Many Arsenal fans are getting worried about the fixture congestion in this final quarter of the Premier League season, but our one free weekend so far (just gone) happily coincided with our round of 32 Europa League tie double-header against Ostersund.
Before (and after) the Europa League game against Ostersund, Arsene Wenger emphasised that Arsenal’s main objective remains to finish in the Top Four to achieve Champions League status next season, as he doesn’t agree with the rule that you can enter the elite competition by the ‘back door’ if you win the lesser Europa League.
As has been mentioned many times, the player most linked with Arsenal this January, before we acquired Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was the young Brazilian Malcom, but Bordeaux refused to accept any offers in the winter transfer window despite rumours saying that the 20 year-old had even handed in a transfer request to persuade the Ligue 1 side to allow him to leave.
Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year extension to his Arsenal contract at the end of last season, but despite the fact that this is the worst ever season in his career at the club, the Boss says that he has no intention of leaving this summer whatever the media or gossip-mongers may say.
Arsenal’s relationship with the Emirates airline has been ongoing for 12 years now and is being extended for yet another five years in a deal being described as one of the ‘biggest ever’ in world football. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, gives the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.
The Arsenal foundation has made numerous contributions to promote football training all over the World and has supplied football pitches, training equipment and coaches to some of the remotest and unlikeliest countries like Iraq, Indonesia, Jordan and Somalia.
Arsene Wenger has never been shy about bringing ex-Arsenal players back to the Emirates many years after seeing them move on, especially if they are available on a free transfer. Wenger said last year that with the ever-increasing transfer fees and wage demands, he thought there would be more and players running down their contracts and using the Bosman rules.
Every single Arsenal fan was extremely relieved when Mesut Ozil actually signed his new contract with the Gunners, because to be honest we didn’t think there was any possibility at all. But he obviously loves London (Who would want to live in Manchester lol) and his new fiancee Amine Gulse is much more likely to enjoy living and working in the biggest (and best!) city in England.