Category Archives: Arsenal Transfer News

DONE DEAL! New Gunner Paulista vows to help Arsenal to GLORY

I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans out there, but I was just starting to get a little concerned about the delay that was holding up the completion of the transfer of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in Spain’s La Liga, especially with the work permit issues.

But the official Arsenal website has now confirmed that the versatile Brazilian defender, able to play anywhere along the line of a back four, is now a Gunner after reports today revealed that he was sent to Paris to make sure the paperwork went through as quickly as possible.

How will Arteta contract affect Arsenal stars and transfers?

If I was the Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, I would be a bit worried right about now. Everything seems to be going against the tough tackling Frenchman, at least as far as his continued career as an Arsenal player goes anyway.

It is bad enough for Flamini that the football media constantly report Arsenal transfer rumours linking the club with various central or defensive midfielders, such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira, William Carvalho, Moussa Sissoko and the German Bender twins Sven and Lars.

Should Paulista start for Arsenal this weekend?

I must admit that I was worried about Arsene Wenger perhaps being a bit over confident about getting a work permit for the new Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista. We were told at the weekend that the Gunners and his Spanish La Liga club Villarreal had agreed the terms of the transfer and even Wenger said that the deal was set to be completed ‘today or tomorrow’, although we are still waiting for official confirmation from Arsenal as usual.

Wenger explains why Coquelin IS the answer for Arsenal

The name of Francis Coquelin has been on the lips of many an Arsenal fan in recent weeks, especially since his disciplined and destructive performance at the heart of the Gunners midfield helped to produce our first big away win in a long time.

Although most Arsenal fans would still like to see Arsene Wenger spend good money in the transfer market on an experienced and top class central midfielder like Morgan Schneiderlin, we do not seem too concerned about the boss waiting until the summer and giving young Coquelin the chance to keep strutting his stuff for the rest of the season.

Arsenal set to lose ANOTHER young star on a free transfer?

I was shocked enough last week when I found out that Francis Coquelin’s Arsenal contract was set to expire this summer, which means that he is now free to discuss new deals with clubs outside the Premier League.

I seem to remember, back in the day, when a young Mathieu Flamini was inadvertently allowed to run his contract down and moved to AC Milan on a free transfer, that Arsene Wenger vowed that he would never allow this situation to happen ever again. He broke that vow in the Theo Walcott ‘sign dat ting’ saga, but thankfully that one turned out okay, but the exact same thing has happened with Coquelin. Why did he send him out on loan without a new contract?

Arsenal’s new signing – Gabriel and BFG as partners?

Gabriel Armando de Abreu by JA

From Wikipedia – Born in São Paulo, Gabriel graduated from Esporte Clube Vitória’s youth setup, and made his senior debut on 7 March 2010, starting in a 3–1 win at Camaçari for the Campeonato Baiano championship. He made his Série A debut on 15 May, replacing Vilson in a 1–1 home draw against Flamengo.

In August 2010, Gabriel appeared in both matches of 2010 Copa do Brasil finals against Santos FC, but playing as a right back. He made his first team breakthrough in late 2011, and went on to play a crucial role in the following year, appearing in 35 matches as Leão returned to Série A.

WTF are Arsenal playing at with Campbell?

I am still in shock that Arsene Wenger has allowed Joel Campbell to leave Arsenal for the Spanish La Liga club Villarreal. If the ESPN report is right, we paid the release clause for Paulista so we did not have to include Campbell in the deal. It is only on loan until the end of the season apparently, but what if we need another striker in between now and then?

The Gunners have already let two strikers go this month, with Lukas Podolski going to Serie A with Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo staying in the Premier League with Crystal Palace. That leaves us with Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Coquelin could leave Arsenal for free in the summer

Arsene Wenger has been hailed as a master for his stroke of genius due to the fact that the Arsenal boss recalled Francis Coquelin from his loan deal at Charlton, but the fact that he did not secure a new contract for the French midfielder may yet come back to bite him in the bum!

CONFIRMED – Joel Campbell goes on loan as Arsenal swap for Paulista!

Well we have all been waiting for the announcement on Arsenal.com but as usual we have been informed by other sources that the signing of Gabriel Paulista has now been agreed, and the Gunners are sending Joel Campbell over to Villarreal on loan until the end of the season as a sweetener on the deal.

Paulista tweetBoth of these cannot be confirmed until Monday when both players will be having medicals before confirming the details, but Villarreal posted on their official website an hour ago:

Villarreal CF @VillarrealCF
Principio de acuerdo de traspaso con el @Arsenal por Gabriel, quien se despedirá hoy antes del partido.¡Mucha suerte!

Arsene Wenger’s poker face keeps us all guessing

Will Arsene Wenger gamble in the transfer market?
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Back in August, Arsene Wenger described the transfer window as being like a game of poker. You can see what he means. It is a time of year when clubs are competing for a limited stock of talent, agents are on the lookout for a new contract, and some managers use the media hype to motivate their squad or complicate matters for opponents.

Arsenal have signed a real STAR says Wenger

Arsene Wenger is clearly happy with this particular piece of transfer business, although it has some way to go before it starts to look as good a transfer as the signing of the superb Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in the summer.

But the manager is very happy with what he has seen so far from the Gunners’ first signing of the January transfer window. The Frenchman is of course reluctant to put much pressure on Krystian Bielik, but he has suggested in an Arsenal.com report that the 17-year old midfielder from Legia Warsaw could start to feature and have an impact on the Arsenal first team a lot sooner than most of us expected.

Look away Arsenal fans! Di Maria joins AMAZING list of nearly men!

As Arsenal close in on the transfer of the uncapped Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from La Liga club Villarreal, Arsene Wenger knows that he will have to go to a tribunal hearing to ask for a work permit for the 24-year old to be able to play in the English Premier League and that has brought up a sore subject.