Just Arsenal Archives for January 2010

Schwarzer transfer ends badly as Given turns down Fulham move

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It now looks like Arsenal's last chance of securing Mark Schwarzer has now fallen through as the Guardian has just reported that Shay Given has decided to turn down Fulham and remain at the Eastlands this season. Mark Hughes said on Saturday: "I'm always interested in quality players and Shay Given is a quality player.

Van Persie injury out means he is out for “at least a few weeks”

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has been under the scrutiny of the Holland team doctors, and they have decided to call up Ruud Van Nistelroy in his place, after announcing that Van Persie will be out "for a few weeks" with his sprained ankle. Arsene Wenger didn't think that the injury was very serious immediately [.

Wilshere unlikely to face charges – but we can expect some revelations soon about England players!

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The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was arrested last night after being found by police at the scene of an assault on a young girl, who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm. Wilshere was on a night out in Kensington celebrating Arsenal's win at Blackburn when the "fracas" happened, but after [.

Juventus confirm interest in Armand Traore

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The Arsenal defender Armand Traore has been looking for a new club since Arsene Wenger told him that he could leave last month, and despite being very close to being transferred to Benfica a couple of weeks ago, we have heard nothing since. It was reported by Sky last week that Juventus were in the process [.

Jagielka – Moyes spoke to me about Arsenal interest

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The Everton defender Phil Jagielka was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal all summer, and Everton reportedly turned down a £10m bid for the fringe England international, but there was never any concrete proof that an offer was on the table until today. Jagielka admitted that David Moyes had discussed the offer with him, but [.

Arsenal close to signing Zambian international defender?

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Arsenal are apparently close to signing the the 17 year old Zambian international defender Emmanuel Mbola, but there seems to be some confusion over his contractual status in Africa. It is reported that he was sold by his local club, Mining Rangers, to TP Mazembe (Congo), but has also played for Pyunik Yerevan (from Armenia).

Thierry Henry scores first goal for Red Bulls (video)

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The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has certainly made an immediate impact on the American MLS and he has finally bagged his first goal for the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls were dire last season and hadn't won an away game in two full seasons before this one, but the arrival of Henry, and Rafael [.

Mark Hughes – Schwarzer move to Arsenal still on

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In an amazing turnaround from Arsene Wenger stating that "the transfer window is closed" for Arsenal, it seems that it is still very possible that the Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer could arrive at the Emirates in the next few days. There are reports that Schwarzer has threatened to go on strike for the season if [.

The “Arsenal curse” hits Van Persie again

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There is much talk about about Arsenal's injury "curse", and every week of every season there seems to be yet another announcement of another Arsenal injury. Well today is no different. Robin Van Persie has managed to play during the World Cup (all the way to final!) without a problem, but his first day back [.

Wenger – We were lucky, but if you want to win the League you HAVE to beat Blackburn!

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Arsene Wenger was extremely pleased with his team's performance in beating Blackburn today, but admitted that they needed a little bit of luck to get them through. But he was quite adamant that any team that has aspirations to win the Premier League needs to beat teams like Blackburn. "I'm convinced we have more experience [.

Wenger: 4-4-2 with this team is suicide!

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Arsene Wenger made a very funny statement yesterday when asked about who he would use as his main striker now that both Van Persie and Chamakh are fit and ready to start today's match. He was asked if he would choose or play both of them alongside each other. "I don't know what I will do [...]

Wenger – “No chance of Schwarzer” (but possibly Marchetti?)

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced the signing of Sebastien Squillaci yesterday, and after eulogising about how good the experienced French international will be for Arsenal, he was then asked about whether he was still in the market for a goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window. He said "It is now closed!

Arsenal’s title chances hit by fixture list horror show!

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Arsene Wenger has always considered that Arsenal are most vulnerable to dropping points domestically after they have played a strenuous midweek Champions League match, which is why there always seems to be much shuffling of players the following week. Well this season Arsenal have been handed a huge disadvantage, with nearly every Group Stage match [.

Aaron Ramsey – The long road to recovery nears the end

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The 27th of February 2010 will always be remembered for the being the day that Ryan Shawcross cynically broke Aaron Ramsey's leg in two places, and potentially finished the career of one of Arsenal's most promising young players. His leg was operated on less than 12 hours later to increase the chances of a quick [.

Allardyce hits back – Arsenal would win more if they played like Blackburn!

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Arsene Wenger was asked about the upcoming game with Blackburn Rovers this week, and was reminded about how angry he was after least season's defeat and his criticism about Blackburn's agressive tactics. Wenger used the opportunity to remind the referee's what are allowed in the rules...... "When a team plays long ball and head the ball [.

Allardyce – We will stop Arsenal using their skills!

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The Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has stopped Arsenal from beating his teams at home for eight years in a row, and he intends to carry on that tradition today. He believes he knows the secret of stopping Arsenal using their skills (yeah...kick sh*t out of them) and is looking to do the same again today.

Wenger – Don’t worry, we are strong enough to deal with Blackburn now

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Arsene Wenger believes that his team is much stronger now than when they lost at Ewood Park last season, and although he intends that Arsenal will play their normal game, they are also now mature enough to give as good as they get from Sam Allardyce's team. "It is always important that you're strong away from [.

How does one define a “real” Arsenal fan?

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I received an email this afternoon which has been playing on my mind ever since, especially as it ended with "thanks for your instant reply!". The reason I can't put it out of mind is the writer (Who shall be known as Joshua, simply because that is his name!) asked me a question that I could [...]

Wenger – Squillaci won’t play but we have a healthy squad for Saturday

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Arsene Wenger has told Sky News in an interview that the French international defender Sebastien Squillaci has finally completed his move from Sevilla, but says that he will not figure in this weekend's game against Blackburn. Wenger said: "We needed a centre-back of quality and experience if possible, and at the right price he was [.

Arsenal’s transfer strategy? Keep the fans in the dark!

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Today we have another guest post from an Indian blogger from the football website BigFourZa, which covers Arsenal, as well as the other members of the Big Four for the Indian market. I am sure you will have seen them if you frequent Arsenal Blogs regularly. The writer's pseudonym is (would you believe!

Arshavin reveals his Catch-22 performance problem, and wants revenge on Blackburn!

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The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin has been speaking about his ambitions. He wants to win the Champions League and show his undoubted talent to the world so he will be remembered as the player that did "magic things". "I want to win the Champions League," he said. "When I retire I want to be remembered as a [.

Steven Taylor emerges as a new candidate for Arsenal’s defence

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With less than a week left of the transfer window, Arsene Wenger is still looking for another centre-back to supplement the arrival of Koscielny and Squillaci, and it looks like one of his long term targets has suddenly become available. Arsenal (along with Chelsea) were strongly linked with Newcastle's Steven Taylor last year until a shoulder [.

Reasons to be cheerful…(Why Arsenal can win the League)

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Today we have a brand new Guest Writer who goes by the name of Calum White. He is a regular reader of Just Arsenal News, and has decided to share his opinion of why he believes that Arsenal are genuine contenders for the Premiership this season. As it is his first post can you all [...]

Arsenal rumours Aug 25th – Ben Arfa, Montolivo, Juan and the Squillaci saga

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Entering the final week of the window at last, and there are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours flying about. The main one at the moment is asking why Sebastien Squllaci hasn't signed yet, despite Sevilla announcing he was to have a medical at Arsenal on Monday. The rumours are saying that he has failed and Arsenal [.

Adidas Football Boots – A Great Success at the World Cup

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The Adidas f50 Adizero has been a huge success in this year's World Cup Soccer tournament with players who sported this brand of boots scoring a whopping 41 goals. It helped Adidas lift the branding trophy. Some of the senior marketing executives of Adidas are already claiming that this year's marketing blitz at the World [.

“Predict the Score competition” play-off details on Blackburn match

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For the last two weeks I have had a competition for a new Arsenal Shirt, but out of over 450 entries over the fortnight NOBODY got the correct score plus goalscorers. So rther than start again I am going to have a play-off between the readers who correctly guessed the correct score in either game. This list [.

Arshavin believes in Arsenal at last – But wants to see “some fight against big teams”

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The little Russian maestro Andre Arshavin has always been honest and forthright in his interviews with the press, and last summer he made it very clear that he wanted Wenger to buy a couple of players to ensure that Arsenal could fight for trophies. He didn't get his wish last season, but now he seems a [.

Angry Bendtner sacks “self-publicist” physiotherapist

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The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has taken umbrage with the announcements of his Danish physio Soren Malling, who has been treating the 22 year-old striker. Malling has been making outlandish claims in the press, saying that he can get Bendtner back playing for the Gunners in just a few weeks, and has annoyed Bendtner with his [.

Wenger has two more top-class defenders in his sights!

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Despite the arrival of Sebastien Squillaci for his medical today, it has been revealed that Arsene Wenger still intends to bring in one more top-class defender to bolster the depleted Arsenal back line. Having lost Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Phillipe Senderos this summer, the signings of Laurent Koscielny and Squillaci is still [.

Forget profits – Arsenal owe the fans a trophy!

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We have a new Guest Writer today . His name is Ralph J. and I assure you all that he will give you a few things to think about in his articles. Today he has decided to question whether the fans should be happy that Arsene Wenger (and the shareholders) have been running Arsenal as [...]

Why Almunia just has to go!

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Today we are going to start off with another Guest Post from our old friend Adam Kemp. We are all very happy that Arsene Wenger has finally nailed the necessary centre-back, but Adam believes that the facts show that Arsenal also need a replacement for our Number One. Over to you Adam...... The frightening truth behind [.

Walcott wants to play centre-forward, and Wenger agrees!

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The England and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott scored a brilliant hat-trick for the Gunners yesterday, and he thinks that he is now ready to make the switch from winger to centre-forward, just like his hero Thierry Henry. "The boss signed me as a striker but I'll happily play anywhere for Arsenal," he said yesterday.

Arsenal rumours Aug 22nd – Stekelenburg, Clichy, Fabregas and Emmanuel Riviere

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It's Sunday yet again and as usual the papers are full of football transfer rumours, and quite a few of them are about Arsenal. I reported yesterday that the latest goalkeeping rumours are saying that Wenger has turned his attention to Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenberg, after the deals for Shay Given and Mark Schwarzer now [.

Is it time to give Arsene Wenger a break?

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Arsenal have now played two games of the new season, and have gained a respectable four points and scored seven goals, but, as regular visitors to Just Arsenal News will be aware, there seem to be more and more Arsenal supporters criticizing Wenger's ability to run Arsenal. Everyone knows (including Wenger) that the Gunners are in [.

Holloway – I’m relieved Arsenal only scored six!

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The Blackpool manager Ian Holloway saw his team literally torn apart by Arsenal this afternoon, and although the Seasiders lost 6-0, it could easily have been a cricket score if some of Arsenal's players had been a little more accurate with their shooting. "It was going to be a tough day for us anyway.

Sevilla boss unhappy that he couldn’t play Squillaci because of Arsenal bid

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The Sevilla coach Antonio Alvarez was originally very annoyed that he couldn't play the French international defender Sebastien Squillaci in Wednesdays Champions League qualifier against Braga. He has decided though to just carry on as if he wasn't there and won't pick him for tonights game against Barcelona either.

Wenger – We can’t afford Given, Fulham won’t sell Schwarzer, and we have enough keepers!

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Arsene Wenger's press conference yesterday was very revealing in many ways, and no less on the transfer front. He admitted a couple of times that he was looking for reinforcements, but also said that he wasn't close to signing anyone at all! With just ten days to go it is becoming "squeaky bum time" in the [.

Stekelenburg is now Wenger’s main goalkeeping target

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With the news yesterday that Arsene Wenger seems to have accepted Fulham's refusal to sell Mark Schwarzer, todays biggest Arsenal transfer rumour is that he has now turned his attention to the Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Stekelenburg had an excellent World Cup, and the Ajax Financial Director Jeroen Slop admitted last week that the [.

Wenger – We’re looking at Squillaci, but we already have four centre-backs

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Arsene Wenger had a long press conference today and, although looking quite tired and drawn, he managed to field all the searching questions quite well. He was obviously asked about the rumours surrounding his interest in Sebastien Squillaci, and said that although Arsenal were interested, they were nowhere near securing his signature.

Wenger – Fabregas and Van Persie unlikely to play against Blackpool

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It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to take the opportunity of a (hopefully!) easy game against Blackpool, to give his returning World Cup Finalists an extra rest while they try and catch up with the fitness of the rest of the Arsenal squad. Both Fabregas and Van Persie only rejoined the squad two weeks ago, [.

Arsenal to increase bids for both Schwarzer and Squillaci

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Arsene Wenger suddenly starting making his moves in the transfer market on Wednesday with bids for Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla, and a new bid for Mark Schwarzer from Fulham. According to this mornings Telegraph, the bid for Schwarzer was exactly the same as they bid in May, and were hoping that Fulham would accept the offer [.

Frimpong, Nasri, Schwarzer, Gallas and Squillaci – Nothing but bad news today!

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Arsenal have only played one game so far this season, but already I am thinking about conceding the League title. Usually we can be confident of having a great team with yet some more classy youngsters coming through and can look forward with hope in our hearts, but todays news about Emmanuel Frimpong has just [.

Agent – Traore is excited about Benfica move

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It seems that the young Arsenal defender Armand Traore is very close to finalising his move to the Portugese giants Benfica, according to his agent Richard des Voeux. He is said to be signing a four year contract with Benfica, and the 20 year-old is very keen to finally be getting regular first team football in [.

Sevilla – Wenger won’t pay the price for Squillaci

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The biggest Arsenal transfer rumour today was that Arsene Wenger was in touch with Sevilla to persuade them to part with the French international centre-back, Sebastien Squillaci. Well today Sevilla have confirmed the rumours, and also agreed that Squillaci missed the Champions League Qualifier just in case the deal went through.

Given will leave to protect Ireland career, and Fulham want Vela for Schwarzer

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The ongoing Arsenal search for a new keeper has taken a couple of new twists this morning, and it looks like Wenger still has a choice of two. The Man City keeper Shay Given may have been offered a pay rise to stay at the Eastlands, but it is being reported today that he is [...]

Arsenal rumours Aug 18th – Squilacci, Schwarzer, Asamoah, Montolivo and Nordtveit

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Just twelve days to go and the Arsenal transfer rumours are coming in thick and fast. The devastating news that Arsenal's injury list has grown already with Samir Nasris operation means that there are a few more midfielders on the possible arrival list, but naturally the most important topic is another centre-back.

Arsenal want fans to buy shares so they are happy when no money is spent!

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Call me cynical if you like, but it seems to me that if every Arsenal fan bought a share in Arsenal for £95, they would be happier when Wenger doesn't spend any money because their shares would suddenly be worth £110! I may be wrong, because there is always the possibility that the fans who buy [..

Djourou to return in time to face Blackpool (we hope!)

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Arsenal's lack of centre-backs was highlighted yet again when newboy Laurent Koscielny was sent off against Liverpool last Sunday, and it has been assumed that either the inexperienced Havard Nordtveit would be thrown into the fray against Blackpool, or Alex Song would be played out of position as cover.

Cagliari confirm Arsenal bid for Marchetti was refused

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Ever since the beginning of the transfer window, Arsenal have been linked with just about every available goalkeeper in Europe and beyond, but rarely have any of the alleged offers ever been confirmed. The first real indication that Wenger was really looking for a new keeper was when Peter Hill-Wood revealed that they had had a [.

David Seaman – Arsenal will fight for third at best, and a new keeper is a good move

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The Arsenal legend David Seaman doesn't think that Arsenal can win the Premiership title this season, and expects Man Utd and Chelsea to yet again be fighting it out at the top. Many people, including Arsene Wenger, has said that this season could be the hardest Premiership race ever, but Seaman disagrees.

Arsenal rumours July 17th – Given, Mathijsen, Schwarzer and Gnabry

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We are entering the final 14 days of the transfer window, and Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to be any closer to signing another much-needed centre-back. The only one that is linked today is the Dutch international defender Joris Mathijsen, who is currently at Hamburg. The problem with this link (other than it coming from Caughtoffside!

Ajax admit that Van Der Wiel and Vertonghen could be sold

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There is a worrying lack of Arsenal transfer rumours regarding centre-backs, despite it being the postion most neccessary to fill before the transfer window closes. But there could be some good news coming from that direction soon as Ajax have admitted that they are in dire financial straits, and are willing to let some of [.

Wenger needs to concentrate on the defence, and “espionage”!

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We have a new guest writer today. His name is Mohamed Zubairu and he talks a lot of sense on Just Arsenal News in defence of Arsene Wenger, but there are just a couple of things that he thinks Wenger could do to improve the side, and one of them is "espionage"! I think he [...]

Predict the Arsenal v Blackpool result and win a new Arsenal shirt (plus last weeks result)

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Last weeks competition didn't produce a winner, so there is a new competition this week on the result of the Arsenal v Blackpool game. Twelve people (out of 246 entries!) predicted the 1-1 scoreline on Sunday, but no-one got the lone goalscorer for Arsenal, Pepe Reina (og). The correct score was predicted by Sammy Folliard, CAZ, Kirtan, [.

Young Arsenal striker Luke Freeman gets suspected broken leg

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The 18 year-old Arsenal striker Luke Freeman had only just arrived last month at Yeovil Town for a six month loan spell, but he may now have to return to the Gunners after suffering a suspected broken leg in the exciting 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers. Freeman had a couple of chances to score in the [.

Wenger – We lacked a bit of spark but it was a positive start

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Arsene Wenger was not too upset with taking a point from the opening game of the season at Anfield, especially as Arsenal were missing a lot of important players. He did feel that the Gunners should have made the extra man count in the second half, but couldn't turn the possession into an equalising goal.

Liverpool to appeal Joe Cole “accidental” red card (video)

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Joe Cole was sent off 45 minutes into his debut for Liverpool in yesterday's game against Arsenal, but both managers did not believe that there was any malicious intent on the ex-Chelsea star's part. Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson said that he will be studying the video to see if there is a chance of getting the [.

No buts – Arsenal need a new keeper TODAY!

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Today we have another Guest Post from Adam Kemp, who was quite incensed after seeing Arsenal only just manage a point against a Liverpool side that were one man down for most of the second half........ Almunia proves costly yet again as Arsenal draw! After criticizing Arsenal's lack of key signings this summer, it is clear to [.

Wenger – Today I will pick my Number One (Almunia?)

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that whoever he picks to start in goal today against Liverpool, will be his Number One goalkeeper this season. "The goalkeepers are great, all ready to play," Wenger said. "I just wait for my decision and you will get it soon. "The guy who plays on Sunday will be No [.

Wenger – Arsenal still need to buy defenders, but we can’t find any!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is well aware of the defensive frailties of his squad after losing four defenders this summer, but he says it is extremely difficult to find suitable players in the transfer market this summer. "Let's not be fooled," he said. "We are short at the back, and we need to add.

Wenger – If we don’t win the League it will be a disgrace!

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The Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may not have the money to invest in players compared to Moneybags Man City, but he still believes his team should now be ready to win the Premiership title. He was asked directly if he thought this would be Arsenal's trophy-winning season. "Yes but it depends as [.

Wenger – “Trust me. My team is ready to deliver!”

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Arsene Wenger has officially announced his new contract extension, and he says he has done it so that he can see his young squad finally deliver on their promise and bring a host of trophies to the Emirates for the first time. "My heart belongs to Arsenal and my desire is to see this team win [...]

Wenger runs Arsenal for profit, not success!

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Today we have another guest post from Adam Kemp, who wrote an extremely thought-provoking article last week. Today he follows that up by questioning why Arsene Wenger refuses to actually spend any of Arsenal's well-publicised profit on world-class signings, that could actually give the Gunners a chance to compete with Chelsea and Man Utd this [.

Shay Given on the move as Hart is named Number One at Man City

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The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is to "consider his options" this weekend after he was told by Man City boss Roberto Mancini that Joe Hart will be the Number One at the Eastlands this season, which has reignited the rumours that Arsenal could secure his services for next season. The Daily Mail quotes a [.

Redknapp still keen on Gallas – “I don’t care if he is a Gooner!”

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The Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has no qualms about bringing William Gallas to White Hart Lane, despite that he has spent the last few years at Spurs' great rivals, Arsenal. He believes that the Lilywhites fans will accept anyone, as long as they play well.... He said: "I like Gallas. I think he's a great free [.

Mark Hughes – No bid from Arsenal for Schwarzer since May

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The new Fulham manager Mark Hughes has admitted that Arsenal made a bid to sign Mark Schwarzer at the end of last season, but they haven't had any increased bids since then. The ex-Man Utd star understands that Schwarzer would find it hard to turn down a chance to play in the Champions League, but [.

Another defender even more urgent as Djourou’s hamstring gives way

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Arsenal lost William Gallas, Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and Phillipe Senderos this summer, thus decimating their defensive cover, but Arsene Wenger brought in Laurent Koscielny to partner Thomas Vermaelen, and it was hoped that Joham Djourou would be the number one back-up in case either of the main defenders got injured.

Walcott – I’ll show everyone my skill this season

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott had a miserable injury-filled season last year, which was capped with the disappointment of being left out of the England team that went to South Africa, but he believes he can now move on from that and show everyone how skilful he really is this time around. "It is a massive [.

Just Arsenal secures Arsenal PL Highlights as Youtube clamps down on copyright pirates

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The days of watching pirated Premier League highlights on YouTube are about to be ended as the Premier League, Viacom and the French Football League have brought multi-million lawsuits against any websites that happily allows pirated material to be shown on their site. Siliconrepublic.com reported: Google, who own YouTube, in collaboration with media companies including Disney [.

Schwarzer comes out – I’m desperate for Arsenal move to happen!

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Well, Well, Well, I must apologize to all my readers as I was absolutely certain that the rumours about Mark Schwarzer wanting to move to Arsenal was a load of tosh. In fact I didn't even believe that Arsene Wenger was seriously intending to buy another keeper. But it seems I was wrong.....(for a change [.

Friedel to Fulham, Almunia to Aston Villa and Schwarzer to Arsenal?

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The rumours surrounding the Arsenal goalkeeping situation just refuse to go away, despite Fulham issuing a denial that Mark Schwarzer has asked for a transfer to Arsenal. The latest "merry-go-round" rumours are being sparked by another story that Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill resigned because Brad Friedel has asked to rejoin his old boss Mark Hughes [.

Rangers impressed with Arsenal youngster Nacer Barazite

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The young Gunner Nacer Barazite is being sent out on loan this season, and he has been offered to the Scottish Champions Rangers on trial with a view to a season-long deal. The 21 year-old played in a friendly against Glentoran and the Rangers first team coach Ian Durrant was suitably impressed on his first outing.

Two Spurs hooligans jailed for “cowardly” Arsenal attack

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As a warning to football hooligans the police are cracking down on thugs ahead of the new football season, and they have scored their first success against two Tottenham "fans". Danny Scriven, 26, and Kali Hagenstede, 21, were amongst a gang of more than 20 hooligans who attacked Arsenal fans as they drank in The George, [.

Schwarzer hands in transfer request but Fabianski targets No1 spot

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The never-ending goalkeeping saga at Arsenal has taken yet another twist this morning. The Sun has revealed that the Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request to Mark Hughes to force a move to the Emirates. There are numerous rumours about goalkeepers all over the Premier League and it is thought that if [.

Wenger – Man City have the investment, but Arsenal have the belief!

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The Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger thinks that moneybags Man City will be involved in the race for the Premiership title, but Arsenal will also be at the top because they have the "belief". Roberto Mancini's team have once again showed their intent by being on course to spend more than £100m in the transfer window again, [.

Schwarzer story is rubbish (again!) Official denial issued

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Once again, someone from The Sun has made up a story to fill in space, and everyone has fallen for it hook line and sinker. The Sun headlined this morning with this stocking filler: SCHWARZER: LET ME JOIN ARSENAL MARK SCHWARZER has stunned new Fulham boss Mark Hughes by slapping in a transfer request.

Arsenal rumours Aug 10th – M’Biwa, Spahic, Gallas, Jay Simpson and Nacer Barazite

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There is a new name in the frame in todays Arsenal transfer rumours and it is a very strange one! Yanga-M'Biwa would look good on the back of anyones shirt, but it seems like his name has come up because Gilles Grimandi (The Arsenal chief scout in France) was seen at a Montpellier game last [...]

It’s official – Arsenal are now at war with Barcelona!

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Arsenal as a club and their supporters have had to put up with a whole year of Barcelona players trying to poach Cesc Fabregas, and their statements have been getting more and more outlandish. Well now I think that every Arsenal fan should become a fully paid-up supporter of Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid, as [.

Arsenal missing five midfielders and two strikers for Liverpool match

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Arsenal are preparing for the first crucial match of the Premiership season, and the lack of fitness and injuries are leaving Arsene Wenger with a threadbare squad to choose from. We already know that Nicklas Bendtner will not be returning to the side for at least a couple of months, and Cesc Fabregas and Robin [.

Rosicky – I’m not leaving, and we need to learn from last years mistakes

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The Arsenal midfielder Thomas Rosicky has been linked with a few clubs this summer, but he is adamant that he is not going anywhere in a hurry! He said: "Speculation is a normal thing in the football business," "I must thank everyone for showing interest because it flatters me, but I must repeat myself [.

Shay Given – Either Joe Hart or me will leave Man City

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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for either Joe Hart or Shay Given in the last few weeks, and the reports have said that neither of them would be willing to spend the next season on the bench. Well now Shay Given has admitted that it is a fact! Hart has ambitions to [...]

Tasci – I would turn down Spurs for Arsenal!

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The Werder Bremen defender Serdar Tasi has been linked with a move to Arsenal ever since Arsene Wenger stated that he was still on the lookout for a strong centre-half to add to the Gunners squad, and the 23 year-old is keen for the rumours to become fact! Sport.co.uk has issued an exclusive report after talking [.

Arsenal goalkeeper rumours Aug 9th – Reina, Fabianski, Given and Hart

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After the amazing 6-5 win over Legia Warsaw at the weekend, the papers are full of Arsenal transfer rumours about goalkeepers, obviously based on the premise that Wenger will have been so incensed after conceding five goals that he just HAS to buy a replacement. I laughed very hard when told about Arsenal putting in a [.

Fabregas kept his team-mates in the dark, and Fabianski is “fighting for his place”

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski admitted that he is still fighting to be given the nod to play against Liverpool next week, and he also revealed that Fabregas kept his team-mates guessing when he arrived, and the rest of the squad weren't sure that he would stay until they saw it on the Arsenal website!

Fabianski says “Bye-bye” to Wenger after Warsaw match! (video)

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Arsenal's goalkeeping problems have been highlighted on Just Arsenal News all summer, and they were even more emphasised by the team conceding FIVE goals in yesterdays match against Legia Warsaw. Before the game, Wenger said that this was another chance for Fabianski to show if he was capable of being first-choice keeper this season.

Wenger – I think I will extend my contract at Arsenal until I’m 65

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Arsene Wenger will be 61 in October and is entering the last year of his present contract at Arsenal, but he has at last given his biggest hint yet that he intends to stay at the Emirates for a few more years yet, despite interesting offers from other sources. Could he be talking about the [...]

Arsenal rumours Aug 8th – Mexes, Wright Phillips, Chiellini and Emiliano Viviano

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As on any given Sunday there are always lots of Arsenal transfer rumours around, and today is no exception. Arsene Wenger's search for another centre-back has thrown up the name of Phillipe Mexes again. The Italian paper ‘La Repubblica' reckons that Arsenal have offered £9m for the 28 year-old. Mexes has more than a few things [.

Capello calls up Gibbs, Wilshere and Walcott to new-look England squad

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The England manager Fabio Capello has given his England squad a complete shake-up, and has dropped half the players that he took to South Africa for the disastrous World Cup campaign. He has added Theo Walcott, who was so upset about being left behind in June, but also the two Arsenal youngsters Kieran Gibbs and Jack [.

Why Arsenal need a new goalkeeper, and why we won’t get one!

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We have yet another guest writer today, in the form of Tom (aka Kid Harpoon), who has been keen to address the goalkeeping question, especially after the countless rumours linking Arsenal with every available goalkeeper in the world this summer. It started with Hill-Wood admitting that Arsenal had made a bid for Mark Schwarzer, and [.

Predict the Liverpool v Arsenal score and win a new Arsenal shirt

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Yes it's true, Just Arsenal News is giving away a new Arsenal shirt just as the new season starts. It is an easy to enter competition and will be based solely on the result of Arsenal's first away game at Liverpool on the 15th August. All You have to do is simply guess: A: The Correct Score B: [...]

You can’t buy success! Trust in Wenger’s plan…..

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Yesterday I published a guest post by Adam Kemp that asked the question; Is Wenger holding Arsenal back?, which garnered a lot of interesting responses from the JustArsenal community. In the interests of a fair and balanced outlook, todays guest post is a direct response to Adam's one, and Mohammed Zubairu believes that Arsenal are [.

Arsenal to buy Reina for £25m, Fabianski to be Number One, and Spurs will win the League (And other jokes!)

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It is no wonder that journalists call August the "Silly Season" as there is nothing but ridiculous stories to read in the papers. Today is the perfect example. The first preposterous Arsenal transfer story is in the Sun, and they headline with: Arsenal in Reina raid! ARSENAL have launched a stunning £23million raid for Liverpool keeper [.

Transfer window summary – Every Gooner wants a new goalkeeper!

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Here is another guest post from Scott Craig-Mackie, who has written a couple of previous posts for JustArsenal. He has composed a summary of the transfer window so far, and the nett result is MINUS two players! But Scott is still hopeful for the new season with the youngsters like Wilshere and Frimpong moving [.

Defoe taunts Arsenal – “Harry can bring us Champions League success!”

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The Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe is extremely excited about the new season, and can't wait to get his first taste of Champions League football, but he is obviously under the impression that it is easier than it looks! First of all Spurs have to get past the Qualifying Rounds, which are not in [.

Arsenal rumours July 6th – Simpson, Mexes, Jagielka, Wilshire and Anders Lindegaard

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With Wenger still on the lookout for at least one more defender (and maybe a goalkeeper?) there are still lots of Arsenal transfer rumours about. The first, and biggest, is the one that says that Wenger is trying to buy the French international defender Philipe Mexes. The 28 year-old has not been a regular at [.

Is Arsene Wenger holding Arsenal back?

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This is a guest post sent in to me by a lifelong Arsenal supporter Adam Kemp, and he thinks that this question needs to be asked after Wenger's refusal to use his transfer budget yet again, despite the obvious need to reinforce the defence to withstand the best attacks in the Premiership. Obviously Wenger still [.

Marchetti in London to start goalkeeper Merry-Go-Round!

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There seem to be a lot of goalkeeping transfer rumours ignited today as there are reports that the Cagliari keeper Federico Marchetti has arrived in London for talks. Cagliari admitted a couple of weeks ago that the Italian international would be leaving this summer so it is no surprise that he is looking for a [.

Arsenal rumours Aug 5th – Spahic, Giovinco, Rosicky, Zapata and Joe Hart

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The ongoing rumours about Emir Spahic's imminent arrival at Arsenal have taken a backward step, as Montpellier have denied there are any negotiations going on between the two clubs. In fact their manager Rene Girard was quite taken aback by the rumours. "Indeed I am astonished." he said. "There has never been talk of this departure [.

Haha! Adebayor on his way out!

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The wonderful and ever-loved ex-Arsenal icon Emmanuel Adebayor has finally caught on that MoneyBags Man City have decided to swap the agressive, over-rated and over-emotional idiot for, well, a younger agressive, over-rated and over-emotional idiot lol! Mario Balotelli is expected to arrive at City in the very near future, and with Adebayor, Tevez, Robinho, Bellamy and [.

Hleb and Flamini to return to Premier League?

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Just two years after both Aleksandr Hleb and Mathieu Flamini left Arsenal, it looks like both of them will be returning to England with their tails between their legs. Hleb especially should be embarassed as he forced Wenger to let him leave, whilst complaining about "chaotic English life (and the weather!

Who is Arsenal-target Emir Spahic? (plus Video)

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It is being reported all over the web this morning that Arsenal are close to signing the Bosnia captain Emir Spahic, but very few Arsenal supporters would have heard of him before yesterday's report, which makes him a typical Arsene Wenger signing. So what is known about him? Well he is a 30 year-old central defender [.

At last Arsenal fans can forget about signing Schwarzer!

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It has been rumoured that Arsenal have been close to signing Mark Schwarzer since the second the transfer window opened, and it has been relentless ever since. The thing is; there has not been one shred of evidence to support it, even though it was once said that he had even been to the Emirates [...

Arsenal close to signing Emir Spahic!

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It looks like Arsene Wenger has pulled off his usual trick of finding a talented unknown player at a very good price, as it has just been revealed that the Bosnian captain Emir Spahic expects a move to Arsenal to be completed in the near future." Although Spahic is 30 years old, he is extremely experienced [.

Almunia not leaving and Bendtner unsure of return date

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Acouple of snippets of news today regarding our illustrious Number One goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and our I'll-be-best-in-world striker Nicklas Bendtner. The first story seems to pour cold water on the ongoing rumours tha Arsene Wenger is going to sell Almunia to make room for a replacement, as the Spanish stopper has no intention of leaving [.

Fabregas gives his Spanish fans hope, while Arsenal target Ozil

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There are a couple of interesting stories in the papers this morning, and the most worrying is a report in the Mail about Cesc Fabregas. The Arsenal captain spent an emotional evening with 2500 fas in his hometown of Arenys de Mar in the north of Spain, where they laid on a celebration in recognisance [.

Campbell – Wenger wouldn’t raise his wage offer, so I left..

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The 35 year old defender, Sol Campbell, has admitted that he would have stayed at Arsenal for another year, but Wenger "had a certain budget to spend on wages" and wouldn't move on it. So when Newcastle offered him a better deal (and a two year contract) he had no problem accepting the move. But Campbell [.

Sagna – We have to win something for Wenger in his last year

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is entering the last year of his contract, and although the Frenchman has said that he won't start renewal talks with the board until the autumn, Bacary Sagna believes that the team have to prove that they are really capable of winning something to persuade him to stay at the [.

Arsenal v Celtic highlights – Gunners win Emirates Cup 3-2

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Arsene Wenger is still waiting for a few of his senior midfielders to return (especially Cesc Fabregas), but the youngsters Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong did well enough as cover. Vela scored right at the start, and when Sagna made it 2-0 just before half-time it looked a clearcut win for Arsenal, and even more so [.

NY Red Bulls v Houston highlights – Thierry Henry still has the magic!

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The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry made his MLS debut for the New York Red Bulls yesterday, and he set up both the goals for strike partner Juan Pablo Angel, but it wasn't enough to stop Houston getting a draw with an equaliser in the last minute, despite only having ten men on the pitch. Henry was [..

Sol “Fat Belly” Campbell admits he is out of condition!

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Sol Campbell was called "Fat Belly" on some Newcastle blogs after he was pictured whilst training with Newcastle at the weekend, and he called the fans abuse 'pathetic'. He said that he refused to listen to 'idiots' and begged them to wait until he had been training for a month before judging him. "It's pathetic," Campbell [.

Wenger – I won’t buy a midfielder now I know Wilshere and Frimpong can step up

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team win the Emirates Cup yesterday, and was pleased with the performance of the team, but especially the two youngsters, Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong. So much so that he has decided to keep them with the senior squad this season instead of loaning them out again.

Wenger – No mercy against Celtic!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not too disappointed with yesterdays draw against AC Milan, but with Lyon and Celtic also drawing at 2-2, it now means that Arsenal have to win well against Celtic to win the Emirates Cup. Because of the rules adding one point on for each goal, Arsenal are now one point [.

Arsenal chasing Bosnia captain Emir Spahic if Mertsacker deal falls through

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I have no idea where they got this one from, but there is a report this morning, in the NOTW, that Arsene Wenger is making enquiries about the Bosnian centre-back Emir Spahic as a fallback, in case the negotiations with Werder Bremen over Per Mertsacker fall through. Spahic is a versatile defender and is also the [.

Arsenal v AC Milan highlights – New boys impress Wenger in 1-1 draw

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Arsene Wenger has only made two signings so far this summer, and both Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh made their Arsenal home debuts at the Emirates yesterday. Chamakh had a nicely taken goal to mark his entry, and Koscielny did enough to convinve Wenger that he had made the right decisions. "Chamakh had a good first [.

New “Homegrown” rules – Wenger could still sign FIVE senior players!

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The Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has been vocal in his opposition to the new "Homegrown" rules introduced this season, and thinks it will put a lot of players out of work. He said: "I am quite surprised the players' union accepted this rule as it could put many players out of a job," said the Arsenal [.