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Arsenal’s forgotten young goalkeeper wants out

Does Martinez have a future at Arsenal? by AH

You may or may not have heard that Arsenal have a talented young goalkeeper on the books that isn’t Polish international Wojciech Szczesny. It is in fact an Argentinian international Damien Martinez who at just 21 is already getting rave reviews in the lower tiers of English football.

There have been a few comparisons towards current first choice goalie, Szczesny and youngster Martinez because they have had similar rates of development in regards to their potential at respective levels, and what interests me is the fact that Martinez is experiencing the exact same situation at Arsenal that Wojciech undertook just over four years ago. Damien Martinez originally joined Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency loan in October however, after several good performances for the club, both parties agreed to extend the loan.

No danger of Arsenal easing up against Everton says Wenger

Results in the Premier League today have been good to Arsenal and have eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger and his players ahead of an important home game against Everton. But the manager has insisted that Arsenal are in no mood to relax, especially as they are well aware of the danger posed by the Merseyside club.

Everton have not suffered from losing David Moyes to Manchester United, in fact they are arguably better this season under Roberto Martinez. And their record against the big teams is excellent. The Toffees have already faced Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and United and they have lost just once, to City at the Etihad.

Arsenal alerted to possible transfer of Porto’s Martinez

According to reports in the English media, the FC Porto striker and reported Arsenal target Jackson Martinez has opened the door on a move away from the Estadio do Dragao, claiming he is looking for a ‘good transfer’ in the near future, with the Portuguese champions also ready to cash in on the prolific front man.

Martinez, who scored a staggering 41 goals since moving to Portugal, has attracted attention from all over the continent with English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all said to be very keen on the striker. The Colombian international is well aware of the interest and has admitted that an offer from a big club will convince him to move on.

Is Viviano transfer behind Martinez exit from Arsenal?

It seems that, for the moment, Wojciech Szczesny has got the Arsenal number one jersey nailed down, but Arsene Wenger showed last year that he has no qualms about dropping the Polish international if his performances are not up to scratch.

Szczesny is well aware that there are two players ready and waiting for their chance. In fact, Lukasz Fabianski has already played one game this season, against West Brom in the Capital One cup, and he performed well. The other keeper is yet to make his Arsenal debut, having joined the Gunners on loan for the season, but Emiliano Viviano is not worried and is working hard to be ready when his chance does come.

Why Arsenal CAN become the place to be for Top players

It is no secret that Arsenal have not been the nost attractive club for potential signings to join in recent years. In fact, most of the big name players have been heading in the opposite direction, but that mat be about to change. By breaking the club transfer record, and by so much, Arsenal seem to have set down a marker. If the Gunners play their cards right now, then Arsenal fans could see some of the top names in football turning down other clubs in favour of playing at the Emirates.

Is Porto striker Martinez the main Arsenal transfer target?

Arsenal interested in Porto man! by Ash

The transfer window may not be open in the middle of October, but that doesn’t stop the transfer rumours from coming out of the mill, and the new suggestion on the block comes from Portuguese side Porto FC. Arsenal are supposedly still on the lookout for a new striker to sign this January, following the club’s fate in missing out on a goal scorer during the summer transfer window. The Gunners managed to bring young French international striker Yaya Sanogo, however he is nothing more than a gem for the future and right now if we are going to be successful in the long run, then a new front an is absolutely vital.

Martinez is the reason Arsenal did not sign Cesar

We will probably never know how close Arsene Wenger came to snapping up Julio Cesar for Arsenal this summer, but it now seems apparent that the Prof has decided not to add to his goalkeeping options after all. With Wojciech Szczesny now fully fit again and having rediscovered his best form after a few bad games last season, Wenger is clearly happy with the Polish international.

Maybe Wenger thought that bringing another keeper like Cesar into the squad would harm the confidence and development of Szczesny, and I can understand where he is coming from. The reason most of us thought that Arsenal would be signing another keeper this summer was not the form of Szczesny anyway, it was the back up options available.

Arsenal taking BIG risk with Fabianski as cover?

Is Fabianski good enough for Arsenal? by AH

This is a question that has been posed several times to the Arsenal fans and when he is in and around the squad it’s always a question that is raised. Whether he is actually good enough to be Arsenal’s goalkeeper. It’s also a topic that causes a lot of debate and although, if I remember correctly, last time the majority of people agreed in saying that he wasn’t good enough, I believe the situation has now changed and with the aspects involved I’d be interested to hear if the fan’s opinions on him have changed too.

Arsenal painted into corner over Suarez clause

Arsenal will have to pay £50m+ for Suarez by Twig

Wednesday’s Mirror has it that the £40 million release clause in Suarez’s contract was a hoax after all! It appears Suarez and his agent didn’t fully grasp the finer details of their contract and any attempt to seek arbitration will only end in huge embarrassment for them. Liverpool are thought to be that sure of their position and have stuck to their £55M valuation.

On Arsenal’s part it seems they’ve been drawn into yet another transfer debacle -they had only recently inadvertently purchased a player who was bound to serve in the military in only two years.

Arsenal risking ruin by waiting on Suarez transfer?

The latest development on Luis Suarez and his transfer to Arsenal is that Arsene Wenger is apparently prepared to wait Liverpool out in the football equivalent of a staring competition. The Frenchman is definitely good at this game and has good reasons to believe he will win, but I cannot help feeling it is too big a risk to take.

Apparently there is still confusion over this clause in the Uruguayan’s contract, which might be resolved in our favour. This would mean that Arsenal have already bid enough to force Liverpool to sell. This would save the club money and Wenger would be proved right, but it also might not be resolved in our favour.

Is Arsenal wanting Wenger to renew contract the best move for the future?

Wenger enters contract talks! by AH

Constant reports over the last few weeks have pointed out that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being lined up by mega rich Paris Saint-Germain as their main managerial target for next season. Having secured Laurent Blanc as the new French Champions’ manager, we know we are safe in keeping Wenger for this upcoming season at least but with just 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract we cannot be certain about his future any further.

Is £10m really too much for Arsenal to pay for Williams?

While Arsenal fans are getting excited at what looks like being the first big name signing of the summer, Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid, another piece of transfer news, or rumour, has hit the papers, and it is the not very good news that the transfer of Ashley Williams to the Gunners will not be going ahead after all.

According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger will miss out on the Swansea City centre back and captain of Wales, because of the £10 million valuation that his club have placed on him. 28-year old Williams is in his prime and has two years remaining on his current deal at Swansea, so the fee does not seem too excessive, but we know how careful the Arsenal board and Wenger are.