Arsenal fans have certainly had their money’s worth out of their north London rivals this year. From the start of the season when a collective madness took over the world of football and people started tipping the spuds as dark horses for the title because they had spent some money, things have gone into what AVB would call a `downward spiral`.
Rami could join Arsenal on loan? by Ash
The transfer window may have been shut for exactly a month today, but as we are all aware, that doesn’t usually bring an end to the Arsenal transfer rumours which run throughout the year. Most of the time these rumours are nothing but media hype however occasionally there will be the odd rumour that sticks out from the rest and this is one that really catches the eye.
One of the players most likely to be coming to Arsenal during the transfer window this summer is the Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, if you believe the media that is. If it is really the case that there is no smoke without fire then the choking swirl surrounding Florence in Italy could be good news for the Gunners.
Last summer, the Montenegrin striker decided to stay at Fiorentina and help them fight another season and try to get into the Champions League. They still could manage it, with one game left to play they are two points behind AC Milan, but it looks more likely that they will in the Europa League again.
The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.
With ten man Chelsea coming from behind to win yesterday at Aston Villa, it is now down to Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out over the remaining Champions League place. There is plenty to worry about for Arsenal fans, as a Spurs win at Stoke City today will leave us needing to beat Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday and they will be flying high after their shock victory over Manchester City yesterday.
When Arsenal swooped on the financially struggling La Liga side Malaga last summer, they came away with a real treasure in Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international midfielder has lit up the Premier League this season and is by far the most effective of Arsene Wenger’s three summer signings. Cazorla may also have helped Arsenal to get Nacho Monreal from Malaga in January, and he could make it three times lucky if he can influence another former team mate to join the Gunners this summer.
Is Jenkinson about to leave Arsenal? by Kj
Today The Mirror published an exclusive article on how Manchester City are weighing up a bid for Arsenal sweetheart, Carl Jenkinson. It sent the Gunnersphere into outrage at the possibility of selling one of our better prospects from our collection of young players.
I personally think it’s an absurd article making absurd statements. Why would Arsenal actually want to sell Jenkinson? Firstly, we’ve just signed him to a new long term contract (signed in December). Then we have to look at why Arsene would actually want to sell him. He’s a good prospect who has the potential to fetch £20 million or more in the future being an England international who’s actually good at football.
It seems as if one of the transfer targets for Arsenal may be available this summer, despite Fiorentina constantly declaring that they will not sell him. Reports from Italy are that the Serie A club is already preparing to lose Stevan Jovetic at the end of the season and are preparing a list of possible replacements.
The Montenegrin international is chipping in with plenty of goals this season, but La Viola are not looking as if they will qualify for the Champions league next season, and they are not even in a Europa league place at the minute. Officials at the club have accepted that this would mean they would have to sell their star man, according to Talksport, and the Southampton player Gaston Ramirez has emerged as a possible replacement.
The former Arsenal midfielder, and close friend of Arsene Wenger, Patrick Vieira, could be in line for a big promotion, if the Manchester City players have any influence at all on club policy. It is looking increasingly likely that Roberto Mancini will not be in charge at the Etihad stadium next summer, after an abject display against Southampton, followed by United’s win over Everton, left them 12 points off the lead.
I know that Arsenal will be looking for a new striker or two at the end of the season, and I know that Christian Benteke has done really well for Aston Villa in his first season in the Premier league. I don’t think that means he would do well for Arsenal or that Arsene Wenger will even try to sign him, but the media certainly seem to think so.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board will be delighted today, following yesterday’s vote by the Premier league clubs to impose sanctions against clubs that break new financial restrictions. The vote was very close, but 13 out of 19 voted in favour of the proposals, with Reading abstaining, which was just enough for the two thirds majority.
There were two aspects to the proposal. The first is to do with wages. It is not a wage cap exactly, more of a cap on increases for the biggest spenders. From next season, any club whose annual wages are over £52 million will only be able to increase their wages by £4 million the next season. There are currently seven clubs that this will affect.
When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, he had already requested the signing of the French international midfielder Patrick Vieira from AC MIlan. That would turn out to be one of the most successful transfers ever, as Vieira was an integral part of the Gunners for the next nine seasons, the most successful period in Arsenal history. The 36-year old could soon be re-united with his mentor, apparently, as Wenger has spoken to him about the job of replacing Liam Brady as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, reports the Daily Mail.
Arsenal will freeze ticket prices for the 2013/14 season by AH
It has been announced that Arsenal will freeze the current ticket prices for next season and so there will be no change to the amount that fans will have to pay. A statement on Arsenal.com said;
“The price freeze applies to all match ticket prices including season tickets in both general admission and club level, Club level season ticket renewals will begin on February 12. The move follows a full review by the Arsenal board which included an assessment of the current economic environment and feedback from fans’ groups.”