No deal in place for Higuain by AH
Gonzalo Higuain seems to be one of the biggest Arsenal transfer sagas of the summer alongside Stevan Jovetic. Higuain has had a busy summer already if you are to believe everything you read because it’s understood from the media that Real Madrid firstly agreed to sell him but nothing under £25 million. Juventus then reportedly came in and struck a deal with the player only to disagree on the fee, and Madrid dropped their asking price to around £20m; however Juve still refused to pay, so the rumoured deal with them now seems to be off. .......Read the full article here
Nacho Monreal has probably got a different perspective to all his Arsenal team mates about the club, as he only signed for the Gunners at the end of January after an injury to Kieran Gibbs. The left bacl spent the first half of the season playing for Malaga in the Spanish Primera Liga, so probably knew nothing about the intense pressure that Arsene Wenger and his players were under earlier in the season.
It has been a turbulent season for Arsenal for various reasons, but Monreal seems a little surprised at how much the criticism can affect the players, and has advised his new team mates to pay no attention to it all and just concentrate on doing their jobs. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has already acknowledged that Arsenal did not play well enough on Saturday. He has not taken refuge in bemoaning his luck, despite the fact that the Gunners dominated the game throughout and fell victim to a flukey goal that was one of only two attempts on target by Blackburn Rovers.
One thing that Wenger will not accept, though, is that the defeat was due to a lack of quality in the starting line up. Despite resting Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla, the manager is adamant that there was more than enough talent in the team to secure the win. He was seriously unimpressed by the line of questioning from the reporters at today’s press conference, and did not hold back with his own criticism. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal fans have practically given up on the little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin after accusing him of being lazy on the pitch over the last couple of seasons, but his manager Arsene Wenger completely refuses to allow any criticism of the 31 year-old’s commitment to the team.
Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I say that because [his attitude] has been questioned. I don’t tolerate that,”
“If that was the case I would not speak about it.
“But Andrey comes in every day and practices well, he is focused and wants to do well. I insist on this, because it was questioned and it is completely unjustified. In this case perception is not reality. .......Read the full article here
Bendtner still not catching a break at Juventus by TS
Do Italians have something against the Danes? Maybe they just have something against Nicklas Bendtner. Either way, it looks like the Arsenal loanee is still catching some flak after his arrival in Turin. The striker who was loaned out to Juventus for the season hasn’t had an easy time of things in Italy with the club announcing that the Dane wasn’t their first choice.
However, after Arsene Wenger gave some words of encouragement to the young striker, stating that he has a place in the Arsenal squad next season, Juventus have eased off all the ego bruising and have opted instead to give Bendtner some advice. .......Read the full article here
Fair Comment VS Unfair Criticsm – Where do we draw the line by CS
Over the last couple of Seasons, the ambitions of Arsenal Football Club has been attacked from ALL Quarters – The Media, (Online, Printed Press, TV Pundits) unhappy / disloyal departing Players AND Large Parts of its OWN Fanbase.
Personally, I couldn’t give a Fiddlers Damn, about the opinions of The Media, (Online, Printed Press, TV Pundits) unhappy / disloyal departing Players – Yes they are annoying and irritating, and they DO carry a certain amount of influence with people (sometimes gullible) – but at the end of the day – do they REALLY matter.? .......Read the full article here
Ramsey by SV
I wrote earlier today about some of the Arsenal-related transfer rumours which have been circulating recently. One of them concerned the possible sale of Aaron Ramsey, and I said that Wenger would be reluctant to sell him because of his potential. As I wrote it, I knew that there would be some disagreement over the statement. This article will hopefully explain why I made it anyway. .......Read the full article here
The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has seen his side beaten just once since losing to Arsenal (thanks to a last minute Yossi Benayoun goal) back in December, and is hoping to carry on that good form in today’s FA Cup match at the Emirates.
Last week Villa won away at Wolves with two goals from new loan signing Robbie Keane, and McLeish thinks his team is in good form. “Yes, this is a good opportunity after the result at Wolves. To get a win at Arsenal would be terrific for all of us.” he said. .......Read the full article here
Is The Board To Blame? By Lorenzo Sallows
Growing concerns are manifesting themselves amongst us Gunners and these are stemming from the lack of communication we are receiving from the Arsenal Board. We pay premium prices for our season tickets, we pack pubs and bars to catch a glimpse of the team we adore, we shoulder countless criticism yet still we wear our red jerseys with pride so why does the Arsenal board insist on shutting us out? .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn thinks that Arsene Wenger has taken a gamble by signing Thierry Henry, but thinks it will be excellent if he can impress the fans and reproduce his past goalscoring heroics, but he is als leaving himself open to criticism if it all goes wrong!
Winterburn said: “I hope everything works out as everyone is expecting.
“It’s terrific news for supporters of Arsenal. Thierry Henry is a winner. If he can make that rub off on players around him it can only be good for them.
“I hope everything fits into place.” .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made eight changes to the team he took to Wigan on Wednesday and was roundly criticized for resting nearly all the players that performed so well against Chelsea at the Emirates on Monday, but the Frenchman is certain that he made the right decision.
Wenger believes that the team that did play were good enough to take all three points at Wigan. “It’s not necessarily down to the players,” he said. “I decided from the start when I saw the fixtures that I needed to rotate. You can do four or five in one game and four or five in the other game but I decided to go with the whole lot in one game and come back with the whole lot in the third game. ” .......Read the full article here
The ex-Man Utd and Russia star Andrei Kanchelskis watched Arsenal get beaten by Tottenham at the weekend and, as usual, doesn’t have nice things to say about Arsenal’s Andrei Arshavin.
A couple of months ago Kanchelskis bad-mouthed Arshavin saying that he had no idea of how to act as captain of Russia, and did not have his heart in the job, and now he is saying that the little midfielder is not capable of playing for the whole 90 minutes at the pace of the Premiership.
“Physically, our striker is not ready for British football,” said Kanchelskis. “Andrey is a 70-minute player.” .......Read the full article here