Although having three Arsenal players still involved in the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will slightly hamper their pre-season preparations, the manager Arsene Wenger feels that the club will actually benefit from Germany winning the famous trophy.
In an interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman revealed that the German trio of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil would not be joining the rest of their Arsenal team mates for pre-season training until the beginning of August, so they will miss this weekend’s game against the New York Red Bulls and quite possibly the two Emirates Cup games, against Benfica and Monaco, the following weekend. .......Read the full article here
What positions do Arsenal still need signings in? by KJ
We’ve started this transfer window off strongly with the acquisitions of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy but we still have a lot of work to do. This is why Wenger has started acting early in the market as he can’t afford for all these deals to get on top of him. The positions we need are:
Second choice GK
With Fabianski leaving us, it is paramount that we bring in a second choice keeper. They will most likely only play League Cup games and FA Cup games but they should have enough quality about them to displace Szczesny if he becomes too cocky again. .......Read the full article here
The Myth that Giroud has good stats by Gameruk
Okay, Arsenal fans, thing I hear a lot from those pro-Giroud fans is that if you compare his stats to other strikers in the league then it shows him to be a very good striker. Well I’m hear to put that myth to bed.
If you’re a number 1 striker for a massive club like Arsenal than I will look at how you perform in those important games, not games against teams like Norwich City. so let’s see how our main striker has been in the games against our biggest rivals. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger will say no to Mario! by DS
It has been an Arsenal transfer we have debated throughout the summer, while in Brazil working as a TV pundit Arsene Wenger even said it was one of many stories that were simply untrue and yet as clubs begin their pre seasons the rumour of Mario Balotelli coming to Arsenal refuses to go away.
Much of this could be desperation from AC Milan who are in need of the money and are aware that their Italian international is one of their few prize assets. By reportingly lowering their asking prize to 16 million the hope is that someone will see that as a gamble worth taking. The question is will the Gunners? .......Read the full article here
I know it is a bit hot at the minute, but the weather seems to be really affecting some people, mainly the ones who write the Arsenal transfer rumours it seems. We are used to the Gunners being linked with every player and his dog whenever the transfer window is open in January or the summer, but sometimes it gets out of hand. .......Read the full article here
It is not just Arsenal who will struggle with their pre-season preparations, of course, because all of our Premier League rivals have had some of their players involved in the World Cup finals this summer, but not many will be having it any worse than the Gunners.
As revealed by an Arsenal.com report, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the fact that the players who were out in Brazil will be coming back in dribs and drabs is far from ideal, as he tries to get his Arsenal team ready for the start of the Premier League and a double header play-off to get into the Champions League group stage. .......Read the full article here
Borehamwood 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
First half team
Szczesny – N/A
I don’t remember him even making a save in the first half.
Jenkinson – 6
He was decent on the right hand side but did really threaten offensively. Didn’t have to do anything defensively.
Hayden – 6
Defensively there wasn’t much to do. His distribution was good.
Ajayi – 6
Haven’t seen much of him at all but he looked solid on the ball.
Coquelin – 3
He looked really poor on the ball, his reactions and awareness was shocking. Seemed like he wasn’t bothered at all. .......Read the full article here
Is Arsenal FC the most hated club? by Yuen
I wonder why the media and our rivals are threatened by Arsenal’s new found financial power and our ability to attract top players. They are yet to get used to the fact that we can compete for any top player Prof. Wenger sets his eyes on.
Earlier this week it was Micheal Owen predicting we would fall out of the top four even with all our signings. Every year he and his bandwagon of insane analysts have always predicted the same thing, and every year we have proven them wrong, this year would be no different! .......Read the full article here
I must admit to being a bit baffled as to why Arsenal just stepped aside and allowed Liverpool to lead the race of Loic Remy. There was talk of his £80,000 a week wages being a problem for Arsene Wenger, but that is not a lot for a Premier League class striker these days.
The BBC, however, have reported that the Anfield club and QPR have already agreed the transfer fee of £8.5 million, which was the striker’s very affordable release clause and it looks like the move will soon be done and dusted. .......Read the full article here
Nothing has been confirmed yet, by either Arsenal or Man United, but it appears as though the transfer of the Gunners captain to our Premier League rivals could be back on. Thomas Vermaelen was pictured this week on holiday with former Arsenal captain and turncoat Robin van Persie, and the two could soon be seeing a lot more of each other.
The Belgium international defender is in the same situation as the Dutchman was when he forced a move to United two years ago, with just a year left remaining on his contract and Arsene Wenger well aware that he is not about to sign a new one. The Frenchman still wants decent value for his players, but the £10 million bid reported by The Mirror could well be enough to convince Arsenal to sell. .......Read the full article here
Nacho Monreal and his future in the Arsenal team
Nacho Monreal has always been seen as a solid left back ready to enter the first team any time. Bought in the winter of the 2012-2013 season to replace the injured Gibbs, Monreal has performed reasonably well for the Gunners whenever he puts on the shirt, barring some unfortunate showings. However, he is always seen as the second choice behind Kieran Gibbs. .......Read the full article here
Is Joel Campbell ready?
Arsenal has given a huge huge hint that Joel Campbell could be in the Arsenal squad next year competing with Giroud for playing time. This can be seen from Arsenal including the striker’s picture and name in the squad list on the official Arsenal website. However, many Gooners will question if Joel Campbell is actually ready to perform on the biggest stage for Arsenal. .......Read the full article here