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Fellaini or Capoue for Arsenal? Let’s look at the stats

Let’s Play Moneyball by NS

Moneyball (2011), as some of you might know, is a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt based upon the true story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players (Courtesy IMDB). I consider Arsenal to be in the same situation.

Who Arsenal should buy? – Midfielders

Wenger has the money Part 2

Yesterday, I touched upon what strikers we could use with the recent news revealing that Wenger has £40 million to play with in January.
Looking at our midfield, it seems a bit lacking in quality at times. Without Diaby our midfield doesn’t seem physical enough for games like Stoke, West Ham, Man City etc. We were lucky against West Ham as there were numerous occasions where Diame broke free from midfield marauding into dangerous attacking positions.

Wenger – I took a gamble on playing Diaby against Chelsea

Abou Diaby has been outstanding since his return to the Arsenal team this summer, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that he took a calculated gamble by putting him on the pitch against Chelsea this weekend despite knowing that the French international wasn’t at 100% before the game.

The gamble didn’t come off though as Diaby broke down after just 17 minutes of the game, but Wenger doesn’t seem overly worried about it. “Diaby’s injury record is not good,” he admitted. “I was concerned about him of course. It was a gamble, but I was calculating as well that Wilshere was coming back, Francis Coquelin is here but was sick and Emmanuel Frimpong is back.

Arsenal’s midfield targets – A statistical comparison of M’Vila, Tiote and Capoue

Potential Arsenal Targets by AH

As we are on the lookout for a new midfielder since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, I thought I would take a look at the statistics of three of our defensive midfield transfer targets.

The three players I will be comparing are;

Yann M’Vila, a French international, who currently plays for Stade Rennes in the French first division. The defensive midfielder, has been linked with a move to Arsenal all summer and the departure of Song, has made it ever more likely. Rennes reportedly want £12 million for M’Vila.

Arsenal linked with bids for TWO Newcastle stars

The Gunners up their interest in Newcastle Duo by TS

Reports have come in today that Arsenal are being linked with moves for Newcastle United midfield duo Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye before the transfer window closes on Friday night. AW is believed to announce a bid of £15m for Tiote in an effort to replace Alex Song. The Ivorian who earns £40k a week at Newcastle is expected to receive a pay rise which Wenger believes will tempt him to move. Tiote is aware of Arsenal’s interest and reports suggest that Arsenal are set to make a bid once today’s home game with Stoke is out of the way.

Wenger – We MIGHT bring someone in……

Arsene Wenger has seen Robin Van Persie and Alex Song leave Arsenal this summer, but surely the arrivals of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla should have been enough to appease the fans after their loss, although the consensus on here is that these three new boys won’t be enough to maintain our place as challengers for the League title.

Having already said that the recovery of Abou Diaby and the (expected) October return of Jack Wilshere will be “like two new signings” he has now added Thomas Rosicky to that list, and then agreed that he MIGHT bring in another player.

Arsenal Season Review – Midfielders – Strong but lacking maturity?

Midfield Analysis: by SV

Yesterday, we looked at Arsenal’s defence. I suggested that we needed one versatile defender who could play centre-back and in one of the full back positions. Others disagreed. Anyway, today I want to look at the midfield. As expected, our midfield didn’t exactly set the League alight this season, with a touch of spark and creativity lacking for a large part of it. This is to be expected with the departure of one Cesc Fabregas. People never fail to underestimate just how important the ex-El Capitan was to us; did you know he created the most clear cut chances out of anyone in the world? We were always going to miss him. But let’s move on and focus on what we do have at our disposal; I’m looking here at the central midfielder only, and I’ll divide them into defensive players and attacking players.

Arsenal’s four midfield targets – Who should Wenger choose?

The transfer window is near its opening day, and we all know that after securing the signature of German striker Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger is now likely to bring a midfielder to the club.

There have been a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours regarding midfielders, and according to newspapers the Frenchman is interested in both a defensive midfielder and an attacking one so let’s look at some of the most important targets.

Yann M’Vila
Arsenal’s need of a top quality defensive midfielders would be perfectly met if M’Vila would be transferred, and if you compare odds he is most likely to come, but Arsenal face an uphill battle to sign him due to the big transfer fee that Rennes want to get for him.

Fabregas – Spain winning is more important than me playing!

The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been getting used to sitting on the bench while his projected future team-mates at Barcelona play in every game at the World Cup.

Although he says he is “desperate” to play, it is far more important that his country wins the game than if he gets any time on the pitch or not.

“I’m so proud Spain is in the World Cup final but it means nothing if we don’t win it.” he said.

“I am desperate to play at least some part in tomorrow’s game.

Arsenal transfer rumours July 2nd – Van Persie, Schwarzer, Van Der Vaart, Gilles Sunu and Raul Meireles

I’m starting to get depressed now as the Arsenal transfer rumours seem to have stopped mentioning Koscielny, despite Wenger promising us a defensive signing this week (Okay he said ‘very soon’ but it looks like procrastination, especially as he originally told us all his signings would be done BEFORE the World Cup!).

As I said in an earlier post, I thought that Schwarzer would get announced first, and according to the Mail, the departure of Roy Hodgson has only made it more certain that Schwarzer will become a Gunner, but this time the price has gone up to £4m. I just wish Wenger would announce something, anything at all!

Wenger – We don’t need any midfielders!

Arsene Wenger has found himself being linked with many midfielders already, even though the transfer window isn’t even open yet, and the players being linked are invariably described as “the new Vieira”, but Wenger has come out and said he is already happy with Denilson, Diaby and Song to play alongside captain Cesc Fabregas.

“First of all I must say that no matter how much money you spend to find a Patrick Vieira it is hard to do,” he said. “Since I am in England, I hear ‘this is the new Patrick Vieira’ when a guy is tall and strong.

Wenger – Strikers are still important, to make chances for midfielders!

Arsene Wenger thinks that strikers are not just there to score goals, but to make chances for midfielders! He was asked if he believed that the out-and-out striker could be a thing of the past?

He replied: “It is a possible idea,”

“But it depends on the personality and the quality of your midfielders. If you have many players who can score that is OK but overall I still believe that strikers are very, very important.