Long-Term Gunners Target Rejects Emirates Switch in Favour of Remaining With Bayern Munich

?Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-time admirer of Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman but has been knocked back by the France international following an inquiry made by the Gunners.

Wenger was keen to sign the winger back in 2015 when he fell out-of-contract with his then club PSG. Wenger is again keen to acquire the services of Coman but according ?Express and also Telefoot reporter Julien Maynard, Coman has snubbed a move to the Emirates in favour of staying with Bayern.

Maynard tweeted: “Arsenal tried to get information about Kingsley Coman’s case but the player wants to stay in Munich and Bayern also wants to keep him.”

Coman spent three years with Juventus after joining from PSG in 2014. He made 15 appearances for Juventus but didn’t manage to find the net in Serie A. He then joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan where he scored six goals in 42 games.

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Coman hadn’t figured much for Bayern last season; he made 10 appearances for the club but that was mainly down to a knee injury he picked up during the season and boss Carlo Ancelotti is clearly a fan of the 21-year-old after making his two-year loan a permanent move last year.

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Now, Arsene Wenger is tempted to make further inquiries into the midfield star and could even make a formal bid. Also, Manchester City are keeping tabs on the youngster’s situation with Pep Guardiola keen to reunite with his former player.


Bayern Munich Technical Director Leaves Club to Take Up Reported Role at Stuttgart

?Newly promoted Bundesliga side Stuttgart have managed to sign Bayern Munich’s technical director and super-scout Michael Reschke.

Stuttgart earlier this week surprisingly fired their head coach Jan Schindelmeiser but now, according to ?Bavarian Football Works, Stuttgart have announced the signing of ?Reschke from Bayern and the dismissal of Schindelmeiser has become clear.

Reschke signed for Bayern in 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen and since his arrival at the Allianz Arena he has managed to help the club sign some serious talent – he had a hand in the signing of Joshua Kimmich, Douglas Costa, Arturo Vidal and also Kingsley Coman – players who’ve thrived during their time in Germany.

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Reschke made a huge name for himself after joining Bayern three years ago and his highly-respected reputation has earned him a challenging job with Stuttgart as they make a return to Bundesliga football.

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Stuttgart couldn’t avoid relegation last year but their impressive season in the German second division saw them immediately promoted back into the top tier of German football – and now, with a young side and also the talented Reschke behind them, the club are hoping to solidify their place amongst the best teams in German football.


3 Key Battles That Could Decide the Victor of the German Super Cup on Saturday

Following an intense pre-season campaign, the stint of exhibition matches is coming to an end for both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who both come into the final of the DFL-Supercup off the back of defeats to Napoli and Atalanta respectively.

With Bundesliga champions Bayern and DFB Pokal winners Dortmund set to come head-to-head on Saturday in competition for their first piece of silverware of this new season, here’s three battles that could determine the outcome of the match.

3. Sven Ulreich vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


With Manuel Neuer still recovering form a 15-week absence from Bayern’s first team due to a broken metatarsal it will be up to Sven Ulreich to keep Dortmund’s potent attack, spearheaded by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, at bay. 

Ulreich has already faced off against Dortmund in the semi-final of the DFB Pokal at the Allianz Arena in April, a fixture that ended 3-2 in the visitor’s favour with the Gabon hitman being among the goalscorers.

With Aubameyang likely being the focal point of Dortmund’s attack it will be down to Ulreich to deny the prolific striker who notched 40 goals in all competitions last season.

2. David Alaba vs Ousmane Dembele

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After joining Dortmund from Stade Rennais last summer Ousmane Dembele has had a breakthrough season for the Black and Yellows, proving to be an incredibly mature player for someone who’s only 20-years-old.

In his debut season in Germany the young Frenchman scored 10 goals and made 21 assists across all competitions, including a goal against Bayern in the semi-final of the DFB Pokal.

Bayern’s David Alaba will need to be at the top of his game if he is to keep Dembele from having an impact on the tie as the young Frenchman will be looking to provide ammunition for Aubameyang.

1. Robert Lewandowski vs Sokratis

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It isn’t only Dortmund who possess a frightening front line. Bayern have Poland and former-Dortmund man, Robert Lewandowski, to convert the chances fed to him via the creative outlets in midfield.

Lewandowski managed 43 goals in all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign, proving just as prolific as rival Aubameyang. It will therefore be down to Sokratis to deny the Polish hitman from getting off the mark on Saturday. 

The Greek defender has a natural height advantage over Lewandowski in the air and will look to impose dominance over the Bundesliga top scorer early in the match, emphasising Dortmund’s defensive resilience that will be imperative if they are to beat Bayern.


German Super Cup Final Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

?The traditional curtain-raiser to the German football season comes up on Saturday evening with the DFB-Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund taking on the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. 

The sides are facing off in this fixture for the second season running after Bayern won 2-0 in 2016, thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash at Signal Iduna Park. 

Classic Encounter

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The only all-German Champions League Final was contested by these two sides at Wembley in May 2013. It turned out to be the perfect farewell for Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes who completed a treble. Mario Mandžuki? opened the scoring before Dortmund hit back thanks to a penalty from ?lkay Gündo?an. Arjen Robben would prove to the hero for Bayern as he scored the winner in the 89th minute as the Bavarians avenged the previous years’ defeat to Chelsea.

Beyern have had the upper hand of this fixture winning 50 out of 108 meetings including a 4-1 triumph in the Bundesliga last season. 

Key Battle

Matt Hummels vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bayern Munich have had defensive troubles during pre-season. They were exposed by Liverpool’s front four on Tuesday in the Audi Cup, where they lost 3-0. That was followed 24 hours by a 2-0 defeat to Napoli, meaning it was a miserable home tournament for the Bavarians. 

Dortmund have been scoring for fun in their pre-season campaign, with Aubameyang scoring twice in the victory over AC Milan. The Gabon international also scored in the win over Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds and the draw against VfL Bochum. 

Bayern’s high line in defence was exposed against Liverpool, who picked them off at will and could have scored more three goals. Dortmund are another side who have exciting wingers and Bayern are going to need to be tighter at the back to have any chance of winning the trophy. 

Team News

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Bayern will certainly be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is still recovering from a broken foot. Thiago and Jerome Boating suffered injuries while on tour in Asia and look to be struggling the same can be said of Arjen Robben. New signing James Rodriguez is unlikely to feature but another new face at the Allianz Arena Corentin Tolisso should be involved for Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund are without Marco Reus and Juilan Weigl who are still recovering from injuries sustained at the end of last season. Two of Germany’ stars from the European U21 Championships in the summer are likely to play, Mahmoud Dahoud and Maximilian Philipp.

Potential Bayern line-up: Ulreich, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Alaba, Tolisso, Vidal, Coman, Muller, Ribery, Lewandowski.

Potential Dortmund line-up: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Bartra, Sokratis, Zagadou, Sahin, Castro, Götze, Dahoud, Aubameyang, Dembélé.


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Bayern have had struggles in pre-season, especially defensively and it would be no surprises if Dortmund were to cause them problems at the back. BVB though are not perfect at the back and this could mean we are in for some goals at Signal Iduna Park. 

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich 


Bayern Trio Set for Spell on the Sidelines Over Injuries Sustained in Liverpool Audi Cup Loss

James Rodriguez will miss the start of the new Bundesliga campaign after the on-loan playmaker picked up a thigh injury against Liverpool.

The Bayern Munich player, who moved to the Germany on a two-season long loan spell from Real Madrid, sustained the problem in his side’s 3-0 Audi Cup loss to the Reds on Tuesday.

A statement on Bayern’s ?official site confirmed the prognosis over James’ injury, but the German giants failed to put a definitive timeframe on his return to the first-team picture.

The statement read: “FC Bayern will have to make do without new signing James Rodríguez in the coming weeks. 

“A thorough examination by FC Bayern’s medical unit revealed that the Columbian sustained a muscle injury to his right thigh in the 3-0 Audi Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.”

James completed a shock temporary switch to the Allianz Arena on 12th July after plenty of speculation about his Bernabeu future.

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The 26-year-old Colombia international had been linked with either a move to the Premier League or a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but he surprised fans and the media alike by hooking up with former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti at the reigning German top flight champions.

Meanwhile, Bayern also confirmed that two of their other senior stars had sustained injuries in the semi-final defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men on home soil.

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Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba were also withdrawn from the fray at varying points of the match, and Die Bayern’s statement continued by revealing the extent of the issues picked up by the midfielder and full-back.

It added: “Thiago Alcántara will miss the Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with an abdominal muscle injury. 


“David Alaba, who had to be subbed off against Liverpool as well, received treatment on Wednesday and will train individually on Thursday.”

Bayern will take on rivals Borussia Dortmund at the weekend before they kick their 2017/18 campaign properly with a DfB Pokal Cup first round tie against lowly Chemnitzer FC.