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Does this mean Arsenal hopes of Hummels transfer are OVER?

Most, if not all, Arsenal fans hope that Arsene Wenger is planning to carry on with his more expansive transfer business, which has seen the Gunners smash the club transfer record to bits in the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and then follow it up by spending over £30 million on the amazing Alexis Sanchez.

So even though it is not the sort of transfer that we have seen from Arsenal in recent years, many of us were still hoping that the Borussia Dortmund and Germany international defender Mats Hummels could be signing for the Gunners during this January transfer window.

Could Arsenal be set for DOUBLE Dortmund transfer swoop?

According to various Arsenal transfer rumours, Arsene Wenger could be set to add to the misery being suffered by the fans of the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund this season by swooping in the January transfer window for two of the club’s star players.

Dortmund are languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and despite beating the Gunners to top spot in our Champions League group, their draw for the next round is tougher than ours, with the Italian champions Juventus to get past.

Is Hummels now ready to complete Arsenal transfer?

Arsene Wenger spoke the other day about how he is ready and willing to spend big money in the transfer market because Arsenal are now out of the financial restraints of building the new state of the art Emirates Stadium. The manager has proved that he is willing to spend big on offensive players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but now that Arsenal fans want to see that carry on into the defence and the central midfield areas of the squad.

Arsenal can regret but REALLY the Refs cost top spot

I know that I am a one for banging on about the referees and the way their bad decisions often seem to go against Arsenal. With all our injury problems and the way we always seem to get a tough draw in cup competitions, it just seems to add to the the struggle that Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have to go through.

Of course I am biased towards Arsenal, it comes with the territory, but I do try to see things from all points of view and I know that i have a tendency to ignore the things that go in our favour, like the terrible offsuide decision against Berahino when we played against West Brom the other day.

Arsenal get crushing blow to Reus transfer hopes

The race to sign Marco Reus is hotting up and Arsenal fans are definitely hoping that the Gunners are one of the clubs in with a decent chance of completing the transfer for the talented German international forward. Whether that is to be in the up and coming January transfer window or when his £20 million release clause becomes active in the summer remains to be seen.

But the latest development with the Borussia Dortmund star has dealt a devastating blow to the Gunners’ hopes of signing the 25-year old. Because according to a Daily Express report the news from Germany is that Reus has taken up a new hobby, learning the Spanish language.

A study of Arsenal’s Champions League chances

I have already written about the chances of Arsenal pulling off the incredible and finishing on top of our Champions League qualifying group. I don’t see us beating Galatasaray as the difficult part as they have been woeful, but we need Borussia Dortmund to lose at home to Anderlecht and that is pretty unlikely.

And as Arsene Wenger rightly said in a report on Arsenal.com, the Gunners could do with a bit more luck when the draw is made for the next round. With Bayern Munich twice and Barcelona iin three of the last four draws, you would hope that Arsenal get a slightly easier ride this season and there are some decent options out there for us, although the groups are not all decided yet.

Why Arsenal are still hoping to top Champions League group

Arsene Wenger is not getting carried away with the fact that Arsenal beat the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates last night. The Frenchman admitted in his post match interview, reported by Arsenal.com, that it was very unlikely that the Gunners could pip Jurgen Klopp’s side to top the group, but he did accept that it was a possibility and he is right to do so.

He also said that he was not sure how Arsenal would approach the final group game against Galatasaray in two weeks and that it could depend on what happens in the few games there are before that final game in Istanbul.

Arsenal boss dismayed as Arteta and Sanogo pile on injury woe!!

Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted by the strong performance of his Arsenal players last night, but he was just as clearly devastated and almost at a loss for words that the victory over Borussia Dortmund exacted the heavy price of two more Gunners joining the ever growing and continued injury list that is in danger of destroying a second season in a row for Arsenal.

Will FULLY fit Ramsey REALLY mean Arsenal do NOT miss Wilshere?

Although it has seemed at times this season that Arsenal just cannot catch a break, especially with the injury situation, sometimes things have gone right for the Gunners. And I think you can put the return to full match sharpness of Aaron Ramsey in that category.

The news about Jack Wilshere damaging his ankle ligaments and perhaps facing surgery and a three month lay off is a real blow for Arsenal, but it would have been much worse if we did not have the young Wales international to step in. But we really need the Ramsey of last season back again, not just for his goals but for his all round game.

Arsenal to go 4-4-2 with Podolski and Welbeck?

I am not sure if Arsene Wenger is ready to take too many risks when he sets his Arsenal team up to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, but as usual the Frenchman’s tactical options are a little restricted because of the injury situation.

With the Gunners needing just a point, the manager may well decide to play it safe. Jurgen Klopp is probably thinking along the same lines with his own injury problems and with Dortmund sitting two places off the bottom of the Bundesliga and facing a tough trip to Hamburg at the weekend. So now could be a perfect time to surprise the Germans and go on the attack.

Why Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Arsenal

Why Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Arsenal by RP.

Wenger has helped to install an exemplary youth development institution at Arsenal and although a large selection of the current ‘homegrown’ players may have been bought in, let’s be honest with each other, they was kids when bought. Arsenal are known for buying ‘kids’ and as such have some very exciting prospects developing in the likes of Dan Crawley and Gedion Zelalem, the future is not in question when you look at Arsenal.

Wenger has done good work with the youth and I will come back to this point a bit later on.

Arsenal keeper right to be positive ahead of Dortmund clash?

Wojciech Szczesny was one of the many Arsenal players that did not exactly cover themselves in glory at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. It looked like he was at least partly responsible for the lack of understanding that led to hos collision with Kieran Gibbs and the left back’s own goal that that changed the course of the game.

But I am not going to be too harsh on the Poland international, because that was his first real mistake in the Premier League this season and he has not been at fault for the rest of the Gunners’ defensive problems this season. It has not helped him having 19-year old Calum Chambers and now the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal in front of him either.