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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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.” ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more