WTF? France international deals Arsenal ANOTHER transfer blow

OKay so Arsenal fans were not happy about losing out to Leicester City in last season’s Premier League title race and the English football media were very hard on Arsene Wenger and his players for letting slip what seemed to be our best chance in years of becoming champions, but having said that Arsenal were the best of the rest in finishing runners up.

So with that and a place in the Champions League secured and with a state of the art stadium and a bit transfer war chest for the boss to spend on strengthening the squad we went into the summer full of optimism, so why do our transfer targets appear to be anything but keen on a move to the Emirates?

After seeing Jamie Vardy opt to stay at Leicester and Man United beat us to the transfer of Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan, we now have The Mirror reporting that the Newcastle and France star Moussa Sissoko would rather sign for our EPL rivals Liverpool.

Can somebody please explain to me what is going on with our great club to make these players not want to play for us?

Wenger to give France star dream transfer to ‘beautiful’ Arsenal?

It is all happening for Arsenal so far in this transfer window, or at least compared to previous summer and winter windows in which Arsenal fans have sat bemused and impatient as all of our rivals spend money while Arsene Wenger insists there are just no players out there. The Gunners are also top in the bookmaker ratings to sign many more brilliant players.

So it is so far, so good for the Gunners, after completing the big money transfer of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka from the German Bundesliga and having apparently activated the release clause in the contract of Leicester City´s star striker Jamie Vardy, so what’s next?

Well if the Newcastle United and France international midfield star Moussa Sissoko had his way it would be him to sign for the Gunners next. The 26-year old was one of the very few Magpies to play at a consistently good level last season but he was not able to help them to retain their Premier League safety, as he had done the season before with a goal on the final day against West Ham.

And that means that he is now set to leave the north east club after almost four years. Sissoko has played in three of the last four France games but he knows his place will be at risk if he does not play club football at the top level, as he explains in an pansexual dating sites report. In the same report the powerful and talented player made no secret of Arsenal being his preferred destination.

He said, “I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years. I hope that Newcastle will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development I need to keep playing at the highest level.

“As I want to stay in the France team I cannot stay in the Championship. There will be discussions. I want to leave.

“It is flattering that a coach like him, a great coach, wants to keep me, but I think he knows that I have got to a level where playing in the Championship would be difficult for me.

“I think he understands. I have already had a discussion with him. My representatives will have a discussion with him. I think he knows what I want, where I want to go. So I hope there will be no problem for me to find my happiness in another club.

“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League, because I think this best fits my style of play.

“Arsenal is one of the best European clubs. To be followed by this kind of club — it’s good to know. I hope I will have a chance soon to play for this club or a similar club.

“I think few people would refuse to play for this club. The beautiful Arsenal. We’ll see.

“I cannot tell you that I will go to Arsenal. For now, I’m focused on France and Euro 2016. I have advisors who manage all this and I hope everything will go well with minimal difficulty for me to find another club.”

Surely a decent transfer bid would be enough to persuade Newcastle to sell this player who clearly wants to leave and it is blindingly obvious that Sissoko wants to come. The question is though, is he good enough for Arsenal and will Wenger hand him a dream transfer to our beautiful club?

Star says Arsenal showing fantastic fight and focus

It was far from easy for Arsenal at home to Newcastle United on Saturday. In fact it was the sort of Premier League game that the Gunners would probably have lost in recent years, but Arsene Wenger and the players have forged the team into one that is usually much more resilient these days.

And that was what we needed to prove once more as Steve Mclaren’s side gave Arsenal a real test of our desire, determination and the fighting qualities that make a team more than the sum of it’s parts. Our vice-captain and centre back Per Mertesacker was very pleased at the way Arsenal responded and managed to claim another vital three points, as he explained to Arsenal Player.

The big German said, “We put in everything and we had to because Newcastle were good on the break and could have taken the lead as well. When you dig in and fight for you team-mates you get your reward.

“We never lost our lost our focus or our passion, and neither did the fans. We believe we can be a good team if we put the effort in. That is what it is all about. That is what I kept saying to the lads. To keep a clean sheet as long as possible and we did it all the way through.

“We are a threat offensively and could have scored more in the end. We need to share the ball better at times in front of the goal. We are pretty delighted with the performance where we did well and now we are looking forward to 2016 and having a successful season.”

We all know that Arsenal can be one of the most creative and attractive teams in the world at times but are we now showing the grit and team spirit to add to that ability and make us true contenders to become the champions of England again?

Are `LUCKY´ Arsenal really out of title race?

Not only do I feel that Arsenal were very lucky to leave the north east with all three points yesterday, but I do feel sorry for Newcastle who will play a lot worse than that and win games. They were clearly stung by the `flip flop´ jibes from their defeat last weekend and we nearly paid the price.

I have rarely seen such hunger and determination than we did from the Magpies in the second half but thankfully Giroud had taken his shooting boots with him and we defended well and rode our luck.

The fact that the Gunners struggled against a Newcastle team depleted by injury problems and suspensions and with nothing but pride to play for may have been the reason why Arsene Wenger all but dismissed our hopes of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League title this season, as reported by Sky Sports.

Wenger said, “I think Chelsea have too much security. I just think at the moment we are not concluding, we are in a fight.

“You have seen the game today – in every game, we need to turn up and fight until the last minute to get the points.

“That’s what we have to do, just go for the next game and win it. The players want to do as well as they can. We know we have a fight first to be in the top four. We will go step by step, game by game.”

I think, however, that the fact we won yesterday in a match that we could so easily have drawn or even lost, highlights that we are now able to win in different ways, grinding out results, digging in or playing on the break as well as the more usual Arsenal way of dominating the ball and playing fluent and attractive football, means that we do still have a chance.

Injury-Stricken Newcastle Give Arsenal Further Boost!

Following a very impressive display against Monaco in the Champions League, Arsenal will travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United as the Gunners shift their attention back to the Premier League. Considering the rich vein of form that Arsene Wenger’s side are currently in, there cannot be any debate over the fact that Arsenal are most certainly overwhelming favourites in the fixture.

According to latest reports, the Newcastle manager John Carver has confirmed via the club’s official twitter account that he’s got just 13 fit outfield players to choose from when high-flying Arsenal come to visit and also added that he will not be using youth team players just to fill up the gaps in the squad.

The former Leeds United and Luton Town boss was quoted as saying: “I only have 13 fit senior players, plus two goalkeepers, for Saturday’s game. Saturday is not the environment for young lads, especially against an in-form Arsenal side. It’s not the right time for them.”

Coming into Saturday’s game, the Magpies will be missing key players such as Papiss Cisse, Stephen Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons and Siem De Jong, while Fabrizio Coloccini will miss out due to suspension. Considering the additional fact that Newcastle come into the game with no momentum whatsoever, there will be no excuses if Arsenal slip up against a depleted Newcastle side.

With that being said, I fully expect Arsene Wenger’s men to come away with a handsome victory when they travel to the North East on Saturday. As a result of the Gunners’ Champions League campaign having ended against Monaco, the team can now completely focus on the Premier League and with Manchester City just one point ahead, a handsome victory at St. James’ will give Arsenal a further boost to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side for second spot.

Arsenal’s Debuchy looking forward to seeing the Toon Army again!

Mathieu Debuchy is one of Arsenal’s few defenders available to face his former club Newcastle United tomorrow. So he is certainly guaranteed to start against the Magpies, and he says that he is really looking forward to the great atmosphere that he always appreciated from the Toon Army.

“I had a great time at Newcastle and I can never thank the club and the fans enough for what they have done for me,” Debuchy said on Arsenal.com.

“I only have great memories from there. Thanks to them, I discovered English football. I played in a great atmosphere in every home match. The fans are amazing and I will keep those moments all my life.

“It will be special to face them but it will be even more special later in the season when we play them up there.”

He spent 18 months up at St James Park before impressing Arsene Wenger enough to bring him down to the Emirates. Hopefully the Arsenal fans will be just as supportive tomorrow and get behind Debuchy (and whoever else is available to partner him) in the Arsenal defence. It should be a great contest and I certainly hope that it will be the Gooners that are making the most noise – and cheering the most at the end of the match!

COYG!

Latest injury woe persuades Arsenal into stunning £15m transfer swoop

This is definitely one Arsenal transfer that no one was expecting. And that probably includes the Arsenal boss himself, as Arsene Wenger seemed to be more than happy with his attacking midfield options. Now however, according to a Daily Star report, the three month injury lay off forced on to Jack Wilshere following the studs up tackle to his ankle from the Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has changed all that.

The report claims that Arsene Wenger is going to react to Wilshere’s injury by making a £15 million transfer swoop on our Premier League rivals Newcastle United. The target is their pacy and dynamic French international star Moussa Sissoko, who only made the transfer to Alan Pardew’s side in the last January transfer window.

Tha Magpies are bound to resist the sale of their star though and he still has around five years left to run on the current contract. That, along with the fact that the Gunners are expecting to have the German international play maker Mesut Ozil back in the new year, makes me think that this rumour is probably just that, a rumour.

Cabaye WILL return to EPL in January! Arsenal favourites!!

We know that the Arsenal manager is a fan of the France and PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, because he tried to sign the player from Newcastle United last summer before he was snapped up by the French champions in the following January transfer window.

But Arsene Wenger apparently did not offer enough for the central midfielder, roughly half of the £20 million that PSG paid. We will have to wait and see whether his current club will demand most of that amount to let him go, but I doubt it.

Cabaye has failed to impress his manager Laurent Blanc, although he has not had the amount of chances on the pitch as he would like, which is why his fellow Frenchman Olivier Bernard, who also played for Newcastle and now writes for the local paper there, has declared in a Chronicle report that Cabaye will definitely be heading back to the Premier League in January.

Bernard is clearly hoping that the 28-year old goes back to his former club, but he believes that the player is really looking for a club in the Champions League and that makes Arsenal the strong favourites, with Liverpool also thought to be keen.

Should Arsenal consider letting Serge Gnabry go on loan?

It is par for the course when you are a big club like Arsenal, fighting for the English Premier League, Champions League and two domestic cup competitions every season, that you need a big squad with lots of strength in depth. But there is a flipside to that as well.

With Arsene Wenger’s commitment to the Arsenal academy as well as the need to have a strong squad, you do get situations like the one with Carl Jenkinson in the last couple of years, when a promising player finds it tough to get the regular game time he needs to really push on and progress his football.

That is why Arsenal and other big clubs use the loan system so much, giving those fringe players a good chance to play competitive games on a regular basis. The question for Arsene Wenger at the minute is; should the young German starlet Serge Gnabry be one of those Gunners who goes out on loan?

A report in The Mirror claims that three Premier League clubs, Newcastle, Sunderland and Southampton, have enquired about taking the 19-year old on loan this season, which would provide the talented winger to gain some very valuable top flight experience, and possibly do Arsenal a favour when he plays against our rivals for the title.

With Alexis Sanchez in the side, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to return from injury and Joel Campbell to play for us after his own spells on loan, Gnabry might find his opportunities very limited at the Emirates and it would be a real shame to see such a promising player stagnating on the bench. What do you think Gooners?

Remy must take pay cut or miss his dream Arsenal transfer!

There are Arsenal players on more money than £80,000 a week. In fact our new signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona is to be paid quite a bit more than that, along with the World Cup winning German midfielder Mesut Ozil, but Arsene Wenger thinks that is too much to pay for the services of the French striker Loic Remy, according to a Daily Star report.

That is what the 27-year old currently earns at QPR, but the newly promoted side need Remy off the wage bill and Newcastle, where he spent last season on loan, are not willing to meet that either. So the striker and his club are in a tricky situation, unless another Premier League club are willing to meet his demands as well as pay the £10 million release clause in his contract.

I wonder if the Prof is playing a bit of transfer poker here, knowing that Remy has talked about his desire to play for Arsenal and that the time is ticking on his chances of adding to the Champions League games he played for Marseille. Maybe that will persuade Remy to take a small drop in wages, while Wenger could also try to get QPR to accept a l;ittle less as it gets him off the wage bill. Arsenal may have lots more money to spend now, but that does not mean that our manager has changed his spots completely.