First of all, I am really looking forward to this season. Arsenal have already done some good business in the transfer window and, hopefully, Arsene Wenger will be adding a few more names to go with the completed transfers of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina.
With a few less injury problems, I am optimistic that the Gunners will have a really good crack at the Premier League title. I believe we can win it and if not, then another cup success is certainly possible. But at the same time, I think that staying in the top four will be a significant achievement for Arsenal. It will not be easy. .......Read the full article here
The pressure had been building on Arsenal for nine years, with a defeat in one Champions League final and two League Cup finals along the way. So it should not have been a surprise to see the Arsenal players struggle to cope with the pressure and expectation last season.
But that pressure so nearly made the Gunners slip up in the semi-final against Wigan, when we needed an 82nd minute leveller from Mertesacker and some cool heads in the penalty shootout to make the final. And I’m sure that no one has forgotten about how we nearly threw it all away with a shocking start against Hull City at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
CALUM CHAMBERS? WHY NOT SERGE AURIER? by Uche
This seems to be the question on the lips of many arsenal fans as news broke yesterday from very reliable sources (BBC) that Calum chambers has agreed to sign with Arsenal and has even undergone a medical. Many people were left surprised if not underwhelmed by the news. But I am not quite surprised by this signing although I wasn’t expecting Chambers in particular. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt that Arsenal and Thierry Henry went together like peaches and cream, Rolls and Royce, Lennon and McCartney or any other two things that work well and bring out the best in each other. Even if somebody ends up eclipsing the scoring record of the amazing Frenchman one day, he will always be an Arsenal legend and will always be associated with the club, as anyone who sees the statue outside the Emirates will know. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal might want to rethink holding onto Nacho Monreal by SE
There is this incredible urge for everyone associated with Arsenal to sign another midfielder, who can be defensive-minded and take care of shielding the back four. Fair enough. It’s one of the primary needs for Arsenal if they are to challenge on four fronts they are involved in.
But shifting your focus from midfield, and looking towards the left-back position, won’t it be rational to want to bring in another left-back as cover for the first choice Kieran Gibbs? No disrespect to Nacho Monreal, but given the height of expectations and ambitions exuded by Arsenal, you want to be competent, if not indomitable, in most positions – and Monreal is more of a liability to me at left-back. .......Read the full article here
Is Bellerin ready to step up to the Arsenal First Team? by KJ
It has been reported by almost everyone that Javier Manquillo is Liverpool bound after they agreed a two year deal with Atletico including a buyback clause for the Spanish team if they ever want the young RB back. This means that Arsenal will now have to either make do with Jenkinson or promote Bellerin to second choice RB. .......Read the full article here
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
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
What would be the three key aspects to a successful season for Arsenal? by SE
There is this new, fresh hope surrounding Arsenal Football Club, after they ended their 9-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup this past May. The hope is that, having got a breakthrough, the Gunners can start piling up their Trophy cabinet again, after years of famine. And, the intent is certainly there for everyone to see. .......Read the full article here
As the Arsenal boss said the other day in his interview with Arsenal.com after the first pre-season game, having a summer tournament like the World Cup can make the club’s preparations for the new season that bit more difficult. And with Arsenal having so many players like the French and German Gunners reaching the latter stages of the tournament, Arsene Wenger has as many problems as anyone. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London. .......Read the full article here