Arsenal v Swansea Betting Preview – Gunners must come good tonight

Arsenal were far from being favourites when they hosted the Champions League winners Barcelona last week at the Emirates, but they performed admirably and due to a couple of lapses in concentration they lost 2-0 in the final 20 minutes.

Then at the weekend they went to Old Trafford, and due to the Gunners shocking the League leaders Leicester in their previous Premiership game they were made quite short favourites, but there is no way I would ever tip a team to win that hasn’t won at that venue for ten years in the Premiership. And it’s lucky I didn’t because they duly lost 3-2. I’m still not quite sure why everyone was so shocked by the result.

But tonight they very quickly have got a chance to redeem themselves at home to Swansea, who are gradually creeping closer to the relegation zone and have won just three of there last 18 games, and now have to face a wounded Arsenal. Arsene Wenger could hardly hope for a better opponent to get his team back out of the doldrums and to pull themselves back up to just three points behind Leicester.

Unsurprisingly Arsenal are a very short-priced 1/3 favourites with William Hill, with the Foxes way out at 8/1 to get a shock win, and they are even as high as 4/1 to even get a draw. There may be quite a few takers for that considering Arsenal’s current form,and the history watchers will make the suggestion that Leicester have come away from London with at least a point in the last three seasons, so why can’t they do it again?

Well I’ll tell you why. They sold Wilgried Bony and Joe Allen last year and they simply have not performed at the same level ever since. They have lost their self-belief and their best players and are just as likely to roll over as any other bottom six team nowadays. Wenger knows that his title chances will disappear down the drain if the Gunners don’t take the points today, and there is no better man able to get his team to bounce back after a disappointment.

Arsenal will play safe at the back and go to hit Swansea on the break, and I am certain they will get at least one past their old keeper Lukasz Fabianski. So I am going to tip the excellent value for Arsenal to win to nil, which is Even Money with William Hill. To make it even more attractive you could use this William Hill Promotional code 2016 and get extra betting money to add to your stake.

So get on an easy Arsenal win and their rock solid defence to keep a clean sheet. You know it makes sense!

Porto striker has NOT snubbed Arsenal transfer

I know that there are quite a lot of Arsenal fans who thought that the Porto and Colombia striker Jackson Martinez was an ideal player for Arsene Wenger to target in the summer transfer window. The football media certainly talked up the potential move as there have been lots of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the prolific front man.

Over 30 goals a season over the last three years certainly seemed to make him a good alternative to our French centre forward Olivier Giroud, but now The Mirror has reported that the Gunners have been snubbed by Martinez and he has accepted a move to play in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.

This winds me up because we heard last week that the striker had spoken warmly about Arsenal and playing in the Premier League and we could certainly compete with the Spanish club on transfer fee and wages. So he has not `snubbed´ us, it is just that Wenger has decided not to sign him.

Arsenal to sign ONE of these two strikers! But which?

Arsene Wenger seems to be in agreement with the former Arsenal and France super striker Thierry Henry, at least where it concerns the Gunners’ need to sign another striker in the summer transfer window to replace or compete with our big centre forward Olivier Giroud.

According to the Arsenal transfer rumours, it looks like our manager has narrowed his striker transfer targets down to a shortlist of two and he appears top be trying to get a deal done nice and early. The fact that both Jackson Martinez and Gonzalo Higuain are about to head off to Chile to play for their countries in the Copa America might be the reason behind Wenger’s urgency but he does not seem to have made up his mind.

The Mirror is reporting that we have had a first transfer bid of almost £30 million for Higuain turned down by Napoli, who want closer to £40 million. Porto, meanwhile, cannot stop us activating the release clause of around £25 million for the Colombian star and may even accept less.

According to a Metro report the Portuguese club have already accepted the inevitable and have given Jackson permission to talk to Arsenal, so unless the Serie A club stop playing so hard to get, will it be the Porto man coming to north London? Would you be happy with that Gooners?

Arsenal to break records AGAIN with these 4 MEGA transfers!

Over the last couple of summer transfer windows, Arsene Wenger has broken spending records with his signings and it looks like that is just what will happen again this year. The Frenchman is apparently planning to beat last summer´s splashing of the cash by spending the best part of £100 million to bring in the four players he believes will turn the Gunners from also rans into Premier League champions.

The report in Metro that details the manager’s plans explains that Arsenal are looking to sign Jackson Martinez from Porto to boost our firepower and give the boss a different option again to Giroud and Walcott.

Wenger is also looking to bring in a keeper, most likely Petr Cech, to help us to tighten up at the back, while the engine room of the team is going to get a double boost, with both Arturo Vidal and Morgan Schneiderlin being targetd. All in all these four players are likely to cost around £85 million, a new Arsenal record.

It is still dwarfed by the £150 million being handed to Louis van Gaal by Man United but will it be enough for us to win the Premier League?

Arsenal hit by Liverpool hijack of striker transfer!

It looks like Arsene Wenger may have taken too long to firm up his interest in this transfer target and it could cost the Gunners a top class striker in Jackson Martinez. Last week it was being reported that the prolific Colombian international was happy and willing to complete a summer transfer to Arsenal and we just needed to agree to pay Porto the release clause of around £25 million.

But Wenger’s assertion that he is not in transfer mode yet could be true as Metro is now reporting that Porto have made contact with our Premier League rivals Liverpool and they are believed to be keen. For that money a striker that has score over 30 goals a season over the last three years would appear to be a real bargain, so I wonder if Arsenal will end up with egg on our face.

Arsenal target striker drops HUGE hint on summer transfer

Arsenal fans may have had a much calmer January transfer window than normal but, with the form of Francis Coquelin, all the attacking options at the club, the easing of the injury crisis and the signing of the Brazilian centre back Gabriel Paulista, it was not a frustrating one for once.

However, the fans will expect some more action from Arsene Wenger in the summer. And with the money now available to the French coach, a few key signings will hopefully prepare the Gunners to finally mount a proper challenge for the Premier League title next season.

According to a report by The Independent, one of those could be the Porto and Colombian international striker Jackson Martinez. The 28-year old has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal before and now he has dropped a massive hint that he is ready for the step up to the Premier League.

Martinez said, “Right now I only focus on doing my job with Porto, but I’m ready to make the leap in the next window.

“I have my head focused only on the work I’m doing at Porto at the moment and when the transfer window re-opens, we shall see what will happen.”

With 20 goals from 24 games already so far this season with his Portuguese club, the powerful centre forward will be of interest to some of the biggest clubs around Europe, but will Arsenal be one of them?

Arsenal set for £60m double transfer swoop but NO defender!!

According to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, Arsene Wenger is set to continue to splash the cash for the Gunners with a stunning £60 million transfer swoop for two players from the same team. But Arsenal fans may be a little concerned to hear that neither of the two transfer targets are defenders or defensive midfielders.

According to a Daily Star report, the two stars being lined up for a possible move to the Emirates are the Colombian internationals Jackson Martinez and Juan Fernando Quintero, both currently playing in Portugal for Porto. Arsenal have been linked with both before and it was even reported this summer that the play maker Quintero was on his way to London.

But the report also suggests that this double transfer may not be attempted until the end of the season, so Arsenal fans will be hoping that Wenger has already addressed the club’s defensive and central midfield issues by then.

21-year old Quintero is forging a great reputation for himself as a central attacking midfielder and his abilities, especially his close control and dribbling, have drawn comparisons with the great Lionel Messi. And as he plays with centre forward Martinez for club and country, the two are forging a great understanding, with many of the striker’s goals coming from great work by his young team mate.

Could these two Colombians soon be joining their international keeper David Ospina at Arsenal?

Arsenal striker transfer at risk from £30m hijack bid

I was among the Arsenal fans who were not entirely convinced by one of the top transfer targets of the summer, Porto and Colombian international centre forward Jackson Martinez. It was looking like Arsene Wenger was going to finally firm up his interest, but that is now at serious risk after the Metro reported that Liverpool are plannong a £30 million transfer bid in January to beat Arsenal to the punch.

Martinez had never really showed that much when I saw him play and his World Cup finals in Brazil were not exactly impressive either, even though the absence of Radamel Falcao gave him a great chance to shine in a good team. But you cannot really argue with his scoring figures for Porto, with 31 from 40 games in his first season and 29 from 51 in his second.

And despite the striker being pretty clear about wanting to move to a bigger club than Porto in the summer, he has begun well again for his club this season, especially in the Champions League where his five goals in six games have helped Porto to take control of their group.

So if Wenger really is serious about signing the 28-year old, it looks like he is going to have some strong competition from a Premier League rival.

Colombia star ready to say YES to Arsenal after World Cup!!

It does not get much more emphatic than this, Arsenal fans. It appears that the only thing stopping the Colombia international Jackson Martinez from joining Arsenal this summer is for the Gunners to finalise an agreement with his Portuguese club Porto.

As a report in The Express reveals, the hot shot striker has told the media that he is well aware that the two clubs are in talks, although he also says that his agent is dealing with his affairs while he keeps all his focus on the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Colombia are going great guns, but face the home nation in their quarter-final on Friday night. If they are knocked out, then we might soon be hearing about the first Arsenal transfer of the summer, because Martinez has made no secret of his desire to leave Porto and now he has made it crystal clear where he wants to go as well, and that is the red side of north London.

Martinez said, “I know that there have been discussions, but still no agreements.

“My agent is taking care of my future, right now I’m at the World Cup and only after the World Cup I’ll evaluate proposals.

“As a child I cheered for Arsenal, they play a game that suits me. If I had the occasion to play there, I would say yes.”

The report also claims that Porto want to receive the full release clause amount of around £35 million as a transfer fee, but I do not think that Arsene Wenger will see it the same way, as the 27-year old striker has told his Porto bosses that he will not be signing a new contract with them. Knowing Wenger, he will probably start the bidding at around £10 million and this transfer saga could still drag on for a while.

Is Martinez the right choice to help Olivier Giroud up front?

Is Colombia striker really the right transfer for Arsenal?

One of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours is about the rekindling of our interest in the Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The Gunners were linked with him last summer and in the January transfer window but it seemed that Arsene Wenger had moved on to other targets this summer.

This could be because the 27-year old did not enjoy quite as good a season with his Portuguese club as in his debut year, and also because of the well known fact that his release clause was around £35 million. Porto were adamant that they would not accept less as well, and for that money there may have been better options.

According to the Daily Star though, Arsenal are ready to make their move and have already opened talks with the striker’s club over a £25 million deal. Martinez has made it clear that he will not be extending his contract and so his value will keep shrinking, making them much more willing to negotiate.

But is he the right man for Arsenal? The Colombian has already scored two goals at the World Cup finals and has helped his country to reach the quarter-finals, but I am not sure he is the type of striker to take the Premier League by storm. His team mate James Rodriguez has been the real star, smashing five goals from midfield, so has Wenger got the wrong Colombian in his sights?