It was not very long ago at all that Arsenal fans could really stick it to our Premier League rivals on the red side of Liverpool. It was funny to hear the fans and former players from Anfield moaning about why the brilliant Chile international Alexis Sanchez snubbed them and decided he wanted to join Arsenal from La Liga giants Barcelona.
Archive for the ‘Arsenal Rumours’
One of the most eccentric and unpredictable characters of football Mario Balotelli has been linked to a transfer to Arsenal for quite a while now. A lot of Arsenal fans have surely questioned his suitability for the club, both on and off the field. We will start with how he will fit in on the pitch first.
On the pitch, Balotelli is one of the world’s most deadly strikers. With almost 90 goals in his young career, he is one of the most sought after young players worldwide. However, there are many instances where he allowed his emotions to affect his performances as clearly seen from his poor showing at Man City. Also, Balotelli is highly unlikely to fit into the Arsenal system as his ego will see him not pass the ball enough, directly contradicting Arsenal’s style of play.
It will take a string of events to go the right way for Arsenal, but the amazing transfer of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid could actually be back on soon. I really hope it happens, because with Alexis Sanchez already signed, the arrival of the France international would surely give Arsenal the single most deadly strike force in the Premier League. And with our talented midfield and miserly defence, that would probably see us Gooners celebrating the Premier League title next May, if not a double.
There is good news for the young Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who has now joined up with his new team mates as the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to America and a game against New York Red Bulls, with our favourite son Thierry Henry, on Saturday night.
We already know that the young Costa Rica international has talent and a strong self belief, but he must have been having some doubts about just how much, if at all, he would be able to feature in the Arsenal first team this season. Arsene Wenger said that he would be coming for pre-season, but he stopped short of saying there was definitely a place for him in the Arsenal squad after that.
I know that the years of austerity are supposed to be over at Arsenal Football Club, when Arsene Wenger was accused of putting the accounts before the team and treating the club’s money as if it was his own and his name was Ebeneezer Scrooge, but I don’t think the Arsenal boss is ready to start spending like Mourinho or Mancini just yet.
So I was amazed to read in the Metro that reports coming from Portugal claim that is exactly what is happening, after the Gunners put in a massive bid of 30 million euros for William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon. The fact that the Portugal international is just 22-years old and has only played 30 league games for his club, suggest to me that this story is a bit unlikely, to say the least.
It is starting to look like Arsene Wenger is happy with his striking options at Arsenal, despite having had big problems in that position last season. The Gunners have signed the excellent Chile international Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, while Nicklas Bendtner has been released. That is a massive upgrade, but is it enough?
Don’t forget that Theo Walcott is going to miss the first month or so, while it may take Sanchez a little while to settle. So we are back to relying on Olivier Giroud up front, with Podolski on the left. Then there is the young Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell and the tall and powerful, but still raw, French forward Yaya Sanogo.
It was looking like the Colombian international number one, David Ospina, was going to become the third Arsenal signing of the summer, joining Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez as the Gunners put their recent transfer woes firmly to one side.
And it was looking like a great bit of business from Arsene Wenger as well, with the Daily Star reporting that the Frenchman had secured a deal with the keeper’s French club Nice that would cost us a measly £3.2 million, as Ospina is entering the final year of his contract and has told his French bosses that he is ready to move on to a bigger club.
Hey, Arsenal fans, I am not complaining about the way Arsenal are doing their transfer business this summer. Well, not much anyway, because compared to last year, it is as if Arsene Wenger is rushing around like a headless chicken to get his signings done. Remember the horrible wait and frustration before the Gunners grabbed Mesut Ozil on deadline day?
So, the Frenchman has wrapped up the deals for two quality players so far, in Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, but I think we can all agree that there needs to be more transfers made if Arsenal are to really push for the Premier League title while fighting in three cup competitions.
It seems as if we could have been led up the garden path with a lot of the recent Arsenal transfer rumours, which have claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea were battling it out for the services of the World Cup winning central midfielder Sami Khedira.
And whereas the papers have been reporting that transfer fees have been agreed with Real Madrid and that there have been negotiations with the Germany international over his wage demands, and then direct phonecalls from Jose Mourinho in an attempt to get Khedira to snub the Gunners, his agent has today pored a big bucket of clod water on the rumours, as reported by ESPN.
There are Arsenal players on more money than £80,000 a week. In fact our new signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona is to be paid quite a bit more than that, along with the World Cup winning German midfielder Mesut Ozil, but Arsene Wenger thinks that is too much to pay for the services of the French striker Loic Remy, according to a Daily Star report.