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William Carvalho hints at Arsenal move

William Carvalho hints at Arsenal move

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There were hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho in the early summer, but the extremely talented defensive midfielder was cruelly injured at the U21 World Cup.

His fractured tibula means that the 23 year-old hasn’t been able to play much this season, but I would like to believe that Wenger was keen on making him his top target until his injury took him off the market.

Carvalho himself hinted that there had been some communication with the Gunners when he said last month: “I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting but if I ever leave then it’s a sign that my work here is done,”

“I dream of winning the Primeira Liga here. I prefer not to say too much but there is a club with which I’ve always been fond of: Arsenal.”

Now that Wenger is aware that both Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, and probably Mikel Arteta, are all out for the long-term it makes perfect sense that Wenger must get in some reinforcements in January. The reports in the summer were saying that Arsenal would have to pay the full £35 million in his buy-out clause, but because of his injury this year, the Telegraph reckons that Sporting may accept a bid of around £25 million to prise him away from the Portugese League leaders.

That is easily affordable for a very talented player, and he WANTS to come to Arsenal. So go get him Arsene!

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Most Likely Transfers Arsenal Will Complete Within 24 Hours

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Adrien Rabiot to Arsenal transfer rumour

If Flamini goes, it opens the door for a new defensive midfielder to sign. Rabiot would fit the mould of what Arsene Wenger is looking for; young, tall and good on the ball. His attitude problems may be a slight concern, but his availability is attractive at this stage of the window. There have been rumours that Wenger is in Paris to negotiate a transfer and whilst some believe he is there to talk about Edinson Cavani, it is more likely, if he is there for transfers, that he’ll be negotiating a deal for Rabiot. The French under 21 midfielder may only be 20, but he has already played 53 games for a very strong Paris Saint-Germain team. This one might be one to watch.

Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray 

Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray (£2.4million)
Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray (£2.4million)

Rabiot in? Surely Flamini out. Flamini to Turkey was put on hold after it seemed Felipe Melo would stay at Galatasaray but now the Brazilian has joined Inter Milan. Arsenal are hoping to shift the French midfielder to free up funds for a new midfielder. As it stands, with Mikel Arteta signing a new deal Arsenal cannot really afford to sign another midfielder if they do not manage to sell / release Flamini. The interest from Gala is real, as they held talks with Arsenal a few weeks ago. Flamini is very much disposable for Arsenal right now, but if no new signing arrives, you’d expect him to stick around. Coquelin and an injury prone Arteta are not enough to last the whole season in defensive midfield.

Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)

Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)
Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)

Campbell could move to a number of clubs in the next 24 hours, but the latest to be linked are French club Rennes. Reports in France from Canal+ indicate Campbell could be heading to Rennes on a season long loan deal, but it is likely the Gunners will only let the Costa Rican forward leave if they manage to bring in another attacking option. Other than Olivier Giroud, Campbell was the only forward on the bench against Newcastle and if he left, we’d be left very short of attacking options, especially considering we have loaned out Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo, both of whom featured in some capacity last season. Danny Welbeck is expected to return soon, but there’s no way we can rely on the trio of Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Giroud for a full season, especially with all three of them having serious injury problems in the last 12 months.

But who is the striker..

Fernando Llorente’s Agent Travels To North London

Fernando Llorente’s Agent Travels To North London

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Juventus are looking for £8.5 million for their Spanish striker.

Fernando Llorente’s agent travelled to London yesterday to discuss a 8.5 million move to Arsenal, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. 

Arsene Wenger is looking to sign a new striker and the 30-year-old Juventus forward would bring world class ability to the Emirates.

The Spanish International who is currently being chased by Barcelona and Real Madridoffers a fantastic aerial presence and at 6ft 5 he will give any top side a genuinely gifted target man. He would also ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud who suffered from fatigue last season.

During his two years in Turin Llorente scored a respectable 23 league goals but the player would have wanted more

Arsenal had been linked to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema in recent days but any potential deal looks very unlikely.

Llorente who has 23 caps for Spain is also being linked with a move to Tottenham but the striker would reportedly prefer a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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Arsenal eyeing Colombian Chelsea target as big-money summer signing

Arsenal are eyeing up a Jackson Martinez of Porto this summer as their big-money capture of 2015, the Metro claim.

The Gunners have agreed a big-money capture in each of the last two summer transfer windows, with Mesut Ozil and Alexi Sanchez having arrived from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and are now eyeing the Colombian striker as their 2015 marquee signing.

Martinez has been a constant goal-threat for the Portuguese side since his move in 2012 from Jaguares in Colombia, and has scored 62 league goals in his 80 appearances for the club so far, including 16 in his 21 this season. The striker has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in recent seasons, and is now being touted as the latter’s number one target for the close-season. The North-Londoners are also linked with a move for Palermo’s Paulo Dybala, who is also expected to be available for £29.5 Million in the summer, with Juventus, Manchester United and Chelsea also interested.

Will Dutch Master re-join Arsenal this summer?

Van Persie Arsenal Robin van Persie is in his third season at Manchester United and he doesn’t look like he’s enjoying it right now. He was awesome in his first year, too often injured in his second under David Moyes, and far from his best this year, despite being top scorer for Manchester United with 10 goals. He clearly wants to play up top on his own but the arrival of Radamel Falcao has seen Louis van Gaal, rightly, try to squeeze them both into the starting eleven. It hasn’t worked. Perhaps they are just too similar, with the same instinct for their movements and runs, and not enough pace to complement each other. Van Persie is struggling at Manchester United because he doesn’t work well with Falcao and there is not enough pace in the team. In this formation RvP is regularly expected to be the man to penetrate the back line of the opposition and use the channels. But he simply doesn’t have the pace for it. Arsenal have pace in abundance but lack a really stellar finisher. And RvP is still one of the best around. Put speedy players around him and offer decent service and he’ll bag you 20 goals again next season. He will be 32 in August but Arsenal need a clinical finisher and they could do a lot worse than to bring RvP back for a season for a swan song. The fans would soon forgive him if he started banging them in again and he’s still a far better centre forward than Giroud or Welbeck. Arsenal fans: would you take him back?

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Morgan Schneiderlin snubs Liverpool and Man Utd to AGREE stunning Arsenal move

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN has reportedly agreed to sign for Arsenal this summer. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Southampton star has a “personal agreement” to snub interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool to join the Gunners. Arsene Wenger tried – and failed – in a bid to sign him before the start of this season. But now it appears he’s won his battle after Schneiderling agreed personal terms on a move. The £15m-rated midfielder, 25, wanted to leave the Saints in the summer but club chiefs put a block on the move following the depatures of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana.

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Similar transfer claims were made last month by The Secret Footballer – the pseudonym of a Premier League player who has written two books – on Twitter. Asked if Arsenal had signed anyone, the Secret Footballer tweeted: “My understanding is that they have an agreement already in place with Schneiderlin.” The £15m-rated midfielder has been backed for a big move by Gary Neville. He said: “I think he could play at any of the top clubs in the league, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Arsenal – he’s showed his quality this season. “You look at Schneiderlin and Fonte today, there was no sweat on them. They’re composed and organised.”

 

Marco Reus is ready to join Arsenal over Chelsea

Marco Reus is apparently ready to snub interest from Chelsea to join Arsenal at the end of the season, according to reports. The Gunners resumed their interest in Borussia Dortmund flyer Reus this week, following the news that Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race. And while Chelsea had been rumoured to be planning a huge contract offer, the Daily Star says Reus would prefer to join Arsenal instead – to work under Arsene Wenger. Reus will be one of the bargains of the year in the summer, with the attacker set to leave Dortmund when his release clause drops to just £20million. Arsenal are happy to pay that and if these rumours are to be believed, Reus could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal ‘Ready To Move’ For €25m German Super Star – Reports

marco reus transfer According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are ‘ready to move’ for Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus after Bayern Munich pulled out of the race for his signature. Reus is one of the most sought after players in world football, mainly due to the fact he has a €25m (£20m) buy-out clause in his contract and that kind of money is an absolute bargain for a player of his quality. Understandably, most top clubs in Europe have been linked but many assumed Reus may follow former Dortmund team-mates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in heading to Bayern. However, the Telegraph quote German newspaper Bild, who claim that Bayern have ended their interest in the 25-year-old with Pep Guardiola apparently turning his attention to other targets. Man Utd and Real Madrid have also been linked, but Bild suggest that it’s Arsenal who are now the most likely destination and we are ready to make our move ahead of a summer deal. Arsene Wenger has publicly admitted he’s a huge fan of Rues in the past and there were rumours we had a deal agreed in principal to sign the German attacker last summer before he got injured. So I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if we did renew our interest this coming summer and it would be a huge boost if Bayern are out the running. With Lukas Podolski expected to leave on a permanent basis at the end of the season and doubts still hanging over the long-term future of Joel Campbell, we may have a spot free on the left side of our attack and I’d love to see Reus fill it. There’s still a long way to go before that happens, but what a signing he’d be. Reus, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Cazorla….what an attack we’d have!

Arsenal are set to make a final bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

The French international has been long-linked with a move the Emirates club with the Gunners last holding talks in the summer to sign him. No deal was agreed, but now according to the latest reports a the Metro, the north Londoners will make a £15million bid for the player in the hope of acquiring the player before the transfer window slams shut on Monday at 11pm. The Saints have maintained that they would like the central midfielder to stay put, however, it is believed that Schneiderlin is keen to play Champions League football. The Saints have been flying this season and currently sit third in the Premier League past the half-way point having taken 42 points from 22 matches. If the Gunners capture Schneiderlin this window it would complete a good month for the club who have already completed deals for Polish youngster Krystian Bielik and Villareal defender Paulista.

Gunners agree deal for Gabriel Paulista as Joel Campbell heads out on loan

Villarreal have announced they have reached agreement in principle with Arsenal for the sale of centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with Gunners forward Joel Campbell heading to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season.

The Yellow Submarine confirmed on Twitter that a deal had been agreed on Saturday evening, shortly before their Primera Division match against Levante kicked off at El Madrigal.

“Transfer agreed in principle with Arsenal for Gabriel, who will bid farewell before the game. Much luck!” the club posted.

“Welcome joel-campbell12! Agreement reached with Arsenal until the end of the season.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been cautiously optimistic at a press conference on Thursday that a suitable agreement could be brokered. Villarreal wanted to see the 20million euros (£15.25million) release clause activated, while the Gunners ere said to be offering in the region of £10million, following add-ons to an initial down payment.

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The move will need Home Office approval because the 24-year-old defender does not meet the current required international criteria for a work permit as he is yet to represent Brazil.

As such, Arsenal will need to convince a Football Association hearing that the player is an “exceptional talent”.

A new set of regulations has been proposed for next season in a bid to reduce the number of non-European Union passport holders within the English domestic game.

The changes, backed by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, would see the current requirement of a player having taken part in 75 per cent of internationals over the past two years if their country is ranked within the top 70 tightened, but also allow an exception for any transfers over £10million.

Wenger has long championed the complete freedom of movement for talented players, no matter what their passport says, and believes there is an argument to make football a special case to scrap all the government red tape.

“Ideally it would open completely, and anyone can come in,” the Frenchman said on Thursday, at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Brighton.

“We had identified (Angel) di Maria when he was 17. We saw him in an international competition and we wanted him to come here.

“But he goes to Portugal, and from Portugal he goes to Spain. Why? Because he could not get a work permit (for England), so that means you can only get him to England once he is worth a huge amount of money.

“What does it mean if at the end of the day he comes anyway into the country (later on), just with a huge amount of money (in a transfer fee) – and who do you pay this huge amount of money to? A club like Real Madrid, they don’t need the money.

“We have to be conscious of that.”

Wenger admitted last week that it would be a gamble not to bring in a new defender this month.

The north London side have been regularly left short of defensive cover this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy all suffering injuries.

Debuchy is expected to be out for another three months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, leaving Wenger with only six fit senior defenders at the club.

“We can cope because we have (Calum) Chambers, (Per) Mertesacker, Koscielny,” Wenger said earlier this month.

“But we have now lost Debuchy who can play centre-back, Monreal who can play centre-back and Gibbs has been out too.

“So if we have another injury or two we will struggle. It is risky (not to sign anyone) – too risky.”

ARSENAL have made a bid for Borussia Dortmund star Kevin Grosskreutz.

With the Gunners looking to bring in reinforcements this month, they have made a surprise bid – in the region of £3.7m – for the versatile player.According to reports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has approached Dortmund and has offered a bid to secure his signature.Grosskreutz is said to be a boyhood Arsenal fan and open to a move.The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract and, with Dortmund still loitering towards the bottom of the German Bundesliga, could be looking to jump ship.
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Wenger has made it clear he wants at least two new faces to come in this month.Grosskreutz is able to play right-back or anywhere across the midfield.He has five caps for Germany to his name and was in their World Cup winning squad, although failed to play in the finals in Brazil.Wenger has been able to have a good look at the player first hand, after Grosskreutz started both Champions League games between the two sides earlier this season.

Arsenal ‘make transfer offer for Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi’

Arsenal have made an offer to sign Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi at the end of the season.

Illarramendi, who joined Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2013 for £24million, has struggled to hold down a regular place at the club – and now looks certain to leave.

Athletic Bilbao have made an approach for him, but Marca reports that the 24-year-old has received an offer to join Arsenal in the summer.

They say that Illarramendi is happy with the offer and would like to live in London, but could end up accepting a transfer this month rather than waiting until the summer.

Arsenal set for work permit hearing to sign Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal are expected to push ahead with their interest in Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, following the completion of a deal for teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw.

However, the Gunners are likely to have to overcome a work permit hearing before uncapped Brazilian Gabriel would be allowed to play in England.

Bielik, who can play in midfield or defence, is expected to work initially within the Gunners’ under-21 side, with a view to a swift progression through to the senior squad.

Arsenal have confirmed the transfer from Legia Warsaw of Bielik, who also had talks with Hamburg and is believed to have cost around 2.5 million pounds.

Any move to bring in Gabriel ahead of the transfer deadline, however, is unlikely to prove so straight forward.

Press Association Sport reports Arsenal are interested in brokering a deal, but negotiations are at a very early stage.

Villarreal want to see the 15.25 million-pound buyout clause activated, with coach Marcelino conceding earlier this week that might prove “impossible to turn down.”

Arsenal, though, are said to be offering in the region of 10 million pounds, which would be following add-ons to an initial down payment.

Speaking on the El Larguero show on Spanish radio network Cadena SER, Marcelino said: “I hadn’t considered selling Gabriel, it’s bad news from a sporting point of view. If both Gabriel and the club believe that his sale to Arsenal is the best for all parties, we will accept.”

While terms could be swiftly wrapped up, clearing government red tape at the Home Office could potentially scupper any proposed transfer.

As Gabriel is not a European Union citizen and has yet to establish himself as a senior Brazil international, he would not meet the automatic work permit criteria.

Arsenal, therefore, would need to convince a Football Association hearing, which is run on behalf of the Home Office, that the player is an “exceptional talent” and so should be granted permission to work in the United Kingdom. That recommendation is then passed onto the government department for a final ruling.

There are no guarantees, however, that such a procedure would have a positive outcome.

Costa Rica international Joel Campbell was sent out on loan three times — to Lorient, Real Betis and then Olympiakos — as he awaited international clearance on a 2010 transfer from Saprissa, before returning to join the Gunners squad at the start of the current season.

Coincidentally, Campbell could end up being part of a deal for Gabriel, although with Wenger having already allowed Lukas Podolski to move to Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo loaned to Crystal Palace, Arsenal are not keen to further deplete their attacking options.

In defence, they have also considered St Etienne captain Loic Perrin, but Press Association Sport claims there will not be an imminent move for West Ham’s Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer.

Defender Confirms Arsenal Talks

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Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has claimed his agent has been in discussion with Arsenal ahead of a potential £5 million move to the North London club this month, according to reports.

Arsenal are re expected to bring in another centre-back this month after their lack of options in defence have been exposed during the first half of the season when Laurent Koscielny has been on the sidelines.  Full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy have both filled in in the middle of the defence this season to highlight Arsène Wenger’s lack of options.

Wenger has confirmed he needs to strengthen his side at the back, heightened by the injury to Mathieu Debuchy earlier this month.  Several names have been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks.

The latest to emerge as a potential target is Villarreal’s central defender Gabriel Paulista with theMirror claiming today that Arsenal have offered €6.5 million (£5m) plus add-ons for the 24-year-old centre-back.

It is not yet known whether the La Liga outfit will be prepared to sell one of their key men this month, but the newspaper claims that Arsenal could use to loan of Joel Campbell to them as a make-weight.

Joel Campbell is keen to make a career at Arsenal but has struggled to hold down a first-team place due to the competition for places in attack.  It would make sense to let the Costa Rican join Villarreal on loan if it means Arseanl can land Paulista.

It sounds as if the Brazilian would certainly be up for the move as he admitted to reporters after Saturday’s win over Athletic Bilbao that Arsenal are in talks with his agent about a potential move and it would be ‘excellent’ if a deal could be agreed:

“The subject is being discussed by my agent and the club.

“If I go to Arsenal it will be excellent. But if it’s not finalised then I am relaxed. I am focused on my work here.”

Gabriel Paulista joined Villarreal from Brazilian side Vitória in August 2013 and has been a rock at the back in a team has not lost in Spain since early November.

However, a deal would hinge on him being granted a work permit to play in England, and that may be difficult as he is yet to earn a single cap for the Brazilian senior national team and he doesn’t hold a EU passport.

Whilst it is almost certain Arsenal will bring in another centre-back this month it is not yet clear who. Paulista would be a solid option if, but Winston Reid from West Ham remains most people’s favourite choice.

Martin Graiciar confirms he’s agreed terms on Arsenal transfer

 

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Czech striker Martin Graiciar from Viktoria Plzen.

Graiciar, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, is due to arrive in London over the weekend for a medical to finalise the transfer.

Arsenal had tried to sign him last February, but negotiations initially hit a stalemate, before the Gunners returned with an improved offer recently.

The 15-year-old confirmed the deal on Facebook, before adding: ‘Wenger is the one who made this possible.’

Arsenal Make Bid For Croatia International Marcelo Brozovic

Arsenal have been linked with Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic for a few months now.

Seems that the Gunners are serious in their interest in the player as they have offered between £6-8m for the central midfielder, according to Sky Italia.

Apparently, the London club has had its initial lower bid for the player rejected and have made a better offer as they are serious about the 22 year old who they think can make a difference in the side.

He has vast experience for his age as he has already racked up close to 150 appearances for club and country. Dinamo handed Brozovic a seven year contract in 2012 as he was brought in to replace Milan Badelj who had departed for Hamburg. Getting such a long contract is a testament to the player’s abilities.

Brozovic is not the defensive midfielder Arsenal supporters are so desperate to see arrive this winter. The Croatian is more box to box than anything else, but has the ability to play deeper in the holding role. He starts out sitting deep and can work best along another good defensive midfielder. He hovers in and around the edge of box and is an attacking menace. He has excellent vision which helps him link up the play with other attackers. He also possesses intelligent runs. These attributes mean that he feels more comfortable in that box to box Frank Lampard like role. However, when asked to act like the shield for the back four, he does an effective job.

In the 22 year old, Arsenal will land an intelligent young player who can go on to become a big thing for them. However, expectations would have to be lowered especially if he arrives in the winter as it takes time for a young player to adjust in a foreign country and league. Brozovic’s slight built would also mean it would take him time to adjust to the more physically demanding English Premier League.

He is not what Arsenal are crying out for – a solid defensive midfielder – but it seems Wenger is getting that in Krystian Bielik. The Croatian international will prove to be a valuable addition to the squad, for a cheap price. He would also provide much needed competition for Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. If Wenger starts using him in the holding role, and mentors him correctly, he might get used to playing in the position and put on solid performances there.

All in all, if Arsenal land this one, they would be getting a quality young player who has a lot to show in the coming years.

Legia Warsaw ‘accept’ revised Arsenal offer for Krystian Bielik

Arsenal look to have moved a step closer to making their first January signing after reportedly having a bid accepted for midfielder Krystian Bielik.

The Gunners have been trailing the youngster for some weeks and are said to have had an offer rejected earlier this month.

But according to reports in Poland, Bielik’s club Legia Warsaw have accepted a bid, thought to be in the region of £2.4m

Arsenal were forced to move fast to table an offer which Warsaw would consider, following news Bielik was given a tour of Hamburg’s training facilities, with the Bundesliga club keen on a deal.

But it appears the Gunners are again the front-runners to sign the 17-year-old, with his club leaving the decision on his future up to the youngster.

Arsenal Set To Complete £25m Deal For Midfielder

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Arsene Wenger could be closing in on his first signing of the January transfer window with reports suggesting the Gunners are looking to seal a £25m deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.

The 22-year-old has an outstanding reputation in his homeland and has been tipped to secure a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs after a string on fine performances for club and country.

Carvalho was part of Portugal’s World Cup squad last year and was a major transfer target for Wenger in the summer, but the Frenchman failed to land the midfielder.

According to the Metro, Arsenal have revived their interest in the youngster and are willing to fork out £25m to bring him to the Premier League.

The north London club have made a midfielder their top priority this month after losing Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to injury.

Carvalho admitted in November that he is open to the idea of a switch to England, and has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger aims to sign £25m William Carvalho from Lisbon within weeks

Arsenal hope to sign Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho within the next fortnight. The fee will be in excess of £25m. (Mail)

The Gunners had been heavily linked with a move for the highly-rated central midfielder all summer and there were suggestions that they would complete a deal for the Portuguese international before the end of the transfer window.

However, the move failed to materliase and Carvalho ended up staying put in Lisbon with some reports even suggesting he would even sign a new deal at the club.

Arsene Wenger had made two bids for the Portuguese international during the summer, but after both were turned down he has now gone back into the market and made a decisive move for the robust central midfielder

Arsenal to make £3m bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid

ARSENE WENGER will make a cheeky £3million bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid after Sam Allardyce revealed he has “no future” at Upton Park.

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And the Hammers are ready to take the money in the transfer window rather than allow New Zealand star Reid, 26, to make a move to The Emirates on a free transfer in the summer.

Gunners boss Wenger is desperate to boost his rearguard and will offer Reid a four-year, £60,000-a-week, deal.

But former Hammers ace Steve Lomas reckons boss Allardyce should keep Reid for the remainder of the campaign.

He said: “Reid has been West Ham’s most consistent player so he’d be a massive loss.

“They could get higher up in the league if he stays.”

Arsenal Agree Deal For 19-Goal Striker

Arsenal have reportedly accepted a bid for Benik Afobe, which will see him leave on a permanent basis. The bid is from an unnamed Championship club believed to be Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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The 21-year-old has managed 19 goals for MK Dons on loan this season, but Wolves are understood to have had a bid accepted to sign the forward on a permanent basis.

Arsene Wenger will have been impressed with how Afobe has performed on loan this season, but at 21, there was a feeling that his time to break into the Arsenal senior squad had passed. This opinion is strengthened when you see the young strikers like Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo already in the Arsenal matchday squads.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson confirmed on Saturday night that Afobe was set to join a Championship club, cutting short his loan spell with the club:

“Benik is officially speaking to another Championship club,” said Dons boss Robinson.

“We can’t say who that’s to but he’s having a medical somewhere and he is maybe moving onto other things.

“We wish him good luck.”

Arsenal will be happy to see Afobe move to a Championship team after good form on loan. It is not clear how much he will cost Wolves, but it will be significantly more than what he was valued at before his successful loan spell with Wolves.

Wenger has already loaned out Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo is also set to leave on loan as the Gunners look to trim the excess off of their attack.

source: fresharsenal.com

Arsenal Striker Set to Join Crystal Palace on Loan

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to choose to join Crystal Palace on loan over fellow Premier League side Hull City.

The 21-year old appears to want to stay in London for the second half of the season with manager Arsène Wenger wanting to send the French striker out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience.

Yaya Sanogo has made only three Premier League appearances (2 starts) for the Gunners this season, totalling 140 minutes.

The former Auxerre striker is still without a single Premier League goal having now played 11 times in the English top flight since joining the North London club in 2013.

Sanogo would face competition from Fraizer Campbell, Dwight Gayler and former Gunner Maroaune Chamakh for a first-team place at Selhurst Park should he join Alan Pardew’s side.

The Metro are confident the youngster is heading that way during the January transfer window.  Arsène Wenger desires that he remains in England having turned down offers from French Ligue 1 sides Bordeaux and FC Lorient willing to give his player first-team football for the second half of the season.

Steve Bruce Admits To Hull Interest In Yaya Sanogo Loan Deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the 21-year-old French striker to gain valuable experience at a Premier League club and would rather not loan him abroad.

Earlier at Arsenal’s press conference ahead of the game against Stoke City on Sunday, Wenger spoke about Sanago’s situation. He said: “My preference is for England. He [Yaya Sanogo] will go to a Premier League club.”

Bruce is thin on options in the forward department and is eyeing up a move for Arsenal’s out of favour forward.

The Tigers boss admitted that he is monitoring Sanogo’s situation.

He said: “It’s been made clear that the boy might be available on loan and it’s something we’ll have a look at.

“We have got four or five things going, like most Premier League clubs. We’ll have to wait and see but, as usual, it will probably happen in the last couple of days of the  window. Everyone’s jockeying for position.

“If we can bring a couple in to bolster the squad, that would be great.”

Bruce will have to compete with other Premier League clubs for Sanago’s signature with Crystal Palace being one of the clubs in the race to sign him.

A move to the Premier League would do Sanogo a world of good and would give him the confidence and belief to go out and score valuable goals.

 

Arsenal edge closer to signing William Carvalho and Loic Perrin

According to reports, the Gunners are closing in on Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and St Etienne’s Loic Perrin.

Both midfielders have been repeatedly linked with moves to the Emirates in recent months, and several publications have claimed Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the defensive midfielders, who have attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.

And sources in Spain have suggested the Frenchman is about to swoop for the combative duo, who are reportedly wanted by the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The news of Wenger’s move for Carvalho and Perrin will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans.

For several years, the Emirates faithful have crying out for Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder to address the imbalances in the team.

And if these reports are true, the fans’ prayers have finally been answered.

Arsenal ‘plot £64m bid’ for Real Madrid’s Isco

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco is a £64m target for Arsenal, according to reports.

Manager Arsene Wenger is readying a club record transfer in order to land the 22-year-old, claims the Daily Star.

Isco joined Real from Malaga in a £23m deal in 2013.

He has found regular starts difficult to come by, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale often deployed in his preferred attacking midfield position.

But injuries to Bale and Luka Modric have seen the Spain international become a key man in Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.

He has even been deployed in a deeper role to compensate for Modric’s absence, and it is in that deep-lying midfield position that Wenger would probably like to use him.

With Bale back and Modric returning soon, Isco could find himself back on the fringes and Arsenal will apparently test Real’s resolve with a big-money bid.

Real Sociedad boss David Moyes to launch loan bid for Arsenal ace Joel Campbell

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The Costa Rica ace is thought to be available for loan, with the 22-year-old down the pecking order in the forward ranks at Emirates Stadium.

Moyes is desperate to add attacking options to his side after taking over at the La Liga strugglers in November.

And Spanish newspaper Sport claims Moyes is eager to bring that player to northern Spain as part of his revamp of the Sociedad dressing room.Premier League sides West Brom and Crystal Palace have reportedly both expressed an interest in signing the player on a temporary basis.A domestic switch may appeal more to Gunners chief Arsene Wenger, with the player still adapting to life in the English game after spending the past three seasons on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.

Sanogo choose loan move to Bordeaux

There’s been talk about Sanogo moving on to another club on loan. And many clubs within and outside the Premiership have indicated interest in taking on our budding striker.

Arsene stated his preference for Sanogo to join a Premier League club to gain EPL experience. However, it seems the lad Sanaogo, has chosen to move to Bordeaux according to statements made by the club’s president  Jean-Louis Triaud.

It seems this had been brewing for a while as Will Sagnol Bordeaux’s manager had stated his confidence about Sanogo joining the Ligue Un club. He only seems a sensible replacement to Bordeaux’s first choice striker Cheick Diabate.

Wenger Close to First January Signing as Player Reveals Talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to complete a signing after St Etienne defender Loic Perrin admitted he has been contacted by the English Premier League club over a potential move in the January transfer window.

Perrin was recently linked with a transfer to Arsenal, with St Etienne manager even admitting he would consider the sale of his player if an acceptable offer from the North London side were to come in.

Now it looks like there is definitely some substance in the rumours after all, with the 29-year-old himself revealing he has talked to Arsenal over a proposed move in January.

“I was contacted personally,” he told Le Progres after leading St Etienne to victory over Nancy on Sunday. “Arsenal are interested.

“But for now, there is still no contact with Saint-Etienne.”

St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier a few days back said he was aware of Arsenal’s interest and  a sale could well be on the cards.

“Loic is a special case that I will look after personally,” he said. “I’m not saying the door is open but if a surprising offer is made we would have to listen to Loic and his wishes.

“He is a player who has spent all of his career at the club. Arsenal are a big club in a big league.”

That probably means that Arsenal have made contact with the club as well, with the news probably not trickling down to the player.

Perrin is a reliable centre-back, who is also capable of playing in defensive midfield, the two positions that Arsenal desperately need to strengthen in January.

Arsenal have been linked with several names in the January transfer window to fill that centre-back position, including Mats Hummels and Winston Reid, who looks like he is on his way out of West Ham.

While Reid will give Arsenal Premier League experience and Hummels that world class ability, Perrin could be a pretty decent option as a third-choice centre-back, or even fourth-choice if Wenger sees Calum Chambers as a central defender.

Buying Perrin for around a £4-6 million fee will also allow Wenger to spend more heavily on that midfielder, with the likes of William Carvalho, Morgan Schneiderlin and Grzegorz Krychowiak all heavily linked.

Carvalho is expected to cost Arsenal at least £20 million, while Schneiderlin and Krychowiak could prove to be more expensive, and if Wenger can broker a deal for Perrin for a reasonable fee, then the prospect of one of them joining could increase considerably.

Arsenal To Bid £20m For DM Who Can Also Play CB

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready meet the £20m valuation of Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder, William Carvalho and the deal is likely to happen this January. The Gunners were reported to have put in a £20m bid for the 22-year-old in the summer which the Portuguese club had since rejected, holding out for a fee close to £28m. Now, the story is that Sporting has reduced his valuation to about £20m and Arsenal would sure meet the fee. Carvalho, who has been linked to the North London club all summer long, was put on sale by his employers and said to have a £37m buyout clause in his contract. However, the club’s desperation to sell as a result of their financial situation has forced them to sell at ‘substantially’ below his £37m buy-out fee with fees paid upfront and not in instalments. The player is also said to be part-owned by an investment company, Banco Espirito Santo, which has 40% stake in the transfer fee, if the deal happens, meaning if an agreement is reached with a club for £28m, only £14m would go to the club.

Reports have suggested that Wenger would go for the player this January as he looks to bring the powerful midfielder to have a strong finish in the EPL as the player would be cup tied for the UEFA Champions’ League this season. Fans more than ever would want this deal to happen as the injury to Mikel Arteta has left only Mathieu Flamini and the young Francis Coquelin, who Wenger doesn’t seem to rate highly, as the club’s holding defensive midfielders. William Carvalho, the 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder, fits the bill perfectly to stand in for Mikel Arteta and also be a Thomas Vermaelen replacement as he has reportedly been shifted from defensive midfield to centre-back and even offensive midfield before. His frame, work-rate and strength makes him even more snugly suited for many other roles in the defence and midfield of Arsenal than any other player the club has been linked with. At 22, Carvalho is just entering his prime and is capable of dominating even the most competitive defensive and midfield battles with his height, aerial abilities, tackles and interceptions. He also shares the Patrick Vieira’s gift of being able to hold off two markers before spinning away into space with strength and skill.

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Though Arsenal has been variously linked with many defensive midfielders, William Carvalho seems closest to Patrick Vieira in frame and style of play and it would just be perfect to have him at the North London club. At 22, Carvalho is just entering his prime and is capable of dominating even the most competitive midfield battles with his height, aerial abilities, tackles and interceptions. He also shares the Patrick Vieira’s gift of being able to hold off two markers before spinning away into space with strength and skill.

His football intelligence and instinctive ability to sense danger and responding effectively, also reminds one of Vieira, who focuses dutifully on his defensive responsibilities. With a player like Carvalho, box to box midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and playmakers like Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and even Tomas Rosicky would be confident enough to express themselves offensively without too much pressure on them to track back in fear of a defensive breakdown by the opponent.

William Carvalho, would no doubt make a fine acquisition by the Gunners, a lot would depend on Arsene Wenger, who calls shots and pulls plugs on any deal at the club.

Arsenal ‘finalising’ transfer deal to sign Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri’

Arsenal 'finalising' shock deal to sign £18m Liverpool target

Arsenal are finalising a deal to sign Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.

Shaqiri, who has been told he can leave Bayern in the January transfer window, has been linked with several Premier League sides, including Liverpool.

But reports suggest Arsenal are close to winning the race for the Swiss winger, with a deal being finalised by Gunners officials.

Bayern have put an £18million price tag on his head, but could accept as little as £10million from Arsenal in order to get him off their books.

Arsene Wenger will clear space for Shaqiri’s arrival by allowing Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell to leave.

Arsenal poised to make £20million bid for German international Christoph Kramer as Gunners eye midfield reinforcements

  • Arsenal are looking to shore up their midfield in the transfer window
  • The Gunners are ready to make a £20million bid for Christoph Kramer
  • The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Parent side Bayer Leverkusen will not sell for less than £25m
  • Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin are also being monitored

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Arsenal are ready to make a £20million January move for Germany international Christoph Kramer, even though his selling club Bayer Leverkusen are determined not to let him depart this winter.

The defensive midfielder, who is currently on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, is high on Arsenal’s list to shore up their midfield.

Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool at Anfield, which they lost 5-1 last season, is an uncomfortable reminder of the defensive deficiencies of the team.

And with Wenger reluctant to buy a stop-gap player in the January window, he would clearly rather pursue a leading target and see if there is a possibility of concluding a deal now, even though getting the midfielder out of Mönchengladbach is extremely complicated.

A two-season loan to Mönchengladbach was agreed with Leverkusen in 2013 and so stunning has his progress been that Kramer not only made the German World Cup squad but started the final, although he had to go off after 31 minutes with concussion.

Having spent two years on loan at Vfl Bochum, the 23-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for his parent club.

Leverkusen will not sell for less than £25m and want him back in the summer.

Lars Bender is also a target but it is just as difficult to prise him from Leverkusen, having signed a new contract last season.

Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is also being monitored, although the club show little inclination to sell during January.

Arsenal given permission to hold TALKS over move for ‘Croatian Xavi’

ARSENAL are poised to hold talks over a move to sign Dinamo Zagreb star Marcelo Brozovic.

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Brozovic has been dubbed the ‘Croatian Xavi’ for his style of play and has also been likened to Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

The Gunners are currently on the lookout for a holding midfield, and Brozovic is seen by Arsene Wenger as someone who could complement their system.

The 21-year-old is thought to be one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but it seems Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign him.

Reports in Croatia claim Arsenal are set to hold talks soon with the player after coming back to the table with a new and improved offer.

It is also thought that Brozovic wouldn’t have a problem sorting out a work permit should a deal be struck.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are confident of clinching a £1.6m move for Polish wonderkid Krystian Bielik.

 Edinson Cavani set to ask PSG to REDUCE £50m asking price to force through Arsenal move

EDINSON CAVANI is ready to ask Paris Saint-Germain to lower their £50m price tag to push through a move to Arsenal.

The Uruguayan striker has been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks, with suggestions that he likes the idea of living in London.

Publicly, Cavani continues to insist he is happy in Paris, but reports in Spain suggest he is now desperate to force through a move to England.

Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with moves for Cavani, but the prospect of linking up with Arsene Wenger and Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates makes Arsenal the striker’s preference.

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Wenger is looking to dip into the transfer market in January but it is thought that a defender and defensive midfielder remains more of a priority than another striker.

But the Gunners have insisted recently that there is money available to buy the right sort of players when they become available.

It now remains to be seen how successful Cavani is in getting PSG to lower their asking price, and how low the fee would have to become before Arsenal could be tempted to make a move.

January transfer window

Arsenal prepare £16m bid for Everton midfielder

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There are plenty more Arsenal transfer rumours this week linking the club with possible moves for a number of central midfielders in the January transfer window. Sami Khedira is still mentioned, although the German star seems set to extend his stay at Real Madrid, until next summer at least.

And there have been many more players toted as targets for Arsene Wenger. One of the latest of these, making a late run into the box as it were, is the Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. The Gunners were linked with him before when he was playing for Wigan but he ended up following Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park in a transfer that made him the Toffees second most expensive player at the time.

He has continued to improve and impress and now, according to theMail on Sunday, he has been identified by Wenger and his assistants as the perfect player to bolster the heart of the Gunners team. The papaer claims that we are preparing a £16 million offer for him in January, but Everton and Martinez may well be reluctant to sell and we may need to go higher.

But even then, especially with Gareth Barry not getting any younger, we may find it hard to bring him to north London. But we do have something that Everton want, in the shape of our young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell. We are not playing him anyway and have plenty of attacking options, so maybe he could be used as part of the transfer deal for McCarthy.

Everton already fave competition for Campbell, according to the Sun on Sunday, from West Brom so maybe that will; sharpen up their interest in a January transfer and that might just be the leverage Arsenal need to get McCarthy coming the other way.

Wenger targeting ‘at least one’ new Arsenal recruit in January

The Gunners boss acknowledges that his side need fresh faces to kick-start their season but insists that buying players is not as simple as “going into a supermarket”

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will try to sign “at least one” new recruit during the January transfer window but insists that Arsenal will only target players of the “right quality”.

The Gunners boss has been under increasing pressure with a growing injury list contributing to disappointing recent results, with Jack Wilshere ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery and Mikel Arteta set to miss the rest of 2014 with a calf complaint.

The midfield duo join the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Debuchy on the sidelines but Wenger says that he will not sign sub-standard players as reinforcements given competition in the market.

“In January we will try to get at least one body in,” he told reporters. “You have to give us time. We do our job as always.

“This season we bought five players who are all top quality so I think we have done really well, we will try to repeat that.

“To buy football players is not to go into a supermarket and just say: ‘I want to buy a right-back or a centre-back.’ It’s to find the right quality. If you go out tomorrow you will see that everybody looks for the same positions. It’s not as simple as it looks.”

The Gunners currently sit eighth in the Premier League – 15 points behind table-toppers Chelsea – andthough Wenger has rejected rumours of an approach for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, he is hopeful of surprising fans with potential arrivals.

“In January it makes it even more difficult because players are even less available than in June or July,” he added, “but we will try to be creative and have one or two good ideas.

“We have gone through a period where we are very short but January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back.”

Joao Moutinho

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Arsenal may have already sorted out one of the bits of transfer business that will be done when the January transfer window opens in a little over a month. We won’t know until then of course, but one of the players linked with a move to the Emirates to strengthen the central midfield area has now handed in a transfer request at his current club and so is very likely to be moving on in January.

The player in question is the Portuguese international Joao Moutinho, who only joined the French Ligue 1 club Monaco from Porto last summer. It is not as if he is not a regular or even key part of the Monaco team, because the 28=year old has missed just one game for them so far this season and is their top scorer with three goals, including a late equaliser that salvaged a point for Monaco at the weekend.

But Monaco’s spending spree seems to have been a short lived and failed experiment. They have already sold on James Rodriguez and let Falcao join Manchester United and are struggling in the French league and the Champions League. It is pretty rare these days for players to hand in transfer requests as they tend to lose a lot of money in loyalty bonuses and the like, so Moutinho really must be desperate to move as soon as possible.

The report also claims that Arsenal are preparing a £30 million bid for him in order to beat Premier League rivals Man United and Chelsea to the punch as he is seen as the perfect player to take over from our club captain Mikel Arteta. What do you think of this potential transfer Gooners?

MARTIN MONTOYA is ready to hand in a transfer request at Barcelona to force through a move to Arsenal or Liverpool in January.

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Martin Montoya wants to leave Barcelona

The 23-year-old came through Barcelona’s academy and was once highly regarded at the Camp Nou.But he has fallen down the pecking order under Luis Enrique and now has his heart set on a move away during the upcoming transfer window.The player’s representative Juan de Dios Carrasco told El Confidencial:“It’s very difficult but we are speaking to the club about finding a solution in the winter market.“Luis Enrique has already told him he is behind Dani Alves and Douglas, but it now seems he is also behind Adriano.
“My advice to him is to ask for a transfer, not to go out on loan.Barcelona have been reluctant to consider letting any of their players leave as they are currently the subject of a transfer embargo that prevents them registering new players until next January.Carrasco added: “We are faced with him being loaned out until the end of Luis Enrique’s contract in 2016, but Martin neither wants to go on loan or wait to see whether Enrique renews or not.”It now remains to be seen whether Arsenal or Liverpool step up their interest sufficiently to bring Montoya to the Premier League for the second half of the season.

Thomas Vermaelen loan return

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Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo are reporting Arsenal want to re-sign Thomas Vermaelen in January.

The Belgian left the Emirates at the end of last season after growing frustrated with his bit-part role, although Arsene Wenger never really replaced him.

Nacho Monreal has been forced to deputise in recent weeks and it is claimed the Gunners will look to bring Vermaelen back on loan.

Given the fact the defender is currently out injured – and yet to make his Barcelona debut – it is unlikely a move would be sanctioned.

 

 

Marcelo Brozović transfer rumours

 

The Gunners watched the 21-year-old play for his country against Italy and may make a move in January.

“We have no offers,” Mamic told sportski.net. “If someone wants one of our key players it can only be with a memorable bid — if they knock me off my feet.

Arsene Wenger sent scouts to watch Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as Arsenal consider making a £5m bid.Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Brozovic, 21, played in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Italy and now the Gunners must decide whether to press ahead with a move.AC Milan and German clubs are also interested but Arsenal have been long term admirers.Gunners boss Wenger wants a deep-lying midfielder and is keen to strengthen his squad in January and next summer.Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has also been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent months.

Sami Kheidira transfer news

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all said to be interested in signing the 27-year-old, who could be looking to push an early January sale through to beat each other to the signature.

Khedira is set to become a free agent in the summer as Real Madrid will not offer him a new contract.

According to reports in Spain, the German World Cup winner is set to be out of contract at the Bernabeu in June 2015 and Madrid are reluctant to head into renewal negotiations.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser report that Khedira has asked his agent to open talks into a new deal, but Madrid are disinterested in discussions at this time.

Khedira has missed a lot of the 2014/15 season after suffering a long-term cruciate ligament knee injury when he returned from Brazil.

He is set to get another chance to prove his worth to Los Blancos before the end of the season, however, with Luka Modric expected to be sidelined for up to four months.

But Khedira’s injury and contract concerns have meant that Toni Kroos, Isco and James Rodriguez have all moved ahead of him Carlo Ancelotti’s line-up.

 

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Midfielder says yes to four-year deal

Francis Coquelin has opted to remain at Arsenal.

Mathieu Flamini may have left for free after a break-through season in 2008 but Coquelin will not be emulating the mistake of his countryman after agreeing a new deal with the club.

The 23-year-old’s current contract at the Emirates stadium was set to expire in June, but according to the Sun, Coquelin decided to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract this week.

It is a deal which will reportedly see the Frenchman’s wages almost doubled as he prepares to scoop around £65,000 a week.

With the final terms of Coquelin’s contract being wrapped up, Arsene Wenger confirmed during Friday’s press-conference that the midfielder’s renewal is virtually completed.

“It is 99 percent [certain] that he will stay here.” Wenger said about negotiations

But it is not all good news for another French midfielder at Arsenal following claims by L’equipe that Abou Diaby could be released by the club during the summer.

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Diaby has managed to play only 67 minutes of football for the Gunners all season as he continues another long spell on the sidelines through a serious calf problem.

The lanky midfielder will turn 29 in May and it now appears that Arsene Wenger is running out of patience.

“At the moment he is not in position to play soon because he is not on the field at all” Wenger recently said

Arsenal v Aston Villa Preview

Alexis Sanchez is set to be rested for Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has revealed, while Gabriel Paulista could make his debut for the club.

The Chilean has featured in all but one of Arsenal’s matches this season, scoring 18 goals in 32 games, but is believed to be suffering from a slight hamstring strain.

Wenger does have the luxury of a fully-fit Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil to choose from after the duo returned to the starting XI against Brighton, though, while new signing Gabriel is also available after completing his move from Villarreal.

Speaking about the Brazilian, Wenger told reporters: “I saw great quality. His level of concentration, he’s quick, has great commitment and he’s young”

“We are in a job where competition exists. The best player of the moment plays.”

There was also positive news on the fitness of Jack Wilshere, with Wenger revealing the midfielder could be back in action in just under two weeks.

He added: “Jack is doing very well. He is a week ahead of schedule and should return in 10 days.”

However Wenger is set to be without Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the latter expected to also miss the north London derby with Tottenham on February 7 after suffering a groin injury in the win at Manchester City.

For a side that has largely struggled in recent years, Aston Villa have an encouraging record at the Emirates.

The first ever Premier League goal scored at the Gunners’ shiny new home back in 2006 was an Olof Mellberg header for Villa in a 1-1 draw,and they have since notched three victories on Arsenal turf – the most recent of which was on the opening day of last season.

Arsenal have lost just one home league game since then – the rather fortunate victory by Manchester United last November – and they’ve won their last four games, keeping clean sheets in three and surviving a bit of a scare at Brighton last Sunday in the FA Cup.

That win might be most fondly remembered for the performance of 34-year-old Tomas Rosicky, who glided around and probed cleverly before unleashing a fabulous volley to restore Arsenal’s two-goal advantage. He’s an example to those around him.

In recent weeks the old game of guessing the score according to the intonation of Charlotte Green’s voice as she reads out the classified results on 5 live’s Sports Report has gone rather flat: “Well obviously it’s Villa nil, what else would it be?”

For the record, it is eight hours and 42 minutes since a Villa league goal, when Christian Benteke scored against Manchester United on 20 December.

However, it’s just a matter of a few days since we saw a mighty strong contender for Villa’s goal of the season so far; admittedly that’s one of the shorter short-lists in life, but it was a splendid effort from full debutant Carles Gil (pronounce it Heel) against Bournemouth.

The Spaniard must be buzzing after such a superb strike and Arsenal’s defenders will have been warned.

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Were Arsenal RIGHT to turn down Tiote transfer?

There will be a lot of pressure on the young shoulders of Francis Coquelin between now and the rest of the season, especially if Arsenal do not sign the top class central midfielder that many were expecting from Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window.

It does look increasingly like the Gunners have wrapped up the shopping early this time, sparing the Arsenal fans the annual torture of transfer deadline day, although many of us will still be hoping for the manager to pull some sort of rabbit out of his transfer hat.

One player that will not be coming to join Arsenal however, according to a Daily Mail report, is the tough tackling Newcastle and Ivory Coast international midfielder Chieck Tiote. And the paper claims that we could have snapped him up for a decent transfer fee of around £12 million after the Magpies offered him to us.

Tiote is the sort of no-nonsense and hard working defensively minded midfielder that many pundits felt Arsenal needed and there is little doubt that the recent performances from Coquelin, which have also earned him a new contract, have convinced Wenger that he already has such a player in the squad. But will Coquelin keep it up and prove that Arsenal were right to snub the transfer of Tiote? Or will the young Frenchman’s form or another injury problem leave Arsenal exposed again?

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Arsenal may lose Alexis after loaning THREE strikers!

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are sweating on the fitness os our star of the season so far Alexis Sanchez. A blow does not quite cover this news for Arsenal fans, it is more like a hurricane.

The manager’s latest injury update, revealed on the official Arsenal website, explains that the Chile international forward, who has scored a third of our Premier League goals, is a real doubt for Sunday’s home clash with Aston Villa. It is his hamstring that is the problem and Wengers says they will not know if he can play until the day before the game.

I wonder if the Frenchman is now wondering whether he may have been a bit hasty in allowing three of the club’s first team strikers, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell to leave on loan. If he had just waited then at least we could have had Campbell available to face Villa on Sunday before heading off to La Liga and Villarreal.

As it is, we are left hoping that Alexis is fit enough and if not, then Wenger has the decision on whether to play Ozil out wide, where he has never really excelled, or to give young Chuba Akpom a start. It also leaves us vulnerable to any more injury problems that might occur in the front line.

Has Wenger dropped another ball on this one?

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Arsenal Are Planning A Huge Summer Bid For Luis Suarez

Arsenal are ready to rekindle their interest in former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to reports.

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The Gunners, who made an infamous £40 million plus £1 bid for the striker back in 2013, are now ready to test Barcelona’s resolve to keep the Uruguayan, according to The Sun.

The Uruguayan, has struggled to repeat his electric form that he showed at Liverpool, following his £75 million summer move, and has scored just five goals in 16 appearances for Barcelona since returning from his biting ban in late October, against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Andoni Zubizarreta, the man who brought Suarez to Spain, has since been sacked, and the 28-year-old has also fallen out of favour with manager Luis Enrique.

Suarez, the former Anfield talisman was dropped from the team for the recent 6-0 rout of Elche, where Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro were all on target.

Arsene Wenger, however, remains a big fan of Suarez and is still keen on the hitman.

Wenger would jump at the chance of teaming Suarez up with fellow South American compatriot Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates should he become available at a cut price.

A striker force of Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez would be the best thing at Arsenal since the days of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

Arteta signs new one-year Arsenal deal

The Spaniard had appeared close to leaving the Gunners early last summer, but has now agreed to stay with the club until the end of the 2015-16 season

Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension with Arsenal, according to his agent.

Arteta’s representative Inaki Ibanez told footmercato.net: “Mikel is no longer free next June, because he now has an extra year on his contract.”

Goal revealed details of the contract offer in November, and it means Arteta will stay at the Emirates until the end of 2015-16, when he will be 34 years old.

The Spaniard joined the club from Everton in 2011, and last summer it had appeared that an exit was on the cards.

But he has elected to stay with the Gunners for another season, despite struggling with a calf problem which has restricted him to just seven Premier League appearances in the current campaign.

Gabriel Paulista in line to make Arsenal debut against Aston Villa

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could hand Gabriel Paulista his Premier League debut against Aston Villa on Sunday, reports the Daily Star.

The same report claims Paulista has passed a medical at London Colney and is on the verge of completing his move to the Gunners. Arsenal agreed an £11.3 million fee with Villarreal with Joel Campbell moving the other way on loan.

The Home Office granted Paulista a work permit on Monday despite him not meeting the 75 per cent criteria for the amount of internationals a non-EU player has to play. Instead, Arsenal put together a case for Paulista being an ‘exceptional talent’ despite him never representing his country Brazil at any level.

 Paulista has also chosen the number five shirt, worn by several notable Arsenal stars such as Steve Bould, Martin Keown and Kolo Toure. But the club have still not announced the completion of the deal.

But Arsenal have until Friday to register Paulista, which will enable him to play against Aston Villa. The Gunners are likely to get the necessary paperwork completed in time with the versatile defender likely to be included in the squad.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are both fit to start but the latter has been struggling with a chronic issue with his achilles tendons all season. Wenger may have to rest the France international meaning Paulista could go straight into the starting XI.

However, the 6ft 1in defender is likely to get a cameo performance from the bench if Arsenal are comfortable with 15 minutes or so left on the clock. They are expected to beat Paul Lambert’s men easily and a scoreline of 3-0 would give Paulista a pressure-free environment to make his bow in front of 60,000 fans.

Krystian Bielik, who has already completed a move to Arsenal in the current transfer window, is unlikely to feature as he continues to build up his match fitness. The Polish league was in its winter break, and while the 17-year-old will be part of the first-team, he won’t be considered for games for at least the next three weeks.

Liverpool are set to make stunning attempt to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom

Liverpool are said to be ready to battle with a host of other leading teams to land Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom.

According to the Star, Akpom is stalling on a fresh deal at the Emirates and has alerted European sides and a number of Premier League teams, one of which is thought to be Liverpool.

Akpom is out of contract in the summer and came off the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Brighton at the weekend. He has been offered pre-contract talks with Borussia Dortmund and Dutch sides FC Twente and Feyenoord – according to Eurosport.

Akpom, who joined the gunners at the age of six, is still some way down the pecking order at Arsenal with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott ahead of him.

Talented striker Chuba was an integral part of the youth set-up last season, scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances for the academy sides.

The England youth international also completed short loan spells at Brentford and Coventry City in the second half of the campaign. Chuba made two appearances for the first team last season and scored a penalty in the shoot-out win against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup.

He produced impressive showings in the Uefa Youth League and the FA Youth Cup with a combined tally of nine goals in the two cup competitions.

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FA Cup draw: Arsenal will play Middlesbrough in fifth round

Holders Arsenal have been drawn against Championship side Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Aitor Karanka’s side knocked out Manchester City in the fourth round and will visit Emirates Stadium on the weekend of 14 and 15 February.

League One side Bradford City are rewarded for eliminating Chelseawith a home tie against Sunderland or Fulham.

The winners of the replay between Cambridge United and Manchester United will visit Preston or Sheffield United.

FA CUP FIFTH-ROUND DRAW

Crystal Palace v Liverpool or Bolton Wanderers Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa v Leicester City West Brom v West Ham
Bradford City v Sunderland or Fulham Blackburn Rovers v Rochdale or Stoke City
Derby County v Reading Preston NE or Sheffield Utd v Cambridge Utd or Manchester Utd

Crystal Palace will host either Liverpool or Bolton Wanderers, while there are all-Premier League ties between Aston Villa and Leicester City, and West Brom and West Ham.

If League One side Rochdale beat Stoke on Monday evening, they will visit Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers in the next round.

The final tie is an all-Championship affair between Derby County and Reading.

After his side were drawn at home to Sunderland or Fulham, Bradford defender Andrew Davies told BBC Radio 5 live: “It’s a fantastic draw. It’s good to have a home game and the fans will be right behind us. It’s exciting. I can’t see why we can’t get another win.”

Loan report- Sanogo scores and assists; Jenkinson progresses in FA Cup

Yaya Sanogo made a significant impact on his second appearance for Crystal Palace, with the striker scoring and providing an assist for former Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh in an entertaining 3-2 victory over Southampton.

Sanogo was again handed a start by manager Alan Pardew and found the net with a deflected effort after good work from Wilfried Zaha. Chamakh later scored after he followed up a shot from Sanogo as Palace progressed to the Fifth Round.

Sanogo was replaced with 78 minutes gone and will be hopeful of keeping his place in the side for the Premier League game against Everton next week.

Carl Jenkinson was also in FA Cup action, with the right-back playing the entire game as West Ham United beat Bristol City 1-0.

Lukas Podolski started on the right of the Inter Milan front three but was replaced after 66 minutes of their 1-0 defeat to Torino.

Ryo wasn’t in the squad as Twente beat Heracles 2-0 on Friday night. Reports last week suggested that the winger’s loan spell with the Dutch side is set to be terminated ahead of another temporary move.

Wellington started and played 73 minutes as Almeria were beaten 3-0 by Espanyol.

Jon Toral was introduced for the final three minutes of Brentford’s 2-1 victory over Norwich City.

Matt Macey made several good saves but couldn’t prevent Accrington Stanley from losing 2-1 to AFC Wimbledon.

Josh Vickers kept a clean sheet as Concord Rangers beat Whitehawk 3-0.

There was no fixture for Austin Lipman‘s Boreham Wood this weekend.

Francis Coquelin waiting on Jack Wilshere return before signing new Arsenal deal

  • Arsene Wenger sweating on new contract for Francis Coquelin
  • Waiting to see if he’ll retain his place after Jack Wilshere return
  • 23-year-old midfielder Coquelin is out of contract in the summer
  • Widely praised for his display in 2-0 win against Manchester City

Coquelin is out of contract in the summer and his outstanding performance in the 2-0 win at Manchester City last weekend means that he is now being courted by Premier League rivals and by clubs in his native France.Arsenal’s new midfield star Francis Coquelin will make Arsene Wenger sweat on his offer of a new contract by waiting to see if he is still in the first team when Jack Wilshere returns from injury next month.

Arsenal have offered the holding midfielder a new deal but with the club lining up a summer bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, with Wilshere back from injury in mid February and with Mikel Arteta expected to sign a one-year extension, Coquelin’s first- team opportunities look limited.

Francis Coquelin new contract

Coquelin, 23, has been at Arsenal since he was 17 and wants to stay at the club – but only if he is in Wenger’s plans for the first team.

He was already resigned to leaving this summer until Wilshere’s injury brought an unexpected recall from his loan spell at Charlton last month.

Coquelin has since started in five games, four of which Arsenal have won, conceding just three goals.

The Frenchman was widely praised for bringing defensive discipline to Arsenal’s often cavalier approach to games after the unexpected 2-0 win at City.

But with just five months left on his deal, Arsenal may have left it too late to convince him to stay and risk losing him on a free transfer as they did with Bacary Sagna and Mathieu Flamini.

Wilshere is slightly ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and is expected back in mid February. If Coquelin were to find himself dropped, he would almost certainly have to leave in the summer to ensure more playing time.

Inter Milan hijack Arsenal midfield deal

According to reports in Italy, Inter Milan have come to an agreement to sign Dynamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatia international has been linked with a move to Arsenal and it looked at one stage like the payer would be heading to the Emirates.

Calcimercarto have reported that Inter Milan have agreed to take Brozovic on an eighteen month loan deal with a mandatory redemption for a transfer fee in the region of €8m. The Serie A side will pay Dynamo Zagreb in two instalments with €3m paid on his arrival and then €5m at the end of the loan period. It has been claimed the midfielder will tomorrow sign a four and half year contract with Inter Milan and finally end Roberto Mancini’s search for a midfielder.

The Italian club have been linked with a few midfield players during this transfer window including Liverpool’s Lucas Levia and Atletico Madrid star Mario Suarez. Mancini was only recently made the manager of Inter Milan and he wants to strengthen his squad by bringing in his own players during this window.

This will come as a blow to Arsene Wenger who was keen to bring Brozovic to Arsenal before the transfer deadline. The Premier League side had held talks with regards to a move to the club and Brozovic’s agent gave hints a few days ago that his client could be heading to England. However, it seems that Inter Milan have acted the quickest and got in there before the other interested parties.

Should Arsenal be able to buy ANY player in the world?

Wenger said about the Paulista transfer: “It’s 50-50 at this moment, yes. We respect the rules in England. When you buy a player who does not fulfil the criteria and needs a work permit, you go in front of a commission and they tell you yes or no.

“We will accept that, we have to respect the rules that are in this country. After, are the rules right or not, that can be discussed. At the moment the rules are like that, you have to go in front of a committee for a work permit.

‘Although Arsene Wenger has identified Gabriel Paulista as the answer to our defensive problems this January, Arsenal will have to throw themselves at the mercy of Britain’s strict work permit regulations before they can confirm the signing of the Brazilian defender from Villarreal.

Wenger is unhappy with the difference between the UK rules and those of other European countries like Spain or Portugal, and wants the rules changed accordingly. “Ideally I would want to open it completely. Anyone can come in,” he said on Arsenal.com. “At the moment, we are in a position where they force you to spend money on a player who sometimes you have identified.

“We had identified Angel di Maria when he was 17. We wanted him to come here. So he goes to Portugal, from Portugal he goes to Spain. Why? Because he could not get a work permit.

“Let’s open it completely. We live in a world where artificial protection is negative. If you want to be the best league in the world, you have to accept that you have to produce the best players in the world. The question is, ‘How can you produce the best players?’

“There’s two ways to approach the solution of the academies. The first is you completely close the borders of the country and you play only with English players. The second is to say, ‘Look we have the best league in the world, let’s produce the best players in the world’.

“One thing is for sure, if you put a young player with top-level players he has more chance to develop. If you put him with average players he has more chances to remain average. We have to accept that.

“Indian people watch Arsenal v Manchester United and you have more chances to do that if you have an Indian player in one of the two teams. That is the target of the Premier League, to be the best league in the world. So you have to open it completely.”

So Wenger has made his point, but he also raises the issue of home-grown English players. If we completely open the borders to let any promising young footballer from anywhere in the world join our academy, then will that stop us from developing more young English players to the detriment of our national team?’

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Five reasons why Arsenal will get a positive result against Man City’

The Gunners have a real chance to beat Manchester City this weekend after a strong showing last Sunday against Stoke City and with the Citizens missing a few key squad members.

With last season’s 6-3 loss fresh in our opponents minds, it’s time to atone for the disappointing defeat and make a statement of intent.

So far this season the Gunners can be pleased with their efforts against the Champions. We thrashed them at Wembley in the Community Shield and almost pipped them at Emirates in the 2-2 draw in September.

Naturally we cannot be 100% confident of a win, a draw should certainly be a minimum. But here are five reasons why we can claim all three points:

1. More time to train

We saw the effects of a full week between games last weekend against Stoke City. Arsenal came out of the blocks flying and snatched an early lead. We can recreate that with a fiery start at Etihad and try to get under the champions skin from the first whistle.

Which leads to..

2. No away UCL leg three days before a lunch time kick off this time

While the focus of this clash may be on last seasons high octane 6-3 loss, there are plenty of factors that went against the Gunners. Not just the appalling refereeing and poor passing mistakes but also the fact that we traveled to Napoli on a Wednesday night with the players returning early Thursday morning before traveling for the Saturday lunch time kick off shortly after. Naturally it works both ways this time round, but considering the Gunners do not have the depth of squad as City it certainly is an added benefit.

3. We have the Player of the Season

Alexis Sanchez continued his insatiable form against Stoke, delivering a perfect cross for Koscielny then scoring a fantastic solo effort after some tenacious work and topped his weekend off with a goal from a free kick.

Alexis has been top drawer not just with his goal and assist contributions but his work rate has been second to none and it has been rubbing off on his team mates. The Chilean will be up for the clash and will hope to build on the stunner he scored in the reverse fixture.

4. Some of City’s stars are missing

While many of Arsenal’s first choice stars are fit and raring to go, City on the other hand are lacking a certain Yaya Toure who is on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, as is new signing Wilfred Bony, while Samir Na$ri has also been ruled out through injury. Factor in that Sergio Aguero has only just returned to full fitness, and Arsenal’s chances are certainly helped though clearly it will be no ‘walk in the park’.

5. Arsenal’s menacing attack is developing coherency

We may have touched on Alexis above, but the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud have been growing game by game not to mention Tomas Rosicky’s fantastic performance against Stoke. The passing and movement going forward has been far more exciting and lethal, something we haven’t been able to say about Arsene Wenger’s side for much of this season.

No doubt there will be defensive worries considering the loss of Mathieu Debuchy but the Gunners certainly have the weapons to out score City.

Our right back, most likely Calum Chambers, will have a tough time due to his lack of experience in the position and with have to counteract the attacking prowess of players such as David Silva and Aguero. But it could be worse for the Gunners considering our recent injury woes and we go into the tie confident following our recent good form.

COYG!

Jack Wilshere trains with Arsenal ahead of Man City clash

wilshere injury recover

Slowly, slowly, Arsenal’s injured stars are returning for the run-in of the season.

Mesut Ozil returned to Arsenal’s first team last weekend, in the 3-0 victory over Stoke.

And, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are also available for Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

On Saturday, Jack Wilshere posted the picture above on his Instagram page, with the following message: “Nice to warm up with the squad today! The boys looking focused before the big game tomorrow….#LetsGo #LiveThisGame”

Wilshere only warmed up with the Arsenal squad but was not expected back from injury for a few weeks yet.

The England midfielder has not played since damaging his ankle in the 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United in November.

Wenger on why he is confident of beating Man City

Arsenal travel up to Manchester to face a Man City side that beat the Gunners 6-3 on their last visit, but Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe that was a fair result, and thinks that we can get a completely opposite result tomorrow. “It was not at all a reflection of the game,” said Wenger on Arsenal.com. “If you look at the chances on both sides. They scored some of the goals in the last 20 minutes, when we were down to 10 men and had to go forward. We missed chances over there.

“Every game is different though. If you play 10 times against the same team, 10 times it will be different. So let’s just focus on the performance of the day.”

“How do we get it right? By defending well as a team, by getting the balance right in the structure of the team from the start, and by putting the effort in when you lose the ball to help each other,” he said.

“We played well against Man City this season and of course we want to play well again. It is vital for us get a win against a big rival and we have a chance to show that we are ready to do that. I’m confident that we can do it.”

Wenger is aware that Arsenal are struggling defensively this season, but he believes that we have one of our best strike forces ever assembled in his reign. “We have never had so many forwards of that quality together,” he remarked. “We have plenty of options and plenty of pace in the squad as well. It is about how we use that in order to get the right level of confidence in the side.

“To have that right is to get the right balance between going forward, being creative, creating goal chances and also stopping the opponent from scoring.

“The team is not only made of strikers, the team is made of a balance between strikers, midfielders and defenders and that’s what you want to get right until the end of the season.”

I wish I could share Wenger’s confidence, but Le Prof’s record away at Top Four teams has been appalling in recent years. If we CAN pull it off I, for one, will be ecstatic!

Manchester City v Arsenal match preview

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked confident during the press confidence ahead of the grudge clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. He insisted on doing well in the match. Wenger also heaped a lot of praises on Chilean International Alexis Sanchez, who has been Arsenal’s top player since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona at the start of the season. He also backed Sanchez to do well in away games too. Here is what Wenger spoke at the press conference according to Arsenal.com:

man city v arsenal

On the game against Manchester City:

“You have many games when you know you will be judged on your potential. Manchester City is one of them. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are other games that people have a close eye on to judge your potential. They have always had good teams but we have won at Manchester United, we have won at Manchester City.”

Although, Arsenal have been decent against top teams at home, its the away games that they have struggled. Etihad is one such place and Arsene Wenger seems to be confident of getting a result.

“The history will not play a big part in this game. It’s the performance of the day that will play the biggest part and the only important part. We did not perform in the top games away from home. I believe we have the potential now to be much more stable and to show that we can do it.”

On game plan against Manchester City:

“It’s a commitment. It is important that we keep calm, [play with] control and be committed as well. We have to find that right balance between going for every challenge but also not going overboard – we have to respect the rules. We want to win. You have to die and you want to win. What we want is to put the maximum effort in to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning.”

In the same fixture last year, the Gunners were humbled to a 6-3 scoreline thanks to Arsenal’s highline defensive tactics. And if Wenger’s men are set to return with anything from this game, they would have to work hard than it sounds and the key to that will be the discipline showed by their back four.

Team news ahead of the all-important clash:

Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Danny Welbeck are out of the match with an injury. Kieron Gibbs had a test yesterday and he should come back into the squad. Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were available for last week and they are available for Sunday.

It is likely that Wenger might retain the likes of Ozil and Walcott to subsitute roles as they are yet to regain 100% fitness, with Aaron Ramsey having an outside chance to start.

On Alexis Sanchez:

It’s possible, he is a player who can play through the middle – but not the way Giroud plays, but because of his mobility. His two assets are the quality of his runs and his reception of the ball. He gets into areas where you can find him. When he gets the ball short he can run at people. But he can also play further forward because of the timing of his runs. He is one of the fastest to adapt to the Premier League. I believe it’s because he feels accepted by the other players that he feels he is an important player.

On Sanchez’s poor form in away games:

Yes, it’s true that at Chelsea and Liverpool he wasn’t at his best. But he has some good away games too. It’s maybe because the team has not been as effective away from home, because when you are a striker you depend a little bit on how much your team pushes forward. As a team we didn’t play as well as we would like and it was difficult for the strikers to get good balls.

Arsenal preparing a club record bid – report

If you had suggested this to us 18 months ago we would have pointed our fingers at you and laughed uncontrollably.

But it appears that, over the last couple of years, the old money clubs of Manchester United and Arsenal have finally been dragged, kicking and screaming into the realities of modern football.

They have realised that if they want to be successful and competitive in this league they have to spend the sorts of figures that Manchester City and Chelsea have been for years.

For so long £20-£30 million was the most at Manchester United and Arsenal would spend on the players they wanted to bring to their clubs. But Arsenal’s purchases over the last couple of years – Sanchez and Ozil in particular – represent a new reality.

And we don’t think Arsenal need to buy loads of players. One really stellar talent each year would soon turn them into champions. You just have to look at Alexis Sanchez this season to see that one worldy is better than five good players.

Arsenal are now among a host of clubs being linked to the inordinate talents of Paul Pogba. The 21 year old left England two years ago and has exploded into one of the very best midfielders on the planet. But Arsenal are going to have to up the ante again if they want to bring him to the club.

The Express reports:

Juventus to increase Pogba’s buy-out clause as Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd ready bids

Recent reports expect the European heavyweights to make £77m bids for his services at the end of the season.

At this point we would normally say that Arsenal should be concentrating on buying defenders and anchormen.

But Pogba is so good that he would clearly improve the side. Let’s see him in action.

POSITIVE Arsenal injury news on early Wilshere return

Knowing the way things have been going on the injury front for Arsenal since the start of the current Premier League season, we probably have more bizarre and unlucky incidents like the Mathieu Debuchy shoulder injury to come, but this week there is at least some positive news on one of the current crop of crocked Gunners.

This rare positive news is the latest on our England international star Jack Wilshere. The central midfielder, who turned 23 on new years day, was expected to be out of action for at least three months following the unpunished studs up challenge by Man United youngster Paddy McNair at the end of November.

But according to a report by The Independent we could see him back in the Arsenal team around four weeks sooner than first thought as he has responded well to surgery and is already out of the protective boot. He even posted a video of him taking a penalty while coaching his young team, with no holding back and no apparent ill effects.

So while Jack will not be ready for Man City on Sunday or Brighton in the FA cup the following weekend, he may well be hoping to feature in the north London derby with Tottenham on February 7th. If not, at least it is looking very good for Wilshere to be ready to help Arsenal take on Monaco in the Champions League knockout stage and the FA cup 5th round, assuming that we get there.

How big an impact can Wilshere’s comeback have on Arsenal for the rest of the season?

Debuchy injury video. Probably 6 week out!

 Arsenal v Stoke 11. January 2015. Review

After the horror show that Arsenal produced away to Stoke a few weeks ago, which was probably the worst 45 minutes from the Gunners for many a year, it was vital that Arsenal put on a much better showing in front of the Emirates crowd.

And the way we started that game, the Arsenal players would have been determined to begin the game well and we certainly did that. Begovic had already had to prodduce two very good saves from Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky in the opening minutes, but there was nothing their keeper could do to stop Laurent Koscielny scoring with a feee header from Alexis’ cross in the 6th minute.

THey were struggling to cope with the slick passing and link up play of Rosicky, Cazorla, Alexis and co, so they had no chance of putting us under the sort of pressure they do at home. Then with just one defender, Hector Bellerin, on the bench, our injury curse surfaced again, with Debuchy taking a bad knock after being pushed into the hoardings by Arnautovic. You could not make it up!

Wenger made the change quickly but it had knocked us off our stride and it took around 10 minutes before Giroud brought another great save from Begovic. The big Frenchman then came close again but put his shot high and wide. Giroud was also getting some rough treatment from Shawcross and as the ref kept letting it go he was losing his rag.

Then with about half an hour gone and Stoke starting to feel abit more confident, awesome Alexis scored our second with a beautiful run and precise finish with a little help in the build up from Rosicky. Then we nearly lost a second full back before halftime after Monreal was clattered by Crouch and needed a cut stitching up. Still no yellow cards though, even though Stoke admit what their tactics will be when facing Arsenal.

Although Arsenal had not managed to finish the game off, we did so almost straight after the restart, with an Alexis free kick creeping in the near post with a deflection. Now you thought it was all about how many we could score and keeping a clean sheet because Stoke looked beaten.

We produced some brilliant football, without finding another goal, before Wenger brought Walcott on for the Ox with 67 minutes on the clock. And he soon made the final change, Ozil for Giroud. Both subs did pretty well and had decent chances to score, but were understandably a bit rusty. Their time on the pitch will stand them and Arsenal in good stead though.

At least we managed to keep the clean sheet, get our revenge on Stoke and build confidence for the games to come. Now for Man City…

Highlights  probably will be removed because fa restrictions and other shits, then you can watch highlights on this link:

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Wojciech Szczesny’s father launches furious Arsenal rant at ‘rhino’ Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger

Wojciech Szczesny’s father has launched a furious rant at “rhinoceros” Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger for hanging his son out to dry following his recent calamities.

Father Maciej Szczesny – a former Poland international goalkeeper – said the defence were as much to blame as his son, while denying reports that he was smoking in the shower, even though he admitted he had not spoken to the ‘keeper.

Maciej said: “He made a mistake for the first [Southampton] goal, coming too far from the goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence – how these guys are playing is a disaster, but for some reason, nobody pays any attention to it.

“Laurent Koscielny should immediately have run [back] to protect Wojciech, and Per Mertesacker should have stood in the goal.

“Unfortunately they did not do that and gave him zero support, and in that situation Mertesacker showed the agility of a rhinoceros.

“Wojciech is often paying for it [the mistakes], and that he really cares. He needs someone who will critically analyse every game with him, but also remain positive.

“Someone should support him, but the coaching staff at Arsenal are not doing that, meanwhile the entire defence this season is an embarrassment.”

Szczesny or Ospina?

szczesney or ospina

Following Arsenal’s recent league defeat to Southampton, questions have been asked about the ability of the Gunners current number one Wojciech Szczesny. This isn’t the first time that the Polish shot stopper has come under scrutiny. However, is it really fair?

In the previous league game against West Ham, Szczesny was brilliant. Taking the pressure off his defenders by coming out and either punching or holding on to every cross. This magnificent effort was barely mentioned by the media.

In General this season, Szczesny’s form has been consistently good. Showing a much better command of his area and better reading of the game. Yet again though, this improvement has gone largely unrecognized.

Now comes the Southampton game. Szczesny is at fault for both goals that the Gunners concede. The media reaction is huge. Pundits slating him left and right. One even stating “…well I’ve never liked him as a keeper…this performance goes to show why.” This kind of statement only fuels the short term flawed opinions of a large percentage of fans.

Moving on to the recent game against Hull in the FA Cup. David Ospina is now between the sticks. This is nothing new for Arsenal, having adopted a “cup keeper” method of selection in recent seasons. Following the fairly routine 2-0 victory, Twitter is inundated with Gooners calling for Szczesny to be dropped and Ospina to be immediately made number one. This reaction is entirely driven by the media. Fans have listened to what has been said by the “experts”, and rather than use their own judgement.

Let me make one thing clear, I am not a big Wojciech Szczesny fan. I think he’s very erratic and doesn’t fill me with great confidence in high pressure situations. But his form in the main this season needs to be acknowledged. Huge improvements have been made to his game. And as we are all told by every pundit, Goalkeepers don’t peak until their 30’s. Szczesny is in his mid 20’s. So going by that measure, he still has a lot of developing to do. This can only be a good thing for Arsenal.

David Ospina is a fine keeper, and may well be a better option. But unless Szczesny now goes into a terrible run of form, I don’t see why he should be replaced. Calling for him to be dropped after one poor game is nonsensical. Let’s support our team rather than ridicule it.

Santi Cazorla has been named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for December.

cazorla player of the month

The Spanish playmaker scored four goals and claimed one assist to help Arsenal keep pace with the Premier League’s top four.

Cazorla got off the mark at the start of the month with a goal at Stoke City, before scoring twice – including a ‘Panenka’ penalty –  as the Gunners beat Newcastle United 4-1. The midfielder then provided the assist for Olivier Giroud’s goal in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool before converting from the penalty spot in the 2-1 win at West Ham during the festive period.

The PFA Fans’ Player of the Month awards are designed to give a strong voice to supporters and are endorsed by the players and the clubs.

 Mesut Ozil set to return for Arsenal against Stoke

ozil injury return

Are things finally taking a turn for the good for Arsenal after enduring the first six months of the season with half their first team players on the treatment table? Theo Walcott finally made his return yesterday and should be able to play the whole 90 minutes next Sunday against Stoke City.

Now a report in the Star is indicating that our 42 million man Mesut Ozil will also be returning to the squad for the same match, although it is unlikely that Wenger would risk him for the full game.

Arsene Wenger is sure that Ozil was carrying his injury from his exertions at the World Cup, and although Ozil may have missed around half of this season with problems, the player himself is sure here is still lots of work for him to do in the remainder of this campaign. “I worked hard.” Ozil said. “I finally want to go back on the pitch. That I could only watch with an injury was very difficult for me.

“I want to help my two teams to reduce the backlog – at Arsenal and in the national team.

“In the Premier League anything can happen, a lot can also happen in the Champions League, and Germany are still involved in the European Championship qualifiers.”

Although Arsenal fans may not have been overly impressed with Ozil’s performances since his arrival, hopefully he is now fully fit and rested and ready to return to the fantastic form he showed at Real Madrid before he came to the Emirates. If nothing else he could help to give Alexis some well-needed rest after the Chilean has carried the team on his own for the first half of the season. And just imagine if have a fully fit squad with Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud all playing together?

Arsenal v Hull Review 5. January 2015

sanchez against hull

With both Arsenal and Hull City making plenty of changes to their starting line-ups for this third round FA cup clash at the Emirates, you might have expected a slow and cautious start and perhaps a lack of quality from the start, but that was far from the case.

Arsene Wenger gave both Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell a rare start on either side of Alexis up front. The Costa Rican forward nearly gabe the Gunners the lead within five minutes, showing his pace and dribbling skills before a one-two with Sanchez and a prodded attempt that brought a great save from Harper.

But Hull were looking pretty good as well, passing the ball well and getting at s down both flanks. Tom INce came close after about 15 minutes. It was fairly even at that point but Arsenal took control and got the opener with Mertesacker rising high to head in an Alexis corner.

The Chilean almost made it two straight away but was denied by a brtilliant goal line clearance. Walcott also came close as Cazorla and Rosicky started to pull the strings and create chances. Alexis of course was everywhere, but Campbell was also showing some real skill and Walcott some great awreness and movement, especially considering how long he has been out with injury.

But Hull managed to hold out until the break when Arsenal should probably have finished them off. It was pretty similar after the restart, with Hull having decent possession but doing little with it and us looking dangerous on the break but failing to fashion the clear cut chance to finish the visitors off.

A great run by Rosicky early on and then a chance put wide by Campbell on the hour mark were maybe the best chances for Arsenal. But the longer it went on the more we struggled to get any passing going and the more confidence Hull got. Then a great run from Walcott got him onto a through ball but his finish was rusty. It did seem to spark us into a bit of life at least.

More chances came for Walcott, Alexis and others without another goal and Wenger brought Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Theo with 15 minutes left. The Ox nearly had an instant impact but Hull were riding their luck in the penalty box. But with 10 minutes left, Alexis finally finished them off with a lovely curled finish and an assist from Santi.

Akpom then came on for the Chilean and then Maitland-Niles got a couple of minutes coming on for Campbell. Job done for the Gunners.

Podolski Travelling to Italy for Inter loan

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Reports from various sources suggest that Lukas Podolski is travelling to Milan this evening to finalise a loan deal until the end of the season.

The German international has been eager to leave Arsenal to get first team football with the Italian side long rumoured to be a possible destination.

Last night, Arsene Wenger admitted Roberto Mancini’s side had come back with an offer of interest to the club, saying, “The first proposal was farcical, after they came back a bit more serious, then we will see what happens now.

“Inevitable? Not in the transfer market, it’s very difficult to say, but we’ll see later.”

Later has arrived and it looks as if he’s on his way out.