When Kieran Gibbs picked up an injury last season, luckily for Arsenal it gave Arsene Wenger just enough time to bring in a replacement, otherwise the Gunners might have had to rely on the Brazilian Andre Santos. It is not stretching things too much to say that this could have cost Arsenal their place in this season’s Champions League.
Wenger signed Nacho Monreal from Malaga, and the Spanish international left back was thrown straight into the unfamiliar Premier League, and he did really well for us, making 11 appearances, scoring the opener against Swansea and generally helping Arsenal to make it into the top four. .......Read the full article here
I am not going to be too hard on the Arsenal and South Korea striker Park Chu-Young, but it is safe to say that his time with the Gunners has been a big disappointment for all sides. Many expected him to be part of the mass clear out from the Emirates this summer, but he is still with the club. .......Read the full article here
I was tempted to entitle this article deadwood clearing, but I quickly refrained because it is disrespectful to players who have a huge desire in their hearts to contribute for Arsenal but can’t quite find the extra skill or strength or technique or pace and overall work rate to lift the club. I think it truly hurts to carry that tag. And when they eventually leave, it makes thanking them for their services sound quite perfunctory, even farcical .......Read the full article here
One of the big concerns around Arsenal going into the summer transfer window was the right back situation. Not only was there a doubt about Bacary Sagna staying with the Gunners, with just a year left on his contract, a lot of people thought that Arsenal needed a new player anyway, because of the French international’s poor form last season. .......Read the full article here
Rarely does there seem to be mutual feelings at the club between players and the fans, but the Arsenal left back Andre Santos has stated his disappointment in having to return to Arsenal. Surely this means he will be gone this summer no matter what because I firmly believe the club wanted to sell him before hand, but they will definitely look to let him go after hearing that he no longer wants to stay at the club. .......Read the full article here
A lot of Arsenal fans are already well aware of the opinions of the former Gunner Stewart Robson, because he airs them often enough. The sometime presenter rarely has anything positive to say about Arsenal, and especially about our French manager, and this time is no different.
After calling for Arsene Wenger to spend money for the last few years, Robson has now told Talksport that the prof should not be allowed to spend the big transfer war chest, because he will waste it. The ever optimistic Robson pointed out some of Wenger’s signings that have flopped and feels that this means any future ones will too. .......Read the full article here
A deal for Clement Grenier seems very much done between Arsenal and Lyon and Arsenal fans are really happy about this as people have watched him play a little bit and done some research on him since he was linked with a move to the club. Grenier is a two-footed attacking midfielder who Wenger has likened to Samir Nasri, but he still has a long way to go to realise his potential.
I think expecting good things of him is a mistake because I expected good things of many players who were amazing for their old clubs but when they played for Arsenal they were terrible. Two examples of this are Gervinho and Andre Santos. .......Read the full article here
I can just hear it now, Arsenal do not need to sign nay more strikers, because Gervinho has decided to stay. While he’s at it, Arsene Wenger could also say that getting Andre Santos and Nicklas Bendtner back from their loan spells will be like signing two new players. Oh, and Abou Diaby might be fir sometime around Christmas, so we will manage until then and have a good end to the season, narrowly beating Tottenham into fourth place. .......Read the full article here
Although some people may slate the club for letting the deadwood players go for stupidly small sums of money, a lot of people will correctly recognise that although it hasn’t added much to our transfer chest, it does free up a lot of space elsewhere.
Now in this article, I’m addressing how much the club could realistically make if we were to sell all the players that have been touted for a move this summer. Of course some of them will stay because they won’t be able to find a club, and some of them just genuinely won’t be sold because they are still wanted, like Vermaelen. I’ll look to address a player’s value and how much wages they will open up and obviously each player that goes frees up a squad place. .......Read the full article here
One of the big problems for Arsenal in recent years has been the number of players drawing nice, big salaries from the club and offering nothing on the pitch. Arsene Wenger and the club officials obviously don’t plan for this to happen, but it is a serious drain on the expenses, while at the same time driving your average Gooner up the wall and through the roof. .......Read the full article here
Reports over the last few weeks now have suggested that Arsene Wenger is interested in re-signing former captain Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. This is because Fabregas is reportedly unhappy about his lack of playing time and now Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell. .......Read the full article here
It’s a pretty well-known fact that in order for Arsenal to improve then we need to ship out some of the ‘deadwood’ and replace it with talent that can seriously build on our team and make it a strong competitor. If I’m honest I really don’t think we are that far off a great team, we have the buildings of it already at the club, we just need to go out this summer and buy, in my opinion 3, maybe 4 top quality players. .......Read the full article here