Category Archives: Arsenal News

Does this CLASS spud mashing prove Podolski is NOT leaving Arsenal?

I must admit that I was more than surprised to see that the Arsenal team sheet for the Premier League home game against Hull City on Saturday did not include the name of Lukas Podolski, not even as a substitute. After the German striker had complained about his lack of time on the pitch this season and the injury to Mesut Ozil, I expected it to be the other way around.

Pick your Arsenal side to face Anderlecht tomorrow (plus injury update)

The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are now back to fitness and should figure in the squad, but the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Rosicky (not to mention Ozil!) after the international break has put a bit of a damper on the celebrations.

With the long-term injuries to Giroud and Debuchy, and with Sanogo still not recovered from his hamstring problem, Wenger will not have a large choice of players to choose from for tomorrow’s Champions League game in Belgium. One easy decision he will have is the goalkeeper as Szczesny is banned and David Ospina is also on the treatment table, so Martinez will definitely get a rare chance to impress.

Arsenal linked with £36m wantaway Argentina star

Although January seems a long way away, there are still many Arsenal transfer rumours flying around. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he intends to strengthen the defence in the upcoming transfer window, but the Daily Star reckons that Arsenal are intending to bid for the Benfica and Argentina star midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, who has a £36m buyout clause in his present contract.

Arsenal fans need to be patient with Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chamberlain shouldn’t be judged on his performance against Hull City by SE

Ozil was out injured, and will be out for a long time. Walcott isn’t fit enough to return to first team action just yet. Subsequently, there was no doubt that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain would find himself in Arsenal’s starting XI against Hull City, as the Englishman would have wanted to harness the game time he gets and rubberstamp a place for him in the Gunners’ first-choice XI, while the big names are out. However, very un-Chamberlain like, during a season which has already been a good one for him, he mustered a below-average performance, and failed to do himself and Arsenal any good. Looking ahead, though, inferences shouldn’t be drawn on the Englishman’s performance against Hull City.

Jack Wilshere tells The Ox he will be dropped for Walcott!

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been impressing for club and country this season, especially since this injury crisis hit the Gunners, but his Arsenal and England team-mate Jack Wilshere has made it clear that once Theo Walcott is back to full fitness, the Ox will have to be relegated to the bench.

“He gives us something different – he gives us pace,” Wilshere said on Arsenal.com. “I know we’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who gives us pace but Theo gives you something different without the ball.

Arsenal need to move fast if they are serious about German’s signature

Arsenal’s long-term target Marco Reus is attracting the interest of Bayern Munich at present, and will have to move quickly or risk losing out. Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge today told the press that they are seriously contemplating another attempt to raid their main Bundesliga rival, this time for Dortmund born winger Marco Reus.

Bayern have signed Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from their German counter-parts in recent seasons, and has angered their rivals with the way they do business. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s recent comments will not have helped their relationship in the slightest.

Roma defender reveals Arsenal DID try to sign him this summer!

There have been a lot of doubts from Arsenal fans and members of the football media about why Arsene Wenger did not strengthen the Arsenal defence more in the summer transfer window. And for those of us that are not entirely convinced by Arsene Wenger’s vague words about not being able to find the right player available, there is today some evidence that he did at least try.

According to a Sky Sports report, the Greece international defender that we were linked with in various Arsenal transfer rumours over the summer, Kostas Manolas, has revealed that he did have the choice of Arsenal and the Italian champions Juventus.

Injury list NOT reason for Arsenal struggles says Monreal

Following on the back of yet another draw for Arsenal, the trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht is a very important game for the Gunners. It gives us a great opportunity to bounce right back from the visit of Hull City on Saturday, but it also puts more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his injury depleted squad.

But although Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo and possibly Laurent Koscielny, the man who might replace the French centre back does not think that we can use the long injury list as any excuse for a failure to get the right result on the pitch.

Khedira transfer blow could be GOOD news for Arsenal

Arsenal were handed an unequivocal `forget it` by the Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti on our hopes of completing the transfer of the Germany international Sami Khedira in the January transfer window. It was thought that the powerful central midfielder was the top transfer of Arsene Wenger but according to a report in the Evening Standard the move is not going to happen.

Not in January anyway, after Ancelotti issued a statement yesterday declaring his intention to continue trying to persuade the 27-year old to renew his contract and stay in La Liga. And Ancelotti also stated that if Khedira did not agree to stay in Madrid, he would not be leaving before next summer.

Could Alexis be the leader that Arsenal need right now?

Sanchez is exceptional; but can he lead the way for Arsenal? by SE

Alexis Sanchez, though he is still coming to terms with the pace and intensity of the Premier League, has been by far Arsenal’s best player this season. He has lived up to expectations of being a hard worker, a team man and, more importantly, has been a positive influence on the North Londoners. If there was one game that didn’t go well for the Chilean, it was the clash against Everton when Sanchez played as Arsenal’s No.9, ahead of Giroud, and mustered an insipid display. Otherwise, he has slowly but steadily exhibited his wide repertoire of being a classic dribbler (the way he setup Welbeck’s goal against Hull), clinical finisher (the way he volleyed in Wilshere’s cross in the game against Man City), and in always trying to help the team out defensively. With plenty more to come from Sanchez, can the Chilean rescue Arsenal out of this big, big trouble?

Arsenal v Hull – Analysis and stats discussed

Arsenal vs Hull City – Analysis and looking ahead to the future by SE

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal, who have been severely hit by injuries to the fulcrum of their team and made a totally unacceptable start to their season, Wenger’s wizards failed to harness home advantage and pick up 3 points against a resurgent Hull City. It’s been over two months since Ramsey conjured up a home win in the Premier League for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, on the opening weekend of the season. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City have since visited the Emirates, and succeeded in pocketing an indispensable away point. As things stand, 11 points from 8 games surely is an abominable start to Arsenal’s season, but can they make a comeback from this position?

Ray Parlour sure Arsenal can only hope to challenge for Wenger Cup

The Arsenal legend Ray Parlour watched Arsenal only end up with yet another point on Saturday, and he is very sure that the best that the Gunners can hope for this season is the usual Wenger Cup for scraping into the Champions League, but he doesn’t even think that will be easy!

‘I think Arsenal are fighting for third or fourth place,’ Parlour was quoted as saying in the Mail. ‘You look at Manchester City and Chelsea and they’re in a different league compared to Arsenal.