Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration.
But the fact is that Arsenal DID buy a striker last summer by the name of Yaya Sanogo, and after his impressive display for the Gunners against Liverpool in the FA Cup win (which earned him a place against Bayern Munich), it seems that Wenger is now preparing to make him a regular first-teamer. .......Read the full article here
Come on Arsenal, sharpen your pencils, get your act together and this time make it count. One of the longest running contract sagas, complete with `will-he-stay-or-will-he-go` stories and clubs all over Europe being linked, could be finally coming to an end and so we should soon know whether Bacary Sagna will still be a Gunner next year or not.
According to the Daily Mail, the 31-year old French international is set to have a final round of talks with Arsenal about a new contract. And if they don’t go well, that could be that. Arsenal are well aware of what the defender wants, it is just a matter of giving it to him. Simples, no? .......Read the full article here
If you asked every Arsenal fan in the world to write down the top five players they are hoping and expecting Arsene Wenger to sign in the summer transfer window, I bet there would not be many who did not have Diego Costa and Julian Draxler on the list.
But there are stories about both of these potential signings in the media today and it is not good news for Arsenal fans. 25-year old Costa has drawn attention from many clubs, with Liverpool reportedly meeting his release clause last summer. But he seems committed to his current side Atletico Madrid and their manager Diego Simeone. .......Read the full article here
Just how important is Rosicky to Arsenal? by Ash
As I am sure you will be aware by now, Arsenal have decided to offer experienced player Tomas Rosicky a new contract, which he has decided to accept. The news has been welcomed by Arsenal fans everywhere because, although his importance can be undervalued by some, it is certain that he has true quality.
The details of Rosicky’s new deal have not been publicly disclosed yet and from the majority of sources, the deal only seems to have received a verbal agreement from both parties as of this moment. However because of Rosicky’s age and passion for the club, it is unlikely he will turn around and reject the club now for pastures new. .......Read the full article here
I know that there are some Arsenal fans who are still far from convinced that Olivier Giroud has got what it takes to be a Gunner. They took his recent dip in form as proof of this, while dismissing his comeback performance and two goals against Sunderland. Unfortunately for them, Arsene Wenger picks the team and he seems determined to stick with the former Montpellier man.
But with sackfuls of cash to spend and Nicklas Bendtner surely set to leave the club, Wenger is believed to be in the market for a striker or two in the transfer market. Maybe not though Gooners. Because there are a couple of players already signed up with the Gunners who could provide great competition, cover and support for Giroud. .......Read the full article here
The news broke in the last few days that Arsenal were on the verge of announcing a new deal for our little Mozart, Tomas Rosicky. His current contract runs out this summer and there have been rumours linking him to various clubs including a move to America and the MLS, but it looks like the 33-year old could be a Gunner until the end of his career.
And Rosicky is determined to finish that career with more medals to his name. He won the title at both of his previous clubs, Sparta Prague and Borussia Dortmund and he feels confident of doing the same with Arsenal. It would certainly be the wrong time for him to leave, with the financial restraints imposed by the building of a new stadium finally over. .......Read the full article here
The speculation about Arsenal and the striker situation is not going to go away anytime soon. Even if the young French striker Yaya Sanogo and Olivier Giroud score 10 goals each before the end of the season, Arsene Wenger is expected to strengthen his striking options in the summer.
One player who is regularly linked with a move to the Emirates, Loic Remy, did his chances no harm at the weekend. The 27-year old’s well taken late winner put him on 12 goals from 22 Premier League games and his almost single-handedly keeping his team in the running for a Europa League place. .......Read the full article here
There has been a lot of talk in the past few days about the bumper new contract for Wayne Rooney and it made me think about the situation between Arsenal and Bacary Sagna. The France international is out of contract in the summer and the club have still not agreed his new deal. I think we need to take a leaf out of United’s book and make sure that, like Rooney, Sagna will be staying put. .......Read the full article here
If anyone involved with Arsenal Football Club was unsure of the wisdom of offering a new contract to a 33-year old midfielder, the performance of Tomas Rosicky against Sunderland on Saturday should have convinced them. Arsene Wenger and the Gunners hierarchy certainly have no doubts, because the new deal for Rosicky is set to be signed anytime now.
The Czech international was brilliant as he interchanged positions with Santi Cazorla and ran the Black Cat’s ragged. And his goal was a thing of beauty, with Rosicky involved in the mesmerising build up as well as providing the deft finish. So nobody was surprised when Wenger revealed, as reported by The Mirror, the agreement to extend his Arsenal career. .......Read the full article here
It seems that everyone, including the Arsenal fans, had pretty much forgotten about Yaya Sanogo. When the Gunners signed him on a free transfer from a second division French club in the summer, it is fair to say that he did not exactly set our pulses racing and there were plenty of jokes going around about Wenger’s tendency for tightness, which just increased when he was then sidelined for months with injury.
So when he was brought back into the side and thrown straight into the deep end against Liverpool and Bayern Munich, eyebrows were raised as high as Penfold’s. But, for Arsenal fans at least, the lanky young French striker has been a pleasant surprise with two very decent performances. .......Read the full article here
They may sound like a strange comedy duo, but Juan Cuadrado and Zakaria Bakkali could soon be plying their trade on the Emirates pitch if the recent transfer rumours hold any water. And they would both bring pace and wing play to an Arsenal side that has really struggled for it since losing Theo Walcott to injury.
18-year old Bakkali is more of an out-and-out attacking player, usually on the wing but sometimes as a second striker for his current club PSV Eindhoven and various levels of the Belgium national team. According to Metro, PSV have comfirmed strong interest from Arsenal and are expecting a bid for their young star in the summer. The talented forward has scored three league goals this season, all in one game, which makes him the youngest player to get a hat-trick in the Dutch top division. .......Read the full article here
Football writers and Arsenal fans will all be expecting Arsene Wenger to spend some money in the summer and the number one target for most people would be a top class striker. But getting the right player, no matter how much cash you splash, is not that easy. Just ask Chelsea and Liverpool who spent big money on Torres and Carroll.
So despite the fact that he is clearly a talented player with an impressive scoring record and Premier League experience, there are doubts about whether Mario Balotelli should be one of the strikers on Arsenal’s transfer list, as has been reported by The Express. The paper claims that Wenger has been talking to his agent this week ahead of a potential summer swoop, with a move away from struggling AC Milan looking increasingly likely. .......Read the full article here