Steve Bould seems to be in charge of Arsenal at the minute, at least when it comes to facing the media. Hopefully Arsene Wenger is off somewhere sorting out a big name signing, but I may be slightly optimistic. Anyway, Bould has taken the chance to lavish praise on one of Arsenal’s most maligned players of the season, Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal are struggling for consistency in midfield this season since Abou Diaby’s newest injury, with Mikel Arteta being moved into the DM position to try and instil a little bit of stability but it is thought that a new Defensive Midfielder is a priority for Wenger in the January transfer window.
One such player being linked with the Gunners right now is the former Arsenal fan favourite Mathieu Flamini, who left the Emirates under a cloud four years ago after refusing to sign a new contract. But now the 28 year-old is out of favour at AC Milan and his recent comments have made it clear that it is time for him to be moving on very soon.
Arsenal set their sights on Mbiwa by TS
Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa remains a top target for Arsenal and AW as we look to strengthen our defense. The player, who is also captain for Montpellier, has a contract which runs out at the end of the season. The club is reportedly willing to let go of the player for a fee close to the £8m mark – which for his talent and ability is frankly an outright steal.
It is being reported today that the versatile Celtic defender/midfielder Victor Wanyama is the subject of a battle between the two Premiership giants Arsenal and Manchester United. The Kenyan international can play in virtually any defensive position which would make him a positive addition to any side in the Premiership.
Talksport today reveals that both clubs have been scouting the 21 year-old, and were both present during Celtic’s recent 2-1 Champions League win over HJK Helsinki, and although Neil Lennon is keen to keep hold of the big, strong youngster, Wanyama has made it clear that he would love a move to the Premiership.
Sakho Back On Arsenal’s Radar?
It’s obvious to every Arsenal fan that although it’s great that we are spending and signing some top class players in attack, our defence is the same as it was last season and with 49 league goals conceded, it is clear that something needs improving.
One defender that has been linked to Arsenal a lot this year is Mamadou Sakho and the Frenchman is certainly a player of our calibre. He has a slight attitude problem at times however his performances make him stand out in a team. His strength and tackling make attackers fear him and he certainly would be able to cope in a physical league such as the Premier League.
The excellent Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey has so far refused to sign a new contract at Craven Cottage, and with a brilliant record of 22 goals for the mid-table club this season, is certain to be in demand if he wants to move to a bigger club.
Currently Arsenal are the 5/1 second favourites to sign Dempsey (behind Everton, who have done well with other US players in the past), but surely if Arsene Wenger decided to enter the race for his signature there would be a no-contest against David Moyes side.
A few years ago the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he had approached Chelsea about the availability of their super-sub Ivorian striker Salamon Kalou, and now it seems that the Frenchman has the possibility of bringing Kalou to the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The versatile 26 year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and has now had enough of spending large portions of every season sitting on the bench no matter who is in the managers chair at Chelsea, and wants assurances that he will be given more first team starts if he extends his contract.
Jan Vertonghen really could be coming to Arsenal! by KJ
I know recently that this story was covered by the admin. However, I want to go into some more detail regarding how likely it is that Vertonghen could be coming to the Emirates this summers.
Here is the interview for the readers to refresh their minds: “I have instructed my agent carefully. He knows which clubs I want to join, and Arsenal are one of them,” Vertonghen said.
“Arsenal are a magnificent club and I hear a lot of good things about English football,” he added. “If a club of Arsenal’s calibre can reach agreement with Ajax, then I will gladly go over.
Arsenal’s defence has taken a pounding over the last few weeks with the numerous injuries to the back line, and Arsene Wenger has maintained that there is no truth in any of the Arsenal transfer rumours and he will not be making any purchases in the next few days, maybe!
He was typically cryptic last night when asked if he will sign anyone before the end of the month. “Certainly not. But you never know!”
But the Sun today reckons that Wenger is set to outbid Newcastle for the versatile Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, who can play in the centre of defence or at right back.
The Swiss defender Johann Djourou must realise that he is now third-choice centre-back behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny right now, and will drop further behind when Thomas Vermaelen returns to full fitness again, so he has no problems with playing out of his normal postion as long as he gets a game!
“I just want to play.” he said. “I love playing football and when I can play it’s a relief.”
“I am a centre-back first but I’m a player who can play in different positions,”
The Japanese genius Ryo Miyaichi may only have a handful of senior competitive games under his belt in Europe, but Arsene Wenger believes that he can have a “big impact” on Arsenal’s push for the Premiership title this season.
The Gunners have secured a UK work permit for the 18 year-old, but Wenger reveals that Miyaichi still had to go back to Japan to sort out his exit visa before being available to light up the Arsenal attack, and he can play in just about any position according to Wenger.
“We got the work permit for Miyaichi because he is an exceptional talent,” The Frenchman said.