Mikel Arteta will only miss one game for Arsenal after being sent off against Crystal Palace yesterday. That means he will miss the Capital One cup clash against Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday, a game that he was not due to play in anyway. It is just as well, really, because the Spaniard and his manager Arsene Wenger would have a lot more to say about it otherwise.
Arsenal will still beat Crystal Palace this weekend by KJ
It’s just been announced that Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has agreed to leave the club after a run of seven defeats in eight. He struggled at times in the Championship and although he brought in 14 players, none of them really strengthened the squad he has. He just doesn’t have an eye for talent and the fact that Arsenal misfit Marouane Chamakh was one of his big summer signings is all you need to know about the state both Holloway and Palace were in.
When Arsenal finished last season with a win away at Newcastle, the players celebrated like they had won a trophy. In a way, they had according to Arsene Wenger. Whatever the rights and wrongs, you can bet that AVB and Tottenham would have given almost anything to be in our position.
Then came all the furore and excitement of the transfer window, and Arsenal fans were rubbing their hands at the prospect of signings all over the pitch. Well, it hasn’t really happened, for one reason or another. There were three or four positions that most Arsenal fans were crying out for Wenger to strengthen, and some fans feel the Frenchman has failed to do this, but I have a theory as to why.
Top ten positives from the transfer window By AondoaverK
Hello Arsenal fans, it’s time to exhale! The market is over and we are the talk of town. You’d even think we just won a major trophy in injury time, in the most agonizing fashion. The four signings the Gunners made and the players released might not be what everyone wants but there is unanimity that we bought smart. We can’t win by just buying but we can give ourselves a chance. That, I think, we did.
Bendtner offered another escape route! by Ash
Arsenal wantaway striker Nicklas Bendtner has been given what seems to be one final chance to leave the Gunners this summer, with enquiries from fellow Premier League London club Crystal Palace and Steve Clarke’s West Brom. Palace have already secured the signing of Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal this summer, and the Moroccan even found the back of the net at the weekend, but the newcomers are still concerned with their options up front following the departure of Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United and so have outlined Bendtner as their next target.
Chamakh and Gervinho gone by Ash
After Gervinho’s move to Serie A side AS Roma was confirmed by Arsenal yesterday, many were glad to see the back of the player who flopped massively during his time in England. Although looking back at his time, the Ivorian did also have highs during his time at Arsenal, most notably his performances at the start of his career in North London and the start of last season when he was the top scorer for a while. He also slapped Joey Berton in the face, which has to be worth something.
Chamakh close to exit! by AH
Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh is close to securing a move away from the Emirates, as he looks set to link up with fellow London club and Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace on an initial six month loan deal.
Chamakh has been a long term target for Palace boss Ian Holloway and has stated on several occasions of how keen he is to sign the Moroccan international striker to improve his current squad ahead of what will be a tough campaign for the Eagles. Crystal Palace secured promotion to the Premier League through the Playoffs, beating Watford at Wembley In the final. However after losing their star player Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United, they are severely weakened in terms of striking options and Holloway will be hoping Chamakh can be a worthwhile choice to have upfront.
The removal of the deadwood continues at a rapid rate for Arsenal. It has already reported that Gervinho is close to a move to Italy and the latest so-called misfit to be leaving the club seems to be the Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh.
The 29-year old looked like he would never make it in the Premier League, with his loan move to West Ham last season resulting in just three appearances and no goals. Chamakh is to be given one more chance, apparently, after Crystal Palace decided not to take Carlton Cole but want the Arsenal man instead, The Sun reports.
The next player on the production line of Arsenal “deadwood” exits looks to be Moroccan striker Marouanne Chamakh who spent a chink of last season on loan at West Ham and was further down the pecking order than Andy Caroll, Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole.
According to certain media sources, he will be heading to Spain this summer and Levante are thought to have already offered a measly £1M. It’s still more than Arsenal paid for him but it will only make up around 18 weeks of wages paid to him.
Arsenal are hoping to part company with quite a few of the players us fans term, perhaps a bit harshly, as dead wood. Along with the relaxing of the financial spending restrictions brought about by the building of the Emirates stadium and the self-financing policy of the club, the extra money available for not paying all these unnecessary salaries will hopefully set the Gunners off on a much more prosperous and successful future.
It’s a Win-Win scenario for Arsenal by AH
Although some people may slate the club for letting the deadwood players go for stupidly small sums of money, a lot of people will correctly recognise that although it hasn’t added much to our transfer chest, it does free up a lot of space elsewhere.
Now in this article, I’m addressing how much the club could realistically make if we were to sell all the players that have been touted for a move this summer. Of course some of them will stay because they won’t be able to find a club, and some of them just genuinely won’t be sold because they are still wanted, like Vermaelen. I’ll look to address a player’s value and how much wages they will open up and obviously each player that goes frees up a squad place.
How much the deadwood will free up space by AH
It’s a pretty well-known fact that in order for Arsenal to improve then we need to ship out some of the ‘deadwood’ and replace it with talent that can seriously build on our team and make it a strong competitor. If I’m honest I really don’t think we are that far off a great team, we have the buildings of it already at the club, we just need to go out this summer and buy, in my opinion 3, maybe 4 top quality players.