äôs top division. He was signed by Real Madrid in January 2015 and subsequently became their youngest player in May 2015.  In the three seasons from 2017/18, Martin spent loan spells with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and then back in Spain with Real Sociedad in 2019/20, where he helped the club reach the final of the Copa Del Rey.

The attacking midfielder has also made 30 appearances for Norway, making his debut in August 2014, becoming the youngest player to represent his country‚Äôs senior national team at the age of just 15 years and 253 days.  Martin will wear the number 8 shirt. His father Hans Erik Odegaard was also a professional footballer. 

Arsenal Look Set To Add Aaron Ramsdale To The Squad

Arsenal have been looking for a backup goalkeeper this transfer window and that goalkeeper looks set to be announced. Now Arsenal are on the verge of finalising an agreement with Sheffield United to sign Aaron Ramsdale. The four-year contract, with an option of a fifth year, is subject to agreeing personal terms and a medical. Ramsdale provides immediate cover and competition for Bernd Leno.

23 year old Ramsdale who is undergoing his medical has been Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s top goalkeeper target throughout the transfer window. Sheffield United initially demanded £40 million for their reigning Player of the Season, but brinkmanship and mediation from agents has seen the price come down considerably. The Blades were forced to lower their asking price after Ramsdale made it clear he wanted to join Arsenal. Talks between the two clubs had collapsed last week during face-to-face talks but negotiations were explored once again earlier this week.

Arsenal will now pay an initial ¬£24 million, with a possible further ¬£6 million in potential add-ons that are only likely to apply if he becomes Arteta’s established first choice. Arsenal are progressing deals for Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard simultaneously, and are hopeful that both could be registered in time to be part of the squad to face Chelsea on Sunday.

Norwegian Midfielder Martin Odegaard Looks Set To Rejoin Arsenal

As per almost all the major sports media outlets it looks like Martin Odegaard will be returning back to Arsenal. Arsenal are closing in on a deal worth around ¬†¬£30m for Real Madrid midfielder & Norway’s International Team captain. Personal terms are yet to be finalised but no issues are expected and Arsenal are now confident of sealing an agreement once the finer details of the fee are determined. Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal, making 20 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions, but initially returned to Spain hoping to force hie way into Madrid’s first team.

However, Carlo Ancelotti replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach and Odegaard was subsequently told he faced a fight for regular action this season. The key breakthrough was Madrid’s decision earlier this month to drop their asking price from ‚ā¨60m to ‚ā¨45m. The 22-year-old did not train with the main squad on Tuesday and √ėdegaard could feature for the Gunners as soon as against Chelsea this weekend. There is still work to be done to fully complete the transfer. He has bounced around on loan for several seasons since joining the club in 2015. He‚Äôs featured in just 11 matches for Real Madrid across all competitions, with most of these coming after his loan recall from Real Sociedad at the start of the 2020-21 season.

RIP Gerd M√ľller AKA “Der Bomber”

Germany and Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller has passed away at the age of 75, the Bundesliga club confirmed. ¬†A prolific¬†striker¬†renowned for his clinical finishing, especially in and around the¬†six-yard box, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the sport. “Today the world of FC Bayern stands still. The German record champions and its entire fan base mourn Gerd M√ľller who died early Sunday morning at the age of 75,” a statement on their website read. Gerd M√ľller made history with the German record champions and the German national team.

He scored an unbelievable 566 goals in 607 competitive games for FC Bayern and set the unprecedented record of 365 goals in the Bundesliga, he also secured the top scorer seven times. For the DFB selection, he scored 68 times in 62 missions.” At international level with¬†West Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 appearances, and at club level, after 15 years with¬†Bayern Munich, he scored a record 365 goals in 427¬†Bundesliga¬†games and an international record 66 goals in 74 European club games. Averaging over a goal a game with West Germany, M√ľller is now 19th on the list of¬†all time international goalscorers, despite playing fewer matches than every other player in the top 48.

Among the top scorers, he has the third-highest goal-to-game ratio. Nicknamed “Bomber der Nation” (“the nation’s Bomber”) or simply “Der Bomber”, M√ľller was named¬†European Footballer of the Year¬†in 1970. After a successful season at Bayern Munich, he scored ten goals at the¬†1970 FIFA World Cup¬†for West Germany where he received the¬†Golden Boot¬†as top goalscorer. In 1972, he won the¬†UEFA European Championship¬†and was the top goalscorer, scoring two goals in the¬†final. Two years later, he scored four goals in the¬†1974 World Cup, including the winning goal in the final¬†match.

M√ľller held the all-time goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals for 32 years. In 1999, M√ľller was ranked ninth in the European player of the Century election held by the¬†International Federation of Football History & Statistics¬†(IFFHS), and he was voted 13th in the IFFHS’¬†World Player of the Century¬†election. In 2004,¬†Pel√©¬†named M√ľller in the¬†FIFA 100¬†list of the world’s greatest living players.

Joe Willock Signs For Newcastle United On A Permanent Deal

Newcastle have completed the signing of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on a six-year deal. The 21-year-old will not feature in the Magpies’ opening Premier League home game against West Ham on Sunday, but will be available for the away match at Aston Villa six days later.

The deal is in excess of ¬£20m after a successful loan spell last season. “I’m buzzing to be here. I loved my time here last season and I’m really happy to be back,” said Willock. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “I’m absolutely delighted to secure our number one target. “We have had to be patient and persistent, but it has been worth the wait to bring Joe back. “Where else can you find a 21-year-old who scored seven on the trot [on loan last season] and plays like him? Fair play to everyone to get it done.”

England Under-21 international Willock scored eight goals for Newcastle while on loan in the second half of last season, including seven in consecutive games, to help steer the club away from the relegation zone. Bruce admitted that at one point he “did not think the deal would happen” after Arsenal turned down another loan approach.