Arsenal may or may not be preparing to sign Josip Drmic, the young Swiss striker who has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season by scoring the same number of goals as Robert Lewandowski in a much worse side than the Pole’s Borussia Dortmund. But if the Gunners are trying to negotiate a deal with FC Nurenberg for their 21-year old star, it is likely to be much harder now.
The news broke in the last few days that Arsenal were on the verge of announcing a new deal for our little Mozart, Tomas Rosicky. His current contract runs out this summer and there have been rumours linking him to various clubs including a move to America and the MLS, but it looks like the 33-year old could be a Gunner until the end of his career.
And Rosicky is determined to finish that career with more medals to his name. He won the title at both of his previous clubs, Sparta Prague and Borussia Dortmund and he feels confident of doing the same with Arsenal. It would certainly be the wrong time for him to leave, with the financial restraints imposed by the building of a new stadium finally over.
European football is conditioning for Arsenal by Big Gun
Hi Gooners, The Champions League is no doubt where a club’s true strength and abilities are conveyed. Many people around the globe continually claim the BPL to be the toughest league in the world, therefore sporting the biggest number of quality teams. (This statement is probably true since Chelsea, Man City and now most recently Liverpool became a force.) Even still, I think that CL results throws that theory toward the window a bit as in the last two decades, it has been predominantly Spanish and Italian clubs winning the tournament. A debate for a rainy day.
There is a new Arsenal transfer rumour doing the rounds and it is safe to say that nobody saw this one coming. This time is not about a potential signing for the Gunners, but about another club showing interest in one of our players. No surprise there, but the club is the German and European champions Bayern Munich and the player is our 33-year old midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
I am one of the many Arsenal fans who feels that Rosicky is still a great player and was really pleased ro hear Arsene Wenger declare that the Czech international would definitely be offered a contract extension at the end of the season. But to read in the Independent that Bayern are interested in signing Rosicky is still a bit of a surprise.
The record signing of Arsenal Football Club has been named in the UEFA team of the year. Strangely, though, he is the only Premier League player to have made the XI. Many were surprised that nobody from the Premier League made the Ballon D’Or team either.
However, if you are looking for some conspiracy theory about the football authorities having it in for England, which I must admit has occurred to me a few times, the fact that neither Lionel Messi nor any of his Barcelona teammates made it suggests that the people who picked the team were either smoking something strong or were all Real Madrid fans, especially as Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Ozil were included.
It was not long ago that Arsenal fans spent more time in any transfer window worrying about which players we were in danger of losing rather than dreaming about the quality players that Arsene Wenger might bring into the club. It seems like that time is now over though, especially with the club having flexed it’s financial muscles to bring in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
So on the face of it, the Mirror report claiming that German giants Borussia Dortmund might be preparing to try and poach young Serge Gnabry from Arsenal should not be anything to worry about, or should it? Gnabry is German himself and must be well aware of the fantastic stadium and support that Dortmund have.
The possibility of Arsenal and other Premier League clubs trying to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund was always looking pretty slim. The Polish international striker was heavily rumoured to favour staying in the German Bundesliga and moving to the current champions Bayern Munich.
But earlier this year Lewandowski himself let it be known that nothing was decided about his future. That, and the fact that Dortmund would rather lose him to any other club than their direct rivals just kept the hope alive that a decent bid in January might be enough to get him.
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal have a great chance to make a bold move in the race for the Premier League title at the Etihad stadium, while opponents Manchester City have all the pressure to claw back some of the gap at the top of the table.
The Frenchman is probably trying to take some of the pressure off his players and help them to go out and play with freedom, or with the handbrake off as he often puts it. But he does have a good point. The fact that Arsenal beat Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the final pre-season friendly before the season started should help as well.
Napoli 2 v 0 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
A disappointing end to a disappointing game for Arsenal, nevertheless qualification for the Knock Out Stages has been assured, albeit as runners up of the ‘Group of Death’.
The Gunners fell 2-0 thanks to a fine second half performance from Napoli but the result wasn’t enough for the Italian side due to Dortmund’s late winner against Marseille, meaning the Bundesliga outfit top the group. Three teams ended on top with 12 points, very unusual and frustrating for Arsene Wenger’s men.
It is likely to be a very hostile atmosphere of Arsenal fans and the players both inside and outside the San Paolo stadium tonight as the Gunners try to complete the job and finish at the top of the group widely accepted to be the hardest one of all in the Champions League this season.
It would be understandable if there were a lot of nerves in the Arsenal camp this week ahead of a crunch clash against Napoli in the fierce atmosphere of the San Paolo stadium, especially when you consider what is at stake. Depending on the result of Wednesday’s game, the Gunners could stay top of the group, slip to second or even crash out into the Europa League.
It seems that one of the most prolific young strikers in Europe is on Arsenal’s radar, and has even spoken of how a move to the Emirates is one of his dreams.
The 20 year-old Belgian hitman Michy Batshuayi has already scored 12 goals in 17 league games for Standard Liege this season, and is fully expecting a move to a bigger club next summer, with the Mirror announcing that he only valued at £5million at this moment in time.