Arsenal on transfer alert for TWO players after Arteta injury!

Arsene Wenger has dropped a very strong hint that Arsenal are not finished in the summer transfer market. And it looks like there could be at least two new players heading to the Emirates; one to fill the hole in the back four left by the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, and one to provide cover and competition in the centre of midfield.

The ankle injury picked up by the new Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta against Besiktas this week leaves the Gunners looking decidedly thin on the ground in that area. Many fans will say that we have been a bit thin there for years, but it looks like it has taken the injury to Arteta to tip the balance for our manager, as these comments reported by Arsenal.com suggest.

Arsenal’s lack of defenders highlighted by Emirates Cup team

I know that Arsene Wenger likes his Arsenal players to be versatile, and it is just as well when you see the options the Frenchman has got to work with in the Emirates Cup this weekend. With Thomas Vermaelen injured (apparently) and Per Mertesacker still on holiday after Germany’s World Cup heroics, Wenger has had to do some juggling to give the Gunners a back four to face Benfica today.

Chambers to partner Koscielny for Arsenal at Emirates Cup?

With Arsenal currently at their pre-season training camp in Austria, it is a good chance for our newest signing Calum Chambers to meet up with his new team mates and for Arsene Wenger to begin to integrate the youngster into the Arsenal way of doing things.

And the former Southampton star could be seeing some action on the pitch a lot quicker than many of us thought. The Gunners face two games in the Emirates Cup this weekend, with Portuguese side Benfica on Saturday and then AS Monaco from the French Ligue 1 on Sunday. Arsenal fans will be hoping for a better performance than last weekend’s defeat in New York, but Wenger has some problems to deal with.

The 2 defenders that are top of Arsenal transfer list

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.

Arsenal ready to sell Koscielny to Real Madrid?

Nothing is done and dusted yet, as both Arsenal and Real Madrid have important games to come before the season draws to a close, but reports suggest that Laurent Koscielny could soon be swapping north London and the Premier League for Madrid and La Liga.

According to The Express, the Spanish club have put our French centre back at the top of their list of possible replacements for Pepe. Apparently, Carlo Ancelotti has had enough of the reckless Portuguese international but still wants someone with speed, strength and battling qualities to partner Sergio Ramos at the back.

Arsenal back and gunning for glory says defender

From Arsenal looking like they would confound all their critics and complete the season as champions, the Gunners then looked like they would have their worst season for years and finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in 17 years.

But the Arsenal rollercoaster has finished it’s downward slide and is on the up again. As the Arsenal captain has explained in the matchday programme, reported by Arsenal.com,, the players have got their mojo back now, ever since beating Wigan at Wembley to book a place in the FA cup final.

Arsenal team news, preview and prediction for Swansea

This game coming so soon could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal. We need an immediate response to that shambolic display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Swansea aren’t much of threat this season, especially away from home.

Arsenal need to approach this game with caution but not so much caution that we see a static display like against Man Utd again. We need good intelligent movement up front and quick incisive passing in midfield. We need to keep a decent shape so we can actually recover when we lose the ball. Finally, we will need to see better positional play from our wide players and our central midfielders.

Could Vermaelen really be set to leave Arsenal?

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Arsenal in terms of incoming players but not so much on any players going out of the Emirates. However to stir things up a little bit, rumours have heightened over the past few days that suitors for Thomas Vermaelen are beginning to build up.

The report that fellow London side West Ham United wanted to take the Belgian to Upton Park has already made it around the blocks after several media sites and national papers including the Daily Mail reported the rumours. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was quick to point out that a move for the Arsenal defender on loan was an unlikely move, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t move away from the Gunners this January.