Is Ozil now ready to be Arsenal’s big-game player?

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has come out with an open plea to Mesut Ozil ahead of the new Premier League season.

Ozil signed for the Gunners from Spanish giants Real Madrid in a deal worth more than £42 million in 2013. The deal was supposed to be the clincher in many ways for the club. After so many years of being priced out of players by competition, Arsene Wenger got this one right. The signing of Ozil was accompanied with so much of hope and expectation from the fans, the moment it was announced.
The German world cup star had a difficult start to his life in North London but soon overcame the cobwebs. Slowly, he became an integral part of the squad and was also revered by the fans. His fellow German and former national keeper Lehmann though, has a word of advice.

Meet the striker set to challenge Giroud for Arsenal place!!

The former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry suggested recently that his fellow countryman Olivier Giroud was not quite up to the job of spearheading the Gunners as we try to get back to the very top of English football, as we were when Monsieur Henry was tearing up EPL defences with his pace and finishing power.

And although Arsene Wenger reacted to this by suggesting that his former star player was wrong about the current first choice centre forward, it seems as though the boss may be in agreement with Henry after all, because he is planning to have a serious rival to Giroud in the Arsenal team next season and that player is Theo Walcott.

Thierry Henry retires but NOT joining Arsenal

There has been much talk about the possibility of Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal in a coaching capacity but for now it seems that he has decided against it for the time being, and will instead be taking up a role as a commentator with Sky in the New Year.

The Arsenal legend, who scored 228 goals in his time with the Gunners, said his farewell to the fans in a statement today on France24. He said: “It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special,”

“Electric” Welbeck emulates Henry (and Bendtner!)

Arsene Wenger was quick to pour praise on hat-trick hero Danny Welbeck following Arsenal’s impressive 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray at the Emirates. The England international has wasted little time in endearing himself to the Arsenal fans following his deadline day move from Manchester United, and his three goals against Galatasaray had some Gooners comparing the 23-year-old to a certain Thierry Henry. While those comparisons are probably a touch premature, there were undoubtedly shades of Henry in each of Welbeck’s three goals against the Turkish giants.

Should Arsenal fans worry about Red Bulls defeat?

We know that pre-season friendly games are more about preparation and fitness than anything, but at the same time it is never nice to lose a game, which is what happened to Arsenal last night in America.

The New York Red Bulls team featuring our former golden buy Thierry Henry do not have the same season as the Premier League, so we expected them to be more match sharp, but with Arsenal fielding the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, you could still have hoped for more from us.

Bergkamp wants to come and make Arsenal even better!

There has always been a lingering wonder if one day Arsenal will see their wonder team of the glory days and invincible age return once again to the club as the team’s managerial staff. It would be a fantastic sight seeing the likes of Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp all in positions at the club, but will it ever become a reality?

For Adams and Vieira, they are already in management positions, just not at Arsenal; whilst Thierry Henry of course still plays professional football in the USA. Bergkamp on the other hand does have a hand in football management, as he is a coach at Dutch club Ajax, the club where he first began his fantastic career.

Arsenal missed out on Eto’o by a whisker

Back in 2000, Arsenal had just come second in the Premier League, but we were a massive 18 points off Manchester United, so Arsene Wenger went looking for firepower. The Frenchmand had signed Thierry Henry and Dvor Suker the previous summer, and that summer ended up getting Wiltord and Pires among others. It didn’t win us the title, but it cut the deficit to 10 points, but it could have been so different.

Flamini?? Is that the best Arsenal can do?

According to several sources across England, Arsenal have agreed terms to resign Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer. Flamini has been training with the club ever since he was released by Serie A side AC Milan, who he left the Gunners to go and join 5 years ago. 5 years on and he is back at Arsenal after being invited to train with the club at London Colney, to supposedly build on his fitness. However with so many cases before, Wenger has taken the opportunity to resign one of his glory days players.

Campbell could finally get Arsenal chance after work permit granted

The Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has announced via his official Twitter account that he has been granted a work permit to play in England next term, suggesting that his future could remain in England after all. There had been some previous speculation that the Costa Rican international would be permanently leaving the Gunners, after still not securing a work permit to play in England two years after we signed him. However now Campbell looks likely to remain in England, although it looks like he could go on loan again. A reported target for Crystal Palace, Campbell will have to weigh up his options for a loan deal this summer, because there is littl chance that he will remain at Arsenal for the upcoming 2013/14 season.

Arsenal’s young gem Sanogo needs a lot of polishing

I am sure that lots of Arsenal fans tuned in to watch the new signing Yaya Sanogo play for France last night in the under 20s World Cup game against the hosts Turkey. I don’t know about anybody else, but I wasn’t exactly blown away by the 20-year old striker, even though he did score a goal as France won 4-1 and went into the quarter-finals.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to see an accomplished and finished article, because Arsenal would not have been able to sign him on a free transfer with no competition if he had been setting the world alight. One of the commentators said last night that Arsene Wenger likes a project, and that pretty much hits the nail right on the head.