There seems to be a tendency in the English media to ignore Arsenal’s credentials and find all sorts of reasons to suggest that doom and despair is just around the corner. In a way I think it has helped the players and given them an extra incentive to prove people wrong, but it is nice to hear someone actually appreciate what the team is doing, especially when the praise comes from the likes of Barcelona star Andres Iniesta and England captain Steven Gerrard..
For Arsenal fans, Cesc Fabregas is a rarity. Despite him leaving the Gunners against all of our wishes and leaving Arsene Wenger with a real problem replacing him, the Spanish international is not seen along with the likes of van Persie, Nasri, Adebayor and other former Gunners who we would cheerfully watch being set upon by a pack of wild ferrets.
There are various reasons for this, the main one being that he did not abandon us at the first chance and went back to the club he supported as a boy and always wanted to play for, FC Barcelona. The fact that they are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not one of our direct rivals helps us to understand his decision as well.
Arsenal in For Yet Another Barcelona Starlet? by AT
Following the unfortunate injury to Theo Walcott, it is no surprise that the Gunners are increasingly being linked with several strikers and wide forwards. The latest name to enter the fold is that of Barcelona starlet Christian Tello, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger understood to be on the verge of a £10.5m move for the young Spaniard.
After the proposed loan deal for young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was ruled out, with Morata deciding to stay and fight for his place in Spain, as reported by Metro, it seems that Wenger still wants a striker from La Liga but has moved from one Spanish giant’s out of favour striker to another.
It was reported as being almost a done deal a few weeks ago and Arsenal were believed to be about to make Antonio Sanabria the latest of the young players from the famous Barcelona academy at La Masia to swap Spain for north London. But for some reason it looks like it is not going to happen.
Although there has been no official confirmation from either club, Spanish media outlet Sport.es has reported that Sanabria is going to join the serie A club Roma. The 17-year old Paraguayan international was speaking to the radio back in his home country when he revealed that the deal was done.
There were a lot of long and drawn out transfer rumours connected with Arsenal Football Club in the simmer and, until the amazing capture of Mesut Ozil on the last day, all of them seemed to go wrong for one reason or another. The one that wound most fans up was the Gonzalo Higuain saga, with the Madrid striker apparently certain to come to north London before joining Napoli.
For me, it was equally frustrating that the Bayern Munich and Brazil midfielder Luis Gustavo decided to join the Bundesliga club Wolfsburg instead of Arsenal. The defensive midfield position was one which most fans were desperate to strengthen, which Arsene Wenger eventually did with Mathieu Flamini, but Gustavo would have been a great signing.
First of all Arsenal fans, this is not an April Fools day article four months early. And I do not really expect the Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi to be leaving La Liga to come and play for the Gunners. But over the last year or so there have been an increasing amount of stories from Spain indicating that the Messi is not entirely happy at the Nou Camp.
Gilberto reckons Arsenal stand a good chance against Munich! by Ash
Whilst Arsenal have been doing very well in the Premier League and currently sit at the top of the table, the club’s Champions League position looks a little more doubtful despite qualification to the next round. Arsenal managed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League last week despite falling at the hands of Napoli with a 2-0 defeat. The loss left the Gunners level on points with group winners Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, but Arsenal evidently went through at the expense of the Italian side. Now after our progression was made a certainty, Arsenal have since found out that we will face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the next round of Europe’s greatest club competition.
So today brings us the big draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, which can be followed live on uefa.com at 12.00 CET. It is hard to choose which would be the best number out of the hat to face Arsenal, as all the possible opponents are certain to be tough nuts to crack.
Here is the list:
Barcelona – This is the club I fully expect to get as usual! They are in their familiar position of being top of La Liga, and are always one of the favourites to go all the way to the Final. Even with Messi out injured Alexis Sanchez has helped out with 8 goals in 11 games….
Why Arsenal Finishing Second Is Not Such A Bad Thing by AT
It really is a wonderful feeling to realise Arsenal made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League last night through a ‘Group of Death’ which most certainly lived up to it’s title. Heading into the last round of fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side needed to avoid losing to Napoli by three or more goals to advance in the competition, something we just about managed to do.
I bet that Arsene Wenger is relieved that Arsenal Football Club signed up the core of young players on long term contracts last season. Because one of those five players was the Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey, whose fantastic form has been the talk of the season. And that is not just with Arsenal fans either, or even the Premier League.
Arsenal’s transfer nemesis Barcelona have reportedly been keeping a keen eye on Ramsey, as reported by the Daily Mail, and have had the scouts at the last four Gunners’ games as well as the last two internationals he played in for Wales. However, unlike in the past, Wenger should not lose too much sleep over this revelation. Ramsey has not got the draw of his boyhood club like Fabregas had.
You won’t find too many Arsenal fans saying that they do not think Arsene Wenger should sign another striker in January. Some feel that Olivier Giroud is not quite of the quality needed for the Gunners to win titles and trophies, while even those who are big fans of the Frenchman feel the club needs more firepower.
So the news, as reported by various media outlets including Metro, that the Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma is looking for a move away from the Nou Camp. Pedrito, Spanish for little Pedro, is a big favourite of the Barca fans and he has been with the La Liga champions for nearly 10 years, but at 26-years old he is concerned about his lack of game time and is thinking about his future and his international career with Spain.
It has been confirmed that the highly-rated Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has joined Championship side Watford on a loan deal valid up to January next year with an option to extend. The young Spaniard has been in great form for Arsenal’s reserves this season and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has been impressed enough to give him a chance at first team football over at Vicarage Road.
The youngster, who was brought in from Barcelona’s renowned La Masia academy in 2011, has developed rapidly under Arenal’s youth system and it is understood that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful that a loan move will further fast track his development as a player and bring him back to the Emirates as a possible contender for a first-team spot.