Arsenal have been on the receiving end of this sort of thing from the current Spanish La Liga champions before, most notably when the Barca players led an orchestrated and determined campaign to let our then captain Cesc Fabregas know that he was wanted at the Nou Camp without the Catalan club having to make an official approach.
The pressure went on and Fabregas made it clear to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal that he wanted to return to Spain to play for his boyhood club where he had been at the famous La Masia academy as a youth player. Just like he did with Fabregas, Wenger took our current right back Hector Bellerin from Barca and gave him the chances to p[lay that he would not have got had he stayed. ...........Read more
Arsenal may have started to find form and get going after a slow start to the new Premier League season, we are still a sizable five points of the league leaders Man City and under their new manager Pep Guardiola they are looking ominously strong.
The Gunners could really do with somebody stopping their momentum and not just for our hopes of winning the title but in our hopes of keeping hold of our best players. Two of those, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, are apparently in talks at the moment about signing extensions to their current contracts. ...........Read more
I will never understand why Arsene Wenger felt it was alright to go into the new Premier League season with an Arsenal squad lacking in enough strength and options in the key areas of attack and defence. Most people saw that need before the end of last season but we are still waiting for the Frenchman to do something about it.
It was a month ago when Arsenal travelled to Lens for the first game of pre-season and that was when Per Mertesacker got his injury, so the manager has known since then he would be short at the back, as he also knew that Koscielny would be a late returner from Euro 2016. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has delivered a massive shock to the Arsenal faithful, by announcing that he has no real plans to sign a striker this summer!
Back before the Euro’s had started it seemed as if a move for a striker was Wenger’s biggest priority. We attempted to secure Vardy early in the summer, before being rejected by the Englishman. Moves then also failed for Morata, Lukaku, Higuain and Janssen just to name a few, whilst it now seems as if Lacazette may be off the cards, with Wenger seemingly no longer interested in signing a striker. ...........Read more
Being fans of Arsenal Football Club over the last few years has often been a frustrating life, even though we have been luckier than most in having two FA cup trophy wins to celebrate and always making it into the elite European club competition which is the Champions League.
The frustration has been with the way Arsene Wenger and the club refuse to spend the money that everyone else seems to think is needed to transform us from a good team that plays attractive football and gets value for money into a team of true champions. ...........Read more
If you haven’t already heard the breaking news today, Arsenal transfer target Riyad Mahrez has been spotted in London today, ahead of a potential big money move to the capital. Arsenal have been linked with the PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR for a number of weeks now, in a rumoured deal of around £40 million. The report of Mahrez being in London today therefore obviously excited Arsenal fans, however there is one piece of disappointing news… Mahrez has been spotted at the Chelsea team hotel, where Chelsea’s current boss Conte, is also present. ...........Read more
A bit of a convoluted bit of Arsenal transfer gossip this, but if the roundabout way of it helps Arsenal to complete the signing of our defensive transfer target Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia then I do not really care too much how it gets done, as long as it gets done as soon as possible.
I would have liked the Gunners to show some real ambition in the market and at least challenge Pep Guardiola’s Man City for the talented young Everton and England centre back John Stones, but it was always a bit of a long shot and with Sky Sports reporting that City are paying almost £50 million for him you know that Arsene Wenger was never going to match that. ...........Read more
I am not sure exactly what the Arsenal and Brazil international defender Gabriel thinks is bad news, but maybe he is just glad that the ankle problem he picked up in the dying seconds of our pre-season win over Manchester City is not as long term as the knee problem affecting his Arsenal teammate Per Mertesacker.
Earlier today Gabriel seemed to suggest there was good news about his injury, as he took to scoial media to say that he was feeling better and it was not a big problem. Maybe not as big as Mertesacker’s reported five months on the sidelines I suppose, but BBC Sport have reported that the Brazilian is going to miss 6-8 weeks, so I would say that is pretty bad wouldn’t you? ...........Read more
Here we all are still waiting for Arsene Wenger to sign another striker, with Arsenal having to rely on either the unpredictable Theo Walcott or the inexperienced Chuba Akpom to lead the line against Liverpool at the weekend. It remains to be seen whether another forward arrives before the transfer window shuts but we have already been linked with a number of quality front men, to no avail.
One of these was the Swedish international star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has since joined the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United, impressing so far and scoring the winning goal as United beat Leicester City in the Community Shield yesterday. ...........Read more
There are quite a few ifs to this particular piece of Arsenal transfer news. If the Lyon and France forward Alexandre Lacazette is the number one transfer target for the Gunners is the main one and after that we do not know if Arsene Wenger is prepared to improve on the offer of around £30 million that the striker’s French club have already turned down.
If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then Arsenal fans could still be disappointed as Lacazette picked up what could turn out to be a transfer scuppering hip injury in the French version of the Community Shield, called the Trophee Des Champions at the weekend. ...........Read more