Comparisons of Arsenal, Chelsea and United. by Ash
I read in a recent interview with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, that he once again compared us to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Normally it’s in the aspect of being able to compete alongside them in the league, however this time it was more heavily featured around transfers.
Regarding the questions being raised over Le Prof’s transfer policy, Wenger said: “We are active. We are in a situation like Manchester United, like Chelsea, where everybody expects signings and at the moment not a lot has happened. There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number, but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.” .......Read the full article here
Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh is close to securing a move away from the Emirates, as he looks set to link up with fellow London club and Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace on an initial six month loan deal.
Chamakh has been a long term target for Palace boss Ian Holloway and has stated on several occasions of how keen he is to sign the Moroccan international striker to improve his current squad ahead of what will be a tough campaign for the Eagles. Crystal Palace secured promotion to the Premier League through the Playoffs, beating Watford at Wembley In the final. However after losing their star player Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United, they are severely weakened in terms of striking options and Holloway will be hoping Chamakh can be a worthwhile choice to have upfront. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell has finally got clearance to live and play football in England and by the looks of things he will be playing Premier League football next season, not with Arsenal but with newly promoted Crystal Palace. .......Read the full article here
Stuart Pearce has lost his battle with Roy Hodgson over the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, but the manager of the England under 21 side is still hoping to get another Gunner from the first team to join his squad for the European Championship in Israel this summer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the star of the show for England against San Marion on Friday, and he already has 10 caps and two goals at senior level. He is still eligible for the under 21s, though, and Pearce wants to talk to Hodgson about getting permission to use him. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are ready to do some squad improvement, with Arsene Wenger set to have £70 million burning a hole in the pockets of his giant coat. There is room for improvement all over the pitch, so it will be interesting to see what Wenger thinks are the priorities. It sounds a lot, but £70 million does not buy many quality players these days, and there is no point buying squad players because we have plenty. One player who could add quality and extra options to the Arsenal team and who would not cost a bomb is the Portuguese international winger Luis Nani from Manchester United. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger brought in the Malaga defender Nacho Monreal in January, but he is adamant that although he searched far and wide to find more quality players they were simply not available!
“We worked very hard in January,” Wenger said. “We were everywhere. I did want to sign somebody else but we didn’t find anyone. In the African Nations Cup, the best player is Gervinho. Why should we go there when the best player is Gervinho? We already have Gervinho. .......Read the full article here
The news will not surprise Arsenal fans, but could be seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth for some of the other young players in the England international set up. Roy Hodgson has picked a squad to face Brazil in a friendly next week, but has left out a number of younger players, who will drop back down to the under 21s for the upcoming European championships this summer. Wilshere is not one of them, because he has already proved himself for club and country. .......Read the full article here
Let’s take a realistic look at the January Transfer Window. To start off with, Arsenal were looking in serious need of some firepower. Some real quality players. Many players were linked with Us over the last few weeks. Some of them being Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez, Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, David Villa, Mario Gotze, Stevan Jovetic, Mats Hummels and the list goes on… After a disastrous start to the month, the fans were screaming on top of their voice for some new signings, but to no avail. .......Read the full article here
It seems as if Arsenal will not be signing Wilfried Zaha in this transfer window, leaving the path clear for Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Newspaper reports claim that United and Crystal Palace have agreed terms, but the 20-year old winger is likely to remain at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.
Wenger has stated that Arsenal did not lose out to United in the chase for Zaha, however, as he denied that the Gunners were ever trying to buy him. Some reports have claimed that Arsenal did make an offer to Palace for the player, but were unwilling to meet the terms offered by United, thought to be around £12 million plus add-ons. .......Read the full article here
Bob recently published an article stating that Arsenal need 5 more players. Having considered our current crop of players i feel that in the short term that maybe 3 players is what we require in this transfer window to secure a Top 4 spot. The two key areas where I’m sure all Arsenal fans feel we need to strengthen is both up front and in the defensive midfield position. .......Read the full article here
Depending on which reports you read, The Gunners fan and Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha, has either already met Alex Ferguson and the deal is done, or had no contact with Manchester United at all. A few days ago, United apparently offered around £5 million for the 20-year old winger, which was rejected outright.
Crystal Palace were looking for well over £10 million for the highly rated championship player, so the decision to turn down the offer was easy. United want to pay as little as possible up front and were offering staggered payments, but Palace wanted a good sum up front. .......Read the full article here
You have to hand it to the Arsenal boss, he is a cool customer. While journalists and Arsenal fans work themselves into a frenzy, Arsene Wenger seems almost horizontal and usually has a smile on his face during interviews and press conferences. After dropping a couple of bombs by admitting his interest in Wilfried Zaha and Edinson Cavani, Wenger has gone back to his usual self by hinting that Arsenal may leave it until the last two days before signing any new players.