With the imminent departure of the Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, Arsenal continue to be linked with potential bids for world-class strikers all over Europe. If recent reports in the English media are to be believed, the North London side are already in talks to acquire the services of lanky forward Fernando Llorente from Italian side Juventus on loan.
According to The Independent, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in top quality back up for Frenchman Olivier Giroud as his team continue their push for the title and might well have his sights set on capturing the Spanish international. The former Atletico front man has had his first-team opportunities cut short this season due to the presence of Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and the summer arrival of Carlos Tevez. .......Read the full article here
The terrible run of luck continued for Arsenal today, after Arsene Wenger announced the bad news that Lukas Podolski has been sidelined for around two months. Medical tests have revealed that his hamstring injury is much worse than first thought, which could be seen as a disaster on top of us already having a depleted and threadbare squad of players to use in four competitions.
The injury blow may have been the spur that the club needed to stop fannying about in the transfer market, though. According to the London Evening Standard, Wenger is interested in taking the Italian national striker Fabio Quagliarella from the Serie A champions. .......Read the full article here
As I’m sure everyone is aware by now, Arsenal have had two bids declined by Liverpool for their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The bids were made public by Liverpool officials after the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ian Ayre, and John W Henry all decided to publicly express their views on the matter and now after a few weeks of speculation, the professionals are beginning to have their say too as the story heats up. .......Read the full article here
It seems as if Arsenal are operating under a different set of rules to all the other Premier League clubs this summer, as Arsene Wenger seems to have been waiting for the official opening of the transfer window on July 1st, which is tomorrow. Maybe nobody told the Frenchman that signings could be sorted out before this day, maybe Wenger is wondering when the football authorities are going to punish Aston Villa, who have brought in six new players already. .......Read the full article here
According to reports in the media today, Arsenal are still hopeful of signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. The England international is having talks with United officials and the new manager David Moyes this week, as they attempt to persuade the striker to stay in Manchester.
Until those talks are decided one way or the other, of course, the Gunners are playing a waiting game, but that is not such a bad thing, except for the impatient fans, because it gives Arsenal time to complete some other high profile transfers, such as Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini, that will help to convince Rooney that we mean business. .......Read the full article here
After years of losing out on transfer targets to clubs who are ready and willing to splash the cash, Arsenal are in very unfamiliar territory. The boot, as they say, is on the other foot, and it is the Italian champions Juventus who are about to get kicked.
It seems bizarre that a club like Juventus, having won the Serie A title for the last two seasons, is scrabbling around for the money to sign good players, but that’s what we have been doing for years. It seems like the financial prudence is finally starting to pay off. .......Read the full article here
I have seen some headlines today stating that Arsenal have lost the battle with the Italian champions Juventus over the transfer of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The Montenegrin international has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates for a long time now, with the media sometimes claiming it is a done deal and then soon after declaring that he will move to Juventus. .......Read the full article here
It seems as if Arsenal and Juventus are employing the same scouting team this year, as both clubs are being heavily linked with the transfers of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina and Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid. Not too long ago, we were hearing very positive things about the possibility of both players coming to the Emirates, but the interest from Juve seems to have put the brakes on everything.
The Italian champions are also interested in Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, but it looks like the Argentinean is waiting to talk to the new manager before he makes a decision on his future. The new man at the Etihad is almost certain to be Manuel Pellegrini, but the Chilean has one more game to complete with Malaga this weekend. .......Read the full article here
There have been a number of reports over the last few days suggesting that Arsenal have agreed terms with Gonzalo Higuain over his potential transfer to the Emirates from Real Madrid. It was also thought that the transfer fee had been settled at around £20 million. Whether this is is true or not, we don’t know, but even if it is true, that does not mean the transfer will definitely happen. .......Read the full article here
Why Giroud will not become a world class striker by KJ
I’ve been analysing yesterday’s game (Arsenal vs Everton) and have paid special attention to Giroud. He has been very inconsistent this season and although some may feel he’s finally coming good, I have my doubts.
He came to Arsenal on the back of winning the French title with Montpellier. He’s a late bloomer and hence you’d expect his peak years to come a little later than others. However, I feel like his peak years won’t even compare to the likes of Van Persie or Falcao. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has stated that he only intends to sign “Special Special Special” players if they become available, and according to the Guardian Arsenal have made an £18m offer for Man City’s hotshot striker Edin Dzeko. They don’t state their source but they have made a headline out of it so they must be pretty convinced it is true.
The Bosnian international arrived at the Etihad in a fanfare from Germany last year, and despite scoring 17 goals in 44 games for City he has found first team opportunities few and far between last season, and now that the prodigal son Carlos Tevez has been welcomed back to the fold he is even going to be further down the pecking order. .......Read the full article here
Unless something drastic happens next week, then Arsenal’s new signing Lukas Podolski will get his wish and play alongside Robin van Persie in the Arsenal team.
The Dutch striker will return to Arsenal for pre-season training on Monday and, barring injury or a rapid development on his transfer, he will be jetting out with Arsenal for the tour of Asia next weekend.
Podolski says “All I can say is van Persie had an amazing record last season and hopefully there is a way he can stay with Arsenal.” .......Read the full article here