Just Arsenal Archives for January 2012

Arsenal set for last-minute move for Watford defender

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Arsenal's defence has taken a pounding over the last few weeks with the numerous injuries to the back line, and Arsene Wenger has maintained that there is no truth in any of the Arsenal transfer rumours and he will not be making any purchases in the next few days, maybe! He was typically cryptic last [.

Eden Hazard cites Arsenal as possible destination – not PSG!

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The Belgian wizard Eden Hazard has yet again given Arsenal fans hope that he could yet end up at the Emirates after saying in an interview with Canal+ that he is pretty certain that he will be heading to the Premier League. Just the other day the Lille midfielder said that he could possibly move [...

Arsenal v Aston Villa review and match ratings – What a Cup Tie!

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Arsenal On The Up. Fantastic F.A. Cup Tie by Lorenzo Sallows Drawn against another Premier League side and coming after a torrid spell of form, emotions were sure to run high. The match did not disappoint. I have been more than negative in my approach to Arsenal these past few weeks but, like all fans, [.

Wenger – This recovery shows we can bounce back in the League too

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Arsene Wenger saw his team engineer a brilliant comeback to beat Aston Villa after being 2-0 down at half-time, and the Arsenal boss was impressed that the players didn't give up after conceding the second goal just before the break. Wenger said after the game: "It was a good test to show that we had [.

Arsenal have £8m bid for Podolski turned down

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger made an £8m bid to sign the Koln striker Lukas Podolski this month, but the Bundesliga side turned Arsenal away despite the striker only having 18 months left on his contract. Wenger desperately needs a classy back-up striker to cover for Robin Van Persie and has [.

McLeish confident of beating Arsenal, and tells Arsene to listen to the fans

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The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has seen his side beaten just once since losing to Arsenal (thanks to a last minute Yossi Benayoun goal) back in December, and is hoping to carry on that good form in today's FA Cup match at the Emirates. Last week Villa won away at Wolves with two goals [...]

Team News: Van Persie and Sagna to start as Arsenal play to win against Villa

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It seems that things are looking a bit brighter for Arsene Wenger with news that a few Arsenal players are back in contention after recovering from injury. Kieran Gibbs is not back yet, but Wenger is very happy to know that Bacary Sagna's return will mean that the Gunners have at least one true full-back [.

Wenger set to rest players ahead of Bolton in midweek

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Arsene Wenger is preparing his Arsenal team to face Aston Villa in tomorrows FA Cup tie, but for the second time this week he has admitted that the midweek game against Bolton in the League is far more important in his eyes. "I have always told you exactly the same, the priority is be in [...]

Arsenal linked with proven Premiership hitman

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All Arsenal fans know that Arsene Wenger is in need of a top class striker to act as cover for Robin Van Persie (or even as a replacement if the Dutchman leaves at the end of the season). So with that in mind, the Metro reports this morning that Arsenal are interested in signing the [...]

Wenger believes that The Ox is ready for regular starting spot

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The young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain caused a furore when he was withdrawn by Arsene Wenger during last weeks League match against Man Utd, but although the manager thought that The Ox was looking fatigued in the game, he now believes that the 18 year-old is mature enough to play every week.

Wenger – The fans weren’t booing Arshavin and I love him!

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Arsene Wenger has tried to minimize the damage to Andrei Arshavin's confidence by last weeks booing by Arsenal fans when he was brought on against Man Utd, and he may have gone just a little overboard when he said: "I love Arshavin as a man and as a player. "I don't think the fans were [...]

I’m sorry for Jack, but its time for Wenger to panic-buy Eden Hazard!

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Let's be honest, is anyone really surprised any more that an Arsenal player has a set-back when they are returning from injury? It seems like a forgone conclusion nowadays that as soon as the announcement is made it is immediately proved to be wrong. Perhaps Arsene Wenger should also be used to it after so [.

Arsenal linked with prolific South American striker

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It has been reported this morning that the German newspaper Bild has revealed that Arsenal have been making enquiries about the Paraguayan international striker Lucas Barrios, who is currently playing at the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. The 27 year-old has excellent goalscoring stats in the last few years, having netted 49 goals in just 53 [.

Yennaris pleased with his performance against Man Utd’s Nani

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The Arsenal youngster Nicolas Yennaris was thrown in at the deep end on his League debut for the Gunners when he replaced Johann Djourou against Man United last weekend. He was tasked with keeping Nani at bay, and he certainly did a better job that Djourou. Although Arsenal lost, Yennaris was more than happy with [.

Has Djourou blown his last chance at Arsenal?

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The Swiss centre-back Johann Djourou has been at Arsenal for many years, and it was hoped that he would grow into a world-class centre-back, but after seven years at the club (He's 25 now) he is still nothing but a bit part-player at the Emirates. He played a record 22 games for Arsenal last season, [.

Almunia has no plans to leave Arsenal

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The Spaniard Manuel Almunia has dropped to third-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, but in a rare interview he has stated that he is simply keeping to his contract and has had no thoughts of leaving, in fact he hasn't even spoken to Arsene Wenger about his position at the club! The two Poles, Wojciech Szczesny and [.

Miquel warns Arsenal to be careful against Aston Villa

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The young Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel played against Leeds in the last round of the FA Cup (the last game that Arsenal actually won) and he is looking forward to another run-out against Aston Villa this weekend, but he has warned his team-mates not to take the game lightly if they want to go all [.

Wenger complains about Tottenham loaning Adebayor (U21s only?)

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The Man City (and ex-Arsenal) striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been a godsend for Tottenham this season with nine goals that have helped Harry Redknapp's team reach the Champions League places. But Adebayor wasn't allowed to face his parent side last weekend when Man City beat Spurs 3-2, Arsene Wenger thinks that this particular loan deal [.

Arsenal rumours Jan 26th – Lewis Dunk, Theo Walcott, Douglas and Draxler

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Most Arsenal fans are resigned to the fact that Arsene will not be buying any more players in January, despite the massive injury list at the Emirates, but that doesn't stop the Arsenal transfer rumours popping up all over the place. The one I like the best is the rumour that Wenger has been sending [.

Henry and Arteta return but will Arsenal play reserves against Villa?

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It is great news that both Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry are returning from injury this week, but although it is certain that these two will be starting against Aston Villa in the FA Cup this weekend, who else will Wenger be putting in the starting line-up. Wenger has made it clear that his ultimate [.

Not even Arsenal’s reserves can win a game (and Ryo disappoints)

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When Arsenal's first team are underperforming, Arsene Wenger has always been comforted by the fact that he has had a plethora of promising youngsters ready to bring in and rejuvenate the team, but even that may no longer be true. The Arsenal first-team may have lost three games in a row, but the reserve side's [.

So how many Arsenal fans would swap Wenger for Mourinho?

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I guess everyone has seen the yearly rumours linking Arsene Wenger with a move to Real Madrid, after it has been revealed that Jose Mourinho is not getting on very well with his players, and he was even (like Wenger) abused by the Real Madrid fans despite his team being five points clear of Barcelona [.

Arsenal rumours 24th Jan – Gotze, Rosicky, Vertonghen, Yilmaz and Arshavin

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Despite Arsene Wenger making it clear that he doesn't like the January transfer window, there are still lots of Arsenal transfer rumours out there in the ether, but whether any of them are true is another matter. One player who won't be coming to Arsenal is the "German Jack Wilshere", Mario Gotze, who has somehow [.

Chamakh’s bad form continues with Morocco and he discusses his Arsenal future

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The Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has been suffering from a massive loss of form since the middle of last season, but it was being hoped that a sequence of starts for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations may galvanise him to recapture some of his undoubted ability. But Morocco's opening game ended in a [.

Here is a squad of current Arsenal players that couldn’t win the Championship!

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Arsene Wenger keeps going on about he will only ever spend money in the transfer window if he can find "super-quality" players or "better than we already have". Well I personally think that it would be VERY easy to find players that are better than most of our current squad! So I found this excellent [.

Van Persie: Arsenal will still make Top Four (and win the Champions League and the FA Cup!)

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Robin Van Persie is acting like a true Arsenal captain by issuing a rallying call to players and fans alike by trying to instil confidence that there are still trophies possible for the Gunners this season. Many Arsenal fans think that they are more likely to win at cash bingo games online than to win [.

The Boo-Boys are an embarrassment to Arsenal Football Club

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Unfair on Arshavin, Unfair on Arsenal FC (By S.H) The home stadium erupted in loud BOOS in protest over Wenger‘s decision to substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain for Andrey Arshavin. Even Robin van Persie appeared to show his dissent over the manager's decision. The Ox had played a marvellous game, and I too, was disappointed to see him [.

Football’s moved on, but Wenger hasn’t (Can anyone save Arsenal now?)

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Who Could Follow Le Prof? by Lorenzo Sallows I hate to seem presumptuous but the question raised is a valid one. After the worst season in many years, questions are being asked and Arsene is not the man to answer them. Do NOT think for one minute I am jumping on the back of [...]

An Analysis Of Why Wenger SHOULD NOT have taken off The Ox

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The Oxlade/Arshavin substitution IMO was based on logic and not emotion/sentiment/psychology; it was based on ideal conditions and not real world conditions. IMO Arsene is very theoretical/logical in his decision making. Oxlade was one of Arsenal best players on the day but it was his debut. Wing play is extremely hard work at the top [.

Was yesterday’s debacle the last straw for Robin Van Persie?

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The Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie was yet again the goalscorer for the Gunners yesterday, but for the FIFTH time this season the Dutchman has scored but Arsenal have gone on to lose the game. Arsenal have now lost three games in a row and Van Persie has been the one player that has held [...]

Wenger didn’t have many other options other than Arshavin (look at the bench!)

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Okay well we certainly all know that Arsene Wenger made a great error in replacing The Ox with Andrei Arshavin yesterday, but the fact is that he wanted Arsenal to win the game, and at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go he had to try and refresh his attacking options. Okay lets look at the [...]

Wenger – Man Utd were more mature than Arsenal all over the pitch

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Arsenal were beaten by Man Utd at the Emirates yesterday, but despite going one behinnd in the first half, the Gunners came out fighting in the second period and were aguably in control of the game before Arsene Wenger made his inexplicable substitution. But Wenger, although disappointed that Arsenal didn't get anything out of the [.

Adam Kemp: Arsene’s Ignorance is solely behind the demise of Arsenal FC

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Arsene Wenger is the most ignorant manager in the Premier League which has been the sole catalyst for the severe lack of success on the pitch. The performance against Manchester United demonstrates some valid points about the inefficient management style of Wenger. He is a very stubborn man and sticks to some philosophies that will [.

Let’s be blunt – Why did Wenger replace The Ox with a fat lazy Russian?

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I No Longer Know The Arsenal Team I Support by Lorenzo Sallows. Another defeat. Three back to back losses and we continue to drift in limbo, detached from the top four, hopelessly trying to sustain a top half table finish. All but a single goal mustered from a poor display leads us neatly back to [..

Koscielny – Don’t just blame the defence for Arsenal defeats!

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The Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has improved incredibly this season but has had his defensive partners changed, practically weekly, as injuries and suspensions have played havoc with the Gunners back line. But the French international says that it is too easy to simply blame injuries and the defence for Arsenal recent bad results, and says [.

Wenger confident that Walcott will sign new Arsenal contract

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is, like Robin Van Persie, approaching the final year of his contract this summer. Although all Arsenal fans are anxious that the Dutchman signs an extension to stay at the Emirates, there is not the same sort of urgency regarding Walcott. The Englishman started the season in excellent form but [.

Ferguson – Arsenal are a one-man team

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The Man United manager Sir Alex Fergusonis taking his team to the Emirates today looking for a win to keep them in touch with Man City at the top of the Premiership. Man Utd are favourites in the English Soccer Odds and according to Ferguson all his team have to do is stop Robin Van [...]

Arteta – Man Utd massacre prompted Arsenal to buy me!

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The Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta was bought in the last minutes of the summer transfer window, along with Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Ju Young Park, in the days following the 8-2 defeat to Man Utd, and although Wenger denies that he was "panic-buying" Arteta believes this was the reason he was brought [.

Arsenal have never needed our support more!

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This weekend is crucial to all the top teams in the Premiership and the winners will be counting their blessings, while the losers will be rueing an opportunity lost. Man City face Tottenham and the winners will have a great boost to their title hopes, while Arsenal face Man Utd who also can't afford to [.

Wenger – I will look at my transfer options after the Man Utd game

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Arsene Wenger yesterday denied that he had made his "panic buys" after the disastrous 8-2 defeat early in the season, but he is now leaving himself open to the same charges in this transfer window by admitting that he won't be looking at possible defensive reinforcements until after tomorrows return game against the reigning Premier [.

Is Wenger playing games, or do Arsenal need to sell before buying?

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No Sell No Buy (By S.H) With 11 days left in the Winter transfer season, Arsenal still haven't signed anyone. Arsene Wenger, as we know, is verbally parsimonious and enigmatic about recruitment. You'd never beat him in a board game of "Guess Who." There are a plethora of Arsenal transfer rumours, linking a myriad of [.

Wenger – The defence must cut out the mistakes against Man Utd

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Arsene Wenger is very clear that Arsenal must stop the defensive errors that have lost the Gunners their last two games against Fulham and Swansea if they are to stand a chance of beating Man Utd this weekend. Wenger explained that he believed that the defence had improved and was surprised at the relapses.

Agent confirms Arsenal interest in Italy U21 international striker

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There are reports this morning that Arsenal are one of a few teams (including Manchester United) that are watching the Italian U21 striker Insigne Lorenzo, who has been impressing watchers while on loan from the Serie A giants Napoli. Lorenzo scored 19 goals in just 31 games at Foggia last season, and has already scored [.

Full Arsenal injury update – Fabianski’s back! (But nobody else I’m afraid)

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Arsene Wenger had nothing but bad news for Arsenal fans ahead of the crucial match against Man Utd this weekend, well unless it can be considered good news that Fabianski will replace Almunia on the bench. There were hopes that Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen could get fit in time for the game, but Wenger [.

Aly Cissokho to Arsenal rumours gather pace

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The Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho is looking for a way out from the French giants and he told the press yesterday that Newcastle United (amongst other clubs) were talking to Lyon about a possible move. "I am waiting for the green light from Lyon," he said. "I am a Lyon player and if they agree [...]

The Arsenal Board needs to be more honest with the fans and move with the times

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Is The Board To Blame? By Lorenzo Sallows Growing concerns are manifesting themselves amongst us Gunners and these are stemming from the lack of communication we are receiving from the Arsenal Board. We pay premium prices for our season tickets, we pack pubs and bars to catch a glimpse of the team we adore, we [.

Van Persie – Stop saying Arsenal want my son!

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There have been many ridiculous articles saying that Arsenal are trying to sign Robin Van Persie's son, but they are all from desperate journalists trying to make a story because there are no imaginary transfer rumours to report! In fact, looking back at the original story, Robin made it quite clear that his son doesn't [.

Toby: All Arsenal Fans need to face the facts together and move on with Wenger’s help

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The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me god! By Toby With so much turmoil at the club at the moment its hard to know which way to turn or who to listen to, fans like myself spend hours trawling the net for a hint of a big signing or [...]

Wenger mistakes Quantity for Quality – But Arsenal can finish the season strongly

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Arsenal FC: Where EXACTLY Are We Now? by Lorenzo Sallows Lying 5th In the Barclays Premier League, level on points with a distinctly average Newcastle United outfit, this season has been one of marked disappointed and frustration for all those who support Arsenal. Goals have become a priceless commodity with only Robin van Persie willingly [.

Walcott – The atmosphere in the dressing room is brilliant! (Is this serious?)

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That must be the weirdest Arsenal article I've read for a while. It's in the Sun today and has Theo Walcott reckoning that the atmosphere in the Arsenal dressing room is brilliant right now (how old was this interview?). With Arsenal preparing to face Man United at home, where they are unbeaten since the opening [.

Arsenal chasing young Greek International goalkeeper

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There is a very interesting Arsenal transfer rumour in today's Mail saying that Arsene Wenger has got his scouts monitoring the very young Panathiniakos keeper Stefanos Kapino, who made made history in November by setting a record for the youngest ever player to represent Greece at senior level in a friendly match (against Romania).

PROOF that the Arsenal Board have no ambition!

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I am finding it very hard to come to terms with the fact that one of the top men on the board of Arsenal football Club is not bothered whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League or not, and I am shocked by the implications of Peter Hill-Wood's words. Most Arsenal fans are aware that [...]

Squillaci to go – Who else should Arsenal get rid of right now?

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This is a guest post from Arsenalbanter.com which is an interesting up-and-coming new Arsenal Blog. If you like this article take a visit and see what else they have to offer..... TEN PLAYERS THAT ARSENAL HAVE TO GO IMMEDIATELY Arsene Wenger has got an excellent reputation for nurturing youngsters from the Arsenal Academy or buying [.

Wenger admits that Thierry Henry left Arsenal to win trophies (like Van Persie will…)

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Arsene Wenger has welcomed Thierry Henry back to Arsenal on a short term loan, and whilst talking about the Gunners record goalscorer he has admitted that the Frenchman moved to Barcelona as he wanted to win some more trophies before he retired. In a scenario strikingly similar to today's problem with Robin Van Persie, Henry [.

Squillaci on his way out of Arsenal – Samba in?

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It is being reported in France that the Arsenal outcast defender Sebastien Squillaci is being given an escape route by Monaco, where he spent eight happy years before being snapped up by Lyon, where he won a Ligue 1 trophy. He then moved to Spain with Sevilla for two years before arriving in London with [.

Szczesny still bullish about Top Four finish – but can’t explain Swansea defeat

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The young Pole Wojciech Szczesny has maintained the confidence that Arsenal will still win a Champions League place, and even had a couple of quid on Arsenal to go on and win the Premiership just before Christmas. Since then the Gunners have dropped eight points in the title race and is dropping away from the [.

Arsenal legend signs up for new Indian Soccer League

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It has just been announced that six teams from India will be starting a new football League, primarily in the West Bengal area, and they are going to have a cricket-style auction of the some top-class veterans including the ex-Arsenal star Robert Pires. Bhaswar Goswami, the executive director of Celebrity Management Group announced that he [.

The facts show that Usmanov is the right man to lead Arsenal to success

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Arsenal's inability to hold on to Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri last summer will be repeated this year with Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alex Song all joining the exodus. This is a simple by-product of Arsenal's failure to show ambition to win trophies by investing in top class players.

Wenger – We lost because we were not good enough

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Arsene Wenger saw his team get beaten yet again by another mid-table team and proved that the squad is simply not good enough to challenge for any trophies this season, and probably not even good enough to stay in the top six. For a change the Arsenal manager couldn't even wheel out the usual excuses [.

Adam Kemp – Time for Arsenal fans to face the truth (and it will get worse)

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Optimistic Arsenal throw more points away in complacent fashion! by Adam Kemp As you are aware I have been very quiet the past couple of months as I decided to give the readers a break from my usual doom and gloom pessimism surrounding Arsenal FC. I have patiently watched our performance over the past couple [.

Arsenal fail to hold on to a lead AGAIN! What’s going on?

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In Arsenal's last four League games the Gunners have scored the first goal of the game, but only against QPR did they manage to hang on for a 1-0 and even then they didn't do it comfortably. Aganist Wolves at home you would have expected the Gunners to kick on after taking the lead in [...]

New Arsenal Left-Back Triallist Tipped For The Top

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The Oman international Saad-Al Mukhaini has arrived for a trial at Arsenal this week, and his fellow countryman Ali A Habsi believes the 24 year-old has all the qualities to become a star for the Gunners. The Wigan keeper told Sport360°: "I always said there was talent in Oman. When people start playing in the [.

Arsenal’s Abou Diaby to be out for at least another two months

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Many Arsenal fans may have already given up on ever seeing Abou Diaby in an Arsenal shirt again after his continuing series of ankle problems, which started just after he arrived at the Gunners in 2006. He was apparently close to a comeback last month but Arsene Wenger announced that he had he had had [.

Wenger – The televised fixtures are fixed and the Premier League needs a backbone

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The Arsenal v Aston Villa FA Cup tie has been moved to Sunday 29th January to accomodate the TV schedules, which has meant that Arsenal's game against Bolton the following midweek has also been moved back a day, and Arsene Wenger is not very happy with this at all! At the end of last season [...]

Lyon invite offers for Aly Cissoko

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Arsene Wenger has yet again re-iterated that he is in desperate need of a left-back that is ready to play in the Arsenal first team straight away, and the Lyon defender Aly Cissoko definitely comes into that category. The Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas said yesterday: "Possible winter departures? That doesn't mean we don't have any [.

Wenger – Arshavin is better than he looks! (Really???)

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Arsene Wenger has been talking about the latest Arsenal transfer rumours saying that Andrei Arshavin will be allowed to leave the Emirates this month, and he believes that the Russian still has a job to do for the Gunners despite a series of lacklustre performances. Wenger says that, although Arshavin seems to be lazy on [.

Wenger – I’ll congratulate Tottenham IF they win the League

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Arsene Wenger has tried very hard not to get involved with the big debate between Arsenal fans (and players) about whether Tottenham will finish above Arsenal for the first time since Wenger took over the Gunners, and he has quite rightly said that the important thing is that Arsenal finish in the Top Four, no [.

Suarez denies January move to Arsenal, but he’s coming in the summer!

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The Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez is trying hard to cloak the fact that he has signed a pre-contract with Arsenal to play at the Emirates next season, and is busy denying that he will be moving to Arsenal in January but he makes it quite clear that he will be doing his best for Anderlecht [...]

Wenger – Thierry Henry is not ready for full 90 minutes yet

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Arsene Wenger is very happy to have the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry back in the squad, and is keen for him to play against Swansea on Sunday but doesn't believe he is ready to play the whole 90 minutes yet although he is not far off. So now the Arsenal manager has to decide to [...]

Wenger – I’ll use The Ox but he needs to work on his commitment

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told the fans that they could expect to see more of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the New Year, and he fulfilled that promise by giving him an hour against Leeds this week. But although Wenger is very happy with Chamberlain's progress, he thinks that he still needs to work on his [.

Fabianski – Arsenal can still finish above Tottenham

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The Arsenal reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski has made a few remarks recently about wanting to leave the Gunners if he wasn't given more first team chances, but in a new interview it seems that he is likely to be staying at the Emirates, and he thinks that Arsenal's season is far from over. Tottenham's win [.

Kieran Gibbs: I’ll be back in 10 days – and I could still go to the Euros

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The Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is close to recovering from his latest injury problem, and he is hoping to back in the squad in just ten days time, which would be just in time for the crucial game against Man United. He feels that he is fully recovered but is now just waiting for some [...]

Arsenal’s Miquel expects January move if injuries ease

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Arsenal's fifth-choice centre-back (or sixth if you include Squillaci ahead of him) has recently been regularly drafted back into Arsene Wenger's first team due to the massive injury problems to the Arsenal defence, although he has had to play out of position on the left. The 19 year-old admitted that he thought he would be [.

Squillaci, Yennaris and Miquel to be in Arsenal’s back four against Swansea

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We all knew that things were bad regarding the injuries to the Arsenal defence, but I'm not sure that everybody knows exactly how bad it is right now. We all knew that Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson were definitely not going to be in the team, but now it's [.

Arsenal target Blackburn defender, according to Sky Sports

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There is an Arsenal transfer rumour that has appeared on Sky today saying that Arsene Wenger is considering making a bid for their centre-back Scott Dann, and it says that Blackburn are willing to listen to big money offers for the ex-Birmingham defender. A quote from Sky's article says: Arsenal are also thought to be [.

Arsenal offered Aly Cissokho for £8million

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The French international midfielder Aly Cissokho has made it clear that he wants to get away from Lyon as soon as possible, and he announced just last week that he was keen on moving to the Premier League this January. He said: "This week, I will speak with the Lyon staff. I reckon I prefer [...]

Hotshot striker confirms he has signed a pre-contract with Arsenal

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There are an avalanche of Arsenal transfer rumours around saying that the Gunners have already signed a pre-contract with the Belgian giants Anderlecht to ensure that their pursuit of the Argentinian striker Matias Suarez cannot be hijacked before the summer transfer window. A respected Argentinian football journalist Javier Perez has announced via his twitter account [.

Arshavin set for €10m return to Zenit St. Petersburg?

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There have been numerous rumours saying that Andrei Arshavin is now considered surplus to requirements at Arsenal, and the Russian captain has also made it plain that he is worried about losing his place in the national team if he doesn't play regularly for the Gunners. The Zenit technical director Igor Korneev admitted last month [.

Arsenal favourites to sign young Southampton left-back

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It has been revealed this morning that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will once again have his scouts at the Reebok Stadium tonight to watch their young Southampton left-back Luke Shaw in action in the Youth Cup against Bolton. Shaw is not legally allowed to sign professional terms with anyone until July when he reaches [.

Miquel: It was a massive result for Arsenal – but every game is tough!

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The youngster Ignasi Miquel was drafted into the makeshift Arsenal defence for the FA Cup tie against Leeds and was very pleased that they managed to keep a clean sheet despite having so many defensive injuries. Even after Coquelin was forced off with a hamstring problem and replaced by the even younger Nico Yennaris, the [.

Coquelin gets new deal at Arsenal but Luke Freeman is allowed to leave

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The versatile Arsenal midfielder/defender Francis Coquelin has been rewarded with a new extended contract at the Emirates. The 20 year-old impressed in a year-long loan at Lorient last season and his steady improvement persuaded Wenger to promote him to the fringes of the first team. Due to the massive defensive injuries at Arsenal, the French [.

Arsenal in talks for proven Premiership striker

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It seems that the recent Arsenal transfer news linking the Gunners with a move for the 26 year-old Chelsea striker/winger Salomon Kalou were completely accurate. According to many sources this morning, but originally in the Daily Mail i believe, the Ivorian international has been given special permission to return to London by his national team [.

Coquelin injury worsens Arsenal’s defensive crisis

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Things just go from bad to worse in the Arsenal back line with a never-ending litany of injuries. The Gunners had already lost Sagna, Gibbs, Jenkinson and Santos long before Christmas, and Wenger had no choice but to use all four centre-backs as cover. Then Johan Djourou got sent off at the same time as [.

Taylor: Swansea are confident ahead of Arsenal clash (and don’t believe the rumours!)

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Swansea may have only been promoted to the Premiership this summer but with half the season gone they are comfortably in mid-table and are set to host Arsenal next weekend Their success this season is mostly due to the excellent form at home in the Liberty Stadium, where they have lost just once in their [.

Wenger – Thierry Henry made scoring Arsenal’s winner look easy

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Arsene Wenger took a chance when he brought Thierry Henry back to Arsenal after five years away, but he was rewarded within ten minutes of putting Henry on the pitch against Leeds in last nights FA Cup tie. But even Wenger thought that the Gunners legend wouldn't be able to score from that position. He [.

Wenger – The FA Cup is “incomparable” to the Champions League

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Arsene Wenger thinks that the FA Cup is a very minor competition in the footballing calendar, and says that it is "compulsory" for Arsenal to reach the Champions League every year rather than win the world's most famous cup competition. "The FA Cup is something that is for enjoyment. It is a bonus that we [.

Wenger – The FA Cup is “incomparable” to the Champions League

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Arsene Wenger thinks that the FA Cup is a very minor competition in the footballing calendar, and says that it is "compulsory" for Arsenal to reach the Champions League every year rather than win the world's most famous cup competition. "The FA Cup is something that is for enjoyment. It is a bonus that we [.

Arsenal rumours Jan 9th – Visca, Arshavin, Kalou, Hulk and Demba Ba

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There are certainly a good selection of Arsenal transfer rumours around this morning, but I'm not sure how many of them are even close to being likely! There is no doubt that Arsenal need a proper backup striker for Robin Van Persie, especially with the possibility that the Dutchman could be leaving next summer.

Arsenal rumours Jan 9th – Visca, Arshavin, Kalou, Hulk and Demba Ba

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There are certainly a good selection of Arsenal transfer rumours around this morning, but I'm not sure how many of them are even close to being likely! There is no doubt that Arsenal need a proper backup striker for Robin Van Persie, especially with the possibility that the Dutchman could be leaving next summer.

Wenger – Top Four finish more important than trophies for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger came within a whisker of winning the Carling Cup last season, but he has now re-iterated that it is far more important for Arsenal to finish in the Top Four of the Premiership every season rather than win one of the domestic Cups. Wenger said: "You want your fans to be proud of [...]

Wenger – Top Four finish more important than trophies for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger came within a whisker of winning the Carling Cup last season, but he has now re-iterated that it is far more important for Arsenal to finish in the Top Four of the Premiership every season rather than win one of the domestic Cups. Wenger said: "You want your fans to be proud of [...]

Wenger admits that he will sign defender until end of season – Bridge anyone?

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Arsene Wenger has constantly admitted that he just needed a "short-term" solution to Arsenal's defensive injury problems, and he has now made it clear that he will be taking someone on until the end of the season. Wenger said: "I do not want to go for a permanent solution because we have to pay all [.

Where does Arsenal’s Thierry Henry loan deal leave Ju-Young Park?

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Arsene Wenger brought in Ju-Young Park from Monaco this summer as competition for the mis-firing Marouane Chamakh, and was convinced he would be a great addition to the Arsenal squad. Wenger said on his arrival: "We are delighted to have signed Ju. He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a [.

Henry – I can help Arsenal even if I don’t play

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The returning Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is well aware that he doesn't have the same speed that helped him become a world beater ten years ago, but he is certain he can contibute in other ways, even if he doesn't play. He said: "Right from the start, as I said, it looks more like I [...]

Wenger – Henry will play against Leeds….and AC Milan

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that Thierry Henry has not just been signed as a back up, but he will be putting him straight into the team to play Leeds, although he doesn't think he is ready to play a full 90 minutes yet. "I'm pleased to sign Henry because it [...]

Wenger: There’s not much money in the transfer market – unless you are rich!

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Arsene Wenger has been asked about whether there is any news on the Arsenal transfer front, and he again stated that he is likely to bring in a loan player (Wayne Bridge?). Wenger said: "At the moment nothing, we don't have a concrete case but we don't rule it out," "A loan defender is the [...]

Wenger: There’s not much money in the transfer market – unless you are rich!

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Arsene Wenger has been asked about whether there is any news on the Arsenal transfer front, and he again stated that he is likely to bring in a loan player (Wayne Bridge?). Wenger said: "At the moment nothing, we don't have a concrete case but we don't rule it out," "A loan defender is the [...]

Wenger: We regret losing to Fulham – We panicked!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watched the Gunners lose to Fulham last week after being 1-0 up with just six minutes to go, and as all the other top teams also dropped points over the Christmas period he was asked if it was just one of those "bad days at the office" that everyone has [...]

Wenger: We regret losing to Fulham – We panicked!

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watched the Gunners lose to Fulham last week after being 1-0 up with just six minutes to go, and as all the other top teams also dropped points over the Christmas period he was asked if it was just one of those "bad days at the office" that everyone has [...]

Arsenal close to signing Wayne Bridge?

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Arsene Wenger has made it clear that a temporary signing of a left-back is an immediate priority for Arsenal before the Gunners play their next League game against Swansea, and it seems that he could be close to signing one, according to the Metro this evening. There are three top-class left-backs on the market right [.

Arsenal offer trial to emergency left-back

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that he desperately needs a short-term loan of a left-back to get the club through January, but in one of the weirdest Arsenal transfer rumours ever it seems he has offered a trial to the Oman international Saad al-Mukhaini. The 24 year-old currently plies his trade in the Omani second division [.

Arsenal and Liverpool to rival PSG for Keisuke Honda

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger is still interested in buying the Japanese star Keisuke Honda from the Russian giants CSKA Moscow. The Russians have continually refused to let Honda break his contract up 'til now, but he now only has one year left and it is time for CSKA to cash [.

Bacary Sagna to play on with screws in his leg, and is missing a trophy!

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The Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has been out since the early-season loss to Tottenham and he has now revealed that he is close to rejoining the squad, but will only be able to come back if he leaves the screws in his leg that were put in to help his bones knit together. "I was [...]

Arsenal rumours Jan 5th – Gotze, Reus, Taiwo, Cissoko and Mannone

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There are quite a few Arsenal transfer rumours around this morning, but none of them seem to be very good news for the Gunners. To start with, Mario Gotze, who is said to be many people's idea of the perfect replacement for Cesc Fabregas, has apparently agreed to stay with Borussia Dortmund next season.

Arsenal given hope over Podolski signing

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Although Arsene Wenger has publicly declared that Arsenal are not in the market for the Cologne striker Lukas Podolski, the Arsenal rumour mill still suggests that he is making the prolific Koln striker his favoured option to replace Robin Van Persie next summer. Podolski's agent, Kon Schramm, has made it clear that he won't be [.

Arsenal’s defensive crisis – Then there were two!

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It seems to be a yearly occurence that Arsenal have a run of injuries to defenders. Last season it was the centre-backs and now it is the full-backs that have dropped like flies. On the 2nd October Bacary Sagna was lost to an ankle injury and luckily Wenger had brought in the young Carl Jenkinson [..

Patrick Vieira talks about why he doesn’t work for Arsenal

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The Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who was the captain of the famous Invincibles and scored the penalty that won Arsenal their last trophy in 2005, has been speaking about why he decided to work for Man City rather than Arsenal when he retired from playing last summer. He was generally reviled by Arsenal fans when [.

Ex-Arsenal star says: “People are sick of Wenger’s moaning”

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The ex-Arsenal and Wales striker John Hartson has one of his little outbursts and he reckons that "people" are sick of Arsene Wenger always blaming the referee when his team gets beaten. The Gunners have one of the worst disciplinary records in the Premiership this season and Wenger thinks that it purely down to the [.

Arsenal Transfer Exclusive by Phil Space!

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I have woken up this morning all ready to give you a thorough breakdown of all the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, but the first one I looked at was so laughable that I just had to write an article on it! In an "Exclusive" in the Daily Mirror, a "reporter" by the name of James [...]

Wenger blames the referee for every dropped point this season!

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Arsene Wenger saw his team go from 1-0 up with six minutes to go against Fulham, and then collapse to a 2-1 defeat with the winner coming in the second minute of added time. Johann Djourou was sent off for a second yellow 13 minutes before the end which led Wenger to bring on Sebastien [...]

Arsenal target Milan star to solve defensive crisis

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Arsene Wenger has suffered from one of his usual mid-season defensive crises which has been compounded by the injury to Thomas Vermaelen in Arsenal's 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday. He has nowmade it clear that he is looking for a left-back on loan, and today the Mail reports that his number One target is [.

Arsenal chasing young England international

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There have been numerous Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with many established stars, but there is a more believable "Exclusive" in the Mirror that says that Arsenal (and Chelsea I might add) are going to make an offer for a young English player called Nick Powell. The 17 year-old attacking midfielder is an England [.

Wenger – The Arsenal crisis is over and we still have to face the Top Four at home

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The Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is more than pleased with the way his team got over their crisis of confidence at the beginning of the season and have fought their way back into contention for the Premier League title. The Gunners are now just nine points behind the leaders at the halfway point of the [.

Wenger – Van Persie will leave if Arsenal don’t fight for title

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The record-breaking Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is refusing to talk about any contract extension at the Emirates until next summer, and up until now Wenger has merely commented that he is sure the Dutch international will re-sign in the end. But now he has revealed that Van Persie won't sign unless Arsenal show ambition, [.

Vermaelen injury leaves Wenger desperate for left-back loan deal

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It was always on the cards that Arsenal would suffer an injury to one of their centre-backs as all four have to play in every game to cover for the four injured full-backs, and it finally happened yesterday when Thomas Vermaelen suffered a calf strain during yesterday's win over Queens Park Rangers. Arsene Wenger admitted [.

Van Persie gives Arsenal fans hope of contract extension

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The talismanic Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has refused to resume his contracts talks with Arsenal until the end of the season, but when directly asked in an interview if he would give Arsenal fans what they want when they keep shouting for him to re-sign. "It is the biggest compliment I could wish for.

Podolski keen on Arsenal move?

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Reports have emerged this morning claiming that the German international striker Lukas Podolski is keen on quitting Bundesliga side FC Cologne to join Arsenal. The reports coming out of Germany further claim that the former Bayern Munich hitman has fallen out with Cologne's director of Sport, Volker Finke, according to the Mirror.

Walcott contract talks with Arsenal in jeopardy

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Everybody knows that Robin van Persie has refused to talk about his new contract at Arsenal until the end of the season, but there has been little mention of the same situation developing with Theo Walcott. Both of them will have just 12 months left on their contract in June, but it seems that negotiations [.