Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found himself in and out of the Arsenal first team during the course of the last season for one reason or another, because if he isn’t on the treatment table, the youngster’s inconsistency to perform is holding him back from really progressing at Arsenal.
Reports are spanning social media with claims that Riyad Mahrez could be set to join Chelsea, after Adidas started selling Blues kits with his name and the number 7 on them.
Arsenal’s BFG Per Mertesacker has been speaking about the transfer window and the upcoming season, and he admits that the Gunners were lucky in the last campaign and is expecting our biggest rivals to be a lot stronger this time around.
Arsenal kicked off their list of pre-season friendlies yesterday against French Ligue 2 team Lens and the Gunners were certainly put through their paces.
In the few days before the game yesterday, the sports papers and websites had been full of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the Leicester City and Algeria international star Riyad Mahrez, with talk about a bid of around £40 million being readied and with the player said to have decided to make the move away from the King Power stadium and the Premier League champions.
I mentioned a few times during last season that I thought it was a bit unfair and unduly harsh of all the football commentators and experts to give Arsenal such a hard time for failing to win the Premier League. We still managed to be the best of the usual suspects expected to challenge for the title but this was not enough.
Will Emi Martinez stay at Arsenal?
Emiliano Martinez was picked to start Arsenal’s opening pre-season friendly against French side Lens on Friday, with the likes of Cech, Ospina and Szczesny all absent from the squad. It seems like he’s been an Arsenal goalkeeper for ages, but will he soon be on his way out the Emirates exit door?
Most Arsenal fans will have had an underwhelming sort of ‘meh’ reaction to the news that our latest signing would be the relatively unheard of 20-year old defender from a Bolton team that finished rock bottom of the Championship last season. No offence to Rob Holding but I think most of us were not really expecting to see much of the lad this year, in terms of the Arsenal first team at least, but two things have made me reconsider this idea.