Agent admits Arsenal are one of many clubs chasing Top striker!

As Arsenal begin to prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, there is a sense of optimism among the club’s supporters in regards to the North London side’s credentials in this summer transfer window. Whilst there are quite a few areas that need to be strengthened, there is no question that the most important is in attack, more specifically, a central striker.

There have been several reports in the last couple of days claiming that the former Arsenal man Carlos Vela is set to return for a second spell at the Emirates following a very successful two-year stint at Real Sociedad, although the young Mexican is more of a left winger these days. Whilst this is definitely something to be excited about, there is more good news for Arsenal fans.

If reports from various sections of the media are to be believed, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is working on a deal to bring FC Porto’s much-coveted hitman Jackson Martinez to London. The Frenchman is known to be a long-time admirer of the Columbian international who has himself claimed that a move to Arsenal would definitely interest him. Furthermore, Martinez’s agent, Peppino Tirri, has confirmed that Arsenal are indeed interested in his client, although he was quick to add that there will be competition.

Speaking to Corriere Giallorosso as reported by the Daily Star, he said: “I am waiting for Jackson Martinez’s manager, Henrique Pompeio, to arrive in Italy tonight for a series of transfer meetings we’ll have together. We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides.”

The much sought-after striker is believed to have a £32 million release clause at Porto but with a goal-scoring record of 60 goals in 91 appearances for the Portuguesse side, few would think twice before splashing the cash. The 27-year-old boasts attributes of excellent hold-up play, great pace and a very clinical finish, something that the Gunners strike force seemed to lack last season.

While competition will most certainly be high, I believe that Wenger will get his man if he is keen enough. For someone who is looking to take his career to the next level, Arsenal appears to be the most tempting destination. And with the Columbian already stating his willingness to play for Arsenal, a big-money move from Wenger may well be on the cards.

These 3 signings in 3 days – Can Arsenal Do It?

As I write this, there are only 3 days left in the window and aside from Arsenal’s interest in Draxler last night, there’s nothing else going on at the club, looking in from the outside. Maybe they are being super secretive. I was hoping we’d bring in 5 proper signings at the beginning of the week and with every passing day, my hopes are dwindling. However, we still can bring in players for 3 positions of sufficient quality. Here are my suggestions:

Striker
Obviously, we desperately need a striker at the moment and a good one. There isn’t much left for us to choose from but we could still persuade Man Utd to sell Rooney if we put in a decent bid soon. There’s even Jackson Martinez available on the market for around £30million. We just need to be decisive and pay the money the selling club wants. There isn’t any more time to negotiate.

Winger
After selling Gervinho and losing both Chamberlain and Podolski to 3 month long injuries, we are desperate for another winger at the moment. There has been rumours from quite a few papers that we are very interested in the prospect of signing Di Maria but there is a hold up as Spurs aren’t willing to sell Bale until the very last moment so we can’t buy the Argentinian from Madrid. There is also the rumours of Draxler who can play on the wings, as a no.10 and as a striker.

Centre Back
With all these injuries, I still feel we are short in defence. We need to bring in another centre back that can compete with Vermaelen for 3rd choice CB. The choices are dwindling with the likes of Sakho and Alderweireld all moving. However we can still move for the likes of Ginter if we offer the right type of money.

It is looking pretty ominous as an Arsenal fan. The pool of players to choose from is dwindling and teams are going to jack up their prices the closer it gets to end of the window because they’ll know of our desperation. I’m just hoping we have enough about us to bring in 3 players in those positions mentioned to at least make us outside title contenders. Will we do it though?

Wenger to promote Arsenal youngsters to cover injury crisis?

Arsene Wenger has suggested in a press conference that he may choose to promote some more youth to the Arsenal first team squad, once the transfer window closes for the summer. Although he didn’t directly say anything about the Arsenal youth, he made it clear that he wanted to bring in quality rather than quantity. Every single year he seems to say this yet we are always left with it the other way round.

Famously two years ago when we were in a similar position over a lack of signings because of the Champions League qualification play off stage. We signed 5 players on the last day of the window and although they were called panic buys, three of them managed to succeed in Arteta, Mertesacker and loanee Yossi Benyayoun. Andre Santos and Park never really made it but overall it turns out Wenger’s panic buys at that moment weren’t as bad as expected. But of course we won’t be hoping for that same situation to happen again and in fact Wenger’s latest quotes state that he won’t be making lots of additions.

He said, “We look more for quality than for numbers. Yes, we would like two or three players and if possible more, but we will not compromise on quality.”

If we are to bring in two or three players then they need to be of the highest quality because let’s face it our squad is crying out for talent. The main concern here is the fact that two or three players isn’t going to solve our squad depth issue, in which we rather stupidly decided to let go of 27 players and not replace a single one, unless you’re counting Sanogo (I suppose we have to have at least one player to boast about.) Of course I never expected the club to replace all 27 because that would be a ridiculous squad overhaul, however like everyone I expected more from Arsenal this summer but they simply have not produced.

This means that if Wenger is to bring up the squad depth to a level where we won’t have to bring back Jens Lehmann or Sol Campbell, or even worse having Steve Bould named as a substitute, then Wenger is going to have to promote some of the youth and reserve players. The likelihood is that Martinez, Yennaris, Miyaichi, Afobe and Akpom will all make the step up to train with the first team, whilst I wouldn’t even be surprised to maybe see the likes of Jon Toral and Gedion Zelalem.

Watching a young player developing their football skills on the pitch is always good to see, however it shouldn’t be happening regularly at a ‘big club’ that’s supposedly ambitious enough to compete for the Premier League. These players mentioned above probably won’t do much more than fill a squad place and maybe occasionally get on the bench but as soon as the injuries or suspensions build up, we could see them edging closer and closer to the Arsenal team. And we all remember what happened last time we filled a team full of reserves. 8-2.

Is Fellaini the reason Arsenal have not signed a DM?

Reports are flying around that Arsenal have placed a £22m bid for Everton’s Belgium international, Marouane Fellaini. The bid is said to have been tabled on Wednesday, just about the time Everton were announcing the appointment of their new manager, Roberto Martinez.

It’s widely known that Fellaini has a get-out clause in his contract that can be activated at £22m by a top four club – the Belgian has always been clear about wanting to play in the Champions League.

It must be stressed that this hasn’t yet been verified by the clubs involved, but it comes just after Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis was quoted as saying that the Gunners are now ready to join the big boys in the transfer and wages department.

He told the Independent: “This year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower.”

He also stated in the interview that Arsenal had no “philosophical” objection to spending the sort of transfer money that the other top four clubs have regularly splashed out, even hinting that the club would be prepared to relax its wage structure, if necessary.

By now all Arsenal fans will be thinking they’re in the midst of a dream, so let’s get back to a semblance of reality. Even if the report is true and we’ve actually bid for Fellaini, it would likely be just an opening shot. The chances are that other teams would enter the race and push the price up to a level Arsenal might not feel comfortable matching.

But Arsene Wenger is a long time fan of the Everton player. He would have noted his versatility as an effective attacking midfielder and his strong on-field physical presence. In fact, the Belgian’s reported favourite position is as a defensive midfielder. Which is just what we need. Could this be why no move has yet been made for any of the other DMs said to be available?

It has also been suggested that Fellaini was a certainty to join his old boss, David Moyes at Man United. That’s still, of course, possible. But maybe Moyes has an agreement not to poach any of his ex players – at least for a certain period from the appointment. Or maybe this is Arsene’s way of telling Moyes “Hands off Fabregas!”

Either way, it seems it’s not just the weather that’s hotting up.

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Wenger to sign new Arsenal contract soon?

After joining Arsenal in 1996, Arsene Wenger has now spent 16 years at the club, in which he has arguably become one of Arsenal’s greatest managers, especially as he is one of the most successful! However the Frenchman has now gone eight consecutive years without silverware and some have suggested perhaps his time with the club should be brought to an end, if not before now. But it seems like Wenger is set to remain with Arsenal for a few more years at least.

Unfavourable figure Ivan Gazids stated; “We think we have got a fantastic manager, We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does. I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that. We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board as well. So, quietly and at the right time, I think we will make an announcement on that when things are all put in place.

“This is going to happen very quietly behind closed doors, privately and then there will be an announcement. I don’t even want to say (if we have discussed a new deal). We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that.”

As the quotes show, the club and it’s officials are clearly still behind Wenger, whether this be because of his business like mind or in fact because he still has some desire to win! I personally believe Wenger won’t leave until he manages to bring more silverware to the Emirates. He may not even leave after then but it’s certain he wants to return glory to North London with the Gunners after turning down several reported offers from Real Madrid and PSG over the years, as well as the French national team.

I don’t think Wenger should leave at this moment in time. Although I agree he seems to have lost some of his winning mentality, due to the extraordinary business like structure that plagues our club, but I also think he’s the best manager to take us forward at this time. With Pep Guardolia and Roberto Martinez no longer options and staying realistic, the only manager I can see eclipsing our Le Prof is Jurgen Klopp the Borussia Dortmund manager and I can’t see him joining any time soon, so I think the best bet is to keep Wenger in the frame. I’m sure inside he is as desperate as the fans are to return glory to Arsenal. Do you agree?

Arsenal and Wigan both have to win- Get ready for Goals!

It should be a good game for the neutral, as they say, between Arsenal and Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday. Results today have left Wigan needing six points from their last two games, while Arsenal need to win to go back above Tottenham into the top four and leave our Champions League destiny in our own hands.

Wigan tend to play an attacking style of football anyway, while Arsenal dominate possession and are the joint top scorers at home in the Premier League, with 43 goals from 18 games, the same as Man United. Neither team can afford to play safe, so it should ba fast and furious game.

Arsenal must start with purpose and be prepared for anything, Wigan may get tired from their Wembley exertions as the game goes on, but they will no doubt start like a rocket. The Arsenal defence has been excellent recently, though, and will hopefully make the difference and keep Wigan from scoring.

The longer they go without scoring, the more desperate Wigan will get and that will mean more space for the Arsenal attack to do some damage. Wigan have been shipping goals all season, no team has conceded more. I am super nervous and half dreading Tuesday night, but also confident that Arsenal will do the business. Don’t let me down lads!

Why Arsenal should worry after Wigan cup win

The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.

With ten man Chelsea coming from behind to win yesterday at Aston Villa, it is now down to Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out over the remaining Champions League place. There is plenty to worry about for Arsenal fans, as a Spurs win at Stoke City today will leave us needing to beat Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday and they will be flying high after their shock victory over Manchester City yesterday.

You have to hand it to Roberto Martinez and his players, though. Everybody expected them to take it easy because of their crucial fight against relegation, but they went for it and produced a great performance to beat City. It was a big risk for Martinez, because if it had not worked, he would have had a team of knackered and dispirited players. Instead, they will be walking on air and the euphoria will give them the energy and belief to make things very difficult for Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger knows that his players should have the quality to beat Wigan, but they have upset the odds so many times that nothing is certain. We could really do with a favour from Stoke today, but it will probably not happen, leaving us Gooners with a nail biting finale to the season. Worried? You should be.

Arsenal Goalkeeper looking for loan next season

One of Arsenal’s most promising young talents, 19-year-old goalkeeper Damian Martinez, seems to think that the next step for him is a move away from the club for a season long loan spell.

The youngster is the regular reserve keeper right now but he seems to think that following in Szczesny’s footsteps will eventually help him become a better goalkeeper than the Pole is and take his place in Arsenal’s first eleven.

“Wojciech said he wasn’t ready for the first team yet so he went out on loan and learned so much there.

“Then he came back to Arsenal and played in the first team as he was ready.

“Next season a loan spell could be an option for me.

“I am still looking forward to being on the bench for a few more games, trying to do my best in the reserves and then be ready for the first team.

“These are my ambitions for the next two months.”

The 19-year-old Argentine still didn’t get a first team appearance for Arsenal at the moment, so his debut in pro-football has yet been made. Martinez didn’t receive any offers at the moment, but he’d love the chance to make a move to a small team like Szczesny did at Brentford where he can gather some playing experience.