Well I didn’t start it, but there are lots of Arsenal rumours around saying that Barcelona have drawn up a short list of players, including Theo Walcott, that they want to replace the injured Brazilian Rafinha. The 22 year-old Brazilian midfielder has injured his cruciate ligament and is expected to be missing for the next six months (If he was an Arsenal player we’d be guessing more like a year!) Or, alternatively, they want him as a replacement for Pedro, who just moved to Chelsea.
It is not just for Arsenal that this season is important – because they are supposed to make a run for the title. It is equally important for their mercurial German midfielder Mesut Ozil.
While it is true that the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil comes in for an unfair amount of criticism from some fans and a lot of people in the English football media, it is also true that the creative midfielder does not help himself at times and could certainly have more of an impact for the Gunners at times.
Arsenal fans were greeted this morning with all that exciting talk about a £200 million transfer kitty, after the Arsenal director Lord Harris made the very bold, and possibly foolish, statement that the Gunners could afford to sign just about any player in the world except Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
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Hello guys, good day to you all. It doesn’t take a genius to decipher that many of us are going nuts about the fact that we are not signing players at the rate that Manchester United and Liverpool are doing. Of course both teams finished below us and needed this transfer window a lot more than we do. This however hasn’t stopped the average Arsenal fan from getting depressed and cursing Wenger.
Many Arsenal fans think that Theo Walcott is a ‘one-trick wonder’ despite his excellent scoring record for the Gunners. Since coming back from a year-long injury Theo has struggled to even get some first team action and faces more competition from within the squad than before, which is also putting his England place at risk.
You cannot accuse the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil of lacking in confidence and ambition, after the 26-year old attacking midfielder stated this week that he has set his personal goal as winning the Ballon D’Or before the end of his career.
As Arsenal close in on the transfer of the uncapped Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from La Liga club Villarreal, Arsene Wenger knows that he will have to go to a tribunal hearing to ask for a work permit for the 24-year old to be able to play in the English Premier League and that has brought up a sore subject.