Sports Burst - Arsenal's Fire Sale


By Tim Stannard

1) Arsene Wenger muses winter move for striking pair 

Ok, Sports Burst posse. 

Time to cleanse the palate of all lingering tastes of international football, get over those USA World Cup blues and shake off that slumber from anyone who watched an England game. Club football is back. Well, tomorrow anyway.

Thursday is limbo day in the media world with the usual crises that pop up on a daily basis - largely at Barcelona - yet to emerge. But Arsene Wenger has done his best to fill the vacuum a little by admitting on Thursday that the choice forward pair of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could be sold in the winter transfer window.

Both footballers are out of contract with Arsenal next summer, and that sees Wenger admitting that drastic action might have to take place in January if new deals cannot be agreed. "It is possible," admitted the Frenchman at his press conference ahead of Saturday's visit to Watford. 

Last summer's transfer window delivered more that could possibly have been dreamed of. Could PSG be picking up a fourth world class forward? Tune into the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT to find out. 


2) Iniesta returns for Barcelona duty

Andres Iniesta has completed a whole training session with Barcelona, which sees the midfielder as potentially being available for the upcoming clash with Atletico Madrid. The club's South American group, including Leo Messi are returning to action on the training pitches on Friday.

And in a handy Argentina link, Kun Aguero has admitted that he would be more than happy to see Messi putting on the shirt at Manchester City, should his compatriot reconsider signing a new Barcelona deal.


3) Arsenal lose Mustafi after Germany hamstring twang

Now that a whole chunk of footballers are returning from international duty, the injury news is starting to trickle in. Arsenal lead the way with the news that German defender, Shkodran Mustafi, will miss the next six weeks with a hamstring tweak

Over in Italy, and Inter have been dealt a bit of a set back with the news that Marcelo Brozovic could be out for a month. That sees the midfielder missing the huge Milan derby on Sunday that is live on beIN SPORTS from 2:45PM ET / 11:45AM PT. 


4) Kraft-work possible for Premier League after titan muses move 

Good news for Premier League fans, the much-loved and universally adored owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft remains interested in owning a club in England. 

Kraft's group also owns the New England Revolution and is still "intrigued" by getting involved in the Premier League, after being in early talks with Liverpool back in 2005. 

That might be deflating news for some rivals in the Premier League judging by Kraft's sporting success in the US. 



The life philosophy of Sports Burst is that if you are not upsetting someone, then you are not trying hard enough. SB is a daily trawl and troll through the morning's sports news to bring you fact-nuggets to make you both smile and swear. Hopefully at the same time.