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Arsenal up against it AGAIN with Champions League fixtures

After Arsenal were handed yet another tough group in the Champions League this season, Arsene Wenger will have been hoping that the fixture schedule would be a bit kinder to us, but that hope will have been in vain. In fact it could get worse when the TV companies start messing about with the Premier League fixtures.

Wenger will be praying that no more Arsenal players join the injury list during the international break, because straight after it we host Man City on Saturday and then play the first UCL group game away to Borussia Dortmund on the Tuesday; a nightmare start especially as we have Mathieu Debuchy banned for the next European game after another harsh red card in the play-offs. Hopefully Dortmund will continue their slow start but we could well be up against it from the off.

Can Arsenal finally win Champions League group?

As usual for an Arsenal fan, I was expecting the worst when watching the UEFA draw for the Champions League group stage. And to a certain extent, we got our usual fair share of bad luck, but compared to last year, I think that the Gunners may have got off pretty lightly.

In fact, with our recent improvement, I reckon that this season offers Arsenal a great chance to at least avoid the really strong teams in the first knockout round by finishing top of the group which includes Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.

Arsenal luck of the draw almost as bad as ever in UCL

It was a great achievement, if a very nerve wracking one, for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the 17th year in a row this week. But Arsene Wenger and the players will be determined to go further in the competition this season, having gone out in the first knockout round in recent years.

But to do this we were hoping for a bit more luck in the draw to give us a better chance of winning our group and avoiding the better teams. So having been put in group D, the second pot was important and we got the German giants Borussia Dortmund, just like last season. That was just about as bad a start as possible.

Arsenal set to miss out on another striker transfer target

There is a rumour going around that Arsenal are going to go back to Liverpool with a final offer of around £49 million for Luis Suarez. If this is true, it doesn’t mean that we will get him, but one thing is for sure, we cannot afford to wait until the end of the transfer window to find out.

So if the club is going to up their offer, they need to be quick about it, because if we don’t get Suarez, we absolutely have to get somebody else. Even our current centre forward Olivier Giroud knows that he needs help up front, as he has explained in an interview.

Wenger wants Suarez ASAP so Arsenal will increase offer this week

There are a few developments about the Luis Suarez to Arsenal transfer in the papers and on sports websites today. That does not necessarily mean they are accurate, of course, but they may give an indication as to how things are proceeding.

It does look as if Suarez is keen to join Arsenal, because his first choice destination, Real Madrid, seem intent on prising Gareth Bale away from Tottenham. According to some reports, Suarez is already looking in to places to live in London, but others claim that the Uruguayan is concerned that Arsenal could fail to qualify for the Champions League at the play-off stage.

Have Arsenal made a mistake asking Galatasaray to Emirates Cup?

Galatasaray? How out of touch can you get? by Neil

On 4th August, next Sunday, Arsenal take on Turkish side Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup. For those with short memories, there is a history between our clubs. On 17 May 2000, Arsenal were due to play the UEFA cup final against the Turkish side. Older readers will know what happened before the game.

Should Arsenal reconsider prolific Turkish striker?

Yilmaz link returns! by AH

With Arsenal on the hunt for a new striker this summer, Arsene Wenger has certainly outlined who his main striking targets are. The list includes some of the world’s greatest current strikers in Rooney, Higuain and Suarez. However with Rooney seeming to be a no go, Higuain being a deal gone cold and Suarez just being extremely unrealistic, Arsenal have supposedly turned their attention back to Galatasaray and Turkey international striker Burak Yilmaz, although this may be just a rumour.

The Emirates Cup Preview – Star players on show….

What will this year’s Emirates Cup bring? by Dave G

General admission tickets to the 2013 Emirates Cup went on sale yesterday, and we can all now look forward to the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, when Porto, Napoli and Galatasaray will visit Arsenal for our pre-season mini-cup. The Emirates Cup has previously hosted such teams as Real Madrid, Milan and Atletico Madrid, but many casual fans might not be aware of the kind of talent that we can expect to see this year. The Cup should allow us the chance to see any new signings (there will be some = have faith) in action, while casting an eye over the talent of the visiting clubs. So do these teams have any players we might be interested in?

Arsenal ready to start the season with a BANG

I really like the look of the Arsenal pre-season, because the way the Gunners fire at the start of next season could have a massive say as to whether we are still in the Premier League title race when it starts to get down to the wire. A bad start for Arsenal would not necessarily be a total disaster, because we always seem to get stronger as the season wears on, but we will have missed a great opportunity to throw down a marker to our rivals.

Arsenal will need to pay only £9m for Nani – Should we?

There have been some rumours linking Arsenal with a possible move for the Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani. No official moves have been made, and maybe Arsene Wenger has gone off the idea or maybe he is keeping his targets as secret as possible. If he is still interested in Nani, however, there is some good news for the Frenchman today.

According to the Daily Star, United are willing to sell the 26-year old, and they are only looking for around £8.5 million, which seems like quite a bargain to me. The report claims that the Turkish champions Galatasaray are also interested in the out of favour winger, and have already made one bid for him.

Is striker swap the answer for Arsenal and Yilmaz?

Swap deal possibly on the cards? by AH

Everybody knows that Arsenal are on the lookout for a new striker this summer with Jovetic and Higuain both the main targets. But with Juventus also interested in the pair Arsenal may have to look elsewhere and recently Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz has been mentioned as a possible option for Arsenal.

Interestingly it’s also been reported that the Turkish club wants to sign current Arsenal striker and Denmark International Nicholas Bendtner, who himself has just returned from Serie A club Juventus, leading to further reports that perhaps the two clubs could come to some form of agreement through a swap deal of these two players.

Should Arsenal loan rather than sell Gervinho?

I read with a certain amount of confusion today that Arsenal may be prepared to release the Ivorian international Gervinho on loan, instead of selling him in a permanent deal this summer. It would seem to be a strange move, especially as there is plenty of reported interest in the 25-year old forward and Arsenal would be likely to get roughly the same as we paid for him in the summer of 2011.