I think that the Arsenal boss is doing exactly the right thing in the latest episode of the verbal battle between him and the manager of our Premier League rivals Chelsea. There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho will keep trying to get under the skin of Arsene Wenger, both before and after the two sides meet for the Community Shield final at Wembley stadium on Sunday.
Just when Arsene Wenger seemed to hint that he was not going to be entering the transfer market again this summer, we now find out that Matthieu Flamini is expected to be leaving the club in the next few days.
A realistic analysis of Arsenal’s squad for 2015/16 NM
As opposed to my article earlier today, this article is going to be looking forward into Arsenal’s future, as opposed to looking backwards at what has already happened around Europe this summer! If we look at Arsenal’s summer, we’ve managed to sign Cech from Chelsea, as well as we’ve offloaded Podolski, Miyaichi and Diaby (and we have not re-signed Flamini either). That frees up 4 very valuable slots in our EPL roster, assuming Arsene doesn’t give Flamini another one year contract. We have also managed to loan Maitland-Niles to Ipswich, which I think will do wonders for the very promising young winger. Most importantly, we have not lost anybody of value this transfer window, which means that we are free to add to, and improve upon, last season’s squad. Gone are the days that we are looking to replace somebody each season.
As the Arsenal team gears up to the pre-season with most of the players reporting to training, the activity on transfer rumour mill is showing no decline. Though these reports can’t be taken on face value, they can’t be shoved off easily too.
Officially the transfer market is yet to open but the Arsenal rumours never fail to flood the papers. Reportedly, the arrival of Petr Cech is done and dusted and is waiting to be announced. Not taking anything away from the last minute surprises, let us safely assume that Cech will be a Gunner this summer. There a plethora of rumours that link players left, right and center, but there are as many stories that also talk about outgoings.
The Man City midfielder (well he can play anywhere!) James Milner is out of contract at the Etihad from today, and it has now been confirmed by Sky Sports that the England international has been in talks with both Arsenal and Liverpool.
Flamini: “I Have One More Year at Arsenal” by AT
In the midst of all the rumors going around in regards to Arsenal’s attempts to bring in a new defensive midfielder this summer, it seems as though the situation will be a little more complicated for Arsene Wenger than first thought, as Mathieu Flamini has confirmed today that he will be staying at the Emirates, at least for one more campaign.