How much more thinking does the Arsenal boss have to do about the signing of Serge Aurier? The 21-year old has made no secret of the fact that he would love to play for Arsenal. In fact he has done everything but beg Arsene Wenger to sign him from French Ligue 1 club Toulouse.
Aurier was in action again for Ivory Coast against Colombia last night in the World Cup and for such a young defender, he looks a great player. Not only was he one of the best players on the pitch, but he played at left back, when his main role is on the other side. Remind you of a certain Bacary Sagna at all? .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal Must Replace Sagna! by AT
So it has finally happened, the Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has left the Gunners to join Premier League champions Manchester City. The deal is set to be officially confirmed before France kick off their World Cup campaign against Honduras on Monday. The 31-year-old issued an emotional goodbye to the Arsenal fans on Instagram and paid tribute to Arsene Wenger as he gets set to move to Manchester. .......Read the full article here
That is just typical of Arsenal’s luck! Arsene Wenger has had to watch while plenty of the players he nurtured and looked after like a father figure, like Nasri and Van Persie, abandoned the Gunners in search of bumper pay packets. Just this summer Arsenal are losing Bacary Sagna because we cannot match the salary on offer from the big spenders like Man City.
But when Arsenal try to prise a player away from a club, with the lure of the Premier League and a massive payday, we manager to find one of the few footballers left in the world that prides loyalty above money. At least that seems to be the case with Juanfran, according to the Spanish paper AS. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal signed then 19-year old Carl Jenkinson back in 2011, the teenager had made eight appearances in League One for Charlton Athletic, but Arsene Wenger clearly saw a huge amount of promise in him. But three years later, and the young right back has yet to feature in 40 Premier League games.
Jenkinson is 23-years old now and is straining at the leash to get more games for the Gunners. Apart from the occasions when Bacary Sagna has been injured, the Englishman and Arsenal fan has been restricted to bits and pieces and the Capital One cup. Now Sagna is leaving, Jenks wants the chance to prove himself and has issued a call, in an Evening Standard report, for Wenger to let him show what he can do. .......Read the full article here
One of the problem positions that Arsenal need to strengthen in the summer is central defence. Not that Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are not good enough, because they have worked themselves into an outstanding pairing.
But with club captain Thomas Vermaelen looking like he will leave the Gunners this summer, and Johan Djourou having joined German club Hamburg on a permanent deal, Arsenal could really do with two new centre backs. Bacary Sagna’s versatility allowed Arsene Wenger to get away with just one this season, but that will not be the case next year. .......Read the full article here
Saturday’s FA cup final triumph may turn out to be a bittersweet memory for a few of the Arsenal team, as it could also turn out to be the final game in a Gunners shirt for them as well as a happy one because of the winners medal.
We have all been hoping that Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski would see that the club was on the up after a trophy success and decide to commit their futures to Arsenal after all, but one of the three has already confirmed that his day with Arsenal at Wembley would be his last, as an ESPN report reveals. .......Read the full article here
There is still a chance that Arsenal will still have Bacary Sagna playing at right back when next season kicks off in August, but it is unlikely. An FA cup trophy and all the celebrations that come with it might help, and the French international may not get the bumper offer he was hoping for, especially if Man City have to pull in their belt to avoid further FFP sanctions. .......Read the full article here
Alan Smith scored 87 goals in his eight years with Arsenal and won numerous trophies including The Double and the European Cup-Winners Cup with the Gunners, so he has earned the right to have an opinion about our beloved club now and again.
Well today he suggests that Arsene Wenger is making a big mistake by not matching Bacary Sagna’s wage demands and perhaps allowing him to join one of our title rivals on a free transfer.
He said on TalkSport Radio: “Sagna is the type of player you can ill afford to lose,” .......Read the full article here
Although it is hardly an unconfirmed rumour that the new contract talks with Bacary Sagna have not been going well, Arsenal fans may be wondering why the French defender has decided to confirm his departure on the eve of the last game of the season, especially with the FA Cup Final looming in a weeks time.
But now it seems that he has confirmed he will be playing his last game that day, which ironically could be his first (and last!) trophy gained with the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
If the general consensus is right and Bacary Sagna does decide on a new club this summer, Arsenal will need a right back. And to replace the Frenchman, with all his experience, talent and versatility, will not be easy. So when you hear that one of the best full backs in the world is available, it would make sense for Arsenal to be in the running, no? .......Read the full article here
From first to fourth by Big Gun
Where did it all go wrong for Arsenal this season? We were top of the league over December and looked more than capable of going all the way. As many pundits said at the time, Arsenal’s title challenge should only be taken into account after facing the tougher opponents. In hindsight, they were correct because Arsenal folded like a giant clothes horse after getting thumped 6-3, 6-0 and 5-1 by City, Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. A massive humiliation to say the least. .......Read the full article here
Despite Arsenal Football Club having coming through the lean years and not having to sell off the crown jewels any more, Gooners still have the twice yearly worry that some bigger fish, or shark, will come along and gobble up one or our stars.
But we have one less thing to worry about today, as the club has officially announced on Arsenal.com that star defender Laurent Koscielny has put pen to paper on a new long term contract that should see him playing at the Emirates for another five years. His new salary has not been officially announced, but will certainly have increased from the £50,000 a week the Frenchman currently earns. .......Read the full article here