Of all the Arsenal players involved in this frustrating international break, the two involved with the reigning World Cup and Euro champions Spain have the longest to travel. For some strange reason, Spain’s governing body have decided to go to Africa where they played against Equatorial Guinea yesterday.
They will be wondering why today, because the Guinea players took it upon themselves to treat the game as a war rather than a friendly, kicking lumps out of the Spanish players throughout the game. Fortunately, Nacho Monreal was an unused substitute and Santi Cazorla was removed after about an hour and he had avoided any damage. Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso was hurt by an industrial and could miss some games, so the Gunners got lucky. .......Read the full article here
There has been a lot of talk about international players this season, which is perfectly normal in the run up to the World Cup, with speculation about lots of Arsenal players, especially those like Thomas Vermaelen and whether they might be looking to move on to get regular game time to boost their chances of going to Brazil next summer.
Bit there is another side to the story, and both Serge Gnabry and Nacho Monreal have been talking about it. The Spanish left back could be forgiven for feeling frustrated, because Kieran Gibbs has been brilliant and largely kept him on the bench. Monreal has played well every chance he gets though, and as a Sky Sports report explains, he actually feels that being a Gunner is good for his international career. .......Read the full article here
For the first time arguably since the days of Ashley Cole’s time at the club, Arsenal have managed to find a top quality left back in Kieran Gibbs. Gibbs has been in great form so far this season and in fact he has been praised for his performances over the course f the last few seasons, getting better game by game, however how can we forget that we also have another left back on the books in Nacho Monreal. .......Read the full article here
Something has got to give at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger really does not like the January transfer window, but Olivier Giroud cannot play every minute of every game this season. So the smart thinking is that the boss is going to have to sign someone in January, but we have heard many times from the Frenchman that he only wants to sign top class players.
The strikers he is probably most interested in, such as Luis Suarez from Liverpool, will be extremely difficult to prise away from their clubs at the best of times, never mind halfway through a season, but The Mirror reports that the Gunners may have found the perfect answer to the problem, and his name is Fernandi Llorente. .......Read the full article here
AC Milan’s club vice president has admitted that an unnamed club has made a £25M bid for Stephan El Shaarawy and it is believed that this “unnamed club” could be Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger is apparently considering a transfer move to sign a fourth Spanish player for Arsenal this summer. There seems to be a conveyor belt of talent coming from Spain at the minute, and the three Spaniards that the Gunners have signed in recent years have certainly not let the manager down.
The latest batch of top class talent from the land of sun and Sangria will be on show today as the Spanish under 21s take on Italy in the final of the European championships. It will certainly be worth a watch for Arsenal fans, because the Daily Mail has reported that Wenger is looking at the Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi. .......Read the full article here
Everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club is concentrating on one thing at the moment, finishing in the top four ahead of Tottenham or Chelsea, or preferably both. This will make it a good finish to another disappointing campaign, though, and it is just not good enough for the fans or the players.
Mikel Arteta took a pay cut to join the Gunners, apparently, and must have hoped that he would have helped us to some silverware by now. He has, of course, had the chance to play in Europe’s elite competition, but giving the Guard of Honour to Manchester United on Saturday has just reinforced the need for Arsenal to put up a proper challenge to win the league ourselves next season. .......Read the full article here
If, as some reports suggest, Thomas Vermaelen leaves Arsenal during the transfer window this summer, the Belgian defender will be the third captain of the Gunners to leave the club in as many seasons. The first in that trio was the Spanish international Cesc Fabregas, who returned to his boyhood club after Barcelona had tried to get him back for a while. .......Read the full article here
Every week it seems like Arsenal are linked with another transfer target and it will continue from now until the start of next season. Many of the rumours are focused on strikers, with Stevan Jovetic, David Villa and Alvaro Negredo just three of the many names connected with a possible move to the Emirates.
Knowing Arsene Wenger, though, the new Gunners who arrive in the summer could well be completely different than the players whose names are in the media. Arsenal fans are hoping for a big name, a striker with proven quality, and the one who springs to my mind is Karim Benzema. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal swooped on the financially struggling La Liga side Malaga last summer, they came away with a real treasure in Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international midfielder has lit up the Premier League this season and is by far the most effective of Arsene Wenger’s three summer signings. Cazorla may also have helped Arsenal to get Nacho Monreal from Malaga in January, and he could make it three times lucky if he can influence another former team mate to join the Gunners this summer. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger will be looking for at least one striker to add to the Arsenal squad this summer, although with the departure of Bendtner and Chamakh a possibility it could well be more than one. Wenger should have a decent amount of money to spend and the Arsenal fans will be expecting some big name quality such as Jovetic or David Villa, but it seems increasingly likely that the former Gunner Carlos Vela could be coming back to the Emirates. .......Read the full article here
There will be five potential summer transfer targets for Arsenal amongst Santi Cazorla’s team mates in the Spain international squad this week, and if our brilliant midfielder speaks as fondly of his first season at the club to them as he did to Arsenal.com recently it could prove very useful when the transfer market is open in the summer.
Players like David Villa, Isco, Alvaro Negredo, Victor Valdes and Cesc Fabregas could all be on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list at the end of the season, Fabregas already knows about the club and the fans, but it wouldn’t hurt to remind him, especially when he has struggled to win over the Barcelona faithful. Life for a footballer in La Liga is quite different from England, and Cazorla is relishing it. .......Read the full article here