Arsenal might want to rethink holding onto Nacho Monreal by SE
There is this incredible urge for everyone associated with Arsenal to sign another midfielder, who can be defensive-minded and take care of shielding the back four. Fair enough. It’s one of the primary needs for Arsenal if they are to challenge on four fronts they are involved in.
But shifting your focus from midfield, and looking towards the left-back position, won’t it be rational to want to bring in another left-back as cover for the first choice Kieran Gibbs? No disrespect to Nacho Monreal, but given the height of expectations and ambitions exuded by Arsenal, you want to be competent, if not indomitable, in most positions – and Monreal is more of a liability to me at left-back. .......Read the full article here
Nacho Monreal and his future in the Arsenal team
Nacho Monreal has always been seen as a solid left back ready to enter the first team any time. Bought in the winter of the 2012-2013 season to replace the injured Gibbs, Monreal has performed reasonably well for the Gunners whenever he puts on the shirt, barring some unfortunate showings. However, he is always seen as the second choice behind Kieran Gibbs. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need to keep the squad together by AT
We are essentially half way through the World Cup now and it will soon finish, meaning certain players will be joining the club and there could be some outgoings at Arsenal as well. But I think that moving too many players out could be massively detrimental to us in the long run.
There have been reports that Vermaelen, Podolski, Cazorla, Monreal and Arteta are interested in moving away from Arsenal or have attracted interest from other clubs. It would be a catastrophe if we were to sell any more than one of these players even if we were to replace them with similar quality players. .......Read the full article here
I never thought I would be saying this after Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013, but I reckon it is time to cut the Spanish left back loose and get a replacement.
According to a report in The Express, La Liga side Athletic Bilbao are keen to take the defender back to Spain. The Spanish club have not got much money, but they need to strengthen as they claimed the last Champions League spot available by finishing fourth in La Liga. .......Read the full article here
All the national team managers have named their provisional squads for the World Cup, all the ones that affect Arsenal at least, and there are not too many surprises as to which Gunners are going. But how will the tournament in Brazil affect the players that go, and what about those with the disappointment of missing out? .......Read the full article here
This is the news that every Arsenal fan has been waiting for since the start of the year. Aaron Ramsey, the player who was voted as Player of the Month by Gooners for the first four months of the season, Super Aaron Ramsey, is back in the Arsenal squad to face Everton on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an injury update and it really is a massive boost to the Gunners’ hopes for the rest of the season. There is more good news about Nacho Monreal, as the Spanish left back is also back in the squad for Sunday, but none of the other injured Gunners are ready yet. .......Read the full article here
Well Arsenal could certainly do with a bit of good news after an embarrassing mauling against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. And there is no time for Arsene Wenger and the players to lick their wounds, because we have Tottenham, Everton and Man United closing in on us for a fourth place finish and the final spot in the Champions League.
Arsenal really needed some good news on the injury front. But surprise, surprise, the news is anything but good. Not only is our best player of the season, Aaron Ramsey, still not back in training after picking up an injury on Boxing Day and having setbacks to his recovery ever since, but we have now lost arguably our best defender as well. .......Read the full article here
Amidst all the awful performances by the Arsenal players and the terrible 6-0 defeat to the worst possible manager on the worst possible day, referee Andre Marriner took some of the heat off Arsenal by making a lughably poor decision to send Kieran Gibbs off for handball when it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
So it is no surprise to hear that Arsenal are appealing the one match ban handed down to Gibbs, but it is more of a surprise to hear that they are appealing against the sending off anyway. I didn’t realise this, but the FA have given Chamberlain the ban he would have received. I didn’t think they could do that after the game if the ref had made a mistake, but they have done. .......Read the full article here
With Arsenal groaning under the weight of a growing injury list and heading to White Hart Lane for a game which could see them rejoin the title race or get sucked into a fight for fourth place, Arsene Wenger has delivered some very welcome news to Arsenal fans in his pre-match press conference.
Three of the players who were doubtful for the Tottenham game have come through fitness tests and are available to play. The most important of the three, in my opinion, is the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal. The 28-year old has recovered from the foot problem picked up a few weeks ago and will certainly start unless Kieran Gibbs comes through his own test, but that seems unlikely. .......Read the full article here
As if a Champions League game away to the current holders Bayern Munich was not a daunting enough task, Arsenal may have to attempt it without some key players. Arsene Wenger is already having to cope without Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey< kim Kallstrom and Jack Wilshere and now he could have a serious problem in defence.
With Nacho Monreal already having picked up a foot injury against Sunderland, the last thing Arsenal wanted was to lose Kieran Gibbs. According to Sky Sports, however, that is a very real prospect. The Englishman was replaced towards the end of the Everton game on Saturday after picking up a calf problem. He didn’t train today and I’m sure that Wenger won’t risk him if he is not right, especially with a massive derby coming up at Tottenham on Sunday. .......Read the full article here
It has been the story of the season for Arsenal; injuries, injuries and more injuries. And with a lot of the Gunners involved in international friendly games last night, there was always the possibility that Arsenal would be hit again.
As well as Jack Wilshere taking a painful whack to his foot, which could bruise, swell up or somehow put him out of Saturday’s game against Everton, Laurent Koscielny is also a worry. He didn’t play for France last night, but according to L’Equipe it was more of a precautionary measure after the defender felt a tweak in his hamstring during training. It can’t have been too bad because he was on the bench. .......Read the full article here
Is Vermaelen able to play at left back for the Gunners? by Ash
It may have been a while since we last saw Thomas Vermaelen ply his trade for Arsenal however he has been named fit enough to make the team squad that will play Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.
Vermaelen’s Arsenal career has had doubts cast over it for the past year ever since he picked up a number of recurring injures that eventually led him to lose his place completely within the Arsenal set up. Despite being club captain, Vermaelen has already hinted at making a move away from Arsenal this summer, although a counterargument has also stated that he later confirmed that his statement was misinterpreted and manipulated to cause rumours. .......Read the full article here