Arsene Wenger did not waste much time after hearing that the Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny was being targeted by some big hitters around Europe, according to reports from France. The Prof has moved quickly to instigate a new deal for his star defender, and may have just done a bit more business at the same time.
A Talksport report reveals that the same man, Stephane Courbis, acts as the football agent for both the current Arsenal man Koscielny and a player we have been heavily linked with, Serge Aurier. The report goes on to state that news from France is that Wenger has held a meeting with Courbis in London this week, so there might be good news on the way from two fronts. .......Read the full article here
Whether or not Arsenal keep hold of Olivier Giroud this summer, and I for one hope we do, it is still expected to be a big transfer window for the club. And one of the main targets is going to be a top quality centre forward. And if the reports are true, Arsenal’s list may have just got smaller.
Two of the players most heavily linked with a move to the Emirates are the Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Diego Costa and the Bayern Munich and Croatia star Mario Mandzukic. I know that most of you Arsenal fans out there would prefer Costa, but unfortunately it is him that Arsenal may have to forget about signing. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that, like me, many Arsenal fans have taken great pleasure in seeing Chelsea and Jose Mourinho start to crumble spectacularly as their Premier and Champions League campaigns begin to hit the skids. And the not-so-special-after-all one ranting yet again about his strikers was music to our ears.
But it does mean that Arsene Wenger is likely to have a tougher time of it in the transfer market this summer, especially when it comes to strikers. One of the front men who is reportedly high on Arsenal’s shopping list is the Bayern Munich and Croatia international striker Mario Mandzukic, but according to a Metro report, Chelsea have stolen a march on us in the race to sign the prolific 27-year old and have already met with his agent in London. .......Read the full article here
Just like every other Arsenal fan on the planet, I would love to see Arsene Wenger set down a real marker this summer and splurge a huge portion of his transfer budget on a striker like Edinson Cavani, but in reality I cannot see it happening. That does not mean that there are not some real top quality front men out there and there are two especially I think that Wenger should be going for. .......Read the full article here
If you believe what you read in the papers, Arsenal have already tried to sign Julian Draxler. A January bid from the Gunners was revealed, or claimed by Horst Heldt, the sporting director of the German starlet’s current club Schalke 04.
Herr Heldt has been at it again, according to a Sky Sports report, in which he says that Schalke are very confident about keeping their exciting young player, despite the fact that there is a release clause in Draxler’s current contract, thought to be getting on for £40 million. .......Read the full article here
There is little doubt that Arsenal are not really expected to beat Manchester City tomorrow, with Arsenal around 3/1 to take the points and City around even money. For a home game at the Emirates, that just shows you how far we ghave fallen since heading the Premier League for most of the season.
And failure to win the game, as Arsene Wenger well knows, will be the final nail in the coffin of our fading title hopes. So it is hardly surprising to see that some bookies are offering as much as 150/1 for the Gunners to win the league. So maybe Wenger is clutching at straws when he says, in an Arsenal.com report, that Arsenal still hyave a chance. .......Read the full article here
The widespread belief in the football media is that Arsenal would have had Julian Draxler in the squad now if Arsene Wenger had agreed to pay something close to his release clause value of £37 million, and that the failure to sign the 20-year old sensation in January had left the door open for Bayern Munich to hijack the transfer in the summer.
But Arsenal fans can breathe a little easier after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, according to The Mirror, insisted that Draxler is not one of their transfer targets this summer. That should hopefully leave the way clear foe Arsenal to sign one of the most exciting young players in the world. .......Read the full article here
Julian Draxler was widely expected to be the main focus of transfer interest for Arsenal in the summer. Having failed to do a deal with Schalke in the January transfer window after trying to persuade the Bundesliga club to accept less than the massive buy out fee for their starlet, the transfer was far from over.
The terms of his release clause only kick in at the end of the season and Arsene Wenger is reportedly going to have around £100 million to splash out to strengthen the Arsenal squad. But, according to a report in The Express, it will not be the fee that stops the Gunners getting their man, it will be the team that has put paid to our Champions League hopes for the last two years. .......Read the full article here
If the stories in this weekend’s papers are true and the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been given an ultimatum to return to France with his wife in order to save his marriage, Arsene Wenger wiull have one more player to sign in the summer.
Assuming that Wenger wants to keeep the same general system of football that the Gunners operate with now, the Frenchman will need another player like Giroud who is big and strong enough to hold up the ball and bring the more tricky midfielders and wide players into the game. .......Read the full article here
Podolski’s looking forward to the North London derby, are you? by Ash
Lukas Podolski is the first Arsenal player to speak out ahead of another critical game for the Gunners this season, this one being the North London derby at Tottenham. Having already beaten the opposition once at the Emirates in the league already this season, and another win in the FA Cup, Arsenal will now attempt to take all three points away from White Hart Lane for the first time since 2007. .......Read the full article here
The thing about momentum is, like confidence and a good reputation, it takes some time to build up but can vanish in a split second. Arsenal have all three of these things at the minute and, if used correctly, they could mean that the Gunners’ title challenge is far from over, despite the seven point gap to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
What is absolutely vital now for Arsenal is a derby win at White Hart Lane on Sunday. We always want to win there, but it doesn’t happen that often. In fact, the last time we did the double over them in a season was 2007-08. Before that it was the year we last won a trophy. We need to do it again this year, or else we can kiss the Premier League crown goodbye. .......Read the full article here
A task too tough for the Gunners? by Ash
Arsenal came away from Munich having drawn 1-1 with German league and cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. The final aggregate score was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and it closed off another European adventure for an Arsenal side that really missed their opportunity of progression this year. .......Read the full article here