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
I wonder if the subject came up when Arsenal were talking to the Serie A club Internazionale in January about the loan move of our Germany international Lukas Podolski. Even if not, the deal that saw the World Cup winning striker move to Italy, no matter how badly it has gone for Podolski in Milan, should give us a good chance of beating our Premier League rivals to the summer transfer of their starlet Mateo Kovacic.
In fact, a Metro report claims that the talented 20-year old’s current club have already given Arsenal the go ahead to sign him in the summer, as long as we meet their valuation of course, which is just over £17 million. ...........Read more
First of all, I can understand why Arsene Wenger passed up the chance to bring Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal in the summer, even though his performances since joining our Premier League rivals have really been painful to watch, scoring and assisting for Jose Mourinho as his team shot to the top of the Premier League table.
Although we could have really done with the former Gunner in the last few months, at the time Wenger decided not to activate the first choice in Fabregas’ Barcelona contract, Arsenal were stacked with fit and talented central midfielders, including Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and the Ox. Who could have predicted all the injury problems we have had? ...........Read more
There has much talk about Arsenal’s so-called “first option” on bringing Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates if he ever left Barcelona, but according to this interview with Arsene Wenger in the Telegraph, he did not even consider getting him to rejoin his old team-mates.
Here is a direct quote from the article:
Asked whether a buy-back option in the contract existed, Wenger replied: “Yes.” Asked specifically whether he had decided not to take up that option he also simply said: “Yes.” ...........Read more
The Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will be hoping that a few of the Chelsea players he and his team mates are due to face tomorrow will have an off day. Because the 24-year old is well aware that their players like Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have more than enough ability to hurt any team at the moment.
The Poland international, in an Arsenal.com report, warns his team mates that the whole Chelsea team are in a good place right now, having made a great start to the season and seemingly having fixed the problems that held them back last season. ...........Read more
Arsenal may not have been entirely convincing on Saturday, but we did at least manage to win the opening Premier League game of the season for the first time in five years. With Arsene Wenger having a reduced squad to choose from and his admission that the season has started too soon for us, that win and the character shown were great for confidence, but watching Chelsea last night made me think again.
Hopefully, the Arsenal boss was watching as well, because it may just make him realise that the Gunners are still a bit short. Chelsea seem to have addressed their main problem of last season, which was the inability to break down the stubborn defences you get from the Premier League’s smaller teams. ...........Read more
Well done Arsene Wenger, for keeping calm and holding back from getting in to another war of words with Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea boss clearly sees Arsenal as one of his main rivals for the Premier League crown. He has even said as much himself.
The not very special one was worried about the threat from the Gunners last season as well, as the last minute veto of our loan deal for Demba Ba showed, and he must be even more wary now that Arsenal have signed two top quality players in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, with more soon to be on their way. ...........Read more
Ray Parlour spent 14 years at Arsenal, winning three League titles and four FA Cups (and one European Cup-Winners Cup and a League Cup!), so he is entitled to have an opinion about the club in my eyes.
And his opinion is that we should NOT be looking to bring our old captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club if we are really looking to challenge for the title next season. He thinks we should be concentrating on the forward positions.
‘The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team?” Parlour said. ...........Read more
Arsenal came close to the title on two occasions whilst Cesc Fabregas was still with the club. Once in the 2008 season and the other in 2010. Both times Arsenal challenged for the league for the majority of the season until falling virtually at the final stages of the domestic season. ...........Read more
Toni Sanabria may not be the most familiar name when it comes to football, but it is the name of an upcoming talent in Barcelona, supposedly the next big thing to come out of Barcelona’s La Masia academy. So it would only seem right that Arsenal were linked with this young gem and that’s exactly what has happened with several media outlets in Spain, as well as a few in England having already reported that contact has been made regarding a possible move to the Emirates. ...........Read more