It really does seem like Arsene Wenger has got something against the traditional role of defensive midfielder, after the Arsenal boss apparently decided against signing a player in that mould yet again, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The paper claims that, despite being linked with the likes of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender in lots of Arsenal transfer rumours this summer, Wenger has instead decided that our current squad can cope. The Frenchman is apparently planning to do with Jack Wilshere the same thing he did with Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard has had to be more disciplined and curb his more attacking instincts in his deeper lying role, and it has been a sucess, sometimes. .......Read the full article here
How should we line up against big teams this season? by KJ
With Arsenal due to make 2 or 3 more signings this week and with the start of the Premier League season only a month away, it seems as good time as any to start postulating what our line up would be against the bigger teams in the league and why certain players should be chosen. I will include realistic signings that we are likely to make so this team is more representative of the final team we will put out come September 1st. .......Read the full article here
There have been many Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Spaniard Mikel Arteta with a move away from the Emirates, but according to his agent the 32 year-old will be seeing out the last year of his contract with the Gunners.
Fiorentina were rumoured to be interested, but Arteta’s representative, Inaki Ibanez, has categorically stated that his client will not be leaving during this transfer window. “I haven’t heard from any clubs,” Ibanez was http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/arteta-happy-arsenal-insists-agent? as saying. “What are the chances of him leaving? He’s the captain of Arsenal, he is an Arsenal player and he’s happy here. .......Read the full article here
A Possible Reason for Arteta’s 2013-14 Season by KC
So I’ve been an Arsenal fan my entire life, but I did not follow the Premier League heavily until 2011. By this time, Cesc was 4 million pounds emptier and Nasri evolved into Ca$hri. It was also the same year Wenger decided to bring in Mikel Arteta.
Now Arteta was one of the first players I admired. He had the aggression, the defense, the offense, and the love for the game – everything you want in a footballer. But for the majority of last season, we saw a decline in his play. His passes lost fluidity, he complained excessively, and he appeared to lose confidence with the ball. So why the decline? What happened to the Spaniard? Let’s plot it out. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need to keep the squad together by AT
We are essentially half way through the World Cup now and it will soon finish, meaning certain players will be joining the club and there could be some outgoings at Arsenal as well. But I think that moving too many players out could be massively detrimental to us in the long run.
There have been reports that Vermaelen, Podolski, Cazorla, Monreal and Arteta are interested in moving away from Arsenal or have attracted interest from other clubs. It would be a catastrophe if we were to sell any more than one of these players even if we were to replace them with similar quality players. .......Read the full article here
In an ideal world, Arsenal would be able to pick and choose the players signed by Arsene Wenger in the transfer window. Then we would see Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Phillip Lahm, Thibaut Courtois and Luis Suarez coming to sign for the Gunners this summer.
But we are not living in an ideal world, far from it, and although the Frenchman apparently has a pretty good transfer budget, there are plenty of teams with bigger ones and that are probably seens as more likely to deliver silverware. .......Read the full article here
If this particular Arsenal transfer rumour is true, I am not really sure exactly how to take it. On the face of it, it might disappoint some Arsenal fans, who are hoping for Arsene Wenger to splash the cash and sign some big name players this summer, but it could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business.
Everton, who gave the Gunners a real scare in the race for the final Champions League spot, were thought to be on the verge of signing Gareth Barry, who had a great season on loan with them from Man City. But Talksport now reports that the deal is on hold, supposedly because Barry has been made aware of interest from Arsenal and is waiting to see what happens. .......Read the full article here
I am not trying to say that Arsenal are too good for him, or that the Gunners would not have been better off last season with him in the squad, but I am not sure that we should even be considering challenging Everton for the services of Gareth Barry.
The former England international is definitely available though, and at the kind of price that would appeal to Arsene Wenger, bugger all. The Daily Star have revealed that the 33-year old is being released by Man City this summer and they claim that Arsene Wenger is considering a move to bring the midfielder to north London. .......Read the full article here
Who to name for the job? by Blaz
The season that successfully ended a week ago was very interesting for Arsenal. Especially if we look through the eyes of the team leadership. We had a captain that started just a handful of games, then we had two players who wore the armband in his place, then the original captain (even though he didn’t play) lifted the FA Cup,..Anyway, you know what I’m talking about, Vermaelen was made captain when RVP left the team and his performance went downhill. This year he completely lost the spot in the back four, but didn’t lose the captaincy. He was still the captain, even though the armband was worn by Arteta or Mertesacker. So what next? Who should be Arsenal’s captain in the next season (or seasons). .......Read the full article here
Don’t laugh Arsenal fans! I am serious. I know that Marouane Fellaini provided us with plenty of bullets to fire at miserable Manchester United and their fans this season, and that the Belgium international endured a torrid time at Old Trafford, but that is why he is available on the cheap, according to a report in The Express. .......Read the full article here
Did you really think it would be easy Arsenal fans? The Gunners had been talking all week about coping with the pressure and learning from the mistakes made against Birmingham City at Wembley three years ago. But that failure in the league cup was always going to increase the pressure on this current crop of Arsenal players.
And we were staring down the barrel before 10 minutes of the game had passed. There were quite a few key moments along the hard road to victory, with Santi Cazorla’s free kick right up there amongst them. But the Arsenal vice captain told Arsenal Player that he thinks the halftime team talk delivered by Arsene Wenger was one of the major factors in getting our hands on the FA cup trophy. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger clearly keeps a close eye on Spain’s La Liga and Spanish players everywhere as he looks for potential Arsenal transfers. The Gunners already have three Spaniards in the first team and others coming through the youth system, while Cesc Fabregas is one of the best and most popular players the club has had in recent years.
And it appears that the feeling is mutual, as Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla have both been singing the praises of the Frenchman this week. Cazorla has revealed in a Daily Star report that he was taken aback when he arrived from Malaga. Santi had worked under Manuel Pellegrini there, who is said to be great with his players, but seeing how Wenger was at the Emirates was a revelation. .......Read the full article here