After making the Arsenal fans wait for well over a week, when the deal was reported to be done and the French right back had already seemed to let slip that he was heading to north London, Arsene Wenger was yesterday finally able to announce that Mathieu Debuchy had signed a long term contract with Arsenal Football Club.
Debuchy is coming in as a direct replacement for our long serving right back, Bacary Sagna, and the two are already very close competitiors for the starting role in the France national side. And it seems to be the fact that Debuchy has very similar attributes in defending, getting forward to help with the attacks, as well as top class experience, that has convinced the Arsenal boss that he is our man. ...........Read more
I sat and watched the France v Nigeria match last night with my Arsenal goggles on. There was a lot to see from a Gunners point of view, with Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny both starting the game. Unfortunately for him and us, the QPR striker Loic Remy did not appear and the Real Madrid star Karim Benzema was not at his best.
But the main point of this article is the man that the Daily Star is reporting as the one Arsene Wenger wants to replace yet another Frenchman, Bacary Sagna. Newcastle United’s Mathieu Debuchy has apparently overtaken the Toulouse and Ivory Coast star Serge Aurier in the prof’s thoughts. ...........Read more
Am I missing something here? It seems that Arsenal have not actually sealed the deal with the Ivorian full back Serge Aurier, who was thought to be on his way to the Emirates from his French Ligu1 club Toulouse. The media are reporting that Arsene Wenger is now interested in the France international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle, but why?
Aurier was awesome for Ivory Coast in Brazil and I thought his World Cup performances would only have strengthened Arsenal’s resolve to sign the powerful and pacy 21-year old. But apparently not, because the Daily Mail have reported that Arsene Wenger was keen on getting the Everton defender Seamus Coleman in, until he snubbed us and signed a new long term deal with the Toffees. So, according to The Mirror, the Frenchman has turned his attention to his countryman Debuchy. ...........Read more
The Ivorian international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer in countless Arsenal transfer rumours. Both the French and English media have also reported that the 21-year old Toulouse star has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners and the transfer fee is apparently agreed between the clubs.
But Arsene Wenger is notoriously cautious and has most likely been using his duties as World Cup pundit for French TV to make doubly sure of the young defender’s suitability to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. Hopefully the Frenchman has seen enough to convince him, because Greece inflicted an unlucky defeat on Ivory Coast last night which saw Aurier and his team mates crash out of the tournament. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has already suggested that he will not sell any of his Arsenal players if he does not want to, so the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, who is reportedly looking for a move away from north London to find a regular first team place, may find themselves frustrated.
I am not sure how well this would work out, especially when you consider that the Belgian has just one year left on his current contract. Do we really want our only back up defender being a player who is at the club against his will? Come to that, surely we should have more than one back up defender. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger is going to begin his 18th season as the manager of Arsenal in August, ending months of will-he-won’t-He speculation. According to the Frenchman, there was never any doubt, at least not in his mind, but there must have been some reason for the delay, as the offer has been on the table from the club for some time.
Wenger has often said that he would not want to stay in charge if he thought he was not the right man for the job, so the fall from the top of the table and the criticism from the media and his own fans has perhaps been playing on his mind. ...........Read more
There have been reports in the papers this week that Arsenal Football Club are going to hand Arsene Wenger a transfer kitty of around £70 million. I am going to be optimistic and assume that this is true, and that the club thinks that Wenger can build a team capable of winning the Premier League title with it. Is this realistic?
First, the positives: the Gunners already have a great core, with Szczesny, Mertesacker and Koscielny providing a rerally solid foundation. Gibbs has really blossomed into a top quality left back as well. In front of that we have Arteta and Flamini, one who can help to pass the lesser teams off the park and the other who can battle against the bigger, higher pressing teams. ...........Read more
Not much could make times better for Arsenal at the moment, despite some who will claim that a couple of transfers could help. But the main focus is that Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table for another successive week in the campaign, following on from the Gunners close 2-1 win over struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Arsenal attained all three points in what was certainly a game of two halves. Arsenal pressed in the first, then Villa in the second, however the only thing that is being pressed after the game, is the pen against contract extensions for three Arsenal members. According to the Daily Express, the trio of manager Arsene Wenger, and defensive players Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna are all about to sign extensions with the club. ...........Read more
Arsenal have seen many players from their successful squad from the previous decade move on from the club, with Robin Van Persie being the last man that was a winner in the Arsenal squad. Such players like Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna have all been with the club for quite some time now, however none of them have been successful with Arsenal as of yet and it’s a great shame considering their dedication to the club, especially the latter two who are coming towards the end of their respective careers. ...........Read more
It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Arsenal during this early Christmas period, and after a draw with Everton and a defeat to Napoli that almost saw us fall out of the Champions League campaign, Arsenal will now try to fix the issue and raise the christmas spirit in our next game.
This Saturday, Arsenal will travel to Manchester once again, this time to face Manchester City, in what is sure to be the toughest test of the season so far. Arsenal may have played the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Dortmund already, however I don’t think any of these sides pose the same sort of threat Manchester City does, especially when they are at home. ...........Read more