After renewing the contracts of German youngster Serge Gnabry and Spanish magician Santi Cazorla, it seems as though Arsenal have renewed the terms of yet another first-team star. According to reports, the Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a bumper new contract with the club which will keep him at the Emirates stadium at least until 2018. The deal is said to be worth £20.8 million and will see the young Pole pocket around £100,000 a week, making him one of the club’s highest paid players.
Should Arsenal sign Casillas? by KJ
It was well reported in the summer that Arsenal were after a multitude of keepers that would most likely start for us. We were definitely in for the likes of Asmir Begovic and Julio Cesar, apparently. But most won’t know that we were according to some reliable sources in for Iker Casillas late on but couldn’t fund a move because of the possible transfers of Di Maria, Suarez and Özil to Arsenal. We only managed to make one of those transfers and according to the AST, we’ll have £50million to spend in January. Should we use that money to buy Casillas from Real Madrid?
Decisive times for Arsenal ahead. by KM
Well the international break or bore me later is now over and we can focus on Arsenal, with a Norwich side coming to the Emirates. I was pretty disappointed with our display against WBA. Even though they beat Man Utd away, if you want to be a champion you still need to beat West Brom. We looked tired in that game and we lacked options from the bench.
Arsenal target looking for a move away! by Ash
The transfer window still may be a fair few months away but it doesn’t mean that the rumours stop flying out from the media, especially when Arsenal is involved. The Gunners are constantly being linked with players (because Wenger always seems to be on the lookout for talent!) and so there is some exciting news today that one Arsenal target has declared he could make a move away from his current club in the near future.
Arsenal’s chance of signings from Real Madrid by Stefan
In the past few days Arsenal have been linked with a move for several Real Madrid players. The players were Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Iker Casillas. Di Maria seems like the most likely target and everybody knows it. Benzema, Ozil and Casillas will be very hard to get away from the Spanish capital. We may however be a step closer to Ozil after his anger at being substituted again in Madrid’s game against Granada.
Crazy Arsenal transfer rumours by Stefan
The other day I wrote an article about how Arsenal should once again consider buying a new goalkeeper and I suggested we revisit Julio Cesar. I suggested this because of Szczesny’s terrible performance against Aston Villa at the weekend. Until then I was content to let him be the number one at the club.
So once again at the start of the week the goalkeeper rumours started flying in. Today we are linked with Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas but that is unlikely in my opinion. The other one, which should be taken more seriously is Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The media is reporting that Arsenal are preparing a £17 million bid for him. I say to that, you can’t be serious.
The 3 Great Players Arsenal Need to be Top Again. by PH
Hi all you despondent Gunners. What a disappointing but predictable result on Saturday. Over the summer many names have been put forward as targets for Arsenal, and Arsenal fans have waited for new arrivals to take us back to the top again. Some of the players mentioned are not as good as people make out, others are unaffordable wage-wise, and most of the names are only mentioned by newspapers writing more rubbish articles to sell more copy.
Mikel Arteta – True Arsenal Captain Material by FD
The concept of a football captain as being an inspirational figure, a natural leader and on-field representative of the team’s manager is probably more of a British phenomenon. I think back to such iconic captains as Billy Bremner, Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore and our own Tony Adams. Players who commanded respect from their teammates and who could be relied upon to dish out a few verbal brickbats where necessary.
It is widely reported that the Arsenal board are going to hand Arsene Wenger a significant amount of money to spend in the transfer market this summer. The amount usually suggested is around £70 million, but there has been talk that this amount will be reduced if the Gunners do not finish in the top four because of the loss of revenue from the Champions League.
According to both the English and Spanish media a few weeks ago, Arsenal had almost sealed the deal with Victor Valdes for his transfer from Barcelona in the summer. It appears now, though, for some reason that the Catalan club are ready to keep their keeper for another year until his contract expires next summer.
31-year old Valdes told officials at Barca and released a statement that he would not be signing an extension to his current deal. The reasons given were his desire to experience football in a different country and culture, and it seemed that the English Premier League would be his destination. With the Arsenal connection at Barcelona, Fabregas and Song being the latest Gunners to have gone there, and Arsenal’s need for an experienced keeper, the move seemed ideal for all parties.
If Arsenal are looking for a goalkeeper with lots of experience at the top level, they would have to look a lot further than the stopper of Spain and Real Madrid, Iker Casillas. The 31-year old made his full international debut aged 19 and has gone on to become the most capped player ever for the Spanish national side, with 143.
Casillas has set all sorts of records with Real Madrid, playing 654 times for the club, winning five Primera Liga titles and two European cups along the way. He is a revered hero among fans of Madrid and he is the club captain, so the report in the Daily Star linking him with a summer transfer to Arsenal seems ridiculous on the face of it.
Now that Arsenal have sealed the deal with Theo Walcott, we can expect Arsene Wenger to do some business in the transfer market. There are a number of positions that need strengthening and extra cover, and one of those is between the goalposts, as Wenger wants some competition and cover for Wojciech Szczesny. One of the most successful keepers in Europe has just become available, coincidentally, after the 31-year old Spanish international Victor Valdes told Barcelona that he will not be renewing his contract at the club.