Samir Nasri may not be the most loved former Arsenal player around, but he still has some close ties to the club, especially with his compatriot and former boss Arsene Wenger. He may have left Arsenal because of the lack of silverware, although a huge increase in wages might have helped as well, but he also claims it was not Wenger’s fault.
The 26-year old has won two major trophies since moving to Manchester City, but he accepts that the Arsenal boss has not had anything like the sort of resources available to Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. In an ESPN report, he defends Wenger strongly from the recent criticism, like that dished out by the always unpleasant Jose Mourinho. .......Read the full article here
For Arsenal fans, Cesc Fabregas is a rarity. Despite him leaving the Gunners against all of our wishes and leaving Arsene Wenger with a real problem replacing him, the Spanish international is not seen along with the likes of van Persie, Nasri, Adebayor and other former Gunners who we would cheerfully watch being set upon by a pack of wild ferrets.
There are various reasons for this, the main one being that he did not abandon us at the first chance and went back to the club he supported as a boy and always wanted to play for, FC Barcelona. The fact that they are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not one of our direct rivals helps us to understand his decision as well. .......Read the full article here
I suppose that you could call Patrick Vieira and Arsenal man just as much as you could label him a Man City man, but he does work for the mega millions Manchester club these days, where he is in charge of the underage team known somewhat grandly as the `Elite Development Squad`.
But even though Vieira is still good friends with Arsene Wenger and spent the largest and most important part of his career in the red and white of the Gunners, you would not really expect him to praise the current Arsenal players over those of his current employers, but that is just what he has done in his assessment of Aaron Ramsey, as reported by the Independent. .......Read the full article here
With Arsenal still sitting pretty on top of the Premier League table, despite every football `expert` on television having told us for months that we were about to go into a tailspin, the next item on the agenda seems to be to attack Mesut Ozil and claim that the German playmaker was a waste of money and cannot cut it in the Premier League. I have even seen suggestions that Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen would have made a better signing for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
If Arsenal mess this up, someone needs to be sacked. It seems as though the Gunners are on the verge of losing Bacary Sagna at the end of the season after all. The news last week was good, and it seemed to be just a matter of time before the France international was signed up with a new contract, along with Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger. .......Read the full article here
Before the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Marseille at the Emirates stadium, Arsene Wenger had already revealed that he definitely was interested in the French club’s young player Florian Thauvin. The 20-year old is widely regarded as one of the most promising French players around and Wenger is obviously a fan, so it would be no great surprise if the Gunners do rekindle their interest in him sooner or later.
As explained in a Mirror report, the French manager was looking at Thauvin last year, before the youngster ended up signing for Lille. What happened after, with him apparently going on strike to force a move away from Lille to his current club, will certainly not have helped his cause with Wenger. He is still young, though, and I get the impression that the Arsenal boss feels that his mistakes do not necessarily rule him out. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has not played since suffering an abdominal injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Marseille but that has not stopped speculation over his future. If reports in the nedia are to be believed, Walcott is the top target of big spending AS Monaco, with the Ligue 1 side poised to make a €40 million (£34m) move for the pacey winger in January, according to a Daily Mail report,. .......Read the full article here
After speculation over the summer continues into the autumn one of the most talked about stories is the long lasting saga of Cesc Fabregas and a potential return to the Premier League. Fabregas joined ArsenAL when he was just 16, coming from amongst the Barcelona youth ranks and soon enough he became a fan favourite and Arsenal legend by the time he left back In 2011.
Under the circumstances many people thought he would be one of many traitors to leave the club in the difficult times, however unlike your Nasri’s and Van Persie’s, Fabregas’ decision was respected and the majority of the fans realised he wasn’t leaving the club with spite, he was leaving to rejoin his boyhood club. .......Read the full article here
Unlike some of the players who have walked out on Arsenal in recent years, the reason for Cesc Fabregas’ departure was not about money or the failure of the Gunners to win a trophy since the 2005 FA cup final. The plain truth is that Cesc would never have left his hometown club Barcelona in the first place if he was not concerned about the progress of his career. .......Read the full article here
Before and during the transfer window, there were many rumours flying around about Arsenal’s financial situation. Some said the board were just pulling the wool over our eyes once again and were lying about how much money we had to spend in the transfer window. (As I pointed out, the finance is public info, so that ridiculous assertion was false.) Others said that there was money indeed, but the board were withholding it from Wenger. Then we had people, like myself, who insisted Wenger was just reluctant to spend it, and would rather just penny pinch his way through the whole window, as he has done before. Lastly there were those who had faith and knew Wenger would spend on the last day. The question though, wasn’t really if he would spend, but on what type of quality. .......Read the full article here
When Arsene Wenger praised the current Arsenal squad recently, lots of Arsenal fans were furious because they took it to mean that he would not be signing any big name players again.If that really is the case, I will be as furious as anyone, but I an still fairly hopeful that Wenger is just as aware as us that the Gunners needs to add some quality in order to compete with the best clubs again. .......Read the full article here