Mikel Arteta has just one year left of his current contract with Arsenal. I have seen some comments suggesting that it is time for the Spaniard to move on, while there have been reports of interest from Serie A club Fiorentina. Personally, I am hoping that Arsene Wenger, instead of selling him this year or letting his contract run out next summer, offers the Spaniard an extension, maybe another two years. Why?
In the last few weeks of the season when the transfer rumours start flying, all I have heard about Arsenal is sign this keeper, sign that keeper, Jovetic is close to agreeing a deal, Higuain is close to agreeing a deal, Yaya Sanogo has joined the club. All these different transfer stories that involve the club are leaving me very confused and no doubt the Arsenal squad will be too.
If Arsene Wenger and the club really are enquiring about so many players, this must be a good thing right? Wrong. Instead of having a look at half the players across Europe, Wenger should spend whatever money he has on one massive signing that will be talked about throughout the world.
Analysing Arteta: Dissecting the Spanish maestro’s game. By Jules
As this week is a Champions League week, a competition neither we or any other English club are still in, we were able to enjoy the football on show without being burdened by the stresses and strains of going toe to toe for ninety minutes against the continent’s finest. However, for those of us who did not want to simply sit idly gazing at the television screens, it was an opportunity to analyse and compare players of other clubs against those of The Arsenal, position by position as well as collectively.
Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M’Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.
Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough? Or did he think that Arsenal do not need such a player?
Arsenal have to cope without Wilshere by BA
You didn’t really think that it was going to be a blue sky summer for the Gunners did you? The announcement of the signing of Lukas Podolski before last season was over seemed like a dream. The recent acquisition of Arsene Wenger’s top transfer target, Olivier Giroud, had me thinking of silverware and glory. All we needed was a right back and a defensive midfielder and we were ready to take on the world.