There is little doubt that Wojciech Szczesny, the Poland international who seriously tests your spelling skills, had his best year in an Arsenal shirt last season. He was unlucky not feature in the FA cup triumph at Wembley, after Arsene Wenger had handed the domestic cup duties to Lukasz Fabianski, but there was no doubt that the 24-year old was the undisputed number one for Arsenal.
Blessed with great talent, agility and confidence, Szczesny was made the first choice keeper at just 20 years of age, after a short loan spell at Brentford, but despite putting in some brilliant performances for the Gunners, there was always that chance of a mistake or a loss of concentration, most notably the mix-up with Koscielny which cost us another Wembley final. .......Read the full article here
Not too many Arsenal fans will have been any more than vaguely aware of the Mexico international Gullermo Ochoa before yesterday. But the 28-year old keeper is the darling of the World Cup media today after producing a string of fine saves to deny the Samba boys of Brazil.
His early stop to deny the Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar from a header was probably the best of the lot, drawing comparisons with former England keeper Gordon Banks’ save to deny another Brazilian, Pele, with a low dive to stop what looked a sure goal. .......Read the full article here
It is a risk versus reward situation for Arsenal, but if it worked out for us it would be a real transfer coup for the Gunners. As we know from the Arsenal transfer rumours, one of the main jobs for Arsene Wenger and his scouts is to find a replacement for the Polish international keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Premier League club Swansea City.
Now we hear that one of the most highly rated keepers in the world, Victor Valdes, is available again after French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco backed out of their agreement to sign the Spaniard. A Metro report claims that this is due to the former Barcelona star’s injury problems, but the Monaco owner has also had to curb his crazy spending for a number of reasons. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need a keeper. Even more than last summer, when a lot of the transfer rumours about the Gunners were about who Arsene Wenger would sign to take over from Wojciech Szczesny. The answer was nobody, and our Polish international has proven that Wenger was right by really stepping up his game and cutting out the errors that had dogged him in recent years.
Now it all seems to be about who Arsenal will sign to compete with and provide cover for the 23-year old, because our number two, Lukasz Fabianski, has left us for Swansea after his contract ran out. There have been various names linked, but the latest one, as reported by The Mirror, seems to me to be the most sensible suggestion. .......Read the full article here
It is usually Arsenal that are caught scratching their heads and considering whether they should complete a transfer, when another club swoops in and signs the player from under their noses, a la Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
But it seems that the swooping might be done by the Gunners this time, with our north London rivals Tottenhan the club left with nothing but regrets, according to a report in The Independent. The player in question is the £15 million rated Scotland international keeper David Marshall and the reason the spuds could lose out is that they are trying to hold on to Hugo lloris, who is not that keen on another season without Champions League football. .......Read the full article here
I am not sure what to make of this one, Arsenal fans. I am tempted to file it under, not a snowball’s chance in hell, but seeing as the Gunners are on the up and in need of a keeper to replace the departing Polish stopper Lukasz Fabianski, I will keep an open mind.
Metro is reporting that Arsenal have begun talks with a view to the transfer of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City. The Bosnian international is certainly a quality keeper and would not be out of place in the Arsenal side, but signing him could lead to problems. Would he be happy to sit on the bench? And how would Wojciech Szczesny react to such stiff competition? .......Read the full article here
Seven observations on Arsenal by Blaz
It’s been almost a week since the last time Arsenal got a trophy, so I did have my time to think about the game and what it told me. So here are a few things the whole world saw on Saturday:
1: We are not quitters! Even though we lost a few games away to rivals with a large goal difference, and they seemed lost after only 10 minutes of play, Saturday was different. We were two nil down in no time but still, to tell you the truth, I never had doubt we’d come back. And we did! In a magnificent manner! This should help the team believe in itself and grow in confidence! .......Read the full article here
Saturday’s FA cup final triumph may turn out to be a bittersweet memory for a few of the Arsenal team, as it could also turn out to be the final game in a Gunners shirt for them as well as a happy one because of the winners medal.
We have all been hoping that Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski would see that the club was on the up after a trophy success and decide to commit their futures to Arsenal after all, but one of the three has already confirmed that his day with Arsenal at Wembley would be his last, as an ESPN report reveals. .......Read the full article here
All Arsenal fans are well aware that Lukasz Fabianski is leaving the club next week, but many of us think that he deserves to be playing in the Cup Final anyway, especially after his penalty heroics in the semi-final against Wigan.
Wenger played Fab in last weeks non-game in the League, and some suggested he was giving him an extra warm up for the Cup Final, but it could be that he was just letting him say his farewells and giving him compensation for missing today’s game…. .......Read the full article here
Although this is the second time that Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is staying at Arsenal, most pundits refuse to accept the fact until he actually signs the contract that has been offered by the Board. Most of us assume that he will put pen to paper after the Gunners have won the FA Cup Final but Wenger himself now seems ready to assure the fans he will still be at the Emirates next year.
The last time Wenger said he was staying William Hill suspended betting on Wenger to still be manager next season, but shrewd punters can still lump on with Corals at 4/11, which seems to be very generous considering what the Frenchman said yesterday. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans will be thinking that this transfer window is set to be as frustrating as every other one after listening to Arsene Wenger’s statements in the Guardian yesterday. He has said that there will only be two or three signings coming in, and he doesn’t expect any action until after the end of the World Cup.
Wenger said he had his team looking at possibilities but he clearly stated that there would not be wholesale changes. “But the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close,” he said. “We want to add something that makes us even stronger but number-wise, it will not be massive. Two or three? Yes. .......Read the full article here
This summer it seems that Arsene Wenger will be having to do lots of Arsenal transfer dealings, before he even thinks about strengthening the team. Last summer wenger managed to dispose of some deadwoods, but as hardly any of them were replaced the Gunners were left with a much-reduced playing squad. This summer will see even more empty spaces in the squad.
For starters we already know that the out-of-contract Lukasz Fabianski is moving to the Bundesliga in search of first team football, but does that mean Wenger will take on Emilio Viviano on a permanent basis as Szczesny’s backup, or will he go all out and buy an experienced keeper to challenge the Pole for his starting spot. Iker Casillas has been mentioned as a possibilty amongst others…. .......Read the full article here