Arsenal set to re-unite Alexis with former strike partner?

It must have been a bit of an eye opener for the Barcelona and Spain international star Pedro Rodriguez as he watched his former team mate Alexis Sanchez explode into his career with new club Arsenal and take the Premier League by storm.

And with his current Barca contract due to expire at the end of next season, the speedy striker apparently fancies getting in on the action. According to a Metro, Pedro is keen on following the Chilean international to England and so will not be renewing his contract.

The report also claims that Arsene Wenger are keen on re-uniting the Barca star with his former team mate Alexis and who can blame him? They both played the same number of club games last season and Pedro´s goal tally of 19 was just two fewer than the 21 of Alexis.

So with Barcelona adding Suarez to the forward line of Messi and Neymar and with young players starting to come through, should Arsenal make sure that Pedro becomes a Gunner? And would he have the same impact as señor Sanchez?

Do NOT believe this crazy Arsenal transfer rumour

There are a few new Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds since the January window closed a couple of weeks ago. Some may have some truth behind them and some may be possibilities but there is definitely one that is not going to happen.

According to a Metro report the Gunners are all set to complete the signing of the Barcelona and Brazil international defender Dani Alves in the summer.

The 31-year old is out of contract with the Catalan club at the end of the season and negotiations over a new deal have hit a couple of obstacles, money and length of the deal. So the Spanish media believes that he will move and and that Arsenal and Man United are the two clubs battling to get him, with Arsenal set to offer a better contract.

There is so much wrong with this I don´t know where to start, but here goes: Barca have a transfer embargo so will not want to let him leave and they can surely offer more money than us, as can United despite their debt repayment. Wenger does not offer our own 30+ players long contracts so why would he do so with Alves?

And last but not least, there are already three good right backs at the club in Debuchy, Bellerin and Chambers. Case closed!

Why Arsenal might get Suarez for £40m after all

What a great transfer coup this would be for Arsenal, and a good hard kick in the teeth to Liverpool at the same time. The Anfield club really made the most out of their chance to put down Arsenal Football Club after our attempt to sign their Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez in the summer of 2013.

Arsene Wenger famously offered one pound over £40 million, believing that this would trigger a release clause in the controversial forward’s contract. Suarez thought the same and wanted to make the move to north London but eventually left Liverpool for Barcelona and Spain’s La Liga for a lot more money last summer.

And now a Metro report claims that he might not be staying at the Nou Camp for too long. The man who took him to Barcelona has been sacked and Suarez has struggled to settle and has been dropped by the manager Luis Enrique. Rumours from Spain suggest that Barca may be ready to accept a cut price offer for him and that means that Arsenal and Wenger could really have the last laugh on the scousers.

Top defender’s agent reveals Arsenal transfer move

It is looking more likely that Arsenal fans will not have to go through the same stress and frustration as in the last January transfer window, as Arsene Wenger has already admitted that he needs to strengthen his squad, especially on the defensive side of things.

It could well be two defenders heading to north London as well. One of those will surely be a centre back, probably an older and experienced player, while the other is likely to be younger and versatile and that one could be Martin Montoya, according to a Daily Star report.

The Barcelona star’s agent Juan De Dios Carrasco has revealed that his client is set to move on from the Nou Camp in January after making just one appearance under the new Barca boss Luis Enrique this season. The 23-year old had previously been used more often and has amassed over 50 games for the Catalan club, including 19 last season, but is now ready to leave La Liga behind and come to the Premier League.

Arsenal and Man United have been strongly linked but Louis van Gaal has hinted that he will not be signing a defender before next summer, so is Montoya bound for the Emirates?

Roma set to beat Arsenal to another transfer target?

Not only have they stunned Arsenal fans everywhere by getting the former Gunners striker Gervinho playing well and scoring goals, but the Italian club Roma also managed to beat Arsenal to one of our summer transfer targets, the Greek centre back Kostas Manolas. Now it looks like the Serie A side and their manager Rudi Garcia could be about to do it again.

The player that both clubs are looking at for a January transfer, according to a Talksport report, is the Barcelona defender Adriano. The 30-year old Brazilian is a very versatile player and has proved himself all across the back four during his time with Barca. But he has found his playing opportunities very limited recently and is apparently ready to try his luck somewhere else.

His versatility, pace and technical ability makes him the ideal sort of signing for Arsene Wenger and there is no doubt that Arsenal would use him more than Barca. But the report claims that Roma are also very keen and are actually favourites to land Adriano.

This is not good news for Arsenal, clearly, but I do think that we should really be looking for a specialist centre back rather than a player like Adriano.

Arsenal have made SHOCK bid for Spanish star defender!

If Arsenal can pull this one off then it could turn out to be as important a piece of transfer business as Arsene Wenger did when he brought Alexis to the club during the summer transfer window. And the fact that Alexis was a team mate of the player in question, Gerard Pique, might be just the edge the Gunners need to beat Premier League rivals Chelsea and Man United to Pique’s signature.

According to a Daily Mail report, all three English clubs have already made offers to Barcelona for the central defender and it looks like they will sell as early as January. The 27-year old has fallen out in a big way with his new manager Luis Enrique. And it seems as though the club are sticking with Enrique, who is a Barca stalwart himself.

Pique has only started half of their games this season and is now relegated to the bench, if that, even though the Spanish club are having to use the inexperienced Marc Bartra and the midfielder Javier Mascherano because former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is not quite fit and their other new defender Jeremy Mathieu has picked up a knock.

And with Arsenal desperately in need of another top quality centre back, this fall out could not have come at a better time for Wenger.

Transfer request means Arsenal WILL sign Pedro in January

It does not happen very often in football these days because handing in a transfer request is kind of a last resort, but Arsenal will be pleased that the Barcelona and Spain international forward Pedro Rodriguez has apparently done just that, according to a Daily Express report.

The paper claims that the news comes from Spain after the 27-year old finally accepted that with Lionel Messi, Neymar and now Luis Suarez means that his playing opportunities are likely to be even fewer this season. And the Catalan club also has two new strikers in Sandro and Munir El Haddadi coming through from their La Masia academy, just as Pedro himself did.

So if Pedro has decided to put in a transfer request, it means he is desperate to leave and suggests that he is aware that there is a club ready to sign him in January. All rumours point to that club being Arsenal, so it looks like the Gunners’ already pacy and dangerous attacking line up will soon have a new member.

Arsenal rocked by transfer snub from stunning Spanish striker

You would have to say that is the defensive areas of the Arsenal squad that are most in need of a boost at the moment, with the Gunners leaking goals on a regular basis and having to play inexperienced young players like Hector Bellerin and use others out of position.

But Arsene Wenger is always looking for any good players coming on to the transfer market and was apparently hoping to make a swoop for the highly rated Barcelona and Spain international striker Munir El Haddadi in the near future. With Barca about to add the Uruguayan bitey man Luis Suarez to the attacking talents of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro, the Arsenal boss thought he would be able to tempt the youngster to come to the English Premier League to further his career, according to a Daily Express report, as the young foward is thought to have a release clause of less than £10 million in his contract.

But the paper claims that new reports from Spain have dashed Wenger’s transfer plans, because Munir has been convinced by the new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique that he will be given plenty of chances, which he backed up again last night by bringing him on against Ajax in the Champions League. So the player is happy to stay in La Liga, for now at least. Back to the drawing board then Arsene.

More proof that UEFA have it in for Arsenal and England?

As a follower of Arsenal Football Club and the England national team, I have long since got used to disappointment and a general feeling that things would not be going my way. And like most football fans, I have a tendency to bias and see the things that happen to my teams through spectacles of the rose tinted variety.

But sometimes things happen which seem so unfair that I feel it cannot be just coincidence, especially when they keep happening. And the news today, reported by The Independent, that Arsenal are being charged by UEFA for the throwing of flares onto the Emirates pitch by Galatasaray fans, has really got my back up.

For me it seems to be just one more piece of proof that UEFA do not like us for some reason and I think that applies to all English clubs and then extends to our national team and FIFA. I don’t know why it is but we keep getting turned down for major international tournaments even though we are always the best option, with infrastructure, transport and everything they want. But no, let’s do it in Russia or the desert instead.

Back to Arsenal and it is almost impossible to believe that we have had three Champions League red cards already. THREE. And maybe by the letter of the law they could be seen as right, but not when Felipe Melo gets away with an off the ground lunge, two footed and with studs up. What was that about? The TV commentator said that it was because the refs are more lenient this season. Really? Where was that leniency when Debuchy and Ramsey got the softest of second yellows to leave us with 10 men in both games against Besiktas? So it’s selective leniency then. Thye same happened to Man City against Roma, when the foul on Aguero for the penalty clearly denied a goal scoring opportunity and the defender was the last man.

One more example before my rant is over and this one still gets my blood boiling when I think about it. Any guesses? It was the `joke` sending off of Robin van Persie against Barcelona in 2011. For having the audacity of shooting at goal no less. The referee HAD blown his whistle for offside a fraction of a second earlier, but there was no time for the striker to stop, even if he had the super powered ears to hear it over the noise of around 90,000 screaming Catalans. Again, the ref can point to the rule book, but you don’t ever see any other players sent off in similar situations.

So am I just being paranoid or do you think there is a definite inconsistency in how the officials deal with us and the other teams in Europe?

Arsenal to sell Vermaelen but to which of the bidders?

Apart from clearing out his locker, sticking a SOLD sign on it and handing one of the other Arsenal players the number five shirt, Arsene Wenger could hardly make it more clear that the club captain, Thomas Vermaelen, will not be playing for Arsenal in the season ahead.

The fact that the Belgium international has not been seen at training or anywhere around the club, despite hyaving been due back from his summer holiday some time ago, has been a big hint, but Wenger confirmed the suspicions today, as reported by Arsenal.com, while talking to the media in the build up to Arsenal v Man City for the Community Shield on Sunday.

And the Prof also admitted that there was more than one club after the versatile defender, with both Man United and Barcelona having been linked in recent Arsenal transfer rumours. He also admitted that there were offers in place from Vermaelen when asked.

Wenger said, “Yes… I can’t tell you [who they are from], but you will know very soon.

“I’ve said since the start of pre-season that Thomas could leave us because he needs to play now. He had an outstanding attitude and behaviour but he’s in a position where it’s difficult to stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.

“Ideally yes [I would rather sell Vermaelen abroad]. It is an option. I don’t want to tell you [which clubs are interested] but we have offers from abroad as well.”

At least there is some good news for Arsenal fans about the offers from abroad, because we don’t want to see another former captain playing against us in the Premier League, with van Persie at United and Cesc Fabregas now at Chelsea.

So let’s hope that the verminator is off to play in La Liga for Barcelona, although I would not be surprised if the Gunners then drew them in the Champions League…