There have been many many articles lately about Barcelona intending to try and lure Hector Bellerin back home to Spain, but the Arsenal boss has no worries at the moment and it sounds like he is intending to give the defender a pay rise to get him to sign a new extended contract.
Per Mertesacker has been named as Arsenal’s official captain of the first team this season, although Laurent Koscielny is currently deputising for the German whilst he remains out on the sidelines through injury. Mertesacker’s injury means that he has lost his place in the match day squad, after becoming a regular feature of the side for the last few years. Upon his expected return from injury in December however, it is not anticipated that the defender will go back into the Arsenal starting line up, as there is plenty of competition for Mertesacker to prove his value against.
I remember there being some rumours that Arsenal were in the market for Joey Barton when he was playing for Newcastle but I was thinking it was the crazy warped imagination of someone on the Daily Crap, but it seems that it was absolutely true, according to Barton himself.
Arsenal have quite a few Germans at the club now, after Mustafi joined Ozil and Mertesacker this summer. We could have had one more, but Serge Gnabry decided to take his chance to jump ship after having an impressive tournament with the Germany Olympic side, and was quick to accept an offer from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
Per Mertesacker is Arsenal’s official club captain and one of the current most experienced defenders going. He may lack in certain qualities such as his pace, but his experience and leadership skills are vital to the team. Today it has been revealed that the German international, who has retired from international duty to focus on his club career, may consider leaving Arsenal in January if the right offer comes in.
The Arsenal Director Sir Chips Keswick has come out to say that although the Gunners spent over 90 million this summer on some (extremely good!) new signings, he insists there is still cash in the pot when Le Prof wants to bring in more signings.
After Arsenal had made a transfer bid large enough to trigger the release clause in his contract, maybe Jamie Vardy should have spoken to Arsene Wenger about the Frenchman´s plans for him. Some people in the football media were left scratching their heads about the bid and it appears that the Leicester City and England striker felt the same way.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is claimed to have got one over Jose Mourinho last year, which may well have been the beginning of the end for the then Chelsea boss.
The Gunners boss swayed Petr Cech to quit Stamford Bridge and move across London last 13 months ago, and while Mourinho was reluctant to sell, his hand was forced.