Taking over for Arsene Wagner is a challenge (some Arsenal fan opinions notwithstanding) and Unai Emery is looking to make an immediate impact in re-forming the roster.
Enter Corentin Tolisso.
Unai Emery needs to act swiftly in the summer transfer window to strengthen the Arsenal squad for next season. The Spanish manager must reinforce more than a few key departments and midfield is one of them. According to information gathered by Calcio Insider, Arsenal boss wants to sign French midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Ok, so we all want things, but getting those things typically has a roadblock or two.
Enter Bayern Munich:
As per a Bayern source, the former Sevilla boss wants to splash a fee worth £60million to capture the Les Bleus midfielder, however, the German giants are not ready to let the player leave at any cost. Last year, Bayern Munich broke their transfer record to lure Tolisso from Lyon for €41.5million, which made him the most expensive player in the Bundesliga history.
Joshua Kimmich is one of the players who is likely to gain a whole new audience of fans during the World Cup when soccer fans globally will actually get a chance to watch him play for an extended period of time. Kimmich, whose training camp scuffle with Antonio Rüdiger was a big story earlier in the week, took some time to talk over his journey in reaching this level and how he views his role on the squad.
Kimmich described how he watched the 2014 World Cup “as a fan, but not thinking in the back of my mind that I could soon be there.” Now Kimmich sees himself as a “regular player” and is goes to Russia with the “ambition to be a top performer at the World Cup.”
On how he can evolve into a team leader on a squad full of veteran, world champions:
If you see what players we have in the squad and the titles they have, then it’s hard to call yourself a leader after just two years playing internationally, [but] if I have something to say on the pitch or I notice something, then I say it.
Joshua Kimmich sees the youth in Germany’s squad as a strength:
It’s important that not everyone is already world champion. On the one hand we have the quality, but also the absolute hunger and desire.
Kimmich believes that the mixture of veterans and young players will “draw a few percent more [effort] out of the world champions.” The mix in the squad is “very good, especially because we have gained a scary amount in quality in breadth.”
Arjen Robben is a legend and put in some charity work to portray the statue of the greatest Dutch legend, Johan Cruyff.
The Bayern Munich star looked unrecognisable as he wore a wig before slathering himself in silver paint. Robben then stood still – just like a statue – as people brilliantly mistook him for Dutch idol Cruyff. The former Chelsea man appeared to be highly amused by his ability to transform into the legendary footballer.But it was all for a good cause, with the stunt performed as a charity event for ‘Netherlands stands up against cancer’. Robben, 34, posed alongside real statues at the show in Alkmaar, but his mind may also have been on his country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup this summer.
I tried in vain to find a tweet by The Sun showing some pictures as our repository did not have any from the event and let me just say...after scrolling through those tweets, I need a shower...with a fire hose. I’m not prude, but The Sun’s Twitter timeline is a bit “risque.”
Anyway, I tracked down this tweet. I mean...this look is some Ziggy Stardust-type stuff.
Robben participated in the fight against cancer on Wednesday by portraying the living statue of the late Dutch legend Johan Cruyff— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) June 1, 2018
Joachim Löw will rest both Thomas and Mats Hummels in tomorrow’s friendly against Austria. Jerome Boateng is also not yet fully fit and will also not dress.
As for cut down day, Löw talked over how he will handle the awkward moment when a man finds out his dreams are crushed. He also indicated that he won’t have to worry about speaking to a few players, namely Hummels, Boateng, and Kimmich.
Löw: „Spreche an dem Morgen mit den Spielern die gehen. Rufe ich an, haben die Spieler schon ein Gefühl. Spieler wollen dann auch keine langen Gespräche. Am Montagmorgen wird das passieren. Mit Spielern wie Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich spreche ich nicht.” @SPORT1 #wirfuer5 #eppan— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 1, 2018
I’ll speak in the morning with the players who are leaving. If I call, the players already will have a feeling. The players don’t want long conversations. This will happen on Monday morning. I’m not talking to players like Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich.
Did someone say they wanted video of Lothar Matthaus and Alonzo Mourning meeting to play HORSE? No, well you’ve got one anyway!