Wenger says Arsenal will NOT sell to Man City

Arsenal fans have had more than enough of seeing the likes of Nasri, Clichy, Cole and van Persie being sold to Premier League rivals over the last 10 years, especially when all of them have gone on to help their respective sides to win the trophy that we have not lifted since 2004.

So it is good to hear that Arsene Wenger is as determined as the rest of us not to have to endure that sort of pain anymore. There have been Arsenal transfer rumours this week that Manchester City are hoping to sign Jack Wilshere as part of a big summer of rebuilding, but Wenger has told them not to bother, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Arsenal boss said, “You can imagine my answer, we are not in a position where we have to sell our best players.”

Wilshere is one of a number of Arsenal stars that will be available for selection again after their respective injury problems, although whether he, Diaby, Arteta or Debuchy see any action against Burnley on Saturday is doubtful. But Arsenal fans will not be seeing the last of Wilshere this summer, that much is certain.

Is Jack Wilshere turning into Arsenal’s new Diaby?

Arsene Wenger has seen the young terrier Jack Wilshere go down with another ankle injury, but the Arsenal boss is still hopeful that the England midfielder will have a long and successful career, despite Wilshere playing less than 100 games since he made his debut six years ago.

“We knew he would have surgery,” Wenger said. “He’s focused to come back and finish the season well.

“His injury is a consequence of a very bad tackle that was not malicious. He deals very well with tackles and kicks but nobody would’ve dealt with that tackle.

“He loves the game but he has also learnt to deal with adversity at a young age. He’s determined. If he has no problems with his joints he will make a massive career.”

I hate to say this but Jack seems to have gone downhill since his first injury. Yes he is a fighter, but he only seems to be aggressive and fiery nowadays with little results for Arsenal. He is definitely a better player for England, but the opposition he has faced with his country this year is hardly in the same league as the Premiership.

The big danger now is that after so many injures he has weakened his ankles so much he will be spending as much time on the reatment table as Abou Diaby has in his long Arsenal career.

This is very worrying!

Latest injury news means MORE problems for Arsenal

When will it ever end for Arsenal. It feels like somebody is punishing Arsene Wenger and the Gunners for something because every time it looks like we are coming out of the injury crisis then it rears up again. At this rate the club might as well set up a hospital at the Emirates.

The latest news sees two more players ruled out while the manager reveals that Theo Walcott is still not really ready for action. We may see the England international forward at some point in the away match at Sunderland, but certainly not from the start.

So with Yaya Sanogo still not fit to play, that makes four key areas of the Arsenal squad that are stretched to breaking point; the forward line, the midfield, the defence and the goalkeepers. Ospina is out until Christmas, Koscielny is now out for at least a month although Wenger admits that he really has no idea how long our best defender will be missing. He just hopes that the French international will be back next month. Grrrrreat.

And to cap it all off, Abou Diaby has got yet another injury, this time to his calf. Please no more.

Arsenal WILL have Jack for Chelsea but who can face Galatasaray?

It is definitely a great piece of news for Arsenal, as the latest injury update reported by The Mirror reveals that, despite turning his problem ankle again in the north London derby draw with Tottenham on Saturday, Jack Wilshere has not got a big problem and will be fit for the trip to face Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.

With Arteta and Ramsey already ruled out, that is a huge boost for Arsene Wenger but it does mean that the England international will not be risked against Galatasaray in the Champions League group game on Wednesday. At least that is a home game which the Gunners should dominate, but who will fill the central midfield positions?

Wenger did suggest that Calum Chambers could be brought into that central area as he has done very well at both centre back and right back and proved his attitude is right as well as his versatility. But assuming that Flamini will start, I am not sure if that would make us too defensive. On the other hand, if the manager has got him in mind as possible cover there, a run out to gain a feel for the role before Chelsea could be very useful.

I know that Wenger said Diaby is not ready, but I think that means for 90 minutes, so the Frenchman could start the game, but I think the favourite has to be the Ox, who brings energy and attacking threat. Maybe with him and Ozil ahead of him, Arsenal can put the game to bed and then bring on Chambers to shore up the defence, although the best laid plans often go wrong. What would you do?

Which of these two DMs will Arsenal sign in January?

Arsene Wenger has suggested that the way for Abou Diaby to resurrect his Arsenal career is to alter his approach to the game slightly, become more disciplined and help the Gunners to fill that difficult defensive midfield gap. But unless the French midfielder has a serious change of luck and his body suddenly becomes able to take regular games, it is not going to be enough for Arsenal.

So when the January transfer window opens, unless Diaby has shown he is able to play week in week out and do the DM job well, Wenger could finally turn to the transfer market to solve the problem and there seem to be two main candidates.

According to The Mirror, one of them is the young French starlet Adrien Rabiot from PSG. The 19-year old is a real talent, with all the abilities to shine in central midfield. That is why the French champions are trying to get him to sign a new deal, but his lack of opportunities in their star studded squad is making him delay. Apparently, January will be the cut off point where PSG will sell him unless he signs.

The other possible transfer according to The Mirror is the Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, who will be able to sign a pre-contract in January but also could be sold by Madrid as they face losing him for nothing in the summer. I am confident that a decent bid, around £10 million, would be enough to get him as long as he does not decide to stay.

Which, if any, of these two do you think Arsenal will sign in January?

The 5 BIG positives from Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal went out of the Capital One Cup at the first possible stage last night and, although some sections of the Arsenal fans have taken this as another sign that we are going to struggle this season, I am not too concerned and would rather focus on five big positives the Gunners can take from the game against Southampton.

1. Alexis Sanchez had another game full of energy, determination and no little talent. His free kick, which was a pinpoint beauty that gave the Saints keeper no chance, meant that the Chile international has now scored in all three competitions that Arsenal have entered since the start of the season. He really is looking like a fantastic signing by Wenger.

2. Abou Diaby took another big step towards rescuing his Arsenal career from all that time in the treatment room. As the boss said before the game, Diaby must have some amazing mental strength to come back after all his bad luck and frustrating injuries. He may not start too many games for us this season, but he could prove to be a vital part of the squad in a long hard season.

3. The academy players. Coquelin was the old man of the back four at 23-years old and he was out of position but showed his versatility. Bellerin and Hayden also did really well and suggested that there is a bright future ahead at Arsenal for both of them.

4. Joel Canpbell got some valuable time on the pitch with the first team and, although he was criticised a bit for being wasteful at times, he showed some skills and invention. The Costa Rica striker is a raw talent and will take some work to develop, but he has got pace and dribbling ability and more qualities to suggest he will be worth the wait. And with Podolski looking awful, we might need Campbell to play on the left at times.

5. Arsenal were able to rest almost all of the first team, showing that our squad is now stronger but more importantly, leaving us fresh and ready to put Spurs to the sword on Saturday. As long as we do that, will we really worry too much about this League Cup loss?

Picture to give every Arsenal fan a warm glow!!

The new season has hardly got started, with Arsenal having played just one Premier League game so far, but we are already having a mini injury crisis. When I looked the other day, there were six first team players supposedly on the sidelines and there had been no mention of Abou Diaby in any of the matchday squads, ominously.

diaby training
So when I saw this picture on Arsenal.com today, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. With Mikel Arteta out and still no movement from Arsene Wenger in the transfer window for that tricky deep midfield position, having the lanky Frenchman available again really could be like having a new signing.

And with just over a week to go before the transfer window shuts and a hugely important second leg Champions League play-off game with Besiktas coming up on Wednesday, Diaby should soon be appearing on a football pitch near you. If he is fit enough, I expect to see him start against Everton on Saturday, but it is probably more likely that he will come on as a sub and perhaps start on Wednesday. That European game is the one that we really need to be positive in and it is at the Emirates, whereas Everton away is one where we need to be solid and make sure we don’t lose. Maybe that job is more suited to Mathieu Flamini. Who do you think should play?

Arsenal injury curse hitting again already!!

Whether you think it was bad luck, or the fault of the injury and fitness staff at Arsenal combined with Arsene Wenger overplaying certain players, there is no doubt that the crippling amount of injuries the Gunners had to deal with last season had a direct and negative effect on our title challenge.

With a new couple of medical experts recruited this summer, along with a stronger squad and lessons learned, we were all hoping that this season would see the Arsenal treatment room a lot less crowded. However, it is already starting to look like King’s Cross station.

According to physioroom.com, the Gunners already have seven players on the sidelines with various injury problems, and that does not include the habitual absentee Abou Diaby.

Mikel Arteta is going to have a scan on his ankle today, but it is looking like the Spaniard will not be available again before the international break in September. With the likes of Walcott, Gibbs and Sanogo also missing, Arsenal could well be out of the Champions League next week.

And with a really tough away game against Everton at the weekend, our injury list is already starting to be a concern. Only Man United have more players on the injury list and if you add Diaby to ours (you might as well) then we have the same number. Is it going to be the same old story for Arsenal this season?

Debate – Could Abou Diaby still become a star for Arsenal?

Tall, athletic, pace, dynamic, finisher. The same few words that come to every Arsenal fans’ mind whenever Abou Diaby is being mentioned. Abou has long been seen as a midfielder with talent and strength. Whenever he is on the field wearing an Arsenal shirt, he has played up to decent standards and would always prove himself worthy for a spot in the team. He is dynamic and fearless when it comes to the football pitch. That is the reason why Arsene has decided to stick with him despite all his injuries over the years.

In 8 years with the club, Abou Diaby has had near to 40 injuries in total. Calling him injury-prone would actually be a severe understatement. It is almost like he is never part of the team.

Nevertheless, Diaby is a man of great determination and belief. The fact that he still has not given up despite the number of injuries he has faced is admirable. Many still believe in Diaby, believing that he would one day be amongst the best in the footballing world.

However, many forget that Diaby is already 28. He is into the important years of his career and this is the time he needs to be playing games. Staying at Arsenal may not be the best option for him due to our huge array of talents in midfield. Also, the management may find it pointless to keep paying him wages if he continues his injury spree.

Should we keep Diaby or let him go? Share your thoughts!

Arsenal star ready to make the most of his injury hit career

The French midfielder Abou Diaby is one of the longest serving players in the current Arsenal squad. He joined the Gunners back in 2006, from French club Auxerre, and was shaping up to be our long term replacement for his compatriot Patrick Vieira, who had left Arsenal at the end of the previous season.

Right near the end of Diaby’s first season, his problems began. A terrible tackle by Sunderland’s Dan Smith left Diaby out of the Champions League final and possibly out of football for good. Many operations and months later he returned, but his Arsenal career has been plagued by injury problems ever since. His nine seasons have seen just 123 league appearances, less than 15 per year.

Now 27-years old, Diaby was back on the bench for the Gunners’ last game and is hopeful of getting on the pitch before the season ends. He has been speaking about his latest setback, as reported by Arsenal.com, and has revealed that, despite considering calling it a day this time, he is more determined than ever to squeeze what he can out of his remaining playing career.

The Frenchman said, “It was the longest absence of my career. You ask yourself questions. You ask yourself if you are still a football player.

“You think of abandoning it all. I said to myself, ‘I’ve had enough. I stop here. I’ve had enough of treatment and rehab’. I spoke about it with my parents, brothers, sisters and my friends. Then I woke up one morning and said, ‘No, it’s out of the question’. I quickly saw sense.

“It’s true that it’s been hard because I’ve had a lot of injuries. I am a believer and in my faith despair doesn’t exist. You have to persevere, always. Never give up, whatever the difficulties.

“Then I’m only 27, nearly 28. It’s not as if I’m 33. I still have five, six years in front of me. Maybe more.

“I would have liked to play 10 minutes. I counted the subs – one, two then three. I wanted to be there.

“I am ready. But I’m pleased just to have been there to feel the adrenaline of the game. That’s what I missed the most.”

It would be fantastic if Arsenal can have Diaby back next season. With all of the midfield talent we have now, he would not have to play in every game but could be a real asset. And then, who knows, maybe he will get to finally enjoy a good few years at the latter stages of his career.