As I am sure you’re aware former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is back in training with the Gunners after his contract expired with AC Milan. Flamini left the Gunners back in 2008, again on a free transfer after he supposedly turned down a contract offer and stated that we weren’t a big enough club for him, however 5 years on and he is back at where he started and according to reports could sign today!
The Arsenal game against Villa two days ago was a shock to our system. Even with the thin and arguably talent lacking squad we had, nobody expected something quite as shambolic and humiliating as that to happen. A 3-1 loss to a side that last year was fighting relegation is a serious shout out to say that this Arsenal team is not just in drastic trouble but it also makes everyone associated with Arsenal fear for the future. What this calls for is desperation and panic! Roll on the Wenger signings.
Recycled news can only mean one thing. As the Arsenal fans become ever more frustrated with the lack of club signings and Wenger’s rather under ambitious nature, the media continues to prey on our concerns by ultimately getting our hopes up, just for our dreams to be crushed once again, like every year.
So what’s the current story surrounding Arsenal and Luis Suarez? Have we agreed terms? Has he had his 100th medical with the club? Or in fact have we not even got past agreeing a fee for the player? I feel we have experienced the same old story many times before but just featuring different world class players.
It seems as though Arsenal’s slow transfer window has drastically picked up over the last few days. The Metro are now reporting that Arsenal (and Manchester United!) have been given until August 1st to activate a release clause in Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s contract or watch his valuation rise to a very big amount.
According to the report, the Belgian international has a clause in his contract which says that if a Champions League club come in with an offer of £22 million, he will be allowed to leave. However, it is understood that the clause is valid only till the last day of this month, leaving Arsenal, United and any other possible suitors with seven days to snap up the player for a bargain price.
Over the last few days, Arsenal have been linked with a move for newly found Brazilian youngster Bernard, who plays his trade in his homeland of Brazil with Atletico Mineiro. Until recently, Bernard wasn’t really known by many in Europe, but his excellent performances at this summer’s Confederations Cup, earnt him many plaudits and ultimately he has gathered interest across Europe.
According to the German media, Arsenal have had their opening bid of 23 million euros for German International Lars Bender rejected by his club Bayer Leverkusen. Honestly, I don’t think there is any truth in Arsenal bidding that amount for the player, however I feel that there definitely is interest in him from Arsenal and so its worthy thinking about if we actually need him.
Quite simply, I think the answer to that question is YES! Lars Bender and not his brother Sven Bender who plays for Borussia Dortmund, has been an ever present figure for his team and has attracted interest from across the top European clubs, ever since becoming one of Leverkusen’s most important players.
I know that plenty of Arsenal fans will be thinking that Abou Diaby has been given more than his fair share of chances by Arsene Wenger, but it must be at least as frustrating for the French midfielder as it is for us Gooners. But he is on the road to recovery again and has tweeted this picture of himself without his crutches, as his rehabilitation is progressing well and moving forward.
Many Arsenal fans have been calling for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini to join the club for a while now. He has just come off the back of possibly his best season yet and he claimed earlier in the season that he was going to leave Everton this summer but the reports have become a bit less regular of late.
There were reports a couple of weeks ago that Arsenal had made a bid for him but there has been no real news since then. The point of this article is to discuss IF Fellaini came to the club, where would he play?
When it comes to the media, Arsenal fans can’t exactly take everything as the truth and most of the time the rumours are purely made up to sell the papers, however one player that seemed to be a certainty on Arsene Wenger’s transfer wish list this summer was Everton and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but if recent speculation is true then perhaps this is where the interest ends.