Ilkay Gundogan – The Perfect Fit? by Ash
Current reports in the media have suggested Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is one of the many midfield options Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is keeping his eye on this summer, as he looks to reinforce some strength and quality into the Gunners midfield.
In recent weeks Arsenal have been linked with several midfield players, some of high quality, including Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, Everton’s Maroune Fellaini and now Dortmund’s Gundogan, whilst we’ve also been linked with the likes of Lyon’s Clement Grenier and Wigan’s James McCarthy. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal Does not Need Fabregas by UE
Hello friends and good day. News broke today that Arsenal has not shown any interest in re-signing Cesc Fabregas, our former captain and Arsenal player of eight years, who now plies his trade at Barcelona. Understandably, most of us are upset and so was I, until I realised that we don’t really need him. Yes, I said it. WE DON’T NEED FABREGAS. I will explain why and hopefully, you will begin to see reason in Wenger’s reluctance to re-sign him. Yes he will be strengthening Man United or Man City if he went to any of those teams but so will Ronaldo, Cavani, Lewandowski and Villa. We cannot control what other teams do. .......Read the full article here
There have many reports of “The New Vieira” that could be the answer to Arsenal’s midfield problems, but there are not many of them that have actually been helped in their career by the tough Arsenal legend.
There is one though, and his name is Abdisalam Ibrahim, who is entering the final year of his contract at Manchester City. The 22 year-old was born in Somalia but was brought up in Norway from when he was 8 years-old. He was obviously very talented as a youngster and represented Norway at every level from U15 upwards, .......Read the full article here
There have been thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours posted over the last couple of weeks, but there has been no official confirmation from the club about any of them except the free agent Yaya Sanogo.
But now Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is definitely interested in the young French midfielder Clement Grenier, who has excelled at Lyon since displacing Yoann Gourcuff at the French giants. Grenier is only 22 but has represented his country at every level from the U16s to the U21′s and every age inbetween. .......Read the full article here
The Nigerian international midfielder Sunday Mba, who was the star of the show as his country won the African Cup of Nations in February, is being linked with a $1 million dollar-rated move to Arsenal, around 600,000 GBP.
The talented attacking midfielder shot to stardom by scoring the winning goal against the Ivory Coast in the Afcon semi-final and subsequently scoring the only goal against Burkino Faso to win the title for the Super Eagles.
Since then Mba has been the subject of an ownership struggle between Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves FC (who won the battle) as many European clubs registered an interest in taking the 24 year-old away from Africa. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger looks set to have at least £70 million to spend in the summer to revamp the Arsenal squad and make a serious challenge for major honours next season. The does not mean that the Frenchman will stop looking at the potential of young players, however, and one who seems to have attracted his attention is the 22-year old Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt. .......Read the full article here
Should Arsenal move Vermalaen into the midfield? By Twig
It’s really hard for a very good player when he finds himself competing for a first-team place with the captain of his team. This was the emotion I felt when a very fit Koscielny was brought on in the dying minutes to help us protect our lead against Wigan. Keeping a vastly improved player – who is arguably our best defender – on the bench, would eventually turn out to be problematic for the club. While we are trying to bring in new players into the team, it is equally important that we keep hold unto our best talents. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are struggling for consistency in midfield this season since Abou Diaby’s newest injury, with Mikel Arteta being moved into the DM position to try and instil a little bit of stability but it is thought that a new Defensive Midfielder is a priority for Wenger in the January transfer window.
One such player being linked with the Gunners right now is the former Arsenal fan favourite Mathieu Flamini, who left the Emirates under a cloud four years ago after refusing to sign a new contract. But now the 28 year-old is out of favour at AC Milan and his recent comments have made it clear that it is time for him to be moving on very soon. .......Read the full article here
Where will Arteta play if Arsenal get Diame? by Twig
Recently, Arsenal has been strongly linked with a January bid for Diame. He has been compared to Diaby as he’s strong and will make us more combative in the middle. There’s no doubt that Arsenal miss Diaby. Diaby gives us something different whenever he makes his short returns from injury. Our best games this season have been when Diaby played. During the summer, Wenger gambled by selling Song to Barcelona in the belief that Diaby would somehow manage to stay fit. That hasn’t happened. .......Read the full article here
At the beginning of the season Arsenal were awesome when Abou Diaby made a few rare appearances for the side, and as Thomas Rosicky has also been out injured all season it has been left to Mikel Arteta to act as the defensive midfielder in nearly every game so far.
Man Arsenal fans may blame Wenger for not bringing in someone like M’Vila in the summer while hoping that Diaby could stay fit for any period of time. That risk backfired horribly when Diaby went back (to join Rosicky) on the treatment table after just five games, and Wenger has now admitted that he may need another midfielder as cover. .......Read the full article here
No match report for the Norwich game but a heavily critical piece on Arsenal’s performance. by KJ
I’m sorry for not writing a match report for yesterday’s game against Norwich. I watched about 70 mins before I had to go out. It looks like I didn’t miss much in the end as we failed to score the goals required to get the result.
I’ll give a short summary of how the match went down (if you already didn’t know).
It was a terrible performance throughout the match. Arsenal never actually carved out any real chances and never looked like we were ever going back into the match. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal certainly have a hell of a lot of midfielders at the moment, although Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong won’t be available for another couple of months at least, so you would think that Wenger would have an array of different choices of who to play down the middle now that Alex Song has moved to Barcelona.
But it seems that the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is very keen on taking Song’s mantle in the middle of the park, and he is practically begging Wenger to let him move inside from his usual wing position. ‘They are big shoes to fill but you’ve got that anywhere at Arsenal,’ the Ox said. .......Read the full article here