Arsenal boss set to hit transfer market HARD?

It might seem to the Arsenal fans out there this summer that Arsene Wenger is once again doing very little for the club in the summer transfer window but I think there is no need for us to panic as the Frenchman has proved in recent years that he is not afraid to spend big money.

And with some key signings in the shape of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the boss appears to have got his edge back. Also, there is a good reason why the Gunners have not done as much business as many of our Premier League rivals, at least not yet.

For one thing we do not need to. Maybe not Chelsea, but Liverpool, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs United and City have a lot of squad sorting out to be done. Arsenal are almost there and I think the only thing stopping Wenger completing the transfer of the few players we need, is the need to make space in the squad first.

That will soon be done according to a report in The Mirror, with six players set for the exit door. Carl Jenkinson and perhaps Yaya Sanogo will go out on loan, while Podolski, Campbell, Ospina and Flamini are set to be sold. Then we should see Wenger hit the transfer market hard…

DONE DEAL! Arsenal star heading for Serie A transfer switch

While he has always been a popular player among the Arsenal fans, Lukas Podolski has had a much hareder time convincing Arsene Wenger that he deserves to play regularly. And that is despite the fact that the Gunners have not really made full use of our possession and creativity and the Germany international is by far the best finisher in the squad.

The striker’s frustration has been building all season and after he scored right at the beginning and then again at the end of our 4-1 pasting of Galatasaray in Turkey, only to drop to the bench again for the next game, it seemed like the last straw.

The Arsenal boss laughed off reports of a move to Italy with Inter Milan the other day, but that was only because of the terms offered by Roberto Mancini. And those terms must have improved because Podolski himself has now confirmed that he will be joining the Serie A club, apparently on loan with a view to making it a permanent transfer at the end of the season, as revealed by a Daily Express report.

The German forward said, “”I am very happy [to be joining Inter].

“I expect so much from this adventure. I know the Italian league very well. We are aiming to qualify for the Champions League and to win in the Europa League.

“I have spoken with Mancini, I think he is a great coach.”

So it looks like Podolkski will not be adding to the 31 goals he scored for the Gunners, as it seems unlikely that he will be coming back to Arsenal. It is a shame really and I hope he does well in the future.

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There have been numerous Arsenal rumours linking the German international Lukas Podolski with a move away from the Emirates in January, especially as the 29 year-old has made it clear that he wants to play regular first team football.

Inter Milan have been mooted as a possible destination for Podolski, and now their manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that the Italian club is considering bringing the German to Serie A. He said: “Podolski is a good player,”

“He is part of a list of players that we are following, so we will see what will come of it.”

The German legend Luther Matthaus thinks that Inter and Podolski would be a good match, because they are both mediocre! “As long as it’s only rumors, we must be cautious. I think that Inter are following more players and that anyone, at this time, could pursue Podolski,” Matthaus said.

“From one point of view, Podolski and Inter would certainly fit because both have big names and have had considerable success in the past. It could be positive to resume the pursuit of these successes together.

“But it hurts me to see where Inter is now. They have become a mediocre club, so Podolski would join a mediocre club, although Inter has more economic advantages than other clubs in Italy.”

Perhaps they WILL be a good fit together, as it certainly doesn’t look like Podolski will get much playing time while Wenger is still in charge at Arsenal.

Podolski needs to start fighting for his place at Arsenal… or just go!

The German international Lukas Podolski has been constantly complaining about his lack of playing time at Arsenal, and he has been openly angling to be allowed to leave the Emirates in January, with Inter Milan being the latest club reported to be keen on taking him off our hands.

Arsenal fans are well aware of his excellent scoring record when he is given a chance, but the fact is that Arsene Wenger sees him in action in training every day, and obviously thinks that there are better players in the squad that deserve to play ahead of the German when everyone is fit.

Another German legend, Lothar Matthaus, thinks that Podolski should stop complaining and start doing his best to persuade Wenger to pick him on merit rather than moaning about the situation.

Matthaus said on FoxSports: “What Podolski seeks is not important, what matters is what Arsenal want. There he has a contract to fulfill.

“In Bayern, he fled. The only club where he was a regular player was at Koln. You cannot always blame others if things go wrong. There are just others that are better.”

Having said that I do believe that Wenger will let Podolski go, as he this week said that the German has better team-mates ahead in the pecking order. When asked if the 29 year-old could be leaving next month, Wenger said: “No there is nothing concrete there.

“At the moment nobody goes out. We have Ozil coming back now at the beginning of January, so of course there is a lot of competition up front.”

Podolski can¡t get a game even when Ozil is out injured, so he will have even less chance in the second half of the season. Perhaps it would be better for all concerned if he does leave?

Has Giroud left Arsenal in the lurch?

The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud displayed his schoolboy side yesterday when he seemed to headbutt the QPR defender in yesterdays game, and his petulance has given Arsene Wenger one more player on the sidelines for the next three games along with the massive injury list that we already have to contend with.

Wenger admitted that the Frenchman had made a stupid mistake. “Giroud has apologised,” said the Arsenal manager. “It was a deserved red card. Madness is a big, strong word, but he didn’t kill him you know, he touched him and he should not have done it. He should have been in control. He knows he made a mistake and I know him well enough to think that he will not do it again.

“He told me he was pushed from the back and projected against the keeper. Maybe it’s because of the injury he had played a part on his mind and he was scared to be injured again. It’s unusual for him. Honestly, he’s usually a guy who is in control of his reactions and quite calm. You never need that. That’s for sure, but in my job you have to deal with the mistakes of people.”

With another three games coming up in the space of a week, this has thrown Wenger’s rotation plans into disarray. I am sure that Le Boss won’t start with the out of favour Lukas Podolski, and Danny Welbeck is certainly not the finished product as a goalscorer at the moment. I can only see Alexis being pushed into the centre-forward role, although it is pretty obvious that the Chilean also is in need of a rest very soon.

How can Wenger set up the team now without Giroud available to be picked…..

Arsene Wenger not interested in talking about Arsenal rumours

With the transfer window coming up rapidly there will be hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours appearing more or less every day in January, but Arsene Wenger personally has no interest in listening or talking about them.

There has already been numerous talk of the unhappy Lukas Podolski looking to move away to gain regular first team football, but Wenger said yesterday that he will simply be ignoring anything in the press.

He said: “I don’t give any importance to rumours. There was a rumour two days ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain. Everyday there is a different rumour so I don’t give importance to that.

Regarding Podolski, Wenger continued: “In every big club you have some players who don’t play and they are not happy. If you find players who are happy when they don’t play you have a problem. He [Podolski] will play. Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn’t play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play.”

I guess it’s still possible that Arsenal ARE interested in making a bid for Cavani, but he was simply saying the rumour about the price was ridiculous, but to be honest, I doubt very much we would go for anyone at that price!

Two Arsenal stars for sale to fund stunning transfer move?

You might not think much to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours that claims to have news from Italy that Arsene Wenger is looking at an audacious double transfer swoop on Serie A in January. The players involved are both attackers and most pundits and fans are expecting the arsenal boss to be looking at a defender and a central midfielder.

But Wenger has surprised us before, like signing Kim Kallstrom last January, and a Metro report claims that the French boss is planning to fund the signing of striker Mattia Destro from Roma and creative midfielder Marek Hamsik from Palermo with the sales of our German international Lukas Podolski and the young Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell.

Would this move make sense to you, Arsenal fans, and would Destro and Hamsik have any more luck than Campbell and Podolski in getting a game?

So why DID Wenger reveal Arsenal starting XI early?

With all the various problems facing Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad, including not having Olivier Giroud registered for the Champions League and all sorts of injuries and other players with fatigue from so many games, we already knew that the Gunners team to face Galatasaray in Istanbul tonight would be different.

So with plenty of the Arsenal first team not travelling to Turkey, including Alexis Sanchez, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, it was always going to be easier to guess what our starting line-up would be before the game.

But I don’t understand why Wenger has helped his opposite number in the Galatasaray dugout by revealing his team a day before we are due to play, as an Arsenal.com report explains. The Turkish club have sacked Cesare Prandelli after their woeful start to the season, especially in Europe, and the new man Hamza Hamzaoğlu will certainly be looking for a win to regain some pride and confidence, so why give him any help?

Wenger said, “To make it as simple as possible, I have 11 experienced players and six young players on the bench. That means I have nothing to hide. Debuchy is back with us and will play, Szczesny is back in goal, Mertesacker, Chambers will play because Gibbs did not travel, Bellerin at left-back. Then you have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Flamini, Podolski, Sanogo and Campbell. The players who needed it stayed behind – like Cazorla, Sanchez, Gibbs, Giroud is not qualified and Welbeck, who could have travelled but recently had a little knee problem, so took advantage of that to rest him.”

I suppose that our manager could still juggle things around a little and use some of the academy players, but revealing that Bellerin will play out of position at left back seems to be asking for trouble and I’m sure that the Turks will already be planning how to target the youngSpaniard.

So has the Frenchman made a mistake by revealing his Arsenal team too early?

Has Wenger dropped the ball TWICE with Arsenal team pick?

The Arsenal team that Arsene Wenger has picked to start today’s game against the out of form, low on confidence and eminently beatable Sunderland has two glaring omissions in my opinion. And the 65-year old could face a lot of questions from the Arsenal fans and football media if the Gunners do not play well and win the game.

One player that I think should be starting is the best finisher at the club Lukas Podolski. The German has been crying out to play more and has just won us an unlikely three Champions League points, so I do no really understand why Wenger has put him on the bench again.

The other is Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman is fit again and with Jack Wilshere serving a one match ban, I am simply stunned that Rambo is on the bench. Especially after Ramsey told Arsenal PLayer this week that he has great memories of Sunderland as his goals against them last season sparked his amazing run of form.

It might not make sense, but how often do we see a player having a favourite team to play against? I bet that Poyet and Sunderland can’t believe their luck at Wenger leaving Ramsey and Podolski on the bench. Has the boss dropped the ball badly on this one?

Arsenal starting XI to face Sunderland

Arsenal need to build on the fortunate Champions League win over Anderlecht in midweek. And we need to take advantage of the heavy beating that today’s opponents Sunderland got on their trip to Southampton last weekend. So with the Gunners not doing very well at the back anyway so far this season, Arsene Wenger must surely go on the attack.

So that means, in my opinion, that his team selection for this vital game needs to be fairly adventurous and attack minded. Mikel Arteta should start instead of Mathieu Flamini. Lukas Podolski should start ahead of Alex Oxclade-Chamberlain and our best fit attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla must play in the central, number 10 position.

I would also try to make the back four a bit stiffer by bringing Calum Chambers in to partner Per Mertesacker in the middle, while Ramsey has to replace the suspended Jack Wilshere in midfield and his extra defensive ability should give more protection. So here is the starting line-up I expect from Wenger.

Szczesny
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs
Arteta, Ramsey
Alexis, Cazorla, Podolski
Welbeck

Is this the right team to take all three points and get the Gunners moving in the right direction?