It would certainly be a turn up for the books if Arsenal could pull off a transfer from one of top EPL rivals for a change instead of selling them our best players every year, and according to this morning’s Star, Wenger is planning just that right now.
It is looking very likely that Thomas Vermaelen will leave the Gunners this summer, and with the worrying rumours about Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal are very likely to need a new centre-back. This report reckons that Man United’s Chris Smalling is Wenger’s top target to fill that role. Any even more promising is the fact that the ex-Fulham youngster can also fill in at right-back when the need arises. .......Read the full article here
Unfortunately for Arsenal, it looks like they are going to have to wait a little longer for the return of the excellent French centre back Laurent Koscielny. And with their toughest tackling and most defensive midfielder, Mathieu Flamini, missing his second game with suspension, there will be a big onus on Per Mertesacker and club captain Thomas Vermaelen to keep Andy Carroll quiet tomorrow.
While the West Ham team do not really have anything to play for other than pride, the England international striker knows that a good showing in his remaining Premier League games will probably mean that he is on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup this summer. So Arsenal must be ready for the big striker to be pumped up and ready to cause us problems. .......Read the full article here
I don’t mean to spoil the mood of celebration around Arsenal Football Club, but we all know that there are serious concerns about our recent performances. For so muck of this season, and the last, Arsenal overcame the odds and confounded their critics, but 2014 has seen the cracks open and I think it could be because of the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
To say that the players have been letting him down is missing the point. That horror show at Stamford Bridge was thge epitome of what I mean; the Prof’s special day linked with the pressure in the Premier League led to the Arsenal players freezing up. I think they were all so desperate not to let the boss down, they ended up doing just that. .......Read the full article here
Vermaelen will get a chance to shine once again! by Ash
A couple of seasons ago, not many fans would have argued that Thomas Vermaelen was one of the best central defenders Arsenal had seen at the club for years and he was easily one of the best in the league. Then as injury problems occurred and he took on the role of the Arsenal club captain, things just didn’t seem to go right for him, and he quickly lost form. Then further injury problems occurred and he slipped down the preference ladder and for much of this season, his future at the club has been a hot topic of debate. But now in the final stages of this Premier League season, things seem to be picking up once again for the Belgian. .......Read the full article here
Should Wenger’s Future be decided by the recent form? by Ash
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, and his future at Arsenal, with suggestions he may well leave come the end of the season. The rumours occurred after the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea however since then, reports surrounding a new contract for the Frenchman have once again arisen.
Two major players for the Gunners, number one keeper Wojciech Szczesny and club captain Thomas Vermaelen, have come out to publicly back the boss and rubbish any rumours about the Prof leaving, but can we really believe them, and would they really know if his time was running out anyway? .......Read the full article here
After reading the latest Arsenal transfer rumour this morning, I did have to check that it was April’s fools day yesterday, not today. The story, reported by Metro and others, is that the Tottenham central defender Younes Kaboul is ready to repeat the actions of Sol Campbell and swap his lilywhite shirt for the red and white of Arsenal. Assuming that Thomas Vermaelen is going to leave, the Gunners will need another centre back. .......Read the full article here
This is the chance that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been waiting for since he lost his place at the back ahead of last season’s trip to face Bayern Munich. And it has come at just the right time for Vermelen to force his way into the starting XI for the Begium national team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has backed his captain to grab this opportunity, given by the injury to Laurent Koscielny, with both hands. Arsenal certainly need him to, with a tense and difficult end to the Premier League season ahead of us, not to mention the small matter of an FA cup semi-final and, hopefully, final at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Swansea match preview by Ash
Tonight Arsenal have the chance to appease the fans after the recent sorrows with a quick return to Premier League action. Arsenal will welcome Welsh side Swansea City to the Emirates tonight for yet another must win encounter. .......Read the full article here
Hands up out there how many Arsenal fans are sick to the back teeth of Arsenal selling their best players to their direct Premier League rivals. That’s everyone then, yeah? So Arsene Wenger and the club must draw a line under it now and refuse to sanction the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Man City.
The current Arsenal captain may not fall into that best player category, because the Belgian has found it impossible to break the pairing of Koscielny and Mertesacker, but he is still a top class defender and would certainly strengthen City’s slightly shaky defence. .......Read the full article here
This is not the first time you will have heard Arsenal linked with Matthias Ginter. The 20-year old central defender was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer, after he impressed for the German under 21 international side. But now the rumours are back and stronger than ever.
Maybe Ginter was a bit too young and inexperienced for Arsene Wenger last season, but he has definitely pushed on again this year with his Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. No other defender in the team has started more games than Ginter and his impressive form has ledt to his first game for the full national side, in the recent victory over Chile. .......Read the full article here
End of the road this summer for Vermaelen? by Ash
There has been a fair bit of controversy surrounding the future of Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen this season with statements being made that he will be looking for a move away this summer. For the majority of the season he has maintained that he wants to stay and fight for his place at the club, but after the Bayern Munich result, Vermaelen was again questioned by the media regarding his position at Arsenal, and whether his stay would be extending further than the summer. But this time the talented 28 year old was unable to comment anything too positive, as reported by the Metro. .......Read the full article here
With as many as 10 players being unavailable for Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane, the Arsenal boss is facing a bit of a selection headache. One advantage that the Gunners do have is that Tottenham have two days fewer than us to recover and prepare.
However, they can also afford to make a few changes while Arsenal are missing some of their key performers. The worst case scenario for the Gunners is that neither Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal will be ready, meaning club captain Thomas Vermaelen will play at left back. That could be a problem area with the likes of Lennon, Townsend and Walker running at him. .......Read the full article here