Do hard upbringings make footballers more hungry, and maybe fighting for every penny_

A new fashion seems to be developing. by Dan Smith

More and more young players, and not only from Arsenal, are giving candid interviews going into details about troubled childhoods. At a time when transfer fees and wages are substantial, these stories give an alternative viewpoint. We often label footballers being motivated by greed, not being able to relate to the day to day worries the average person in the street faces.

Dan’s World Cup Diary – Southgate has created his own problems….

As we keep being reminded this is a young England squad, so surely Gareth Southgate should have known better. A man who himself has played international football he apparently thought that a few games of darts and bowling with the press would change how they reported on his men.

Arsenal have 3 weeks to activate Jean Michael Seri’s release clause

There is still a lot of uncertainty about Arsenal’s midfield targets, but with Jack Wilshere deciding to leave and Santi Cazorla not returning either there are a couple of vacancies to fill. There is of course also the danger that Aaron Ramsey may not sign a new contract extension as well which would mean that we will need at least two more incoming if not three….

Arsenal warned about Wilshere exit, but who should replace him in the squad? (Poll)

Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has warned Unai Emery that losing Jack Wilshere will be a huge blow, and that he will be held responsible when the decision proves to be an error.

Soyuncu sends Arsenal a come-and-get-me plea but Torreira not so sure

According to every Arsenal ITK and his dog, the transfers of Calgar Soyuncu and Lucas Torreira we ‘done deals’ quite some time ago, but according to the latest quotes from both players, neither of them have finalised a move to the Emirates.

Arsenal’s Xhaka and team-mate Shaqiri set to endure FIFA wrath after political outburst

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri are set to face repercussions for their celebrations in Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Serbia last night.

The Swiss overturned an early goal from Newcastle striker Aleksandr Mitrovic to come away 2-1 victors in the World Cup group stage match-up last night, leaving them in pole position to qualify from Group E.

Dan’s World Cup Diary for JustArsenal .- What’s going on with Messi?

Dan’s World Cup diary by Dan Smith

You don’t need to be an expert in body language to recognise when standing for his national anthem, Messi was feeling the weight of expectation on his shoulders. In fact between the players, manager and fans in the crowd I’m yet to see an Argentine crack a smile at this World Cup.

Wenger to block Emery’s move to sign Chelsea target Golovin?

Arsenal are claimed to be readying a bid to sign CSKA Moscow’s attacking star Aleksandr Golovin, but Arsene Wenger is believed to have other ideas.

The Frenchman is claimed to be eager to team up with the Russian international should he acquire a new job this summer, while his replacement in North London is said to have sanctioned a move for his signature.