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Emirates Cup and High Expectation

Hello yet again everyone. I trust you are all OK?

The Emirates cup is just around the corner and there is a bit more of a variety of teams in this year’s competition.

Paris St-Germain have entered for the third time. New York Red Bulls will represent the USA. There is a lot of hype surrounding them as it sees the return of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. As I am sure you will know, he is the clubs leading goalscorer having scored 226 goals in his Arsenal career. Boca Juniors complete the four team set representing Argentina. They are the most successful club in Argentina and are based in La Boca which is in Buenos Aires.

The selection of teams is interesting as most of the teams usually entered are from Scotland, Italy, Spain, Germany or France who are all very much local to the UK. However, this year, as well as having a team from France, we have a team from North America and a team from South America which in my opinion is a nice twist. Maybe next year an Australian team could play, or an African team. Who knows?

Moving on, let’s think about next season shall we?

A lot of people are going on about how Arsenal should win the league and if not, Wenger should go. But answer me this: 1. If Arsene leaves, who would replace him and 2. Having not won anything in seven years, do you seriously think we should immediately be winning premier league titles and the Champions League? I think not.

The best way in my opinion to start winning the big trophies, is to gradually win other trophies, such as the Carling Cup and FA cup, gradually start to believe that you can win trophies and then really go for it. It takes time.

Quick transfer news to finish and it looks very much as though Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is joining Arsenal. According to the Daily Mirror, himself and family have flown into London to discuss a potential£15m deal. In my opinion I think he would be a good signing but it does also point the finger that Arsene has given up hope of keeping Cesc Fabregas which means he is almost certain to leave for Barcelona. Another pointer that Cesc is leaving is his omission from the Emirates Cup squad.

The Times claim that Arsenal are going to up their bid To £13m to try to acquire Phil Jagielka despite Everton manager David Moyes valuing him at £18m. I doubt there is much truth in that but we shall see in the near future.

And on that note, let’s hope for more quality signings and a good tournament at the Emirates cup.

Until next time folks.

Written by Liam Mercer


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Why the decision to keep Nasri is so significant

Arsenal look set to keep Samir Nasri after Hill-Wood was quoted as to saying

“It is possible we could lose the player on a free transfer but we are prepared to take that risk.”

This could be further evidence Cesc is Barca bound as Wenger knows losing both would have adverse effect on the team and supporter morale. The Arsenal manager has probably come to the conclusion that a team minus Fabregas to a foreign team plus 32-37m would be better than a team minus Nasri to a direct competitor for Champions League places and only 20million.

Although Cesc is a far superior player he is injury prone and that 20m from Nasri would be nothing if it costs us a place in the Champions League and the loss in revenue and players that follows. Nasri would also slot straight into his favoured position (where he looks twice the player) in the huge void left by Fabregas, behind the main striker.

Although we will be weaker in that department the money generated from the Fabregas sale ( which I expect to be announced as undisclosed but probably 32m+around 5m in performance related add-ons) would put Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and therefore silverware comfortably within our reach again. This would also give us so more strength in depth to the point where the sight of Sebastien Squillaci and Rosicky lining up for us in a crunch Premier League match would be a thing of the past (any team who names the likes of Ramsey among the subs bench are surely in for the league?)

The major risks to this all arise from the worst case scenario of us not winning anything next season. If it was to happen we would almost defiantly see Nasri going to Man Utd for nothing which would be a huge blow for the club with us being greatly weakened through losing Cesc and Nasri in the space of two years and Man Utd being greatly strengthened. It would also cause Van Persie to seriously question his future at the club as he would only have a year to run at this with his contract. Now it would be worst case scenario but should the Dutchman wish to leave it would almost certainly be the final nail in the coffin and this youth project the club embarked on all these years would have amounted to nothing but a resounding failure with us right back at the drawing board having to build another team while competing with the yids for a top 6 spot. A bit doom and gloom and extremely unlikely but something you have to take into account with decisions like this. Needless to say this could be one of the biggest decisions Arsenal ever have to make in the 2010 decade.

All in all, if this situation was to arise it represent a huge gamble from the Arsenal board that could pay off if we actually bring in the signings we need to help us go all the way this time round. Nasri has been quoted as to saying trophies are his motivation so the sight of red and white ribbons around a major trophy at the end of the season would surely prompt him to signing a new deal. At the moment it’s all “ifs” but I personally see it as the most likely scenario and shows that the board are bullish over our chances of success next season especially considering their usual minimal risk nature.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Players, Pre Season, Transfer Rumours


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Guardiola: ‘Arsenal Have Agreed To Negotiate Fabregas Deal’

Straight talking: Pep Guardiola will not be rushed as he continues to chase Fabregas

Pep Guardiola has claimed Arsenal have agreed to negotiate an offer made for Cesc Fabregas. They have already failed with a 27 million pound bid, but the Barcalona manager is still hopeful of securing the 24 year old’s services and is convinced Fabregas is determined to move to Barca this season. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, he said,

“This year Arsenal has agreed to negotiate and we are working on it,”

” Barcelona has made an offer, Arsenal another and we have time until August 31 and we’ll try to reach an agreement.

“It is easier for Cesc in this way because he fits the template, but I know these things cannot always be done.”

He added that the club have enough money to sign both Fabregas and Sanchez.

“The club has saved money to try to sign him,”

“We will try until the end try to bring him. I hope that eventually everything can be arranged. But sometimes things cannot be done.

“We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.”

The Arsenal captain did not travel to the pre season tour of Asia due to a hamstring injury and is a doubt for the trip to Germany on saturday against Cologne, which has left some fans doubting whether he really is injured. However Guardiola has rubished this claim, saying

“Cesc has to do what Arsenal ask of him, I do not like this insinuation that he has told them he will not play. When he is well then Wenger will play him.”

Talk over the lack of finances available to Guardiola have also been dismissed, saying they have money for both Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, although Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta insists Sanchez is a priority signing.

“Alexis has a lot of potential and I’m told he’s a very good boy and that is close to the profile you want,” he said.

He also admitted negotiations are “in a final process” and said: “We expect a happy ending and that Alexis is here with us soon.”

But should Cesc, our captain, leave? Leave you answer in comments.


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Joel Campbell On Verge Of Arsenal Move

Joel Campbell is set to join Arsenal after his father revealed that his son has signed a 5-year-deal with the gunners and is awaiting a ‘special talent’ visa. If he fails to receive one, he is likely to go out on loan, like Carlos Vela, Ryo Miyachi and Wellington Silva. The deal is reportedly worth 1.5million.

The Costa Rican has only played 3 times for his current club, C.D. Saprissa, scoring one goal. The 19 year old has also been capped 5 times for his country, scoring two goals. However he has been prolific for the youth Costa Rican teams, finishing top Costa Rican scorer in the U17 team for the 2009 CONCACAF U17 Championship with 2 goals, and tournament top scorer in the U20 team for the 2011 CONCACAF U20 Championship this year, finishing with 6 goals.

Many other top clubs are interested in the 5ft 10in striker, but singled out and commented on Arsenal’s offer, saying “Who wouldn’t want to play for Arsenal?”

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Pre Season, Transfer Rumours


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Bendtner on the verge of Arsenal exit

Nicklas Bendtner seems to be on the verge of leaving Arsenal after it was revealed he has offers available to him. The big dane could only earn a place on the bench last season, when he did get a chance to play, it was usually on the wing, out of position. He was recently left out in the 23 man squad for Arsenal’s pre season tour to Asia, fuelling speculation he is on his way out of the Emirates. In 32 appearances last season, he only managed 9 goals, which put him as thrid choice striker behind Robin Van Persie and Marouane Chamakh. Clubs from both Germany and Portgual are reportedly interested in the Arsenal forward. Frank Arnesen, formerly of Chelsea and now Hamburg sporting director, told Hamburger Abendblatt:

“We need more creativity in our offence. A midfielder with quality would be good for us,”

“Bendtner would be a real dream, he is a very interesting player. He can also play as an attacking midfielder behind the attacker. But it would almost amount to a small miracle for us to get him.”

There are two other clubs who have made Nicklas an offer and we are unfortunately not in that position.”

Despite keen interest, Hamburg look likely to miss out on the 23 year old, but two unnamed clubs have put in an offer. Meanwhile, Dortmund have ruled themselves out of the race for the Danish international. Club chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke said:

“There has never been an offer from Borussia Dortmund for Nicklas Bendtner,”

“Of course we could make larger transfers but we don’t want to borrow any money.”

The majority of Arsenal fans would want to see the back of Bendtner, who was heavily criticised in the 09/10 season in which he missed many chances, and with no other options available due to injury, Wenger was forced to play him up front. However, some feel as though he hasn’t been given a chance, but his days at Arsenal seem to be numbered.

Do you want Bendtner to leave or stay? Leave your opinions below!





Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Transfer Rumours


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Five players who can replace Gael Clichy at Arsenal

After a whole summer of speculations and rumors, Gael Clichy has finally left Arsenal to join Manchester City for reported £7 million. With the departure of the French left back, the last member of the legendary ‘Invincible’ team has also left.

Kieran Gibbs is the natural replacement that Arsenal have in there ranks. Carl Jenkinson, who has joined Arsenal from Charlton, is also a backup in that position. Gibbs for all his talents is still very inexperienced and needs time to develop his game. He is good when it comes to attacking, in fact many consider him a better attacker than Clichy was, a better crosser of the ball, but his defensive play is still questionable.

Even though Wenger has said there will be no new left backs coming in, here are five Left backs that could fit the bill:

  José Enrique

 Present Club –Newcastle United

Interested Clubs – Liverpool,Barcelonaand Arsenal.

Price – £15million

The Spanish left back has been in news for some time now. After an impressive season with Newcastle  last year he has attracted many admirers. He is solid defensively and very fast as well.Liverpool has been linked with him all summer. Recently Barcelona have shown interest in him as well. Wenger is keen on the Spaniard as well. The Magpies have reportedly put a £15million price tag on him. Wenger is unlikely to pay so much for him and hence Anfield looks the most possible destination to Enrique next season.

Possibility of coming to Arsenal – 30%

Emilio Izaguirre

 Present Club – Celtic

Interested Clubs –ManchesterUnited andLiverpool.

Price – £10 million

 The 25-year-old Honduran has been linked toLiverpooland Manchester United. Manchester United’s interest has been confirmed by the player himself. In recent times the player has come out and said that he would like to honour the 3 years contract he has at Parkhead. Celtic has reportedly slapped a £10 million price tag on him. This seems a more feasible fee for Arsenal. Wenger hasn’t shown any him yet, but with United’s interest dying out and Liverpool chasing Enrique; this might be a good time for Wenger to bid for him, though he looks most likely to stay at his present club.

Possibility of coming to Arsenal – 5%

Michel Bastos

Present Club –Lyon

Interested Clubs – Juventus, Liverpool, Chelsea andManchesterUnited

Price – £15 million to £18 million

This is one player, I personally would love to see at the Emirates. The Brazilian is a talented footballer. He operates as a left-winger for Lyon and plays as a left-back for Brazil. He is big, strong and really quick – a very direct and powerful player. Something Arsenal need very badly. Having said all this, it is very unlikely that he will come to London. Juventus is hot on his heels andTurinseems to be his most likely destination that is unless Wenger gets some tequila shots and decides to cough up big money to land the Brazilian.

Possibility of coming to Arsenal – 1%

Aly Cissokho

 Present Club –Lyon

Interested Clubs – Arsenal, Liverpool,ManchesterCityandManchesterUnited.

Price – £15m to £20m

Gunners are the favourites to land the Frenchman as things stands now. The high price tag set byLyonmay still cause some concerns for Wenger. Liverpool and both the clubs from Manchester are also said to be vying for the tall, athletic left-back. He would certainly be a good capture for Arsenal. A capable replacement for Clichy, who is said to very good while going forward as well.

Possibility of coming to Arsenal – 70%

Leighton Baines

 Present Club – Everton

Interested Clubs – Arsenal andLiverpool

Price – £10m to £12m

Performance wise, he was the best left back in the EPL last year. Arsenal and Liverpool have shown interest in acquiring him. He would probably be the best option for Arsenal among the five mentioned here, given his experience in this league. He has a solid left foot and very good at set-pieces as well, something that Arsenal lack presently. Baines has scored some wonderful goals for Everton in the past years. Wenger would do very well to get him to Emirates, with Everton willing to sell him.

Possibility of coming to Arsenal – 50%

Among all these options Cissokho and Baines will be the most favored ones, if Wenger chooses to buy.

Leave your comments on any other options you would like to suggest.

Written By Amlan Majumdar


Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Transfer Rumours


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Gervinho: “I choose Arsenal”

Lille striker Gervinho told France Football magazine there are only “a few details” left to finalise, before his £11 million transfer to the gunners is complete. The Ivorian scored 15 goals last season, as well earning 10 assists, in 43 appearances for the team which won the French double last season. The 24 year old has promised Arsenal fans he will help to end their club’s 6 year trophy drought. He said:

“I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily,”

“I could develop more over there. There’s only a few details left to sort out.

“A risk? Not at all. I’m going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot.

“In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win.

“I had no hesitation. None. But in a transfer there’s always a period of analysis and negotiations. All sides had to be satisfied so that things could develop smoothly.

“I’m going there to play, not to be on the bench. Arsenal love the game. And I love teams that love the game.

“The Premier League is a notch above. It’s maybe the best league in the world. I want to live that sensation.”

Tottenham were also keen on aquiring the services of Gervinho, but Champions League football was too hard an offer to turn down. He is set to put pen to paper to complete a four year deal worth £60,000 a week.

His arrival to the Emirates could signal the already imminent departure of Nicklas Bendtner, who is interesting numerous clubs, namely from Germany and Portugal.

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Transfer Rumours


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