Wenger slams Spurs by Stefan Our beloved manager Arsene Wenger has slammed Arsenal's oldest and main rivals Tottenham Hotspur by ridiculing their big spending and claiming it will unbalance the squad and bring them nothing but failure. He has talked about how the stability of AVB's side will be affected but I shake my head [.
How does the midfield look with Flamini? by KJ So as most of you will know, we re-signed French midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer. A lot of people are very disappointed with this signing and it's understandable. We have Â£100m+ in the bank ready to spend on players and yet we sit here [..
What chance do we stand in the Champions League? by AH After beating Fenerbahce 5-0 over the course of two legs in the qualification round of this year's Uefa Champions League, Arsenal were entered into the competition for another consecutive year under Arsene Wenger and we were placed in pot 1 amongst the big clubs [.
In the Arsenal press conference today ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger was thrown plenty of questions about the transfer business this summer. It is hardly surprising that the subject came up, given the fact that out close neighbours and rivals have outspent even Manchester City this summer, while [.
Well, Arsenal fans finally have their second signing of the summer, after the club confirmed that Mathieu Flamini has joined the Gunners for the second time, after leaving the club for AC Milan in his first four year stint. Another free signing, and not even a new face, is hardly going to alleviate the frustration [.
Arsenal's transfer policy is not working and everybody knows it by Stefan Arsenal have a policy of not spending big like every other club around us but instead searching for specific targets and waiting until the very end of the transfer window. The problem with this is that everybody knows we have lots of unspent [.
Let me just say before I start that these Arsenal transfer rumours are just that, rumours. Here at Just Arsenal we have received these from a source apparently with contacts in the club, but I must reiterate that we cannot confirm the authenticity of them. However, the same source did tell us about the club [.
It's official, Arsenal have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a three year deal after the Frenchman was released from Italian giants AC Milan earlier on in the summer. The 29-year-old former Gunner had been training with the Arsenal first-team squad for the last month or so and it seems as though [.
Bendtner's stubbornness kills off another move by Ash One of Arsenal's main priorities this summer was to have a massive clear out of all the players that realistically never had a chance of playing for Arsenal again. This would enable us to get some players off the towering wage bill, as well as free up [.
Fenerbahce banned! Worthless games? by AH So with the news that Fenerbahce have been banned from competing in Europe, Arsenal may suddenly feel that their efforts haven't been worthwhile playing against the Turkish club. A number of things may frustrate Wenger after the decision; however it wasn't all bad, with some aspects of the game [.
Ozil and Di Maria join Benzema's stance by Ash Arsenal have held an interest in a lot of players over the course of this summer transfer window. The main players to stand out recently have come from one club, Real Madrid. Madrid is a club full of world class talent that would arguably get into [...]
Aaahhh, you could hardly have picked a worse bunch of teams for Arsenal to get picked with in the Champions League group stages. After stuffing us by making us play against Fenerbahce before kicking them out of the tournament, UEFA did us no favours again with today's draw. Borusiia Dortmund were somehow seeded in pot [.
Walcott still believes Arsenal are No 1 by Ash Over the past few years Arsenal fans have had the horror of unfortunately witnessing the decline of Arsenal, whilst we watch our North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur rise up the table. For many years our celebrations for finishing above Spurs have been early on in the [.
The terrible run of luck continued for Arsenal today, after Arsene Wenger announced the bad news that Lukas Podolski has been sidelined for around two months. Medical tests have revealed that his hamstring injury is much worse than first thought, which could be seen as a disaster on top of us already having a depleted [.
The Champions League group stage draw is made later today and, as usual, there are teams we would prefer and teams we would like to avoid, but is there really anything for Arsenal to worry about? The Gunners may not have won a trophy for eight years or really challenged for the Premier League title [.
Arsenal's chance of signings from Real Madrid by Stefan In the past few days Arsenal have been linked with a move for several Real Madrid players. The players were Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Iker Casillas. Di Maria seems like the most likely target and everybody knows it. Benzema, Ozil and Casillas [.
Arsenal season starts or ends this weekend by Gunner Gyzinermouth Like many of you Arsenal fans, I have been on this site and others constantly since the end of last season. My hopes have gone from sky high to non-existent and the emotional rollercoaster has been unbearable, however, the light at the end of the [.
Transfer factors, the global economy, and the Arsenal way An unnecessarily large percentage of Arsenal fans out there are in a rush to push the "panic button" the moment anything bad happens at our honourable football club. It's almost as if they stand around in silence, wishing that something bad would happen, just so that [.
Arsenal have two midfield stars for years to come by Stefan I wrote a piece the other day on how Aaron Ramsey was getting back to his best for Arsenal and how he may be finally fulfilling his potential that was clear since the age of 18. Anybody who watched the Champions League play-off second [...]
Arsenal to face West Brom in Round 3 by AH Arsenal has been drawn up against West Bromwich Albion in the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup. The Gunners will travel to the Hawthorns stadium on the 23rd September in which will surely prove to be a difficult test for the club. Arsene Wenger [...]
Arsenal vs Fenerbahce match report and Infographic by Matt Our friends over at AllArsenal.com have compiled another in depth match report on last night's crucial win over the Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce at the Emirates, with statistics, quotes and all sorts of interesting little things for us Gooners to enjoy.
Do Arsenal operate in a different world? by Twig As at the time of this writing, Spurs have signed Soldado; have signed Paulinho; have given Willian a medical and have had a Â£30 million bid accepted by Roma for Lamela. Other than an injury-prone rookie striker (who was signed for less than Â£1 by the [.
Flamini to resign for Arsenal by AT According to Sky Sports sources, Arsenal have all but completed the acquisition of defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer following the former Gunner's release from Italian side AC Milan. We have also heard from a club source that a boarxdroom is being prepared for the announcement, [.
Arsenal Need Rooney.. And Rooney Needs Arsenal By Grimey Now that Arsenal have secured Champions League football yet again it's time to get serious and spend some *insert swear word* money! Now I strongly feel there is 1 player Arsenal should push the boat out for this summer and his name is Wayne Rooney.
Arsenal 2 â€“ 0 Fenerbahce, it's time to break the bank! by KJ Wenger started a very strong line-up against Fenerbahce and thanks to two Aaron Ramsey goals, Arsenal are in the Champions league group stage for the 16th consecutive season. The game started off a bit nervously for us and Fenerbahce were giving it [.
The ball is firmly in Arsenal's court over the transfer of the Newcastle United and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who the Magpies' new director of football Joe Kinnear hilariously called `Kebab` on an infamous radio phone in recently. Now we are definitely in the Champions League, hopefully the transfers will start rolling in, and [.
Arsenal miss out on Kondogbia by Ash Arsenal's summer spending spree hasn't gone to plan at all for Arsene Wenger and his transfer team. Whichever way you see it, being the club lying to the fans in a plot to continue to sell season tickets and merchandise, or whether Arsenal have genuinely tried but been [.
Â£60m for Ozil and Di Maria? by Ash I am sure you are all aware of the rumours going around regarding Arsenal making contact with Real Madrid in the intention of making a transfer happens between clubs. Its certain got a lot of fans excited and although I'm trying to keep myself on the low [...]
Arsenal cannot undervalue Alderweireld by Ash With less than a week to go, Arsenal have begun to line up their targets in what is sure to be an end of window rush. All the sales have gone from the shop windows and there are no bargains left to pick up. As the shop looks set [...]
It's OUR fault Wenger and Arsenal Board won't sign any players by Martin I've only been a member of this site for a few weeks now, to be honest I wish I had never bothered. I've have been slated for being an arsenal supporter for the last few years and I laughed it off that [...]
Arsenal went into this second leg Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce in a slightly strange situation, although the 3-0 from Turkey had given us every chance of getting through the tie. With the crucial Premier League derby against Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger and the players would not have wanted it to be too hard [.
Arsene Wenger is not willing to take chances, despite Arsenal already being 3-0 up from the away leg in Istanbul last week. Getting in to the group stages of the Champions League is just too important to the club and the players, both already at the club and those we are hoping to arrive in [...]
As well as the small problems of two massively important games for Arsenal against Fenerbahce tonight and Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has the international break looming up in front of him. The Frenchman has good reason to worry, because the Gunners often seem to lose at least one player to injury after these rounds [.
The Arsenal fans have been crying out for a big name signing or two all summer, without any joy whatsoever. If the transfer rumour doing the rounds today is to be believed, however, we could be in line for three at once, like the old `waiting for a bus` cliche. According to The Mirror, Real [...]
Arsenal vs Fenerbahce preview, line up and score line by Kash It's surprising how calm I'm coming into this game (and I'm definitely not alone). We are 3-0 with the away goals in the bag and we pretty much have shown to Fenerbahce that there is a huge gulf between the two teams both technically [...]
Bendtner offered another escape route! by Ash Arsenal wantaway striker Nicklas Bendtner has been given what seems to be one final chance to leave the Gunners this summer, with enquiries from fellow Premier League London club Crystal Palace and Steve Clarke's West Brom. Palace have already secured the signing of Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal this [.
Wenger is being discreet by Stefan Arsene Wenger is fast running out of time to bring some new players to Arsenal before the transfer window ends on the 2nd of September. Most managers in this situation with an empty squad would be frantically phoning around Europe to secure some signatures but Wenger is not like [.
Although Arsene Wenger has refused to reveal any of his dealings in the transfer market, it seems that Arsenal have been busily trying to secure the signing of the 20 year-old striker Todor Nedelev, who was apparently in talks with Tottenham a week ago and it was even reported that the signing for Spurs was [.
It is early days, of course, but Arsenal do seem to have goals galore in our first choice front three. With both Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski getting off to a flying start, all we need is for Theo Walcott to find his scoring touch this season and Arsenal can boast as potent a front [...]
Another rubbish Arsenal transfer rumour? by Stefan The Express is reporting that Arsenal will make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa if we cannot sign Real Madrid's Karim Benzema which is looking more and more likely. Liverpool made a bid for Costa a few weeks ago worth around Â£20M which was rejected by [.
Five realistic signings Arsenal should make before the window closes! by Kash
There's only one week until the transfer window closes and it's fair to say up until this moment, Arsenal have been an absolute shambles in the market and have managed to screw up numerous deals that would've improved the squad significantly.
Even though Arsenal are 3-0 up from the away leg in Istanbul, Arsene Wenger will be taking no chances when we take on Fenerbahce at the Emirates tomorrow. Qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League is so important to the club that the boss will want to put out a strong side to avoid any slip ups.
I've just read a piece asking why Arsene Wenger doesn't get the respect he deserves from people within the game and the media. As someone who greatly admires Arsene and what he has done for football, and especially Arsenal, I get very frustrated by the amount of abuse he has to suffer and so I decided to have a go at answering the question why dont people like Arsene?
According to the Spanish media, Arsenal's pursuit of one big name transfer in Angel Di Maria this summer has been given the okay by his current club Real Madrid. However, as we have found out many times during this transfer window, signings do not come easy for the Gunners.
With the arrival of Gareth Bale imminent in the Spanish capital, Madrid are perfectly happy to release the Argentinean winger, but according to Marca, Di Maria is keen to stay at the club.
Arsenal may be struggling with problems to their defensive line at the moment with a few injures and suspension issues flying around the team, not to mention the fact we are already highly thin on the ground, however there seems to be a saviour amongst the Arsenal ranks, with Bacary Sagna once again coming to the rescue.
Are we better off without Wilshere in the team? by Ash
Jack Wilshere is often related to as Mr Arsenal on the pitch, following on the role for club legend Tony Adams in one day hoping to captain this Arsenal side out on the field, however recent performances have suggested that perhaps for now it's best for him not to be in the starting XI.
Arsene Wenger has constantly declared that Arsenal are in the market for players, however week after week goes by and still we see no additions. Well now just moments after once again stating that Arsenal are in the transfer market, actively working to finally sign some players, he then comes out with yet another blow to the Arsenal fans ears.
The Mirror are reporting the wonderful news that Arsenal may make a surprise move for Chelsea's Juan Mata as Jose Mourinho is amazingly ready to sell him as the arrival of Willian has made his position even more precarious, never mind about the arrival of Wayne Rooney in the pipeline.
The Gunners have been close to signing the brilliant Spaniard in the past when he was at Valencia but he chose Chelsea in the end, and since arriving there he has been their stand out player for both seasons.
The inevitable has happened once again with two more players rejecting Arsenal's approach, showing just how unattractive this club is to players nowadays. The latest two players to push away Arsenal's interest are Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and rather surprisingly Swansea's Ashley Williams.
Benzema was a transfer rumour everyone couldn't believe!
Until we win trophies Wenger's all we've got! by Ash
After reading Jack Wilshere's comments yesterday regarding his future at Arsenal, it put my mind into another perspective. Wilshere made it very clear that if Wenger was to leave Arsenal then he too would have to consider his future.
Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after negotiations took place throughout the week. Vicente Guaita was targeted by Arsenal after it was seen that the player was keen to leave Valencia should he not be able to hold down a commanding position over challenging goalkeeper Diego Alves.
As we approach the end of the summer transfer window, the Arsenal fans and players alike are understandably frustrated with the lack of signings coming in and especially the fact we have seen no world class additions, when we were promised specifically that there would be.
In the last few days I have written angry articles about certain goalkeepers Arsenal have been linked with. I just don't understand why we are being linked with average keepers when Julio Cesar is available yet we don't want him.
First we were apparently after Valencia's Guaita for about Â£17M.
Fulham 1 â€“ 3 Arsenal We finally get some points on the board
Arsenal managed to finally get the first win of the season thanks to Giroud and Podolski.
We started the game fairly well in what looked a very heavy pitch thanks to the torrential down pour. Eventually, we managed to draw first blood thanks to a fortunate deflection from a Ramsey shot by Giroud that allowed him to dink the ball over the flailing keeper.
Yesterday there were reports in the press that we were going to send Lukas Podolski away on loan to Schalke. I along with many other Arsenal fans were bemused at this. Why on Earth would we let him leave, especially on loan?
My mind is even more made up now that we can't lose him after the game against Fulham.
Arsenal's latest confirmed target Yohann Cabaye has been left out of the Newcastle squad while the negotiations continue with the Gunners. The Toon boss Alan Pardew has criticized Arsene Wenger for destabilising his the French midfielder and also for puttting in an unacceptable bid for his player, and is now telling the Gunners that they are running out of time to come up with a realistic bid for Cabaye.
Little over a week left in this summer transfer window and currently Arsenal's only signing still remains at Yaya Sanogo; however another free transfer Frenchman is set to join the club in Mathieu Flamini according to recent reports. That could soon turn into thrre of Wenger's countrymen if recent media reports are correct.
Moves for Williams and Richards back on once again? by Ash
In another amazing turn of events it seems that Arsenal are once again back in the hunt for Swansea defender Ashley Williams, in a saga that, although it has gone on for most of the summer, has been relatively quiet compared to those of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.
In all his years in English football Arsene Wenger has never experienced an opening week to the season like the one he has had to endure in the last 7 days. It's no longer â€˜in Arsene We Trust' at the Emirates, with the split between the fans based on who should be taking the blame for this disastrous transfer window, the manager or our board?
To say this was a must win game is a bit premature, seeing as it was only the second Premier League game of the season, is overdoing it a touch. However, Arsene Wenger and his players will have felt serious pressure to put the opening day disappointment behind them.
The rain was teeming down, but both teams seemed intent on playing a fast, passing game and there was no quarter given at the start.
Tony Adams â€“ "I want to be the Arsenal manager" by Ash
Tony Adams has once again jumped on the bandwagon at Arsenal by stating his desire to be Arsenal manager. I'm sure as a fan it is a dream to manage the club that you love and support, and for most that of course never happens.
According to the latest transfer rumour, Arsenal are targeting the Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano as a solution to the club's goal-keeping problems. The Italian shot-stopper seems to have attracted quite a lot of interest after his impressive loan spell with Fiorentina last term and is reported to be looking for a new club after Palermo's relegation to Serie B.
Arsene Wenger has attempted to give an explanation into the, so far, barren and disappointing transfer business conducted by Arsenal this summer. The Frenchman admits that the way it has gone has not been according to plan, and that he had hoped to complete some quality signings nice and early, as we all expected.
Arsenal go into their first away game in the Premier League game today, a bit like the Karate Kid in the final fight of the tournament, and Martin Jol will be telling his Fulham/Cobra Kai players to sweep the leg. The suspension to Koscielny, fair or not, has led to the Gunners going into today with less cover than a Geordie girl on a night out at the Bigg Market, and any manager worth his salt would try to exploit this weakness.
Wilshere may have to reconsider Arsenal future! by Ash
A headline that will scare many and a day I thought would never come! And hopefully there never will be a day when Jack Wilshere transfers away from Arsenal, however a few concerns have begun to put some doubts into his mind. In the past Wilshere has said some pretty loyal things, such as "I don't kiss the badge and leave" as well as stating he "promises to never leave Arsenal", not to mention how distraught he was over Fabregas and Van Persie leaving the club.
Fulham vs Arsenal preview, line up and score line by KJ
After the scare against Villa last Saturday, Arsenal managed to put on a very good performance against Fenerbahce during mid-week and now we have a chance to build on that against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Fulham are one of the few bogey teams Arsenal have at the moment.
Why on Earth are the press saying that Arsenal are going to send Lukas Podolski on loan to Schalke? by Stefan
Are they mad? Now I am not a massive fan of Podolski as I think he is a striker that can't score and a winger that can't cross, but he is a very good player. I say that he can't score but last season he got 11 league goals for us which isn't bad for somebody who is deployed on the left wing.
It seems that Arsenal have missed out on one of the easiest transfers of all time in Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar. We have been the frontrunners for his signature all summer yet nothing has happened. Other clubs have come in for him but he has rejected them, most notably Napoli who offered him half of his current wages at QPR.
A little musing on what it must be like being married to the Arsenal boss, by James:
Annie: Honey pie, I've been driving the same old Toyota for years now, I think it's time we purchase a new car. Arsene: I have looked for cars, but there aren't any available that are better than the car we have.
Arsene Wenger is well aware that he is under pressure from the Arsenal fans to produce a big name signing. Despite the Frenchman saying that big names do not necessarily mean the right player, and reminding us that players like Laurent Koscielny were not seen as starts when they joined the Gunners, Wenger is under no illusion that a big name signing is very important.
At the moment, Arsenal are suffering with the lack of defensive midfielders, with over-ambitious attacks from all our midfielders and usually fullbacks leaving Mertesacker, Koscielny and Szczesny to clean up the mess, which they don't always do. With a good defensive midfielder he will stay back and have the common sense to keep a fullback or CM back with him so we have the same or more players to defend the players that are on the attack.
I read an article yesterday which may illustrate why Arsenal do not appear to be doing the right procedures in obtaining new players. The piece in the Daily Mail was about the strange way that Arsenal do their transfer business, with Gazidis using some financial experts in America to determine a player's worth and the same formula used by Wenger as when he first joined the club 17 years ago.
So here we are, 10 days left until the close of the transfer window and a new mammoth list of rumours linking us with players who in my eyes we will not get; Pogba, Fellaini, Michu, Guaita, Cabaye, Richards, Kondogbia, Lamela
They have replaced the previous list of Suarez, Higuain, Rooney, Bender, Gustavo and many more.
Does this Arsenal squad have the "Quality"? By Twig
With the departure of Arshavin, Gervinho, Squillaci and Chamakh there is little argument that this Arsenal squad is short on numbers. And the manager has admitted as much. However, is the Arsenal squad up to scratch with regards to quality?
It is a familiar pattern to Arsenal fans this summer. Arsene Wenger finally gets around to making a move in the transfer market, the player involved appears keen to come to the Emirates and we all know what happens next. To be fair, the French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye has not exactly set pulses racing among Gooners, but Wenger seemed to want him.
You may remember me as the guy who wrote a super optimistic article about Arsenal's summer transfer dealings. Well, I am back and I am not that optimistic. We were thrashed 3-1 by Aston Villa where I believe luck had no part to play for either of the teams.
Arsenal signing Di Maria could be very important indeed by KJ
According to David Ornstein from the BBC, we are very interested in Real Madrid's Benzema and Di Maria. As we all know, Ornstein is very well connected at Arsenal and rarely reports something unless he is certain the club are heavily interested in the player.
An Arsenal team tired from a very recent game, booed by their own fans and battered by the media won a difficult and very far away game. Please keep in mind Man United's performances away from home at such places. However, United are boss at home, like every big club should be.
According to the German newspaper Bild, the Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is the subject of keen interest for four top European clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Galatasaray, Wolfsburg and most notably, Schalke.
According to the report from the German daily, all four of those clubs have made an enquiry about the availability of the Polish-born striker, with Schalke being the most keen for his signature following long-term injuries to forwards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan.
Over the course of the last few days we have finally seen Arsenal make some movement in the transfer window with a rather hopeful Â£10 million bid being reported for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew rejected the offer straightaway and even accused Arsenal of not only â€˜turning Cabaye's head' but also for disrupting his team ahead of their 4-0 loss to Manchester City.
Please bear with me. English is my 2nd language & this is my first article : 2 months ago when Ivan Gazidis told the whole world that Arsenal is now rich and they going to spend 70 million pounds+, I personally felt "What a stupid statement!
The other day I wrote an article about how Arsenal should once again consider buying a new goalkeeper and I suggested we revisit Julio Cesar. I suggested this because of Szczesny's terrible performance against Aston Villa at the weekend. Until then I was content to let him be the number one at the club.
An outline of the board's view of how to run Arsenal F.C by MJ
I have noticed people still feel that Wenger is the one to blame for Arsenal's complete and utter failure in the transfer market. I must clarify straight away I am not what can be labelled an â€˜AKB' in fact far from it.
For the past several months Arsenal were linked with a move for former Barcelona player David Villa who has recently sealed a move to Atletico Madrid. The media was certain that we were the most interested club but we never fought for him which made everybody think twice.
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and a well taken penalty from Olivier Giroud. It was the perfect response after the weekend's embarrassing showing at the Emirates as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways in the domestic league.
Arsenal went into this crucial first leg play-off against Fenebahce able to field the strongest possible side, but with a worry about adequate cover on the bench, especially in defence, although we did have Monreal back as vital back up in the left back position. Cazorla started on the left and Rosicky in the middle.
There was some good news for Arsenal this week on the injury front, and it is safe to say that we need all the good news that we can get at the minute. Apart from the lengthy lay-off faced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which is clearly a big blow to the team and the player, Arsene Wenger has no more injury concerns to add to his problems.
How do you solve a problem like Arsenal? by Grimey
It seems each year between June and September that Arsenal as a club have more (perceived) problems with transfers than all the other premier league clubs combined. Over the last 3-4 years our major issue during the summer transfer window hasn't been signing players, it has been keeping hold of our best ones.
Dear Mr Wenger, I hope this letter meets you well. Please consider this letter of mine as a reply to the numerous e-mails I receive from you regularly. The last one was yesterday and it began, as always with: Dear Arsenal supporter. I feel proud to receive these mails and I do feel like you are talking to me directly.
We have all criticised Arsenal's penny pinching recently because of the impact on the squad. We see Wenger being forced to turn to youth to fill out the squad but now it turns out penny pinching is halting our young player's growth. This is an unbelievable turn of events for me as it makes me even more angry.
Dear Gooners, If we are to unite as one voice to try and resolve these issues at Arsenal, we need to look at exactly what the problem is. I wrote an article not too long ago and I mentioned it, but most fans are still seeing red and will blame everything under the sun as to why Arsenal is in such a predicament.
Well if ever you wanted proof of management having no strategic plan then Arsenal's performance on Saturday described it. A business that has been allowed to simply 'run down'. Even with Â£70 million to spend there has been no approach in identifying transfer targets and securing them.
Arsenal hasn't won anything for about a decade but still go about dealing with other clubs in an arrogant, impetuous manner. It's probably one of the reasons why despite the several big money bids Arsenal made this window, no club was willing to sell to Arsenal.
Fenerbahce vs Arsenal preview, line up and score line by KJ
After a calamitous start to the season at the weekend, Arsenal have a chance to redeem themselves with a very tough game away at Fenerbahce. It's been a very poor transfer window by us and as I write this, it seems like Arsenal won't be signing a new player today.
Gourcuff still in favour of Arsenal move, whilst Pogba also on radar by Ash
Away from the news that Arsenal have had a Â£10 million bid rejected for Newcastle and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, it seems that according to several sources from both England, Italy and France, the club is lining up another two midfielders.
Football is an art that is at times mishandled by people in power for selfish reasons and at other times business reasons. Moving on, the same way politics and religion bring people together we can safely say that football is also a uniting figure to recognise because it bonds fans together in support of respective team preference.
I think that all Arsenal fans were more than a bit worried when we heard about the injury to Mikel Arteta. The defensive frailty on show against Aston Villa on Saturday confirmed our worse fears, and the Spaniard is due to be out for at least another month. By that time, Arsenal's season could be lying in tatters and it will be another rearguard action to claim fourth place again.
I've been a Gooner for 63 years, was a qualified referee and have a Preliminary FA Coaching Badge so I believe I have a little knowledge of the game. I would like to submit a brief article for consideration after just registering for the site.
The 3 Great Players Arsenal Need to be Top Again. by PH
Hi all you despondent Gunners. What a disappointing but predictable result on Saturday. Over the summer many names have been put forward as targets for Arsenal, and Arsenal fans have waited for new arrivals to take us back to the top again.
OK, after the first weekend of the EPL season and, despite league positions being farcical in the first few games, Arsenal are in the bottom three!!! Is anyone genuinely surprised by what happened on Saturday? Did anyone really think we'd start off the season the way we ended last year, given the uncertainty that has prevailed over the summer?
Arsene Wenger does not belong to this world. Every Arsenal player admires him because he believes in them. He does not treat them as use and throw. However, in this age and time that is what people want. No time to waste on players to fulfill potential 6 months to perform or else out the door.
Dear Arsenal fans. I am writing to you all as I plan to piece together a letter to the board from justarsenal.com. The main aim being to express and detail the opinions of Arsenal fans regarding the daily running of the club. I wish to express the views of as many of the members of this site as possible.
Well, up until this point it's been an all too quiet transfer season for us, and the frailties in Arsenal's squad were exposed by Villa (and Anthony Taylor). However, we won't go into that again, and this article will try and see why the summer has seemed incredibly anti-climactic thus far.
The outcome of a game of football is obviously decided upon which team scores the more goals, but there is much more to the game than who has the best ability. Football is a game about talent, tactics and in my opinion most importantly, mentality and belief.
Dear Arsenal fans, What a testing time it is at the moment to be a gooner. I have just finished watching a few of the fans reactions after the game, and well I think it is safe to say that the majority of us are waking up to the fact that the board and even Arsene Wenger do not necessarily have ours and the players best interests at heart.
There have been various rumours flying around today concerning Arsenal and the search for some players to boost out injury ravaged squad, so the player we appear to have agreed to sign is somewhat less than exciting, because he is only 15-years old. Another one for the future then, but the painful truth is that Arsenal are in dire need of players who can help us right now.
There is a rumour going around that Arsenal are going to go back to Liverpool with a final offer of around Â£49 million for Luis Suarez. If this is true, it doesn't mean that we will get him, but one thing is for sure, we cannot afford to wait until the end of the transfer window to find out.
So if the club is going to up their offer, they need to be quick about it, because if we don't get Suarez, we absolutely have to get somebody else.
This Wednesday Arsenal face Fenerbache in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs. This game could not have come at a worse time for us as we are in chaos at the moment following recent events. Before the draw was made for this game I was hoping that we wouldn't be drawn with Fenerbache as they are the most dangerous team we could have got in my opinion.
We all know the Arsenal squad is thin at the moment and not just thin but hanging on its bare last legs before an absolute meltdown happens. May I point out to you that at the end of last season we had one of the most in-depth squad's.
In the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, which humiliated everyone associated with Arsenal alike, we picked up a few issues. Firstly we cannot go without noticing the injuries that were picked up from that game, to add to the many first team players we already have ruled out.
Today's transfer topic player is Lars Bender and as Arsenal have been linked with him several times already this summer, I'm sure you know who he is. This rumour comes on the back of a horribly humiliating 3-1 defeat to the hands of Aston Villa, and funnily enough it seems convenient that this player seems to fill all the areas we need to replace, especially after the injury to Arteta.
How long before Arsenal make Flamini the second signing? by Ash
Trying to push the humiliation of Aston Villa out of the back of our minds, many have gone back to focusing on the transfer front. We all desperately want Wenger to go out and sign not just players that will massively improve the squad but also a few players that can be used as back up or squad rotation or as I like to call them, squad fillers.
One of the reasons that the Arsenal players like to play for Arsene Wenger, and why there is a great family feeling in the squad, is that the Frenchman is fiercely loyal to his lads. He refuses to publicly criticise them and does not get on their back when they make mistakes.
Last season, when he droppped Wojciech Szczesny from the first team, it seemed the boss had finally got tough with the error prone Polish international and it seemed to have done the trick.
Arsene says "Who?" Let's give him some help. by Neil
After the Arsenal vs. Villa debacle, of which I will not speak, it became clear to me that our manager needs some help. He said, and I quote "Everyone keeps telling me to buy, but who..that is the question?"
Most gooners are in agreement that it is the spine of our team in need of additions.
To all Arsenal fans, I feel your pain tonight, however some fans deserve more sympathy than others. Those of us who have criticised Wenger's lack of hunger and ambition for improvement have sometimes been abused on this site.
Although this site is all about opinion, which I respect, most of Wenger's mistakes are FACT.
Arsene Wenger, the gift that keeps on giving (to our opponents). Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City must be loving this man. With Wenger in charge of Arsenal, they are guaranteed of one thing. Arsenal will never do enough to challenge for the title, so don't worry about them.
I know we're all hurting after the Arsenal v Villa horror show, but this is the time our team needs us most. I sincerely request everyone to have faith, at least till the 1st of September. We will buy world class players. For what's remaining of this transfer window, let us for one last time stand by our manager.
As Arsene Wenger has seen all his main transfer targets fall by the wayside, it seems that Arsenal will have no choice but to meet Swansea's valuation of Â£25m for their Spanish striker Michu after just one good season in the Premiership.
The Gunners 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season has caused such an outcry from the Arsenal faithful that Wenger will be subjected to serious abuse from the fans if he doesn't spend a substantial part of the so-called Â£70m+ transfer fund in the next couple of weeks, and Michu seems like the only proven Premiership striker available that could calm down the irate supporters.
The news that Arsenal would be without Mikel Arteta due to injury for around six weeks was bad at first, but yesterday's defensive frailty against Aston Villa highlighted just how bad the situation is. Arteta is not even a proper defensive midfielder, but he has adapted brilliantly to the role and his discipline and control provides the vital protection the Arsenal back four need.
Wenger Will Replace Sold Players from Within by Uche
It is official. I have cracked, finally. I have run out of optimism as far as Arsenal transfers are concerned. Feel free to pencil my name into the negative column because I have nowhere else to turn. The signs are there and they are not good.
Ahh, I'm probably going to sound like Adam Kemp, but I've had enough of Wenger and the Board. Like what happened to having 70 million to spend? The problem is we forget how good Wenger and the Board are with words, he didn't say he is going to SPEND a dime, he just said that the money is there, 2 different things.
Arsenal are in urgent need of a defensive midfielder now, especially with the recent loss of Arteta to injury. Wenger has successively missed out on top defensive midfield targets, Lars Bender and Luiz Gustavo and the options are getting thinner by the day.
A look at how our transfer policy could still have got us a better team by RB
Looking at the transfer window, it can be said Arsenal missed out on some good players. From what I read, we supposedly offered a maximum of Â£23.1m for Higuain. However, Real Madrid wanted Â£25m at the time.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Player Ratings and rant. by Neil
Despite our summer of inactivity, I was feeling rather positive about the match. Villa had just escaped relegation last season and we had had a pretty good pre-season. It just shows that pre-season means nothing.
The intensity of a Premier League game is something completely different.
Embarrassing refereeing compounded with negligence left a bitter taste in my mouth. When Giroud netted the first goal of this campaign fairly early, I was cautiously optimistic with our chances of staying in touching distance of the big boys but what transpired afterwards has left me in shock and I seriously doubt we'll even be in the Champions league this season.
In the last few days I have read many posts on this site complaining about the fact that we seem to have a threadbare squad. It gives me no pleasure to claim to have been the first to have pointed this out a few weeks back. So, what are we left with now?
Lukas Podolski is a big-name striker known primarily for his exploits with the German national team. After RVP left last season, Wenger brought in Podolski and promptly handed him the no. 9 jersey. I believe the choice of jersey number and the fact that Podolski made his debut as a striker (and not a winger) for Arsenal, indicated Wenger initially intended Podolski to fill the boots vacated by RVP.
Well, at least injury did not ravage the Arsenal starting line up as badly as we had feared. Mikel Arteta was the only major absence, and Arsene Wenger was actually able to name the same eleven players that finished the final game of last season. Cazorla and Podolski were on the bench, but the squad lightness was clear with Gnabry and Frimpong beside them.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview, line up and score line by KJ
It's been way too long since Arsenal have played a meaningful match and it's great to finally be back with our first game of the Premier league at home hosting Villa. It's a shame that this game will most likely be met with frustration and anger before the game and we can't really blame the fans for what has been a shambolic transfer window for Arsenal (here's hoping they can amend it in the next two weeks.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news Arsenal fans, if you haven't already heard, but it seems our summer of torment has taken another turn in the wrong direction. We were all happy that the club was finally moving on a player who can add something to the team that we need.
I don't know how Arsene Wenger is managing to stay so calm, because most Arsenal fans feel like they are in some sort of elaborate virtual reality torture device. If you had told even the most stern critic of the Frenchman at the end of last season that we would be going in to the opening day of the Premier League season in the state Arsenal find themselves in, Adam Kemp himself would have told you to stop being so pessimistic(maybe).
Hi fellow gooners, I'd like us to take a look at the injury list before the upcoming Arsenal game against Villa today. I won't sugar coat it, things are looking pretty bleak. With Wenger failing to make any signings as of yet, our squad is extremely fragile going into the new season.
Which Arsenal players will you select in your fantasy football team?
Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign this weekend against Aston Villa, so before kick-off at the Emirates Stadium make sure you get your fantasy football team finalised. With a quiet summer in the transfer market for the north London club, you will be left to pick from last year's squad that finished in fourth place in the Premier League.
The End of the Line for both Arsenal fans and the glory days of the club? by Ozzy AFC
It's been a while since I published anything on this site, though I read the entries put on here on a daily basis and I feel it's time to put things into their proper perspective. I love and support my club and have done so for over 35 years and its time, I think, to shine a spotlight on the current situation and to try and stir all loyal gooners into doing something about this dire state of affairs.
Premier League Club manager Michael Laudrup has closed the door on Arsenal's transfer interest regarding Swansea City striker Michu, after it was reported in the media that Arsene Wenger would turn his attention to the Spanish danger man should the club's final efforts for Luis Suarez be rejected.
How Wenger develops young midfielders part 2 by KJ
This is a continuation of the earlier article, in which I looked at how Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has cleverly looked after the development of Aaron Ramsey. Now I am going to turn my attention to Arsenal's two other young, British central midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It's today being reported by both The Express and The Daily Mail, as well as several media sites online that Arsenal and Newcastle will face up against each other for the signing of French starlet Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lille in France and is recognized to be the French club's next Eden Hazard after the club sold the Belgian to Chelsea last year.
Comparisons of Arsenal, Chelsea and United. by Ash
I read in a recent interview with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, that he once again compared us to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Normally it's in the aspect of being able to compete alongside them in the league, however this time it was more heavily featured around transfers.
How Wenger develops young midfielders part 1 by KJ
There is a lot of negativity surrounding Arsenal at the moment and rightly so. We've yet to bring in a proper signing and with all our injuries, we may be forced into playing a midfield trio of Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere against Villa on Saturday.
Lukas Podolski was the first Arsenal signing of last summer, in fact the move was announced before the transfer window even opened. How nice that would have been this year eh? The German striker is now preparing for his second season in the Premier League, and he is looking forward to it with excitement and confidence.
Most of the Arsenal fans had been calling for the Ivorian international Gervinho to be sold and replaced for some time. Arsene Wenger finally agreed with the fans and sold the forward to the Serie A club Roma last week. The problem is, that some fans are unhappy about us selling off Gervinho, not because of his effectiveness for the club, but because we haven't replaced him.
It is unlike Arsene Wenger to talk too much about his plans at Arsenal Football Club, so the Frenchman must be feeling the pressure of the fans' expectations. The Gunners boss has spoken out to reassure fans that there will be new arrivals coming to the club before the transfer window closes.
At the end of the day, or the season, Arsenal have to play exactly the same teams home and away, as every other Premier League team, but we have all heard things like, `it is a good time to play....` and it is certainly true that every team wants to get their season off to a good start.
It seems especially important this season, mainly because the top three clubs have all undergone change to some extent.
As an Arsenal fan, the mood continues to fall right deep down to the lowest of lows when it comes to supporting a football club. Especially when that club is Arsenal, because as an Arsenal fan we have to go through the pain and humiliation of being a failing team in everything we try.
Most of the popular newspapers in The Netherlands today are reporting that Arsenal are targeting two of PSV Eindhoven's best players as the club rushes to sign some new players before the start of the new Premier League season.
We as Arsenal fans have seen a surge in new targets in the last week or so.
Kroneke, Gazidis and Wenger Are Cheap And That's Why Nobody Wants To Join Arsenal! by Neil
If you were a football agent and your income related directly to the amount of money you could generate for your client, would you tell him to sign for a side that plays attractive flowing football, as Arsenal do, or a team that is prepared to put their neck on the line financially and give you the best deal, as Arsenal do not?
There was more bad news in the media for Arsenal fans this morning after every news site seemed to be reporting that our transfer target Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich was set to snub the Gunners and accept a transfer to another Bundesliga club Wolfsburg. However, as weknow from painful experience, until a transfer is officially announced, it is not a done deal.
It is hugely important for Arsenal to get off to a good start in the Premier league by beating Aston Villa at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. Not just for the points, but to keep the players' confidence going strong and stop the home fans from allowing the transfer frustration to get the better of them.
If we don't get Suarez, Wenger will have faith with what we've got right now by Scott M
Hi Gooners, After a long horrible 2 months in the transfer window so far, I've decided to think about the reality, the most likely possibility that If we don't get Suarez, (which I'm sure we won't), then Wenger will stick to the strikers we have right now till at least January.
After the latest speculation regarding Arsenal's transfer of Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez was made publicly aware, I honestly couldn't help but put my head into my hands. The same happens to us every single year; we blow away our targets to focus on one main man.
Yesterday morning Arsenal fans were greeted with fresh hope of signing a decent striker or two this summer. They are no Luis Suarez, but we have been linked with Swansea City's Michu and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko. I was getting worried when I faced up to the prospect of having Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young as our strike force for next season.
I have already written about Arsenal being linked with Edin Dzeko and Michu, but there has been another player strongly linked with our club. Juventus' Swiss right back Stephan Lichtsteiner. He is a player that people will have heard of before but won't really be sure of how good he is or if you have seen him play.
After the bad news being heaped on Arsenal fans yesterday, following the widespread media reports that out main transfer target Luis Suarez had decided to stay at Liverpool, there was more encouraging news today. Apparently, Suarez has denied telling a Uruguayan reporter that the Liverpool fans had convinced him to stay.
All the talk around Arsenal at the minute has been the lack of signings at the club this summer. There is, however, an argument that our first team is in pretty good shape to challenge almost any team at the minute. So the big concern this week, for me anyway, was the possibility of some of the many Arsenal players involved for their national sides, picking up injuries.
Dear Arsenal fans, For the last 2 weeks or so, I have tried to keep cool and retain a positive attitude when looking at Arsenal's lack of activity in the transfer window. To be quite honest, the last two months have been the most stressful I have endured in a long time.
One of the things that Arsenal fans love most about our England international midfield star Jack Wilshere, is also the thing that is causing me serious worries today. Super Jack is always super committed to the cause, be it the Gunners or England. Despite not playing for more than an hour for Arsenal in pre-season, Wilshere has declared himself able to play the full 90 minutes for his country tonight.
Ginter makes it clear he isn't moving to AFC by Ash
Over the course of these last few weeks, one Arsenal transfer rumour that has persisted and stood out amongst the rest is German international defender Matthias Ginter who currently plays his trade with Bundesliga side Freiburg. Ginter has been linked with Arsenal over the last few weeks and the speculation went as far as to say that the under 21 player was due for a medical.
Strengthen the spine of the Arsenal first team and it might have a backbone to be title contenders By JW
Now towards the end of the transfer window and I have noticed a trend in my daily routine that concerns any Arsenal news I can get my hands on. All be it there is just under 3 weeks left, whenever I have a spare 30 minutes in the day I go through the process of reading different blogs and then finishing up with the Sky sports and BBC gossip pages, for the more realistic transfer â€˜happenings'.
After getting used to this being the time of the year where Arsenal lose our best players, this was meant to be a summer we could enjoy. Ivan Gazidis was boasting about how much money the club had made while Wenger said he would be willing to pay inflated transfer fees and wages. This was put up or shut up for the board, no more excuses of paying off the stadium or asking for us to wait for financial fair play to set in, now was the time for the board to prove they had ambition for us to be more than just a 4th place side.
A question that Arsene Wenger must have been asking himself over the summer is who should be the squad's first choice left back? We have two first team left backs as everybody will know. We have English and Arsenal born and bred Kieran Gibbs who is one of the Gunners who has come all the way through the club's youth system to earn a place in the team.
It has become clear recently that Arsene Wenger is trying to sign a player to help out in the problem defensive or holding midfield area. That doesn't necessarily mean that Wenger will be successful in signing somebody, especially now that Napoli are preparing to challenge for Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich.
It just doesn't get any better for fans of Arsenal Football Club does it? A board that has a business minded structure and a manager that is stingier than those that do their weekly shop at poundland, when it comes to transfer windows being an Arsenal fan just isn't something to get excited about.
It's well known to most that Arsenal are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder this summer, after being without a true player for this position ever since the glory days. Many have tried but most have failed, fortunately things look set to change, as Wenger seems to have lined up his options to fill the void in the near future.
When Olivier Giroud signed for Arsenal last summer, his arrival was not greatly anticipated by the fans, mainly because we had lost our captain and top scorer Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Although we were told that Giroud was not really meant to fill the Dutchman's boots, it was hard not to compare the two.
Dear Gooners, It has been a pretty stressful transfer window at Arsenal so far and I think will be so until the clock strikes 12. We can all agree, AKB's and WOB's alike, that Arsene Wenger needs to make at least 2 or 3 top quality signings in the next 2 weeks to ensure a top 4 finish and possibly (what should be our goal) some silverware to brighten up our dull looking trophy cabinet.
There is a clear indication that Yoann Gourcuff would love to be an Arsenal player, and it is believed that Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the Lyon midfielder. So I would not be surprised to hear that the 27-year old France international is going to be the second signing in quick succession, assuming that the reported transfer of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich goes through as expected of course.
There is plenty of disagreement over whether Arsenal have a good enough team to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and City this season. Arsene Wenger and Theo Walcott seem to think that the Gunners are as good as anyone, and if we can repeat the sort of performances that saw Arsenal finish last season at the top of the form table and stun Man City last weekend, then they might be right.
International games prove to be a pain once again! by AH
With less than 5 days to go now until the start of the Premier League season, the Arsenal management will be sweating on two things. Firstly if they can get any new signings in before the weekend arrives, and secondly the fitness of their players.
The long summer of promise still unfulfilled - By Ishe
As I write this article, Arsenal fans find ourselves less than a week away from start of the season and our transfer dealings still in an increasingly alarming state of limbo. The frantic optimism at the prospect of marquee arrivals that surrounded the closing stages of the season as we toiled with Tottenham for the all imperative fourth spot provided light at the end of an eight year long tunnel: fantasies of world class players were traded on a myriad of forums; Higuain, Benteke, Rooney and Bernard, whilst a fairy-tale return for Fabregas was purportedly on the cards and of course the allegedly done deal for Jovetic that evaporated depending on which source you looked at we were just about linked with every respectable forward player across the length and breath of the footballing universe.
Mertesacker feels confident ahead of next weekend by Ash
Per Mertesacker has now established himself as one of Arsenal's two best defenders at the club, forming a successful and effective partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny. Mertesacker was a deadline day signing two years ago and was labelled as a panic buy and then a flop signing as the season progressed, however last season he proved his worth, overtaking club captain Thomas Vermaelen to play alongside Koscielny.
Why signing Gustavo will help Wilshere develop this season by KJ
According to numerous media outlets yesterday and today, it's looking likely that Arsenal may get their first "marquee" signing this summer in Luiz Gustavo. Sky Sports are reporting that we've had a Â£17.2m bid accepted by Bayern Munich and need only agree personal terms with Gustavo and his agent.
This summer just gets better and better for Arsenal fans. We have suffered through many frustrating transfer sagas already and after seemingly letting go of Luis Suarez now, we are targeting Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo â€“ but so are Napoli.
At the moment there is a lot of frustration involved with being an Arsenal fan. The latest source of frustration is the summer transfer window and the failure to sign Luis Suarez. Suarez plays for Liverpool who just a few years ago were finishing in 2nd place in the Premier League and were just a couple of points off the title.
Real Madrid striker states where he is happy! by Ash
Originally it may seem that this is an extremely late article surrounding Gonzalo Higuain, from when he was at Real Madrid and the reports of the Argentine being set to join Arsenal were in their prime. He then of course went on to join Serie A side Napoli, but this article isn't about him.
If all the reports are to be deemed true, then I'd say that we have agreed a Â£14 million deal with German and European champions Bayern Munich for the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The midfielder has recently stated that he has turned down German side Wolfsburg in favour of a move to the Premier League with two English clubs interested, believed to be Arsenal and Chelsea.
We will probably never know how close Arsene Wenger came to snapping up Julio Cesar for Arsenal this summer, but it now seems apparent that the Prof has decided not to add to his goalkeeping options after all. With Wojciech Szczesny now fully fit again and having rediscovered his best form after a few bad games last season, Wenger is clearly happy with the Polish international.
This is a question that has been posed several times to the Arsenal fans and when he is in and around the squad it's always a question that is raised. Whether he is actually good enough to be Arsenal's goalkeeper. It's also a topic that causes a lot of debate and although, if I remember correctly, last time the majority of people agreed in saying that he wasn't good enough, I believe the situation has now changed and with the aspects involved I'd be interested to hear if the fan's opinions on him have changed too.
Fellow Gunners. Its been a long, hot summer, but its coming to an end. So is the current transfer window, without Arsenal really doing anything..yet. I cannot remember the last time any team at Arsenal level got rid of so many players in such a short time.
There has been a lot of debate over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent times after he suggested that he would prefer to be deployed as a central midfielder or in a CAM role for Arsenal. The former Southampton man has been used mainly as a winger by Arsene Wenger since his arrival two years ago, although in several interviews last season, as well as calls this pre-season, he appears to be adamant that he could do a better job in the centre of the park.
I can understand the frustration that has built up over the summer for Arsenal fans, as we have been linked with every player and his dog and then watched most of them sign for other clubs. But I cannot understand why so many Arsenal fans seem to think that Arsene Wenger is deliberately trying to pull the wool over our eyes, and that he is just looking for excuses not to sign any players and to save the club money.
If you weren't aware, former Arsenal player Mathieu Flamini has been back with the Gunners in training after the French midfielder was released from his contract by Serie A side AC Milan. Flamini left Arsenal on a free transfer to AC Milan in 2008 after his contract was allowed to run out.
As the beginning of the Premier League season soon approaches and Arsenal fans are yet to see any real movement on the transfer front in terms of actual players incoming, we start to worry about what this team is capable of should no signings be made.
Former Arsenal player and now TV pundit Alan Smith has been talking to the media about the current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and he believes the Frenchman should go at the end of the season if the club once again fails to pick up silverware.
Arsenal transfer target Luis Suarez seems to be stuck in the mid-table mediocrity of Liverpool for at least another year, unless something extremely unexpected happens. Why did we bid that Â£40 Million +1 silly number for Suarez? Why do Suarez and his camp think that he has a release clause at that price?
If you weren't aware already, Arsenal have a new trialist on the block called Sebastian Perez and Perez, who is a Colombian international, has spent the last week training at our state of the art training ground, London Colney. Coming out of training, rumours suggest that he has been quite impressive to the level expected of his profession and although I originally doubted those rumours, it surprised me to see Perez get some game time against Manchester City yesterday, and I believe the fact he got some involvement on the club's pre-season may mean he has a chance of securing a permanent move.
There are a few rumours flying around on the media and social networking sites that Arsenal are looking to send Carl Jenkinson out on loan, should they be able to find a right back on the market. Many will be disappointed with this news because obviously Jenkinson is developing into a very good player, but after the Emirates Cup I know some people are beginning to have doubts about if we can really rely on him to be our main right back for a lot of the season, especially as there seems to be a chance that Sagna will be switching positions.
The Arsenal midfield is a much more complicated situation. Last year we have used two players, Arteta and Ramsey in a more defensive position to be able to patch together our winning run at the end of the season. What that creates is a lack of an extra creative attacking player.
The start of the 2013/14 Premier League season is drawing ever nearer with Arsenal getting ready to face Aston Villa on the 17th August, just a few days away.
Firstly it's a scary thought that our season starts in less than a week yet we are still to make any key additions to the squad, but trying to put that aside I can't help but be excited to see the return of Arsenal.
Arsenal's squad seems to be getting weaker and weaker by the day as today we have sent Ignasi Miquel out on loan to Championship side Leicester City. He is the 3rd player to be loaned out from the club this summer, also joining a whole host of players to go through the exit door and this major overhaul at the club doesn't seem as promising as we all thought.
Arsenal are rumoured to have money....Â£70 million maybe more! Perhaps, when most people are getting upset about the lack of transfers and players coming and going, especially coming, then maybe they should take a step back and assess the bigger picture.
As Arsenal were doing their best to prove that Arsene Wenger's unshakable faith in his players was not the fevered ramblings of an Absinthe addict, a report in Metro claimed that Wenger is on the berge of completing his first Arsenal signing of this longest of summers.
According to the paper, the player in question is the Bayern Munich player Luis Gustavo.
This was the last of the pre-season friendlies before the Premier League season gets off an running again next Saturday. It had been anticipated all summer as the game that would give a good indication about how the two teams were set up, and it has gained even more interest recently due to the vastly different summers the clubs have had so far in the transfer market.
Arsenal vs Manchester City preview, line up and prediction by KJ
Both Arsenal and Manchester City's summers have been polar opposites. One team has done the bare minimum in terms of incomings whilst the other has paid over Â£100m for their targets even if it meant overpaying. This game will be by far the most difficult and City are looking very good in pre-season.
Is this really happening at our CLUB again? by DSM
Hi Gooners, Its been about 5 weeks since I wrote my last article on here and I can't believe I'm about to write the following about what's happening at our beloved Arsenal right now.
Firstly, I truly hate to say that I called this happening back at the end of June and am extremely gutted and feel sick inside that we are in this position right now when there is no way in hell that we should be, The main question for all of us at this point is "Are we going to take anymore of this absolute nonsense".
After Gervinho's move to Serie A side AS Roma was confirmed by Arsenal yesterday, many were glad to see the back of the player who flopped massively during his time in England. Although looking back at his time, the Ivorian did also have highs during his time at Arsenal, most notably his performances at the start of his career in North London and the start of last season when he was the top scorer for a while.
I am sure all of us at one point or another, or constantly for that matter, have fantasized about being Arsenal's manager. I know I always choose Arsenal in my Football Manager campaigns. So this post is about being in charge instead of being frustrated on the sidelines, for one brief moment having the power to spend this legendary 70 million transfer kitty and decide on the lives of footballers.
There is a saying among Arsenal fans. In Arsene We Trust. I know that not everybody agrees with it, especially after the recent trophy drought, but that phrase came about because of the French manager's brilliance. Don't forget he is the most successful manager in the club's history.
It is being reported this morning that Arsenal have moved on from the pursuit of Luis Suarez from Liverpool and have turned their attention to the prolific Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o, who is now looking for a new home following the financial demise of the Anzhi president Suleiman Kerimov.
Eto'o may be 32 years old now but has been extremely prolific all through his career, including in Russia where he scored 34 goals in just 50 appearances since moving there from Inter Milan in 2011.
I think that most Arsenal fans were really hoping to avoid the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and the Turkish club Fenerbahce in the draw for the Champions League play-offs today. I might even have jinxed us here by writing a post about why we didn't want Fenerbahce, I'm afraid.
This is my first article for Just Arsenal but after what seems to be the longest and most convoluted transfer window in our history I thought I'd take a look at the areas of the squad which need to be improved. For the purpose of this article I will assume that we are playing the 4-2-3-1 formation Wenger prefers.
Don't judge the club at the end of the window, judge them next Saturday! by KJ
There's only 24 days left until the transfer window closes and Arsenal are still yet to spend a single pound in the transfer window. To put this into perspective, Manchester City, a team widely considered to already have the best squad in the league has spent Â£100m on improvements.
Luis Suarez knew what he was doing earlier this week when he agreed to do an interview with two leading newspapers, his plan was once he had finished talking his position at Liverpool would be untenable, he wanted to leave his club in no doubt that no matter what reception he received in Gerard's testimonial, whatever advice his captain offers or however much Brendan Rodgers sucks up to him, there would be no change of mind.
Suarez wouldn't make Arsenal title contenders by Ash
Former Arsenal player Stewart Robson has now had his say on the whole Luis Suarez to Arsenal saga, joining other former professionals and management officials on the game in making their personal views made known on the matter.
Earlier in the week, former Kop player Robbie Folwer made a remark in saying that if Arsenal are so desperate to buy Luis Suarez, then we should offer Â£35m plus Theo Walcott.
So it looks like it is all over for this final Arsenal transfer saga of the summer. The Liverpool owner John W Henry has finally spoken out and confirmed that there is simply no way that he will allow Luis Suarez to move to the Emirates this summer.
This is not conjecture. It is quite clear that this is the end of the line for the Suarez rumours no matter how much he protests about Liverpools empty promises.
I am getting worried about the Champions League play-offs as I usually do when it concerns Arsenal. We have to go through this process because we could only finish fourth in the league last season and we barely managed that. The team celebrated at the end of last season for qualifying, but we didn't actually qualify there and then.
I am always surprised by the negative attitude that many Arsenal fans still adopt towards Theo Walcott. The 24-year old was, after all, the club's top scorer in the Premier League and in all competitions last season. I understand that people think he should have progressed faster, and perhaps further, by now, but he is clearly one of the most effective players at the club.
The fantastic and joyous summer for Arsenal fans continues, with the draw for the Champions League play-offs today(I am joking of course). There were two teams we particularly wanted to avoid, PSV Eindhoven and Fenerbahce, because they are the strongest of the unseeded teams. There is also the factor of travelling to Turkey for Fenerbahce, which is never a good place for football fans and players to visit.
There has been a lot of discussion and speculation in the media and among Arsenal fans this summer concerning the former Gunner Cesc Fabregas and the possibility of the Spanish international leaving Barcelona after just two years. The reason this was causing so much concern with Gooners was the dreaded possibility that he would join up with the Dutch deserter at Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger is doing his best to not get involved in the war of words between Arsenal's prime transfer target Luis Suarez and his club Liverpool. It seems to be a good idea, because the tensions between player and club are reaching boiling point, while Wenger is just playing the role of respectful potential customer.
A couple of months ago it seemed that Arsenal were definitely going to be signing QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar after he and Harry Redknapp confirmed that he would be leaving the club this summer and the player himself said that he would be staying in London.
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board will take the news about the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala as a clear endorsement of the Gunners way of doing things. Our self-sustaining financial model is hust about the diametric opposite of the way that Anzhi have been doing business since being taken over by the billionaire Suleyman Kerimov less than three years ago.
I really couldn't believe it when I found out that Arsenal had decided to hand a 20 year old Colombian a trial at the Emirates this week, when ultimately Wenger should be concentrating on preparing for the start of the season and sorting out the club's incoming transfer business regarding the likes of Luis Suarez, rather than watching some unknown youngster prove his worth.
Yesterday, Luis Suarez made a very powerful statement on the promise by Liverpool to let him leave this season if they fail to qualify for Champions League football. He made his point very clearly and decently and this effectively sets him on a course to his image rehabilitation.
Nico Yennaris is a player often forgotten about amongst the Arsenal first team and unsurprisingly so considering the fact that he isn't exactly a regular, but still we tend to recognise who our main upcoming talents are at the club. Unfortunately for Yennaris, he doesn't seem to be one of them.
With just ten days left before the new season gets under way, Arsenal are still no closer to landing Luis Suarez after the PFA chairman Gordon Taylor admitted that he had checked out the Liverpool striker's contract, and the Â£40,000,001 bid is not the "buy-out clause", although Suarez himself may have been under that impression.
Does Ramsey's hard work make him a good player? by Ash
Aaron Ramsey is one of the players at Arsenal that divides the fans right down the middle, like Marmite, as to whether he is a good player or not. From my point of view, Ramsey is a good player and I'm happy to see him in the team at every opportunity, but what is it that makes me think he's a good player whilst many others clearly disagree with me?
Luis Suarez clearly wants to join Arsenal. In his own words he has revealed that he is desperate to play in the Champions League and, when he renewed his Liverpool contract last year, he was promised that a transfer to a club in that competition would not be blocked if the Anfield mob failed to reach it.
Arsenal cannot blame stadium for not spending by Big Gun
Dear Arsenal Fans, I would like to clarify something that came up in a recent blog concerning the Emirates Stadium debt. There are a few fans on this site who believe that the stadium debt is what has been hindering Arsenal from buying world class, quality players.
At first glance, you might think, "What?! A new Right Back?". You would be forgiven because Arsenal already have the 30-year old veteran in Bacary Sagna and his very-able understudy in Carl Jenkinson. Wouldn't getting a new right back only lead to squad congestion?
Anyone who has read my articles this summer will know I have always doubted the credibility of Arsenal's interest in Luis Suarez and judging by the responses many of you believe the same as I do. Suddenly spending 40-50 million on one player still seems rather un-Arsenal like to me.
I have seen a lot of transfer rumours recently about Arsenal targeting young players and even offering several people trials at the club over the next couple of weeks. So far, as you know, our only signing has been of a young inexperienced striker and I think we need to add some more experience to the side.
We have all heard that Arsenal are still `working hard` to bring in some top talent during the summer transfer window, but I would politely suggest that they are not working hard enough and need to `get their finger out` or we will end up seeing every good player snapped up by other clubs.
I really thought that Arsenal would move for Marouane Fellaini from Everton before his release clause expired, but the beginning of the month came and went without any noise from the Emirates.
In the interest of having a completely fair and unbiased opinion on the ongoing saga of Luis Suarez and his transfer to Arsenal, Sky Sports thought it would be a good idea to ask the former Liverpool and Tottenham player Jamie Redknapp what he thought of the matter.
You will be shocked, absolutely stunned to learn that he is not really on Arsenal's side!
Some people have said in light of Arsenal's lack of transfer business that we should be patient for transfers and wait until we get closer to the end of the window. Well why should we wait? Arsenal fans have to wait every season until the last day which results in a couple of rushed transfers who aren't thought out properly.
Dear Arsenal fans, amidst all the transfer shenanigans there was talk of Arsene Wenger possibly extending his contract with Arsenal by another 2 to 3 years. I would like us to look at the pros and cons of Arsene wearing the crown for a continued period.
Arsenal have probably been linked with more players than any other club during this summer transfer window. Apart from Luis Suarez, however, the fans do not know for sure which of these players were actually targets for Wenger or how much interest we really had.
One of the recent rumours which seemed to have some truth to it was about the young Brazilian international Bernard.
Don't expect any signings before the first game of the season by KJ
I went into this summer window cautiously optimistic that Arsenal would really push the boundaries and get those top players we so desperately need early on to not only avoid competition and possible failure with the waiting game, but to also give the fans peace of mind.
The Arsenal transfer target Luis Suarez clearly wants to leave Liverpool and join a Champions League side, but he would rather not have to hand in a written transfer request if he can help it. Apart from that, though, it seems as if the striker is willing to continue down the legal route over the clause in his contract.
Before tempers run any higher, I will like to remind us all that the results of Arsenal's games against Napoli and Galatasaray in the just concluded Emirates cup, do not reflect the true strength of our first team. The results are disappointing for sure.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Arsenal on the transfer front, suddenly it does, with the news that the club is today watching Sebastian Perez, a 20 year old Colombian train with the first team on trial with a view to a permanent move to the club.
Having conceded two goals in each of the Emirates cup games, the Arsenal defence is under the microscope again, as it was for much of last season. Arsene Wenger has spoken about the need for more defensive stability, but also suggested that the fitness of the players was a big reason for the Galatasaray goals, and that should not be a problem when the Premier League season starts in less than two weeks.
Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are two of Arsenal's ever growing British core and alongside Theo Walcott, the pair are probably two of the longest serving players now, both having been at the club for a long period of time. Both players being central midfielders, they were often challenging each other for the spot in their earlier days but now they are playing alongside one another in what looks like it could be a fruitful partnership.
Hello my fellow Gunners. The first weekend of August is over, the Emirates cup has passed, Arsenal has lost. What I've noticed is, the stadium was packed with smiling happy people, not one banner/sign/paper was there saying stuff we discuss here. We can apparently talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk.
There are reports in the media that Arsenal are in another battle with our North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. This time it is not for the fourth and final place in the Champions League, but winning it could be just as important for the long term prospects of the Gunners.
There is a real concern that, if Tottenham sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a new world transfer record, the spuds could significantly strengthen their squad this summer.
In regards to Luis Suarez's continuous links to Arsenal, it is a story that just won't go away despite a lot of people recognising that it is probably unlikely to happen now. Every day there is a new story to tell, a new chapter in the book, but what is so frustrating is the fact that it's Liverpool stirring up the gossip.
Luis Suarez and Arsenal have been all over the world media for weeks now. Several stories every day in each newspaper in every country have been appearing. This seems to be the biggest story of the English summer so far and it's showing no sign of slowing down.
The problem with this is, you can never really trust Arsenal to sign anybody big who they are going after.
Arsenal 1 -2 Galatasaray, cheating and Drogba got in the way of an Emirates cup trophy by KJ
Arsenal started the game well and an odd Walcott set piece somehow gave us the lead, but the all too familiar diving of Drogba and his knack of always dominating our defenders prevented us winning our 4th Emirates cup.
The Emirates cup is over and Arsenal have just one more game before the Premier League season kicks off with the visit of Aston Villa. In the space of 10 days, the Gunners also travel to Fulham and have to get past the two legs of the Champions League play-off. One thing the Emirates cup proved was that Arsenal need some more players, although most of us have known that for a while.
Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh is close to securing a move away from the Emirates, as he looks set to link up with fellow London club and Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace on an initial six month loan deal.
Chamakh has been a long term target for Palace boss Ian Holloway and has stated on several occasions of how keen he is to sign the Moroccan international striker to improve his current squad ahead of what will be a tough campaign for the Eagles.
Arsene Wenger spoke the words that strike fear and dread into the heart of every Arsenal fan, or anger and frustration at least. The Gunners boss was speaking after the match against Napoli yesterday and was asked about the players that would be leaving the Emirates this summer, supposedly Nicklas Bendtner, Gervinho and Chamakh.
Arsenal began this game knowing that any win would be enough to win the Emirates cup, but it was still a pre-season friendly and Arsene Wenger is more concerned about preparation for the real business to come, as was clear from the starting line up. Koscielny was replaced by Sagna at the back, while Sanogo started as the centre forward with Walcott on the right and Cazorla on the left.
The Emirates Cup will be handed out in about two hours time, and Arsenal know exactly what they need to do to make sure that it stays in North London. Following the victory of Porto over Napoli today, Arsenal know that any victory over the Turkish champions Galatasaray will win us the trophy.
As it stands, Porto have six points, while Napoli and Galatasaray have four points.
After an impressive Pre-Season, Serge Gnarby is certainly beginning to prove what all the hype has been about during his time coming through the Arsenal ranks including the reserve teams and youth teams.
The 17-year old German international has been tipped as one for the future for a few years now and although he has had only a few appearances for the Gunners over the last few seasons, this year could really be the Gnabry's time to make the big step up and both Wenger and Gnabry himself recognise the talent he holds.
As we enter the final month of the summer transfer window, the next movement regarding the club unfortunately doesn't seem to involve an incoming player, but rather yet another player leaving the Emirates this summer. Gervinho has been reported to be in negotiations with Serie A side Roma for the last two weeks now and according to the latest speculation a deal could be soon wrapped up.
The title may seem a bit random to many, and I'm sure a lot of people will be rummaging through their minds and history books to think about what happened on this day, 14 years ago. Well on the 3rd of August 1999, Arsenal officially signed arguably the greatest player to ever play for the club â€“ Thierry Henry.
The mood and opinions of an Arsenal fan seems to change so often, more often than any other football club I can think of. Take this summer for example, we started off in a mixed mood that was mostly good. Some people were a little frustrated that the players were celebrating finishing fourth as if we had won a title.
Next player makes his way to the rumour section by Ash
Even when Arsenal are playing in a club tournament all weekend, the media still can't help but persist in making sure they continuously wind up the fans, who aren't sure if they should be embarrassed by their clubs transfer policy or just be downright outraged by the whole summer's events.
Even though the reports regarding Luis Suarez and Arsenal are continuing with different stories and rumoured movements being published every day, one name that has popped up is QPR's Loic Remy.
Loic Remy has been a long standing transfer target for Arsene Wenger and he was keen on signing the Frenchman several times during his time with Marseille, however a move never materialised for the 26 year old.
It's a pretty well-known thing that Arsenal have been looking at their goalkeeping options over the course of this summer, with discussion over Szczesny's place at the club. There have been many goalkeepers linked with the Gunners over the summer; QPR's Julio Cesar and Liverpool's Pepe Reina being the main contenders, however the latest name off the blocks is Portuguese and Sporting Lisbon goalie Rui Patricio.
The Emirates cup has usually been the first chance for most Arsenal fans to get a look at the new signings or the latest young players to be on the verge of the first team. Well the Gunners only have one new signing so far this summer, and he didn't even make the bench. So we had to be content with Serge Gnbry who started, and Gedion Zelalem who began the game on the bench.
Arsene Wenger and many of the Arsenal players have been talking warmly about the Emirates cup, which is back this summer after a year off because of the London Olympics. It is a good couple of days for the fans and a good precursor to the start of the Premier League season. Tomorrow we face the Turkish champions Galatasaray, complete with Drogba, Sneijder and the former Gunner Eboue, but first we have to face the team that has been our direct opposite in the transfer window.
Arsene Wenger is well known for being a controversial figurehead in terms of management and although he is a popular figure, he is also responsible for the frustration and suffering of current Arsenal fans. His constant backtracking and contradictions, regarding transfers especially, is the number one reason for why fans get on his case and in a lot of aspects, despite what he has done for this club over his 17 years, more recently his actions certainly seem to deserve this.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made comments about the club's young players today and said how they will have a big role to play this season. This sounds to me like a small hint at saying that this summer's transfer business will be conducted as usual with no Â£50M strikers or any top, top players incoming.
If Arsenal fans thought they were having a disappointing transfer window so far, then just imagine what it would feel like if the Gunners were to lose any of our current first team players. There have been rumours linking a number of them, including Cazorla, Sagna, Vermaelen and Koscielny with various clubs.
Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal are still working hard to sign the players that the fans have been expecting since the Premier League season finished over two months ago. The Frenchman was speaking at the pre-Emirates Cup press conference and he is obviously aware that patience is wearing thin and frustration growing fast in the ranks of the Gooner army.
Vermaelen's issues prevent him from being captain by AH
With the news that club captain Thomas Vermaelen will remain on the side-lines for at least another 6 weeks, has his constant injury problems begun to put his captaincy role in jeopardy?
Since his arrival at the Emirates, Vermaelen has always struggled with a few injuries here and there and unfortunately many of them have been long term too, but despite this, over the last few years he has remained as not just one of Arsenal's best defenders but also one of the Premier League's.
After a relatively comfortable time in Asia, Arsenal will finally be put to the test in the closing stages of their pre-season in the Emirates cup. This game is going to be very difficult for the Gunners as not only did Napoli finish 2nd in Serie A last season but have strengthened really well after the sale of Edinson Cavani.
We all know that Arsene Wenger has better looking hair than all Arsenal fans by the end of July, whilst Arsenal fans just want to buy some major signings he is observing talent. I think we should all relax (even though I am looking at all the transfer activity going on and shouting at my computer screen) and here is why: If Arsene just follows the fans' advice he will be following in the path of former manager Mark Hughes at QPR signing pointless players that won't have a big impact at Arsenal.
By this time next week, Arsenal will know the name of the team that will try to stop Arsene Wenger and the Gunners continuing the remarkable run of seasons qualifying for and getting through the group stages of the Champions League. The draw takes place at 11 am English time next Friday and the two legs will then be played on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Premier League kicks off and then the week after as well.
The signing of Luis Suarez by Arsenal is becoming the focal point of the summer transfer window for Gooners everywhere. With Arsene Wenger seemingly content to be patient, the next four weeks look set to be fraught with tension for the fans, but there are some reasons for optimism in the English papers today.
Arsenal have been enjoying a great pre-season so far, with a 100 percent record on the tour of Asia and plenty of good performances and goals. The preparations take a step up this weekend with the Emirates cup games against Napoli and Galatasaray, which should give us a much better idea of what shape the Gunners are really in as the Premier League season gets close.
Luis Suarez: a player dogged in the hustle and bustle of a wide-scale transfer saga. A potential transaction of this sort often brings with it a flaring of tempers; the staunch attacks often propagating from the club unwilling to sell their prized asset.
Arsene Wenger seems to believe that his current squad of youngsters that have come through the ranks at the Emirates are good enough to challenge for honours next season, and doesn't seem bothered about bringing in outsiders to unsettle the squad. I admit that the ten-game unbeaten run at the end of last season will be a confidence booster for the side, but will they improve enough to start getting positive results against the other sides challenging for the Top Four positions in the Premiership?
Attention: Stanley Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger. As a customer, I would like to complain about several issues that need to be addressed and I trust it will be taken sincerely and with utmost concern.
These issues at hand are generally the flippant and apathetic attitude taken towards fans of late.
5 Reasons why Arsenal should Up their Bid for Suarez By Twig
At the moment, Arsenal and Liverpool have reached something of an impasse over the Suarez saga. Liverpool are adamant they won't consider bids of less than Â£50M, while it has recently been rumoured that Wenger wouldn't budge on his Â£40M and Â£1 valuation for the striker.
I know I am really late in saying this but Arsenal should have signed Mark Schwarzer after his contract expired at Fulham. by Stefan
It is too late now as he has joined Chelsea in what I would describe as the goalkeeping dream team of world football right now. They have Petr Cech as their number one and he is world class with many years of experience.
An Arsenal Fan's Guide to Coping in the Transfer Window by Uche
I wake up twice in the morning. The first time is around 5am because my wife wakes up early and when she does, I find it hard to fall asleep. And when I am up, my first instinct is to grab my tablet computer and go straight to football news before I even say my prayers.
Arsenal fans are all too familiar with the suggestion that getting a player back from injury is like a new signing, so I am not trying to say that we do not need to sign any players, just that I think we are on the brink of seeing a huge benefit from having the England international star Jack Wilshere fully fit and raring to go this season.
It's the 1st of August, meaning little more than a few weeks to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. Are we excited? We should be, but unfortunately the lack of transfer business surrounding Arsenal seems to have drained our emotions a little bit.
It's getting to that point in the transfer window now. There's only one month left and Arsenal have done barely anything in the last two and half months since the season ended. We technically haven't spent a pound yet and already have a net profit of at least Â£3m which will rise when we sell Gervinho and potentially Bendtner.
Can we trust the people in charge of Arsenal any more? by Stefan
This is a question that I have pondered several times in recent years but I have asked it to myself more in the last few days than ever before. We really are in hard times as the glory days of the invincibles are gone and have been for some time.
It is becoming ever more clear this summer that Arsenal are struggling in the transfer market. We have been told that there is money to spend, and I believe there is. The problem seems to be, for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board, finding players to spend it on.
We don't know for sure that Arsenal were seriously interested in most of these targets, because the only bid that has been confirmed is for Suarez.
Reading through the comments on some of the articles regarding our recent Pre-Season tour of Asia, I've seen that quite a few people are disappointed with Wenger's decision not to give Thomas Eisfeld more playing time. At the time, his absence wasn't something I really noticed, but now that it has been brought to my attention it's made me think, why doesn't Wenger play the young German much?