Arsene Wenger made quite a few changes to the Arsenal team that beat Brighton. With Arteta and Coquelin still out of contention, Wenger started with Wilshere and Ramsey as the deeper lying midfielders with Cazorla as playmaker. Vermaelen came back, and it was Koscielny who dropped to the bench rather than Mertesacker.
Arsenal have their captain back, and Thomas Vermaelen is calling for the Gunners to be clinical, as we have in the last two games. If Arsenal can get the elusive consistency they have lacked this season, then we should have no trouble clinching a top four spot.
Walcott< Giroud and Podolski will hope to run the Liverpool defence ragged and continue the great recent form.
The Arsenal keeper, Wojciech Szczesny usually has a pretty good view of the rest of the team, but he is at a loss to put his finger on why the Gunners have put in some very below par performances this season. There have been some fantastic performances as well, and the Polish international has been blown away sometimes by the quality on show during training.
Arsene Wenger could be heading for another argument with Didier Deschamps over the Arsenal player Abou Diaby. The French midfielder's injury problems are well documented, and Arsenal fans know better than anyone that Diaby could pick up another knock at any time. That is why Wenger has called for the France boss to leave Diaby out of the squad to play Germany in a friendly on February 6th.
Daniel Le Roux â€“ South Africa, 1957-1958, 5 games, 0 goals
Dan Roux, or Daniel Leow Le Roux, to use his full name, might not be as familiar to Just Arsenal readers as some of the other African stars covered in this series, but the South African will go down in history as the first star from the continent to wear the red strip of the Gunners.
With the transfer window on the verge of shutting and no business being done by Arsene, could it be he is scared to spend Arsenal's money in case he gets it wrong again? Just for a bit of fun I've picked a team of Wenger howlers, if you can add any players please do and of course I know about the good signings he has made as well.
Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal could face a Liverpool side tonight that is desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of going out of the FA cup to League 1 Oldham. The result and the performance at Boundary Park could have a negative effect on team spirit and confidence, but Brendan Rodgers will be doing everything he can to ensure that his players are galvanised into an extra effort against the Gunners tonight.
Arsenal vs Liverpool preview, predicted match line up and score line prediction. by KJ
After two wins on the bounce, many Arsenal fans are starting to feel ever so slightly comfortable with the team again and it's got a big test today against an in form Liverpool. It's all nice and good winning against the likes of West Ham and Brighton but home games against Liverpool are the ones that will decide whether we get into the top 4 or not.
We all know that transfer windows, especially in January, are an elegant and prolonged form of torture for Arsenal fans. The agony of waiting, not knowing and seeing players you thought might be heading to the Emirates joining other teams like Newcastle, QPR or that other team in North London. The transfer rumour that is occupying us at the minute is the potential signing of David Villa from Barcelona.
On Wednesday night Arsenal will face Liverpool at the Emirates, in which both teams will be looking to snatch all 3 points and improve their respective league positions. Despite both teams having extremely poor seasons, it may surprise you that a Liverpool win will bring them on level points with 6th place Arsenal, who are currently on 37 points.
The January transfer window is always a disappointment for Arsenal fans. We start the month confident that we will strengthen in key areas to help us either build on our strong position, or to help us recover our season.
A week in and still no signings, we accept that it's hard to sign top quality players in January and it's a slow process.
Is about time we get back to supporting Arsene?? by RC
As we reach the end of another tortuous January transfer window with little action, but as ever much hope, I appreciate everyone including myself feels frustrated. It is what it is to be a Gooner. Unfortunately, we live in the shadows of several billionaire bank rolled clubs whose transfer budgets exceed that of small countries!
I'm sure a few of you Arsenal fans have read the headline and are picking yourselves off the floor. I can understand that. Really. Theo, since arriving as a schoolboy from Southampton has hardly lived up to our expectations until this season.
If Arsene Wenger was thinking of doing a bit of tinkering with the Arsenal team, that is obviously his perogative (not Bobby Brown's). The one change that he should not even consider, however, is the inclusion of Olivier Giroud. With the Frenchman having scored two goals in each of his last two games, this probably will not seem like a radical idea, but that is not the only reason why Wenger must have him in the starting line up tomorrow.
I have said recently that I feel we need up to five more players to enable this Arsenal team to compete strongly with Manchester United and City, so what should we looking for? Players with a realistic chance that we could sign, so forgetting Messi and Ronaldo these are the players I would like.
Arsene Wenger was hoping that he would be able to select at least one out of Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin for Arsenal tomorrow. Liverpool come to the Emirates and the Gunners are well aware that Brendan Rodgers' team have plenty of attacking threat. Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling have lots of creativity and movement and Arsenal have not been at their best defensively this season, not by a long way.
Arsenal were one of the clubs linked with Pep Guardiola before he decided to restart his football management career in the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona boss was widely expected to come to the English Premier league, and had apparently spoken of his admiration for the Gunners and the way the club is run.
First of all, there are no official moves in the transfer market to report, no reports of bids made at all. There are, as usual, a few rumours doing the rounds. Yesterday there was a flurry of activity on some of the Arsenal websites after a story broke that Arsenal were in Barcelona for talks about the signing of their striker David Villa.
With the closure of the transfer window just over two days away, the newspapers are trying to squeeze evry drop of juice out of any rumours, and it seems as if Arsenal are involved with most of them. All the talk this morning was about 37-year old David Beckham coming to Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has stopped the speculation before it builds momentum by explaining the situation and making it clear that the former England captain will be at the Emirates only to train with the squad.
Arsenal host Liverpool in the Premier league on Wednesday, and it is yet another absolutely crucial match at the Emirates. If Liverpool win they will join the Gunners on 37 points, and if Arsenal win they will put daylight between the clubs and keep up the chase on Everton and Spurs for fourth spot.
There are reports in the Spanish media today that Arsenal have raised the stakes in their attempt to sign the Spanish international striker, David Villa, from Barcelona before the deadline on Thursday night. The idea seems to be to get the 31-year old to up the pressure on his bosses at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona have countered by starting Villa and giving him the full 90 minutes against Osasuna yesterday.
I know that lots of Arsenal fans will disagree with me when I say that Olivier Giroud is starting to grow into his role at the club and even starting to replace Robin van Persie. Some will point to games earlier in the season and chances that he has missed. As recently as the FA cup match against Swansea at the Emirates he was guilty of squandering chances, but so was Theo Walcott on the night.
Aaron Ramsey has got a new lease of life at Arsenal, and seems to have finally won over many of his doubters and started to find the form that Arsenal fans feared he had lost forever following his horror injury. The 22-year old Welsh international has had his fair share of problems, but he has shown admirable determination and resilience to overcome them.
Alisher Usmanov is the second biggest shareholder in Arsenal Football club. He first joined the club by buying the almost 15 percent stake of David Dein in 2007. Six months later his company, Red and White holdings had 29 percent of the club, one percent more would have meant he had to make a formal offer to take over.
With the exception of Coquelin, we have all our midfielders fit to face Liverpool on Wednesday. Arteta is back in full training, while Rosicky played impressively against Brighton on Saturday. I think our biggest problem in midfield is not one of talent but one of finding the right combination of players.
Arsenal will play Blackburn Rovers in the last 16 of the FA cup and, for the first time this season, it will be at the Emirates. The Gunners do not have a brilliant home record this season, having lost the same number of games (three) home and away, and winning just twice more on home turf (six) than away from the Emirates in the Premier league.
Theo Walcott scored the winner for Arsenal yesterday to beat Brighton and see the Gunners through to the last 16 of the FA cup. It was not the best performance of the season, but there were plenty of moments of true quality. When you consider that Arsene Wenger made six changes to the team, it was very encouraging to see the fluency and creativity in the game.
Does Arteta return or do we go on without him? by KJ
Arteta has been injured for about two weeks now missing crucial games against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea (which we both lost). However, we've also won games against our bogey team, Swansea as well as thrashing West Ham.
The one area in which Arsenal do seem to have plenty of players of good quality is the attacking midfield position. Tomas Rosicky made a good return yesterday and there is Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Andery Arshavin. Arteta, Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain can also do the job, so it is strange that Arsenal are reported to be interested in 20-year old Florian Thauvin from Ligue 1 Bastia, because he is an attack minded midfielder.
Andre Santos had another shocker for Arsenal yesterday, but will it be the last time we see him in an Arsenal shirt? The Brazilian left back has been poor all season, but the worst thing, for Arsenal fans, is his attitude. His passion and drive for the club are just about the opposite to that of Jack Wilshere, but Arsene Wenger has already rejected a bid for him, so he is probably going nowhere this January.
Let's take a realistic look at the January Transfer Window. To start off with, Arsenal were looking in serious need of some firepower. Some real quality players. Many players were linked with Us over the last few weeks. Some of them being Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez, Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, David Villa, Mario Gotze, Stevan Jovetic, Mats Hummels and the list goes on.
Arsenal have been linked with the West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame throughout the transfer window, and the story is now becoming like a soap opera. His manager has spoken about it in press conferences and there have been reports of ultimatums from the club about a new contract and threats from the player about speaking to the FA about his release clause.
Arsenal are having a tough season, there is no doubt about it, but the Spanish champions Real Madrid seem to be in meltdown, with rumours of cliques and warring factions in the dressing room, indiscipline on the pitch and injuries decimating the team. They are 15 points behind their great rivals Barcelona, who they also face in the semi-final of the Spanish cup.
Arsene Wenger was understandably pleased with the performance of Arsenal against Brighton today, especially the attackers and especially Olivier Giroud. The problem for Arsenal fans is that the current form of Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott is taking the pressure off Le Prof to but another forward before the transfer window closes in five days.
With no Jack Wilshere on the pitch, Olivier Giroud took up the mantle pf pressing Brighton, chasing down defenders from the first minute. The midfield and defence seemed to give the Brighton players too much space. Santos seemed to have no intention of tackling unless he had to.
Diaby made a great run early on and Giroud did well to get on the pass and link up with Chamberlain who produced a good cross.
Arsenal have not added any players to the squad, but Arsene Wenger has now allowed Emmanuel Frimpong to become the third Gunner to go on loan. The 21-year old midfielder is going to Fulham for the rest of the season after recently completing another six week spell with Charlton Athletic in the championship.
hiya all just thought i would write an article that will hopefully provide some distraction from the horrible thought of transfer deadline day looming into view with no transfer news.-.. Well no positive news.
I just wanted to talk about why the younger fans do not get treated as one and are often seen as glory supporters well not being biased or anything I thought I would make a case.
Arsenal have learned from previous situations with Robin van Persie and others and have worked hard to ensure that no players are allowed to enter the final years of their contracts. Now that the deal with Theo Walcott is complete, Bacary Sagna is the player next on the list for a renewal. The French right back has declined to agree to a new deal so far, however, and could be sold in the summer.
Arsenal will be captained by Jack Wilshere today when they travel to Brighton to face Gus Poyet's team in the fourth round of the FA cup. Thomas Vermaelen picked up a knock to his ankle during the trouncing of West Ham at the Emirates in midweek, and vice-captain Mikel Arteta is not quite ready to return to action.
Arsenal are desperate to win a trophy this season, and the FA cup is clearly the best chance of that. Today the Gunners face Brighton at the Amex Stadium, which has become something of a fortress for the Seagulls. Gus Poyet has a talented and flexible side who can play different formations and even switch during the match.
Brighton vs Arsenal preview, predicted match line up and score line prediction by KJ
The magic of the FA cup is back with a fourth round tie against Brighton away. Generally, it's always enjoyable watching the cup games with the league as tense as it is. However, Arsenal have to win against Brighton.
I am not trying to say that Arsenal would not have been better off this season if they had not sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United, although he wanted to go and may have sulked his way through the season before leaving on a free transfer. Having looked at the statistics on EPLindex.com for Arsenal's attacking and creative players this season, the results are actually pretty impressive.
This is news that will have most Arsenal fans gnashing their teeth and kicking the dog. Arsene Wenger spoke about the January transfer window today and his words seemed designed to prepare the ground for a specific number of signings this January, a nice round figure, zero. Wenger has said that Arsenal have been working hard to find players who will add to the squad, but today suggested that he has been unable to find any.
There is now less than a week to go before the January transfer window slams shut. If transfer rumours were pound notes then Arsenal would be the richest club in the world, but there are still no confirmed additions to the Arsenal team. Arsene Wenger has already suggested that most of the business will be done in the last week, so we shouldn't panic just yet.
Arsenal currently sit sixth on the EPL table, and have amassed the fewest points since Wenger assumed control of the club. Looking at the table, it is strange that Arsenal is in this position. Arsenal has a better defensive record than Manchester United.
Arsenal were linked with David Villa weeks ago, and may even have had a bid turned down by Barcelona. The Spanish giants have declared that Villa is a vital member of the squad and they need him for the rest of the season, but something is not right. Stories hit the papers that the 31-year old striker was pushing for the transfer to Arsenal, because what the club was saying was not reflected in the reality of his situation.
As the blogosphere is filled with gossip and rumour regarding transfers at the minute, I felt I would reflect on the impact of Arsenal's transfer policy in recent years. This is the first piece I have written since the start of the season when I wrote a segment entitled â€˜Moneyball', which will now, to many, seem irrelevant as the positive season I predicted is currently on the ropes.
Arsenal travel to Brighton tomorrow for the fourth round of the FA cup, and Arsene Wenger knows that the game will not be easy. The current manager of the Seagulls, Gus Poyet, has done great things for the club since joining them just over three years ago. He got them promoted from League one in his first full season and was voted manager of the year.
Arsenal may have to face Brighton away in the fourth round of the FA cup on Saturday without captain and central defender, Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian international should only miss one game at the most, but there is no need to risk him because the Gunners have an ideal replacement in Laurent Koscielny.
I think it is safe to say the the Arsenal number 12 Olivier Giroud is a player who thrives on confidence, at least when it comes to scoring goals. He definitely has the talent, in my opinion, to be a great striker for Arsenal. His physique is ideally suited to the Premier league, he works really hard and is great with his head.
Lukas Podolski has not always been an effectual player for Arsenal since joining from Cologne in the summer, but when he has been, the Gunners have been a much better side. The German gives the attack a great balance, and when he workd hard, he combines to great effect with Kieran Gibbs and helps the midfield and defence last night.
Arsenal are looking to add some attacking options in this transfer window, and the Spanish club Barcelona may be about to help by offering one of their players on loan. Unfortunately it is not the one we want, David Villa. 21-year old Isaac Cuenca plays more as a winger who cuts inside, but he has been on the sidelines for eight months.
The Arsenal board, led by Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis, tell us that they are doing the right thing when it comes to finance. The famous self sustaining model is lauded as the role model that all clubs should aspire to. Arsenal fans are reassured that the new Financial Fair Play rules will help to propel the Gunners to the pinnacle of world football while the Chelsea's and Manchester City's struggle to cope.
Arsenal 5 â€“ 1 West Ham United, this is the Arsenal we know and love! by KJ
What a win to get things back on track. I had my doubts after seeing the starting line-up. It looked very offensive and potentially dangerous but also had a soft underbelly. My fears were compounded when we conceded but we fought back valiantly and got the deserved win.
Arsenal have let Johan Djourou go out on loan to the Bundesliga club Hannover for the rest of the season, and Arsene Wenger will happily let the move become permanent. That leaves Arsenal with just three proper centre backs, bhecause I do not class Squillachi in that description. The Gunners do have some talent in the under-21s, but really need at least one more quality defender in the squad.
One of the many positions that Arsenal are looking to strengthen is the one between the goalposts. Arsene Wenger believes that Wojciech Szczesny needs another quality keeper at the club to push him and get the best out of him. Wenger thinks he is a little too comfortable in his number one role, while also worrying that the reserve keepers are not quite good enough in case Szczesny picks up another injury.
Arsenal are workinh hard to bring at least two quality players to the Emirates before the transfer window closes in just over a week. Most people seem to think that one of these will be a striker, with David Villa and Stevan Jovetic two possible transfer targets. The other is likely to be a defensive midfielder, possibly a player in the same mould as Abou Diaby.
Arsenal needed to start better than the last two games, and Ramsey and Podolski showed that the Arsenal team was fired up. The German chased down a lost cause and Ramsey flew into a full blooded challenge in the first few minutes. Collison should have been booked for a bad challenge on Wilshere, but the referee was lenient on both occasions.
Arsenal had to change things due to Arteta, Diaby and Coquelin being unavailable through injury. Arsene Wenger has decided to bring in Aaron Ramsey to play alongside Jack Wilshere as the deep lying midfielders, although both are happier going forward. Emmanuel Frimpong is on the bench, as is Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arshavin.
Olivier Giroud will be the first to admit that he struggled when he first came to Arsenal. Despite Arsene Wenger and his team mates reassuring him that he was doing well, the French striker was desperate to get his first Premier league goal. Reporters were writing about it and it was really playing on his mind, so it was a huge relief to him when he finally scored.
Arsenal are in need of a striker, of that there is no doubt, and Arsene Wenger has hinted that he is after a couple of quality players. Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina would certainly fit the bill, as the Montenegrin is one of the most highly rated strikers in Italy. Manchester City and Juventus both tried to sign him in the summer, but he decided to stay and help Fiorentina fight for the Italian title.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board have refused to take no for an answer when it comes to the transfer of David Villa from Barcelona. It seemed that the proposed move by Arsenal was off because the president and manager of the Spanish club stated that the striker was not for sale this January.
Arsenal must know, however, that the 31-year old record scorer for the national team of Spain is not happy with his position at the club and is agitating for a move.
Arsene Wenger is well respected and admired by the Arsenal players, partly for what he has done for the club over the years, and partly for the way he treats his players. Jack Wilshere spoke about this just last week, saying that the manager takes a lot of the problems on to his own shoulders. Wenger never publicly criticises individuals, even though he must be furious with them sometimes.
Back in 1978, I was taken to game at Highbury. I was only seven, so please forgive my memory but I seem to remember us losing to West Brom. Basically, I've been a fan of Arsenal for longer than I can remember. I ended up being a season ticket holder for 13 years.
Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal team lose to both Manchester City and Chelsea in the last two weeks, and now admits that the Top Three are now pulling away from the chasing pack, but remembering last years end-of-season rally, he is hopeful that the Gunners can overtake their Archrivals Tottenham for Fourth Place.
As a diehard fan of another team that Silent Stan owns (The Colorado Avalanche) know that I feel the same pain you do. I have been following the Arsenal story since he became the majority shareholder and it's nothing but unfortunate for all of you wonderful fans â€“ and unfortunately not all that surprising to me.
Tonights game is a must-win for Arsenal after losing their last two League matches, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is yet again going to have problems with picking a strong midfield. Abou Diaby has just made his comeback and I'm sure Wenger thought he was going to be "like a new signing", but he is doubtful to be playing so many games in such rapid succession.
There may be a reason why we have heard nothing about a move by Arsenal to take the powerful Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame from West Ham. The 25-year old player suspects that his current club are not playing ball and respecting the terms of his release clause. Diame is aware of interest from a number of clubs, but feels that officials at the Hammers are doing everything in their power to put off other clubs and buy time until the transfer window closes.
Arsenal vs West Ham preview, predicted line up and score line prediction by Kj
This has become a must win game for the Gunners. It's been a terrible January in the Premier league with Arsenal already losing 2 games and drawing with relegation strugglers Southampton. Tottenham are now 7 points ahead of us.
Arsene Wenger has been looking for an experienced keeper to provide competition and cover for the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny. The feeling is that the Polish international is too comfortable in his position and Wenger thinks he needs pressure to keep his performances high and encourage him to work and improve his game.
The clock is ticking for Arsenal, and there are just eight days left of the transfer window left. Arsene Wenger has stated that the club is working on bringing a couple of new players this January, and one of those could be the powerful Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, according to reports in the Independent and the Mail that claim an offer is being considered.
Arsene Wenger has been in Germany in the last few days, sparking speculation and rumours that he is about to make the first Arsenal signing of the transfer window. After Wenger ruling out any move for the 20-yeat old winger Wilfried Zaha, and Newcastle apparently on the verge of completing the transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, two mkore potential additions to the Arsenal squad have passed us by.
Arsenal fans may find this hard to believe, but Gervinho just won the first AFCON match for his country, the Ivory Coast. He was also, for me, a good contender for man of the match, along with Yaya Toure. I wonder if a good run of performances in the competition could renew his conference and give him the impetus to get his Arsenal career back on track.
Arsene Wenger has a selection problem for Arsenal with the visit of West Ham to the Emirates tomorrow. It is vital that the Gunners make the most of this game in hand to keep right up with Everton and Tottenham in the race for a top four finish. With Mikel Arteta injured, Wenger has used Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby behind Jack Wilshere in the midfield.
Theo Walcott is fully aware that Arsenal have not been at their best this season, and knows that the team face a tough battle to overtake Tottenham and Everton in the league table, but the 23-year old forward has no doubt that the players have the ability to do it, as long as they just have some self belief.
The newly signed Arsenal striker (!) Theo Walcott started his new career in fine style by scoring the only goal against Chelsea this weekend, after being caught offside about 20 times in the first half, and is very happy to have been praised by some of our opponents after the poachers goal.
Walcott also believes that he is now playing better than any other season he has had with Arsenal.
Bob recently published an article stating that Arsenal need 5 more players. Having considered our current crop of players i feel that in the short term that maybe 3 players is what we require in this transfer window to secure a Top 4 spot.
Adam Kemp â€“ Is Wenger showing early signs of dementia by allowing Spurs to catch up?
One of the most popular comments to appear is â€˜why do you always post when we lose and never when we win?' Whenever I publish an article, why on earth should I write Jekyll and Hyde articles emphasising the good and the bad?
I read with great interest this morning about the potential Arsenal transfer target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and it is encouraging news for Gooners. All the papers reported yesterday that his Ligue 1 club Montpellier had agreed a deal worth Â£6.8 million which would see him join Newcastle United. The Gunners seemed to have let another player slip away as Mbiwa was set to have a medical in the North East yesterday.
It seems as if Arsenal will not be signing Wilfried Zaha in this transfer window, leaving the path clear for Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Newspaper reports claim that United and Crystal Palace have agreed terms, but the 20-year old winger is likely to remain at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.
Arsene Wenger has moved to reassure Arsenal fans who are becoming dismayed at the lack of action from the Gunners in this transfer window. There are just nine days left for Wenger to bring some much needed additions into the Emirates as we face a tough battle to qualify for the Champions league next season.
Why Wenger can't afford to let M'Biwa go to Newcastle by KJ
As I write this article, Newcastle are apparently close to signing Montpellier captain Yanga M'Biwa for a measly Â£6.8 million. Arsenal have been in for the Frenchman since the summer and it's a massive surprise to most Arsenal fans that we aren't interested in him for such a low fee.
Depending on which reports you read, The Gunners fan and Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha, has either already met Alex Ferguson and the deal is done, or had no contact with Manchester United at all. A few days ago, United apparently offered around Â£5 million for the 20-year old winger, which was rejected outright.
Sebastian Svard â€“ Denmark (Ghana), 2000-2005, 3 games, 0 goals
Whilst many young Gunners arrive at the club with an enormous promise and buckets of potential, few are signed with reputations as burgeoning as Svard. Bought in November 2000 from FC Kobenhavn's reserve side, Kjobenhavns Boldklub, the youngster had impressed Arsene Wenger after accomplished performances for Denmark's youth teams.
If the reports coming from Spain are true, then David Villa will try to force the Spanish giants to sell him during this January transfer window, and Arsenal are the club waiting to sign him if Barcelona agrees. Despite assurances from the club president, Sandro Rosell, and the manager, Tito Vilanova, that he is a valuable member of the team, Villa does not feel that way.
Arsene Wenger gave football fans and journalists plenty of ammunition to attack Arsenal with when he said that qualifying for the Champions league was like winning a trophy. Oh, how they laughed. Well, you ask the manager of Tottenham, Liverpool or Everton which they would prefer, and if you get an honest answer they will say Champions league.
Watching another inept defensive display from his Arsenal players yesterday may have convinced Arsene Wenger that he cannot afford to wait until the summer to buy another defender. Arsenal have been linked before with the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but it did not look as if we were going to make a move for him, at least not yet.
The list of possible signings for Arsenal in the next 10 days is one name shorter today. There were rumours from Spain that Arsenal had expressed interest in taking Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, and the club and player might have been open to the transfer. That seems to be off today, however, after he got a rare start for the Spanish champions and scored two goals.
Sorry Arsenal, but rousing 2nd half performances when you are already two nil down are just not good enough. Yesterday's performance against a very average Chelsea side lacked full commitment and it is the same old players who keep under performing.
January was always going to be a crucial month for Arsenal, and it has definitely not gone according to plan so far. In the league, a draw against Southampton and defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea have left Arsenal adrift of the top four in the Premier league. After Everton's game tonight, the Gunners could find themselves six points behind Everton in fifth and seven behind Tottenham in fourth.
Chelsea 2 â€“ 1 Arsenal; a tale of two halves. by KJ
An embarrassing first half performance overshadowed an impressive second half performance. The game started with us getting a clear cut chance in the first 10 minutes. Theo managed to provide a world class curling pass to Giroud.
Back-to-back defeats against City and Chelsea have shattered whatever is left of any hope that Arsenal could challenge in the 2012/13 EPL season. Manchester United's draw at Spurs means the gap between us at the top is a massive 22 points!
In Arsene Wenger's latest press conference he spoke of Abou Diaby and how important he can be to us. However he also mentioned the fact that with a year and a half left on his contract he will have to prove his worth by maintaining his fitness.
Both teams were desperate to take an early advantage, so the first few minutes were fast and furious. Walcott played a beautiful ball through to Giroud who fired just wide. A minute later and Chelsea ere ahead through Mata. Arsene Wenger was furious because Ramires fouled Coquelin in the build up.
Arsenal follow the rule that if it isn't broke it doesn't need to be fixed, by starting with the same eleven players that gave Swansea such a torrid time in the FA cup replay on Wednesday. That means that Coquelin and Diaby will be the deepest lying midfield players and Wilshere will play further forward behind the strikers.
Tomorrow's game against Chelsea is a game, either side will need to win. Chelsea will still believe they have a chance at winning the title and would want to quickly put the 2-2 draw against Southampton behind them. Unless something truly remarkable happens, Arsenal are completely out of the title equation, however, they would want a big result after their disappointing 2-nil loss to Man City.
It's seen in every game that Arsenal lacks that aggressive factor which scares teams and puts them in their place. I don't mean tackles flying in all over the place and aggressive behaviour. I just mean we lack the edge to commit to tackles and persever in challenges, often leading to our defence opening up and a lot of the time we see the ball run past Wojiech Szczesny into the back of the Arsenal net.
Chelsea vs Arsenal preview, line up and score line prediction by KJ
It's probably the biggest London derby of the season so far in regards to the positions in the table. If we win today, we'll be 2 points off Chelsea and would be within a shout for 3rd... However, if we lose, we'll be 8 points behind Chelsea and 3rd will be all but over (this is providing we win against West Ham â€“ our game in hand).
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Arsene Wenger has jumped to the top of PSG's transfer list apparently. The super rich French club want the Arsenal manager to take over from the current coach Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, apparently, and they are ready to tempt Le Prof with a three year contract worth Â£30 million.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Ancelotti is aware that he will probably be replaced at the end of the season, even if he wins the French Ligue 1 title.
Per Mertesacker has called for the team to step up their game for today's pivotal game away to Chelsea. The German international also spoke of the defeat to Manchester City last Sunday, admitting they were scared of the English Champions. On Arsenal's performances, Mertesacker said;
"If you want to be in the top four you have to compete with Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham.
Francis Coquelin has featured infrequently for Arsenal this season, but when he has he's been a real top quality prospect that has made the fans want to see more. His most recent appearance was against Swansea in the FA Cup reply on Wednesday and he put in a solid performance, linking in well with Diaby and Wilshere.
Arsenal yesterday announced that Theo Walcott has agreed a new contract with the club. The contract is understood to be 3 and a half year deal on Â£95,000 a week with various signing on bonuses that will make him the clubs highest played player.
Arsenal will tomorrow face Chelsea in Super Sunday's 1.30pm kick off. Chelsea have released a statement saying the game will be going ahead for the time being as long as there is not much more snow but have warned those attending to allow extra time for their journey to Stamford Bridge.
Should Wilshere continue behind the striker? by Twig
Against Arsenal's bogey team Swansea Wenger played Wilshere just behind Olivier Giroud as Arsenal's main playmaker. Behind him, Wenger played Diaby and Coquelin while the ambidexterous Cazorla shifted to wide left, where he didn't do too badly.
Arsenal fans are well aware that defensive errors and lapses in concentration have been costing us badly this season. The Gunners have surprised many by actually scoring more goals than we did last season with Robin van Persie. The goals have been shared around the team and we are not such a one man team anymore, which is great.
With Swansea out of the way in the FA Cup and Theo Walcott finally signing on the best deal he could possibly squeeze out of the club, there is only our next fixture to concentrate on and any transfers that could be on the horizon.
We all have high hopes for our upcoming fixture against Chelsea this Sunday which will be a game full of attacking, high tempo football.
This transfer window is very important for Arsenal, not just for the future but more obviously for the two important fixtures in the month of March.
It is obvious our two areas of concern in our team is the commanding Viera figure in midfield and replace the striker that went to the other Manchester club in the summer, despite us scoring more goals at this stage of the season than last year.
With our core of British players that Wenger is building 'this years team of the future' around all committed to the club on long term contracts, including young Carl Jenkinson, does Bacary Sanga feature in Wenger's plans with his contract due to run out at the end of the season.
Patrick Vieira was one of the first players to be brought to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger took charge of the club back in 1996. When he left the club for Juventus nine years later, he took three Premier league winner's medals and four FA cup medals with him. He was also part of the invincibles side that went the whole of the 2003-2004 league season without losing a game.
It seems like Arsene Wenger is putting a lot of his hopes for Arsenal on the shoulders of Abou Diaby again. Despite saying that he does not want to put any pressure on the French midfielder, Wenger will probably start Diaby for the third time in a week against Chelsea tomorrow even though he has just come back from injury and could suffer a relapse at any time.
Now that Arsenal have sealed the deal with Theo Walcott, we can expect Arsene Wenger to do some business in the transfer market. There are a number of positions that need strengthening and extra cover, and one of those is between the goalposts, as Wenger wants some competition and cover for Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal Football club have announced an end to the longest running contract saga in ages. The Walcott has signed a new contract with the Gunners that is described as long term. There are no specific details about the terms of the contract on Arsenal's official website, but it is believed to be for another three and a half years.
Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea in a game that could have a huge saying on the season for both clubs. The Gunners are coming off the back of the best performance in a while, knowing that a win will put us just five points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. The Blues, on the other hand, are in a bad way.
Yesterday, the ever-reliable @GeoffArsenal exclusively revealed that Arsenal have placed a bid of Â£30 million on a mystery player that is not being revealed. The most likely reason is that it could jeopardise any deal if the media find out.
Is Walcott waiting on the transfer window before committing? By Twig
The Walcott contract saga has undergone many phases with words such as "frustrated", "scared", "cautious", "urgency", "optimistic" and "99 percent certain" being used to describe the impasse on numerous occasions.
We may never find out if Arsenal made an offer of Â£30 million to the Serie A club, Napoli, for the transfer of their Uruguayan hit man Edinson Cavani, but if we did they have turned us down. it is not surprising realyy, and was only ever going to be an opening bid. Cavani is one of the most sought after strikers in world football and has a contract with Napoli until 2016, so it would take more than Â£30 million to persuade them to sell.
Carlin Itonga â€“ England (Democratic Republic of Congo), 1999-2002, 1 game, 0 goals
They say that if you saw Itonga play for Arsenal, you are privileged. Not because of the quality of the player, but because Itonga's sole appearance for the side came during a terrific 4-0 victory over Manchester United in the League Cup in 2001.
It is surely just a matter of time before Jack Wilshere is the captain of Arsenal. Even Thomas Vermaelen probably thinks that Jack should get the job, and he will not feel bad handing over the armband, because Wilshere is already the leader in everything but name. Jack has spoken about it and revealed that he uses the Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard as a role model.
Arsenal and Theo Walcott have finally come to an agreement over the flying 23-year old's new contract. It is either signed already or will be tomorrow, so the Gunners can now focus on bringing some new quality players to the club. Arsene Wenger would not have said the deal was almost done unless he was convinced, so Arsenal can finally put the long running saga behind them and look to the future.
Jack Wilshere spent 17 months on the sidelines with injury but has got his Arsenal career firmly back on track now. His performance last night against Swansea has drawn plaudits from lots of pundits and Arsene Wenger believes he is back to how he was before his injury problems. Wenger thought it might be around March before Wilshere got his full match sharpness back, so he is delighted at how the England international is doing.
Nacer Barazite â€“ Holland (Morocco), 2007-2011, 3 games, 0 goals
A pacy, tall, creative attacking midfielder, much was expected of Nacer since the early days of his Arsenal career. His hugely prolific years as a youth player fuelled the anticipation, Barazite was set to be something special.
You have to hand it to the Arsenal boss, he is a cool customer. While journalists and Arsenal fans work themselves into a frenzy, Arsene Wenger seems almost horizontal and usually has a smile on his face during interviews and press conferences. After dropping a couple of bombs by admitting his interest in Wilfried Zaha and Edinson Cavani, Wenger has gone back to his usual self by hinting that Arsenal may leave it until the last two days before signing any new players.
Arsenal 1 â€“ 0 Swansea, it could've been so much more. by KJ
What a game this was for Arsenal. It was paramount that we won today otherwise the backlash could've been catastrophic. We started the game very strongly with Giroud having the lion's share of the chances in the opening minutes.
Arsene Wenger has opened the door for Manchester United to secure the services of Arsenal transfer target and fan of the Gunners, Wilfried Zaha. Wenger has declared that he wants to get the Theo Walcott contract situation sorted out before he makes any new signings, so Alex Ferguson is preparing to launch a bid today or tomorrow for the Crystal Palace winger.
Arsenal rumoured to have bid big for a player by Twig
According to rumours on Twitter, Arsenal have reportedly bid 30 million pounds for a player today. The story originated from the trusty GeofArsenal who has got some insider information on Arsenal correct in the past. Wenger has consistently said he would bid that much if he found the right player.
Gilles Sunu â€“ France (Togo), 2009-2011, 2 games, 0 goals
Gilles is the son of former Togolese international, midfielder Manu Sunu, and there was a time when he looked like being the next hotshot striker to emerge from the Gunners' academy, perhaps even following in the footsteps of Emmanuel Adebayor and representing both Arsenal and the Togo national side.
While Arsenal were producing some of their best football of the season to knock Swansea out of the FA cup last night, Chelsea were struggling to a draw against Southampton in front of their lowest home crowd of the season. The natives are restless at Stamford Bridge, and it has not helped their home form one little bit.
Many Arsenal fans were dismayed to hear that Arsene Wenger seems happy to allow QPR boss free reign to sign Yann M'vila from Rennes. The French international has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, and is now apparently available at a cut price Â£8 million. Wenger has obviously cooled his interest in the player, however, and the money is not really a factor.
Arsene Wenger shuffled his Arsenal pack a little bit for the visit of Swansea in the FA cup. It was a must win game, so Wenger took a bit of a gamble and played Diaby, despite his well known fitness issues. Francis Coquelin also played to give some stability in front of the defence with Arteta injured.
Arsenal have some good news before the kick-off against Swansea for this crucial FA cup replay, as Michael Laudrup will not start with our recent nemesis Michu. Laudrup has a really good chance of getting his team to Wembley with his team two up from the first leg against Chelsea. The Swansea captain and their best defender Ashley Williams will also miss out.
14 Days to show Arsenal ambition Is there any hope? BY JM
Today Arsenal start a crucial 14 day period to show ambition both on and off the field. We kick off today our first fixture of 'potentially' five fixtures which could make or break our season with a home fixture against Swansea in the FA Cup 3rd round replay.
This is a blog on a very delicate matter. On Sunday Samir Nasri the most arrogant man in football chose to take a walk with all the Arsenal supporters with another idiot Chamakh to the City game. These two guys are without a doubt two of the most vain characters in the history of the game bar Ronaldo.
There have been reports this week the Arsenal are looking to add the all action 25-year old midfielder Mohamed Diame to the Gunners squad this January, but his manager at West Ham thinks he should turn down the move. Sam Allardyce declared that Diame would not get a game at Arsenal so there would be no point in joining, which made me wonder why he was even bothering to say that if, as he claims, West Ham have had no contact with Arsene Wenger or his staff.
According to bookmakers, Arsenal are only the fifth favourites to win the FA cup this season, behind Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton. All of those teams except United are already through to the next round, so you can understand it in a way, but it shows that they are not too confident about our chances.
Latest Team News â€“ Arsenal VS Swansea Match Preview by AH
Arsenal will face Swansea City at the Emirates tomorrow for a FA Cup reply game after neither team managed to progress to the next round after 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium 2 weeks ago.
Arsenal will once again find the Welsh opponents tough and this will be our 3rd meeting of the season, with Swansea beating us 2-0 in December before the 2-2 draw in this FA Cup competition 2 weeks back.
Wenger needs to move with modern football by N21 Gooner
With no disrespect to Diame at all, I think he is talented and hard working, but this policy of trying to find underpriced talent must stop. I think its a fundamental problem for us right now, it seems to go unchallenged at the club and so we are speculating with almost every signing, hoping that we have discovered something that no one else has but at a fraction of the price.
Will Arsenal end eight-year trophy drought this season? by MG
Arsenal have two chances to win silverware this season, with Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Swansea taking on massive importance
On Saturday 21 May 2005, around 30,000 Arsenal supporters celebrated at Wembley after the Gunners won the FA Cup on penalties, although the fans couldn't have predicted this would be the last time that they won any silverware leading into 2013.
FA cup replay: Arsenal vs Swansea preview, line up prediction and score line by KJ
After the disappointing (but inevitable after Koscielny's sending off) result against Manchester City at the weekend, the boys will be looking to add a bit of positivity to what has been a very lacklustre January (both results and transfers).
Arsene Wenger has money to spend on the Arsenal squad, apparently, and he and his staff are working hard to identify and secure the right players for Arsenal. The boss will not discuss just what sort of players or positions he is thinking of, because he keeps his transfer dealings a secret as possible, but it does not look as if he will finalise any transfer until the Theo Walcott contract situation is settled.
Arsenal are involved in an intense period of games at the minute which began badly on Sunday with a demoralising defeat against Manchester City in the league. The Fa cup replay against Swansea at the Emirates tonight is possibly the most important game as it could keep us in the hunt to end the seven year trophy drought which is becoming like a monkey on our back.
Polish international goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski looks set to remain with Arsenal until the end of the season despite rumours he will be looking for a way out of the club in this January transfer window.
Fabianski hasn't been in the match day squad for a long time now, due to a supposed Ankle injury, which I always believed was a cover up to his upcoming inevitable departure from the club.
According to several sources including SkySports Arsenal are ready to open the bidding for Npower Championship and Crystal Place star Wilfried Zaha.
The 20 year old who recently made his England debut has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a while now and in the last few months he has been hanging on the edge of leaving with both Manchester United and Arsenal interested in securing the youngsters future.
Wenger has today confirmed that Andrey Arshavin will be returning to the squad to face Swansea City in tomorrow's FA Cup reply at the Emirates.
Arshavin has featured hardly at all for Arsenal this season, not even managing to make his way onto the substitutes bench for match days and many fans assumed his time at the club had ended as there was no news that he was injured or anything.
After Arsene Wenger declared that the club are ready to spend some serious money in the January transfer window, some clubs will be dreading the phone ringing as they may be about to lose one of their best players to the Gunners. One of these clubs is Celtic, the Scottish champions, and the manager Neil Lennon is going to try to persuade his Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama to sign a new contract with the club in order to keep clubs like Arsenal at bay.
Arsene Wenger is leaving it a bit late to get his transfer business done and bring in some new players that Arsenal need. He must have some players in mind, however, after promising that the club was going to spend some money, and a substantial amount at that.
Wenger was explaining the club's situation on Al-Jazeera TV, and he said that Arsenal were now over the situation we have been in for years due to the financing of the Emirates stadium, which will be music to the ears of Gooners everywhere.
The recent amount of disgruntled fans voicing their displeasure at the performances of our team, and lack of success in recent years, is now becoming a crescendo. But if you have a longer past supporting our great club, and if you are the son of a turnstile operator in the 50's, you have a more balanced view, and your expectations are reduced due to the historic nature of our club.
In the space of 8 years we have seen our club go from the edge of greatness, from consistently winning trophies every year and celebrating being arguably the best team of the world, to a team that struggles week in week out against much weaker opposition and we can now only dream of going far in competitions, let alone getting to the final and winning something.
Who are we to say 'There needs to be change at Arsenal Football Club' by JM
Arsenal Football Club and the clubs board do not know, well they certainly do not take us seriously. Are we as a fan base happy with the last seven years? Are we happy with inconsistency and our goal of finishing just top four which has now turned into a scrap to keep our heads afloat.
Ugly things are being created at the Arsenal. by Redneck Gooner
If anything over the past seven years have taught us Gooners, it's that our faith in the club has simply not been repaid. Every season we have lost more talent than we have replaced. We have only come close to winning silverware twice in that time.
Arsenal fans have been hoping that Arsene Wenger would sign a new defensive midfielder since the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona and maybe even before then. The Gunners have been linked to a number of players, both in the summer and during this January transfer window but nothing has materialised, for whatever reason.
Arsenal have received a clear signal from Birmingham City that they are willing to sell their Â£6 million rated goalkeeper Jack Butland. The midland team play Leeds United tonight in an FA cup replay, but Butland has been left out of the squad, because the club do not want any p0tential buyer to be put off because he is cup-tied.
Arsenal are having a difficult season, there are no two ways about it, but there have been some positives as well, and the team is still in the FA cup, the champions league and in the race for a top four finish. I know that a top four finish is not enough for Arsenal fans, but if we get that this year, then Wenger will have done well in a tough season and we can push on with more investment and a stronger challenge next year.
It's been a frankly terrible start to the window considering how obvious some of the gaps in our squad are. We are lacking a decent striker, a defensive midfielder, a wide midfielder/winger and possibly a second choice keeper. It's already half way through the transfer window and there's been no positive activity on our part.
There are rumours and reports that Arsenal are interested in raiding Italy for a solution to the striker problem. Arsene Wenger has already had his number one target, David Villa, ruled out by Barcelona as they want him available to them for the rest of the season. Inter Milan are probably not that keen on selling their Argentinean striker Diego Milito either, but financial constraints may force them to, and Arsenal want to bring him to the Emirates, according to the Daily Express.
The Arsenal players are understandably disappointed with the result against Manchester City yesterday, and none more so than our Belgian captain Thomas Vermaelen. The 27-year old knows that they should have defended better and they will need to start the game against Swansea much better on Wednesday to avoid a repeat of that disappointment, but he is confident that the Gunners will triumph.
Before Arsenal took on Manchester City yesterday, all the talk was of a crucial run of games in both the league and the FA cup which could really define Arsenal's season. Well it didn't get off to a very good start, and if we lose to Swansea City on Wednesday and go out of the FA cup, it could spell disaster for the club's season.
The injury to Mikel Arteta could hardly have come at a worse time for Arsenal, as the Gunners could face six games in the next three weeks. That is the amount of time that Arsene Wenger estimates that the Spaniard will be on the sidelines, but we will have to wait until next week to know for sure.
Arsene Wenger has admitted to his frustration that Arsenal left themselves too much to do to get back into the game against Man City. The players did brilliantly in the second half and were a little unlucky not to score, but the poor defending in the first half that allowed City to score two goals put the team in too difficult a position, and should have been avoided.
The contract saga with Theo Walcott seems to have gone on for ever, but right now Arsene Wenger is even more certain that the England winger will finally put pen to paper before the end of the month, but the Arsenal manager insists that there is no way that he would ever promise to make Walcott his first-choice centre-forward to clinch the deal.
1. Neither Giroud nor Walcott can lead the line Neither Giroud nor Walcott can lead the line, that's for sure. Personally, I believe buying Giroud was a mistake and I cannot see him replacing the RVP void in the long or short term. The problem with Giroud is that he has so many limitations as a player, he cannot for example beat a defender for pace to score.
Every Arsenal fan is totally aware that the Gunners have a certain list of players on the wage bill that are simply not good enough to wear the Red & White, and are extremely unlikely to even get another game for the first team ever, but worryingly, Arsene Wenger does not expect any of them to be leaving the Emirates at the moment.
Arsenal are in the process of getting all of the players secured to long term contracts. Recent situations with Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have taught the club a lesson and they do not want to get into a similar situation again. The most pressing case is that of Theo Walcott, but the Gunners want that to be the last time that a player is allowed to enter the last two years of his contract.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board are well versed in transfer dealings and the special language that is used by coaches and owners during the poker style negotiations. Last week the Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was obviously too vague in his assertion that David Villa was an important player for the Spanish club and would not be sold, because journalists have not abandoned the story.
Abou Diaby would probably not have started for Arsenal against Manchester City, in an ideal world, but Arsene Wenger is not operating in and ideal world at the minute. Far from it, in fact. Arsenal were already seriously under represented in the defensive midfield area before the injury to Mikel Arteta, so the boss rolled the dice and threw on the Frenchman in a massive game for the Gunners.
Another must win game goes begging after a dreadful team performance. by Adam Kemp
Arsenal's proud tradition of competing at the top seems to be dwindling away as so does Champions League qualification. Today was a must win game given that Everton and Spurs are in pole position to grab the only trophy associated with Arsenal of recent seasons.
I know that Arsenal should have done a lot better after going down to 10 men against Manchester City today, but the players were furious and it is hard to calm down sometimes when you feel you have been cheated. It is not the first time that the Gunners have been on the wrong side of some dubious decisions at the hands of the same referee, and I wonder if he has it in for Arsenal for some reason.
This was a vital game for Arsenal and Manchester City, and the visitors were obviously concerned about the gunners getting in to a passing rhythm and controlling the game baecause they began by pressing hard whichever Arsenal player had the ball. This meant that there was a fat pace right from the off, and there was very little time or space in midfield.
Arsene Wenger has made a few changes to the Arsenal team for the visit of Manchester City. Abou Diaby has recovered just in time, because Mikel Arteta has failed a fitness test and so the tall Frenchman starts. It could be a blessing in disguise because Diaby may be better suited to stifle the creativity of David Silva, and he can drive forward and help the attack as well.
When Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal in the summer, most fans probably expected him to be used as a centre forward. He was given the number nine shirt and had scored 44 international goals for Germany so it was a fair assumption. Arsene Wenger had other ideas, as usual, but the player and the manager are pleased with how his Arsenal career is progressing, and Wenger has hinted that he may soon get theat central role that he wants.
Arsene Wenger made the Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny his number one at Arsenal in the summer of 2011, and the 22-year old wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career. In an interview with a Polish soft porn magazine, Szczesny has spoken about his thoughts on the club and revealed that he is just a little bot out there, but one thing he would never dream of doing is going against Le Prof.
I don't think I'm just speaking for myself when I say that there is little chance that our beloved Arsenal could possibly bounce back and overtake both Manchester United and City, even if we won every game from now until the end of the season (yeah right..), but Arsene Wenger refuses to concede defeat until it is mathematically impossible and thinks a win today could be the springboard to success.
Arsenal may be a good bit away from the top of the Premier League, but Arsene Wenger still believes that the Gunners can have an impact on where the title goes this season by beating the current Champions Manchester City at the Emirates today.
Arsenal held City to a draw at the Etihad earlier in the season, and Wenger thinks this will give him team confidence to take all three points this afternoon.
All Arsenal fans were understandably upset when Arsene Wenger gave Cesc Fabregas his wish to return to Barcelona a couple of summers ago, but at least we all understood the reasons for his departure and would probably welcome our old captain back with open arms.
Well today Wenger has told of his belief that he could see Fabregas returning to the Emirates in the future, although he doesn't think it will be in the next couple of years.
The Argentinean defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal, both in this transfer window and in January, along with some other clubs. The 26-year old has played for Anderlecht since 2006 and he decided to stay at the club to help them try to progress in the champions league, but the campaign went badly and the Belgian club failed to even get into the Europa league.
It is quite an amazing statistic that the current League Champions Man City haven't won away at Arsenal for an incredible 37 years, and Arsene Wenger will be trying as hard as possible to motivate his players to carry on this unusual run.
But Pablo Zabaleta believes that records are there to be broken, but he doesn't actually sound confident that Roberto Mancini's team can actually do it!
Today's game is a must win encounter for Arsenal and their opponents Manchester City. For the Gunners, it is vital to begin a push back up the table for the top four finish that is the least that we will be satisfied with. For City, they are in danger of letting Man United get too far ahead of them in the race for the Premier league title.
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Even if Theo Walcott does not play as the central striker for Arsenal against Manchester City today, a lot of the expectation for scoring goals will be on his young shoulders. With the jury still out on whether he can make it as an out and out front man for the Gunners, people will be watching him closely today to see how he fares against the better teams in the Premier league.
There are rumours that Arsenal and Theo Walcott have agreed terms on a new contract that will keep the 23-year old at the Emirates for the next five years. Some pundits have declared that Walcott is not worth the reported Â£90,000 a week that he will receive but Arsene Wenger believes that the England international will go from strength to strength after signing his name on the new deal.
Arsene Wenger wants to add some players to his Arsenal squad, and Ivan Gazidis has indicated that there is money to spend. Nothing has happened so far in this transfer window, however, and Wenger is known to dislike the January window. He seems to be very fussy about who he brings in, and if the players he wants are not available, he does not want second choices.
Some teams might dread the visit of the reigning league champions, but the Arsenal players are looking forward to the game against Manchester City tomorrow, and believe it will be the start of a great run for the Gunners. History is on our side, but we are also playing City at the perfect time, according to Wojciech Szczesny.
It's the 11th day of the window and there's nothing really interesting to talk about with regards to incoming players at Arsenal (which is deeply worrying). As a result I wanted to discuss whether Wenger got it right with Sahin.
Nuri Sahin today joined Dortmund on loan for 18 months after terminating his loan at Liverpool 6 months early.
5 Ways to secure 3 points against Man City by Twig
The game against Man City on Sunday marks the beginning of a hectic January for Arsenal. It feels very good to know that Man City last secured a win on Arsenal soil in 1975. We have to make sure the record stays on Sunday. Additionally, Wenger feels we can still win the title, which means we need to go on a 17-game winning streak.
It seems that Negredo is being offered as a transfer by the main man from Sevilla. Jose MarÃa del Nido is in London since yesterday, and he is in contact with Arsenal, but the cost of his transfer plus a four and a half year contract request seems to suit Spurs more than us. A well built central striker at just under six feet in old money, and he certainly knows where the goal is, being top scorer for Sevilla.
The Africa Cup of Nations is upon us, placing the spotlight on the African game as well as the continent's role in the sport's history. Just Arsenal wishes to reflect this focus by presenting a series examining the relationship between Arsenal and Africa, profiling the stars of the continent who have contributed to the Gunners' past and present.
Arsene Wenger said yesterday one of the main things for Arsenal to do now was to hold on to the players we have got. After releasing Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou on loan, Wenger says he will not let anybody else leave until he has some new recruits to replace them.
I hope he does not include the Brazilian midfielder, Denilson, in that statement, because he is already on loan at Sao Paulo on Brazil and it seems that the club and the player are keen to make it permanent.
Arsene Wenger has been getting lots of criticism this season, from Arsenal fans, commentators and some, but not many, former players. He has been given a glowing reference and vote of confidence today from everybody's favourite Frenchman, Samir Nasri.
The player who is never slow to claim glory for himself, has surprised people (me at least0 by declaring that he would never have achieved success if it had not been for the tutelage of Le Prof.
The media have had a field day with the story about Arsenal ticket prices. Fans of Manchester City have failed to but almost a third of their allotted tickets for the game at the Emirates on Sunday, and much has been made of the fact that Arsenal is the most expensive club to watch in the Premier league, but the price of Â£62 is not that much more than that of other top teams.
The papers have been full of stories about the Arsenal transfer target and Gunners fan, Wilfried Zaha. Most reports have suggested that Manchester United had agreed a transfer fee with Crystal Palace and personal terms with the 20-year old winger. This was not good news for Arsenal fans who thought that we would have the advantage in negotiations because of Zaha's allegiance to the club.
Arsene Wenger has spoken again about Arsenal still being in with a chance of pushing for the Premier league title. The Frenchman is not saying that we have a good chance, but if the next run of games goes in our favour then the Gunners could be in a position to have a real go of it in the second half of the season.
Arsenal have already released a couple of players on loan deals during this transfer window, with Marouane Chamakh off to West Ham for the rest of the season and Johan Djourou joining Hannover in the German Dundesliga. There have been expectations that Squaillachi and Arshavin might also be on their way out of the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are not looking to offload any more players at the minute.
Arsenal are in danger of watching as all of the potential signings get snapped up by other Premier league clubs. I don't understand what we are waiting for. Maybe Arsene Wenger does not want to get his pants pulled down over transfer fees, but Arsenal need some players and we don't want to be left to pick over the players that other teams have left.
It appears as if Arsenal are thinking of doing to Newcastle what a number of other Premier league teams usually do to us. Newcastle United have had great success with their scouting network in recent years, especially in France, and they were apparently on the verge of making the French international striker, Loic Remy, the latest addition at St.
Alvaro Negredo opened the way for his transfer to the Premier league, and it is believed that Arsenal and their North London rivals Tottenham are the two teams most likely to take advantage. The president of his Primera Liga club, Sevilla, has been in London since yesterday, apparently speaking with officials of the clubs about the terms of the striker's transfer.
Arsenal will face Manchester City at the Emirates this Sunday, in which will probably be our toughest game of the month in this very busy schedule against the top teams, however we have a relatively fit squad, meaning the majority of our options are available to us at this point.
It's been 10 days and Arsenal have signed no one! by KJ
It's been a very frustrating season so far. Arsenal went from title contenders in the very early portion of the season (notably when we played City off the pitch at the Etihad), to barely top 4 contenders and now sit 5 points off Tottenham.
Transfer Rumour: Dutch Goalkeeper Offered To Arsenal by AH
According to reports from several European countries, Arsenal have been offered Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The former Ajax man has also been offered to London rivals Fulham FC who have also expressed an interest.
Arsene Wenger has been watching Yann M'Vila for a long time, but has never decided to bring him to Arsenal before. Reports from the French midfielder and his club, Rennes, indicate that he will probably be moving in this transfer window, so it is a case of now or never for Wenger to recruit him as a Gunner, but is he worth the risk?
The Spanish international stiker, Alvaro Negredo, could be on the way to Arsenal soon. There are sure to be other clubs interested, but Arsene Wenger is definitely in the market for a quality new front man, and has been told by Barcelona that Davis Villa will not be sold this January. The 27-year old striker currently plays for Seville in the Spanish Primera Liga, but it was revealed yesterday that he wants a move to the Premier league in England.
Why is Arsene so quiet in this Transfer Window? by AH
When it comes to the January Transfer Window, no Arsenal fan really expects much movement or key signings joining the squad, and this is because Wenger has always been stubborn when looking to buy in January. This is because he thinks there aren't many â€˜exceptional' players on the market at this time and so we often just end up getting excuses or unknown players.
With the comments Szczesny made today it made me realise we really could have the next generation of a real competitive club which is full of true supporting players who will be playing their hearts out for this club week in week out.
Reports this week have suggested that Arsene Wenger has identified the player he wants to add to the Arsenal midfield as James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic. The transfer might not be as easy as Wenger first hoped, however, as Everton may also soon be chasing the 22-year old Irish international as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, according to the Daily Star.
There have been rumours linking Arsenal with a number of strikers before and during this current transfer window, but nothing concrete has happened yet, except for Barcelona president Sandro Rosell categorically stating that they will not sell David Villa. Arsenal fans must have been slightly worried, then, when stories appeared claiming that the Gunners had focused their attention on the less than household name of Adam Szalai from the German Bundesliga side Mainz.
Carl Jenkinson is a lifelong Arsenal fan and must have been over the moon to sign a long term contract with the Gunners recently. His performances earlier in the season, before Bacary Sagna recovered from his injury lay off from a broken leg, gained plaudits from Arsenal fans and football journalists alike.
MIDFIELD NOT SOLELY TO BLAME FOR CREATIVITY PROBLEM! by NM
I have been hearing the constant banter about how the reason we haven't been creating chances is because Arteta is not a defensive midfielder, and we need Diaby back. Don't get me wrong, this DOES play a massive part in the defense and attack transition because Diaby is class, which not everybody understands, and he does his job in front of his defence equally as well as he does it behind his attackers, a true box-to-box midfielder!
The last time Stewart Robson had something positive to say about Arsenal was, nobody knows, because it was before records began. The former player seems to have a chip on his shoulder the size of the Emirates stadium, because he is never slow to comment about news coming from Arsenal and he is relentlessly negative.
Abou Diaby today made his return from injury in Arsenal's Under 21 game against West Brom. Diaby has been in out the team for years now, not because of his playing ability but because he has unfortunately been blighted by injures. Whenever Diaby plays he adds that physical presence and pushes forward with eagerness, something that we sometimes lack in games, such as the 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Today it's being reported that Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazids and Theo Walcott, as well as his representatives will sit down to have one final talk about the terms of the contract Arsenal are offering him. The club is ready to make Walcott among the highest paid players at the club with a big money contract, which could be boosted further by add-ons implemented over the years.
There have been reports linking Arsenal with a number of different keepers recently, which has led to some speculation about the future of the current number one at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish international was missed by Arsenal at the start of the season, but has been in great form since returning.
The Arsenal reserve team played the first game of the Elite group stage today behind closed doors against West Bromwich Albion. Perhaps Arsenal did not want anyone to see just how fit and ready for action some of the players are, but it does seem like Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Frimpong will be available to help the Gunners through the gruelling fixture list we are about to face.
Arsene Wenger has been hugely impressed with the way his two Spanish players have settled in at Arsenal. Both Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla have done very well since coming to the Emirates, and Wenger has spoken about the fantastic technical ability that Spanish players have drilled into them from a young age.
The problem with the attacking midfield in my opinion is not the Arteta-Wilshere axis but the other forward midfield players. When Diaby was having his little surge, hopefully soon to return in reduced games, it was not just his defensive qualities but the fact he went beyond the main strikers on surging runs that made Arsenal so dangerous.
Happy New Year, Theo. The Arsenal board have stopped messing about and will give the England international around Â£90,000 a week on a five year deal which the 23-year old could sign as early as this week. Walcott has proved his worth as a central striker to a sufficient extent to convince Arsene Wenger that he must remain a Gunner, and he will get a signing on bonus of around Â£3 million according to the Daily Mail.
Now that it seems as if Arsenal will not be able to persuade Barcelona to part with David Villa, even though he wants to leave and Arsenal are willing to pay for him, Wenger may concentrate on another Spanish forward Adrian Lopez. Arsenal are rumoured to have put in an offer for the 25-year old already, but it was a fair bot lower than his release clause of Â£15 million.
It's clear as day that Wenger needs a new central midfielder. We've only got 3 proper first team midfielders at the moment and they seem hopeless together. We've also got another extremely talented one but he's a crock, constantly stuck on the injury table.
Arsenal may have missed out on another of their transfer targets. There are reports that Manchester United are about to agree terms with Crystal Palace over the transfer of their winger Wilfried Zaha. Tottenham seem to have accepted defeat in their challenge for the England international, and the silence from Arsenal has been deafening, leaving the way clear for Alex Ferguson to complete the signing.
It is now January 8th 2013 and the transfer window has officially got underway. The gates to the overpriced and usually disruptive time of the season are open. An often overworked set of players in each team, reeling from the rigors of the Christmas and new year fixtures, are subjected to the media's speculation of grandeur and the chance for them to apparently play for the potential top four teams, causing managers to squeeze their eyes shut in prayer that their star players show some loyalty over the stupidly high wages that are presented to them at the likes of Man City and Chelski.
Don't worry Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger is not just sitting on his hands while rival teams snap up players like Demba Ba, Lewis Holtby and Daniel Sturridge. Arsenal are like a cheetah on the African savannah, lying in wait, coiled like a spring ready to pounce. Any old antelope won't do, however. We are waiting for the juiciest, most succulent prey to come along.
Should Arsenal do to Swansea what Chelsea did to Newcastle? by Twig
Transfer business is risky. You can buy an unknown player from Ecuador who will rise to be star; you can buy a player doing well in another club and he fails to impress and flops. However, one of the biggest shows of intent is when a club preys directly upon its rival and buys it's best player.
Jack Wilshere is Arsenal through and through. If you cut him he bleeds red, oh hang on so does everyone. Anyway, Jack was one of the five young players who recently committed their long term future to the Gunners, and he wants that future to be a successful one, laden with silverware. This is not a pipe dream for Wilshere, he believes that Arsenal are close to challenging regularly for trophies.
Maybe Arsenal need to employ the man from Del Monte when it comes to transfer dealings, because Arsene Wenger does not seem to want anyone. Demba Ba was too much like Olivier Giroud, apparently, and now he has turned down a cut price deal for the talented French midfield enforcer Yann M'Vila. Wenger is fluent in many languages, but he does not seem to know the words yes please in any of them.
Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona and tried to persuade them to sell David Villa this January, and the Spanish international is keen on the move, but the Barcelona president has squashed the transfer and told the media so in no uncertain terms. Sandro Rosell has made his mind up and told the Catalan radio station RAC.
Arsenal are looking for competition for Wojciech Szczesny and have been linked with a move for the five time winner of the best goalkeeper in the world, Iker Casillas. The captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team seems to have fallen out with the Special One, Jose Mourinho, who is the current manager at the Spanish champions.
What does it take to have a good run? I guess the players who made up the invincibles. Unfortunately, there will never be such a team ever again in the history of the premier league. The best a team can hope for right now is a great winning or unbeaten run spanning several games.
Almost everyone agrees that Arsenal need some more backbone at the heart of the midfield. The sale of Alex Song to Barcelona and the recurring injury problems of Abou Diaby means that there is often too much flair and not enough bite in the Gunners central area and it has cost us a few times this season.
There are two teams who are fighting over the signature of the powerful young winger, Wilfried Zaha, and Arsenal are not one of them, apparently. It had previously been a two horse race between the Gunners and Manchester United, but now Tottenham are the team hoping to seal the deal with Crystal Palace this month, if the report in the Daily Mail is correct.
Arsenal are definitely in the market for a new striker this January, and Arsene Wenger is known to like a bargain, but the Chilean international, Eduardo Vargas, will hardly set Arsenal fan's pulses racing if he is the man who comes to the Emirates to boost our goal threat. THe 23-year old has not had the impact expected since he signed for Napoli a year ago.
Arsene Wenger is going to have to play his cards sooner than he wanted because Arsenal have a serious fixture backlog. The French manager has spoken after Arsenal were forced to play a replay against Swansea in the FA cup when Danny Graham took advantage of a defensive lapse and snatched a late equalizer at the Liberty stadium.
Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla don't work together by KJ
Ever since Jack Wilshere came back from his injury, I was extremely excited to watch our technically most gifted midfield we've ever had under Wenger. I was expecting a midfield that would never lose the ball and would absolutely dominate possession.
The second half of the FA cup tie between Arsenal and Swansea City was a bit like a rollercoaster and was not good for the health of Arsenal fans watching, but it has given the Gunners a wake up call, according to the vice-captain Mikel Arteta. When Michu scored, Arsenal went into panic mode for a few minutes and could have gone two down.
Why Arsenal haven't won anything in seven years by Ix Techau
Is Arsenal going in the right direction? Since there is so much opinion on whether Wenger should go or not, I compiled some stats on Arsenal's success since Wenger took over in October 1996 compared to some of their closest rivals; Man utd; Chelsea; Liverpool.
Why Arsenal haven't won anything in seven years by Ix Techau
The plan was never to sell Henry, Pires or Vieira, instead the hope was to follow the same pattern as Man Utd did with players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. But as the long-term plan was in place, the financial benefit of selling these players would mean accelerating the reduction in debt, and that's where the first big mistake was made.
When will things ever change for the better? by Adam Kemp
Arsenal produced yet another eye scratching performance to draw against another mediocre side. Swansea has traditionally been a decent footballing league team and has definitely overachieved in recent years. Given that there are teams like Leeds, Bolton and Middlesbrough lurking outside the Premier League, Swansea must be on cloud nine!
The Xmas is over and the festive time is at full swing, but here at Arsenal we are waiting with bated breath for the transfer window to open. And after any movements it'll lead us to the coveted champion's league battles. I, as a Gunner would definitely hope that we get some much needed reinforcements this winter.
During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?
A new keeper to challenge the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny is one of the transfer targets on Arsene Wenger's January shopping list. After being linked with a number of older players, such as Pepe Reina from Liverpool, the Prof seems to have gone the other way as he is preparing a bid for the 19-year old stopper from Birmingham City, Jack Butland.
Swansea 2 â€“ 2 Arsenal, the score line flatters us by KJ
What can I say? It was another mediocre performance by the Arsenal. The players were by and large dreadful and completely lacked any creativity until we went a goal down. We were lucky to come out of the game still in the FA cup.
There has been a lot of negative talk from Arsenal fans and football pundits following the FA cup draw against Swansea yesterday, but it is not all doom and gloom. Firstly, the performance was lots better than when we played them in the league a month ago. Yes, the first half was drab, but Arsenal were the better side in the second half and should have won.
One of the biggest challenge for Wenger is which player he needs to buy in this transfer window. It is clear that several positions like the left wing, striker, defensive and maybe attacking midfield positions need to be strengthened, however, with many players playing out of position some of those deficiencies can be solved by current Arsenal players.
Arsene Wenger was reasonably pleased with the performance of his Arsenal team, but thinks that the defence made it too easy to score their second goal and that the referee, Howard Webb, made a mistake by not giving the Gunners a penalty. The boss is obviously frustrated that Arsenal now have to play an extra game in an already busy schedule.
As the season moves forward with the up and down drama that a Premier League season promises, Arsenal have struggled to find their feet and with so many notably poor performances against the less favoured sides in the league questions must be raised about the attitude of the current squad.
Arsene Wenger is under pressure to deliver and now faces a task of steadying the sinking ship that is Arsenal Football club.
There was good news and bad news for Arsenal fans before kick-off. Aaron Ramsey, who gets loads of stick from Gooners, started on the left side of midfield. Angel Rangell, Michu and Ashley Williams were rested by Swansea. It was clear that Arsenal were placing more value on the game than their opponents.
Arsenal have never gone out of the FA cup at this stage since Arsene Wenger took the reins over 16 years ago. The Arsenal players have no intention of starting now, and the words of Le Prof in the build up to this ghame will have left them in no doubt that this game is vital for the club.
Swansea have home advantage and a passionate crowd.
Arsenal are planning bids for two midfielders, if the rumours are true. Victor Wanyama from Celtic has been watched by scouts from the Gunners, and was linked with a possible transfer in the summer. Celtic are keen to hold on to the talented and powerful young player, especially as they are through to the next round of the champions league against Juventus.
Arsenal have met twice against Swansea recently and lost on both occasions (3-2 and 0-2). Swansea are on good form and have one of the most potent strikers in Michu. The player will surely be looking forward to add to the two goals he scored against us earlier in the season.
The FA cup presents virtually the only chance for Arsenal to get a trophy this season.
There will be no resting players or concentrating on the next game for Arsenal today. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players are treating the FA cup tie at Swansea today with the utmost importance. Wenger has realised that, if he wants this current team to achieve it's potential, the Gunners must win a trophy.
The Spanish forward Michu has been one of the revelations of the Premier league this season and has caught the interest of the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has praised his qualities already. Despite usually being played as an attacking midfielder or support striker, Michu has relished his forward role and responded by scoring 14 league goals already this season, two against the Gunners.
Swansea vs Arsenal (FA cup) preview, predicted line up and score line. by KJ
The magic of the FA cup has started this weekend already with an upset at Brighton. This cup means a lot to Arsenal fans. We are the second most successful club in this competition (10) only behind Manchester United in the trophy tallies (11).
Michael Laudrup is preparing his players to face Arsenal in the FA cup tomorrow, and if his words about Theo Walcott are anything to go by, Swansea will be concentrating heavily in keeping Walcott quiet. The Dane has already steered his unfancied team to the semi-finals of the Capital One cup, and will try to gun down the Gunners tomorrow.
Arsenal were expected to sign a few players in the January transfer window anyway, but they have already agreed deals with West Ham and Hannover for Chamakh and Djourou until the end of the season. With Squillachi and Arshavin also expected to leave, either permanently or on loan, Arsene Wenger has even more options and wages to play with.
Arsenal have made more room in the dressing room and freed up more wages for new players by agreeing a deal with the German Bundesliga side Hannover that will see Johan Djourouu play for them until the end of the season. Arsenal fans were probably hoping that the deal would be a permanent transfer, but if the Swiss international plays well for them it probably will become so.
There has been a lot of early activity in the transfer market already. This includes Arsenal shifting Maroane Chamakh on loan to West Ham for the rest of the season. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Djourou looks certain to join Hannover on loan and the club is doing it's best to shift Squillaci and Arshavin to free up the wages for some arrivals.
One of the low points of the season so far for Arsenal and Gooners everywhere was the 2-0 defeat by Swansea at the Emirates. It was not so much the defeat, but the manner in which Arsenal were outplayed by Michael Laudrup's team at the start of December that caused so much anger and concern amongst fans of the Gunners.
Fellow Gooners, before you start reading this, I would like to make an appeal to you. There is no doubting that Arsene Wenger has achieved great things for our club and has made us proud of our team many times in the past decade and a half. This article is not a rant, its rather a constructive criticism of Wenger's recent performances.
Every game is important for Arsenal, but when we travel to the Liberty stadium to face Swansea in the FA cup 3rd round tomorrow, Arsene Wenger will know that it could be one of the most important games of the season for the Gunners, and could determine how the second half of the campaign turns out.
There have been rumours and reports that Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona about the transfer of their 31-year old striker. Apparently Arsenal have offered around Â£14 million for the Spanish international, which should be enough to persuade the Catalan giants to sell, as they are bringing through the young players Pedro, Tello and Alexis.
There are two Spanish front men who Arsenal are actively trying to sign at the minute, apparently, and if reports are true then the Gunners have tabled offers for both of them. The strange thing, to me, is that Arsenal have only put in the bid for David Villa from Barcelona because their initial bid for Adrian Lopez was turned down by Athletico Madrid.
Sometime in 2012, Wenger sat down with his captain to persuade him to extend his contract with Arsenal. It seems that the meeting didn't go very well, and that there were fundamental issues, over which Wenger and his captain couldn't agree
RVP's infamous statement on his website, seemed to show that those differences were on how to move Arsenal forward; how to make Arsenal challenge for trophies.
Arsene Wenger is expected to bring some significant new players in to the Arsenal side during the transfer window this month. There are some key positions that need improving and covering in case of injury, and Ivan Gazidis has indicated that the Arsenal board will back Wenger to spend some decent money, although the amount is debatable.
We already know about the soon to be confirmed departure of Johan Djourou to Bundesliga side Hannover on a six month loan deal and the fact that French defender Sebastian Squillaci is on the lookout for a new club, but Arsenal could be set to let another centre back go in this transfer period.
There are quite a few Arsenal fans and pundits who are frustrated that Chelsea have signed Demba Ba from Newcastle without Arsene Wenger appearing to fight too hard to make him a Gunner. With a release clause of just Â£7.5 million, and having scored 29 Premier league goals in just 54 games for Newcastle, Ba seemed to be a bargain and Wenger admitted he rated the striker.
Arsene Wenger has been bemoaning the fact that the Arsenal fans will not accept players coming in to the club if they are not proven with other teams, although there are players out there who can do great things if you only take a chance on them. Using the example of Michu, who has done brilliantly for Swansea City this season, Wenger thinks that the Gooners would not have accepted him because of his price and reputation.
Arsenal were in pole position to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace in January, but the imminent resolution of the contract extension with Theo Walcott means that we are not so desperate for the young winger. Palace have stated that they want to keep him for the season, but are resigned to losing him in the summer, and this puts Manchester United in a good position to seal the deal and snatch a major target from under Arsenal's nose.
There are reports that the 22-year old French international Yann M'Vila may finally be making the move to the Premier league that has long been expected. The defensive midfielder was thought to be on his way to the Emirates last summer, but stories about his discipline problems off the field, compounded by his falling out with the France manager Laurent Blanc at Euro 2012 caused Arsene Wenger to have second thoughts.
There were reports last week that an agreement had been reached between Arsenal and the Turkish international Arda Turan for his transfer to the Emirates from Athletico Madrid. The 25-year old left winger had said some things to the Turkish media that now seem to have been a bit premature.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on Turan, so even if Athletico do agree to sell him, he will not necessarily be heading to North London as a Gunner.
Arshavin set to be another player to leave the Emirates by AH
If Arsenal are to buy anyone in this transfer window, it will be most dependent on who leaves the club and at the moment it seems we have a number of players who could be heading for the exit door this January and Andrei Arshavin is set to be one of them.
Will Wenger repeat the same mistake again? by Twig
When Wenger sold Song in the summer, many gunners thought he would move for a replacement defensive midfielder. However, he didn't and it seemed he made a gamble that Diaby could manage to remain fit and anchor the Arsenal midfield.
The chorus ringing of â€˜who are ya?' ringing around a stadium is the stupidest football chant man could conceive but for the Arsenal this question becomes profound. In my short life I have known Arsenal as â€˜the defensive team', â€˜the title winning team', the greatest premier league team', the 2nd best footballing team in the world, the selling team but.
Arsene Wenger is struggling to get his Arsenal team to produce some consistency in the race for a Top Four spot in the Premiership, but he insists he will not sacrifice the chance to win the FA Cup by resting his key players against Swansea this weekend.
A trip to Wales is by no means an easy way to start the competition and Wenger insists he will be taking it seriously.
The transfer window has finally opened and it's already started with a bang. Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea has signed for Liverpool whilst Demba Ba (linked with Arsenal) of Newcastle has signed for Chelsea. Now it's Arsenal's turn to step up in the window and with Walcott set to sign a new contract, Arsenal can really focus on bringing some players in.
There are worrying reports emanating from Germany that suggest Arsenal are close to missing out on the transfer of the talented young midfielder Lewis Holtby. The dynamic 22-year old played against the Gunners this season in the champions league for the German club Schalke, and was very impressive.
Johan Djourou is set to leave the club. To be honest, I think this is a shame for the club. Djourou was loyal to Arsenal having come through all the ranks and he was determined to do well for the club and take us to the next level. Djourou played an important role in the side back in the 2010-2011 season, and he was out best centre back at times.
Squillaci, well what can you say about this guy. He has been absolutely diabolical for Arsenal in my opinion. But now it seems that he is on his way out of the Emirates. Costing us a reported Â£4 million from Sevilla back in 2010, the Frenchman went on to make 39 appearances scoring 2 goals in the process.
Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players know they are in a fight for a top four place in the champions league this season. Arsenal are currently sitting in fifth place, and the two Manchester clubs look like fighting it out for top spot. Arsenal are left fighting it out with Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, West Brom, Liverpool and maybe even Stoke and Swansea for the next two qualifying places for the champions league.
The English heart, the German lungs and legs, combined with the powerful brain of the Spanish make for a â€˜body' that can be considered as perfection. The passion and pride of the English heart, the grit and aggression of the Germans, intertwined with the mind-boggling intelligence and creativity of the Spanish makes for a recipe for success.
Demba Ba has been linked with a transfer window move to Arsenal, and the 27-year old striker had said that the Gunners would be like a dream club for him to sign for. Chelsea entered the fray, however, and the Blues seem to have almost got their man, after offering Newcastle the amount of Ba's release clause.
Thomas Vermaelen was understandably disappointed with the way Arsenal played against Southampton at St. Mary's yesterday, and the Arsenal captain knows that the whole team need to improve in the next game. He is not too worried, however, because of the previous four league games, which we won should give the players plenty of belief that the Saints game was just a blip.
Arsene Wenger declared to Johan Djourou this summer that there would be a place for him in the Arsenal side this season, but the Swiss defender has realised that he will have to leave the Emirates if he is to have any chance of playing regular football. The president of the German club Hannover has told the newspaper Bild that they have been having talks about taking Djourou to the Bundesliga.
Arsenal have been looking for a dynamic midfielder, and they have been alerted to the availability of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan. The 28-year old captain of Holland has fallen out with his bosses at the Serie A club, who want him to take a pay cut on his current contract which lasts until 2015.
Woeful Gunners cannot even beat Southampton as our rivals extend the gap. by Adam Kemp
Arsenal may have won four games in a row in the Premier League however they have been far from convincing. We have ridden our luck recently and I am getting pig sick of these players failing to be consistent throughout the season.
Arsenal seemed to start well against newly-promoted Southampton yesterday but the longer the game went on the Saints looked more and more superior. Watching Arsene Wenger on the touchline you could see the dismay at his teams performance and often he just looked dejected.
After the game, he looked even more depressed as if the whole team had let him down personally and looked to be inches away from tears as he gave his unhappy after match report.
Arsene Wenger has put an end to the speculation over a possible third spell at Arsenal for the 35-year old French striker Thierry Henry. The former Gunner and goal machine has been training with the Arsenal players during the off season from his club, New York Red Bulls, in the American MLS.
The Arsenal manager had kept the possibility open, but had suggested that a another loan move at the Emirates might be one time too many for Henry.
Representatives of the 23-year old England international, Theo Walcott, will meet with officials from Arsenal today in an attempt to finally agree terms over a new long term contract for the winger who is becoming a striker. It is believed that Arsenal have acceded to his requirements, or at least compromised on their stance enough to persuade the speedy star to sign a new deal.
I'm in utter shock. After our 7-3 thrashing of Newcastle on the weekend, I was sure we'd get a solid result at St Mary's today and really put pressure on the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea. But yet again when the going got tough, we bottled it.
Southampton vs Arsenal preview, match line up and predicted score line by KJ
Arsenal finally seem to be in a rich vein of form with 4 wins in a row. It is the perfect time to face Southampton as they not only threw away a 2 goal lead in their previous match but will be missing a few key players.
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There have been reports and rumours coming from Spain and Turkey about the Athletico Madrid player Arda Turan agreeing terms with Arsenal about his transfer in January. They mat have been premature, however, as Chelsea have entered the race, apparently, and are willing to pay the full value of the release clause in the Turkish international's contract, according to the Spanish newspaper AS.
Miyaichi was promised to be something special by Wenger when we signed him to professional terms back in January 2011. Wenger said; "We're delighted that Ryo Miyaichi has joined us. He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long taken an interest in the Southampton Youth Academy, having already taken Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the South Coast club, and he has now admitted his interest in the latest young Saints star Luke Shaw.
Wenger said: "We produce some technically-gifted players but not as many as Southampton.