Wilshere cannot play DM for Arsenal. by KJ
Last night, there were a few articles (including on Just Arsenal) reporting that Wenger is not looking to improve his midfield options and this has prompted many Arsenal fans to discuss whether Jack Wilshere is good enough to play as a defensive midfielder for us. The simple answer is no, not yet anyway. He has a long way to go before we can consider him a competent starter for us. .......Read the full article here
It was just a week or so ago that Arsene Wenger was talking about the possible boost he hoped that Arsenal would get from having three of the World Cup winning Germany team in his squad, although the Prof did also claim that their extended break after the tournament in Brazil would somewhat hamper their pre-season preparations.
The Frenchman said at the time that he was expecting Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker back at the start of August, but has now admitted that it will be a little later due to FIFA rules and there is a strong chance that neither of the three will be available to face Crystal Palace at the Emirates in our first Premier League game of the new season on August 16th, as reported by The Mirror. .......Read the full article here
A lot of us thought it was a done deal earlier in the summer, and that Arsenal would be announcing the Toulouse player Serge Aurier as the replacement for our departing defender Bacary Sagna once the Ivory Coast international had finished his duties at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The fact that the 21-year old had seemed to let slip his imminent arrival at Arsenal to a Gunners fan at a friendly game, made it all the more strange when we were then linked with the Newcastle and France right back Mathieu Debuchy. But Aurier, who has now agreed a one year loan deal to the French champions PSG, has revealed in a report by the Daily Star, that the Arsenal transfer rumours were true. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has never been the sort of manager to force his Arsenal players to stay at the club when it is clear that they want to go, but even the Frenchman is reluctant to say good bye to a third Arsenal club captain in as many years.
However, the fact our Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen will walk away on a free transfer next summer anyway, while Man United are rumoured to be willing to give the Gunners £10 million for him this summer, makes it a lot more likely that Wenger will allow the transfer to go through. .......Read the full article here
What formation should Arsenal use this season?
Hi all, this is the first article I’ve sent in so I will try not to bore you all. I have read a lot about Arsenal’s transfers and tactics, but what I would like to address is the formation fans out there feel would most benefit Arsenal’s squad best in this coming season.
Whether it be the current 4-2-3-1 or the old choice of 4-4-2 . I suppose both have there own pro’s and con’s (which I can’t be asked to list and am sure you don’t need telling) and, to the point, how about we scrap both of those ideas and go for something fresh and new, that would utilise our existing squad in the best possible way …….. .......Read the full article here
I may be reading too much into this, after the names of the Arsenal squad who have gone on the mini pre-season tour of America was released on the official website of New York Red Bulls, the MLS team with the former Gunners star Thierry Henry that Arsenal will be facing on Saturday.
The 20-man squad is as follows:
Keepers: Martinez, Szczesny
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs, Isaac Hayden, Carl Jenkinson, Ignasi Miquel, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Kristoffer Olsson, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Jon Toral, Jack Wilshere, Gedion Zelalem .......Read the full article here
Is the recent signings against our policy? by TJ
It is no surprise around the footballing world, especially at Arsenal, that nurturing young talent is the way to develop a sustainable and successful model. There are many positives in trusting and polishing young talents. Firstly, the startup capital is small as not much funds are required to acquire these talents. Secondly, if trust is being put into these young players, more often than not, they would prove to be more loyal to you and give their best on the pitch. They also tend not to want to leave the club and repay your faith in them. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has to follow up the FA Cup victory with more silverware this season by SE
A lot has gone on, after that crushing defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day last season, for Wenger and the Arsenal faithful. From receiving criticism for his inactivity in the transfer market last English summer to nearly winning the Premier League, and finally ending the 9-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup, Arsene Wenger ended the tempestuous 2013/14 campaign on a high. .......Read the full article here
One of the more surprising things in the World Cup final in 2014 was the Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker not getting a starting spot in the center of the Germany defence. Joachim Low, the Germany manager, thought that the pace of the Argentinian offense may be too much for the BFG. Thus, he opted for the quicker defensive partnership of Mat Hummels and Jerome Boateng instead. This proved to be more effective as Germany went on to keep a clean sheet and more importantly, lifted the World cup thanks to a brilliant finish by Mario Gotze. .......Read the full article here
It really does seem like Arsene Wenger has got something against the traditional role of defensive midfielder, after the Arsenal boss apparently decided against signing a player in that mould yet again, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The paper claims that, despite being linked with the likes of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender in lots of Arsenal transfer rumours this summer, Wenger has instead decided that our current squad can cope. The Frenchman is apparently planning to do with Jack Wilshere the same thing he did with Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard has had to be more disciplined and curb his more attacking instincts in his deeper lying role, and it has been a sucess, sometimes. .......Read the full article here
The summer transfer window so far has been nothing short of a dream come true for Arsenal fans. With the signing of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez and the talented full back Debuchy, Arsenal has meant serious business in this transfer window. Needs were clearly addressed in these two signings.
We sorely needed a consistent and pacey left winger as seen from last season and we got that in Alexis. We also needed a replacement for Sagna who has decided to take his talents to the blue side of Manchester. We got that in Debuchy. The question now would be ‘Are we done yet in the window?’ .......Read the full article here
Are the gunners ready? by TJ
Many footballing fans around the world are expecting Arsenal to be one of the top teams in the coming season. With the signing of Alexis Sanchez, the superstar talents of Ozil and Ramsey and the breakthrough after winning the FA cup, many would expect this to be the season where Arsenal will finally deliver the much talked about major honours. Promise after promise and season after season, Arsenal have disappointed her fans for quite a while now. This time, Arsenal finally have the financial capability and the squad talent to fight for the major honours. Fighting is one thing, actually winning it is another. Are the gunners ready to start lifting the trophies? .......Read the full article here