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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Miyaichi Interview: “I am so glad to join a big club like Arsenal”

Miyaichi is looking forward to his first season with Arsenal

The name Ryo Miyaichi is one becoming increasingly familiar to Arsenal fans and is a player of whom great things are expected in the future and earlier this week caught up with Ryo to get his verdict on his progress so far.

Ryo, This is your first pre-season with Arsenal. How are you finding it?

“I am so glad to join a big club like Arsenal. So I really want to be prepared to play for them.”

You are a ‘new boy’ into the team. How are you bonding with the rest of the team?

“Everyone is welcoming and warm. They are trying to speak to me but my English is not at the good level yet. However I am trying to speak to them in English if possible.”

What are your thoughts on Arsène Wenger now you have had your first proper training sessions with him?

“I am so glad that Arsène Wenger appreciates me. I am very happy that he wanted me to join the training camp. I want to play with confidence and play to thank him.”

How much does it help to have manager who understands Japanese culture and the Japanese people?

“Arsène was with Grampus Eight so the Nagoya people know he is a great manager. I am from near Nagoya so I feel close [to them] and Arsenal coach Boro Primorac used to live quite near to my home.”

How do you describe yourself as a player?

“I am a player who wants use my speed to go past defenders. So it is about making use of my speed.”

What are your opinions on the skills of your team-mates at Arsenal and who in particular stands out?

“Arsenal play in one of the top leagues in the world. Everybody has great skills here. I feel that I can learn from everyone. I am just enjoying the chance to practice and to learn.”

How do you look back on your loan spell at Feyenoord?

“Of course this was my first year as a professional. I had a very good experience there. I was glad for the opportunity at Feyenoord. I really appreciated the fans and all the staff there.”

Did you make a big jump forward in standard because before you had been playing high school football?

“Technically I thought I improved. I was putting in effort to get a result. But it was not only technical. On the mental side I was aiming to get to a high level. I hope the effort I put as given me a high level now.”

Now you are back at Arsenal, what aims do you have for the coming season?

“I hope I can contribute to the team. I just want to work hard to do my best.”

Earlier Bacary Sagna had this to say about Miyaichi & Carl Jenkinson

“I thought they played their own games, they weren’t scared to play. They were full of confidence and that’s good for the team. I hope they will push us because we need this kind of players”.

Thomas Vermaelen also had this to say:

If you look at Ryo [Miyaichi], I’ve seen him a few times in the Dutch League because I follow it really well and he did well at Feyenoord. The people, the crowd loved him.

Some friends of mine played with him and said he’s a good guy and technically he’s really good so I’m looking forward to know them better when we play more games and train more with the ball”.

While Wenger had this to say about the Japanese winger:

“I rate him personally [and] it’s a good opportunity for him to show that he has the talent to play for Arsenal Football Club. He has an opportunity to show that [he is good enough for the first team].He has done extremely well at Feyenoord and wehave so many good reports. It will be interesting to see him play”.

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It’s time to establish our intentions

Is this the season where Arsene Wenger will finally change his principles? For us to compete on any front next season, he simply has to.

Post Champions League final, 2006, Arsene Wenger ripped up his rulebook & tried to teach Sir Alex Ferguson something about management, five years later, nothing has come to fruition. He injected all of his faith into youth and we have since been unable to break our trophy duck under the new philosophy.

Is it just me that feels this is the defining summer? If he fails to bring in the required players, we’ll struggle to maintain our Champions League status, never mind competing for the Premier League title. This is without even mentioning the possible departures of our captain, Cesc Fabregas and one of the Premier League’s most outstanding performers in 2010/11 – Samir Nasri.

At the time of Patrick Viera departing Arsenal, we had an adequate replacement with Fabregas, but if he is sold, will we reinvest the money? I’m not so sure, do we have an adequate replacement? Again, I’m not so sure. Consequently, I don’t want us to sell. Even if people say his heart isn’t there, he illustrated in his performances last season that he still enjoys playing for Arsenal, he gave 110% in every game he participated in.

Nasri’s situation though, is unconfirmed. He has yet to tell Wenger he wants to leave, as far as I’m concerned and no quotes have been issued that have stated Nasri’s unhappiness at Arsenal.

Irrespective of where Fabregas & Nasri end up come August 31st, just persistently remind yourself, no player is irreplaceable.

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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.

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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.

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Written By Amlan Majumdar


Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Transfer Rumours


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Official: Gervinho Signs for Arsenal

Gervais Yao Kouassi has completed his transfer from Lille to Arsenal today. The 24 year old Ivorian has signed a 4 year contract. The transfer fee involved is reported to be around £10.6 million. The talented Ivorian plays mainly as a wide forward.  Lille played in a 4-3-3 formation and Gervinho was used in the right side of the front three, so he wouldn’t need much adjustment as far as tactics are concerned. In 2009/2010 season he got 13 goals and last season he got 15 goals plus 10 assists, really good return for a player who plays out wide. The Ivory Coast international was the captain of his national team in the 2008 Olympics. He is said to be a very direct and exciting player. He loves to cut in from the right, but isn’t too comfortable playing through the center. Before completing this move he was linked with other clubs such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. Gervinho though, was always keen for a move to London. In 2008, He was quoted saying

“I need to keep working and Arsenal will open the door for me. I have dreamed about that club. To play for them will be the best day of my life and I will do anything to play for Arsenal.”

He is seen as a direct replacement for Nicklas Bendtner. The big Dane is about to leave, as stated by Wenger, clubs from Portugal and Germany are said to be interested. He has pace and strength as well as technique. At times in Lille, he was overshadowed by Hazard, but people argue that Gervinho was the most important player for the French team that won the league last season. With his pace, strength and finishing he should have no problem adjusting to Premier League. He will also bring in good experience to squad. He is the first big signing for Arsenal this season, and with hopefully more to follow.

By Amlan Majumdar

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Official Transfers


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Arsenal Squad to Asia Confirmed: Almunia, Bendtner Left Out

Today, Arsenal have confirmed the squad that will be travelling to Asia for a pre season tour. There are no real suprises, however Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner have been left out of the squad, fuelling speculation the pair are on their way out of the Emirates. Youngesters included are Emmanuel Frimpong and Ryo Miyachi. New signing Carl Jenkinson is also included. Emmanuel Eboue, Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby and Lukaz Fabianski are all left out with injury. Gervinho has not completed his move to the gunners yet and therefore will miss the trip. Samir Nasri has been included in the squad, despite speculation that Manchester City have secured his services.

Here is the full squad list:

Wojciech Szczesny
Vito Mannone
Sebastien Squillaci
Johan Djourou
Kieran Gibbs
Carl Jenkinson
Laurent Koscielny
Andrey Arshavin
Marouane Chamakh
Ryo Miyaichi
Armand Traore
Thomas Vermaelen
Bacary Sagna
Theo Walcott
Alex Song
Jack Wilshere
Tomas Rosicky
Aaron Ramsey
Emmanuel Frimpong
Samir Nasri
Carlos Vela
Robin van Persie

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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Pre Season


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