I really like the look of the Arsenal pre-season, because the way the Gunners fire at the start of next season could have a massive say as to whether we are still in the Premier League title race when it starts to get down to the wire. A bad start for Arsenal would not necessarily be a total disaster, because we always seem to get stronger as the season wears on, but we will have missed a great opportunity to throw down a marker to our rivals.
Where Arsenal is and what to expect next season By Mutihaha
Silly season is upon us again and the Arsenal rumours are already in full swing. As usual you initially jump onto every rumour that comes along with joyful expectation. This is until the whole fiasco gradually wears you out and anxiety and frustration slowly begin to creep in, a place many of us might find ourselves in at the moment.
Now let’s be realistic, Arsene Wenger is not going to go crazy this window period! In our hearts of hearts we all know we might land one “top top” signing, maybe two if we are very lucky, but the four or five signings will mostly be of the less known to unknown brands.
There have been some rumours linking Arsenal with a possible move for the Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani. No official moves have been made, and maybe Arsene Wenger has gone off the idea or maybe he is keeping his targets as secret as possible. If he is still interested in Nani, however, there is some good news for the Frenchman today.
According to the Daily Star, United are willing to sell the 26-year old, and they are only looking for around £8.5 million, which seems like quite a bargain to me. The report claims that the Turkish champions Galatasaray are also interested in the out of favour winger, and have already made one bid for him.
It always seemed like long shot that Arsenal would sign the England international striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. Arsene Wenger doesn’t spend that sort of money does he? Well apparently the Gunners are ready to stump up the £25 million signing on fee, but the deal is still unlikely to go through.
According to The Star, the real problem is that Rooney is unwilling to take a big pay cut. The 28-year old is on something like £250,000 at Old Trafford, which is well over twice the amount paid to Arsenal’s most costly player. That would just not work at the Emirates, so Wenger and his staff were hoping that Rooney would take less.
Wenger should bid for Nasri by SS
We all remember the series of events that led to Samir Nasri leaving Arsenal and joining rivals Manchester City. Nasri had just come off the back of the best couple of seasons in his career and had become possibly the best player in the Arsenal squad at that moment. He began attracting big interest from the top clubs in Europe and Arsene Wenger and the majority of Arsenal fans were determined to keep him.
We all know he got his move to big spending Manchester, but he has never quite shone at Manchester City and he has been criticised several times by departed manager Roberto Mancini in public because of his performances that have never been good enough at the club.
Will Walcott’s Comments Come into Action? by AH
Despite being just 24-years old, Theo Walcott is now one of Arsenal’s senior players at the club as he looks to enter his 9th successive campaign with Arsenal following his arrival from Southampton in the 2005/2006 season.
It may not seem that long but as a player with that much experience at the club he is now seen as one of the most influential off the pitch.
Walcott has stated that Arsenal’s main ambition is always to compete for the Premier League title however he admits that they do struggle a lot because they don’t realise what they are truly capable of.
There is a chance that Arsenal could make significant progress in the Premier League next season while the other top three clubs, United, City and Chelsea, get themselves together after a period of upheaval. The fact that the rewards on offer in the English game makes it even more important to have a tilt at the title next season.
It has been revealed that Manchester United, by winning the Premier League, were the biggest earners from the TV money on offer in the league this season. The £61 million that they got, however, will be beaten by the amount the bottom club earns next season. That is pretty incredible, so imagine what the champions will get.
Arsene Wenger has already suggested that Arsenal will have a tough time acquiring the transfer targets that the manager wants this summer. The Gunners may have a lot more money to spend in this transfer window, but that in no way guarantees that we will get the players we want.
One of the major problems this year is the competition. Of course there are always teams who are after the same players, especially when you are looking at the top level. This summer, however, promises to be harder than ever. There is a lot of jockeying for position amongst the big clubs and there are a lot of very rich owners who want to get their teams up into the elite around Europe.
There is a growing buzz and expectation among the Arsenal players and fans that next season could be the start of a new period for the club. All the timings seem to be going our way, after eight years without a trophy. Arsene Wenger has worked miracles to keep the Gunners within the top four while having to sell the best players and pay off the debt from building the Emirates stadium.
It seems fortuitous, then, that Manchester City and United will be heading into next season with a new man at the helm. If City do appoint Pellegrini from Malaga, then neither of the Manchester clubs will have a manager with major trophy winning experience and it is safe to say they will both take time to settle.
Arsenal could possibly make the most of the uncertainty and confusion at Manchester City to beat the oil rich club to one of the transfer targets we have in common. The Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanich has been linked Tottenham as well, but if the Gunners can continue the fantastic recent run and grab six points off Wigan and Newcastle, we will have the lure of Champions League football and will be a much more attractive proposition to potential signings.
Are Arsenal doing the right thing with their money? by SS
Everybody knows that the club rarely spend money so they end up making a profit during a transfer window, but is this tight spending the reason there is no success at the club anymore?
Financial fair play rules have been introduced by UEFA which should stop clubs from spending a lot more money than they earn in a season. The biggest offenders of this rule are clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City who have spent over £150 Million in past transfer windows.
Since the huge disappointment of losing the north London derby, Arsenal have bounced back with a great run of games. One of the key factors in that has been the Gunners defensive displays, conceding just three goals in seven games. Arsene Wenger reacted to the Tottenham defeat by dropping the captain Thomas Vermaelen in favour of Laurent Koscielny, and the French centre back has grabbed his chance. Koscielny, however, is not taking the credit, instead hailing the influence of the midfielders who have been working hard to protect the back four.