Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has insisted he is confident Julian Draxler will stay with Schalke despite Arsenal being linked with a summer move for the Germany international. The 20-year old has been linked with a number of European clubs since impressing in the Schalke side, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich both well backed by Betfair fans of holding an interest in the midfielder.
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This week a report emerged that Arsenal and Poland international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had made a personal plea submitting his desire for manager Arsene Wenger to stay at the club for next season. Now club captain and fan favourite Thomas Vermaelen has jumped on the bandwagon to show his support to Le Prof in his time of need.
There are always just a few players Arsenal seem to be linked with every single season. In previous years it was Ibrahim Affelay, in others Yann M’Vila but I think that one player that has stuck around more than most is Salomon Kalou. And it is that time again Gooners.
There have been a fair few suggestions over the past couple of days that French international striker Olivier Giroud has been transfer listed by Arsenal Football Club in the last week. A string of bad performances over the course of this season has meant the club has apparently lost faith in him. There were also rumours that the move was because of his indiscretions in a hotel and his wife wanting to return to France.
To be honest I’m not too sure how Arsenal fans are expected to react to the lastest utterings of our 42million man Mesut Ozil. He was brought in as a talisman that gave us the confidence to fight at the top of the League table a few weeks ago, but the Gunners have dropped away in direct relation to Ozil’s drop in form figures. Could there be a definite link there?
I guess the German is used to a winter break from his time in La Liga and the Bundesliga, but surely he knew there was no such thing in the monster that is the Premier League. Anyway, the superstar himself is not bothered by either his drop in form or the critic’s reaction to it.
Arsenal fans could do with a bit of good news after last weeks defeat to Stoke City, and we have been given a fillip before this weekend’s FA Cup match with the news that Thomas Rosicky and (the future Arsenal captain) Per Mertesacker have both signed new contracts with the club.
Rosicky is getting on a bit now but his performances make him look ten years younger, and he still has the enthusiasm of his younger days and says he won’t leave Arsenal until we win the Premiership title!
He said simply: “I want to win the league with Arsenal”.
Since the news broke from Liverpool owner John W Henry yesterday morning that Arsenal’s bid of £40 million plus one pound did meet and in fact exceed the buy out clause, I’ve seen numerous questions raised. Would Arsenal be in a better position had we signed Suarez? Why didn’t we go for another striker after Suarez failed?
I’ve even seen, `could Arsenal take legal action against Liverpool for their refusal to let Suarez go?` And although I cannot be certain in an answer with any of those questions, despite having a very strong opinion on some of them, I think the main thing Arsenal need to do is forgot about this for now.
Arsene Wenger may have spent a fortune bringing Mesut Ozil to Arsenal this summer, but it seemed that a backup striker to Olivier Giroud was the main target for the Frenchman, hence the 40 million (+1) on the table for Luis Suarez.
But it practically went un-noticed that Arsenal brought in the young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo for next to nothing! Now Wenger has revealed that Sanogo is more than capable of moving up to the first team, and compares him with another certain young Frenchman that Wenger got on the cheap some years ago.
The young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell was a big surprise signing by Arsene Wenger in August 2011, but the youngster had already started to impress for his national team and was obviously full of promise.
Surprisingly though his talent wasn’t enough to impress the board that gives out the work permits, so he has had to start his Arsenal career with three loan moves at Lorient, Real Betis and now in Greece with Olympiakos where he has finally started to blossom at age 21.
In a subject that has received little recognition apart from the occasional article; I think Fabianski has proved on a number of occasions this season exactly why Arsenal have made a mistake by not getting the Polish international to commit his future with the club.
Fabianski is out of contract this summer and he has already announced that the club has not convinced him to stay and that he will instead move on for greater opportunities. The move which will end his seven year association with the club will see what I think a great back up option move away from the Emirates on the back of a poor decision. Fabianski outlined success, playing time and a new desire as the reasons for his decision for a different footballing opportunity and although I am disappointed that he will be leaving, in the same instance I cannot uphold his decision as being the wrong one.