Category Archives: Arsenal Reserves

Why would Arsenal buy a striker when we already have ………?

In the last couple of weeks Arsenal have been strongly linked with moves for top strikers like Edison Cavani and Paolo Dybala, but anyone who knows Arsene Wenger is aware that his motto is “we don’t buy stars, we make them”.

Okay the purchases of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have proved to be the exception to the rule, but for out and out strikers Arsene always dreams of bringing one through the Academy that will become a world-beater. This season he has got the 19 year-old Chuba Akpom remaining with the first team squad although he has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League plus a few minor cup games. Akpom was extremely impressive in the Youth sides last season scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances and could become a star in the future.

Bellerin happy to work hard for his place at Arsenal

The young Spaniard Hector Bellerin has already made eight starts for the Gunners his season due to our horrendous injury list, but he has made it clear that he knows other players are ahead of him in the pecking order, but he has a plan on how to get ahead of them in the future.

Bellerin said on Arsenal.com: “You know there are always players in front of and behind you, who are going to try to get your spot. The only thing you can do is learn from them.

Arsenal v Galatasary Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Galatasaray Preview, Predicted Line up and score by KJ

We went into this season excited at the possibilities with the acquisition of Welbeck and Sanchez. However, I do feel a lack of excitement going into this Champions League match because of our poor form, our poor football and all of our injured players.

Thanks to our injuries, Wenger will probably revert back to the 4-2-3-1 as we have only one fully fit central midfielder at the moment and his name is Mathieu Flamini. But I’m not too worried about the result. The Turkish teams are so poor away from home in England and they don’t have the quality individually to overcome the English teams. I can’t see that being any different regardless of our problems.

Park, Bendtner and Aneke amongst Arsenal’s released players

No Arsenal fans will be surprised that Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young (did he ever join?) have been released by Arsene Wenger, but some of us thought that Chuks Aneke may have been given a new contract after scoring 16 goals on loan at Crewe this season. But it looks like Wenger thinks there are too many other strikers ahead of him right now (I thought we only had one!)

Aneke is now free to join Crewe, but it seems some higher League teams are interested in him, like Fulham and Charlton. SkySports reported:

Arsene Wenger reveals that Arsenal don’t need to buy a striker this summer

Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration.

But the fact is that Arsenal DID buy a striker last summer by the name of Yaya Sanogo, and after his impressive display for the Gunners against Liverpool in the FA Cup win (which earned him a place against Bayern Munich), it seems that Wenger is now preparing to make him a regular first-teamer.

Coquelin running out of time to rescue Arsenal career

Is Le Coq’s time up at Arsenal? by Ash

With Frimpong’s disappearance within the Arsenal team soon turning into his exit from the Emirates, some believe that another young central defensive midfielder could also soon be following in his footsteps. Young Frenchman Francis Coquelin may not have taken the zero to hero route yet, but it could certainly be the other way round, seeing that he may never make it with the Gunners and instead choose to move on this summer.

Is Fabianski set to join Sagna out the Arsenal door?

Will Fabianksi be leaving Arsenal in the summer?

As I’m sure many of you are aware, Arsenal are currently going through the contract situations at the club at the moment and so far according to reports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, captain (practically) without the armband Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have all verbally agreed new deals.

However three players that currently elude the Gunners contract sealers are actual club captain Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski. Vermaelen isn’t out of contract at the end of the season but the club has been rumoured to be in discussion with the defensive olayer, whist fellow defender Bacary Sagna has entered the final 5 months of his respective contract.

Can Afobe rescue Arsenal career with loan move?

Is this end for Afobe’s Arsenal career? by Ash

Whilst everyone is focusing on the potential arrival of Schalke 04 player and Germany international Julian Draxler at Arsenal, as well as other possible transfer targets, there has been some news regarding outgoing players from the Emirates, with the latest player to walk out the exit door being young England youth player Benik Afobe.

Arsenal today announced that Benik Afobe will join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the remainder of the season. Although it doesn’t mean that one striker leaving suggests another one is coming in, it does help make some room for any possible additions, with Afobe not being anywhere near the current first team selection.

Is it end of the Arsenal road for Frimpong and Coquelin?

Arsenal Football Club are understandably proud of their youth system. It is a strong policy of the club under Arsene Wenger and has produced some exceptional players, even though we have not always been able to hold on to them. But for every Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny or Kieran Gibbs, there are many more Henri Lansbury’s, who do not quite make the Gunners grade.

Pick your starting XI for Arsenal v Coventry cup clash

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal got a painful lesson last season in the FA cup, losing to lower league opposition for the first time in well over a decade. That defeat by Blackburn Rovers is still fresh on the manager’s mind and he will be keen to avoid a repeat of that tonight when League One Coventry come to the Emirates.

Having said that, being top of the Premier League table at this stage of the season makes that competition a clear priority. Wenger will probably want to rest a few key players ahead of the Southampton game and the tough fixture schedule on the horizon, so just how far will he go with his team selection.

Who should Arsenal rest in Coventry FA cup clash?

Although Arsenal must make the Premier League a huge priority, Arsene Wenger, the players and fans will not be looking at Friday’s fourth round FA cup clash against League One’ Coventry City as an unwelcome distraction. In fact, it is the first half decent draw that the Gunners have had in all competitions this season and presents a great chance for us to progress in the competition.

Nobody is taking the Premier League for granted, with an impressive Man City and Chelsea breathing down our necks, and a double header against Bayern Munich in the Champions League is a very difficult prospect indeed, so the FA cup could still be our chance to end the eight year wait for a trophy.

Akpom loan could see him break into Arsenal this season

The young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has signed on for a one month loan deal at Brentford. The League One club are flying high at the top of the league table, just like the Gunners, and are looking for a little bit of extra firepower to keep up the challenge, just like Arsenal.

The similarities in the two clubs’ current positions, despite the difference in class between the leagues, may not be lost on the 18-year old. His good form for the reserves, both this season and last, has earned him the chance to impress at competitive level. If he takes it, Akpom could even find himself in the Arsenal first team a few times when he returns.