There were literally hundreds of different players linked with a transfer to Arsenal last summer. It has calmed down a bit with Arsenal having signed Mesut Ozil and doing so well this season, but there are still a few different suggestions for players and positions to be strengthened.
One topic I assumed had gone away for now, though, was the need for a keeper to replace or compete with Wojciech Szczesny, but apparently not. A Mirror report claims that Arsene Wenger is seriously considering a transfer bid for Alex McCarthy, currently working between the sticks for Championship side Reading. .......Read the full article here
The latest rumour in the Arsenal goalkeeper situation by SS
There is an Arsenal transfer rumour going around that Arsene Wenger could be ready to make a surprise bid for Reading’s Alex McCarthy who has earned his first ever call up to the England squad this week. McCarthy would not become the top goalkeeper at the club but would instead be used as emergency cover and loaned out to other clubs with a recall option, similar to the arrangement Fulham have with David Stockdale. .......Read the full article here
There was a lot of talk in the build up to Arsenal’s trip to White Hart Lane a month ago that the derby could be a turning point. A win for the Gunners would have halted Spurs’ run of form and lifted Arsenal spirits after two poor games against Blackburn and Bayern effectively ended the trophy dreams for another season. It didn’t quite work out as planned, obviously, but that game has been a turning point because Arsenal have won three in a row. .......Read the full article here
The young Englishman was purchased by Arsenal from Southampton in the summer of 2011 for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million (plus add ons), and burst onto the scene against the likes Manchester City, Manchester United and AC Milan. This season has definitely been a difficult one for Chamberlain who has struggled to get game time but I believe he has an integral role to play during the latter stages of this season. .......Read the full article here
When Gervinho returned from the African Cup of Nations in early February, many Arsenal fans expected to see him back in the side for the Gunners fairly soon. After scoring four goals for the Ivory Coasy while away, and impressing with his all-round performances, it seemed the perfect time to give him another chance with the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
This time last year Arsenal had an almost identical February and March, within days knocked out of two cup competitions and sweating over a top 4 finish. Arsene Wenger responded by taking the pressure off his younger players and fielding as many experienced heads as possible. While no Gunner was distraught to see Benayoun return to his parent club Chelsea, the likes of the Israeli and Rosicky gave the side a certain assurance and calmness to proceedings. The result… Arsenal finished 3rd with the Czech one or our most inspirational players. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 4 – 1 Reading, an easy win for the Gunners by KJ
This was a routine win for the Gunners who punished Reading from the off and were unlucky to not score more.
We started the game off very strongly with our quick movement and passing. Wenger opted to go for Gervinho over Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on the wings and the first goal of the game vindicated his decision. The Ivorian peeled off Reading’s defence and managed to net Cazorla’s cross-come-shot. It’s two goals in two games for the maligned forward. 1 – 0. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger is hoping that Arsenal can pick up where they left off before the international break. The Gunners have lost Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott to injury since then, though, and Jack Wilshere is still not available. Arsenal should still be more than capable of a home win against the Premier League strugglers Reading, who have won just once on their travels all season and have lost all of their 11 games against the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Reading preview, match line up and score prediction by KJ
It’s been a long two weeks since the Arsenal last played and it was probably the worst time to get the international break. Arsenal were back to winning ways with back to back wins against Bayern Munich and Swansea. Tottenham were faltering, losing three games on the bounce bringing them to only 4 points above Arsenal with an extra game already played. .......Read the full article here
There does not seem to be any lingering problems between Arsene Wenger and Wojciech Szczesny. The usual Arsenal number one has not played for the last two games against Bayer Munich and Swansea City because of a dip in form and what Wenger referred to as having problems`mentally`.
An astonishing outburst by the keeper’s father followed, in which he slated Wenger and the club, but Szczesny quickly distanced himself from those comments and professed his love for the club and his respect for Wenger. He has also responded well to being dropped, apparently. Many thought he would not take it well, but it may have been the kick he needed to keep his focus and concentration on playing well, working hard and improving his game. .......Read the full article here
The most important thing for Arsenal last night was that none of the players on international duty around Europe picked up any injuries. That is great news for Arsene Wenger who has a fully fit squad to choose from, apart from Wilshere and Walcott who will be back very soon.
Szczesny didn’t get a game, but the transfer target Victor Valdes of Barcelona got the nod ahead of Reina and produced some fine stops for Spain. Cazorla was rested, as was Giroud, while Monreal and Koscielny played the full game as Spain beat France 1-0. It was a cross from the Arsenal left back, finished by Pedro, that earned all three points. .......Read the full article here
Having already scored 12 goals in two games against them this season, Arsenal should be confident of beating Reading on Saturday and I’m sure they will be. We must not be over-confident, however, and there are a couple of reasons for Arsenal fans to be concerned as two of the most influential players, Wilshere and Walcott, are not available. .......Read the full article here