Rewind to May 17th 2014. Arsenal have just ended their nine-year wait for a trophy and everyone around the club is elated. This coupled with a 17th consecutive top 4 finish signified a great season for Arsenal Football Club. This happiness that I speak of continued throughout the summer as Arsenal approached a summer transfer window with no financial constraints for the first time since the beginning of the Emirates Stadium construction.
With Mikel Arteta out injured (and Diaby of course but that goes without saying), Arsenal's only real defensive midfielder is Matthieu Flamini at the moment. All our readers have been clamouring for Wenger to bring in a new beast to help out the defence but until now that seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal duo will miss Galatasaray and Chelsea clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal failed to win the last fixture against their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the Premier League fixture between the two clubs during the North London derby ended in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday.
Derbies are brutal. This isn't breaking news, but derbies are games that are woefully brutal on the supporters leading up to the match, and the games rarely live up to the pre-match hype. It's not a stretch to say that the latest North London Derby won't be the same. Both teams have obvious strengths and frailties, so it should least be an interesting tactical battle.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implemented a new 4-1-4-1 formation as of late, with either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini being deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the middle of the pitch. The lack of manpower in the space just in front of Arsenal's back four was one of the reasons (there were plenty) Borussia Dortmund dominated the north London team in their opening Champions League group stage match Tuesday night.
With Olivier Giroud's surgery knocking him out of action until January, the buzz around Arsenal is that the team now needs to buy a new striker if they want to compete for a title. This has led to all kinds of rumors about who Arsenal is targeting and the obscene amounts of money it will cost to acquire a player.
Arsenal 2014/15: Can the Gunners cash in on their newfound optimism and be champions? is a post from: Just Football
MajorHonours: 13 League Titles, 11 FA Cups, 2 League Cups
Big season for: Jack Wilshere. With the Arsenal midfield becoming more and more crowded with each passing transfer window, Wilshere needs to assert his place on the squad with a strong performance this year.
Mikel Arteta come on guys, cut him some slack!!!! by Jonestown1 I will first preface everything I say here by stating I have no particular allegiance to, nor soft spot, for Mikel Arteta. It has to be said he has not had much luck in his career. He was a stand-out creative performer at [...]
Arsenal Football Club has announced its squad for this Saturday's friendly against New York Red Bulls in the 2014 New York Cup.
Arsenal footballers, manager Arsene Wenger and staff departed England earlier today on their way to New York City. Meanwhile, Arsenal supporters from across North American and England will be making their way to Harrison, New Jersey for Saturday's match, which kicks off at 5pm ET (and will be shown live on ESPN2).
Since the end of May, Arsenal has been linked with a host of defensive midfielders to fill the void in the middle of the pitch for the north London club. The Gunners deployed Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini for much of the season last campaign (they also even used Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at times).
The other day LB wrote an interesting post entitled"Is Thomas Vermaelen still needed?This led me to think about the player as a captain and conversely the captain as a player.
Before looking at individuals in those roles I got to thinking just what should we look for in a Club Captain, note the capital letters, in my opinion the Club Captain is equally as important as The Manager, The Chief Executive or The Owner.
Not a kit for the more portly fan, it must be said, Arsenal's new kit suppliers officially unveiled their tight-fitting new strips after a snazzy unveiling by the London Eye which featured a hologram of Arsene Wenger over the Thames (no, really).
As for the kits themselves, which were modelled by Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini in the window of the Puma shop in Carnaby Street, they are pretty classic in style with the continuation of the yellow and blue away combo sure to please Gunners' fans.
Arsenal midfield maestro could be off to Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal fans must be buzzing at the moment with reports flying around in the media that the Gunners are closing in on securing deals for two quality players, Alexis Sanchez andMathieu Debuchy, from Barcelona and Newcastle United respectively.
Last week I considered some of the summer chin scratchers facing Arsene Wenger with respect to his goalkeepers and defence. This week, it's the midfield and the forward line that come under the microscope. Whilst I think the squad needs some bolstering numerically at the back, there are some more nuanced questions about how the coaching staff tinkers with the formula further forward.
As this is a time in which we insist on gleaning the maximum from the smallest amount of available information (guilty as charged, your honour), there are some conclusions we can draw from yesterday's training pics.
Mesut Ozil appears to be all right. He was pictured lurking in the background, looking suspicious but definitely not like somebody whose ankle was falling off.
Some worrying news regarding Mikel Arteta to start with. The initial prognosis for his ankle injury is that he'll miss 'at least two weeks' and the club don't expect him to be available again until after the international break.
After Everton, Besiktas and then Leicester next Sunday we have the first Interlull of the new campaign and following that it's a game against Champions Man City.
During the summer months, the transfer window is the predominant focus of supporter attention. In fact, in this day and age, the window has become a kind of monolithic essence, its popularity seems to have outstripped the actual game of football itself. Whilst transfers are obviously an important feature of a club's activity during pre-season, there are plenty of other issues to occupy a manager's mind.
Champions League action tonight as we face Galatasaray. It's a game from which we need to take three points after our opening round defeat to Dortmund, and for which tonight's team will require some thinking from Arsene Wenger.
He is, essentially, without, or in doubt of, his first choice midfield.
You know who I wouldn't like to be this morning? Chris Wondolowski.
Because I wouldn't have slept all night. The American had a glorious chance to send his team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup but ballooned his shot over the bar from close range and that miss is going to be like a tattoo on his brain for a long-time to come.
Here's this week's Arsecast Extra: I'm joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.
On this week's show we chat about the upcoming World Cup and James' hope not to contract yellow fever. We look at Arsenal players at the tournament and who might stand out, as well as answering your questions about potential signings at right back and up front, whether Arsene Wenger doing TV punditry will affect his Arsenal work this summer, which player would be the best dancer and much more.