After a rousing finish to the Premier League season, Arsenal have managed to avoid the storm of protest that was seemed to be heading their way since August. By avoiding defeat in the last 10 Premier League games, Arsene Wenger and his players grabbed the final Champions League place and broke the hearts of Tottenham. It was a remarkable run of form, but the fact that the Gunners were in such a precarious position cannot be ignored.
In the last few weeks of the season when the transfer rumours start flying, all I have heard about Arsenal is sign this keeper, sign that keeper, Jovetic is close to agreeing a deal, Higuain is close to agreeing a deal, Yaya Sanogo has joined the club. All these different transfer stories that involve the club are leaving me very confused and no doubt the Arsenal squad will be too.
If Arsene Wenger and the club really are enquiring about so many players, this must be a good thing right? Wrong. Instead of having a look at half the players across Europe, Wenger should spend whatever money he has on one massive signing that will be talked about throughout the world.
Arsenal need another striker, at least. I think we all agree on that. We don’t necessarily agree on who it should be, other than the favt that we want someone who is a proven goal scorer. Of the transfer targets we have been linked with, all of them have some kind of drawback, whether that is fair or not.
There is a name that often crops up in the comments section, even though the Gunners are not really linked with him and he is not, theoretically, for sale, and that is Christian Benteke. It is being reported today, however, that Benteke seems to be keen on a move. There should be a phone, a bit like the Bat-phone, in Arsene Wenger’s pffice. That phone should be flashing and making a stupid noise right now, because Benteke is the striker we want.
The Higuains or the Bentekes: What Arsenal Needs Versus What Arsenal is Likely to Get by Uche
Hello fellow Arsenal fans. This is Uche Edochie, your co blogger and this is my first article on justarsenal.com. I hope you are all well inspite of this Higuain/Jovetic confusion.
I write to you today because it is the transfer season and as with most transfer seasons in recent memory, this is a typically rough time to be an Arsenal fan. It has been this way because of failed promises that have become a norm – up to some point anyway. In fairness to Wenger and the board, our last transfer performance has been better than most. We lost Robin Van Persie and Alex Song and gained Santiago Carzola, Lucas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal – who arrived in the January window. So even though we are not satisfied with what we have, we have not done badly in transfers of late.
Arsenal Transfer Window Game! By Rory Capel
Right end of the season, thank god Arsenal have made it into the Champions League, still feeling shaky today after those four added minutes! To calm everything down, I have created a transfer window game. The evaluation of a player’s price and wages are dependent on current wage, the amount of years left on their contract, and their form over the past few seasons. The targets I have put on are not of personal choice they are just targets that Justarsenal readers have discussed throughout the season.
70 million split into:
£50 million to spend on players
£400k p/w available wages
Arsenal Must Not Let Our Captain Leave by FD
The media is full of Arsenal transfer speculation at the moment, and the talk of which players might be coming to the Emirates in the summer is exciting for Arsenal fans. For the first time in several seasons we can anticipate the arrival of a footballing star or two, rather than bemoan the likely departure of a favourite player.
Is Wenger a genius? by NS
A big statement.
However, looking at the figures of nett spends…it’s difficult to argue. The only argument against is that he’s refusing to spend money or the board have been restrictive.
Personally, I feel he’s stretching everything he can from what we have. We do have 8 wins and two draws from our last ten league games, but over a season, I doubt we have what it take with our current squad.
David Moyes, the Manchester manager incumbent, quite rightly has received praise for working on a shoestring.
Well, so has Wenger. And Wenger’s record is much better.
Transfer targets, who in and who out? by Spendah.
Hello Gooners! In this article, I will assess all our transfer dealings in the coming transfer window after our glorious victory for the top 4. Feel free to post you thoughts, and please don’t be too harsh as this is only my second article. I will be looking to write more articles for this website.
Well first thing’s first, lets start with who we will sell.
Transfers OUT –
I really don’t see any of our keepers leaving, possibly Mannone though.
The biggest Arsenal transfer rumour going around today is the report in the Sun that Arsene Wenger is willing to unload our latest captain Thomas Vermaelen for a cut-price £5million Pounds. The Belgian international will not be happy that the Gunners went on a ten-game unbeaten run as soon as he was demoted to the bench, and the only time he got a game was when Laurent Koscielny was suspended.
Arsenal originally paid £10m for the Belgian international, but are reportedly willing to take half that this summer, which they will use to bring in the talented Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams, who has been linked with Arsenal for the last few weeks.
There is a chance that Arsenal could make significant progress in the Premier League next season while the other top three clubs, United, City and Chelsea, get themselves together after a period of upheaval. The fact that the rewards on offer in the English game makes it even more important to have a tilt at the title next season.
It has been revealed that Manchester United, by winning the Premier League, were the biggest earners from the TV money on offer in the league this season. The £61 million that they got, however, will be beaten by the amount the bottom club earns next season. That is pretty incredible, so imagine what the champions will get.
It was great for Arsenal fans to see Super Jack Wilshere back playing in the first team again this season. The 21-year old was obviously as glad as we were to get over his injury after what seemed like an eternity on the sidelines. Jack has put in some great performances for the Gunners, but he knows he has not been at his brilliant best, although he is sure we will see that next season.
“From a personal point of view it has been a good season for me, especially after last year,” said Wilshere.
We don’t know for sure that Arsenal are definitely looking to sign another keeper this summer, but it seems fairly likely, with the problems there have been with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski over the last few years. I really hope that Arsene Wenger has got a clear idea of who he wants to bring in, even if it is between a few keepers, because according to the media he has about 39 different possibilities.
Sometimes I think that the football journalists just go through every team in every league and see if they can make something up. Pepe Reina, Michel Vorm, Julio Cesar, Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic are just the keepers fr4om the Premier League that have been linked with Arsenal and i may have missed a couple.