It was reported that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was going to miss the Gunners’ tour of Asia because of a back injury, which is bad news for the club’s pre-season preparations, and even worse news for the Belgium international. Vermaelen, as we know, has his work cut out getting a starting place ahead of the central defensive partnership that finished last season.
Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were meaner than Scotland’s biggest miser and tighter than the seal on nuclear submarine in the last 10 games of the season, after Vermaelen was dropped by Arsene Wenger after a poor run of form. There have been rumours that he might leave and, although they seem to have stopped, he will not be too happy to spend most of next season sitting on the bench. .......Read the full article here
Is Lescott a good option for Arsenal? by Ash
Jolean Lescott isn’t a player you would normally think Arsenal were interested in, keeping his age and inconsistency in mind, however a report from SportsDirectNews would suggest otherwise. Now, I know what you’re thinking, SportsDirectNews? That’s not a reliable source and yes, I am aware that there creditability cannot be certain and to be honest it’s probably a load of made up rubbish. However that’s not what I want to focus on. I want to see if you think Lescott would be a good option for Arsenal because I generally think he’d be a decent signing, and with the exit of Johan Djourou we need a new backup centre-back. .......Read the full article here
Miquel for 4th choice by Ash
Many know that this summer transfer window is absolutely vital for Arsenal, and the club needs to get it right if they are to be ambitious and compete amongst the big boys next year, especially if we want to challenge for the Premier League and go far in both domestic and European competitions.
And one of the many aspects of the team is sorting out the defence, which in all fairness wasn’t as bad as many say they were. Arsenal was second best to Manchester United in terms of least goals conceded. .......Read the full article here
There have been a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours about the possible departure of Thomas Vermaelen, and it could be a distinct possibility now that it has been revealed that the Gunners are close to the signing of Swansea’s Ashley Williams.
It has been reported that after the THIRD meeting between Arsenal and Williams’ representatives, personal terms have now been agreed between both parties, but now the actual transfee fee needs to be agreed with his club.
Arsenal are believed to have offered £8 million to Swansea, but the Welsh club are valuing the 28 year-old at being closer to £12 million but are expected to settle on a figure in between the two prices. .......Read the full article here
The highly experienced Athletico Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta has been linked with a move to Arsenal recently, and it seems that the Venezuelan international is keen to make a move to the Premier League, despite interest from Russia.
Amorebieta’s agent, Gines Carvajal, has been talking about his clients impending move at the end of the season, and he has been quoted in the Spanish press as saying: “We are in talks with Arsenal, he could join them in June.”
“We have had some contact with Anzhi Makhachkala, they were ready to make a good offer, but my client wants to play in England so the transfer to Russia was not possible.” .......Read the full article here
Looking to the future by JG
Following last nights international, everyone from Brazil to Timbuktu, are now aware of the enormous talent that Arsenal have in Jack, not just us Gooners.
I do not believe that keeping hold of him in the near future, 2-3 years, will be a problem. Arsenal will certainly look at his 5 year contract in 18 months to two years time, and offer to pay him what he deserves. .......Read the full article here
Is Miquel ready for first team football? by KJ
Rumours are starting to pick up that Djourou could be on his way out of Arsenal very soon. It was reported that Napoli scouts were at the Switzerland game against Iceland. They were there scouting Djourou as a possible recruit. Other teams such as Lazio are also interested in the Swiss international. What this means is that one of the youngsters is going to have to be promoted as 4th choice centre back – the obvious choice is Ignasi Miquel. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is being scouted by Roma according to reports in Insidefutbol. by AM
Switzerland played their world cup qualification group match against Albania, which they 2-0. Arsenal defender Johan Djourou featured in the match and according to reports Roma’s scouts were present in that match to watch Djourou and his team mate Valentin Stocker.
Djourou had an uncertain summer this time around with speculations surrounding his future at the club. Another Serie A club, Napoli, were linked with a move for Swiss defender, but nothing materialized. Back in May, the defender said (in an interview to Swiss 20 Minutes)– “It is not easy. I hardly play and honestly I’ve had enough. Moreover, I never play in my favourite position of centre back. If I get an interesting offer, I am going to seriously look at it.” .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal’s defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that didn’t come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M’Biwa, told the world that he had been approached by Arsenal, and now today we have another confession of contact from a defender.
The Senegal and Anderlecht youngster Chiekhou Kouyate told ESPN yesterday: “The fans of Anderlecht asked me to stay for the club and they showed me their appreciation,” Kouyate said. .......Read the full article here
It is a situation that is both welcome and uncommon at Arsenal – one area of the squad is nearing full fitness. Whilst Mertesacker, Koscielny, Djourou and Squillaci are ready to play, Vermaelen is looking like a contender to be fit for the Chelsea game whilst Gibbs is days away from a return. Whilst Sagna will be out until after the New Year, the majority of the defensive line is looking strong. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger may have promised the Arsenal fans a new defender this summer (after Carl Jenkinson’s arrival I might add), but it seems that the return of Thomas Vermaelen (and maybe the departure of Gael Clichy!) is enough for Wenger to believe that the defence has been improved enough.
Wenger hasn’t seemed such a happy figure in his press conferences lately and when he was asked if Arrsenal were still going to sign a new centre-back, he went into a ramble about how the club was searching high and low but EVERYONE ELSE was also looking……. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has promised the Arsenal fans a new defender before the end of the transfer window, but there is no imminent signing on the horizon so far despite the big words.
Kyle Bartley was thought to be nearly ready to take the step up to the Arsenal first team, but after Wenger sent him out on loan it was assumed a new arrival would be named in his place.
The young Ignasi Miquel hasn’t been with the Gunners squad for any of the pre-season games, but it seems that Wenger has been watching him closely as he helped Spain to win the European Under-19 Championship this summer, playing in every single game. .......Read the full article here