Tag Archives: Dortmund

Arsenal in new transfer link with Bender – Not that one!!

After Arsenal were linked with Lars Bender for quite a while, the saga heaed up a dead end street after the player suggested that he was not ready to make the step up from Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga to the pressure of Arsenal in the Premier League. Then it hit a wall when the midfielder picked up an injury that ruled him out of the Germany World Cup side.

Arsenal getting closer to Champions League trophy says Wenger

Even if Arsene Wenger had decided to call it a day and leave the Arsenal managerial position to someone else this summer, he would still have gone down in history as the club’s most successful manager in history, up to this point at least.

But despite guiding the Gunners to five FA cups and three Premier league titles, there is a glaring gap in his record, and I am not talking about the fact that Arsenal have lost two league cups and failed to win one under the Frenchman. Despite reaching the UEFA cup final in 2000 and the Champions League final in 2006, Wenger has not been able to add another European title to the Gunners’ 1994 Cup Winners cup and the Inter-Cities fair trophy of 1970.

Should Arsenal challenge Chelsea for Bayern’s unhappy Gotze?

It seems bizarre that Arsenal could even be thinking about signing the young German international Mario Gotze this summer, bit that surprise could actually be on the cards as the talented player has grown increasingly frustrated with his chances under Pep Guardiola and may be on the move at the end of the season.

the 22-year old was a superstar at Borussia Dortmund, which is why they were so angry at the way Bayern Munich swooped for him last year. Gotze expected to be playing all the time after his £30 million move, but must be wishing that he stayed where he was after being left out of the Bayern midfield quite often, especially in the big games.

Drmic denial alerts Arsenal rivals to possible transfer hijack!

Arsenal may or may not be preparing to sign Josip Drmic, the young Swiss striker who has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season by scoring the same number of goals as Robert Lewandowski in a much worse side than the Pole’s Borussia Dortmund. But if the Gunners are trying to negotiate a deal with FC Nurenberg for their 21-year old star, it is likely to be much harder now.

Rosicky confident staying at Arsenal will mean trophies

The news broke in the last few days that Arsenal were on the verge of announcing a new deal for our little Mozart, Tomas Rosicky. His current contract runs out this summer and there have been rumours linking him to various clubs including a move to America and the MLS, but it looks like the 33-year old could be a Gunner until the end of his career.

And Rosicky is determined to finish that career with more medals to his name. He won the title at both of his previous clubs, Sparta Prague and Borussia Dortmund and he feels confident of doing the same with Arsenal. It would certainly be the wrong time for him to leave, with the financial restraints imposed by the building of a new stadium finally over.

Champions League benefits outweigh fatigue factor for Arsenal

European football is conditioning for Arsenal by Big Gun

Hi Gooners, The Champions League is no doubt where a club’s true strength and abilities are conveyed. Many people around the globe continually claim the BPL to be the toughest league in the world, therefore sporting the biggest number of quality teams. (This statement is probably true since Chelsea, Man City and now most recently Liverpool became a force.) Even still, I think that CL results throws that theory toward the window a bit as in the last two decades, it has been predominantly Spanish and Italian clubs winning the tournament. A debate for a rainy day.

Does Rosicky rumour show Bayern are worried by Arsenal?

There is a new Arsenal transfer rumour doing the rounds and it is safe to say that nobody saw this one coming. This time is not about a potential signing for the Gunners, but about another club showing interest in one of our players. No surprise there, but the club is the German and European champions Bayern Munich and the player is our 33-year old midfielder Tomas Rosicky.

I am one of the many Arsenal fans who feels that Rosicky is still a great player and was really pleased ro hear Arsene Wenger declare that the Czech international would definitely be offered a contract extension at the end of the season. But to read in the Independent that Bayern are interested in signing Rosicky is still a bit of a surprise.

Ozil makes UEFA team but says Arsenal teammate is right up there

The record signing of Arsenal Football Club has been named in the UEFA team of the year. Strangely, though, he is the only Premier League player to have made the XI. Many were surprised that nobody from the Premier League made the Ballon D’Or team either.

However, if you are looking for some conspiracy theory about the football authorities having it in for England, which I must admit has occurred to me a few times, the fact that neither Lionel Messi nor any of his Barcelona teammates made it suggests that the people who picked the team were either smoking something strong or were all Real Madrid fans, especially as Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Ozil were included.

Should Arsenal worry about Dortmund interest in Gnabry?

It was not long ago that Arsenal fans spent more time in any transfer window worrying about which players we were in danger of losing rather than dreaming about the quality players that Arsene Wenger might bring into the club. It seems like that time is now over though, especially with the club having flexed it’s financial muscles to bring in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

So on the face of it, the Mirror report claiming that German giants Borussia Dortmund might be preparing to try and poach young Serge Gnabry from Arsenal should not be anything to worry about, or should it? Gnabry is German himself and must be well aware of the fantastic stadium and support that Dortmund have.

Arsenal can forget about Bayern bound Lewandowski

The possibility of Arsenal and other Premier League clubs trying to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund was always looking pretty slim. The Polish international striker was heavily rumoured to favour staying in the German Bundesliga and moving to the current champions Bayern Munich.

But earlier this year Lewandowski himself let it be known that nothing was decided about his future. That, and the fact that Dortmund would rather lose him to any other club than their direct rivals just kept the hope alive that a decent bid in January might be enough to get him.

Arsenal have opportunity, Man City have pressure says Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal have a great chance to make a bold move in the race for the Premier League title at the Etihad stadium, while opponents Manchester City have all the pressure to claw back some of the gap at the top of the table.

The Frenchman is probably trying to take some of the pressure off his players and help them to go out and play with freedom, or with the handbrake off as he often puts it. But he does have a good point. The fact that Arsenal beat Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the final pre-season friendly before the season started should help as well.

Detailed infographic report of Arsenal loss in Naples

Napoli 2 v 0 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com

A disappointing end to a disappointing game for Arsenal, nevertheless qualification for the Knock Out Stages has been assured, albeit as runners up of the ‘Group of Death’.

The Gunners fell 2-0 thanks to a fine second half performance from Napoli but the result wasn’t enough for the Italian side due to Dortmund’s late winner against Marseille, meaning the Bundesliga outfit top the group. Three teams ended on top with 12 points, very unusual and frustrating for Arsene Wenger’s men.