NY Red Bulls v Arsenal – KJ´s Player ratings

Arsenal 0 – 1 New York Red Bulls Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He made the saves he needed to make and was good with his distribution.

Jenkinson – 3
Awful performance by him. No composure and very clumsy. Was at fault for the goal.

Hayden – 7
Very composed display by him. Made some good tackles and his passing was calm and crisp.

Monreal – 4
He struggled massively but it’s understandable considering he’s playing completely out of position and doesn’t have the physicality of a CB.

Gibbs – 6
Decent overall performance by him. Nothing spectacular.

Why Arsenal chose Calum Chambers instead of Serge Aurier

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.

Wenger planning for Arsenal versatility to beat the injury woes!!

Wenger is building this squad with versatility in mind by KJ

David Ornstein reported that Calum Chambers had a medical with Arsenal yesterday and it seems like the young English defender will be an Arsenal player for a fee of around £10 million. But the reason we’ve brought him in is not because he can play as right back, but because he can also play as a CB and as a DM. Along with Sanchez, there is a clear theme amongst our new signings so far – versatility.

Arsenal depleted and defeated in New York! Don’t Panic!

Look, Arsenal fans, I know it is never nice to lose a game, especially to a team that you are expected to beat, like New York Red Bulls from the American MLS. But they did have the greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, Thierry Henry, on their side and are in the middle of their proper season.

Not only are the Arsenal players just limbering up for their own serious business of the Premier League and Champions League exploits, but we had so many of our first team players missing because of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Why Thierry Henry could spark another glorious Arsenal era!!

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.

It’s not so bad that Arsenal will be without our Germans early this season

Could the absence of German trio be a blessing in disguise? by Blaz

Wenger said yesterday he will probably rest Arsenal’s World cup winning trio of Germans for the first game of the season against Crystal Palace. That also means we will not have their support in Community Shield. We are more than capable of winning both games with or without their assistance, but, it goes without saying, it would be easier if we had their help. Everyone expects this trio to come back full of positive energy, new experiences and maybe even a new co-star (Khedira). But until they do, our team needs to play as if they don’t exist.

Stats suggest Ospina could take Arsenal shirt from Szczesny!

Well Arsenal fans, how are enjoying the summer so far? It is certainly a lot better than last year, when Arsene Wenger seemed to have forgotten that there was a summer transfer window at all, until he was reminded in no uncertain terms by the home fans at the Emirates as we slumped to an opening day defeat against Aston Villa.

Does this photo prove that Arsenal will NOT sign Balotelli?

The possible transfer of Mario Balotelli has been one of the most repeated Arsenal transfer rumours of the summer. It is also one of the strangest, because the high maintenance Italy international just does not really fir with the usual sort of signing you would normally expect from Arsene Wenger.

But the fact that the reports kept cropping up and that people like the striker’s agent, members of the board of his current club AC Milan, and even his girlfriend who posted a picture of the couple in front of the Arsenal merchandise display at a PUMA store, made me think there might actually be something in it.

Arsenal MUST get rid of Nacho Monreal!

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.

Confirmed – Arsenal sign Ospina as Szczesny backup

Well is this turning into Arsenal’s best transfer window ever? Not only have Arsenal signed Debuchy, Sanchez and Chambers, but Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that we have bought the excellent David Ospina as a replacement for Fabianski.

At a fantastic price of just 4 million Euros, Ospina was always the best value keeper on the market, and Wenger thinks that the Colombian international will be challenging Wojciech Szczesny for the First XI jersey next season. ‘You know at the start Szczesny will be the No. 1, then again we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play,’ Wenger said yesterday.

Confirmed! Arsenal sign Vermaelen replacement

It now seems certain that Thomas Vermaelen will be leaving Arsenal, most likely for Manchester United, as it has been confirmed this morning that Arsenal have bought the young Southampton defender Calum Chambers.

The 19 year-old has only made 23 appearances for the Saints but has been tipped to be a regular starter in the England national side in the future, but will have to wait in line behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to get a chance to impress in the Arsenal kit. Although the youngster is normally considered to be a right-back as well as a central defender, he is also able to play as a holding midfielder, according to Southampton’s official website, which may be where Arsene Wenger is thinking of deploying him in the future once he has matured.

Do Arsenal REALLY need a new Defensive Midfielder?

Do Arsenal really need new CDM? by Archangel

Before you start critisizing, I am certain Arsene Wenger will buy a new midfielder with defensive tasks in mind. Sami Khedira just sounds too nice to say no! Especially if he wants to join Arsenal and Real is willing to drop the price. I think we will buy Khedira or no-one. Khedira ticks the footballing brackets as well as personal ones – being friends with Özil and the rest of the Germans, being winner of basically everything in football and he’d continue the trend of Arsenal acquiring super-plus players from La Liga giants.