What positions do we need to improve over the summer? by KJ
The defeat on Saturday has made me question the strength of the Arsenal team against those that are supposedly at a similar level to us. We have been thrashed three times away from home vs the best teams in the Premier league and it has all happened in the exact same way. I don’t think Wenger will change it tactically at all to deal with such teams. He’s always stuck by the philosophy of outplaying the opposition rather than tactically analysing them and searching for their weaknesses and strengths. This was fine during the earlier parts of Wenger’s era but now with a considerably weaker team, we need to improve the squad to cope with Wenger’s philosophy. .......Read the full article here
You won’t find too many Arsenal fans saying that they do not think Arsene Wenger should sign another striker in January. Some feel that Olivier Giroud is not quite of the quality needed for the Gunners to win titles and trophies, while even those who are big fans of the Frenchman feel the club needs more firepower.
So the news, as reported by various media outlets including Metro, that the Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma is looking for a move away from the Nou Camp. Pedrito, Spanish for little Pedro, is a big favourite of the Barca fans and he has been with the La Liga champions for nearly 10 years, but at 26-years old he is concerned about his lack of game time and is thinking about his future and his international career with Spain. .......Read the full article here
It has been reported today that Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea will both move for the West Brom starlet Saido Berahino when the transfer window re-opens in January, with Ligue 1 money bags Monaco also keeping a close eye on the situation. The midfielder has reportedly stalled on contract talks at the Hawthorns and is understood to be waiting for offers from bigger clubs.
According to The Metro, the Burundian-born youngster only has 18 months left to run on his £850-per-week contract at West Brom and while the Baggies are desperate to convince him to commit to the club for the long term with a lucrative offer, it is said that the player will snub any new contract at the club in favour of a move to Arsenal or Chelsea. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
Two weeks ago Marseille declared interest in Arsenal “deadwood” winger Gervinho who has failed to win the love of Arsenal fans in his two year career at Arsenal. Most fans would happily see the back of him at this point and if they do I believe Arsenal can capitalize on a situation in Spain.
Every football fan in the world knows at this point that Brazilian ace Neymar has sealed a move to Barcelona and Barcelona’s wingers/forwards will be struggling for game time considering how many of them there are. That is why Arsenal should make a move for one of their wingers before anybody else swoops in and takes him. Here is a list of players that play in that position. .......Read the full article here
As two former Arsenal players sat on the bench and watched, Barcelona were torn to shreds by Bayern Munich last night. Despite struggling to create anything and Alexis Sanchez wasting the one good chance he had, David Villa also sat on the bench until there were less than 10 minutes to play. The Spanish international striker is surely sick of seeing Pedro and Alexis start in front of him and could be open to a transfer to Arsenal in the summer. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger was frustrated in his attempts to persuade Barcelona to release the Spanish international striker David Villa in January. The 31-year old was seen as the ideal player to add some venom to the Arsenal attack, but the Spanish club refused to sanction the deal, despite the fact they were hardly playing him and that Villa had told them he wanted to go. The vice-president of Barca has now revealed that they will not block his transfer in the summer, so if Wenger still wants him then he could be a Gunner next season. .......Read the full article here
Maybe Barcelona thought that Arsenal were just spinning them a line in order to get David Villa to transfer to the Emirates in January, but they will find that Arsene Wenger meant what he said when he told them it was a now or never deal. Even though the Spanish international wanted the move, Barca stubbornly refused to accept Arsenal’s bid, and they will not be getting another. .......Read the full article here
There are reports in the Spanish media today that Arsenal have raised the stakes in their attempt to sign the Spanish international striker, David Villa, from Barcelona before the deadline on Thursday night. The idea seems to be to get the 31-year old to up the pressure on his bosses at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona have countered by starting Villa and giving him the full 90 minutes against Osasuna yesterday. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal were linked with David Villa weeks ago, and may even have had a bid turned down by Barcelona. The Spanish giants have declared that Villa is a vital member of the squad and they need him for the rest of the season, but something is not right. Stories hit the papers that the 31-year old striker was pushing for the transfer to Arsenal, because what the club was saying was not reflected in the reality of his situation. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona and tried to persuade them to sell David Villa this January, and the Spanish international is keen on the move, but the Barcelona president has squashed the transfer and told the media so in no uncertain terms. Sandro Rosell has made his mind up and told the Catalan radio station RAC.
“I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.