We all know that a vast majority of Arsenal transfer rumours in the papaersa turn out to be fit only for wrapping up fish n chips. But not all of them, and Arsenal have been strongly linked with Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira and Lars Bender all summer, and we may soon find out which, if any, of these players Arsene Wenger is going to sign for that tricky defensive midfield role.
If there is any truth to our reported interest in Schneiderlin, then now is the time for Wenger to do something about it, because the France international has handed in a transfer request at his Premier League club Southampton, according to a Sky Sports report. .......Read the full article here
It seemed a bit strange at the time, to me anyway, that Arsenal signed Calum Chambers from Southampton. After all, we had already signed Mathieu Debuchy as a replacement for Bacary Sagna at right back, and then we had Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin as back-up options.
But that was because I only thought of the young England international as a full back, whereas it seems that the 19-year old has the potential to become a centre back or a defensive midfielder as well. And Arsenal need to strengthen in both of these areas, so maybe Wenger is not really looking at Chambers as a full back at all. .......Read the full article here
For Arsene Wenger to be speaking of Calum Chambers in terms of what he might bring to Arsenal, is almost as good as seeing the transfer officially announced on the Arsenal website. So I am assuming that the 19-year old will be announced as a new member of the Gunners this week.
But, depending on which paper you read, the transfer fee could be as high as £16 million, which seems a bit steep for a youngster that has made just 18 starts in the Premier League. A Talksport report reveals that the Arsenal boss admits this, but he also goes on to rationalise the transfer by talking about the potential of the young England international and pointing out that his versatility means that we may have got three players for the price of one, even if that price is a bit high. .......Read the full article here
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