Could PSG turn the heads of Saliba and Martinelli?

Arsenal has been the team to watch this season. Arteta has found a way to get the most out of his team, and the Arsenal players are gradually revealing their true colours to the rest of the world. This is great news for Arsenal fans, but it has a negative impact on Arteta’s project because Arsenal’s “dependables” have begun to attract suitors from all over Europe.

According to Media Foot, Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG has identified Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba as two Gunners they want this winter transfer window. Anyone who has seen William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli play could write a book about their brilliance.

Saliba has made Arsenal’s defence a fortress, while Martinelli has made the left wing his own; there have even been claims that Mykhailo Mudryk would have been able to bench the Brazilian.

Yes, the duo has improved, and PSG will be justified in wanting them; these two possess the ability to transform a team. Given the apparent progress of Arteta’s project, it is unlikely that anyone would want to leave Arsenal, at least for the time being.

The only issue that could jeopardise Saliba and Martinelli’s long-term future at Arsenal if PSG’s advances this month fail as they should is that their contracts expire in 2024, which means Arsenal may be forced to offer bumper deals to the duo sooner rather than later, or PSG will keep coming back with sweeteners for the duo.

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Believe Any Other Claim, But Not That The Gunners Aren’t The Team To Beat For The PL Title

Imagine there is someone who still believes Arsenal will not win the Premier League title. That person has to be Gary Neville’s friend. After watching United go nine games unbeaten last weekend after beating Manchester City, the Manchester legend believes United will finish ahead of Arsenal.

“No. But I said Leicester wouldn’t win the league,” Neville said when asked onpersonal hookup idif he thought Arsenal would win the title. “They won’t win the league. Manchester City will win the league, and I think Man Utd will finish second, and I know that will annoy Arsenal fans!”

Many Arsenal fans were not comfortable with Neville’s claims, and luckily for them, Arsenal legend Bacary Sagna has blasted Neville’s claims, revealing why the Premier League champion will be coming from North London this time around. “That’s his [Neville’s] opinion. He has his own point of view, but there is a difference between his point of view and what I believe will become reality. This season, Arsenal have been the best and most consistent team. Manchester United and Manchester City have two important games coming up,” said Sagna on http://thearsenalblog.com/free-online-dating-apps-for-windows-phone/, in response to Neville’s claims.

“I don’t see United finishing in front of Arsenal. They have improved, but Arsenal are better and have been the best team all season—Pep Guardiola will agree with that! He’s been saying they are difficult to catch, and they will be. This weekend Arsenal have an important game and again they will have to show that they’re strong, but I’m not worried about that.”

Bottom line, as a Gunner, you must be aware that much will be said, and some may even argue that Liverpool is still in the title race. However, at the end of the day, statistics are all that matter. Arsenal leads in every statistic that can propel a team to victory in the league. After 18 games, Arsenal have 47 points, which is 8 points more than Manchester City (before their Spurs match) and 9 points more than Manchester United (before their midweek Crystal Palace match). While Manchester City has a goal machine in Erling Haaland, who has already scored 21 goals, they have only scored 4 goals more than Arsenal this season with 46 goals. Imagine if Haaland was at Arsenal.

Anyway, comparing Manchester United’s inferior goals to Arsenal is a joke. Arsenal’s defence has also demonstrated its tenacity, with Manchester City conceding four more goals and Manchester United conceding seven more than Arsenal. This Arsenal team is simply superior to the two Manchester sides tipped to trouble them, to the point where if Arteta’s boys can be better or match the performances of these two in the remaining league games, there is no way Guardiola and Ten Hag will steal the 2022-23 Premier League title under Arteta’s nose.

Liverpool may want Saka – but “I know is not going to happen”

Liverpool has attempted to make some impactful attacking signings this season, bringing in Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo, but as seen against Brighton this weekend and the games before, these attacking deals have not resulted in any success for the Reds.

The Liverpool legend Jose Enrique has suggested that Jurgen Klopp make a move for Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, a player who could help his attack. Jose Enrique spoke of Saka prior to the North London Derby, where he reacted to a tweet by Stadium Astro, which said,

“Bukayo Saka has been instrumental to the success of the Gunners this season and he will surely play a big role in the derby.”

Enrique’s response to that tweet was, “What a player will love him at LFC even if I know is not going to happen but love him.”

It should be reassuring to Gooners that their Premier League rivals are hoping Saka is their player. Although Saka has been delivering for the Gunners since his debut, it is this season that he has really had to show what he is all about.

In the Premier League, he has not only terrorised left backs, but he is now delivering in front of goal, with 6 goals and 7 assists in 18 league games. He has been undroppable at right wing.

On the other hand, at the national team, he has already established himself as England’s right wing.

Although his suitors may be able to steal him due to his contract situation (his current deal expires in 2024), it is likely that other than winning the PL title this season, Saka may gift Arsenal fans his allegiance by extending his Arsenal contract.

Arsenal need to change their yearly calendars!

Should Arsenal change the way they promote and sell certain products?

If I take a look in my memorabilia box I will come across so many things from over the years that I have been lucky enough to get and I have kept, some even in their original state.

Items such as scarves, hats, Arsenal membership packs and shirts to name a few. But along with that comes things that have ex-Arsenal players on. And although it is nice to look back and remember, when it comes to Arsenal annual calendars, should they stop being produced or the way they are produced changed?

Every time the calendars are put together and put on the shelves, it is with current players in the squad however when we get to the end of the year, how many of those players on the calendar are actually still at the club?

Why am I saying this you will ask, well as a buyer of Arsenal calendars over the years I have become increasingly frustrated at the fact that we cannot go through one season and not have every single player that may have a place in the calendar at the time of production, remain at the club for that year.

Look at this seasons calendar for example, the players we had at the time were Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and throughout the season these two players are now no longer at the club. Laca recently left us on a free and we all know what happened with Auba.

There are also players that look to be on the way out in the shapes of Bernd Leno and possibly Nicolas Pepe.

When it comes to the calendar, Laca is in February, Auba in June, Leno in January and Pepe in November and I know two of the months have passed but I feel as though it is a waste for fans to even take a look back at the calendar knowing players have left. And for value of money all you pay for is the name and the player not anything else. And I know people will say don’t buy it but we all know what calendars are used for and it is not just to stare at the pictures.

Although most of the players for now are still present at the club, we still have to come to terms with the fact that some players are not at the club anymore

As nice as it is to look back on the calendars and see the players who we have had at the club, surely the calendars would be more informative to the fans if it had pieces of our history, ex-players such as legends, alongside memories and achievements throughout the years to look back on.

Maybe a calendar that would inform the young fans and just fans in general of important dates and moments that have occurred in and around our club with people that have graced our club from years gone by and their importance in making the club what it is, rather than just current players.

After all Arsenal is a big club and is all about history and the older generation well some of them, do complain that the younger generation is only focused on the here, now and the present and know nothing about the history so it would be good to have something that generations of all ages and genders can look at and take in.

And if this does ever happen it would be something to look at over the years and if it helps people learn from it then it would help even the younger generation and the older generation to remember and to realise what Arsenal were and how much Arsenal have gone through to get to where they are today.

Now I know some people will moan and say “but your saying you don’t want current players on there because there’s no guarantee they will stay for the whole season the calendar is in production yet you want ex-players on who have left” and yes that is true but I want history, key dates, achievements, ex legends, those that were and are proud to have worn the Arsenal shirt over the years.

Not those that have come in, earned a wage acted like Arsenal meant something to them yet stabbed them in the back when they left or left because things turned sour or for better/more money!

Like the history books are produced and videos and films are made of our seasons gone by, all of this should be put into a calendar each season.

Something that fans will want to buy not knowing what they will get each season. Unlike the players who are easy to guess.

Like articles are produced, Arsenal should think about creating calendars with our history, legendary players and iconic and historical moments from 1886 until now and with each season that passes to add more as it happens.

Very few players are loyal to clubs, but history is something that can never and will never be erased and maybe we should be using our amazing history to teach all Arsenal fans about where the club came from and where it all began to where it is now!

Just a thought!

Gooners?

Shenel Osman

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Arsenal-Tottenham combined XI makes grim reading for Gooners

I have been thinking about which Arsenal players might actually get into an Arsenal/Tottenham combined XI on this season’s form, and it looks like I have found a reliable source to give me the answers.

Whoscored.com are a respected stats and rating website, which has given their average rating for all players this season, as long as they have played at least ten games, and this is their verdict on our combined XI….

I am sure we all expected Bukayo Saka to be in the frame, but it would appear that our only other consistent performer this season has been Gabriel Magalhaes in defence, and he hasn’t even played in any of Arsenal’s last three League games!

Our big sumer signing Thomas Partey doesn’t make it due to the 10-game rule, and of course none of our strikers can compare in form to Tottenham’s Son, Kane and Bale.

Even Kieran Tierney, who has had some brilliant performances for the Gunners this year, loses out to Sergio Reguilon.

So, do you think that any other Arsenal players deserve to be included in this combined XI?

How can Arsenal merchandise be so expensive right now?

Extortionate merchandise prices are not worth the spend!

 

I love nothing more than proudly donning the Arsenal shirt and the merchandise in a season. But one thing puts me off buying them, the cost, especially as this pandemic is cutting in to everyones income at the moment.

 

The day we joined up with Adidas as our kit sponsor, I was so happy. Adidas always produces quality clothes and the Arsenal shirts and merchandise has so far lived up to the high expectations I have had of them.

 

Over the past few seasons though, I have rarely purchased items from Arsenal direct online or even in store, not because I don’t like what has been produced, no it is in complete contrast, I love them but the money that Arsenal are asking for, for their clothes are so ridiculous that I don’t feel it is justifiable to spend between £50-100 for one shirt, jacket or even some standard T-shirts with the Arsenal logo on.

 

I feel as though not just Arsenal, but a lot of clubs sell their clothes and general merchandise for round about the same price, however, and I can’t speak for all fans, but for me the price is off-putting. All in all you really are paying for the brand and the club badge.

 

The Arsenal twitter page on Friday was promoting the Anthem jacket worn by our boys out in Austria, on first look I fell in love with the jacket and even considered buying it, but upon checking it on the online store I was shocked to see the price of £100. Instantly putting me off buying what is an absolutely lovely jacket!

 

I will forever be proud to wear Arsenal shirts and merchandise whether I go to a game or watch it from home, even when there is no football on I am proud to wear it too but I refuse to pay extortionate amounts just to get that one item of clothing.

 

Arsenal, lower your prices and maybe more people will purchase the amazing clothes you have on display. I know I definitely would. Gooners what do you make of the Arsenal prices for their merchandise?

 

Shenel Osman

Two Arsenal boys get England call ups, should we be proud or worried?

So, two of our young boys are off to the England camp for the upcoming internationals this month and of course it is a proud moment for the boys, the club and their families, as everybody wants to be called up for their countries at some point or another during their careers.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka have been called up by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming international games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark this month, which shows they are doing something right at Arsenal to be able to catch the eye to join an already talented England squad.

Of course, it is always a proud moment for clubs when players and their hard work during a season is noticed by national team managers, and they are trusted enough to be called up to represent their country and help their country progress through to competitions or qualifiers.

But of course, with that comes an additional worry for clubs and fans, as just as we are beginning to get a fully fit squad, we don’t want anyone to pick up injuries that may rule them out for a key period especially as it is coming up to winter period.

The more players we have sent out on international duty, the more chance there is that they could get injured. Of course stepping out on to the pitch whether it be for club or country, will always bring the risk that they could get injured but internationals during a season whether it means something or is just a friendly will bring that added worry for managers.

I wish both boys and of course all of our players the best of luck for their international run outs over this period and I hope that none of them come back injured, instead I hope that they come back positive, happy and ready to go, for what could be a pivotal few months for Arsenal. Here’s hoping hey Gooners?

Is Stan Kroenke the worst owner in the Premier League?

Here’s one shocking news about Kroenke’s financial support of Arsenal

Football business reporter Swiss Ramble has just revealed that Stan Kroenke hasn’t put a penny of his money into Arsenal for the past five years.

The Gunners have developed a reputation for being one of the most prudent teams in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger was regularly blamed for his refusal to spend the cash when he was the club’s boss and the Frenchman improvised by developing players.

One of the reasons why fans wanted him gone was the lack of quality signings, it has now emerged that Wenger wasn’t just being reluctant to spend money, but the money was hardly there to spend.

Since he left, Arsenal seems to have been more active in the market for big-name stars, nevertheless, the club’s owner hardly spends his money on the team, unlike some other teams.

While teams like Chelsea have enjoyed their owners splashing their money on the club, the report reveals that Arsenal hasn’t been spent on by Kroenke, rather, the club even paid his company for services rendered.

The report confirmed: “Arsenal received no funding in last 5 years, either from Kroenke or the bank.

“In contrast, they made £101m payments (debt £40m & interest £61m).

“Also paid KSE [Kroenke’s company] £6m for ‘advisory services’.”

Stop comparing Arteta to Emery!

Hi my fellow Arsenal fans. I may seem a little angry through my write up; I may sound blunt and I may sound unpleasant. But one thing I won’t do is to keep quiet while people use every little opportunity to criticize a man who is trying his best to create an impact. We lost to a team in the Europa league and we were dumped out from that competition, but does that make us a failure? Does it make Arteta a failure; no it doesn’t, does it?

After the game, some fans were seen displaying all manner of banners, asking Arteta to leave the club alone. Some even went as far as comparing him to Emery, our last coach before Arteta. They said Emery got Arsenal to the final of the Europa in his first season at Arsenal, while Arteta got us dumped out of the Europa in the round of 32! Well, yes Emery got us to the final, but did he lead the team to glory? No he didn’t. So, why mention the name of a man who led us to a final and got us a beating from our brothers from the other side of London? Emery had a full season to prepare for the Europa final, Arteta has just been here for barely 5 months. Pray tell me, what sort of miracle were we expecting from the young manager? In the Premier league, he is doing well and with the way he is going, he may just make Arsenal a title contending team next season.

Have we forgotten how we all wanted Emery out of the club earlier this season? Despite his modest achievement last season, we still wanted him out! We didn’t spare him from criticism, rather we pushed him out! So, if we wanted Emery out that desperately, why do we now compare him to Arteta? Are we thinking at all?

Now friends, let us chill a bit and allow Arteta learn from his mistakes and improve on his managerial skills. We knew who we were getting when we went for him. We knew the number of years of experience he had before he went for him. We were surely aware of whom we were going for; so can we just chill please.

Finally, can we just think about this? If most of the players at Arsenal prefer Arteta’s pattern to Emery, then they must be something they see in Arteta, that they would want us to see too. We are Arsenal and we are proud.

Sylvester Kwentua

Can we just forget about Emery and move on now?

Two months after Emery has been sacked, what he has been getting are bashings and bad testimonies from both his former players at Arsenal and from sport pundits. Unai Emery came to Arsenal with a good coaching record. In his first season at Arsenal, he went 22 games unbeaten, while beating Tottenham in the process and drawing against Liverpool, who later went on to be Champions league winners. He really tried his best to make Arsenal competitive and they were. We played in the final of the Europa League and only lost to Chelsea because we gave them so much respect. He also began his second season at Arsenal with a win against Newcastle. In all, while many may want to view Emery’s time at Arsenal as a failure, I choose to view it differently. Emery was just unfortunate to be saddled with problems he had no solutions for.

Now, Emery is gone and we have Arteta. Arteta may have improved our game but as long as we keep drawing games and are not winning, I won’t join those who are praising him as the best thing to happen to Arsenal. Arteta is really trying his best to put Arsenal back to shape but while he is at it, can people just stop comparing him with Emery and focus on Arteta instead?

First it was Mustafi who claimed the former Arsenal coach was bad at communications. He even went as far as accusing the former coach of not being able to improve the team because of his lack of good communication skills.

As if that was not enough, I saw an article on justarsenal.com about Leno claiming the team was left confused by Emery’s approach, both on and off the pitch. The German goalkeeper, who was signed by Emery, had this to say about Emery’s time at the Emirates “The mentality out on the pitch, I don’t want to say it was a mess, but it was a bit confusing…Everyone was doing different things..We were not a team…Not in the dressing room, not on the pitch and you could see that.” Leno may just be expressing what he experienced under Emery but why would he come out now to say this? Why is everybody suddenly coming out to say things they could have said when Emery was still coach of Arsenal?

Adding his voice to those criticizing Emery’s time at Arsenal, is an ex player of the club, Emmanuel Petit. Petit believes Arsenal was not doing fine under Emery and that Arteta came to clear Emery’s mess. He described Arsenal under Emery as being sick on the pitch and in the dressing room.

These are not the best times for Emery but maybe all these bashings started the moment Emery came out to explain why things didn’t go well for him at Arsenal. Whatever may have happened, Emery is no longer at Arsenal and I wish people would just let him be. We are Arsenal and we are proud.

Sylvester Kwentua