There is still a lot of time for Arsene Wenger to add more players to the Arsenal squad, with well over a month of the summer transfer window still left to run, but with Granit Xhaka and the young defender Rob Holding the only new players available to the Gunners and just three weeks to go before the Premier League kicks off, we Arsenal fans would like the manager to make things happen sooner rather than later.
It has not been confirmed officially by Arsenal Football Club yet, but it is being reported that Arsene Wenger has finally made the choice about who to replace the departed Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta as our club captain. According to The Sun and other football sites the armband has been offered to our giant German centre back Per Mertesacker.
Arsenal do not even play the first match of this pre-season until next Friday when we face Lens in France, but Arsene Wenger is already facing something of a crisis in terms of his squad. No surprise there then. The Frenchman may well be hoping that the next few weeks prove that the likes of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom are more than capable of firing Arsenal to a good start in the Premier League, but the more realistic point of view is that we need more.
Arsenal fans will have to wait and see whether or not the Gunners that went the furthest at the Euro 2016 tournament will be match fit and ready to play for Arsenal in the opening game of the Premier League season at home to Liverpool, especially Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud who went all the way to the final.
It must have been a massive blow to the Arsenal and Colombia keeper David Ospina this week when after a fantastic Copa America tournament so far, they started the semi-final against Chile so poorly that they allowed Alexis Sanchez and his team mates to grab an early two goal lead from which they could never recover.
Not only are there two players from the current Arsenal side on opposing sides in the Copa America semi-final between Colombia and Chile at the Soldier Field stadium in Illinois, but because of their respective playing positions we will see the Colombian number one David Ospina in direct competition with his Arsenal team mate Alexis Sanchez.
So for the second year in a row Arsenal are going to have a representative in the Copa America Final, but will it be our attacking genius Alexis Sanchez again, or will it be the rock-between-the-sticks David Ospina?
It was a great night for Olivier Giroud and France after a spectacular opening ceremony in Paris. Giroud was chosen to lead the attack ahead of Man United’s Martial, and had the honour of kicking the first ball of the Championship. The atmosphere was electric from the kickoff but Romania came at them and nearly shook the home side with a clear cut chance after just three minutes which luckily came off Lloris’ legs.