The fact that Arsenal have been looking to sign a new right back will come as no surprise to the England international defender Carl Jenkinson. The decision of Bacary Sagna to leave us for Man City was always going to leave a gap in the squad, which the completion of the Mathieu Debuchy transfer from Newcastle United yesterday has now filled.
Fifa financial fairplay is toothless by dboy
Looking at how other teams (certainly not Arsenal!) are still splashing cash and going about their business as if UEFA’s Financial Fairplay (FFP) does not exist, makes one to feel for the smaller teams. It almost seem like FFP has more of an effect on them then on some of the clubs owned by billionares.
If all FFP rules where to be implemented effectively, it would put us Gunners above all teams in BPL. Arsenal FC is currently the most financially healthy team in the BPL. With our self-sustaining model we are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in world football.
Can Arsene Wenger prove Jose Mourinho wrong once again? by SE
“He is a specialist in failure. 8 years without a piece of silverware, that is failure” were the words coming from the putrid Portuguese, who didn’t fail to mince his words when he held parties for journalists on Friday evenings as part of pre-match press conferences. And, it was rubbing salt into the wounds for Wenger, when he took Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for the reverse fixture and saw his side lose 0-6 in Wenger’s 1000th game with Arsenal. But when the curtains were drawn on the 2013/14 campaign, the reality came to the fore. Arsene Wenger – ‘Specialist in failure’ clinched the FA cup and ‘The special one’ – Mourinho ended the season empty-handed. Following in the same vein, Can Arsene Wenger prove Mourinho wrong once again?
I am sure that a fair few Arsenal fans have been thinking that the name of Abou Diaby will always be linked with other players who have failed to live up to their potential, whether through injury problems like the Frenchman or because of things that they did or failed to do themselves.
But even the most pessimistic of us about the Arsenal future of the tall and talented midfielder must enjoy seeing the pictures on Arsenal.com of Diaby back in training with his Arsenal team mates. The French Gunner is 28-years old now and made exactly one appearance for us last season, as a sub in the final and unimportant Premier League game of the season at Norwich.
Hey Arsenal fans, do not get me wrong! I love the fact that Arsene Wenger no longer seems to be like the Gunners’ own Ebeneezer Scrooge, carefully counting the pennies and looking for the cheapest possible way to make ends meet. But I am also a little concerned that we might be making a mistake with Sami Khedira.
I was seriously impressed with the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, by the way, and think that the Chilean could well turn out to be the best signing that any of the Premier League clubs make this summer. And I know that Arsenal really need a top class central midfielder who will add steel to the spine of our team. I just don’t think that Khedira is the man to do it.
There was a bit of head scratching among the Arsenal fans last week, after we had built ourselves up to expect a possible three new signings to celebrate on the say that the new Arsenal kits by PUMA were officially unveiled. The one we got, Alexis Sanchez, was a top class piece of transfer action, but I still wondered what was stopping the Gunners from announcing Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy alongside the Chile international.
Arsenal have been beaten to the signature of the 18-year old midfielder, Kingsley Coman, by the Serie A club Juventus. The teenager is so highly thought of that the likes of Bayern Munich were also keen on taking him after he decided to leave the French champions PSG, in order to secure more regular playing time.
In the next few years, Arsene Wenger could be kicking himself for missing out on this star of the future, especially when you hear the young Frenchman’s reasons for choosing the Italian club. A Daily Mail report reveals that it was the fact that Juventus have a strong history of having French players in their team.
I have not been exactly worried about the transfer of Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal, because the deal was supposed to have been agreed between the player, his club Newcastle United and the Gunners last week. But we all know that until a transfer is officially announced, there is always the chance that something could go wrong.
However, that official announcement could be just around the corner, after the Daily Mail reported that the north0east club are on the verge of sealing the deal for his replacement, the Dutch international Daryl Janmaat. This is great news for the Gunners, who need to get the new players in as soon as possible with the season-opening Community Shield against Man City at Wembley less than four weeks away.
It looks like Arsenal could soon have five World Cup winning players in the squad, when previously it was only our Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla with one of FIFA’s top medals to his name.
After Germany beat Argentina in extra time on Sunday night, three more Gunners joined Cazorla, and according to a Daily Star report, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker could soon be joined at the Emirates by their international team mate Sami Khedira.
The Arsenal boss has been talking about the new Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, and how he thinks that the Dutchman will help United back into challenging the current Top Four for the title next season, but doesn’t even consider that Tottenham will be part of the battle!
“He is going to be a fantastic manager in the Premier League,” Wenger was quoted as saying on ESPN. “I liked how the decisions he made were clear, how the timing of his decisions were always right and in my opinion it was the right decision every time.
That’s it Arsenal fans! The World Cup is over and we have nearly a month to wait before our Gunners are back in serious action. Arsene Wenger will be heading back from Brazil where he has been on pundit duty for French TV, and we are all hoping that the Frenchman is going to get down to some transfer business in the coming weeks, but what has Wenger learned from the World Cup?
Hopefully, the performance of Javier Mascherano has convinced the Prof that having a top quality defensive midfielder is quite handy. Unfortunately the Gunners have no chance of getting him, but we surely need someone like him. At least we can feel better about not signing Higuain for a king’d ransom last summer.
It seemed at the start of the week that Loic Remy would have been announced as a new Arsenal player by now, along with his team mate at Newcastle last season Mathieu Debuchy. However, only the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona has been officially confirmed by the Gunners, so what is the hold-up?
Various reports are now appearing in papers like The Mirror and Metro about the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool and our north London rivals Tottenham, making enquiries to QPR about the French striker. Surely, if Arsenal had all but completed the transfer of Remy, then these other clubs would not be wasting their time, suggesting to me that Arsene Wenger has not made up his mind to bring the 27-year old to the Emirates, at least not yet.