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Can Arsenal finally win Champions League group?

As usual for an Arsenal fan, I was expecting the worst when watching the UEFA draw for the Champions League group stage. And to a certain extent, we got our usual fair share of bad luck, but compared to last year, I think that the Gunners may have got off pretty lightly.

In fact, with our recent improvement, I reckon that this season offers Arsenal a great chance to at least avoid the really strong teams in the first knockout round by finishing top of the group which includes Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.

Arsenal to make unknown teenager 1st summer transfer? Hmmm

It almost seems at times that Arsene Wenger is punishing the Arsenal fans for daring to doubt his wisdom. Of course, in the first half of his long reign as Arsenal manager, there was no need to doubt the man dubbed as the professor, because trophies rained down on north London like cats and dogs.

Even in the barren years after the money was used to build the state of the art Emirates stadium, the Gunners were punching above their financial weight, reaching a Champions League final and staying in the competition every year. But patience among Gunners has been wearing thin in the last few seasons and without the FA cup win in May, it would have got worse.

Which, if any, of these 2 defenders will Arsenal sign?

Most of the Arsenal transfer talk at the minute, understandably, is all about whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to sign a new striker or not, and if so, whether it will be a big name, multi million pound superstar or a stop-gap until the end of the season.

But there are other positions and one of them where Arsenal are a bit light is in the centre of defence. The players we do have are doing a fantastic job, so it’s not like we are desperate, but we have seen how injuries can scupper a season. Even though Thomas Vermaelen has looked really solid when he has come in to replace either Per Mertesacker of Laurent Koscielny recently, he is the only decent cover we have in the middle, so the two rumours linking us with central defenders could well have some truth to them.

Arsenal given green light in pursuit of Kouyate

Arsenal have been given a huge boost in the pursuit of the highly-rated Anderlecht centre-half Cheikhou Kouyate, with the Belgian side confirming that the youngster will be allowed to leave the club amidst interest from elite European clubs, most significantly Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said to be very keen on the player.

Anderlecht’s managing director Herman van Holsbeeck has stated that while the rugged defender is unlikely to be allowed to leave in the upcoming January transfer window, he has been promised by the club that a transfer will be sanctioned in the summer, similar to how the Belgian side dealt with much sought-after players in the recent past.

In-demand defender claims Arsenal interest

The Anderlecht and Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate was extremely impressive during the Olympics last year, and there were many rumours saying that Arsenal and Man City, amongst others, were keen to bring him to the Premiership.

Now the 6ft 4in centre-back has now revealed that Arsene Wenger was indeed interested, but problems over getting a work permit stopped the discussions going any further. Kouyate said: “Everyone says you should take things one step at a time, but If Arsenal come then I have no doubt,”

Arsenal transfer rumours Kouyate and Lopez

There are two transfer rumours involving Arsenal and possible summer transfer targets to look at, but neither one involves players that will get the average Gooner very excited. One involves the familiar name of Adrian Lopez, the Spanish forward who plays for Atletico Madrid. Arsenal were heavily linked with this player last summer and in January, and it seems like his club are prepared to sell.

Arsenal in shock link with cheap young Belgian

This is a transfer rumour designed to have most Arsenal fans tearing their hair out in frustration, Whereas most Gooners want to say some quality and experienced new signings all over the pitch in the summer, the latest player to be linked with a move to the Emirates is the 18-year old Jordan Lukaku.

The only reason any Arsenal fan will know the name is that he is the younger brother of the Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku who is on loan at West Brom. It gets better, his Wikipedia page says he is a left back, one of the few positions that we are not that desperate to improve.

Has Biglia decided on a move to Arsenal?

The Argentinean defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal, both in this transfer window and in January, along with some other clubs. The 26-year old has played for Anderlecht since 2006 and he decided to stay at the club to help them try to progress in the champions league, but the campaign went badly and the Belgian club failed to even get into the Europa league.

It seems as if Biglia has now decided to move on, because he has not turned up for training following time off for the winter break. The Belgian club are already looking for a replacement for the talented midfielder, as they seem to have accepted that they will lose Biglia soon.

Have Arsenal chosen Biglia over M’Vila and Capoue?

Almost everyone agrees that Arsenal need some more backbone at the heart of the midfield. The sale of Alex Song to Barcelona and the recurring injury problems of Abou Diaby means that there is often too much flair and not enough bite in the Gunners central area and it has cost us a few times this season.

Arsenal have been linked with a large number of possible signings since the summer, but there has been no positive action from Wenger as yet. That may be about to change, according to the Independent. Lucas Biglia, the 26-year old Argentinean from Anderlecht, is back at the top of the list, and Arsenal could be about to make an offer for him.

Biglia to Arsenal was prank by agent!

Rogue Agent involved in a fake Arsenal bid for Biglia by AM

It has been revealed by Belgium newspaper La Derniere Heure that Anderlecht received a fake bid for Lucas Biglia in the summer.

The Argentine midfielder made himself available in the summer transfer market after publicly expressing his desire to leave Anderlecht. He was once quoted saying –

‘I can leave for €8million (£6.3million) in the current market. I agreed to this transfer fee myself,’ he said back then.

Another top-class centre-back admits Arsenal interest

Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal’s defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that didn’t come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M’Biwa, told the world that he had been approached by Arsenal, and now today we have another confession of contact from a defender.

The Senegal and Anderlecht youngster Chiekhou Kouyate told ESPN yesterday: “The fans of Anderlecht asked me to stay for the club and they showed me their appreciation,” Kouyate said.

Arsenal transfer news-Tiote,Biglia and Arshavin

Latest Arsenal Transfer Rumours – Arshavin, Tiote & Biglia by AM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he would look to bring in at least a defender and a midfielder before the transfer window closes. The rumour mills have busy since then, linking the Gunners with a host of defenders and midfielders.

According to some English media, Arsenal have joined the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for the signature of Chieck Tiote from Newcastle United. Some days back, Alan Pardew  said that –