Arsenal to swoop for cut price World Cup winning defender?

On the face of it this seems like a brilliant deal for Arsenal and one that is right up the street of the financially careful Arsene Wenger. And if the report in The Mirror is right and it was the Gunners that made the first move and asked Valencia about the availability of their centre back Shkodran Mustafi then our manager must rate him as a player that could fill the gap left by the long term injury to Per Mertesacker.

Mustafi was in the Germany national squad with Arsenal’s BFG when Joachim Low led them to World Cup glory in Brazil two years ago and he did come on twice as a sub before a knock ended his involvement. He also played twice for the Germans at Euro 2016 and scored their first goal of the tournament against Ukraine.

After a slow start to his career with Premier League Everton, making just one appearance in three years, the 24-year old moved to Italy where he made his name with Sampdoria before Valencia snapped him up tow years ago. He has gone on to become a mainstay for them in La Liga and Europe but their failure to secure Champions League football for the coming season is the reason Valencia have told the Gunners they will accept half of the €50 million value of his release clause, which means Wenger will not have win many jackpots at ruby slippers slot online to come up with the transfer fee!

Sounds good to me Arsene, so what are you waiting for?

Great bets to give Arsenal fans interest in the Euros

With no Arsenal games for the next few months, we can at least console ourselves by watching some of our best players performing at the Euro2016 tournament in France this summer. I have been looking around at some good bets to give us an interest in the competition while keeping an eye on the form of our Gunners.

A lot of Gooners in the UK will be looking for Jack Wilshere to regain his earlier Arsenal form in the qualifying Group where he won the Man of the Match for England in 5 out of 6 games. The Lions are 8/1 fourth favourites to win the competition, and if you think Our Jack can be the man to galvanize them to victory it may be worth backing Wilshere at 66/1 with Betfred to win the Player of the tournament, or if you are feeling very lucky try Aaron Ramsey at 150/1.

Okay enough of the fantasies, let’s look at some realistic bets from Betfred that could actually win us some money. I personally don’t think that England can win it, but the 11/2 that Betfred offer on the Lions to win all three Group games seems very reasonable. And a fair Ramsey bet is for Wales to reach the QuarterFinals at 4/1. These are Betfred specials but if you sign up using this Betfred promotion code 2016 they will also give you £30 in free bets to play with!

Arsenal have other players at the Euros though, and with Giroud and Koscielny playing for the favourites France and Mesut Ozil appearing for the World Cup winners Germany, we can expect one of those to go all the way to the Final. My favourite longshot is for Germany to win it and Muller to be top scorer at 16/1. If Ozil continues providing chances that could be a very good bet. Also I’ll do Ozil to be named Player of the tournament at 20/1. I can see both those bets winning me money!

If you think that Giroud’s hat-trick in our last game shows that the Frenchman is coming back to form, it may be worth having a saver on France to win the competition and Giroud to be top scorer at a very tasty 28/1. I’m going to do all of these wagers and I’m pretty sure I’ll still have some interest going on all the way through to the Final.

What do you think is the best bet out of that lot?

World Cup delight will help Arsenal see the REAL Mesut Ozil

If Arsenal are going to build on the success of last year, with an FA cup to end the trophy drought and a prolonged spell at the top of the Premier League table, we are going to need our key Gunners to perform at the top of their game. A few less injuries would help as well, of course.

So the form of Mesut Ozil could be crucial as to whether we Arsenal lifting more silverware this season or not. The Ozil who looked tired and dispirited midway through last season is not going to help us much, which is why it was great to see the German playmaker put on a much better showing at the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro last night.

The 25-year old Gunner worked his socks off and had a real influence on the game before coming off at the end of extra time. His passing, movement and running with the ball were top notch and he produced two great chances for his team, at least one of which should have resulted in a goal. Mesut was clearly delighted, as the following Tweets reveal.

He wrote, “world champions!!! what an amazing feeling!”

And, “Greatest day of my life!”

Ozil will be having a holiday before returning to pre-season training with his Arsenal team mates, but he should arrive in great spirits and high on confidence, and that could just make the difference for us this season!!

Arsenal fans licking their lips over Ozil and Khedira together

If Arsene Wenger was looking for any help as to whether he should step up Arsenal’s transfer interest if the Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, last night’s unbelievable demolition of the host nation Brazil by Germany, in the most one-sided World Cup semi-final ever, should have made his mind up.

Some football pundits have suggested that signing Khedira would have an added bonus, as well as Arsenal getting a top quality central midfielder, who at 25-years old is just approaching his peak years, the fact that Khedira is a close friend and international team mate of our German star Mesut Ozil, would help to bring the best out of him.

That theory got a massive thumbs up last night, as the two worked brilliantly together. Ozil was actually outdone by Khedira in the Germany team, as he missed a great chance while the Real Madrid man took his and put in an amazing and eye-catching display of pace, power, passing and penetration.

But Ozil, in his usual languid style, was like the oil in an efficient German machine. Khedira may not be an out and out defensive midfielder, but recent transfer windows suggest that Arsene Wenger is not really looking for one of those anyway. His performance last night showed that he would be a fantastic addition to the Arsenal team. Now go get him Arsene!

Arsenal target struggles to shine in Brazil – Should we worry?

There are a number of players being linked with Arsenal Football Club for that troublesome defensive midfield role, and one of those who the Arsenal fans seem most keen on is the Germany international Sami Khedira. But the 27-year old did nothing to enhance his chances of drawing a transfer bid from Arsene Wenger with last night’s display at the World Cup finals.

The Real Madrid midfielder has recovered from his cruciate ligament in the nick of time to join the Arsenal trio of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and his good friend Mesut Ozil. After the first group game, Germany were looking like a good bet to lift the trophy, but last night they toiled against a hard working and determined Ghana side.

The Africans will probably feel unlucky that they did not take all three points, as they dominated much of the game and created plenty of chances. The Germany boss had seen enough from Khedira and replaced him with Schweinsteiger in the second half, in a bid to shore op the centre of the pitch and give more protection to Hummels and our BFG, who struggled all night to cope with the pace of Ghana.

One poor game does not make Khedira a bad player, of course, and we should remember that he is still working his way back to full fitness, but will Wenger have second thoughts after seeing him struggle against a pressing team?

Mertesacker – Germany are in the hardest group at the Euros

The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has just played his first competitive game since injuring himself in February, and it ended in a 5-3 defeat for Germany at the hands of European minnows Switzerland, but the big centre-back thinks that the team will be back on Song by the time the tournament proper comes along.

“Yesterday was very disappointing for us but we’re looking forward to the tournament,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It’s in two weeks and we’ll be in good shape I think.”

Germany have been drawn into the “Group of Death” at Euro 2012 against Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands, but Mertesacker is not unduly worried.

“It’s the toughest group in the Euros but we have great experience in the last few tournaments,” he said. “Therefore we are very confident and hopefully we can do a good job.”

Considering that Holland were beaten 2-1 by Bulgaria, Denmark lost 3-1 to Brazil and Portugal were held to a 0-0 draw by Macedonia, Mertesacker has every right to feel as confident as anyone else!

Van Persie very impressed with Podolski signing

Arsene Wenger is trying hard to get Robin Van Persie to sign a contract extension at Arsenal this summer, and other than making sure of Third Place in the Premiership, Wenger has also dipped into the roulette wheel of the transfer market and came up with Lukas Podolski who he hopes will also prove to Van Persie that Arsenal are ambitious for next season.

The Flying Dutchman seems suitably happy with the move. He said: “I’m really happy – he’s a very mature player who has played 95 games for Germany. That tells you plenty, because they have a world-class side.

“He’s been at the highest level for eight or nine years now, scoring lots of goals and consistently proving to be a really good player. He has a really good left-foot shot and can play in a couple of positions, which is important for us as our game involves a lot of movement and interchanging.”

“As we have seen with Per, German players tend to be very professional in how they live, train and perform – it’s something I like about them and another reason why this is a great signing for us,”

Now we just need to make sure Arsenal finish Third…..

Podolski – Arsenal are one of the top clubs in Europe

It has been Arsenal’s worst-kept secret for the last few months that they had secured the services of Lukas Podolski for next season, but the player himself is just as happy to be joining the mighty Gunners!

Podolski said: “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal Football Club and to play in the Premier League. Arsenal is one of the top clubs in Europe with a huge history. There are many top quality players at Arsenal and the style of football which the team plays is fantastic. I’m proud to become an Arsenal player and am looking forward to playing my first match at Emirates Stadium and doing my best for all the Arsenal fans.

“I am looking forward to becoming an Arsenal player, but at the moment my focus is with my current club, FC Cologne. I will give everything I have until the end of season to make sure the team finish as high as possible in the Bundesliga. There will always be a place in my heart for FC Cologne.”

First of all though Podolski will be looking to win the Euros with Germany (lets hope he doesn’t get injured!) and Arsène Wenger is looking forward to watching him in action. Wenger said: “We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future. He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.

“We are happy to have made this signing early and we are looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championship over the summer, a level where he has already made 95 caps at the age of 26. That is a phenomenal record and just shows his quality as a player.”

It looks like Per Mertesacker may also be fit enough to make his mark for Germany. Perhaps more Arsenal fans will be supporting Germany than England this summer?

Arsenal’s Podolski deal confirmed…. Now for M’Vila

It is being reported today that Arsenal and Koln have finalized the transfer of Lukas Podolski to the Emirates as the German international hitman doesn’t want to interupt his preparations for the Euros.

The headline in today’s Mirror certainly makes it sound like a done deal. It read: Arsenal clinch £10m signing of German striker Podolski, A fee of £10million has been agreed with FC Koln and Podolski will sign a five-year contract at around £80,000 a week. A national paper doesn’t usually make statements like that unless they are certain that they know the facts.

They then go one to say that Wenger has now turned his attention to the strong holding midfielder Yann M’Vila, who has also been very strongly linked with the Gunners over the last couple of months. The 21 year-old French international has just about every sign of a typical Wenger signing.

He is French, young but still experienced with 18 caps for his country, and is only expected to cost around 15 million. And after Podolski, the holding midfield position is one of the most vulnerable positions for Arsenal if Alex Song gets injured.

Wenger set for a German summer – Another done deal lined up?

There are an amazing amount of Arsenal transfer rumours floating around considering that there is still three months left until the end of the season, and it seems clear that Wenger is concentrating on bringing players over here from the Bundesliga.

Perhaps it was Germany’s performances in the World Cup that persuaded Wenger to move his centre of scouting operations to the Motherland, but whatever the reason it seems to be a shift in his thinking away from the weaker Ligue 1 and over to the (much) stronger German League.

First of all Arsenal brought in Thomas Eisfeld in January, and everyone seems to be totally convinced that Lukas Podolski will be arriving as well this summer. The next one being touted as a done deal is the transfer of the half English youngster Lewis Holtby.

The Schalke midfielder is the son of an English squaddie and a German mother and after captaining the Germany U21 side he has now earned a promotion to the senior national side and is hotly tipped as star of the future.

Arsenal Insider (Carl Eldridge) revealed a couple of months ago that Holtby was already lined up to join Arsenal this summer, and now it has been confirmed by the respected Sports journalist Javier Perez. Holtby is a highly experienced player considering he is only 21 with over 100 appearances in Germany, and with only a year left on his contract he will be much cheaper than the much-lauded pair of Mario Gotze or Eden Hazard.

The only problem I can see is that he has Everton DNA!