For years now, Theo Walcott has been telling anyone who would listen that his favourite position is in the central striker role and the England international is convinced that he can do a good job there for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger gave him another opportunity to prove it yesterday against Tottenham and Theo did not disappoint, so does that give Wenger the extra option he needs to avoid the notoriously difficult January transfer market?
First of all Arsenal fans, this is not an April Fools day article four months early. And I do not really expect the Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi to be leaving La Liga to come and play for the Gunners. But over the last year or so there have been an increasing amount of stories from Spain indicating that the Messi is not entirely happy at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal may soon be adding another name to the list that includes Cesc Fabregas, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. It seems as if the La Masia academy in Spain, where Barcelona develop their stars of the future including Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, is becoming one of the major providers of young players for the Gunners.
It’s not surprising I suppose, because Arsene Wenger knows he is going to get players heavily schooled in technical ability, whatever other talents they might have. And if the stories in the Spanish press, as reported by the Mirror, are true and then we could soon have really talented goalscorer on our hands. There have been various reports linking the Paraguayan international with a move away from the Nou camp for some time, but Barca were adamant they wanted to keep him.
There is a growing list of some of the biggest clubs in Britain and around Europe, including Arsenal, who are keeping a close eye on the talented Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld. The 17-year old has been dubbed the Scottish Lionel Messi or Baby Messi and not just because of his diminutive 5ft 4in frame.
The Scottish Premier League club have had scouts from Manchester United and Liverpool as well as Arsenal at their games in recent weeks. And, according to a Metro report, he is already valued at around £6 million despite only having played 24 league games over the last couple of years as he broke through from the youth ranks. Dundee have financial issues, as most clubs in Scotland do, and there is a feeling that they would accept a good offer for the teenage prodigy.
After watching Aaron Ramsey put in another stunning performance for Arsenal against his former club Cardiff City, it would be hard to argue with his manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman claimed that Ramsey has been so good this season that he would be a clear favourite to win the Premier League Player of the season award if the voting was to take place now.
It appears as if Arsenal Football Club will soon be able to add to the growing number of promising young players they have managed to attract from the academy of the Spanish champions Barcelona. The main one, of course, was Cesc Fabregas, who left his hometown club to get more playing opportunities and ended up becoming one of the best players in the world and wearing the Arsenal captain’s armband.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans would definitely rather have Thierry Henry back in the Arsenal squad than Nicklas Bendtner, despite the fact that the Gunners’ record goal scorer is now 36-years old. So the pictures in the papers of the mercurial French striker in Arsenal gear training with the current players will certainly have some Gooners wondering if Henry is to make his second comeback.
Whenever you come across a transfer rumor linking Arsenal with one of Barcelona’s young starlets from the Spanish club’s La Masia academy, you would know that the story certainly has a fair amount of credibility in it. After ‘poaching’ the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral from the Catalan side’s renowned youth academy, Arsene Wenger seems to have his sights on yet another La Masia starlet, goal-scoring sensation Antonio Sanabria.
If reports from the Spanish media are to be believed, Arsenal are in ‘advanced talks’ with the representatives of Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez ahead of a potential move in January. The Spanish international is said to be unhappy over his limited opportunities at the Nou Camp and is understood to be willing to quit the club in order to secure first-team football.
Aaron Ramsey’s goalscoring this season has been nothing short of incredible. The Arsenal midfielder is showing no signs of slowing down, either, having scored again last night to snatch a point for Wales against runaway group leaders and talent filled Belgium. And it was not any old goal, it was a beauty.
Ramsey had another great goal, but the way he was involved at the start of the move and then bust a gut to offer an overlap to Bellamy was typical of his play this season. Then to nutmeg Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois from the narrowest of angles would have made Lionel Messi proud. Simply brilliant!
When Arsene Wenger was interviewed after Arsenal’s emphatic second straight win in the Champions League group of death, he surprised quite a few people with his reaction. Wenger is usually good in interviews and is always positive about his team and players, even if most of us thought they had been poor.
But when he was asked about the club’s record signing Mesut Ozil, and the German’s influence, Wenger’s face lit up like a small boy in a sweetshop, and the suave Frenchman actually gushed. It was as if he couldn’t believe he really played for Arsenal, and even the manager was surprised at how good he was.
The majority shareholder of Arsenal Football Club is the American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who with his family owns lots of other sports teams in America. His nickname `Silent` Stan is well earned, because we rarely hear anything from him, even on his rare visits to see the Gunners play, but he has recently given an interview and revealed a lot more than usual.