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Is Wenger now Arsenal’s NUTTY professor ..?

Is Wenger still the professor or now just the nutty professor ..? by SV

Is Wenger still the right man to lead Arsenal into a successful era or is it now time for a new approach from a hungry manager with up to date knowledge and a more determined approach? I feel some of my arguments are echoed by the vast majority..

Unfortunately Arsenal have weak links that run throughout the team and will scupper the chances of immediate and short term success..and therefore we can forget the premiership and champions league – absolutely categorically zero chance.. this current squad will never get out of the group stages and struggle against mid table mediocre in the league.

NY Red Bulls v Arsenal – KJ´s Player ratings

Arsenal 0 – 1 New York Red Bulls Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He made the saves he needed to make and was good with his distribution.

Jenkinson – 3
Awful performance by him. No composure and very clumsy. Was at fault for the goal.

Hayden – 7
Very composed display by him. Made some good tackles and his passing was calm and crisp.

Monreal – 4
He struggled massively but it’s understandable considering he’s playing completely out of position and doesn’t have the physicality of a CB.

Gibbs – 6
Decent overall performance by him. Nothing spectacular.

Confirmed – Arsenal sign Ospina as Szczesny backup

Well is this turning into Arsenal’s best transfer window ever? Not only have Arsenal signed Debuchy, Sanchez and Chambers, but Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that we have bought the excellent David Ospina as a replacement for Fabianski.

At a fantastic price of just 4 million Euros, Ospina was always the best value keeper on the market, and Wenger thinks that the Colombian international will be challenging Wojciech Szczesny for the First XI jersey next season. ‘You know at the start Szczesny will be the No. 1, then again we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play,’ Wenger said yesterday.

Arsenal need a new backup keeper NOW!

The need for a second Arsenal keeper quickly by Tey

We all know the importance of competition within the team. Competition breeds motivation. Motivation to fight for spots in the team and higher wages will only lead to Arsenal benefitting eventually. Healthy competition is key in the success of every great footballing team. Thus, we arrive at a rather sensitive topic – Competition for the no 1 spot.

Colombia star to follow Sanchez to Arsenal?

Maybe Arsene Wenger had lost his keys to the Arsenal transfer war chest until this week, but it seems like the Frenchman has now found them and is ready to start splashing the cash. Today has already seen the stunning capture of the brilliant Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, which has got Gooners grinning from ear to ear, but that could just be the opening slave in a barrage from the Gunners in the transfer market.

The media seem to be convinced that Mathieu Debuckt, the France international right back who has edged Bacary Sagna out of the starting line-up, is on the verge of swapping Newcastle United for Arsenal and his French team mate Loic Remy is heavily linked with us as well.

Forest keeper goes to top of Arsenal transfer wish list

Although Arsene Wenger has worked hard on the Arsenal academy, making it one of his major focus points since he took over as manager of the Gunners nearly 20 years ago, the Frenchman is not averse to keeping an eye on the young players making a name for themselves at other clubs.

Southampton have rightly built themselves a reputation for having one of the best academy systems around, with Arsenal taking Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off them in recent years, and other Premier League clubs circling like vultures this summer for the likes of Lallana, Shaw and others, not forgetting that Gareth Bale was a product of the south coast club.

Has Wenger convinced Casillas to sign for Arsenal?

The captain and keeper of the Spain national team, IKer Casillas, could be ready to make a shock summer transfer to Arsenal and the Premier League, bringing down the curtain on a 23-year career with his boyhood club Real Madrid.

The 33-year old had looked a certain bet to go on and register the record number of appearances for his La Liga club, a record currently held by the striker Raul Gonzalez with 741. Casillas is currently on 678, but hardly added to that last season as Diego Lopez was the first team keeper, in the league games anyway. Casillas did play the cup games and so came away with another Champions League winners medal and one from the Copa Del Rey.

Analysis of Arsenal’s official squad for 2014/15

Assessing the Arsenal Official Squad for the 2014-2015 season by Alexthegooner

What can we as Arsenal fans take from the Official Squad List published yesterday?

Well lets be logical and start with the (singular) Goalkeeper. Wojciech Szczesny looks to be Arsenal’s first team ‘keeper for next season, probably because he is the only one there. This makes it look inevitable that another keeper will be coming into the club before the infamous Jim White Day as it is affectionately known as (Transfer Deadline Day for the pedants).

Arsenal set to lose out to Athletico Madrid for Mexico keeper?

After Arsenal won the FA cup with a stirring comeback against Hull City at Wembley over a month ago, that horrible trophy drought stigma has been lifted from the club. And if the media reports, and the financial statements are to be believed, the annual horror of the transfer window could soon be a distant memory as well.

But that still does not mean that the Gunners can do a Man City and offer crazy wages and transfer fees in order to sign any player we like. And one of the summer transfer targets is likely to be slipping away from the Arsenal, after a report in the Daily Star revealed that the Spanish La Liga champions are set to challenge us for the Mexico international keeper.

Which of the Spanish keepers do Arsenal want (or can afford)?

The fact that the Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has never won a full international cap for Spain, despite making many appearances for the under 15s, under 17s, under 18s and under 21s, is a clear sign, if you needed one, that Spanish football has been producing a large number of outstanding players in recent years. Two Euro championships and a World Cup trophy is a little pointer as well.

And it is not just talented midfielders coming from Spain, as for the the last decade or so, the national side has had an embarrassment of riches, with Iker Casillas keeping out Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina. And now, just when Arsenal need a keeper due to the departure of Lukasz Fabianski, both of Casillas’ rivals appear to be available.

Arsenal keeper transfer news – Monaco pull out so Valdes is free!!

It is a risk versus reward situation for Arsenal, but if it worked out for us it would be a real transfer coup for the Gunners. As we know from the Arsenal transfer rumours, one of the main jobs for Arsene Wenger and his scouts is to find a replacement for the Polish international keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Premier League club Swansea City.

Now we hear that one of the most highly rated keepers in the world, Victor Valdes, is available again after French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco backed out of their agreement to sign the Spaniard. A Metro report claims that this is due to the former Barcelona star’s injury problems, but the Monaco owner has also had to curb his crazy spending for a number of reasons.

Is Reina transfer too pricey for Arsenal?

Once again, Arsenal are being linked with the Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The 31-year old, who is currently in Brazil with the Spain national side preparing for the World Cup finals, is apparently available, but will not come cheap.

According to The Express, Serie A club Napoli have decided not to make his move permanent, even though he has been in good form during the season long loan. It seems that Reina’s parent club Liverpool, are asking more than the Italians want to pay. So the paper claims that the Gunners are considering a move, with the exit of Lukasz Fabianski leaving a keeper shaped hole in our squad.