Arsenal may have more money to spend this summer than ever before, with the debt incurred by building the Emirates stadium no longer requiring Arsene Wenger to scour the French second division and other corners of the football globe looking to unearth a hidden gem in the transfer market.
But the Frenchman is still not the kind of manager, like many others I could mention, that does not care about the club’s money. The Prof always wants to get value for money, which is why he has apparently refused to meet the £80,000 a week salary demands of Loic Remy. And the same financial acumen seems to have put paid to the possible transfer of Sami Khedira from Real Madrid. .......Read the full article here
It looks like Arsenal are closing in on some of their transfer targets. Hopefully the launch of the new PUMA kit next week will allow Arsenal fans to finally get excited about some completed transfers, instead of the thin gruel of Arsenal transfer rumours that we have had so far this summer.
The media seem to think that the Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to be one of the new Gunners, while our young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell is heading for the Emirates for pre-season and Theo Walcott is well on his way to recovery. This all points to the Gunners having plenty of attacking options next season and our midfield is full of creativity, but is going the other way that Arsenal might have problems. .......Read the full article here
The breaking news is that Arsenal need a defensive midfielder, and that news has been breaking ever since Gilberto Silva left the club in 2008. Some might even say since Patrick Vieira left after scoring the penalty that gave Arsenal their last trophy before the FA cup this May.
The three players that have been most strongly linked with filling this role for the Gunners are all still involved in the World Cup finals, and one of them, Morgan Schneiderlin, has dropped a big hint that he will be leaving Southampton this summer and moving on to a club with European football on offer, a Sky Sports report has revealed. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal should go for Dejan Lovren
Southampton today have been the subject of a northern clean out with Man Utd and Liverpool both signing Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana respectively for a combined £55million. It seems that Southampton are willing to sell their best players at the right price and that these players want to make the step up to Champions League football. A report in todays Express says that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Southampton’s Croatian CB, Dejan Lovren. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal need to hijack Liverpool’s move for Dejan Lovren! by A.T.
According to various sources in the English media, the Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen is set to follow Bacary Sagna out of the Emirates after seeing his first-team prospects dwindle because of the fine performances of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. The Belgian international’s somewhat inevitable departure has resulted in the Gunners being linked with quite a few centre halves already, most notably Bressan from Gremio and Atletico Madrid’s Miranda. .......Read the full article here
I know that fans can be fickle and can have short memories, but I still think that Carl Jenkinson deserves more from the Arsenal faithful. After all, the 22-year old was a good replacement for Bacary Sagna when the Frenchman was injured at the start of last season.
And the English right back started the first three games of last season due to injuries and was growing into his role, but the rest of the season saw his appearances almost exclusively as a sub. So after Sagna decided not to sign the new contract on offer, Jenkinson must have been hoping that his chance had come. .......Read the full article here
One of the reasons for Arsenal fans being a bit cool on the idea of signing Morgan Schneiderlin to fill that problem role of defensive midfielder, is that there is a feeling that the 24-year old is not of quite the right quality to be an Arsenal Player.
The fact that Schneiderlin has spent most of his career so far, with Strasbourg and Southampton, away from the real cut and thrust of top European football, was the main reason for this, but his failure to win a single cap for the France national first team certainly did not help. .......Read the full article here
Rmour has it that Arsenal Football are going to release around £100 million of their reserves to provide the biggest transfer fund that Arsene Wenger has ever had to work with since taking charge of the Gunners back in 1996. The Frenchman may not get that much every year, so he really needs to make his signings good ones and get the right players to strengthen the right areas.
One of the most important of those positions is defensive midfield and Arsenal have been linked with a number of potential transfer targets, such as Javi Martinez, but a top quality player in this role is like gold dust. So the news, reported by The Express, that one of those targets, Morgan Schneiderlin, has offered Arsenal great encouragement. .......Read the full article here
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans are not that keen on Southampton’s midfield general Morgan Schneiderlin. Not because he is not a good player, but more that he is just not the right pedigree for Arsenal, having come from France and working his way through the lower leagues with Southampton.
But it appears that Arsene Wenger is keen on the 23-year old, as the Daily Mail reports that he is set to send his scouts to run the rule over the Frenchman one last time before the season finishes and the transfer business starts. .......Read the full article here
Once again last night, Bacary Sagna showed why Arsenal fans are desperate for the France international to accept the contract offer that is on the table,. or for the Gunners to make him an offer that will persuade him to stay at the Emirates.
But judging from the recent statement made by Arsene Wenger, as well as the regular stories in the media, it looks like the FA cup final at Wembley on May 17th could be the last Arsenal game for our Mr. reliable. This week has seen the young Englishman Calum Chambers touted as a possibility. At 19-years old, however, the Southampton starlet has got none of the vast experience of Sagna, so it seems a bit unlikely to say the least. .......Read the full article here
It is becoming increasingly likely that Arsenal will have to look for a new right back this summer, although another season in the Champions League and a shiny FA cup winner’s medal might just persuade our current French international to stay.
The ball, however, is firmly in Bacary Sagna’s court, and Arsene Wenger has admitted, as revealed in an Evening Standard report, that he is less confident than ever of Sagna agreeing to sign a new contract with the Gunners. It seems like the club and player have reached a stalemate which, unless Sagna suddenly changes his mind, will leave a big hole in the Arsenal squad. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have always kept a close watch on the Southampton Academy players. Arsene Wenger has taken both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off the Saints in recent years, and it is being reported in today’s Mirror that the Gunners are hoping to snatch another youngster from the South Coast side but this time they are trying to steal him before he signs a professional contract.
It seems that Callum Slattery is close to the age when he can sign professional forms, but with the Arsenal head coach Steve Rowley a regular visitor to watch him in action, the 16 year-old will have to decide whether to move to the Emirates or continue his development down at St. Marys. .......Read the full article here