BOOM! Arsenal rocked as Wenger confirms Vardy transfer snub

There has been a growing sense coming from the football media that Arsenal would not get their man, and the fact that the Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy did not accept the offer to move to Arsenal before heading off to Euro 2016 with Roy Hodgson and the England squad was always a worry. He would have been perfect for Arsenal, especially as at that price Wenger would not need to win multiple jackpots at the online casinos at to pay for him! And no Automatenherz is not the new German centre back we are looking for as a partner to Laurent Koscielny, although I wonder if we are still looking for a player in that area of the pitch.”

Wenger was willing to gamble 20 million pounds on Vardy helping Arsenal to next years Premier League title, and although we all like to watch traditional sports and to bet on them, we would be trembling at the thought of putting such a large amount on one single punt!

But it now looks like this gamble is not going to come off. Vardy was asked about his future again after helping England to come from behind to beat Wales on Thursday and although the player refused to shed any new light on the subject, Arsene Wenger has told the media that he is almost sure that Vardy will still be playing for the surprise Premier League champions next season, as reported by The Mirror.

The Arsenal boss is also in France where he is doing media work at the tournament, and hopefully working hard to find alternative options up front for the Gunners in the wake of the England forward’s transfer snub.

Wenger said, “Jamie Vardy is, at the moment at Leicester and from what I know he will stay at Leicester.”

Unless there is a big change it appears that Arsenal will not get our man, so what now for Wenger? We have been linked with other players like the Spain striker Nolito and the Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic but I think we need to act fast in order to get someone in quickly before they are snapped up by other clubs.

The Arsenal stars I’m backing for Euro 2016

The playing season is over for Arsenal, and it is time to prepare ourselves for the upcoming European Championships, but that doesn’t mean I will be putting my club shirt away for the summer.

Eight of our players have been selected for their respective countries provisional squads for Euro 2016, and I will be keeping a close eye on a number of them for different reasons.

Jack Wilshere is our only star set to grace the England side this summer, and while my priority will be for Jack to return from international duty injury-free, I will of course also be cheering on the Lions. I’m usually one to have a sentimental bet on our side to win the tournament, but the 9/1 (10.0) available is a little short for my liking.

Ramsey is set to star for Wales in the competition, where they will come up against England in the group stages. The Welsh are a worthy value bet to win the group at 11/2 (6.5), with Russia and Slovakia both in the group also.

Rosicky is no longer with us, but he still remains in my heart, and will be lining up alongside Petr Cech in the Czech team this summer. They are an outside bet to win their group at 10/1 (11.0), but for that to happen I would expect our number one to have to have an outstanding tournament, which would hardly be a surprise occurrence.

Mesut Ozil and on-loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be set to battle with Poland and Germany in the Group C together, although the latter is not guaranteed a starting place. The German star is 20/1 shout to pick up the Player of the Tournament, and with his side amongst the favourites to win the competition, that could prove to be a huge price.

New signing Granit Xhaka will come up against team-mates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in Group A, and will be an exciting watch for those not quite in the know about the creative midfielder. The striker is the bet to look at though, with Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann likely to free up plenty of space for the striker in the final third of the playing field. Giroud is 14/1 (15.0) in the betting to top the goalscoring charts, which for me, is HUGE for the central striker of the favourites and hosts of the tournament.

What will you be backing this summer?

Which Arsenal stars should you be backing this summer

The European Championships are right around the corner, and after an exciting week of international fixtures, we thought we’d look ahead to the upcoming competition.

A number of Arsenal fans are set to take each other on for their respective countries, and I’m big on having a sentimental bet, and will be looking for some value to be had from the tournament.

Mesut Ozil has been on top form this season, but unfortunately there is not a market for who will create the most goals, so it could be worth looking towards the German side for the top goalscorer market. Thomas Muller is the favourite, and it is hard to disagree with that given his previous record in international competitions. With Ozil there to provide him with ample chances, the double for Muller/Germany in the outright market at 16/1 (17.0) is well worth a punt.

Petr Cech has been in his usual fine form this year also, and he will be hard to beat for even the strongest side. The Czech team do have a tough group with Turkey, Spain and Croatia to battle with, but I can’t ignore the valuable 7/2 (4/5) odds for his side to finish second in their group.

The real value for us Arsenal fans however, has to be the 50/1 (51.0) shot on the in-form Danny Welbeck to be top goalscorer during the tournament. He can be backed each-way, which will mean a return of £135 should he finish in the top four, or £645 should he top the ranking from a £10 each-way stake (£20 total outlay). England are sure-fire to make it out of the group stages, and should come up against one of the third-placed teams from another group, or even if they finished second in Group B, would then have to play against the runner-up in Group F, which is not the strongest group on paper.

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Wilshere reveals why he could make Arsenal forget Fabregas!!

I know that not every fan of Arsenal Football Club is also a fan of the England national team. With club football these days being more of a global concern than ever, it is actually more likely that English fans like me are in the minority, so a lot of Gooners may have missed the performance of the Arsenal players in the England v San Marino international game the other day.

If you did miss it, it is worth trying to have a look if you can find the game or some highlights on the internet because there were five Arsenal players involved, with Danny Welbeck scoring a goal and the Ox getting two assists. But the most impressive Gunner by far was Jack Wilshere, who now looks to have put the years of injury problems and the recent media criticism behind him for club and country.

Jack was deservedly named the Man of the Match against San Marino, with some sublime passing capping off his all round game and it was his amazingly accurate long range passing and vision that really caught the eye, because it is not an area of the game he has been known for. And if you were wondering where this new facet of the 22-year old’s game has come from, look no further, because a Daily Mail report reveals that the midfielder has been studying the game of two of the best exponents of the art in recent years, Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo, in a concerted attempt to add that string to his bow.

Wilshere said, “I have been watching Xabi Alonso on video in the past couple of weeks. He had a record number of passes in one game, nearly 200 in one match, which is ridiculous. Watching players like him and Andrea Pirlo, you learn how clever they are how intelligent they are on the ball.

“In that role it’s important you have to understand that if you lose the ball, the opposition are in a dangerous position to counter-attack. Whereas if I was playing a little bit higher, on the edge of the box, you can lose it and you have players around who can get the ball back. You learn how they use the ball and you learn when it’s a good time to dribble or sometimes pass. I enjoy playing that role. I enjoy getting on the ball and starting attacks.

“I get the clips through on my iPad. The analyst guys here send them to me and they highlight some of his key points, his key strengths. It’s only 20-25 minutes. That’s part and parcel of learning. Even when I watch my games back, I think: “What am I doing now? I should have done that!” It was my second game in that position against San Marino and I thought: “I’ve already improved.” So there’s a lot more to come from me in that position, but the more I watch players like that, the quicker I’ll learn.”

Wilshere’s game has previously been more about his skill with the ball at his feet, going past players and combining in tight spaces with short passing, but if he can add the sort of long range skill that we used to see from a certain Spaniard now playing for Chelsea, Wilshere could soon make Arsenal fans forget the name of Cesc Fabregas.

Calum Chambers discusses his Wembley debut and Arsenal team-mates

This is the first interview I’ve seen with Arsenal’s newest young defender and he seems very calm and relaxed in front of the camera, in fact exactly as he looks on the pitch!

He seems much more experienced than he should be at his age and you have to admire the way he has handled moving to one of the biggest teams in the world.

He has quickly earned a call up to the national side and was one of five Arsenal players in England‘s easy 5-0 win against minnows San Marino last night, but you can only beat the team that is put in front of you. He seems to have enjoyed the experience!

Arsenal new and old to fight for England place! Who will win?

With more injuries than the annual over-90s breakdancing competition, Arsenal fans will be nervously hoping that the upcoming international break does not end up with any more Gunners out of action, but there is nothing that Arsene Wenger can do, except hope that the players who do go manage to play well and come back in rude health.

The England under 21 squad has just been announced by Gareth Southgate and it has thrown up an interesting little situation for Arsenal fans, as our new versatile young defender Calum Chambers has been selected for the first time, despite already having played for the senior England squad.

But it is not the so-called demotion that is news, because Roy Hodgson gave Southgate his permission to pick his strongest players in order to get through a two legged play-off with Croatia to qualify for the European championships next summer.

What interests me is that our on loan Gunner Carl Jenkinson has also been named by Southgate, so assuming Chambers is chosen as a right back, it will be interesting to see which one of them, if either, gets the nod for the starting line-up next week. Jenkinson is Arsenal through and through and wants to use this loan spell at West Ham to get his Gunners career back on track, so will be desperate to show what he can do on the international stage, especially if he can outshine young Chambers.

Which of the two will come out of this the better?

Welbeck’s hat-trick to open floodgates for Arsenal striker?

When Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day, the news did not generate much excitement among the Arsenal fans, although we were glad that Arsene Wenger had signed someone. But it was more about relief that the Gunners had cover for the injured Olivier Giroud than belief that Welbeck would be able to fire the goals we needed.

Ever since then, however, we have warmed to Welbeck and started to think that he really could thrive as a centre forward under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. There have been a few hiccups along the way so far, like the three missed chances against Borussia Dortmund, but in his second Champions League game for Arsenal last night, the 23-year old banished most of the remaining doubts with his stunning hat-trick.

So is that it, Arsenal fans? Do we now believe that Welbeck will get the Gunners enough goals for us to seriously challenge for the major trophies? I think so, because it was the manner he took his goals more than just recording his first professional hat-trick. Every goal was well taken but the way his finishing got cooler through the match says to me that all he needs is confidence to become a top marksman.

And his all-round play and the creativity of his Arsenal team mates will get him plenty of chances to practice the fine art of goal scoring. Welbeck still has a long way to go and a lot of work to do but he seems more than happy to do it and that is half the problem solved.

Why Arsenal’s Jack WIL SURE prove critics wrong this year

After bursting on to the scene at Arsenal and becoming the youngest Gunner ever to play in the Premier League, about three months before his 17th birthday, Jack Wilshere quickly became a darling of the football media, with Arsenal and England fans alike rubbing our hands at the thought of how good he would become.

Wilshere is now 22-years old and, according to some critics like former England midfielder Paul Scholes, there has been little or no improvement in the intervening years. Whether you accept that as true or not, there have certainly been plenty of injury problems to frustrate Jack and stop him being able to play as he wants, but as long as he stays reasonably injury-free this season, I think he is set to make those critics eat their words.

After his latest public relations gaffe, with pictures of him smoking and drinking hitting the papers, Wilshere has apologised and vowed to really knuckle down and prove himself, as revealed in a Talksport report, and this time I think he really means it.

The World Cup in Brazil was real wake-up call for Jack, who clearly loves playing for his country. And seeing Aaron Ramsey come through his own injury crisis and overtake him in the Gunners first team has also spurred him on. Wilshere has the ability, he just needs to apply himself and that is what he is going to do this year.

Frustration for Arsenal as Wilshere STILL not fit

Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere started his career off so brightly with the Gunners, walking onto the pitch as a 16 year old boy, and by the time he was 17 and 18 he was really beginning to pull his way into the Arsenal first team for recognition. By the time he was 19 he had established himself as one of Arsenal’s main players and everything seemed to revolve around him, until that simple injury occurred that ruled him out for so so long.

Wilshere was progressing so well, having just spent a half season on loan at Bolton, he returned to Arsenal and was a consistent top performer for the Gunners. However he was massively overplayed by Wenger, something Le Prof even holds his hands up to and many suggest it is because of the amount of times he played at such a young age, which has hampered him now in the long run.

The injury that was originally going to keep him out of action for just a week at the most, quickly turned into weeks, then months and in the end a total year. And although of course Wilshere has returned in flying colours, although not quite as innocent looking as before, he still doesn’t seem to have the edge that he did beforehand, the ability that ran the show in the 2-1 win over Barcelona and I think that’s largely down to fitness.

Even though it’s been well over two years since that injury occurred to Wilshere, it seems he is still struggling with the effects of it and the resulting surgery to this very day and because he is so important to the team, as well as being so young, it means Wenger is very cautious in using him and any potential knock is now solved with an immediate substitution in an act to end his injury torment.

Many have recognised that Wilshere doesn’t look up to scratch and are also pretty certain its due to a lack of fitness and with Wilshere away on international duty with England, Roy Hodgson took the opportunity to state that Wilshere was lacking with fitness.

Hodgson said: “Jack is still looking for full fitness. That is why we took him off in the second half. We certainly saw a much more effective Jack against Moldova, but he still did his work against Ukraine and, tactically, did all the things I asked of him.”

I’m sure it’s been a much more lengthy process than everyone wished, however it seems unlikely that it’s going to change so for now I’m not sure how Wilshere can build up his fitness without putting on such a strain. I suppose the real question should be is Wenger scared of using Jack Wilshere, because I know for a fact it’s not a comfortable sight for anyone when Jack Wilshere is clipped on the pitch.

Why Wenger is wrong about Arsenal players in internationals!!

Arsene Wenger is a manager with his own way of doing and seeing things in the world of football. Those who keep an ear to the business of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will probably have picked up on the fact that the boss doesn’t like international matches, especially friendlies.

He has proven this again by asking England manager Roy Hodgson not to play Jack Wilshere in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Wenger does this nearly every time there is an international break and sometimes with other players. It’s fair to say that the national managers aren’t big fans of him for constantly complaining about his players fitness.

Other clubs seem to have little problem with fitness so whatever’s going wrong is with Arsenal. The fitness training may not be up to standard compared to everybody else. Anyway the point I’m trying to make is that international matches are good for our players, especially the younger ones like Jack Wilshere who can still do some developing. Why you ask? Well it’s pretty obvious to be honest.

International matches are a very important part of development. These matches give players the chance to participate in some of the most competitive matches available in football. Playing with other top players from your country is important.

Wilshere for example benefits in the England squad because of the influences of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. I’m sorry to say but there are no two better people for him to learn from at Arsenal. These players are legendary midfielders, two of the best English players to have ever played. They have both won Champions League titles and been at the top of the footballing ladder. They have seen everything and won everything (not Gerrard).

Giving Wilshere time to adapt his game and learn from the two of them is good for him. Playing matches against other nations where the stakes are higher than ever is good. Playing in the biggest tournament in football, the World Cup is important.

All I can say to Wenger is leave international matches alone. They help our players not hinder them.