By now we should all know that by logging onto this site, we are exposing ourselves to some really weird and wonderful rumours, especially during transfer windows. My advice is to take it with a pinch of salt, and if it sounds like rubbish, don’t read it. But every now and then, these rumours that sound like complete twak we never thought would be possible, to our dismay, end up becoming reality. In this particular case, I am posting this rumour, not to promote what the actual rumour is about, but more to promote the particular player mentioned and why he is the subject of the rumour. .......Read the full article here
According to the English media, Arsenal and Manchester United have both been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borrusia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, as Spanish giants Barcelona have entered the race to sign the midfielder, viewing him as a long-term replacement for club legend Xavi Hernandez, says the Express.
Xavi, now 33, is clearly in the twilight years of his career and does not seem to have many years left in him. The Catalan side have been scouting possible replacements for the club legend for quite some time now and seem to have settled for the German international. Gundogan has strikingly similar ball-playing attributes as that of Xavi and might well be penned down as the ideal replacement. .......Read the full article here
There is a lot of talk and speculation flying around at the minute about how to improve the England national side, and the latest proposal could be fantastic news for Arsenal Football Club. The idea being discussed is to bring English football more into line with Europe by allowing and encouraging the bigger clubs to have a formal arrangement with lower clubs in a `feeder` capacity. .......Read the full article here
I can’t speak for the rest of the Arsenal fans, in fact I can’t really speak at all because my mouth is full of flies after walking around with my jaw hanging open since Monday night. However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that we are all excited about the prospect of Mesut Ozil playing at the Emirates.
The reaction from the football world continues to roll in, with many experts and players expressing their admiration of Arsene Wenger in securing the German international’s signature and their surprise at Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in letting him leave. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have two midfield stars for years to come by Stefan
I wrote a piece the other day on how Aaron Ramsey was getting back to his best for Arsenal and how he may be finally fulfilling his potential that was clear since the age of 18. Anybody who watched the Champions League play-off second leg against Fenerbache will have seen him. He scored both goals and was the best player on the pitch for the whole game. .......Read the full article here
Every season I think each club and squad needs to be built around a certain player. Some of the most successful teams of all time have been built around a certain player. France won the 1998 World Cup from building their team around Zinedine Zidane, the 1970 Brazil World Cup squad was built around Pele despite the team being packed full of top players.
In modern times Barcelona is built around the two central midfielders and Lionel Messi up front. The question is, who will Arsenal be based around for the coming season? .......Read the full article here
Not one of u have included Arteta and i dont think you realise just how crucial he is to us. vision/passing/experience/awareness !! It would take a Xavi or an Alonso to replace what he does.” .......Read the full article here
Of all the players who have left Arsenal in recent years, Cesc Fabregas is maybe the only one that most Arsenal fans still think well of. We understood that he was a local boy who had come through the academy of FC Barcelona and still had the dream of pulling on their shirt. Every football fan can understand this, so although it hurt us and left a gaping hole at the heart of the Arsenal midfield, we appreciated why he left. .......Read the full article here
Analysing Arteta: Dissecting the Spanish maestro’s game. By Jules
As this week is a Champions League week, a competition neither we or any other English club are still in, we were able to enjoy the football on show without being burdened by the stresses and strains of going toe to toe for ninety minutes against the continent’s finest. However, for those of us who did not want to simply sit idly gazing at the television screens, it was an opportunity to analyse and compare players of other clubs against those of The Arsenal, position by position as well as collectively. .......Read the full article here
Santi Cazorla has had a fantastic start to his career at Arsenal, scoring 11 Premier League goals and providing eight assists. The Spanish international can play anywhere across the midfield and has an eye for goal. For Spain, he has played with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, David Silva and Fabregas, so when a player really impresses him you know they must be something special.
Jack Wilshere was not quite fit to play when Cazorla first arrived, and when he did return there was a period of adjustment for quite a few members of the Gunners while they got used to each other. Now they are getting more comfortable with each other, and Santi is now really appreciating the immense talent of Wilshere and what he brings to Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans have had enough of Barcelona trying to poach players from the club, and the latest report will not make them feel any friendlier towards the Spanish giants. In typical Barca style, one of their players has been talking about a possible transfer of the midfield star Jack Wilshere, just as they did with Cesc Fabregas. It is disrespectful and borders on `tapping up` but that seems to be the way Barca operate and they think they have a right to do so. .......Read the full article here
Cesc Fabregas was happy during his years at Arsenal, and has said before that the club is close to his heart, but when he left in 2011, it was to go back to the club he had been at from the age of 10, and also the one he supported growing up in Catalunia. His first season back at FC Barcelona was not ideal, and he struggled to convince the fans that he was right for the club. .......Read the full article here