After making a flying start to the campaign, the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud seems to have hit something of a rough patch for the first time this season. Following a frustrating defeat at the hands Of Manchester United at Old Trafford, where the he was tightly marshalled by the Red Devils’ defence, the Frenchman seems to have had another one of those frustrating games as France went down to Ukraine in the first leg of the World Cup play-off.
There are a number of Arsenal players involved in the current round of international friendlies, although because there is no real pressure on the game and because managers are experimenting, we can be reasonably hopeful that nobody will be overplayed or pick up an injury that will affect the Gunners and their hunt for a trophy.
However, Arsenal have three first team players in the France national set-up, and Les Blues are involved in a hugely important two legged play-off, with the prize on offer a place in the Brazil World Cup next summer. They made a terrible start, going down 2-0 away to Ukraine and this could be bad news for Arsenal.
The Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has today admitted what was already on the minds of many of the club’s supporters. The French international has acknowledged that his compatriot Olivier Giroud is feeling the effects of fatigue after being drastically over-played by Arsene Wenger due to a lack of attacking options in the Arsenal squad.
Giroud, who has started every Premier League and Champions League game so far this season, has failed to score in his last four appearances for the Gunners after making a flying start to the season, and his French international team mate has put down the dip in form as a result of the striker playing way too many games at this early stage in the campaign. However, Koscielny added that while Giroud might not be scoring the goals, he’s still an integral part in the build-up.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has intimated that he would prefer not to have this international break at the minute. The Frenchman would rather have the chance for the Gunners to get straight back into action after a disappointing defeat, but it does represent a good chance for some of the more overworked Arsenal players to get a break from playing every midweek and weekend. One player who seems more in need of that than most is Olivier Giroud.
Money isn’t everything it seems. Even though Arsenal Football Club has started to flex it’s financial muscles a bit more, as shown by the record signing of Mesut Ozil, it is still a drop in the ocean compared to the big spending of the champions of France, Paris Saint-Germain. So if Arsene Wenger was at all tempted by having a big budget to play with, and a war chest to match anyone’s in every single transfer window, he may well have accepted a move to PSG when they tried again to sign him this summer.
There have been a number of revelations at Arsenal Football Club this season, so it is understandable that the form of Olivier Giroud has not gained as many column inches as he deserves, but he has got absolutely no need to have to defend his career with the Gunners, but he clearly feels that he has not been given due credit, as reported by The Mirror.
It is a sure sign of the continuity and stability at Arsenal Football Club that our new and former player Mathieu Flamini feels like he has never been away, with plenty of players and staff behind the scenes being the same as when he left the club to play for AC Milan in Italy five years ago.
Flamini said, “I really have the sensation of being back home. Playing against Tottenham in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling.
“I feel like I never left.
Hello Arsenal Fans….so who is watching Yaya Sanogo tonight? By Aondoaver K
I am waiting to catch a flight from Lagos to Abuja and I am trying to digest what seems to me to be a very complicated news conference from Arsene Wenger about transfers. There is the part about.. “What I will always do in the future is not to use my longevity (at this club) as an advantage to stay in this position if I don’t do well…” By our interpretation, this means he should not stay in this position if he fails to win a trophy (this year) Then he says ‘…I hope in the next two or three years the club will be competing for the Premier League”. This part is not good.
Arsenal might try and sign Geoffrey Kondogbia by Kash
The Arsenal targets are coming thick and fast and now according to both Sky Sports and the Daily Mail, Arsenal have rekindled their interest in signing 20 year old Geoffrey Kondogbia.
He is currently a player of Sevilla who along with the majority of the clubs in La Liga, are strapped for cash. The whole Spanish football infrastructure is falling apart all around us and a lot of people including Wenger foresaw this – now he can exploit this opportunity even further (after acquiring Cazorla and Monreal from cash-needy Malaga).
I wrote an article the other day and pleaded with Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff to take pity on us poor Arsenal fans. It was clear that everyone was starting to get anxious as all the other Premier League teams were announcing signings while we were left to sift through rumours.
Wenger must have read the story(not), or it could simply be a coincidence(you think?), but the fact is that Arsenal have finally confirmed the signing of the young striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer. Arsenal fans can get their first look at the new Gunner today, as he is almost certain to start for the France under 20s later today, when they take on the host nation Turkey in the knockout round of 16. It will be shown on Eurosport, Gooners.
Arsenal’s latest young transfer target by SS
The latest youngster to be linked with a move to Arsenal is the Guingamp holding midfielder Gilbert Imbula. Imbula has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while as well as many other top clubs, but Guingamp value him at around £8 Million which is a little bit too much for a player that hasn’t really been heard of by football fans in Europe and is currently in the French second division.
It is starting to look very much like Clement Grenier will be pulling on an Arsenal shirt in the near future. This week, his manager at Lyon, the former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde, refuted the rumours about his young star and stated his determination to hold on to Grenier. That may all have been smoke and mirrors for the media, though, and may have been a scheme cooked up between Arsene Wenger and his former player to distract attention from the negotiations. It may also have been a ploy by Garde to extract the maximum value for the 22-year old.