One of the big transfer rumours doing the rounds about Arsenal in January concerned the Ju8ventus and Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic. If the stories were true, Arsene Wenger was trying to get the 30-year old on loan until the end of the season, in order to help boost the injury depleted Gunners squad, especially after Theo Walcott was ruled out for six months.
Mertesacker: Resilient Arsenal Will Continue to Compete by Anurag Thompson
Despite football pundits continuing to be skeptical of Arsenal’s chances of clinching the Premier League title this season, it seems as though those within the club are quietly confident of pulling off an ‘upset’ and coming away with the title in May. While the ‘pundits’ are still leaning towards a title race between Manchester City and Chelsea, Gunners defender Per Mertesacker remains confident of his side’s chances.
Pundits in Praise of Arsenal’s Resilience, But Still Skeptical of Title Chances by AT
Despite yet another gritty victory in the Premier League, it seems as though Arsenal are still far from favourites to clinch the title in May. Arsene Wenger’s side prevailed over Aston Villa on Monday night through goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, a result which sees the Gunners jump above Manchester City and Chelsea, who were also victorious over the weekend, to reclaim first spot in the League table.
Arsenal have lost just three Premier League games so far this season, away to both of the Manchester giants and, strangely enough, at home to Aston Villa. A lot has changed for the Gunners since that opening day disaster, but there is still a small element of concern that Villa might be able to get something out of the game and stop Arsenal from regaining top spot.
It seems like Arsenal may be forced into the transfer market for the Aston Villa and Belgium striker Christian Benteke in January, or risk seeing the talented 22-year old move somewhere else. Reports of interest from other clubs are getting more regular, and there could well be a transfer tussle for Benteke when the transfer window opens in a couple of months time.
The story of a Gunner. by Trishit
You may remember me as the guy who wrote a super optimistic article about Arsenal’s summer transfer dealings. Well, I am back and I am not that optimistic. We were thrashed 3-1 by Aston Villa where I believe luck had no part to play for either of the teams. If we had some decisions against us, we should not be forgetting the hairline escapes either. The bent shot, remember? In brief it was a good football game, where we dominated in patches but it was Villa all the way. Also, it took the last bit of optimism from me.
Arsenal could have signed Villa by Stefan
For the past several months Arsenal were linked with a move for former Barcelona player David Villa who has recently sealed a move to Atletico Madrid. The media was certain that we were the most interested club but we never fought for him which made everybody think twice.
Well it turns out now that we apparently made a decent bid for him back in January that Barcelona rejected at the time. Guillem Balague revealed this and you can probably take his word as truth. He then said that Barcelona expected us to come back and buy him for less than £4 million this summer but Wenger changed his mind and didn’t want a world class finisher for a bargain.
Business as Usual for Arsenal by Uche
Arsene Wenger, the gift that keeps on giving (to our opponents). Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City must be loving this man. With Wenger in charge of Arsenal, they are guaranteed of one thing. Arsenal will never do enough to challenge for the title, so don’t worry about them.
How Wenger develops young midfielders part 1 by KJ
There is a lot of negativity surrounding Arsenal at the moment and rightly so. We’ve yet to bring in a proper signing and with all our injuries, we may be forced into playing a midfield trio of Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere against Villa on Saturday. At the start of last season that would’ve been considered footballing suicide and although I’m frustrated that the club has let themselves get into this position, I’m still confident that those three midfielders can work well together simply because Arsene has developed the midfield maturity of Ramsey and Chamberlain over the last season and will do so with Wilshere this season.
News that’ll surely anger the Arsenal fans by AH
It just doesn’t get any better for fans of Arsenal Football Club does it? A board that has a business minded structure and a manager that is stingier than those that do their weekly shop at poundland, when it comes to transfer windows being an Arsenal fan just isn’t something to get excited about.
With just 18 days left before we reach 1st September 2013, Wenger needs to make several key signings to firstly improve our team, but secondly to make sure we have enough strength in squad depth. And the news that Luis Suarez’s future looks increasingly likely to now remain at Liverpool puts the nail in the coffin for the hopes and dreams of Arsenal this summer.
Mertesacker feels confident ahead of next weekend by Ash
Per Mertesacker has now established himself as one of Arsenal’s two best defenders at the club, forming a successful and effective partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny. Mertesacker was a deadline day signing two years ago and was labelled as a panic buy and then a flop signing as the season progressed, however last season he proved his worth, overtaking club captain Thomas Vermaelen to play alongside Koscielny.
Don’t judge the club at the end of the window, judge them next Saturday! by KJ
There’s only 24 days left until the transfer window closes and Arsenal are still yet to spend a single pound in the transfer window. To put this into perspective, Manchester City, a team widely considered to already have the best squad in the league has spent £100m on improvements. What’s worse is that Arsenal easily have £100m+ to match City’s financial clout and yet it sits in the bank accounts at Arsenal gaining dust (and interest of course).