Another year, another crazy few months for Arsenal speculation; will he, won't he? This player, that player, FFP, is it all lies, or is this finally the time? One thing we can all agree on is that you can't believe anything you read anywhere.
Although Arsene Wenger moves in mysterious ways, there is a reason he's still regarded as one of the best.
I am thinking of sending Malaga a Christmas card and a box of chocolates this year, and any other Arsenal fan should consider it too, especially if they reach an agreement to finally take Nicklas Bendtner of our hands.
According to the Daily Mail, the Spanish La Liga side are already in talks with Arsenal about a deal for our Danish front man.
It seems strange to be glad about an Arsenal player having an injury, but that is the situation I find myself in. Actually, the same was true last year when Kieran Gibbs got injured, luckily enough just before the January window closed. That meant that Arsene Wenger rushed through the transfer of Nacho Monreal from Malaga, meaning that we never had to see that grinning buffoon Andre Santos in an Arsenal shirt anymore.
Last week was pretty hectic in terms of transfer news. We had made a bid of Â£40m for Luis Suarez. Let that sink in for a minute. Forty million pounds sterling. For a club that's never bought a player for more than Â£15m, it's definitely a shock to many, including Liverpool no doubt.
So here we are again, another transfer window and another summer of Arsenal fans living in hope rather than expectation. It certainly feels different this time around but is it really? Is Arsene Wenger about to change the habits of a lifetime and splash 50 Million of our finest pounds on one player?
The removal of the deadwood continues at a rapid rate for Arsenal. It has already reported that Gervinho is close to a move to Italy and the latest so-called misfit to be leaving the club seems to be the Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh.
The 29-year old looked like he would never make it in the Premier League, with his loan move to West Ham last season resulting in just three appearances and no goals.
At the start of the summer transfer window Arsenal were linked with hundreds of strikers, with names including Higuain, Jovetic, Villa and so on. However as the window has progressed we have seen Arsenal drop out of the running for each of these players and as a result seen them move to other clubs (or in Benteke's case sign a new contract).
Every season I think each club and squad needs to be built around a certain player. Some of the most successful teams of all time have been built around a certain player. France won the 1998 World Cup from building their team around Zinedine Zidane, the 1970 Brazil World Cup squad was built around Pele despite the team being packed full of top players.
I really hope that Arsene Wenger is playing mind games with the teams whose players Arsenal are hoping to sign, because the Frenchman has started to say things that send a cold shiver of dread running down the spine of your average Gooner.
The other day he started talking up the current squad and claimed that we were good enough to challenge for the title, even if no signings were made during the summer transfer window.
What have we learnt from the youngsters on tour? by Ash
With the clubs Pre-Season tour of Asia now complete and the squad flying back from Japan to London last Saturday, we can now look forward to the Emirates Cup tournament next weekend, which with hope may feature at least one new player and by that I don't mean Yaya Sanogo.
You may or may not have noticed that this summer a lot of Arsenal players have been speaking in confidence of how the squad can be successful next season and although for many weeks I've been thinking this isn't anything but good news for morale, its suddenly occurred to me, Are the players lying to us?
I have not seen many fans on this site agreeing with Wenger's idea that Arsenal are ready to challenge for titles again. Every year now Wenger tells us that we are about to challenge on all 4 fronts, but the fans know that we have no chance of doing that with a threadbare and injury prone squad.
According to Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were never chasing the transfer of the 20-year old Brazilian international Bernard in the first place. The Frenchman issued an outright denial about the rumours when he was asked about it during the Gunners' tour of Asia. The media don't let a little thing like that stop them, though, and the rumours and speculation continued.
Transfer frustration for Arsenal yet again. by JPC
I usually wouldn't write a blog so this is very short, and it is just my thoughts on what I would like to see happen in this transfer window. As it is well documented, Arsenal has Â£70 Million to spend, so if it was me in charge, this is what I would do.
When Arsene Wenger praised the current Arsenal squad recently, lots of Arsenal fans were furious because they took it to mean that he would not be signing any big name players again.If that really is the case, I will be as furious as anyone, but I an still fairly hopeful that Wenger is just as aware as us that the Gunners needs to add some quality in order to compete with the best clubs again.
If media reports are to be believed, Arsenal have set their sights on yet another youth acquisition. According to the Sun and the German Express, the Gunners are keeping a close eye on Borrusia Moenchengladbach forward Sinan Kurt.
The 17-year-old has turned plenty of heads with his performances for Monchengladbach last season and has attracted interest from all across Europe, with Liverpool, Valencia, PSG, Porto, Galatasaray and Dortmund all said to be keeping a close eye on the youngster.
We are all very anxious about what has/hasn't transpired so far during this transfer window. It is no question that the Arsenal squad needs, at the very least, two additional world class players to ensure top 4 next season and perhaps a trophy. After an almost 9 year trophy drought, after being possibly the best club in the world in 04/05, I think it is about time the board and management at Arsenal put glory and success first above balancing the books.
My fellow Arsenal fans. Here's the thing, I'm getting fed up with the lack of any tranfer activity in our beloved club. Nothing, nada, zero, zip! So, to vent my (and your) frustration, I came up with the next plan. Next weekend the Emirates cup comes to London and with it, the perfect time for showing our discontent.
As I'm sure everyone is aware by now, Arsenal have had two bids declined by Liverpool for their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The bids were made public by Liverpool officials after the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ian Ayre, and John W Henry all decided to publicly express their views on the matter and now after a few weeks of speculation, the professionals are beginning to have their say too as the story heats up.
If the media reports about Arsenal and the transfer of the young Brazilian star Bernard were true, the diminutive 20-year old would have been a Gunner already, because they claimed earlier in the week that an agreement was in place and Bernard was due for a medical at the Emirates on Friday.
That does not mean that Arsenal were not one of the clubs interested in the talented attacking midfielder who usually operates on the left wing for Brazil and his current club Atletico Mineiro.
This summer was always going to be make or break for the Arsenal board, the last chance to prove that they had greater ambition then finishing fourth. Gooners were no longer going to go along with the jam tomorrow formula or the patience of waiting for financial fair play, news that the stadium had been paid off meant that the money men knew they had no excuses if the club were not active in the transfer market.
Arsene Wenger has done something that most Arsenal fans hoped and has said that Ryo Miyaichi will be hopefully staying with the squad for the coming season and be given a chance to break through properly. Miyaichi has been with the squad on the pre-season tour of Asia and Wenger has rethought his plans to send him out on loan because of his impressive performances and determination to show the management what he can do.
Wenger: "We are not close to signing anyone" by Ash
I'm afraid it's bad news for Arsenal fans today, after Arsene Wenger has basically confirmed what was on all our minds. â€“ This summer isn't going to be any different than any other in terms of Arsenal's transfers. The Arsenal fans were certain that after the end of the season and Wenger's comments that we would see a change in attitude and ambition in terms of transfers from Wenger, Gazidis, Richard Law and the rest of the Arsenal board.
Galatasaray? How out of touch can you get? by Neil
On 4th August, next Sunday, Arsenal take on Turkish side Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup. For those with short memories, there is a history between our clubs. On 17 May 2000, Arsenal were due to play the UEFA cup final against the Turkish side.
Has this transfer window been a failure for AFC? by AH
Already 8 weeks into this summer's transfer window, the usual lack of action and business has happened at Arsenal and although all the outgoing players this time haven't been our best players, like previous years, we once again find ourselves in the position where our squad is looking to be exactly the same, or even worse than the previous year as we approach the beginning of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
There are a few developments about the Luis Suarez to Arsenal transfer in the papers and on sports websites today. That does not necessarily mean they are accurate, of course, but they may give an indication as to how things are proceeding.
It does look as if Suarez is keen to join Arsenal, because his first choice destination, Real Madrid, seem intent on prising Gareth Bale away from Tottenham.
Over the last week or so there have been a lot of rumours suggesting that Arsenal were set to complete the signing of their first major player this summer in a move for young Brazilian midfielder Bernard. Bernard who plays for Atletico Mineiro was nothing more than another player with potential talent before the Confederations Cup this summer, but his performances over the course of the tournament claimed him a lot of plaudits and ultimately we now recognise him as one of the world's upcoming superstars.
A lot has been said about Arsenal's odd bid of Â£40,000,001 for Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Arsenal fans are justifiably happy that Arsenal is making a move for one of the most gifted footballers in the world at the moment. After all, Suarez has scored loads of goals wherever he has played.
It seems as though the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been very impressed by the Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi's performances in the club's tour of Asia, so much so that he has hinted that the teenage prodigy will stay at Arsenal for the coming season and not go out on loan once again.
Was Arsenal's preseason Asia tour a success? by KJ
Arsenal finished their final match of the Asia tour against Urawa Red Diamonds with a win and will now return to England to prepare for the Emirates cup next week. My question is though, was this pre-season tour a success? For me, it's a resounding yes.
One player that has been wrongly ignored by Arsenal to fill the empty defensive midfield role is AS Roma's Daniele De Rossi. He has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Chelsea and Man City, and more so this summer as he seems to be having a mid-football-career crisis.
Tomas Rosicky has been very impressed with Olivier Giroud's form in Arsenal's Pre-Season tour of Asia, which has seen the French international striker score 6 goals in 4 games, and they have not been full games either. But he hasn't only been impressed with the 26 year old during this summer, he also recognised the importance of his goals last season and only expects Giroud to get better.
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers has come out to speak about the ever growing speculation surrounding Luis Suarez supposedly demanding to talk to Arsenal over a possible transfer after the Gunners offered a record breaking Â£40 million (plus Â£1) for the Uruguayan striker.
Arsenal are apparently interested in UAE international Omar Abdulrahman who is also being tapped up by Manchester City and Barcelona as he is seen as one of the top young prospects in the whole of Asia. The 21-year old plays as an attacking midfielder or winger and has already been to Man City for a trial last summer.
What can Arsenal do about Financial Fair Play? by Neil
Back in 2009, UEFA decided to draw up plans for financial fair play. We all pretty much understood what it was being drafted for, namely in order to stop what the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called 'financial doping'.
Arsenal and other clubs started to watch this carefully, as UEFA then said 'strict penalties' would be imposed for those who spend millions on fees whilst making huge losses.
Olivier Giroud has joined the Arsenal fans, as well as a few of the other Arsenal players, in calling for the club to show more ambition in the transfer market and sign a few more additions to the team. It's now been around 8 weeks since the window opened and so far we have let go a whole host of players, which is a good thing as we needed to get several â€˜deadwood' players off our wage bill, but as of this moment we are yet to replace them, with only young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo coming into the team.
When the transfer window first opened almost 8 weeks ago now, reports were beginning to emerge that Arsenal were looking at Everton's Marouane Fellaini and that Wenger had made the Belgian one of his top transfer targets for the summer. But it has been some while since we've heard anything about him, so is Fellaini off the cards just like Higuain and Rooney?
The last of the four friendly games on the Arsenal pre-season tour of Asia was supposed to provide the toughest test, with Urawa Red Diamonds enjoying a much better season in the J League than Nagoya Grampus. The good news for Arsenal was that both Koscielny and Oxlade-Chamberlain had recovered from their knocks and started the game.
One thing has crossed my mind several times during this last season when there has been talk of Arsenal needing a new defensive midfielder. This thought has been if we should sell Abou Diaby and sign two new players in that position rather than one.
Reports have emerged claiming that Arsenal may be on the verge of a move for Valencia's French international centre-back Adil Rami. After failing to qualify for the Champions League, the La Liga side reportedly looking to cash in on a few of their big names to balance the books.
How you guys feeling during this chaotic transfer window? Optimistic? Sad? Angry? Depressed? This has been a crazy one I tell you, so I want to take our minds of us getting Suarez for 40 million or Gustavo or anyone for that matter.
I was just thinking about the good old days when Arsenal dominated the EPL, got to Champions League Finals and collected FA cup Medals every couple years.
Arsenal should buy Suarez and fans should be happy signings or no signings. by Ed
For the past 6 seasons Arsene Wenger has concentrated on what I like to call a retail transfer strategy. Arsene buys young, in bulk, and develops these players. After a few years these players are either sold as they are not good enough, or bought for big profits by bigger clubs because they are too good for an inert Arsenal.
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Arsenal preview, line up and score line by KJ
This is our final game on tour and some will probably be relieved as Arsenal can then finally fully focus on getting players in before the start of the season. However, this game will still be important for Wenger to assess his options for the Emirates cup as well as learning which youngsters will be pushing for first team action this season.
Would Arsenal be willing to pay Â£50M for Luis Suarez? by Stefan
Personally I have to say that I don't think the club will stretch to that sort of money. In recent weeks we have seen French clubs PSG and Monaco spend Â£50 million and over on Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao. Arsenal will probably not do the same and we have to admit that we could be looking at the end of the whole affair.
All summer Arsenal fans have been calling for Wenger to address the midfield when it comes to looking to sign players and it seems that the main target man wanted by Gunner fans at the moment is Bayern Munich and Brazil international defensive central midfielder Luis Gustavo.
Manchester City's summer signing Jesus Navas has revealed he rejected a move to Arsenal, three years ago, with his statement basically suggesting that the reason was he felt Arsenal would be a step down from previous club Sevilla. City apparently got a bargain with the deal being less than Â£20 million, which I think is an absolute steal for someone of Navas' quality, however admittedly they have taken a massive risk in signing him as it's unclear whether his issues with being homesick still persist.
Is it possible for Real Madrid or Barcelona to bid 40 million pounds for Luis Suarez and be met with the kind of insult that John Henry responded with in reaction to Arsenal's bid yesterday? In the heat of the ever growing Suarez transfer saga, nothing else has hit me hard like the derisory comment made by John Henry, Liverpool's owner, when he tweeted, â€˜What are they smoking at Emirates?
Champions League is the problem to Arsenal's transfers? by Ash
As many Arsenal fans continue to become frustrated about the club's lack of signings this summer, we begin to question why nobody has joined us yet. Some put it down to the fact of Wenger's stingy approach towards buying world class players or even spending money, whilst many also doubt our negotiator Richard Law.
The long term Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain is definitely not coming to join the Gunners this summer, although he will be at the Emirates pretty soon. The Argentinean striker finally accepted his second choice of a move to Italy with the Serie A club Napoli.
On the face of it, this is a big blow to Arsenal, as it looked like we had him in the bag just a couple of weeks ago.
Serie A side AS Roma have reportedly failed to reach an agreement with Arsenal over the transfer of Ivorian winger Gervinho. Arsenal and Roma representatives met yesterday to discuss possible transfer terms and its understood Arsenal were holding out for a minimum of Â£7 million; however Roma were adamant not to pay any more than Â£5 million, meaning they were Â£2 million short of the mark.
Lukas Podolski may be one of the best players at Arsenal, but he certainly doesn't have a starting spot nailed down in the first eleven. And if reports are true in saying we are signing Luis Suarez, then his chances as a first teamer will be further reduced.
Arsenal and England international superstar Jack Wilshere has aimed his praise towards upcoming star Gedion Zelalem after the German youngster impressed greatly over the course of the clubs first three pre-season games in Asia.
Zelalem has actually featured quite regularly so far for the Gunners in the clubs pre-season tour of Asia and I suspect this is because of how impressive he was in the opening game against Indonesia All Stars.
Arsenal have the world's most injury prone player? by Ash
With discussions continuing between Arsenal fans on whether we should keep Diaby at Arsenal or look to move him on from North London this summer, I thought I'd take a greater look into the main reason why Arsenal fans want the Frenchman to leave so desperately â€“ his injuries.
If for some reason Arsenal do not manage to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool this summer, whether the Merseyside club digs it's heels in and demands stupid money or Real Madrid hijack the move, the fact that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have made an offer for a player that would nearly triple the club's current transfer record speaks volumes.
It seems as though Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. According to the BBC, one of the more reliable media outlets, the controversial striker is keen to hold talks with Arsenal over a potential move to the Emirates.
There are a number of young academy players hoping to burst through into the Arsenal first team this season, and most of them are currently on the Tour of Asia at the minute. Players like Chuba Akpom, Thomas Eisfeld, Ignasi Miquel and Serge Gnabry have been knocking on the door since last summer, but there is a surprise late entry coming up on the rails, and his name is Gedion Zelalem.
It is not just the Arsenal fans who are hoping to see some top quality additions to the squad this summer. The players want the team to be as strong as possible as well. They might well know more about what is going in the transfer market than we do, but their job is to get on with the business of winning football matches.
If things do not improve on the injury front, and Arsenal do not sign another centre back in the next few weeks, there is a good chance that the Gunners could start the Premier League season with a centre back pairing of Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker.
The French international right back had to do the job against Sunderland last season when Laurent Koscielny picked up a knock in the pre-game warm up.
News has spread that Arsenal have had their second bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez rejected, despite the Gunners' meeting Suarez's original club valuation. It was understood Liverpool would accept any offer above Â£40 million, although they hope to gather a fee around the Â£50 million mark if possible.
As Arsenal continue to be linked with a possible move for Ateltico Mineiro and Brazil international midfielder Bernard, the speculation is becoming as confusing as the rumours surrounding Fabregas, Rooney and Higuain. Originally reports emerged that Arsenal had agreed a staggering Â£21 million fee for Bernard, ahead of several other European clubs, however just the other day Wenger supposedly said that there was no truth in the story, going against the reports in France that suggested the 20 year old would have his Arsenal medical on Friday.
Three signings that would make this a good summer for the Arsenal by KJ
Rumours are starting to pick up now and it looks like Arsenal are finally close to getting some business done. In light of all this news, I thought I'd compile a quick list of three key players that would make Arsenal title contenders next season (I will only look at three players that are realistic/confirmed to be sought after by Arsenal):
Luis Suarez: I know recently I said I didn't want him and if given the opportunity to sign Higuain for Â£25m over Suarez for Â£45m, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
A new transfer rumour today is that Arsenal are to make a Â£30 million bid for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio who is also being pursued by Manchester City at the moment. City have apparently been told to pay Â£40 million for him which they are presumably laughing at, which begs the question, why would The Guardian be reporting that Arsenal will bid exactly the same as City did when they were rejected?
Financial Stability vs. Billionaire owner by Big Gun
Good day fellow Gooners. Over the last couple of blogs/articles, I have noticed a few people throwing the term â€˜financial stability' around, almost exclusively trying to suggest that Arsenal are in good hands in terms of future self-sustainability.
The pursuit of Luis Suarez by Arsenal has been getting serious since the first bid of Â£30 million was rejected last week. Many thought it was just Arsene Wenger's way of jogging Real Madrid on and convincing them to go back to the agreed valuation of between Â£20-25 million for Gonzalo Higuain.
There were reports in a few English papers today that Arsenal were ready to go back to Liverpool with a Â£40 million offer for Suarez that would activate a clause in the troublesome striker's contract, although there is great deal of confusion about what that clause will really oblige the Anfield club to do.
Why are Arsenal always being linked with Yoann Gourcuff? by Stefan
The French midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal for as long I can remember. Every transfer window, every six months right on cue. He has not moved to Arsenal in his entire career yet, and there has never been an official bid, so why do the press think Arsene Wenger is chasing him to the ends of the Earth?
Dear Arsenal fans, I wrote an article a few days ago about why Wenger is just as much to blame as Gazidis and the board, as to why we have yet to see any stellar signings (past and present) and ultimately why Arsenal have not succeeded in winning a trophy in almost a decade.
What can we take away from Arsenal's Asian Tour games? by Ash
As Arsenal wrapped up a 3-1 win over Nagoya Grampus this afternoon, it gives us a chance to look over the 3 games Arsenal have played so far and discuss how we feel about the current Arsenal team as we will soon be approaching the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
It seemed like good news this summer as Arsenal released a large number of players deemed to be surplus to requirements, or `deadwood` as they are often disparagingly called. The problem is that the Gunners have not replaced them and that could leave us open to serious problems if a few key players picked up injuries.
Fact! It looks grim right now, it has been looking grim for a while now, but Arsenal FC is going to buy new players in this transfer window. So, you can relax when it comes to that, fellow Gunners. But on the other side, nobody knows who those players will be, what their qualities are, how many there will be and the price tag is anyone's guess.
The internet has been buzzing with the story that Arsenal are finally ready to open the chequebook, release the moths, blow the dust off and sign a player. The man in question is the 20-year old Brazilian Bernard Anicio Caldeira Duarte, commonly known as Bernard. The Brazil side is soon going to sound like an episode of Last of the Summer Wine, I'm eagerly awaiting a player called Nora.
With the familiar overtones of frustration hitting the Arsenal faithful this summer, along with the heat, things can be unbearable. With the constant overtures of anger ringing out like a heavy metal concert, it is difficult to find reason in the madness that ensues.
Before taking charge of Arsenal 17 years ago, Arsene Wenger made a name for himself as the boss of today's Japanese opponents, so for the Frenchman and our young Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi it was a sort of homecoming. The J League in Japan is about halfway through, so this and the next game should be much more competitive than the Indonesia and Vietnam games.
Do Arsenal actually need to push for a new centre back? by KJ
There has been a lot of talk since the end of the season that Arsenal are in need of a new centre back, especially after it was revealed that former captain Thomas Vermaelen will be out for at least 3 months due to a back fracture.
Lukas Podolski has said that it it is not easy for Arsenal to win a trophy because of how competitive football is in England. There has been plenty of high spirits and talk of Arsenal winning things recently because of the transfer window, despite Arsenal only signing one player so far.
Come to Arsenal and lose money! It sounds hard to resist, doesn't it? That, apparently, is the tempting offer facing the Brazil international keeper Julio Cesar. After Liverpool agreed to allow their Spanish international keeper Pepe Reina to join the Italian club Napoli on loan for the season, however, Cesar's options are limited and he may be forced to accept such an offer.
I wonder if the Arsenal fans can remember the rosy glow of confidence we all felt a couple of months ago, although it feels like a lot longer. The Gunners had found a rich vein of form and finished the Premier League season at a gallop, grabbing the last Champions League place and breaking the hearts of our North London neighbours at the same time.
Arsenal have been filling their boots so far on this tour of Asia, with seven goals in each of the first two games, but the idea is to build up to the start of the season, so it will be better to get a tougher test today, and I am sure that the Japanese side Nagoya Grampus will provide it.
They are in the middle of their league season, so will be better prepared and probably much fitter than the Gunners, so we will need to be on our mettle.
It has been clear in both of the Arsenal pre-season friendlies so far this season, that the players were struggling to cope with the hot and humid conditions, and we have seen pictures of them using ice baths during training. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained just how difficult it has been, but they all know that the suffering now should pay off once the Premier League season kicks off in four weeks.
Less than a month till the Premiership season begins and Arsenal still haven't spent a single pound in the transfer window, with plenty of players leaving the Emirates but just one young Frenchman arriving on a free transfer.
Meanwhile the likes of Manchester City, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool have all strengthened their squads.
It never rains but it pours, it seems, especially for Arsenal. Just like buses, injuries seem to come along in bursts. The Gunners are facing a real crisis, though, after Laurent Koscielny joined the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list, leaving just Per Mertesacker as our only first choice centre back.
There is some confusion over whether Arsenal have definitely missed out on another transfer target or not. We are all sick to death of the never ending transfer saga surrounding the Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, but we don't want it to end with the 25-year old signing for another club.
I was tempted to entitle this article deadwood clearing, but I quickly refrained because it is disrespectful to players who have a huge desire in their hearts to contribute for Arsenal but can't quite find the extra skill or strength or technique or pace and overall work rate to lift the club.
Did Arsenal make a bid for Napoli's Gokhan Inler? by Stefan
Arsenal have been interested in the 29-year old Switzerland international midfielder Gokhan Inler on and off for a few years according to the press. That could have been true or it could just have been rumoured because of Arsenal's annual need for a defensive midfielder.
Walcott happy with the improvements to his game! by Ash
Theo Walcott has been talking a lot about his Arsenal career in recent weeks, as well as the clubs ambitions, and he continued in that style by speaking with reporters yesterday about how he feels he has improved his overall game.
There is now less than a month to go before Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the first game of the new Premier League season, and the Gunners have still not spent a penny of the now infamous Â£70 million transfer war chest. To be fair to Arsene Wenger, though, it seems like all of the players he has made moves to sign are ridiculously hard to get hold of, for one reason or another.
Now is the time for Arsene Wenger to move for Paris Saint Germain's Mamadou Sakho. The young French centre back has recently said that he may leave the French champions if he does not get more game time in a congested defence that has now got even worse because of the Â£27 million signing of Marquinhos from Roma.
Over the last few weeks there has been constant speculation linking Arsenal forward Gervinho away from the club, with Serie A side Roma interested as well as Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Lyon also interested, although the latter yesterday denied the links.
The lack of real transfer action at Arsenal is not only driving the Arsenal fans up the wall, it is sending some of the football journalists into imagination overdrive. The principle seems to be, if there is nothing to report on, we better make something up. That, anyway, is the only reason I can think of the transfer rumours linking the Gunners with possible moves for Juan Mata from Chelsea and the young Brazilian midfielder Bernard from Atletico Mineiro.
This is my first ever article and I am very excited to be writing it.
I am an optimistic Arsenal fan and a huge Wenger fan. I think Wenger has done a great job with the budget available to him compared to Chelsea, Man U and Man City, but I do have one problem with Mr Wenger.
The longer it takes, the more difficult it will be! By JL
In my last article, I tried to point out that quality signings MIGHT not arrive at the Emirates and Arsene COULD subsequently depart the Emirates. I hate this feeling but I can't help but to think our suffering days are very much with us.
According to reports, Arsenal have once again revived their interest in Swansea defender Ashley Williams, on the back of losing club captain Thomas Vermaelen to injury. Williams has been a target for Wenger for most of this summer, however so far we have seen very little movement on this deal, despite some suggesting that it has neared completion on several occasions.
Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky is a very undervalued footballer and his importance to the club often goes unnoticed. He has been vital to our two last end of season run-ins and in fact I would go as far as saying it was some of his performances that made us grasp all 3 points and so ultimately result in finishing not only in the Champion's League places but also above our greatest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Is Arsene Wenger Worth Â£7.5 million a year? by MA
No Arsenal fan or anyone else needs to be reminded that Arsenal Football Club has not won any trophy since 2005, and are still strong favourites to end the coming season potless as well. You should check out Betfair for this season's recommended bets before investing any money.
If you weren't sure who Chuba Akpom was before, and to be honest I reckon there is a fair few out there that weren't aware of him at Arsenal, then I'm sure after the way this pre-season tour of Asia has been going, then you will surely be aware of how talented this young striker really is.
Why Bayern can help Arsenal's Defensive midfield problem? by Amogh
This is my first article for this site ,so, if any flaws , please do pardon me my fellow gunners.
The month of July has almost passed. the only signing we have so far made is an U-21 French international named yaya sonogo and all the clubs are busy strengthening their deficient departments and some clubs (like PSG, City, Madrid etc ) are making even their bench stronger, well all clubs except Arsenal,at least for the moment.
One of the big concerns around Arsenal going into the summer transfer window was the right back situation. Not only was there a doubt about Bacary Sagna staying with the Gunners, with just a year left on his contract, a lot of people thought that Arsenal needed a new player anyway, because of the French international's poor form last season.
Wenger is part of the problem at Arsenal by Big Gun
Fellow Gooners, it is time to remove the blinkers and throw away those tinted glasses most Arsenal supporters have been wearing for the last couple of years. I say this because it has become painfully obvious that Arsene Wenger is part of the reason why Arsenal Football Club have shown no interest in signing the much needed â€˜big names' our club needs to challenge for titles and trophies once again.
By reading the title, you may assume that I am talking about Julio Cesar or Gonzalo Higuain, but I am in fact talking about the possibility that we may have lost the chance of signing Everton's Marouane Fellaini. United have been rebuffed by Barcelona and Fabregas, thankfully, and so will trigger the Belgian's release clause, apparently, and he is happy to accept the transfer.
Its tough to be an Arsenal fan during Transfer Window. Each passing day we hear a new player linked with transfer in/out for Arsenal. In fact, we too believed finally our transfer policy will change! I'm curious to know how many of us rejoiced when Arsenal board declared we have 70 million to spend this window, with an upper limit of 116M in the bank!
Is a big squad necessary for Arsenal success? by Ash
I have always been adamant that having good players isn't enough to guarantee success. You also need a great manager who has a depth of knowledge as well as a tactician's mind, whilst you also need spirit, support, passion and determination to win.
During this transfer window, Arsenal have been linked with a host of players ranging from superstars to the unknowns that we have come to expect. However the most puzzling transfer rumours for me are when we are linked to centre backs, most prominently Ashley Williams but also others including Alderwiereld, Papadopoulos and others.
Just because Arsenal are away on their pre-season tour of Asia, with their next game against the Japanese side Nagoya Grampus on Monday, does not mean that the club will stop working on their transfer targets, assuming they are in the first place. As most of the media reports are, I am concentrating on the big name strikers being linked with the Gunners.
I must confess that I am surprised that Arsene Wenger's top transfer target this summer seems to be the controversial Liverpool and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. When the rumours first started not long ago, it was widely considered more likely to be a ploy to make Real Madrid stop messing us about over Gonzalo Higuain, but apparently not.
I think that we have finally amassed an Arsenal squad who get along with each other and are good friends for the first time in a long time. As I see the team in Asia on the pitch and off the pitch it is clear they are all very good friends. That is something I have failed to notice in recent seasons as they would rarely talk on the pitch and walk around with scowls on their faces.
According to media reports, the agent of Liverpool star Luis Suarez has told Arsenal and the player's other suitors that Â£40 million is the amount required to land the controversial striker, because of a clause in his contract, whereas Liverpool say the clause does not force them to sell, only to `consider` the offer, which is ridiculous and would make the clause pointless.
If Arsene Wenger has got any reservations about signing Gonzalo Higuain for Arsenal, the striker's club Real Madrid are doing nothing to encourage the Frenchman to press ahead with the deal. I really have no idea what they are playing at, but is is really getting on my nerves, so how frustrated must Wenger be?
After years of talk, it's time for Arsenal to make a statement of real intent! by AK
If there was a trophy issued for the â€˜patience' of a football club's fan base, I am sure Arsenal would win it every season. Unfortunately our patience with the clubs hierarchy seems to have hit an all-time low.
Does Giroud have what it takes to be Arsenal's main striker? by AH
In yesterday's friendly game Arsenal scored seven goals for the second time running, this time winning 7-1 against the Vietnam national team, following on from the 7-0 win against the Indonesian All-Stars just a few days ago.
These reports of Sol Campbell possibly managing Arsenal one day sound good to me, so long as Thierry Henry has no intention of getting into management. I always thought it should be one of Arsene Wenger's former players who should replace him as the manager of the club.
What will JustArsenal do if it is JUST Sanogo? by Andrew M
Well, another torrid transfer window for Arsenal Fans continues. We have been told that our transfer kitty to spend this window is about Â£70 million, we have been linked to every player possible, most recently Suarez, Higuain, Cesar and Fellaini.
Arsenal has not won a trophy in eight years. If you hate any article, blog or tweet that starts with this annoying statement, chances are that you are a Gunner. In that case, you are welcome. I hate that statement too. So I am not going negative or paranoid today.
Higuain to Arsenal looks gone; we can probably safely say that Suarez was never gonna happen (even though I'd love to see him at the Emirates, Â£40 million wired to the premier league team is just not Arsene's thing. Rooney? Well, unfortunately it's just us selling top players to competitors, they don't do the same for us.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised a lot in recent years, as it seemed ever more likely that we would not regain glory under his management, however many fans are forgetting what he has done for the club during his 17 year reign, as well as the figure he represents the club as.
Whilst on tour with the Arsenal first team in Asia, Arsenal and England international star striker Theo Walcott has been talking of Arsenal's title hopes for next season. And the 24 year old is extremely positive and hopeful for the upcoming season, as we look to end what could be a 9 year trophy drought.
Away from the news that shows Real Madrid and Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to the Spanish capital to link up with the Madrid training team, more bad news is now being reported across the media, with several sources claiming that Madrid will now only agree to a price of Â£30m plus for Higuain in hope that this will provide more money to sign rival Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale.
Arsene Wenger made quite a few changes to the starting line up for the second Arsenal game of the pre-season tour of Asia against Vietnam. With concerns that the back problem could keep club captain out of the Gunners for quite an extended period at the start of the season, Wenger gave Sagna another chance to show what he can do in central defence.
Vietnam vs Arsenal preview, line up and score prediction by KJ
Arsenal got off to a brilliant start on their Asia tour with a 7 â€“ 0 drubbing of the Indonesia dream team. It was a fairly tame affair and we never got out of second gear (understandably).
I'd expect a very similar match considering these sides (no offence) are nowhere near the level required to even put up a challenge to a Premier League club, let alone Arsenal (watch how this comes back to bite me in the butt).
The possibility of Cesc Fabregas coming back to Arsenal is one that almost all Gooners would relish, but how realistic is it? First of all it is almost certain that Manchester United have launched an opening offer of around 30 million euros for the Spain and Barcelona midfielder, but after that, the waters begin to get muddy.
Maybe I am just naturally suspicious, but I am sure that I am not the only person who thinks there is something fishy about Gervinho's `illness` that has kept him out of the Arsenal tour of Asia, and I don't mean that he has eaten some dodgy shellfish. A lot of people suspect that the Ivorian is on the verge of a transfer away from the Emirates, and that is the real reason for him staying in London.
I really hope that this is one of the sort of exaggerated transfer rumours that Arsenal fans have been hearing all summer, because if the Gunners agree to sell the Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla to Atletico Madrid this summer, then all the years of patience and suffering will have been for nothing, and the positive words that we have been hearing from Ivan Gazidis will be worth less than nothing.
According to the German newspaper Bild, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is chasing the signature of Freiburg's young defender Matthias Ginter, who can also play in midfield. With Francis Coquelin already having completed a loan move to the Bundesliga side and Emmanuel Frimpong more than likely to be loaned out once again, the door is very much open for a new defensive midfielder at the Emirates, as well as another centre back, so Ginter's versatility certainly works in his favour.
It has been a while since I posted anything on this site. I was hoping that the club and the manager in particular might just prove me and many others wrong and make a few marquee signings with the kind of urgency they spoke of at the end of last season.
After Arsenal kicked off their 2013/14 season, with a 7-0 thrashing of the Indonesian All Star's team on the clubs pre-season tour of Asia, I read a lot of people stating that this result shows that we are in for a fantastic season and that we will win the league.
There is a strange feeling around Arsenal Football Club at the minute, especially among the players. It is an unusual sensation, characterised by being able to sleep soundly at night without waking up in a cold sweat after having a nightmare about being chased by a crazed potato(or spud) down the Seven Sisters road.
Williams transfer to Arsenal very unlikely by Stefan
Michael Laudrup has given the Swansea City captaincy to Ashley Williams in the hope of fending off interest from Arsenal and several other clubs. Arsenal have been linked with him on and off for a while now but this news makes a deal unlikely.
We were all hoping that Arsenal would have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain before now, and that the Argentinean international could have joined the Gunners on their tour of Asia. Instead, the striker had to turn up for his medical and pre-season training at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid today, and there are two stories in the Spanish media that suggest Arsenal's pursuit of Higuain is not getting any easier.
His name is Ryo and he would dance on the sand if he wasn't always injured. The young Japanese Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has had an absolutely torrid time with injury problems, which have meant he has only made two appearances in the league cup for Arsenal. His loan move last season to Wigan was meant to get him game time and Premier League experience, but that was also ruined by injury, which he is just coming back from.
Arsenal should match every single one of Manchester United's bids for Cesc Fabregas. by Stefan
As we know David Moyes has done what the media were expecting a month ago and made a bid for former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas worth around Â£25 million, according to media reports. Barcelona will reject the bid after saying that it is below their valuation of him.
Premature Speculation versus Reality: The Pressures of being an Arsenal Fan by Uche
I don't know about you but I had a good weekend. I didn't win a lottery or anything. I only watched my team Arsenal smash seven goals past the best Indonesia could offer. Yes some of us will say it was only Indonesia.
I understand that transfers are not always easy, and I have faith that Arsene Wenger will add some quality players to the Arsenal squad this summer, but if the reports are true about Julio Cesar signing for Rafa Benitez at Napoli, then I think Wenger has made a mistake on that one.
The 33-year old Brazilian international seemed like the perfect choice for the Gunners.
The two most improved players in Arsenal's pre-season friendly win against the Indonesian Dream Team yesterday, in my opinion, were Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna, and they could be very important players for the gunners this season. I think that the competition for places provided by the ever improving Carl Jenkinson and the transfer rumours about Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, may have sharpened the minds of these two players, or it could just be the rest they have had.
I know it is hugely frustrating for the fans that Arsenal have not announced any new signings other than the raw 20-year old French striker Yaya Sanogo. I can also understand why people are starting to wonder whether Arsene Wenger is actually going to spend the substantial amount of transfer money he is supposed to have, but it is not his fault.
When will the madness surrounding Nicklas Bendtner end? Now the Arsenal deadwood striker is being linked with new Premier League side Hull City. Speculation has arisen that Steve Bruce is looking to sign the Denmark international striker this summer and he becomes the 10th (slight exaggeration) to do so, but will he be able to provide the pompous striker with what he wants?
I firmly believe this is Arsenal's make or break year. We are approaching 9 years without a trophy and although other clubs have had much bigger trophy droughts, none have been proclaimed like our one has and this needs to end. This is the season where we can go out and win a trophy and push high up to the very top spots of the Premier League, or this is the season, where we experience the last of Champion's League football and fall down into the realms of Liverpool Football Club.
Arsene could decide to leave Arsenal due to less support by JL
Its just been a couple of weeks into the transfer window and I must tell you, it appears longer to me and I am sure, so it is with many Arsenal fans. The frustration is really taking a toll on me, sincerely.
The Premier League starts in a month or thereabouts.
The agent of the St.Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has claimed today that there has been an offer from a Premier League side for his client, leading various sections of the English media to believe that it is Arsenal who have made the move.
The French international has been in phenomenal form last season, helping St.
It's been eight long weeks since Arsenal accomplished the improbable by sealing a top four Premier League place. However, many fans are left frustrated as a signing has yet to be announced by Arsenal after more than 8 weeks of waiting. However, I want to pose some scenarios where Arsenal would look to delay the announcement of a signing that has already been made.
When it was announced earlier this week that Thomas Vermaelen would miss the Arsenal tour of Asia because of a back injury, it sparked a few conspiracy theories about him really being about to transfer to another club. The same was true of Gervinho and his mystery illness.
This speculation is understandable, as both players have been linked with possible moves away from the Gunners this summer, although for different reasons.
The first game of Arsenal's pre-season was more about fitness and promoting the club in Indonesia, so not a lot can be read into the starting line up. Arsene Wenger gave quite a few young players the chance to impress, and Mikel Arteta captained the Gunners in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen.
Although Arsenal started with a high tempo, it took about 20 minutes to hit the back of the net, but it was a great move when it came, Walcott providing a slick, precise and calm finish after a brilliant run and lay-off from the Ox.
Indonesia Dream Team vs Arsenal preview, predicted line up and score line prediction by KJ
It's been a long, tiresome two months since we last saw the Arsenal play but we are finally back and this time it's the first of four pre-season matches we'll play on our tour of Asia.
We've taken a solid 24-man squad with the exclusion of our two Spaniards (who are recuperating from the Confederations Cup), Vermaelen (for a back injury), Gervinho (illness apparently but we all know it's because he's looking to leave the club) and finally Sanogo (who was playing for France in the U20 World Cup which they also just won).
When going through the list of players leaving Arsenal this summer, and also those â€˜deadwood' players who are set to leave, I soon figured out that a lot of the players we are selling or letting go are strikers, or at least attacking players in the final third (Strikers, Centre-Forwards, Wingers).
Why it would only take a Â£40million bid for Arsenal to get Luis Suarez by KJ
This week has been all about Luis Suarez to Arsenal. The papers have been furiously reporting the fact that we had a Â£30 million bid rejected by Liverpool and according to the reliable people on Twitter (GeoffArsenal), we are looking to make a Â£36 million bid for the controversial Uruguayan.
With Arsenal on the hunt for a new striker this summer, Arsene Wenger has certainly outlined who his main striking targets are. The list includes some of the world's greatest current strikers in Rooney, Higuain and Suarez. However with Rooney seeming to be a no go, Higuain being a deal gone cold and Suarez just being extremely unrealistic, Arsenal have supposedly turned their attention back to Galatasaray and Turkey international striker Burak Yilmaz, although this may be just a rumour.
When Theo Walcott signed for Arsenal back at the start of 2006, the 16-year old graduate from Southampton's academy was one of the most promising youngsters we had seen for a while. After a few seasons, though, fans and commentators were getting frustrated by his lack of progression, with some suggesting that he had no football brain and was just a fast runner.
Perhaps there is another direction for Arsenal in the transfer market by Nick
It seems that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a striker and a defensive midfielder, if the media is anything to go by. While these are both areas in which Arsenal could use some additional reinforcements, there is also the need for a creative playmaker to line up in the central attacking midfielder's position.
Everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club wants to see some top class signings coming to the Emirates this summer, but we should be careful what we wish for. Arsene Wenger has issued a timely reminder that the Gunners finished last season extremely well, right at the top of the form table, and that team should not be messed about with too much.
Hello Arsenal Fans....so who is watching Yaya Sanogo tonight? By Aondoaver K
I am waiting to catch a flight from Lagos to Abuja and I am trying to digest what seems to me to be a very complicated news conference from Arsene Wenger about transfers. There is the part about.. "What I will always do in the future is not to use my longevity (at this club) as an advantage to stay in this position if I don't do well.
Sorry my fellow gooners but someone needs to be realistic, Arsenal are not going to be signing a Wayne Rooney or Luis Suarez. Crazy transfer rumours are part of the summer pre- season but some of the stuff I have been reading over the last couple of months can only be described as lazy journalism.
Recently Mathieu Flamini has been linked with a move back to Arsenal where he spent 4 years before moving to Italian giants AC Milan in 2008. There have already been plenty of articles about the Frenchman but I am here to say why I would welcome him back with open arms.
A lot of younger Arsenal fans probably won't remember him either because they are too young or because of how much time he spent injured.
There have been a few quiet reports in the last few days that Arsenal are interested in Ukrainian midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka who currently plays for Dnipro. He may be familiar to some fans as he played an important role in his national squad during Euro 2012, setting up goals in all three group games before being knocked out of the tournament.
Just about every Arsenal fan in the world was becoming frustrated by the lack of transfer activity at the club, despite the Gunners being linked with a vast array of quality players. I must admit that I was even becoming worried that Yaya Sanogo was going to be our only signing of the summer, but now at last Arsene Wenger has set my mind at ease.
A big part of Arsene Wenger's philosophy at Arsenal involves bringing on talented young players, and he has certainly had a fair amount of success in that area. It has been a while since a young player broke through from the academy and stamped his authority on the first team, and it is high time that somebody did.
The Spanish international Santi Cazorla doesn't seem to have any problems with his own self-confidence, as was clear as soon as he began his Arsenal career last season. Santi slotted right into the Arsenal team as if he had been playing with them for years and was soon orchestrating things from the middle of the pitch.
Already this summer, we have experience the long saga of Cesc Fabregas transferring to Arsenal from Barcelona, in a move that never even happened despite being almost as long as the deal that occurred between the three parties back in the summer of 2011.
What are the chances of Miyaichi making it at Arsenal? by AH
After seeing the response to the article surrounding Joel Campbell, his chances at the club and the possibility he could be heading out on loan with promoted side Crystal Palace reportedly interested, I thought that id address another players whose future is up in the air at Arsenal.
Over the last few weeks, suggestions have been sourced to say that Arsenal and Ivory Coast international winger Gervinho could be on his way out of North London with interest from France, Germany and Turkey gathering. But now after the latest developments in the story, the player's omission from the clubs upcoming tour of Asia can only enhance the rumours further and in some cases basically confirm that he is looking to leave this summer.
Arsenal midfield 2013/14, the defensive line by Blaz
In the last couple of days there were plenty of photos on Arsenal.com of players starting preparation for the new season. First of all, what are Chamakh, Andre Santos, Bendtner, Park still doing there? And secondly, there was an interesting face I've seen.
In an interview with the media, Theo Walcott has stated the importance for Arsenal to get off to a good start next season, if we are to be serious about competing amongst the biggest teams and challengers of each individual competition.
Walcott told Sky Sports reporters; "We need to remember those moments that we had and make sure we do it from the start, because we could be challenging for anything.
It was reported that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was going to miss the Gunners' tour of Asia because of a back injury, which is bad news for the club's pre-season preparations, and even worse news for the Belgium international. Vermaelen, as we know, has his work cut out getting a starting place ahead of the central defensive partnership that finished last season.
As Arsenal leave for their normal pre-season tour across the world, the official squad that will be travelling has now been announced by the club. Arsenal visit Asia this year in which we will see them play several teams including the Vietnam national team and fellow Barclay's Premier League side, Manchester City.
Hello all Gunners around the world, I am Peter, TheNigerianGunner (my new name for JustArsenal comments). This is pretty much my first article ever and i ask to please bear with me as I'm not a professional.
Ok, to the point. We Gunners everywhere are frustrated by the lack of Arsenal signing yet we are linked to every available player thanks to the English press.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are in pursuit of young Belgian midfielder Junior Malanda after he broke his contract with Zulte Waregem after going missing for a week after arguments with club officials. Malanda now claims he is a free agent and is waiting for a Premier League club to make him an offer, Arsenal being one of them.
As the season approaches, Arsene Wenger and the board are furiously preparing for the new campaign by launching bids, issuing statements to the fans as to what our plans and goals are and......wait, they aren't doing that, they are releasing new kits for us to buy, reducing the wage budget and travelling to Asia to hoodwink the potential supporters over there as they have the rest of us.
After another sticky night of restless hot humid summer heat.. I staggered out of bed and Put the kettle on this morning and as also booted up my PC and logged in to see of any updates on my beloved Gunners.. Have we signed someone? Is there any news on Higuain / Suarez or even Cesc?
According to the Daily Mirror, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the verge of making a 1.5 million bid for QPR shot-stopper Julio Cesar.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates since Rangers suffered relegation last term and has clearly stated his desire to stay in London, thus keeping the other London clubs on high alert.
It's been 7 weeks since the end of the season and Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of players from across the globe. The fans of Arsenal football club are desperate for successful summer in the transfer market, and early promises meant that it looked like we would finally get our wish and hopefully end our 8 year trophy drought.
Jolean Lescott isn't a player you would normally think Arsenal were interested in, keeping his age and inconsistency in mind, however a report from SportsDirectNews would suggest otherwise. Now, I know what you're thinking, SportsDirectNews?
Whether or not Arsenal's widely reported interest in the Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has made any difference or not does not really matter. It seemed to be a fairly obvious bargaining ploy to get Real Madrid to stop messing us about over Gonzalo Higuain, but the upshot is that Real Madrid are preparing their own bid for Suarez.
Well here is an interesting question (with the lack of any real transfer news! LOL). So Mathieu Flamini forced his way out of Arsenal to joino AC Milan five years ago (doesn't time fly?) and it was Wenger's first (and only) that he lost a player to a free transfer that he wanted to keep, although Theo Walcott came close last season.
Today Christian Benteke, the reported Tottenham and Arsenal target, has handed in a transfer request to Aston Villa and their manager Paul Lambert continues to be defiant over letting the big Belgian go.
You would have to say that Tottenham have been far more active in their pursuit of him than Arsenal and that's okay.
What do we REALLY know? AKA.... My private little rant! by Blaz
David Villa went to Atletico Madrid. This just goes to show how much we (and by we I mean Arsenal fans and the media) really know or have a clue about the transfers that are about to happen. A few months ago he was heading to Arsenal, a few weeks ago he was heavily connected with Tottenham.
Arsenal made an official bid for Clement Grenier, the 22 year-old French international midfielder, but despite the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas being confident of keeping the talented midfielder, the first round of talks between the club and player have not yet arrived at a mutual decision about his future.
The Reds and Greens: Arsenal at the this summer's transfer market by SB
It's been a weeks of exciting, some times funny and even frustrating transfer speculations and rumours for Arsenal. But these speculations (e.g. Higuain joining Arsenal) has got me for weeks thinking and asking myself what really is delaying that deal from being complete?
What makes a statement true? Is it the mere fact that the statement was made or the calibre of the person making the statement? In my nearly forty years of existence, I have found over and over again that people of all calibres lie regularly and with ease.
Joel Campbell could well be Arsenal's next gem to make his way up from the youth, and Arsenal fans will be hoping he can repeat the performances that have earned him many plaudits ever since he joined the club two years ago.
The Costa Rican international striker originally joined Arsenal in 2011 after a stint of successful trials.
Arsenal HAVE to sign players before they leave for the preseason tour in Asia. by Kash
It's been 7 weeks now since the season ended and we've only signed French U21 international, Yaya Sanogo on a free. Many of us including me were expecting a very proactive Arsenal that would've had the majority of signings ready to be finalised on the opening day of the transfer window (July 1st) but instead, we are yet to see a new face at the Emirates.
Many know that this summer transfer window is absolutely vital for Arsenal, and the club needs to get it right if they are to be ambitious and compete amongst the big boys next year, especially if we want to challenge for the Premier League and go far in both domestic and European competitions.
What can Arsenal Fan's expect from this new Era at the Club? by Josh09
So what does a new era at Arsenal really mean, well Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis came out quickly in an interview shortly after the premier league season was over, answering questions on Arsenal's financial situation at the current time, and the views and plans to take the club forward and win trophies.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed that no bid has yet been made for their want-away striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal we're believed to have been close to sealing a deal for the striker in a deal worth just under â‚¬25Million, but Perez seems to be denying that such news is even close to beginning, never mind completion!
Arsenal's goalkeeping situation has never been clear since we lost the great Jens Lehmann in goal back in 2008. Since then we have only seen Alumunia as the long term Arsenal goalkeeper between the sticks but with the former Arsenal player often being labelled as a liability of a goalkeeper (and that's putting it nicely), Arsene Wenger had also tried the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone in goal, before finally deciding to settle with Polish International goalkeeper Wojciech Szczseny.
Lack of Transfer Announcements and the Dead Wood Connection by Uche
Hello friends and good day. I hope you are all doing well. If you have a gun pointed to your head because Arsenal have not yet taken delivery of our Higgy merchandise, you might want to lower that gun and consider what I am about to tell you.
Possible Arsenal targets and their ratings by Blaz
In the past month or so Arsenal have been connected to a bzillion different strikers. Basically, almost every player that scored more than 15 goals in the past season was on his way to Emirates. Everyone has his favourite or favourites, but it's probably quite safe to say, Arsene will buy just one more striker â€“ don't forget, we already purchased Sanogo, There is Campbell and of course Giroud, so any talk of combining Higuain and Rooney/Suarez and so on is redundant.
The Arsenal squad, or most of them anyway, will be heading off to Indonesia for the start of the Far East pre-season tour on Thursday, and one Gunner who cannot wait to pull on the red and white and get out onto the pitch is Lukas Podolski.
The German international has had an extra few days off because he played in a couple of international friendlies at the end of last season, so he rejoins his team mates at London Colney tomorrow.
I am sure that Arsene Wenger would like to complete the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal in time for the Argentinian to be able to take part in the tour of the Far East. If that is to be the case, though, then the Gunners need to pull their socks up, because at the minute, Higuain is still in Madrid.
Everybody seems to be discussing the new Arsenal Away Shirt for next season, and although it is not due to be officially released until tomorrow, here is a sneak preview of the yellow shirt with a collar for change....
Now if i remember correctly, this is extremely similar to the one that the Invincibles wore on that fantastic season ten years ago when the Gunners went the whole season unbeaten.
I must admit that when I first heard of Arsenal bidding Â£30 million for the wild Liverpool striker Luis SuÃ¡rez I was extremely skeptical, but now it has been confirmed by both the Guardian and The Telegraph I have little choice but to believe the approach was real.
But that doesn't mean that Arsene Wenger really expected the bid to be accepted, as why would anyone after Suarez's comments last month when he spoke about how he hated his treatment from the British media.
If there ever was a player that was more known for his controversy than his undeniable talent, that player is Luis Suarez. After joining Liverpool from Ajax for what now seems a bargain price of Â£22 million, Suarez has been surrounded with both hatred and adulation by football fans around the world.
There is a transfer rumour in the press today that claims Arsenal are preparing a swoop on the German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. The target of the move is going to be their 19-year old star Matthias Ginter, who can play in defence as well as midfield. Only this week we learned that our French midfielder Francis Coquelin would be joining Freiburg on loan for the season, and there is a good chance that the two moves could be connected.
There have been recent murmurs going around world media that Arsenal have terminated the contract of Korean international striker Chu Young Park. The rumours started off from an independent Spanish press company, who are seemingly afflicted with Park's old club Celta Vigo, where he spent last season out on loan.
Constant reports over the last few weeks have pointed out that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being lined up by mega rich Paris Saint-Germain as their main managerial target for next season. Having secured Laurent Blanc as the new French Champions' manager, we know we are safe in keeping Wenger for this upcoming season at least but with just 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract we cannot be certain about his future any further.
Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao who patrols Spain all season long looking for new players has said to Spanish newspaper El Pais that top players who are currently playing in Liga BBVA are all desperate to move to England and play in the Premier League due to financial problems in Spain that are hitting football clubs hard.
With another day looking set to go past with no confirmation of Arsenal signing anyone, I thought we'd take a look at Arsenal's first summer signing in closer detail. Yaya Sanogo had stated on many occasions ever since early June, that he was going to be signing for the Gunner's this summer, but with no official confirmation from the club, many believed we wouldn't even be signing this unknown talent, but behold it was finally confirmed on the club's website Arsenal.
What would be a good season for Arsenal? by Dave G
For the first time in a while, we are experiencing a summer transfer window without the usual panic and trepidation over which of our stars we might lose before the start of the new season. We have the opportunity to build on last year's squad and performances, and by all accounts we actually have some money to spend.
We keep hearing about how Arsenal have been losing their best players, like Samir Nasri and van Persie, because of a lack of ambition. Both of these deserters said they left the club to win silverware, and the fact that they both have lends weight to their claims. I'm sure the fact that their wages were increased hugely had nothing to do with it whatsoever.
The next player on the production line of Arsenal "deadwood" exits looks to be Moroccan striker Marouanne Chamakh who spent a chink of last season on loan at West Ham and was further down the pecking order than Andy Caroll, Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole.
According to certain media sources, he will be heading to Spain this summer and Levante are thought to have already offered a measly Â£1M.
Should Arsenal continue with zonal marking on corners? by Nitesh
Last year saw Steve Bould take over from Pat Rice as Arsene's right hand man. A hard tackling defender in his own time, he was widely expected to take charge of the Arsenal defence, to bring down the number of goals conceded, which was an appalling 43 goals during the 2011-12 Premier League season.
We are all aware that Arsenal are looking to sign a new keeper this summer and the most favoured candidate seems to be Queen's Park Rangers and Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar who is available for a cut price following his club's relegation from the Premier League.
There is probably going to be some more action in the summer transfer window for Arsenal, but the signing of the Argentinean international Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid should have finally convinced the Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger IS willing to spend the club's money and wants to win trophies as much as we do.
There has been recent talk about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez being a possible transfer target for Arsenal if we miss out on Manchester United and England international striker Wayne Rooney, which now seems to be even more likely to happen following today's news.
Today I read something on the internet that I couldn't believe. And that was that Aaron Ramsey could be used as a possible make-weight in any deal offered for Everton Midfielder Maroune Fellaini. Now admittedly, you shouldn't completely believe anything you read on the internet and unless it's listed on the BBC or Sky Sports, or of course Arsenal.
The transfer of Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal is certainly dragging on a lot longer than it should have done, but it has not hit the wall, contrary to the widely repeated report in the Spanish newspaper Marca. The problem for Arsenal is that we have to dance to Real Madrid's tune a little bit until the deal is completed.
This transfer rumour should be good for a laugh. Arsenal are apparently the favourites to `land` QPR `star` Stephan Mbia this summer after they suffered relegation and their top earners are being moved on as quickly as possible, a report in today's Daily Star has claimed.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will say that they never believed that Rooney would be joining Arsenal anyway, even if the England international striker was to leave Manchester United this summer, but the rest of us who thought it just might happen can forget about it and move on.
Rooney was due to hold talks with David Moyes this week, and the former Everton manager has now revealed that Rooney is going nowhere.
Arsenal need to add to the management team! by Ash
You may or may not be aware of the news that Manchester United will have the former Red Devil's player Phil Neville on their coaching staff for next season and it made an idea that I firmly believe in spring to mind once again.
I have spoken about this idea and topic once before on this site, but I wanted to reaffirm my point to Arsenal fans and how it could actually be a better idea than you may first think.
Just after the dramatic finale to the last Premier League season, all the Arsenal transfer rumours seemed to be about the Montenegrin international Stevan Jovetic. His Italian club Fiorentina thought they held all the cards and were trying to play Arsene Wenger off against the representatives of Juventus, who were also chasing the 23-year old forward.
Bellerin's new contract and what it represents by KJ
Arsenal have, since the Emirates move, been very secure in the right back position and got a brilliant player from Auxerre in Sagna. He was always known as "Mr.Consistent" because of his, well you guessed it, consistency. However, Sagna has been below par last season and with only a year left on his contract; Arsenal will need to be looking at replacements soon.
It seems like Nicklas Bendtner is going to make the Arsenal fans suffer again, as his wage demands have put his permanent transfer to the German Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt in jeopardy. I have only just finished cleaning up the mess from the party I had a couple of days ago when I heard of the not-so-great Dane's impending departure.
Even when we lose, we win over Tottenham! by Gunner G
Probably nobody here was alive to recall the stoppage that took place in English football due to some silly sod named Franz Ferdinand being assassinated, however, it is after the ensuing war that the FA would unknowingly help to fuel one of the greatest rivalries on Earth.
In recent days I've tried to stay away from the transfer window and the continuous speculation that is surrounding both Arsenal players outgoing and the rumoured targets for Arsene Wenger because quite simply its clearly getting a bit frustrating for Arsenal fans, however although this isn't another piece of news that claims to be the latest on Gonzalo Higuain or the real truth on Maroune Fellaini or Julio Cesar, this article looks at a player that could soon be on his way out of Arsenal.
In some ways, I would love to see Luis Suarez transfer to Arsenal this summer, but I just cannot see it happening. People do say that the bookies are rarely wrong, and when they suspend betting on an event, then is is usually a sure thing, so the report in The Sun today that William Hill has stopped taking bets on the Uruguayan striker moving from Liverpool to Arsenal certainly bears looking at.
This coming season will be a very exciting one in English football, and should be a good one for Arsenal. Manchester United have a new manager for the first time in nearly three decades, Manchester City have a new manager and are expected to spend big to retake the crown from their rivals and Chelsea have seen the return of "The Special One" with money and ambition to match his name.
It's gone a bit quiet on the Arsenal front at the moment with only players like Djourou and Mannone leaving the club being the source of real transfer news. The rumours seem to indicate that something big is going on behind the scenes at Arsenal and you'd hope so considering our team leaves for the pre-season tour in a little more than a week.
Every second ticks to a minute which drags to an hour which feels like a day; still, no announcement from Arsenal.com on any transfers of world class ("top, top, top" in French) players. We sift every rumour in a deluge of faecal matter for a shred of truth, but alas nothing.
Per Mertesacker set to be next Arsenal captain? by AH
There has been a lot of debate in recent days over speculation surrounding our current club captain Thomas Vermaelen and although, as far as I'm aware, there have been no recent rumours suggesting the Belgium international is on his way out of North London, there have been suggestions that he could be replaced as captain in preparation for the new season.
Abou Diaby has had an absolutely horrendous time at Arsenal â€“ there is no getting away from it. It's difficult to say whether things would have been different had he not suffered such a crushing injury at the feet of Dan Smith, but it certainly didn't help.
In light of the constant transfer rumours which seem to be driving every Arsenal fan up the wall with the lack of movement as well as actual realistic truth, I thought I'd bring back a classic old debate which still divides Arsenal fans down the middle.
This transfer window has been the most craziest in Arsenal fans memory. Every top player has been linked to Arsenal ranging from Rooney, Higuain, Torres, Lewendoski, Benteke, Jovetic, Grenier, Gonalons, Wanyama, Ashley Williams, Julio Cesar etc etc, I could go on and on and now Luis 'Controversial' Suarez.
I am sure that Arsenal are keeping track of the situation with Geoffrey Kondogbia, and he may be the reason why the Gunners have not pushed on for any of the defensive midfield targets so far. Real Madrid had been strong favourites to sign Kondogbia, but some reports in the Spanish media yesterday were very encouraging about the chances of Arsenal capturing the 20-year old French international.
There has almost definitely been contact already between Arsenal Football Club and Gonzalo Higuain, but the rules about transfer dealings state that there can be no official discussions between players and prospective teams without the express permission of the player's existing club, and that means that the selling club have to accept an offer before they allow their players to start organising their transfers.
When it comes to Arsenal and you think of British players, I'm sure you won't have any trouble in remembering the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. However in past years you may have had that issue and I'm even pretty sure that at one point Theo Walcott was our only English first team player that actually got into the starting XI on a regular basis.
Why on Earth is Gareth Barry being linked with a move to Arsenal? by Stefan
In the media today there have been some reports of Manchester City's Gareth Barry maybe making a move to Arsenal. Now, I know this is probably just one of those ten thousand stupid rumours that we hear everyday, but this one must be infuriating for Arsenal fans and whoever made this up deserves to be shot.
This transfer window was shaping to be one of the best ones for Arsenal. Remember, only a week ago, June was coming to an end, we were getting rid of players nobody wanted at the club and at the same time were being connected to some football superstars? Higuain, Rooney, hell, even Torres (why not, the more the merrier) were just about to be announced on Arsenal.
Being a Londoner there is nothing more frustrating than public transport, especially buses. You find yourself waiting absolutely ages, and then three come along at once. But you wait at the bus stop because you have faith that eventually one will arrive, and you believe that the TFL couldn't be so cruel as to discontinue the bus service just as you get there.
If the reports that hit the media yesterday about Arsenal having a Â£20 million bid for Lars Bender rejected are true, it shows that Arsene Wenger is really looking for a player to fill that troublesome defensive midfield role. The Gunners may go back with a bigger offer, but the Bundesliga club have stated, fairly plainly, that they will not entertain any offer.
Arsenal have finally officially announced the first signing of the summer transfer window in Yaya Sanogo. The 20-year old French striker from Auxerre in Ligue 2 is not exactly the `top, top, top` player that Gooners have been waiting for, but at least it is a signing and he looks promising for the future.
Hello everyone and good day. It is yet another day and no big signing has been announced. Thankfully, the signing of Yaya Sanogo has been confirmed on arsenal.com and I am very excited about this. I am excited not because our collective frustrations have gotten to the point where any player would do, but because this brilliant young kid would make a very good third or fourth striker for the arsenal.
Apart from the Yaya Sanogo signing, there has been no official moves made by Arsenal so far in this transfer window. The fans are frustrated and it is understandable, but we don't really believe that Arsene Wenger and his staff are just twiddling their thumbs in an office or sunning themselves on a beach do we?
In an interview with ESPN, Arsenal and England superstar Jack Wilshere was keen to point out on his views on the Gunners, looking both at the performances of last season, as well as how the future lies for the top team in North London.
Although there were a lot of questions asked, one in particular came to my attention and it focused upon the possible near future signing of Gonzalo Higuain.
I must admit that when I first heard about Arsenal were being linked with a 17-year old Croatian centre back called Tin Jedvaj, I was so excited that I nearly used real butter instead of Margarine, which was not very. I understand that Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for promising new players, and that is a good thing, but they are not the type of signings we are all waiting for this summer.
Former Arsenal player, and habitual critic, Stewart Robson has said that Arsenal should do everything they can to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton, as the midfield needs to be balanced out for a decent title challenge next season.
He said on Talksport, "Arsenal need a real strong backbone in that midfield.
Wilshere has announced something that will give all Arsenal fans a sigh of relief after small reports speculated that perhaps Arsenal could lose one of their star players once again this summer. However this time around the player in question, Jack Wilshere was quick to diminish reports stating; "Obviously, I'm flattered.
Arsenal eye up another Barcelona youngster by Stefan
Some media reports have recently claimed that Arsenal are making a move for Antonio Sanabria who is the next big star in Barcelona's youth system. At 17 years old he is already been tipped for future success after dominating in Barcelona's youth teams and performing excellently at the under-20â€²s World Cup.
Everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club will be relieved that the Confederations Cup is finished and our two members of the Spanish squad have not picked up any injuries. In fact, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal were hardly used, but they will still be given an extended holiday and may not be quite ready for the start of the Premier League season, as we heard yesterday.
Wild speculation ultimately leads to the complete frustration. by Adam Kemp
Throughout June there have been numerous rumours linking Arsenal to just about every professional player on the planet. Given this idle speculation, the cold reality is that we have confirmed a move for another promising youngster with an unproven resume.
It may be that Wayne Rooney stays where he is this summer, but if he was to leave then Arsenal were rumoured to near the front of the queue of clubs hoping to sign him. There are only a few clubs that could meet the conditions of the England striker, including transfer fee, wage demands and being in the Champions League.
I wrote an article the other day and pleaded with Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff to take pity on us poor Arsenal fans. It was clear that everyone was starting to get anxious as all the other Premier League teams were announcing signings while we were left to sift through rumours.
Wenger must have read the story(not), or it could simply be a coincidence(you think?
The news for Arsenal fans does not get any better in this summer's transfer window, which was one we were supposed to be actually looking forward to for the first time in years. While the other Premier League clubs seem to be getting lots of business done, the staff at Arsenal seem to have gone into hiding, and transfer targets seem to be passing us by.
Jack Wilshere may be an integral part of the Gunners team on the pitch, often being the player that Arsenal's style, creation and work focuses around, however he is also important off the pitch and today he spoke about the club's business this summer and what the future could hold for us.
As we speak the Media is reporting that Arsenal have had a Â£19.7M bid for Lars Bender rejected by Bayer Leverkusen who are flat out refusing to sell another one of their top players after the excellent season they have had.
They have already lost Daniel Carvajal back to Real Madrid and Andre Schurrle to Chelsea.
After weeks of speculation, media rumours and reports, a lot of Arsenal fans are beginning to get suspicious and wonder why the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain has not been completed yet. After the club's recent performances in the transfer windows, Gooners are also starting to wonder whether it is going to happen at all.
Why are Arsenal being linked with so may strikers? by Stefan
Gonzalo Higuain looks to be close to completing a transfer to Arsenal in a Â£22 million deal, but the press is still going crazy with Arsenal striker transfer rumours. Young French striker Yaya Sanogo is almost certainly going to join Arsenal soon and he is of an age where he could start breaking into the first team already.
Just about everybody and their Grandmother knows about Arsenal's trophy drought. It's been 8 long years since that FA Cup win in 2005. Since then the club has been in a Champions League final which they lost against the mighty Barcelona and a League Cup final which they lost against the uh, mighty Birmingham City.
As the transfer window officially opens today for Europe, many Arsenal fans are expecting a big week or two from the club considering our pre-season tour starts in just 13 days. One of the biggest transfers that are seemingly close is that of Gonzalo Higuain.
Yeah! fine. agreed. No doubt Arsenal haven't won any trophy since almost a decade, no doubt we have failed to sign top players, no doubt we have lost our reputation as great passers of the ball and no doubt we have to be the joke of our Man Utd friend s- but my fellow Gunners, this year is going to be ours, by hook or by crook!