We have been told that Arsene Wenger has £35 million or more to spend strengthening the Arsenal squad, and so speculation is rife as to which player or players might be on their way to the Emirates in the January transfer window. The latest rumour concerns the Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.
23-year old Damiao has played for the Brazilian club Internacional since being promoted into the first team in 2012 and helping them to win the Copa Libertadores. You may remember him from the Olympics where he was the tournament’s top scorer as Brazil lost out to Mexico in the final. .......Read the full article here
One of the revelations of the season so far, and there have been a few for Arsenal fans, has been the return to form of the 21-year old midfielder Aaron Ramsey. We have probably all been a little guilty of impatience when it comes to the Welsh captain, but maybe he is the victim of his own previous success. There is always a worry that a player recovering from a long and serious injury will never be the same again but, thankfully, Ramsey is finally starting to remind us just how good he can be. .......Read the full article here
As Arsenal finally secured the signing of Santi Cazorla from Malaga yesterday, many pundits have been predicting that Wenger’s next target is Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid or the Celtic defender/midfielder Victor Wanyama, but today it has been revealed by the Daily Mail that the Chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley is recommending that Wenger moves for Wanyama’s midfield team-mate at Celtic, Ki Sung-yeung.
The South Korean has been extremely impressive at the Olympics and scored the final penalty that knocked out Team GB in the penalty shoot-out, but had already come to the attention of many top Premiership clubs for his excellent form at Celtic in the last couple of years. .......Read the full article here
The Brazilian star striker Leandro Damiao still has a chance to leave the Brazilian league, after Internacional’s vice-president Luciano Davi declared that the talented hitman, who is currently playing for Brazil at the Olympics, has already rejected some offers and will certainly receive more.
Arsenal are believed to be one of the clubs interested in Damiao, with Wenger trying to add another striker to his squad given the possibility of Van Persie’s departure this summer.
Aaron Ramsey is revved up for the Olympics with team GB and the coming Premier league season with the Gunners. He seems to have shaken off any negativity that he was feeling from last season.
“I have certainly done alot so far in my short career, and I am delighted with how it’s gone so far, apart from the injury.”
The young Welshman came in for a fair bit of criticism from some Arsenal fans last season, it was a frustrating time for us, but he is still very young and there was alot of responsibility put on his shoulders. He is by no means the finished article, which he would be the first to admit. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal and Korea striker Chu-Young Park has been largely invisible in his first (and last?) season at the Emirates, and he has now made it clear that he is wlling to listen to any offers that may come his way this summer as he goes in search of some first-team football.
Park is currently preparing for the Olmypics and hopefully some good performances may put him in the shop window, but he has admitted that he hasn’t had any offers so far. He said: “There’s no progress. There’s no offer so I have nothing to consider. .......Read the full article here
The Olympics could be good for Arsenal and Ramsey by BA
Arsene Wenger has been worrying about how Euro 2012 and the Olympics could negatively affect Arsenal at the start of the new season. Well the Gunners came through Euro 2012 relatively unscathed and, I hope, the Olympics could actually prove to be beneficial.
One of the big worries for Wenger was the expected inclusion of Kieran Gibbs for Team GB. After suffering a number of injury lay offs in his short career, the last thing the Gunners needed was another. Well, he is not in the squad so we can relax. .......Read the full article here
Now that Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of joining Team GB’s Olympic team, it looks like Arsenal will have five current Gunners going to play at the Olympics in August.
Arsene Wenger has already said that the Olympics could play havoc with Arsenal’s pre-season, and now that Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are set to join up with Team GB Wenger will have to worry about either of them suffering from injury at the tournament. Gibbs is especially a worry given his former history of injuries and as his other left-back Andre Santos is also known to be fragile there is a danger of a nreve-wracking start to the season. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s star Brazilian Andre Santos has no space in the national squad and coach Menenzes was not afraid to say why. According to the Brazil team coach, Santos’ technical indiscipline cost him his place in his team.
Menenzes claims that he had constant headaches with the full-back when they were both in Brazil at Corinthians, and he’s not eager to go through the same problems at international level, preferring to avoid having to use him.
“The issue surrounding Andre Santos is a tactical one,” Menezes told ESPN Brazil.
The England manager Stuart Pearce, who is usually taking care of the youth squad but is now also the interim manager of the senior squad, has declared that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will be given a chance to come good at the Olympics if he will return to fitness soon enough.
Wilshere, who was at first expected to be overlooked for the summer EURO 2012 and the 2012 London Olympics, was just given a boost by the man who will be leading England at the Olympics.
“He is on the shortlist,” said Pearce. “We will look at everyone individually and check their fitness and the medical people will speak with the clubs. .......Read the full article here
Jack Wilshere has had an amazing year for someone so young. He broke into the Arsenal first team, then was named by Fabio Capello as the future of England, and then won the PFA young Player of the Year award, but he has no intention of taking a rest!
Arsene Wenger has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want Jack to play for the England U21′s this summer, at the risk of burning out, but Jack has no interest in listening to Wenger’s advice. He just wants to play! .......Read the full article here