The Russian international and club record signing Andrey Arshavin has come to the end of his Arsenal contract and is set to go back to Russia and play for his former club Zenit St. Petersburg again. At 32-years old, Arshavin may still have a few good years to offer Zenit, although if he plays like he did at Arsenal for the last few years, he may have trouble getting a game there as well.
I don't want to alarm you, Arsenal fans, it is not like Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are injured or leaving the club, but there is a chance that they will not be ready to play for the Gunners when the Premier League season kicks off against Aston Villa on August 17th.
Because of the two Spanish players' involvement in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, which finishes tonight, Arsene Wenger is giving them an extended holiday so they can recover and be nice and fresh when they do come back, The Sun has reported.
It is official that Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson are all no longer contracted to Arsenal, now that the 30th June has been reached. Alongside these three first team squad members, several other fringe and youth players have been released, meaning not only do we now have some free squad places in both the Premier League and Champion's League squad sheets, but we have also freed up around Â£170k in wages.
It seems as if Arsenal are operating under a different set of rules to all the other Premier League clubs this summer, as Arsene Wenger seems to have been waiting for the official opening of the transfer window on July 1st, which is tomorrow. Maybe nobody told the Frenchman that signings could be sorted out before this day, maybe Wenger is wondering when the football authorities are going to punish Aston Villa, who have brought in six new players already.
Vermaelen can be the defensive midfielder Arsenal have been looking for! by Callum
Immediately when Thomas Vermaelen joined Arsenal he was an inspirational signing. I still remember watching that Everton game where we won 6-0 and he scored a header at a close angle from an in-swinging free kick from deep, all I can remember is that this was very unlike Arsenal to do this and score, and I loved it!
Former Tottenham man Ossie Ardiles has said that Gonzalo Higuain can become just as important for Arsenal as Van Persie was and he is right. Ardiles knows Higuain's game well, from the 32 international games he has played for Argentina, and from commenting on La Liga matches for Sky.
What's a more important signing, an attacking midfielder or a defensive midfielder? by KJ
As the Arsenal fans grow impatient at the lack of signings, there have been many debates on the players we need the most. Signing a striker is obviously a must. Giroud has had a decent first season but personally has proved that he isn't cut out to be the striker that will lead us to the title.
For a long time it has seemed as if it would be Gonzalo Higuain or Wayne Rooney coming to Arsenal this summer, but now that speculation has persisted around Rooney, despite the Gunner's reportedly extremely close to signing Real Madrid striker Higuain, it would seem that Wenger may be looking to pair the two up front.
Amongst reports that Wenger is on the lookout for a new Right Back, following the uncertainty of Bacary Sagna's contract situation at the club, Wenger has listed his options and it's believed that Micah Richards, Sebastien Corchia and Serge Aurier are all on the list with the latter option now being the most likely according to recent speculation.
According to unconfirmed media reports in France, Arsenal have made an official bid for Clement Grenier who seemed to be staying at Lyon a few weeks ago. Arsene Wenger apparently tabled around an Â£8 Million bid but the Lyon club president rejected it straight away.
Grenier has only one year on his contract and Lyon will have to be careful in this deal or they could face losing one of their best players for nothing.
The name of Stevan Jovetic has not been heard of a lot by Arsenal fans recently, as the transfer that seemed the most likely for the Gunners a few short weeks ago has appeared to be all but abandoned. Whether it was the high transfer fee demanded by his Serie A club Fiorentina, the personal demands of the player, or simply the fact that Arsene Wenger prefers Gonzalo Higuain, we don't know, but the Montenegrin striker could still have a big effect on the success of Arsenal's transfer dealings this summer.
With all the rumors of Higuain and Fellaini, and all the other possible transfer targets we are linked with in the past month or so, I was wondering if there is a fine line between What Fans want and What Arsenal need.
There has been a growing sense of unease among Arsenal fans recently, mainly due to the lack of any offical confirmation that the club has signed, or even agreed to sign, any new players. We were all expecting the Gunners to be doing deals left, right and centre, and the media has been full of stories about players `about to` or `very close` to a summer transfer to the Emirates.
With Arsenal being linked with almost a whole new squad every day through the summer transfer window, it is often difficult to tell which are the true stories and which are just the newspaper sellers. Coincidentally this year for Arsenal, we have taken a different approach to the transfer window and so the â€˜paper sellers' rumours are actually quite realistic.
I'm not going to mess about. I will call a spade a spade. If you don't like, I will not apologise. I've been a loyal Gooner since 1978. When the shorts were tight and the players got drunk. Does this give me any more right than you? Nah.
I'm sure this is the last thing Arsenal fans will want to hear, having been so excited and upbeat over the possibility of signing Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain. However it is now been reported by a whole host of media outlets that Higuain's pending transfer could be cancelled, with new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelloti at the helm.
Is energy a vital asset to the modern(Arsenal) midfield? by KJ
Being able to press from the midfield has become a vital aspect of modern football during this era. The best teams in Europe have been able to shut down space easily with the hard work from the midfield. Looking at the last three Champions League winners, their midfield definitely had the ability to press off the ball and were renowned for it during their CL run (excluding Chelsea).
There has been much discussion lately on whether their have been Spuds and Trolls coming on to the JustArsenal site and giving Thumbs Down to posts just for the sheer hell of it, as well as creating mayhem by insulting other commenters. So after some deliberation we have decided to make ALL our commenters register and log in with a valid email address before they can contribute to the site.
With all the Arsenal transfer rumours about at the minute, most fans are thinking more about which players will be coming in to the club, but we should not forget about the importance of stability and continuity. Arsenal have suffered greatly in recent years as Arsene Wenger has had to constantly rebuild the team following the departures of key players like Fabregas, Nasri and van Persie.
Arsenal's Johan Djourou looks pretty much certain to secure a move away from the Emirates this summer with a number of clubs lining up for the Swiss International's signature, but whether he will once again be leaving on loan or if in fact it will be a permanent deal this time around is yet to be seen.
There is probably nobody who played more times for Arsenal alongside Martin Keown than Mr. Arsenal himself, sharing all but the last two of Keown's 11 years at the club. After Adams and Bould, Keown and Adams formed the formidable centre of perhaps our best back line ever. Adams knows his game inside out, and he sees a lot of Keown in the current Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal have their own experience and problems with bringing on young talented players and finding the correct balance between keeping the first team as strong as possible, while giving enough playing chances to the promising players in the reserves so they can learn and progress. As we have seen this summer, there are always players who are released, although this does not necessarily mean they will never be good enough, because some young players just need to play regularly and they will develop into top class footballers.
Media speculations about the future of Micah Richards have been gathering momentum in the last few days. It started a few days ago and now Bayern Munich have reportedly joined the race to sign him. If we are to be believe all these stories to be true, one is left to wonder if a club closer to home should be chasing Micah Richards.
With the Rio 2014 World Cup looming on the horizon, it is only natural for the Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs to be a little disappointed to not have been selected for the two England friendlies, against Brazil and Ireland this summer. Gibbs knows, however, that the best way to be selected for your country is to be performing well for your club, and that is the only thing the 23-year will be focusing on for the foreseeable future.
The player voted for by the Arsenal fans as their Player of the Year, Santi Cazorla, is currently focusing all his attention on helping Spain to complete their set of international trophies by winning the Confederations Cup in Brazil. The midfield magician will then have a short holiday before rejoining his Arsenal team mates when all the focus will be on finally bringing some success back to the red half of North London.
I know that it is frustrating waiting for Arsenal to announce some signings. In fact the club have still not officially confirmed the transfer of the young French striker Yaya Sanogo. So we are susceptible to doubt and concern, and one particular story doing the rounds in the media at the minute is almost designed to have Gooners grinding their teeth in frustration, but it will not happen.
Lots of you/us Arsenal fans do think this way. But, first thing, do you really want to sell the player while he's on crutches and unable to walk normally, let alone play football? If nothing else, it would be a very poor financial decision â€“ I'm sure you get plenty more/bigger offers when a player can actually join the team on the pitch and not in the therapy room.
According to reports in the media today, Arsenal are still hopeful of signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. The England international is having talks with United officials and the new manager David Moyes this week, as they attempt to persuade the striker to stay in Manchester.
Until those talks are decided one way or the other, of course, the Gunners are playing a waiting game, but that is not such a bad thing, except for the impatient fans, because it gives Arsenal time to complete some other high profile transfers, such as Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini, that will help to convince Rooney that we mean business.
I have never been a big fan of Per Mertesacker, not when he played in Germany and still not now that he plays for Arsenal. I have never been impressed by his style of defending or been convinced of him because of his lack of speed and balance.
Nicklas Bendtner. The world's greatest striker in his opinion, but unfortunately for him nobody else agrees with him and despite what you say or think about him, there's absolute certainty that he is no longer welcome at the club.
Touted for a departure this summer, Bendtner seemed to be on his way out a few weeks back when it was announced by both the player himself that he was in talks with six different European clubs, whilst the reliable Sky Sports then reported he was in talks with several different clubs, all of which Arsenal had agreed fees with.
Tin Jedvaj may not be a player on every Arsenal fans lips at the moment however rumours have persisted about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's interest in the young Croatian, with the player's agent also confirming Arsenal's interest.
We have already heard about Jedvag in recent weeks and it was then reported Arsenal were looking to sign the 17 year old after attracting interest from a number of top European clubs in recent weeks after following an impressive first season.
There are reports circulating especially in Spain that as soon as Arsenal sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, the Gunners will also try to sign Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo to complete their strike force for a really strong title challenge next season.
David Villa is a player every Arsenal fan wanted in January. He seemed to be the answer to our prayers after already encountering a sluggish season, and it has been reported that we did in fact agree terms with the player, as well as a fee with Barcelona, only for manager Tito Vilanova to block the move.
Why the board need someone who is truly Arsenal By SB
As we've witnessed the stepping down of Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood recently, and the appointment of board member Sir Chips Keswick, there has been a spot made available on the board to fill the new chairman's place. For a long time, Gooners have been crying out for a member of the board to be considered Arsenal through and through.
Arsenal captain and once sung hero, Thomas Vermaelen, experienced a sharp decline in form last season as we all witnessed. In spite of his at times questionable positioning and tendency to bomb forward at inopportune moments (in his defense, at opportune moments too), he was a standout performer in his debut season, so why exactly did his form dip so low?
I think that fan favourite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be an important player next season for Arsenal, with the England star definitely needing to have a more important role at the club considering his talent.
After rising through the ranks at Southampton, Arsenal signed The Ox two seasons back in a deal worth up to Â£12 million depending on certain factors of his contract, which I'm sure Arsenal will meet, if not already.
Tony Adams may sometimes split the opinions of the Arsenal fans with some of his statements, but we all agree that he was a fantastic player for us and a strong contender for being the best centre back and captain in the club's illustrious history. So when he talks about the current Arsenal defence, we should all take note.
The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal is fairly complicated at the minute but, after last season's problems, many experts and Arsenal fans feel that Arsene Wenger will be looking to sign a new keeper this summer. But who should it be? There have been rumours linking the Gunners with all sorts of names, but I am going to stick with the two most likely candidates for the job, Julio Cesar and Pepe Reina.
It certainly seems like Arsenal are loosening the old purse strings this summer, although none of the anticipated transfers have actually been completed yet. With Ancelotti now officially the new manager of Real Madrid, the Â£22 million transfer of Gonzalo Higuain is expected to be confirmed anytime soon, while the Gunners are also ready, apparently, to meet the Â£23 million release clause for the Everton and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Gibbs' Arsenal progress could be under threat by Stefan
Ignacio Monreal was Arsenal's only signing in January 2013 and he went on to play for the rest of the season. He was credited with good performances and hailed as a good buy by everybody in the footballing world. He is a good player for Arsenal but the only concern about him I have is, will he stop the growth of Kieran Gibbs as a player?
With massive doubts over Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United, the media have reported numerous times that Arsenal are in the running for the Englishman. There is no doubt that Rooney is a world class player but he does carry a lot of baggage and I do have reservations over his motivation to play for Arsenal.
Two weeks ago Marseille declared interest in Arsenal "deadwood" winger Gervinho who has failed to win the love of Arsenal fans in his two year career at Arsenal. Most fans would happily see the back of him at this point and if they do I believe Arsenal can capitalize on a situation in Spain.
Tony Adams seems to have popped his head up in the press lately and is criticising the club which can't be helping anybody. First he had blasted the club for appointing Sir Chips Keswick as chairman and said that the club will make no progress this season and there is no chance of winning anything.
There is an interesting story for Arsenal fans concerning the Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards. If true, it could mean that the 24-year old may be for sale this summer, and I think that he is a player that would be fantastic at the Emirates.
Richards has been in talks with the Man City hierarchy over the last few days.
Arsenal have lost the race for one of their reported summer transfer targets, with Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia close to agreeing a move to Lyon according to his agent. Although not one of Arsene Wenger's main transfer targets this summer, the player seemed to be a realistic option for Arsenal should Bacary Sagna's contract situation not be sorted out.
Johan Djourou seems odds on this summer to leave Arsenal with clubs in Germany, France and Spain all keen to secure the players services for next season. The most interest comes from Germany, with both Hannover 96 and Hamburger SV both expressing an interest in Djourou, whilst some Arsenal fans seem to think that perhaps Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler will be involved in any potential deal.
It's been a few months since I last wrote an article on Just Arsenal and it's great to be back. We've recently been heavily linked with Gonzalo Higuain who according to reports has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and only needs Madrid to agree a fee with Arsenal to sanction his transfer.
Will good fixture run come too late for title challenge? by DG
Looking at next season's fixtures, it's hard not to notice our rather appealing run of games at the tail end of the season. Our last 5 games of the season include home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, and two away games at Hull and Norwich.
Gonzalo Higuain's transfer to Arsenal seems to have been imminent for some time now, however with Sky Sports finally confirming the move was gradually entering final negotiations, it's understood that not only did Arsenal officials fly out to Spain to discuss the final terms with Real Madrid, but Higuain also reportedly flew to London today to hold his Arsenal medical.
You may or may not be aware but a potential departure from Arsenal of Spanish magician Santi Cazorla has been doing the rounds in Spain over the last few days, suggesting that perhaps there is something that the English media is yet to find out about.
OK Arsenal fans, I think we can all agree that today is what they call a slow news day. However sick and tired you are about hearing only rumours about what Arsene Wenger is or is not doing in the transfer market this summer, I can promise you that I am more sick and tired of writing about it. So let's indulge ourselves shall we.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos may or may not be a name you are familiar with however he is today being linked with Arsenal, after reports suggested that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are set to give up on the pursuit of Swansea and Welsh International defender Ashley Williams.
The fact that Arsenal were serious contenders for the signature of the England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is a good sign that the club has turned a corner and will no longer rely on finding 17-year old gems from darkest Peru. The actual transfer of Rooney, however, looks to be a dead duck, because Rooney is staying at United it seems.
Although Arsenal fans are feeling a lot more comfortable than we have in recent transfer windows, there is still a lingering concern that another club will come along, put a decent offer in and waltz off with one of our best players. We seem to have seen off any interest in the Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen, but now it seems that Borussia Dortmund are sniffing around Lukas Podolski.
A recent poll of members by the Arsenal Supporters Trust showed that Arsene Wenger's popularity with the fans had rallied from an all-time low during last season. It was a particularly tough season for the Frenchman and his position actually looked in danger for the first time since he took control of the Gunners way back in 1996.
Although Arsenal were widely believed to be chasing a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window, there has been no official word from the club. Assuming that the media have some kind of insider knowledge, however, all signs pointed towards the signing of the QPR keeper Julio Cesar.
Because Cesar is currently on international duty with Brazil in the confederations Cup, I for one thought that Arsene Wenger was merely waiting until the tournament was finished to complete the formalities of the transfer, assuming that he does not pick up an injury, of course.
Ashley Williams was reported to be one of the main Arsenal transfer targets this summer, but the move is starting to look less likely, although Arsene Wenger could just be keeping his powder dry. The problem is, that there are so many conflicting rumours you can become bogged down in them, and it is impossible to tell which of them are really true.
Say what you like about Tony Adams, but nobody can doubt his love for Arsenal Football Club or suggest that he does not want what is best for it. He is one of that rare breed of one club players who would never have dreamed of playing for anyone else. I love his line about him not even looking at his new contract offers, just signing them.
There is definitely some sort of pattern with Arsenal fans and transfer rumours, which some University professor with too much time on his hands should study and publish as a survey. A working title could be, `Arsenal arsing about causes Gooners grief`. There is certainly a tendency with us to overreact to possible transfer targets.
Greek side Olympiakos are to make a bid for the Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, reportedly. Rosicky has been linked with a move to Hamburg in the last few weeks but so far the German club have failed to make an official approach for the Czech Republic captain.
I don't know how many Arsenal fans agree with me, but I feel a little bit sorry for Johan Djourou. After joining the Gunners as a promising 15-year old in 2002, his career has never really managed to take off as he would have liked. He was not happy being the fourth choice centre back, so Arsene Wenger finally relented last season and let him go on loan to Hannover in the Bundesliga.
It is being reported this morning that Arsenal have all but given up on snatching the Swansea captain Ashley Williams this summer, and have instead set their sights on a much younger alternative.
The Mirror reports that Wenger has now approached Schalke 04 for their 21 year-old Greek international defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who has been impressive in the Bundesliga for the last three years.
The reported Arsenal target Wayne Rooney is apparently due for showdown talks with his former mentor and new manager at Manchester United David Moyes. This means that the Gunners will soon know whether or not the England international is even available this summer. If he is for sale, however, then the job of signing him has just got a little bit harder, after Real Madrid have decided to join the list of suitors.
Arsenal could be set to lose yet another player listed as deadwood this summer with Vito Mannone being lined up by Sunderland as a possible replacement for Simon Mignolet.
Arsenal target Mignolet has reportedly received contact from Liverpool, as they seem to be having yet another revolution of their team, preparing ahead for next season and maybe Arsenal should start to do the same.
Just over a month ago Arsenal fans across the globe were worried. We had just secured 4th place and Champions League football was something to be happy with after a torrid season, but after the celebrations of overcoming Spurs' in the Premier League table once again, things went back to reality and we began to realise what deep trouble we could be in as a club.
Whilst Arsenal fans are getting excited with the prospect of Gonzalo Higuain's ever imminent official transfer, there have also been developments in the rumours surrounding Everton's Marouane Fellaini, and if they are true then the Gunners really have turned over a new leaf.
Today it is being reported that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are set to rekindle interest in Yann M'Vila. M'Vila was last season's biggest transfer fiasco for Arsenal after Robin Van Persie last season, with the Frenchman tipped to join the Gunners by many top European journalists, only for the defensive midfielder to stay at Rennes before linking up with Russian club Rubin Kazan in the winter transfer window.
Yesterday, The Daily Mail claimed that Arsenal was imminently about to finalize the Higuain deal and then sensationally added that Rooney might be due to follow! I decided to ignore the story until an otherwise trustworthy person on Twitter confirmed that Arsenal would STILL be interested in Rooney even if they do get Higuain!
It seems after many seasons of trying, Alisher Usmanov may have finally got through to the rest of the Arsenal board and convinced them to spend some money on the squad. We all know what I am talking about, the possible transfer of Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal had a fantastic finish to the last Premier League season, with just two draws and no defeats in the last 10 games, and boy did we need to ensure that we beat Tottenham to the Champions League as usual. The other good things about that run in was the confidence it will have instilled into the players before the next season starts, and the new and improved defensive performances.
I know that we are all getting a little frustrated at the minute, and will continue to worry until some decent Arsenal transfers are announced, but an opinion poll has showed that the fans have got faith in Arsene Wenger and his ability to fire the Gunners back to the top of the football world where we belong.
In the heat of the Arsenal transfer talk surrounding players like Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and more people seem to have missed the reports of Arsene Wenger chasing young Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj who has been approached by Roma before, but Jedvaj's club Dinamo Zagreb rejected their advances.
How can we get Wilshire and Cazorla working efficiently together in the Arsenal starting XI: by Pat Lloyd
All Arsenal fans, including myself, are highly excited at the prospect of a fruitful and practical summer for the Gunners, which will hopefully include quality additions such as the impending transfer of Higuain, along with the removal of certain players, labelled â€˜deadwoods', to help free up the wage bill to be used on players who will contribute to Arsenal more.
One of the players most likely to join Arsenal as the new defensive midfielder this summer, or so we were led to believe, was the Celtic and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama. That transfer is starting to look dead in the water, unless Arsene Wenger is planning some quick action in the next few days, because Southampton have apparently agreed a fee with the Scottish champions.
Arsenal are reportedly coming ever closer to completing the transfer of Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain in a deal worth Â£22 million, in which the player will earn between Â£115,000 and Â£130,000. However, despite the claims, Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has called on the club to table an offer for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
As anybody reading this will probably know, Gonzalo Higuain seems to be on his way to Arsenal after finally agreeing a move that has dragged on for around a month. Several of the biggest papers in the country are reporting that Arsenal have agreed to pay him wages of Â£100,000 or Â£120,000 or shockingly Â£150,000 a week.
I think that some football journalists have got too much time on their hands, while a favourite way of spending it often seems to be making up some story about Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with hundreds of players this summer, from 14-year old West Brom academy starlets, to world names like Iker Casillas and Wayne Rooney.
The Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has supposedly dismissed reports suggesting he will be on his way out this summer by stating that he is still very much in contact with Arsenal over this summer period and he is in negotiations to sign a new contract with the club.
Sagna stated; "We are still talking [about a new contract], I never said I wanted to leave the club, but there are some journalists who want to speculate as I have just one year to go.
Arsenal have always maintained a long term interest in Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay and manager Arsene Wenger could be set to rekindle his interest this summer by making first contact with the Dutch International, after hearing that the midfielder is looking at the English Premier League, after a season on loan with Schalke.
In recent years Arsenal seem to have done the majority of their summer shopping towards the end of the transfer window, most notably two years ago which saw five players sign with the club in a desperate deadline day. In fact it turns out that three out of the five signings that day have actually gone on to become good servants for the club.
With the news being reported across Europe that Arsenal have agreed terms with Gonzalo Higuian and a fee of Â£22 million with Real Madrid, it seems that a deal is very close to being finalised. Higuain will surely go straight into the Arsenal team, therefore raising the question what will happen to Olivier Giroud?
The least worrying piece of Arsenal transfer news and rumour today is the one about the possible departure of Gervinho from the Emirates. Now I am not his biggest fan, but neither am I really down on him like some fans are, but I just cannot bring myself to care one way or the other what he decides to do, if it really is his decision.
Before you start throwing yourselves out of windows, Arsenal fans, this story about FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti does not mean that Higuain will not be signing for Arsenal this summer, but it does give us some reasons for doubt. The English and Spanish media, along with bookies and betting websites, seemed convinced earlier today that Gonzalo Higuain was on the verge of completing his move to the Emirates, but Bronzetti has declared otherwise.
While Arsenal fans are getting excited at what looks like being the first big name signing of the summer, Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid, another piece of transfer news, or rumour, has hit the papers, and it is the not very good news that the transfer of Ashley Williams to the Gunners will not be going ahead after all.
Arsene Wenger as contract rebel would be really great By AondoaverK
Hey! Who in England knows anything about Arsene Wenger's contract talks situation? For us abroad, his situation has become something of the big elephant in the North London room. In my mind, he has become something of a contract rebel.
I know that some Arsenal fans still think that Nicklas Bendtner has got something to offer, but it is just never going to happen, at least not with us. After loan spells to Sunderland and Juventus failed to earn the Denmark international a transfer away from the Emirates, for one reason or another, it was starting to look like the Gunners would be forced to keep paying his wages until his contract ran out.
Arsenal's young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell has finally got clearance to live and play football in England and by the looks of things he will be playing Premier League football next season, not with Arsenal but with newly promoted Crystal Palace.
Campbell was signed by Arsene Wenger in 2011 but was unable to obtain a work permit and was sent out on loan around Europe until he was able to obtain one.
I do not think that there is any doubt whatsoever that Arsenal fans, players and staff would all agree that Robert Lewandowski would be a fantastic signing for the club this summer. However, with clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid supposedly interested in the striker, it seems more like a dream than a possibility.
There is no way that Arsenal will sell the France international centre back Laurent Koscielny if they do not want to, because the 27-year old was tied down to a new long term contract last summer that keeps him at the Emirates for another four years.
That does not seem to have put off some of Europe's top clubs though.
Well the good news is that, apparently, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with the Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, but the bad news is that the Gunners are still waiting fro the Spanish giants to sort out the mess left by the departing Jose Mourinho before the transfer can be completed.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be about to make a move for Levante's young rising star Ruben Garcia. Garcia is aged 19 and has broken into the Levante first team this season and became an important player and has been hailed as one for the future.
Another Arsenal target looks set to give Arsene Wenger the slip, leaving the Gunners with a grand total of zero new players so far. The fixture list is out and the clock is ticking, so your average Arsenal fan is starting to feel a build up of tension that could lead to outbreaks of rage and hysteria if someone does not sign for the club soon.
If the rumours are true, then Arsenal have all but agreed the personal terms and transfer fees with Gonzalo Higuain and Real Madrid, so what is the hold up? The Gunners have apparently seen off Juventus, who wanted to pay the Spanish giants something like Â£2.50 a week for the next 100 years, but there is a hold up.
There have been a few worrying reports in the media so far this summer, but it seems like we can all relax and breathe a bit easier, after learning that the two players who looked the most likely to leave the club were both going to stay.
With Bacary Sagna, it may only be for one more year, because his current contract with Arsenal is due to expire next summer.
It was not long ago that Arsenal fans were expecting the announcement of the first big signing of the summer, and all the smart money was on that signing being Stevan Jovetic, of Fiorentina and the Montenegro national side. We heard from agents who said that terms were agreed, but then Juventus entered the frame, while Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney emerged as alternative targets and now it seems like the Jovetic transfer has collapsed.
There seems to be a fairly even split between the Arsenal fans about which of the two main transfer targets should be signed by Arsene Wenger this summer. Assuming that Arsene Wenger has not undergone a complete personality change, the Gunners will not be buying both Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain in this transfer window, but it is looking more likely that one of them will soon be a Gunner.
Of all the thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours that have appeared since the end of the season, surely this is the biggest bombshell we have seen yet. We all know that Arsene Wenger's current contract ends at the end of the coming season and the Frenchman has always insisted that he has and will always honour his contract with the club, but that doesn't mean that he can't make plans for when it finally ends.
On the basis of players potentially joining the club, I often see fans being quite pessimistic in my opinion and state that we don't need to sign one player because we already have a player for that position. Some fans also take the Arsene Wenger approach and say that by purchasing a certain player will "kill off" another.
The Premier League fixture list is out today and so Arsenal fans can take a look and see what is coming. It has been talked about a lot, but this coming season really is shaping up to be a watershed one, with Arsene Wenger being the only manager still in place out of the top four clubs.
There is a feeling that the Frenchman could go the same way as Ferguson, Mancini and Benitez if there is no significant improvement in the fortunes of Arsenal this season, but there is also quite a lot of optimism from fans and players that we can follow on from our brilliant finish to last season and really challenge for the title.
Arsenal have been linked with Luis Nani before, and it seems that the Portuguese international winger will be leaving his current club Manchester United this summer. There is interest from other clubs, most notably the Turkish champions Galatasaray, and it is through them that we have learned that United are only looking for a transfer fee of around Â£8 million, so should Arsenal be trying to bring him to the Emirates?
Arsene Wenger is apparently considering a transfer move to sign a fourth Spanish player for Arsenal this summer. There seems to be a conveyor belt of talent coming from Spain at the minute, and the three Spaniards that the Gunners have signed in recent years have certainly not let the manager down.
I know that we always say that no transfer rumour can really be fully believed until Arsenal make an official announcement, I am stopping short of saying that the Gunners have completed the first signing in what we hope to be a busy summer transfer window, but Yaya Sanogo has said himself that he is coming to Arsenal, and he should know.
It is well known that Arsenal are a little more conservative in their spending than their European and English rivals. In the past that worked for Arsene Wenger as he managed to build a team full of young stars like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira but in the past few seasons this style of spending has caused the club to receive a massive amount of criticism and has led the club to be targeting fourth place every season rather than challenging for the title.
Should want-away players be left in the reserves? by Dave
It's a topic that divides opinions and unfortunately it is something that we Arsenal fans are all too familiar with, but when a player states that he wants to leave in an attempt to force a deal through, what should the club do with him?
Should Arsenal demand Fabregas in return for Koscielny? by FD
We all knew it was too good to be true. Just when it was shaping up to be a summer free from worry over losing a star player, reports are getting stronger about two top European clubs eyeing up a formal bid for Arsenal's centre back Laurent Koscielny.
Transfer periods at the Emirates are always interesting times. Probably there is no club that gets linked with as many players each season as Arsenal. This window, as per usual, a lot of names have been linked with Arsenal. It appears Arsenal have been on Stevan Jovetic's case for some time but have been put off by Fiorentina's asking price.
The latest player to be linked with a move to Arsenal is France and Lille winger Dimitri Payet who has been chased by Arsene Wenger before. This could just be another rumour without foundation because of the sheer number of players linked with Arsenal already this summer and Payet may not be the best player to raise the title hopes at Arsenal .
The possibility of Arsenal losing French International Laurent Koscielny didn't look very likely with the club clearly putting their foot down and stating that they didn't need to sell this summer, however recent reports continue to link Koscielny with a move away from the Emirates.
After years of losing out on transfer targets to clubs who are ready and willing to splash the cash, Arsenal are in very unfamiliar territory. The boot, as they say, is on the other foot, and it is the Italian champions Juventus who are about to get kicked.
It seems bizarre that a club like Juventus, having won the Serie A title for the last two seasons, is scrabbling around for the money to sign good players, but that's what we have been doing for years.
Arsene Wenger has his own clear football philosophy and, since taking over as the Arsenal manager nearly 20 years ago, he has gradually moulded the Gunners into the team we see now. In recent years, of course, his model has had to be rebuilt regularly due to the loss of key players such as Cesc Fabregas, through no fault of his own, but he is trying to achieve perfection.
What will this year's Emirates Cup bring? by Dave G
General admission tickets to the 2013 Emirates Cup went on sale yesterday, and we can all now look forward to the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, when Porto, Napoli and Galatasaray will visit Arsenal for our pre-season mini-cup. The Emirates Cup has previously hosted such teams as Real Madrid, Milan and Atletico Madrid, but many casual fans might not be aware of the kind of talent that we can expect to see this year.
It is the thing that has caused the most anger and disappointment to the Arsenal fans in recent years, but we believed those days were over. The Gooners have sort of understood that the club were not spending money in the transfer market, while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City were throwing cash around like confetti at a wedding, but the sale of our best players, especially to our direct Premier League rivals has really hurt us.
Last night the 2013 Confederations Cup kicked off in Brazil with an entertaining match between the hosts Brazil and Asian Cup champions Japan. One of the stars of the Japanese team is Keisuke Honda who will be known to many people across Europe from his time playing for CSKA Moscow which incidentally has just ended, and I think he could do well at Arsenal.
Having been inundated with transfer rumours for the last few weeks about Gonzalo Higuain coming to Arsenal I have been a bit reluctant on bringing up the subject again, but now, according to every media source and their dog, The deal is just about done and dusted for the massive figure (for Arsenal) of Â£25.
I understand the frustration and concern of the large number of Arsenal fans who expected Arsene Wenger to have perhaps signed a couple of good players by now, but I have faith that the Frenchman knows what he is doing and will do his very best for Arsenal Football Club, not necessarily the profit and loss statements.
There have been so many rumours about Arsenal and which players are being targeted by Arsene Wenger this summer, a lot of Arsenal fans are completely baffled about what is really going on. The only thing we seem to be able to agree on is that Wenger needs to get his finger out and start signing some quality before the best players are all snapped up.
Ashley Williams made himself a firm favourite with the Arsenal fans last season when he booted the ball into the head of the Dutch deserter Robin van Persie. That incident also led to one of the most proposterous statements ever made by Ol' Purple nose himself, when he said van Persie could have been killed.
You may or may not be aware that Arsenal star and England International Jack Wilshere underwent surgery in an attempt to fix his persistent ankle injures which have blighted his career over the last two seasons. The operation last month was to replace some of the screws put into his ankle when he first injured it two years ago.
How much can the existing Arsenal players improve next season? by Frank
Whilst it's exciting to speculate on which top, top, top players are being lined up for a summer move to the Emirates, the other side of the equation is to consider how much room for improvement there is within the current Arsenal squad.
Borussia Monchengladbach, who were thought to be the front runners to sign Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal this summer, have said that they are not interested in him and they do not know where the stories have come from in the media.
Arsenal could be stuck with Bendtner again by Stefan
Bendtner claimed the other day that he was in talks with "five or six" clubs for his signature and Gladbach were one of them and the favourites to sign him.
Next season could be a turning point at Arsenal if the club is once again battling for the final Champions League spot. This time they may not be so lucky and Tottenham may just pip them to the place with a few well thought out transfers this season.
The young Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to contribute a lot more next season and help the Gunners to end the long trophy drought that is really starting to become an issue for fans and players alike. The talented 19-year old is not a striker, but he knows that his Arsenal return of just two goals last season was well below par for him and he knows he can do a lot better.
The transfer of Julio Cesar to Arsenal was almost a done deal in the media just a week or two ago. His current club QPR accepted that he would leave and he was not going to cost all that much, so it should have been done and dusted by now, but no deal has been announced and there is an eerie silence coming from the media.
I am sure a lot of Arsenal fans are beginning to get a bit excited with the rising Wayne Rooney rumours and the news quoted by several sources of information that Manchester United have granted Arsenal permission to talk with the England International striker.
Its been said repeatedly that Arsenal lacks experience. We pride ourselves on the young talent we produce but year after year we have seen that it is not enough to win trophies. Arsene wenger has also said over and over in post match conferences that the team lacks personality at the moment.
Olivier Giroud may be waiting with a touch of trepidation to see which new players are signed for Arsenal this summer, but the French striker is fully aware of how important the season coming up is for him, for Arsenal and for his national side France. If things go according to his plans, it will be a fantastic year for all three.
I really like the look of the Arsenal pre-season, because the way the Gunners fire at the start of next season could have a massive say as to whether we are still in the Premier League title race when it starts to get down to the wire. A bad start for Arsenal would not necessarily be a total disaster, because we always seem to get stronger as the season wears on, but we will have missed a great opportunity to throw down a marker to our rivals.
Gervinho is a player that divides the fans of Arsenal Football Club. Some recognise his talent, whilst some (in fact the majority) see him as absolute rubbish, as a nice way of putting it. But the Ivorian may not be around with Arsenal for much longer, with Ligue 1 club Marseille stepping up their interest.
The latest youngster to be linked with a move to Arsenal is the Guingamp holding midfielder Gilbert Imbula. Imbula has been on Arsene Wenger's radar for a while as well as many other top clubs, but Guingamp value him at around Â£8 Million which is a little bit too much for a player that hasn't really been heard of by football fans in Europe and is currently in the French second division.
Arsene Wenger;s job has become a little bit easier, as he looks for some `top, top` players to sign for Arsenal this summer. Assuming there is some small element of truth in the media transfer rumours surrounding the Gunners, Wenger has a long list of targets for certain positions that need strengthening, and one of the names on one of those lists has just crossed himself off it.
It was not long ago that Freddie Ljungberg was suggesting that Arsenal should not really have been celebrating so hard after beating Newcastle United on the final day of the season. He was not the only person to suggest that fourth place is no reason to celebrate, for a team with the history of Arsenal at least.
Everybody reading this will probably know that Arsenal have been linked with just about every player in Europe in the last month including players like Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Lewandowski, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and many more.
Rarely does there seem to be mutual feelings at the club between players and the fans, but the Arsenal left back Andre Santos has stated his disappointment in having to return to Arsenal. Surely this means he will be gone this summer no matter what because I firmly believe the club wanted to sell him before hand, but they will definitely look to let him go after hearing that he no longer wants to stay at the club.
The official club website confirmed yesterday that Peter Hill-Wood would step down as the chairman of Arsenal Football Club, ending the three generations of the position at Arsenal. Reports in recent days had suggested Hill-Wood would look to step down, but I believe it has been in the thought for some time since Peter Hill-Wood's health unfortunately declined in recent months.
How Arsenal players can salvage England's pride by FD
So the feverish transfer speculation concerning who'll be coming to join Arsenal this summer has abated for the time being. If you believe the reports, it's because all the Arsenal medical and backroom staff have gone away on holiday.
Francis Coquelin is a popular figure amongst Arsenal fans, however I'm not entirely sure why. Some like him for his talent, as he will surely be a future star, whilst some like him for his character. What is certain though is that very few Arsenal fans want the talented Frenchman to leave the club this summer; however this seems to becoming a very likely scenario.
Although it seemed pretty clear that Arsene Wenger wanted to sign David Villa for Arsenal back in the January transfer window, there is not a lot of speculation linking the Spanish international striker with a move to the Emirates this summer. Instead, it was widely believed that our North London rivals Tottenham were in pole position to sign the 31-year old from Barcelona.
Moneyball (2011), as some of you might know, is a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt based upon the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players (Courtesy IMDB).
Arsenal and French International striker Olivier Giroud has joined his Arsenal teammates in calling for the club to show more ambition next year and aim for the Barclays Premier League title.
Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey have already confirmed that it is always in Arsenal's best interests to aim for the title each year; however they both admit that they always fall during the course of the season.
Most of us have been expecting some sort of change to the Arsenal goalkeeping situation this summer. There have been transfer rumours linking the club to a vast array of possible transfer targets, while the media have speculated about whether Wojciech Szczesny might leave if he feels that his first team place is being threatened.
As all Arsenal fans will know, the club are currently chasing Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain to bring some firepower to the club that Olivier Giroud failed to provide last season. Most fans are happy at the prospect of Higuain playing for the club and they should be because he is a good striker who can score 30 goals a season when he gets regular game time but this article is not about him.
As somebody famous(Brian Clough maybe?) once said, football is not played on paper it is played on grass, but statistics are widely used now in all aspects of the game. I am sure that Arsene Wenger has reams of stats about his Arsenal players, because they do give a good idea of what is going on and how a player is performing.
Arsenal target Younes Belhanda may be closer to a move to North London after Montpellier club president Louis Nicollin admitted that the Ligue 1 club have received offers from both English and German clubs for the Moroccan international.
Exactly which club in North London is unclear though as both Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in him, but Tottenham were though to be the closest to making a move.
One has to decide whether to come to Arsenal, while the other has to decide which, if any, club to leave Arsenal for, and both decisions are expected in the next couple of weeks. Nicklas Bendtner could be set to finally give up his Arsenal wages and move to a club where he will get to play regularly, while Grenier will discover the answer to a few questions from his current club before deciding what to do with his future.
The media is far too influential on transfers in football. Every single day there seems to be a new big Arsenal rumour in football, let alone JustArsenal, but for some reasons it does seem as if it is always the Gunners who have a new transfer target every day.
Who is coming in? How much? Is he world class and proven? Those are the main questions on the lips of every Arsenal's fan since the end of the season. Wenger is well known to be a manager who likes to build a team by taking undeveloped future players.
Where Arsenal is and what to expect next season By Mutihaha
Silly season is upon us again and the Arsenal rumours are already in full swing. As usual you initially jump onto every rumour that comes along with joyful expectation. This is until the whole fiasco gradually wears you out and anxiety and frustration slowly begin to creep in, a place many of us might find ourselves in at the moment.
Arsenal's hopes of signing Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain may rest on the Spanish giants being able to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool. Arsenal have been chasing Higuain for several weeks and have come very close to signing him with bids and enquiries and even a meeting in Paris with Arsene Wenger and the striker's father.
Arsenal must dig deep in the transfer window by AK
Arsenal should dig deep off the pitch and the time is now, in the transfer market. We all know about that extra effort, the extra skill, and the extra energy that wins tough games. It always sounds good to say after the match that â€˜we had to dig deep' especially if the team is losing or drawing a match they need to win.
All the Arsenal transfer news in the papers this morning are reporting that Arsene Wenger is in negotiations with Everton for the crazy Belgian Marouane Fellaini, but is so far refusing to match the Â£23m release clause which would allow him to move to a Champions League club.
Some people have been erroneously reporting that Fellaini has already agreed a four-year deal with the Gunners, but any personal agreement will come to nothing if a price cannot be agreed with the Toffees.
One of JustArsenal's regular readers "mr lean" suggested yesterday that we should start a thread of Tottenham jokes to help us through the tedious months of the unending transfer window. I think this is an excellent idea, and I reckon we could have a few thousand by the time the season starts!
I wanted to brake away from the daily guessing games of who we are going to sign this summer. Not that I have a problem with the speculation because that is the name of the game for fans all over Europe at this time of year, but Arsenal fans still need to know that the club is moving forward.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans are starting to get anxious about the lack of firm action in the transfer market so far this summer. With lots of teams with lots of money all competing for a limited number of quality players, however, transfers are not as easily completed as we think. I share the frustration, but also feel that Arsene Wenger and his staff will be doing everything possible to make the Gunners able to fight for top honours once the season begins.
There is a monkey on the back of the current Arsenal team and it has been there for eight years now. I am, of course, talking about the trophy drought, which is really starting to bug the fans, especially as the English media cannot wait to bring it up at the drop of the hat. Remember Carl Jenkinson's post-match interview following the fantastic victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena?
Arsenal have been alerted by AC Milan's confession that they would be open to letting young star Stephan El Shaaraway leave the club for the right money. The comments were provoked by Manchester City's interest in him but Arsene Wenger will be keeping a close eye on proceedings and may make a cheeky bid if a deal doesn't work out with City.
From a footballing perspective, the summer is a long, drawn out affair that saps your energy and leaves you desperate for the new season to start again. Fans of some clubs can often break up the mediocrity and dullness by getting overly excited about some shiny brand new signing.
There have been some rumours linking Arsenal with a possible move for the Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani. No official moves have been made, and maybe Arsene Wenger has gone off the idea or maybe he is keeping his targets as secret as possible. If he is still interested in Nani, however, there is some good news for the Frenchman today.
There has been a lot of talk about what Ivan Gazidis said in the meeting with Arsenal supporters on Monday night. Over the years we have seen that Gazidis can tell porkies with a poker face and is probably good enough to be working on www.livedealer.org as you just never know when he is bluffing! As usual most of his utterings has been focused on what it means for the transfer dealings this summer, whether Arsene Wenger really has a massive wedge of cash to spend and whether he will spend it all if he has.
Last season Jan Vertonghen was the subject of a bidding war between several clubs but he moved to Arsenal's rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal were apparently one of the clubs interested in him and it was a major blow to be rejected in favour of Tottenham and I believe Arsenal could have had a much better season with Vertonghen in the team.
An agent has stated that Arsenal have made contact with a Paraguayan defender from the Portugese Superliga, however he is not a particularly big name and is an unknown to most outside Portugal or Paraguay despite playing once for his country of birth. He goes under the name of Lorenzo Melgarejo.
Melgarejo is a left back and currently plays for Benfica.
There has been much discussion on here about whether the transfer window really is open or not, and I can assure you that it DEFINITELY is open. In England it opened on the last day of the season and transfers between British clubs can be ratified straight away, but most players contracts run from July 1st each year, which is why they are not totally completed until that date.
If this story is true, it should certainly leave Arsenal with no competition for one of the biggest transfer targets Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus are believed to have been going toe-to-toe with the Gunners for the signature of the Argentinean striker, but they were baulking at paying anything over Â£20 million, so the Madrid president may have sent them packing for good with his latest statement.
Current reports in the media have suggested Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan is one of the many midfield options Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is keeping his eye on this summer, as he looks to reinforce some strength and quality into the Gunners midfield.
In my opinion Arsenal have had one of the Premier League's most talented midfields for a number of years now. In our glory days our midfield was pivotal to our success with a lot of the team revolving around main anchor-man Vieira. After that we went through our struggle but once again managed to build a forceful and talented midfield in Fabregas, Song/Wilshere and Nasri.
The news that Abou Diaby is stepping up his recovery from injury should really make most Arsenal fans happy, but it has got to the point, with me anyway, that it just makes me even more worried. The Gunners were in exactly the same situation last summer, although the French international midfielder was closer to being fit then.
I have been watching the Euro U21 competition with great interest. Whilst many are calling for Wenger to splurge on experienced, proven talent, as I explained (â€˜Arsenal can compete with the big boys with youth, brains and transfer savvy' 5th June), Wenger will likely need to enhance his squad with players who haven't quite reached their peak.
Victor Wanyama has admitted that he is in talks with several clubs over a possible transfer in the coming weeks. This news will come as a good and positive sign to the Arsenal fans who have been calling for the club to sign him up immediately, although Wanyama refused to reveal which clubs were talking to him, meaning that it could be several totally unexpected foreign clubs.
The young Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably agree that he did not push on, at least at club level, as he would have liked this season just gone. He proved again though, playing well and scoring against Brazil, that he is a great talent and has a bright future ahead of him.
Why we need to be more realistic about what's been said recently.
I'm writing this article now constantly scratching my head, with my hair falling down on my laptop, but I'm also going bald due to the stress of seeing us never comply with the words of our manager and the Arsenal board.
Vermaelen reiterates desire to stay at Arsenal! by Ash
Club Captain Thomas Vermaelen has had a tricky season this year, as he dropped from a position where he was arguably our best and most important defender, to a spot where he features on the bench far too regularly.
It's no entirely his fault in my opinion, because although it probably was caused by the on-going pressure from the club captaincy role and the building up of injuries, however it was also largely due to the great improvement and impressive displays of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Last week there were utterings from the Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama that he was wanted by Arsenal, but since then he has been on international duty with Kenya, but he has re-affirmed that his agent is still continuing the talks with Celtic and the Gunners while he has been playing in the World Cup Qualifiers.
I feel as though Arsenal have travelled back in time to where they were two or three weeks ago now because Juventus have once again intervened in the transfer deals for Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain.
The deal for Higuain looked to be almost done after Arsene Wenger met with him and his father in Paris last week to agree personal terms, but Juventus stepped in at the last minute and attracted Real Madrid's interest with a bid.
I have seen some headlines today stating that Arsenal have lost the battle with the Italian champions Juventus over the transfer of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The Montenegrin international has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates for a long time now, with the media sometimes claiming it is a done deal and then soon after declaring that he will move to Juventus.
The bad news, for Arsenal fans, is that representatives from the Italian champions Juventus are in Madrid today to have a meeting with officials from Real Madrid. We are not privy to what they will be talking about, but there are npo prizes for guessing that Gonzalo Higuain's name might come up.
There are rumours that Juventus have already had one bid of lees than Â£20 million turned down, while the Spanish club are determined to get around Â£25 million for the Argentinean international.
It will not be easy for Arsenal to beat the competition for the signature of the Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski, but if Arsene Wenger and the officials at the club could persuade the 24-year old to spearhead the Gunners' quest for glory, it would be a massively bold statement of intent.
Clement Grenier was a player touted to join the Gunners after interest from Arsenal was made publically aware. This was then further heightened by Grenier's quotes on Arsenal and saying how he had "made his decision" and it "may be Arsenal".
These quotes and several YouTube videos later a lot of Arsenal fans seemed to be excited about the possible signing of Grenier and suddenly everyone seemed to want a player that before the rumour came, people probably hadn't even heard off.
Gonzalo Higuain seems to be one of the biggest Arsenal transfer sagas of the summer alongside Stevan Jovetic. Higuain has had a busy summer already if you are to believe everything you read because it's understood from the media that Real Madrid firstly agreed to sell him but nothing under Â£25 million.
Well then Arsenal fans, where do we start with this subject? First things first, I can honestly say I have never seen so many rumours surrounding our club regarding transfer speculation with players joining us. I suppose what doesn't help is how many ridiculous Football, transfer, rumour, gossip or should I say complete and utter nonsense websites there are on the net these days, I think we can all agree www.
Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner has claimed that he is in talks with five or six clubs over a permanent transfer away from the emirates after spending the last two seasons away on loan at Sunderland and Juventus where he failed to show Arsene Wenger that he deserves to stay at the club and be given more game time.
Arsenal have already released a confirmed list on the players that are set to leave this summer as their contracts will expire on the 30th June. This list includes first team squad players Arshavin, Denilson and Squillaci, whilst many other youth team players that were arguably unlikely to make it were also listed as the other players departing the club.
Could Walcott be heading for an Arsenal exit? by FD
Come on , Gooners. What's a summer without the threat of an Arsenal big name exit? With all the excitement about the new, spend, spend, spend Arsenal and the feverish speculation over the quality of players being targeted for a move to the Emirates, it's no surprise that any potential departures are getting little news coverage.
A lot of Arsenal fans are already well aware of the opinions of the former Gunner Stewart Robson, because he airs them often enough. The sometime presenter rarely has anything positive to say about Arsenal, and especially about our French manager, and this time is no different.
After calling for Arsene Wenger to spend money for the last few years, Robson has now told Talksport that the prof should not be allowed to spend the big transfer war chest, because he will waste it.
Stuart Pearce has been speaking about the Arsenal players Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following the first game for the England under-21 side in this summer's European Championships in Israel. England were uninspiring and lost 1-0 to a much better looking Italy side, which led to Pearce's complaints about the players available to him.
Arsenal's summer isn't shaping up to be too bad so far with Gonzalo Higuain seemingly on his way to the Emirates and the club making bids and declaring interest in top players. Higuain has met with Arsene Wenger in Paris to discuss a move to the club and learn what his role will be before making a final decision on leaving Real Madrid.
The full list of players leaving Arsenal Football Club through expiring contracts has been released and none of the names are really surprising, as it's been known for quite a while, but what's certain is that Arsenal are seriously having a clear out this summer, leaving room to improve the squad rather than use up important squad places on players you will never see play for Arsenal again.
There has been a lot of talk about Arsenal loosening the financial restrictions that have seen Arsene Wenger forced to sell his best players and replace them with cheaper alternatives. We are all quite a bit more optimistic this summer, expecting a few new and good quality transfer additions, while managing to fend off any interest in the players we want to keep, but nobody was really expecting Wenger to smash the Arsenal transfer record three times.
Higuan, Jovetic, Fabregas, Fellaini, Rooney. Just a few of the big name players linked to Arsenal. We might pretty well get at least one or two of these names. But even if we don't, it will be good that we tried. Let me tell you why.
Rhetoric matters. If you are an Arsenal fan in England or outside like me, you know just how terrible you feel when other clubs fans repeatedly belittle you.
Here's hoping the Fellaini rumours are true! by AH
Two days ago it was reported that the Everton and Belgium International midfielder Marouane Fellaini had had his contract buyout clause activated by Arsenal for the price of Â£22 million. It may seem unrealistic at first with a figure like that, but with the club's transfer kitty high and Wenger's understood willingness to spend this year suddenly you get the thought that maybe the reports are true.
The players and fans of Arsenal Football finally have good reason for optimism as we prepare for the coming Premier League season. Not only has the club moved out of the heavy financial burden imposed on Arsene Wenger by the building of the Emirates stadium, all of the other three clubs from last season's top four are in a state of upheaval, offering us real hope that the Gunners can challenge for the Premier League title once again.
Amidst all the transfer rumours about Arsenal and all the possible players who could be making their way to the Emirates this summer, there has not been too much talk about players leaving the club. This, in some ways, is more important than Arsene Wenger spending big money on big name players. It is the fact that the Frenchman has had to rebuild the Arsenal team every year after losing some of his best players that has really hurt Arsenal.
Before all the Arsenal fans shout Yes and go off and have a party, I should explain that the French Ligue 1 side Marseille only want to take the Ivorian international Gervinho from the Gunners on a season long loan deal. I think that if they were to offer Arsenal anywhere near Â£10 million then we would snap their hands off, but a loan deal is much less straightforward.
Is Rooney a more realistic target then we think? by AH
When the name Wayne Rooney is mentioned with Arsenal in the same sentence, all people can think of is the many times he has outperformed us and been a commanding and decisive player on the pitch. However that was in the past. More recently things have changed, and he is no longer as important a player to Manchester United, like he was before and as a result there have even been rumours that he is leaving.
Santi Cazorla has had an amazing debut season with Arsenal. He looked like he had been playing with his Gunners team mates for years and seemed to have no problem adapting to the different style of football played in the English Premier League to what he was used to in the Spanish La Liga. The 28-year old midfielder feels that the Premier League is actually better for him.
With talk of Julio Cesar's potential move to Arsenal going quiet, it seems to suggest that perhaps talks weren't as advanced as we may have believed. According to reports Arsenal had agreed personal terms with the QPR goalkeeper and that a fee would soon be agreed.
Why there is Virtually No Loyalty in Football anymore by Scott M.
The reason why I've decided to write this article is due to most of us football fans constantly getting angry when players leave the clubs we support, and particularly in this case our club Arsenal FC, Now what we need to all take into consideration is the evolution with how the sport has changed over the years.
If the Arsenal fans wanted the club to be linked to some big name transfers this summer, there is no need to complain at the minute. Being linked with some good players, such as Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and others is all very well, but actually signing one of them is what we really want.
Why Arsenal Need to Keep Faith in Technically-Gifted Midfielders by DS
Arsenal recorded its best defensive record in recent times in season 12/13. They conceded just 37 Premier League goals and had a positive goal difference of 35. Only Manchester City conceded fewer goals at 34 but they finished with a goal difference of only 32.
Joel Campbell is one youngster I'm sure you are all familiar with and he has turned into a real talent over the last year. Campbell was tipped as having features similar to the King Henry, but then again a lot of promising young players are compared to great players, so perhaps we shouldn't take this into perspective.
I know that most Arsenal fans trust Ivan Gazidis about as far as they can throw an elephant, but his latest statement is so unequivocal that I am actually starting to think that the Gunners will make some really big and exciting signings this summer. Even when asked specifically about Rooney's Â£25 million fee and Â£200,000 weekly wages, the chief executive was positive.
There have been understandable concerns from the Arsenal fans about the young Japanese international Ryo Miyaichi, but Arsene Wenger is confident that the 20-year old has got a bright future as a Gunner. Miyaichi has yet to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal, but he is still very young. This season may well be the one in which the Arsenal fans get to see the promising talent break through.
Do Arsenal need another attacking midfielder, and if we do, is the French international Yoann Gourcouff the player we want? Arsene Wenger is thought to be a big admirer of the 26-year old, and the player is seeking a transfer away from his current club Olympique Lyonnais this summer, so we will soon find out.
Matthias Ginter has been linked with a possible transfer to Arsenal. He is a 19-year old central defender who can also play as a holding defensive midfielder. He only made his senior club debut last year, so his rise has been fairly meteoric, culminating in his debut for the German under-21 side in the European championships last night.
If the stories in the media today are true, it is fantastic news for Arsenal fans, and it would show that Arsene Wenger and the board are really serious about pushing the team forward and winning silverware again. According to reports, the Gunners have activated the release clause in the contract of Marouane Fellaini, which is Â£22 million, as long as the club bidding is in the Champions League.
The thought of Arsenal signing one top quality striker seems unrealistic to some, let alone the two â€˜world class' strikers that some Arsenal fans want. Of course I'd be ecstatic about two strikers joining but being realistic, I can't see the likes of Rooney, Higuian or Jovetic joining simply because of the demands of the respective players, clubs and our own negotiations.
This week it was revealed that Arsenal are in the process of negotiating with Bacary Sagna over a possible new contract. With just a year left on his current deal, the likelihood is that the French international will be sold if he does not agree to an extension on his current deal.
If Sagna does depart from the Emirates this summer, then Arsene Wenger will have to sign a new right back.
Arsenal are just one of a number of clubs who are being linked with the Belgium and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the latest to be the Serie A club Fiorentina. All we need now is for Juventus to show interest and we will be in a weird three club triangle involving another main target Stevan Jovetic.
This summer transfer window and the season that follows it could be the start of another successful era for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. The fans are waiting expectantly for some big name signings and some desperately needed silverware next season, but there is a certain amount of doubt and anxiety as well.
There has to be no doubt that over the last few seasons Arsenal have faced a lot of negativity from most people in the footballing world. Back in 2009-2010 when the club was chasing the Premier League title mid to late season, everything looked good and the club seemed to be competing once again with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Arsenal fans are quite used to seeing Arsene Wenger mess about with players and their positions, sometimes with great success, so maybe we shouldn't be too surprised to heat that the French manager is considering signing a left back as the Gunners' new defensive midfielder.
David Alaba is the Austrian international who is currently riding high after winning the Champions League, Bundesliga title and the German version of the FA cup with Bayern Munich.
Santiago Cazorla could be forgiven for being very pleased with his first season as an Arsenal player. Being voted by the fans as the Player of the Year could make you think that you had arrived and were comfortable at your new club, but that's not the way the Spanish international works.
He is understandably pleased with how the fans took to him straight away, and how well he settled into the Arsenal team.
Arsene Wenger is probably going to want to get the Arsenal transfer business done as soon as possible this summer. With a stable squad and team going in to next season high on confidence from the end of the last campaign, and with a decent amount of money to spend this summer, the boss will have high hopes that his Gunners can finally mount a really serious challenge on the Premier League title.
Why it's make or break for the Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger this season by SM
Hi Gooners, I think the main topic and subject that has been on most of our minds the last few weeks to be blunt is, "What the hell is happening at our club" . Now for the past 5 years plus we have constantly been lied to by the Arsenal board, particularly " Ivan the Snake " with all of the sweet/smooth talk that we are financially stable, have money to spend, looking at top class players to come in.
If there's one thing all football followers can be sure of, it's that the ex spuds, Hammers, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth manager and all-round wide boy Harry Redknapp will seldom pass up an opportunity to big himself up. If he can work in a reference to the precarious league position the spuds found themselves in before he rode in as their salvation, â€˜arry can be guaranteed to grasp the opportunity.
It shows just what a drag factor Arsenal have been experiencing when you think about it. Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci are finally out of contract this summer, while the Brazilian midfielder Denilson has agreed to terminate his Arsenal career by mutual consent. Apparently the three weekly wage bills were costing the club Â£85,000, Â£60,000 and Â£45,000 per week.
Reports coming in from Italy and Serbia today are claiming that Arsenal are to sign Partizan Belgrade's 18 year old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who has impressed this season by breaking into the first team at Partizan and becoming one of Serbia's top prospects.
It was revealed a few weeks ago that Arsenal had around Â£70 Million to spend this summer and they were going to go all out and overhaul the squad with top players.
As Arsenal fans will know by now, Laurent Koscielny has hinted at his possible exit from the club to join European champions Bayern Munich. This has had fans up in arms calling for the club to do everything they can to keep him but I do not understand why.
Three Top Strikers who want to play for Arsenal by FD
In the wake of some less than cheerful news about yet another Arsenal player contemplating a move away from the Emirates, it's time to focus on the positive. To be fair, I don't believe Laurent Koscielny actually said he wanted away â€“ rather he was voicing his desire that Arsenal should bring in some top class players and seriously challenge for trophies.
Subtitle: Squad amelioration in the new paradigm by DS
â€˜Tis the season for transfer speculation, Arsenal rumours and indeed for the football world's intelligentsia (perceived or otherwise) to assert their various theories as to how best to enhance their respective team's player list.
One of the main reasons that Bacary Sagna has been reluctant to sign an extension to his Arsenal contract is because of his concern over the club's additions. There is no doubt that the 30-year old would not be averse to a bumper pay day before his career comes to an end, but the lack of silverware on his mantelpiece is also a big factor.
Tomas Rosicky has got just a year left on his current Arsenal contract, which has led to rumours and speculation in the media that he might be on his way out of the Emirates this summer. The Czech international has made his feelings about the matter quite clear, however, and he will still be with us next year if it is up to him, while Arsene Wenger still seems to want him.
We are feeding on crumbs at the minute, until Arsenal make another official announcement, but there are a lot of crumbs out there and many of them are about forward players. Of course, the Gunners have already got their hands on the promising young French striker Yaya Sanogo, but he has not exactly floated the boat of most Gooners.
It seems as if Arsenal Football Club is in danger of turning into the French national team, especially if these two midfielders get their wish and a transfer to the Emirates this summer. Etienne Capoue from Toulouse and Younes Belhanda from Montpellier are keen to come to the English Premier League, and it does not take a rocket scientist to guess which would be their team of choice.
After a long transfer saga involving Stefan Jovetic; from wanting a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, to wanting to stay in Italy but with Juventus rather than Fiorentina, it now seems as if the Montenegrin might stay with Fiorentina after all with his club stating that he isn't on the market.
After Koscienly's comments yesterday some Arsenal fans seem to be getting on his back. Saying that no player is bigger than the club and he should focus on doing his job as a footballer rather than talking about our business. Now I agree and disagree with what fans are saying.
It seems that whichever way you look at it, Arsenal are better than Tottenham. This will not come as a major surprise to the red and white part of North London or the Gooners all over the world, but it seems like the boys from the lane keep forgetting. It's strange that we haven't heard much bravado or claims of dominance since the Premier League finished.
It seems that Arsenal are to make a shock move for Swansea City striker Michu who has been hailed as the transfer of the season after surprising Premier League fans with his 18 goal season which cost Swansea just Â£2 Million. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been secretly active in the transfer market so far this summer as the club have apparently been making bids for all kinds of players.
Arsene Wenger has revealed why he never signed Gareth Bale when he had the chance, and the reason was that he had Gael Clichy. Bale used to play at left back for the majority of his career until the last two or three seasons and Wenger didn't like the idea of having two young left backs in his team.
Everybody knows that Arsenal are on the lookout for a new striker this summer with Jovetic and Higuain both the main targets. But with Juventus also interested in the pair Arsenal may have to look elsewhere and recently Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz has been mentioned as a possible option for Arsenal.
The title says it all. No arguing (well , I'm sure there will be), but predict your starting eleven for the first game of the Premier League season 2013/014. Not the Champions League play-off games which may be our first competitive matches, just to avoid any confusion.
We all know that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger like a bargain, and that they try to extract the maximum value when selling a player, while striking a hard bargain when buying one. Having said that, for the first time in a long time, money is not the most important issue in our transfer dealings this summer.
To be fair to Lukas Podolski, he has never suggested that he is not happy at Arsenal, or given any sign that he wants to move to another club. On the contrary, he generally looks like he has been having the time of his life since joining the Gunners from Cologne last summer. If you don't believe me, look on Arsenal.
In a time where Arsenal seem to have lost all their best players over the last few years, the arrival of this summer transfer window doesn't seem to pose a threat of losing any of our main players once again. Van Persie, Nasri, Fabregas, Song, Clichy have all left in the last few years and then before then the likes of Henry, Hleb and Vieira have all transferred away from North London.
Remembering some of Arsenal's best performances by DG
I was chatting to a friend recently and we got on to the topic of some of our favourite Arsenal performances. While we both had a few in common, there were some huge arguments over particular games. In the interest of fairness, I thought I'd share with you all some of my favourite memories of Arsenal performances, so that you can ridicule and dismiss them in favour of your own
Arsenal 7â€“0 Everton The year is 2005 and Everton have remarkably qualified for the Champions League.
One of the best things about this summer transfer window for Arsenal fans, or so we thought, was that for the first time in quite a few seasons, Arsene Wenger would not be forced into selling any of his big players. It has given us fans a great feeling of positivity for a change, especially after the fantastic way the Gunners finished off the Premier League season.
Has it ever occurred to you that perhaps our trophy drought may not have gone on for so long if we'd taken the domestic cup competitions of the Capital One Cup (formally known as the Carling Cup) and the FA Cup more seriously?
Since the glory days prior to 2005-6, Wenger has always used these competitions to try out new talented and upcoming players and so as a result the Gunners have sometimes suffered in these competitions.
Aaron Ramsey has been speaking to the media a lot recently about Arsenal's ambitions and things going on at the club, but he also spoke about one player who has been consistently linked with the Gunners since the mid-season. The player in question is Celtic's Victor Wanyama, who is a midfielder with all-round qualities, although he acts best in a defensive midfield role.
Inevitably it seems that Arsenal must look outside of ourselves and part with some cash if we are to find the proper solution. Of the names that have been thrown about by the media, the realistic and worthwhile targets would go as follows; Wanyama, Capoue, Kondogbia, Pogba and Gonalons.
Jack Wilshere: Arsenal's Gifted Curse part 1 By Shona
Jack Wilshere is undoubtedly one of the finest players Arsenal currently has, indeed the 21-year old midfielder is among the most promising young players in global football, rightfully mentioned in the same breath as Neymar, Isco, Gotze, Alcantara, GÃ¼ndoÄŸan and so forth.
It might be just as well that Arsenal are currently being linked with every footballer and his dog as the rumour mill really gets underway for this summer's transfer window dealings. Two of the reported long term transfer targets for the Gunners have given Arsene Wenger some bad news after suggesting that they may be staying where they are.
The deal for Julio Cesar to Arsenal looks even closer now as bookies have suspended betting on the 33-year old keeper coming to Arsenal, which usually means there is inside knowledge that it is true. The deal has looked clear cut all along with Cesar saying he will stay in London and Arsenal apparently searching for a new keeper, it has been an obvious transfer deal that hasn't been discussed so much.
There have been a number of Arsenal players away on international duty this past week, so I am going to take a look at how they have all done. The most important thing, for anyone concerned with the Gunners, is that none of the players picked up any injuries or had a total disaster. Other than that, though, there were good and bad things for our players.
Hello all. A few years ago I made a post regarding the impending transfer away from Arsenal of Cesc Fabregas. I started by typically complaining about the faffing and the doe-like eyes with big eyelashes that FC Barcelona flirted towards Cesc, like a filthy big honeytrap.
I am continually surprised by the way some Arsenal fans feel about Theo Walcott. It seems to be similar to the `Ramsey effect`, in which in some people's eyes he will never be any good, no matter how well he actually plays. Maybe it is because Theo has been disappointing in the past, but he certainly doesn't seem to get the credit he deserves.
We are not talking about a female pig here Arsenal fans. Moussa Sow is a Senegalese international striker currently playing for the Turkish club Fenerbahce. So the media reports that Arsene Wenger may have made a bid of around Â£17 million for him have certainly come as a surprise.
The amount of the offer is absolutely ridiculous, especially when you consider we are dealing with Wenger and the Arsenal board here.
It does not take a genius to work out that Christian Benteke would love to play for Arsenal Football Club. The 22-year old was talking about the Gunners after signing for Aston Villa from Genk on the last day of the transfer window last summer. His words could actually have caused some problems with the Birmingham club's fans, but once he started playing and knocking the goals in, the Villa fans soon forgot about all that.
Arsenal are hoping to part company with quite a few of the players us fans term, perhaps a bit harshly, as dead wood. Along with the relaxing of the financial spending restrictions brought about by the building of the Emirates stadium and the self-financing policy of the club, the extra money available for not paying all these unnecessary salaries will hopefully set the Gunners off on a much more prosperous and successful future.
Arsene Wenger last night spilled some information on potential Arsenal transfer targets and players we have been consistently linked with since the end of the season. Both Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas have been on the lips of many fans for a while now, especially the latter.
Although we have no real way of knowing for sure who Arsene Wenger is targeting for an Arsenal transfer this summer, there is probably a certain element of truth in the most prevalent media reports. That does not mean, however, that the Gunners will be able to acquire the players they want, especially as we get into the upper echelons of players.
It always seemed like long shot that Arsenal would sign the England international striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. Arsene Wenger doesn't spend that sort of money does he? Well apparently the Gunners are ready to stump up the Â£25 million signing on fee, but the deal is still unlikely to go through.
Ryo Miyaichi was a player that I think gave every Arsenal fan a tad of excitement. Maybe not the most skilful or amazing player that would change a game in an instant but his raw speed just gave us the feeling that something amazing could happen at any moment, much like the feel you got when you first saw Theo Walcott play for Arsenal, or Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, even Serge Gnabry.
Aaron Ramsey has been speaking about Arsenal's ambitions for next season and he's declared that Arsenal â€˜need a trophy now'! Well fans certainly aren't going to disagree with the Welshman and it's interesting how this has come out too long after Walcott also confirmed the clubs ambitions, well the player's ambitions at the least.
We all remember the series of events that led to Samir Nasri leaving Arsenal and joining rivals Manchester City. Nasri had just come off the back of the best couple of seasons in his career and had become possibly the best player in the Arsenal squad at that moment.
Arsenal fans need to support our new signings even if they're not necessarily the ones we want. by DG
In this day and age, everyone and their mother is an expert footballing scout who has inside knowledge of the inner workings of clubs and prospective transfer targets. They also know how these proposed incoming players will be used and whether they will be a success or not before they've even signed.
With all the talk of Arsenal needing a new defensive midfielder this season there have been many players linked with the club and many suggestions by football fans on who would be a good fit for the club. One name I have never heard mentioned is Liverpool's Lucas Leiva.
There is one huge reason why nobody would really mention him, his injury problems.
Wenger must concentrate on Arsenal's football by JL
Hello Fellow Gooners, it's been a while. There has been anxiety amongst a number of us Arsenal fans as to how this summer will turn out. Also, the feeling since the decisive victory for the Gunners at St. James' Park on May 19 has been mixed.
Of all the players who have left Arsenal in recent years, Cesc Fabregas is maybe the only one that most Arsenal fans still think well of. We understood that he was a local boy who had come through the academy of FC Barcelona and still had the dream of pulling on their shirt. Every football fan can understand this, so although it hurt us and left a gaping hole at the heart of the Arsenal midfield, we appreciated why he left.
Is stubbornness stopping Arsenal buying Higuain? by FD
Of all the rumours linking Arsenal with top, top, top strikers over the past few weeks, none have been more prevalent than those concerning Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain. Other potential targets can, at best, only be described as top, top.
Reports are gathering pace that Borussia Dortmund have joined the race to sign Lukas Podolski, with Atletico Madrid previously confirmed as being interested in acquiring the German. I haven't a clue whether the rumours are true, but I do know that selling Podolski makes no sense if we hope to improve on last year's campaign.
A deal for Clement Grenier seems very much done between Arsenal and Lyon and Arsenal fans are really happy about this as people have watched him play a little bit and done some research on him since he was linked with a move to the club. Grenier is a two-footed attacking midfielder who Wenger has likened to Samir Nasri, but he still has a long way to go to realise his potential.
When George Graham took over as the manager of Arsenal back in 1986, the first player he signed was the young left winger Perry Groves. Groves went on to become a fans favourite. The Londoner still has the club at his heart and often appears in the media to talk about them. Like all Gooners, Groves has his own ideas about what the Gunners need to do to push on from merely qualifying for the Champions League every season and like most Gooners he feels that a proper defensive midfielder should be one of the main transfer targets this summer.
The Areas in our Team that REALLY need Strengthening by Uche
Hello boys and girls. The 1st of June is here at last, and with that comes the eager anticipation of new signings at Arsenal. Up until now, we have managed to find excuses for the club's lack of announcements of new signings because the transfer window has not officially opened.
With the appointment, just announced, of Arsenal old boy Freddie Ljungberg into a backroom "ambassadorial" role, Gooners are reminded of the team of "Invincibles" of which Freddie was an integral part. Even though the Swede has been critical of Arsenal recently, calling for the club to sign "very good players" (that's Swedish for "top, top") if they wanted to challenge for trophies, and was less than enthusiastic about the players' celebrations after the Newcastle match, it seems the Arsenal hierarchy are happy to welcome him back into the fold.
There may be other clubs vying with Arsenal for the signature of Stevan Jovetic, but the main competition was believed to be from the Italian champions Juventus. The Turin club have given great encouragement to our hopes of completing the 23-year old's transfer, however, by publicly stating that they have not made any move for him.
Ignasi Miquel is a player whom I'm sure you are all familiar with because although he doesn't play of a regular basis, he often features in the clubs domestic cup run competitions of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.
As captain of the Arsenal under 21's Miquel is one of the more experienced players in that squad and will no doubt soon make the step up to the first team squad soon, after being in and around it for a few years now.
Here's how Arsenal can win the Premier League next season by FD
"There is a tide in the affairs of men" said Shakespeare. And who are we to argue? What he was referring to was that rare confluence of circumstances all coming together at the same time which needs to be taken advantage of â€“ or be lost forever.
Benik Afobe. A player which both Arsenal fans and manager Arsene Wenger once had very high hopes for, but now he seems to be nothing more than the other Arsenal youth players that struggle. His continuous loan deals and struggles with fitness look set to make him the next in line for the failed youth players, which is now rising to an extraordinary amount.
A lot of Arsenal fans have been wondering how rue it is that Arsene Wenger has Â£70 million to spend this summer and also, if he does have it available, will he change his ways and actually use it. I think Wenger will spend in the summer and potentially more than he ever has previously, subject to the players of â€˜top, top quality' that he wants being available.
With the transfer window officially open, many of us Arsenal fans are screaming (internally and externally) as to why we haven't started our crusade to bring in world class players. As we know Le Prof deals in mysterious ways and nothing is guaranteed until it is published on Arsenal.
A few days ago QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar released a statement in which he said he was in talks with a few English clubs, whilst it's also known that there is interest across the world, including his homeland Brazil. Cesar recently said; "I am in negotiations with other clubs in England and from other countries but there's still not been anything definitive,"
Arsenal are believed to be one of the clubs that hold an interest in the ex-Inter Milan man and were even reportedly close to signing him last season, with Cesar too admitting that a deal was in the process.
Arsenal needs to buy!!! We are 2 to 3 to 5 to 7 players short of a historic quadruple. Oh how stubborn Wenger is not buying anyone. Wenger has lost the plot!!! Stan Kroenke needs to go. Bring on Usmanov...
We have heard these words repeatedly in the last few years.
It is starting to look very much like Clement Grenier will be pulling on an Arsenal shirt in the near future. This week, his manager at Lyon, the former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde, refuted the rumours about his young star and stated his determination to hold on to Grenier. That may all have been smoke and mirrors for the media, though, and may have been a scheme cooked up between Arsene Wenger and his former player to distract attention from the negotiations.