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).
Why are the signings taking so long? by KJ
It’s getting to that point in the transfer window now. There’s only one month left and Arsenal have done barely anything in the last two and half months since the season ended. We technically haven’t spent a pound yet and already have a net profit of at least £3m which will rise when we sell Gervinho and potentially Bendtner. But none of us care about that, where are the signings?
What happens if we don’t sign Suarez? by Dominic
At the start of the summer transfer window Arsenal were linked with hundreds of strikers, with names including Higuain, Jovetic, Villa and so on. However as the window has progressed we have seen Arsenal drop out of the running for each of these players and as a result seen them move to other clubs (or in Benteke’s case sign a new contract). Now I’m not necessarily saying that I’m too aggrieved at missing out on some of those players (as we all have our own personal favourites on which ones we’d like Arsenal to sign) but it’s the fact that we seem to be missing out on everyone that has angered me.
Arsenal lose out on Barcelona man! by Ash
Arsenal have lost out on yet another one of their major transfer targets, with FC Barcelona’s David Villa officially set to join fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal may not of been as interested in Villa this transfer window as they had been 6 months ago in January but I am adamant to believe that he was still one of Wenger’s targets for this summer.
The price tag involving Villa is a reported £5.1 million however some media outlets are also quoting a £4.4 million value. However either way that’s an absolute bargain for someone of David Villa’s quality, even if he isn’t getting any younger.
Why are Arsenal being linked with so may strikers? by Stefan
Gonzalo Higuain looks to be close to completing a transfer to Arsenal in a £22 million deal, but the press is still going crazy with Arsenal striker transfer rumours. Young French striker Yaya Sanogo is almost certainly going to join Arsenal soon and he is of an age where he could start breaking into the first team already.
The only one as I said that looks to be definitely happening is Higuain from Real Madrid. He has been heading for the exit at Madrid for the last few months and new manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to bring in Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez, apparently.