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Giroud warns Arsenal not to take Monaco lightly

Why Arsenal Cannot Take Monaco Lightly! by AT

The majority of Arsenal fans will be very happy with the Champions League round of 16 draw after drawing AS Monaco and will also be quietly confident of the Gunners beating the Ligue 1 outfit to progress into the Quarter-Finals of Europe’s elite competition. While it is comparatively a much better draw considering we could have drawn Real Madrid or Bayern Munich like the past two seasons, the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reminded us that Monaco will not be pushovers.

Why it is TOO SOON for Arsenal and Wenger to relax

Calm Down! Arsenal are still in trouble! by DN

It does seem as though Arsenal have finally found the right balance and have learned some painful lessons about starting games slowly (a la Stoke) us focusing too much on the attacking side of the game when we should be solid and compact (a la Anderlecht).

And with Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal ready to return, Mesut Ozil back in training, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey very close, it looks as though our terrible luck with injuries might be turning. The Gunners definitely had a change in luck this week when we were handed the best possible draw against Monaco in the Champions League.

Todays the Big Day! Who do you want Arsenal to draw in the Champions League?

Today at 11 am UK time (12 noon CET) Arsenal fans will finally find out who the Gunners will be facing in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Naturally (as we finished second in our group as usual) we are nearly certain to face one of the European heavyweights, and who would be surprised if we drew Bayern Munich or Barcelona as usual!

So here are our possible opponents:

Barcelona
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
Porto
Monaco

Arsenal DO NOT need this new DM

Why This Portuguese Star is NOT the DM Arsenal Require! by AT

Well, it is no secret that Arsenal are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder. Let’s face it, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are both past their prime and are simply not good enough. In regards to the issue, the Daily Mirror is reporting that the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is contemplating a £25million move for the AS Monaco enforcer Joao Moutinho when the transfer window opens in January.

MASSIVE Arsenal boost as midfield target puts in transfer request

Arsenal may have already sorted out one of the bits of transfer business that will be done when the January transfer window opens in a little over a month. We won’t know until then of course, but one of the players linked with a move to the Emirates to strengthen the central midfield area has now handed in a transfer request at his current club and so is very likely to be moving on in January, according to the Daily Express.

Arsenal set for meeting to seal Falcao deal tomorrow?

You have probably heard the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that the Monaco and Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao could be available on a season long loan deal to replace our injured centre forward Olivier Giroud. But the fact that the rumours say that it will cost the Gunners around £20 million, along with the statement from Wenger about us having good options up front already, makes it unlikely.

Or maybe not, because the latest Metro report on the story, which comes from an Italian journalist with connections, claims that Falcao’s agent is set for a meeting with Arsenal and Monaco in Monte Carlo tomorrow.

Lets get real – Arsenal (including Giroud) only played a friendly!

Come on let’s stop with the slagging off of our players. So Giroud, Sanchez and every other player didn’t score today. So why pick on Giroud when he is nowhere near peak fitness, just like the rest of the Arsenal squad.

You have to remember that this was simply a warm up game for all the players to regain a little bit of fitness ahead of the serious business, which doesn’t even start next week in the Community Shield. It actually starts a week later when we have to begin to grind out results every single week against Premiership opposition that wouldn’t have the same high pressure build-up that we are experiencing.

Don’t sign anyone Arsenal, not yet! Falcao is available!!

Radamel Falcao anyone? The Arsenal boss and his scouting and transfer people may have to put their efforts to sign a central striker to compete with Olivier Giroud on hold for a while. Because Arsene Wenger needs to pick up the phone and get in touch with his old club, AS Monaco, and find out if there is any truth to the report in The Express that Falcao could be sold this summer.

The Colombian international is currently working hard in order to prove his fitness for the World Cup, following months out with a cruciate ligament injury, and has previously declared himself happy at the Ligue 1 club. But all is not rosy in Monaco.

Monaco hitman issues come-and-get-me plea to Arsenal

If you ask any Arsenal fan they will tell you that the Gunners are in dire need of a new striker this summer, so why not get one that desperately wants to play for us. Not only that but he French and should be very reasonably priced (even for Arsene Wenger!)

Emmanuel Riviere may not be a household name, but he has been a more than able backup for Radamel Falcao at Monaco, and can also play out on the wings which will please Wenger! He has very respectable stats of 10 goals in 17 starts this season, but is hardly going to be at automatic starter at the moneybags Monaco. He thinks that the Mediterranean club will be spending even more money this summer and could be surplus to requirements, which is obviously why he is fishing for a new club.

WOW – Wenger’s decision to stay at Arsenal will cost him £5m a year!!

If any Arsenal fans were left in doubt as to how much our French manager thinks of the club, then this should leave them in no doubt. Arsene Wenger stated publicly for the first time yesterday that he would definitely be staying at Arsenal after his current contract expires at the end of the season. That decision is going to cost the Prof a staggering £5 million a year!!!

Arsenal meet agent about Koscielny future AND Aurier?

Arsene Wenger did not waste much time after hearing that the Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny was being targeted by some big hitters around Europe, according to reports from France. The Prof has moved quickly to instigate a new deal for his star defender, and may have just done a bit more business at the same time.

A Talksport report reveals that the same man, Stephane Courbis, acts as the football agent for both the current Arsenal man Koscielny and a player we have been heavily linked with, Serge Aurier. The report goes on to state that news from France is that Wenger has held a meeting with Courbis in London this week, so there might be good news on the way from two fronts.

Was Arsenal boss right to reject Berbatov transfer?

Despite the Arsenal boss having praised the Bulgarian striker a few times in the past, it seems that Arsene Wenger did not think it was worth paying £1 million for Dimitar Berbatov. Because according to reports, the front man was offered to the Gunners as Fulham knew that he was not happy at Craven Cottage.

According to a report in the Metro, Arsenal said “no thanks” and now Berbatov is set to join the French Ligue 1 club Monaco. They have lost their star striker Radamel Falcao through injury and need a quality striker to keep up their title challenge against their big spending rivals PSG. Swap Arsenal for Monaco, PSG for Man City and Walcott for Falcao and you could say exactly the same thing of us.