It’s official, Arsenal have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a three year deal after the Frenchman was released from Italian giants AC Milan earlier on in the summer.
The 29-year-old former Gunner had been training with the Arsenal first-team squad for the last month or so and it seems as though he’s impressed the Arsenal boss enough to re-sign him on a permanent deal. Contrary to reports which emerged yesterday, his salary is believed to be a modest £40k a week. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal midfield 2013/14, the defensive line by Blaz
In the last couple of days there were plenty of photos on Arsenal.com of players starting preparation for the new season. First of all, what are Chamakh, Andre Santos, Bendtner, Park still doing there? And secondly, there was an interesting face I’ve seen. I almost forgot about The Dench himself, when I saw Frimpong smiling from the photo. Remember him? Went on couple of loans, got few injuries, kicked van der Vaart around,… But this year things might change – one of our potential future golden boys, Francis Coquelin went on a loan. It seems Frimpong will get his chance to play with the big boys (about time though). And his natural place of play is DM. So, we have Arteta, Ramsey playing there and now Frimpong. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal debate: Is Arteta good enough to win trophies? by DG
Frequently overlooked for fancier showmen, Mikel Arteta has had a fantastic season for Arsenal. While much of this summer’s debates will centre on the need for attacking players, there seems to be a train of thought that we need to sign a big name in central midfield to really push on. I would argue that while we do need options in central midfield, the situation is not as dire as some might suggest. We do need to bring in someone, but that someone doesn’t need to be a ready-made star. Mikel Arteta does a phenomenal job for us, and rather than replace him, we need to bring in a long term successor. So just how important has Arteta been for us this season? .......Read the full article here
Aaron Ramsey’s best position? by AH
Aaron Ramsey is a player that the fans have mixed opinions on. For the majority of the season he’s been knocked down by the fans but in recent weeks his strong performances have earned him a little more praise. In yesterday’s game he wasn’t the same player that we had seen put in some magnificent performances in recent weeks but he still manages to have control over the game and in fact his role in this team may be a little more important than we imagined. .......Read the full article here
The big defensive midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been unlucky with injuries in the last couple of seasons, just as it seemed that he had broken into Arsenal’s first team, but now he has fully recovered he is preparing to fight his way back into contention.
Frimpong is currently out on loan at Fulham to regain his match fitness, and he is inspired by the comeback of Jack Wilshere to give him the belief that he can also return to his former excellence, and his taking his previous injuries philosophically. .......Read the full article here
Do we really need five players Bob? by DW
Bob recently published an article stating that Arsenal need 5 more players. Having considered our current crop of players i feel that in the short term that maybe 3 players is what we require in this transfer window to secure a Top 4 spot. The two key areas where I’m sure all Arsenal fans feel we need to strengthen is both up front and in the defensive midfield position. .......Read the full article here
Will Wenger repeat the same mistake again? by Twig
When Wenger sold Song in the summer, many gunners thought he would move for a replacement defensive midfielder. However, he didn’t and it seemed he made a gamble that Diaby could manage to remain fit and anchor the Arsenal midfield.
Gunners heaved a sigh of relief after every game that Diaby played and for once it seemed that Diaby had finally put his injury woes behind him. Indeed, he put in a couple of man of the match appearances, until, as expected, Diaby hobbled off with an injury in the game against Chelsea. Wenger was warned, but he refused to listen! .......Read the full article here
Arteta is happy with his new role and is up for it! by KJ
Mikel Arteta was signed by Arsenal last summer just minutes before the transfer window closed. It was after that shocking defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and many deemed it a panic buy. However, the mass opinion couldn’t be further from the truth. The Spaniard was our most important midfielder last season and possibly our second best player. His passing and movement was second to none. .......Read the full article here
Would you be happy with Wenger promoting Coquelin or do you want another Central midfielder? by KJ
It’s a very slow news day for Arsenal at the moment (mainly because of the lack of games to talk about). As a result, I want to refer back to our controversial ending to the transfer window (I know a lot won’t want to talk about it) but I think it’s important to reflect on how the team shapes up as a result and whether we’d need reinforcements during the January window; something Wenger hinted at. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal Do Not Need Yann M’Vila by Adnan
Yann M’Vila – a French lad who we seem to have been linked with since the beginning of time. The youngster has been labeled the new Patrick Viera due to the fact they both play in the defensive midfield role, they are both French and not much else! Put his attitude problem aside he has got everything going for him. He’s only 21 and has got international caps for France under his belt and is undoubtedly talented. However the fact of the matter is that we do not need him. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping his options open, and even though his biggest defensive midfield target is French star Yann M’Vila, the Frenchman’s also keeping tabs on Anderlecht’s ace Lucas Biglia.
The Argentine defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal ever since last summer’s transfer window, but even though Wenger scouted him, no official offer has been made.
Wenger is also highly interested in capturing French wonderkid Yann M’Vila, who despite his fragile age of only 21 years, has managed to impress the football world in France and he’s now a game in game out first team player for the senior French national squad, for which he already gathered 18 appearances since his debut in 2010 when he was only 20 years old. .......Read the full article here