It seems to me that every year there are hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with just about every goalkeeper in the world, whether they are available or not! This year seems to be no exception, despite both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski having quite good runs between the sticks.
The latest goalkeeping target appears to be the the Stuttgart youngster Sven Ulreich, who has just completed 100 games in a row for the Bundesliga side. Maybe he’s not that young, being 24 years of age, but is obviously very talented and has previously played a few games for the Germany U21s. .......Read the full article here
The Walcott contract situation is dragging on now and even though I remain optimistic, we need to prepare ourselves for the worst. Walcott could potentially be sold in the January window, forcing Wenger to promote German wunderkind, Serge Gnabry.
He was bought from Stuttgart for about £100,000 in 2010. He was able to play during the 2011-2012 season for the club with the U-18s. Eventually, he was fast-tracked into the reserve side after massively impressing the staff at Arsenal football club. His ability was far beyond most at his age and deserved the dramatic step up after only a year at the club. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have been linked with lots of players at the World Cup, but today they are being reported as favourites to sign a Germany squad player that hasn’t even figured in the first team yet!
Serdar Tasci is an accomplished centre-back, which is obviously the position that is highest in Arsene Wenger’s agenda at the monent. The 23 year-old currently plays for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, and has been a regular for the last two seasons. He has also played in 12 full internationals although he isn’t first choice in this competition. .......Read the full article here
So how many Arsenal fans can remember how good the Gunners were with Alexsandr Hleb and Matthew Flamini were in the team. Flamini couldn’t be persuaded to sign a new contract as he had been ignored for the previous three years, and Hleb went off in a sulk because the ‘weather wasn’t good enough in London’!
Hleb moved away from London and agreed personal terms with Barca before the two clubs had even discussed a transfer fee, even though Wenger dug his heels in and said that he was definitely not for sale (does all this sound familiar?), so Wenger finally gave in and took £13m off Barcelona. .......Read the full article here
The ex-Arsenal midfielder Aleksandr Hleb, who famously forced Arsene Wenger to sell him to Barcelona, is advising Cesc Fabregas (and Gael Clichy) not to make the same mistake that he made.
Hleb never really broke into the Barca first team, and was loaned out to his old club Stuttgart last season, but he couldn’t make it there either and now he is desperately looking for another club to play first team football.
Hleb revealed that he still talks with his old mates from the Emirates: “I stay in touch with Cesc a lot and it’s hard for me to judge what he should do.” he said. .......Read the full article here
There seems to be an air of desperation in the Sundays papers today when it comes to any Arsenal transfer news, especially after Arsene Wenger’s outburst the other evening when he was quizzed by journalists about his transfer plans.
He said: “We are at the moment not on the transfer market,”.
“What is important is that we focus on the challenge we have in front of us and finish well in our final three games.
“I read some transfer rumours in the newspapers and they are all wrong. All of them. So you do not even need to ask me one name – they are all wrong.” .......Read the full article here
I have absolutely no idea where this Arsenal rumour came from. Well I mean of course I know that it was first reported in the Daily Mail, but they don’t give any sources for it at all.
It concerns a 15 year-old Stuttgart goalkeeper called Odesseas Vlachidimos, who is already 6ft 3in tall. They reckon that he is “one of the most sought after talents in European football”, so it is a bit strange that no-one has ever heard of him before! .......Read the full article here
The ex-Arsenal midfielder Aleksander Hleb has had a very unhappy time since he left the Emirates. He was desperate to join Barcelona 18 months ago and basically forced Arsene Wenger to make a deal with the Spanish giants.
But he couldn’t play his way into the team that eventually won the Champions League, making just eight starts, and Pep Guardiola decided to let him move back to his original club, Stuttgart, on loan last summer.
But now even that move has turned sour, and the Stuttgart manager Christian Gross has complained about Hleb’s contribution to the team when he is on the pitch. .......Read the full article here
The ex-Arsenal midfielder Aleksander Hleb forced Arsene Wenger to sell him the year before last, but after arriving at Barcelona he failed to force his way into the team that won the Champions League.
Hleb became more and more disillusioned as the season went on, and in the end Pep Guardiola agreed to let him move to Stuttgart on loan after failing to find a suitable buyer, in the hope that the German giants would make a bid for him at the end of this season. .......Read the full article here
Now that the Champions League Group Stages are finally over we can all look forward to a feast of football in the New Year when the knockout stages come around.
So who are Arsenal’s best and worst possible scenarios for the next round in February?
There are no easy games at this stage of the competition, but out of the seven possible opponents, i would imagine that Arsene Wenger would be reasonably happy if Arsenal drew Stuttgart or CSKA Moscow, but the last named would mean a long cold trip. .......Read the full article here