Dear Gooners, I must admit, last night’s game was broadcast extremely late in my country, so I only managed to watch up until the 60th minute before passing out. Typing this and barely able to keep my eyes open right now at work, I cannot believe what I’m hearing about the second half. When I turned the telly off, I honestly thought after our complete domination in the first half (70% possession and 2 goals) we were going to rake in at least 5 before the final whistle, whilst keeping a clean sheet. .......Read the full article here
As I am sure was the same for many of my fellow Gooners, the Arsenal result against Napoli was a shock. I felt the tactics were entirely wrong, since we seemed to be playing unlike we usually do, but had instead a state of mind where we knew we would go through unless we lost 3-0. Our woes continued in the Man City game, where I felt that it was a mixture of bad officiating, poor defending, and Giroud’s inability to convert chances that led to defeat at the hands of our rivals. Of course, neither of these mean (as the media is desperate to prove) that our season is over – far from it I say – I believe Arsenal can only improve after a brilliant start to the season. However, there are some issues that need to be fixed if we want to remain serious title contenders. .......Read the full article here
Good day. Earlier I wrote an article about Arsenal not needing a striker when we had a 5 point cushion in the Premier League and were leading our UEFA Champions League group. But after a bad week, I am taking my words back as Podolski is not fully fit yet and he will need time to readjust with the team and Giroud is making it a habit of missing easy goals in crucial matches. Plus we have had a difficult draw in both the FA Cup and Europe. .......Read the full article here
After a slow start to his Arsenal career, the France international Olivier Giroud got going and ended up having a decent, if not spectacular first season in the Premier League. The striker showed flashes of brilliance, like his goal against Brighton and some of his clever flicks in link up play, but he was guilty of some poor finishing at times.
So far this season, his finishing has been vastly better, while his link up play, touches on the ball and movement off it have been even better than last time. That is why nobody found it strange when the Mirror reported that Giroud is targeting the Premier League Golden Boot this season. .......Read the full article here
I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Arsene Wenger tries to sign Luis Suarez for Arsenal again, maybe even as soon as next January. That doesn’t mean that the Uruguayan striker will be coming to the Emirates, though, because there are a number of factors to the deal and many obstacles in the way.
What can Arsenal do about Financial Fair Play? by Neil
Back in 2009, UEFA decided to draw up plans for financial fair play. We all pretty much understood what it was being drafted for, namely in order to stop what the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called ‘financial doping’.
Arsenal and other clubs started to watch this carefully, as UEFA then said ‘strict penalties’ would be imposed for those who spend millions on fees whilst making huge losses. UEFA also noted that clubs that do this are making transfer fees and wages out of sync with real value. .......Read the full article here
Why it would only take a £40million bid for Arsenal to get Luis Suarez by KJ
This week has been all about Luis Suarez to Arsenal. The papers have been furiously reporting the fact that we had a £30 million bid rejected by Liverpool and according to the reliable people on Twitter (GeoffArsenal), we are looking to make a £36 million bid for the controversial Uruguayan.
But according to many deluded Liverpool fans and even respected Liverpool journalists, it would take a whopping £50m+ bid to lure Suarez away from Liverpool. That seemed ludicrous to me and therefore I’m going to list a host of reasons as to why he won’t go for anywhere near that. .......Read the full article here
There is definitely some sort of pattern with Arsenal fans and transfer rumours, which some University professor with too much time on his hands should study and publish as a survey. A working title could be, `Arsenal arsing about causes Gooners grief`. There is certainly a tendency with us to overreact to possible transfer targets.
A player can go from being the best thing since sliced bread to being worse than useless in the blink of an eye. Recent examples have been Yann M’Vila and Stevan Jovetic, and there seems to be a building swell of negativity about the Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain. As the transfer gets closer and seems ever more likely, some fans start to question his ability and wonder whether we are being fobbed off with a dud by Madrid. .......Read the full article here
It might be just as well that Arsenal are currently being linked with every footballer and his dog as the rumour mill really gets underway for this summer’s transfer window dealings. Two of the reported long term transfer targets for the Gunners have given Arsene Wenger some bad news after suggesting that they may be staying where they are.
Arda Turan, the talented left winger, has apparently been tracked all season by Arsenal and Chelsea has declared that he is happy to stay with his current club. After enjoying another excellent season with Atletico Madrid, which saw them win the Spanish FA cup or Copa Del Rey. Diego Simeone also finally managed to get them into the Champions League, and by finishing third they will not have a play-off game like Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
There are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours flying around at the minute, and it is clear that the Gunners are in the market for at least one top, top, top striker. The media has Arsenal linked with Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and David Villa among others. There are not so many stories about the Belgium and Aston Villa player Christian Benteke, but one of the rumours about him gave me real cause to take notice. .......Read the full article here
We still have no idea whether Arsenal will beat the other clubs interested in signing Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, but the Italian club seem to have accepted defeat in their fight to hold on to the Montenegrin front man for next season, but whether he signs for the Gunners, Juventus or even Chelsea is still a mystery.
This is good news for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, because it was looking like the Serie A outfit would play silly buggers all summer, setting one potential suitor against the other while trying to ramp the price up as high as possible. From the statement, and reading between the lines, it seems to me as if Jovetic himself is sick of the messing around and wants clubs like Arsenal to know that he is willing and available for a transfer. .......Read the full article here
In the last few weeks of the season when the transfer rumours start flying, all I have heard about Arsenal is sign this keeper, sign that keeper, Jovetic is close to agreeing a deal, Higuain is close to agreeing a deal, Yaya Sanogo has joined the club. All these different transfer stories that involve the club are leaving me very confused and no doubt the Arsenal squad will be too.
If Arsene Wenger and the club really are enquiring about so many players, this must be a good thing right? Wrong. Instead of having a look at half the players across Europe, Wenger should spend whatever money he has on one massive signing that will be talked about throughout the world. .......Read the full article here