Arsenal's FA Cup victory was expected to be the catalyst for several changes within the club in the coming months and years. After a nine-year trophy drought, they finally have that monkey off their back. They have the money. They have the manager who is staying.They have the stadium that is nearly debt free, and now they even have the silverware.
Everyone knows the Arsenal money stories. How the club did everything to reduce its stadium debt from building houses on the Highbury pitch through to front loading sponsorship deals and using the money to reduce the borrowings.
If you know your Arsenal history you'll know that when Lt Col Sir [.
Arsenal are continuing to monitor Luis Suarez's situation at Liverpool ahead of a possible swoop in January, according to reports in the Daily Mirror. The Gunners were involved in a farcical pursuit of the Uruguay international this summer, which culminated in the infamous Â£40,000,001 bid aimed at activating a non-existent buy-out clause in Suarez's contract.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he had no intention of joining Manchester United this summer even if they had offered to double his salary. The former Arsenal captain had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford during the transfer window, with David Moyes' side lodging bids for him with Barca.
@arseblog any chance you could advertise my GREAT away shirt please?? pic.twitter.com/Q8e1f6YmmC GoonerJohn (@mrjohnfriend) September 2, 2013 Why splash out Â£60 on a personalised Mesut Ozil shirt when you could simply adapt your old Arsenal O2-sponsored kit? That's exactly what one Gooner has done simply adding an umlaut and 'IL' to the front [.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he and his staff are working 24 hours a day to sign new players. But he also seemed to suggest that he didn't know who they should be trying to sign. The Gunners boss was responding to vociferous criticism aimed at him following a 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa [.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned Arsenal that Michu is not for sale at any price. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Spaniard as they struggle to secure the signing of Luis Suarez. But Laudrup has told them that the Swans don't need to sell their star striker and have no [...]
Arsenal would be prepared to break their oft-discussed wage structure to secure the signing of Luis Suarez, the Metro reports. They claim that the Uruguay international would be offered a Â£160,000-a-week deal at the Emirates if an agreement can be reached between the two clubs. The Gunners have a strict wage structure that currently sees [.
Former England international Kenny Samson has revealed alcoholism has left him living on the streets and skint. The ex-Arsenal left-back is a self-confessed drunk who has been sleeping on a park bench. He told The Sun: "I've been living homeless for 10 days. "That's because I've got no money, I'm a drunk, I'm feeling not [.
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have made the best offer for Arsenal transfer target Bernard, according to his current club Atletico Mineiro. The Gunners, Shakhtar and Porto are all vying for the Brazil international's signature. Arsene Wenger's side were the favourites to land the 20-year-old just a few days ago, but they now appear to be [.
I really hope that Arsene Wenger is playing mind games with the teams whose players Arsenal are hoping to sign, because the Frenchman has started to say things that send a cold shiver of dread running down the spine of your average Gooner.
The other day he started talking up the current squad and claimed that we were good enough to challenge for the title, even if no signings were made during the summer transfer window.
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova says Cesc Fabregas has told him he doesn't want to leave the club. The former Arsenal midfielder was the subject of a Â£25m bid from Manchester United yesterday, but Vilanova says Fabregas is keen to remain at Camp Nou. He said: "I know he has received offers from other teams.
Wilshere has announced something that will give all Arsenal fans a sigh of relief after small reports speculated that perhaps Arsenal could lose one of their star players once again this summer. However this time around the player in question, Jack Wilshere was quick to diminish reports stating; "Obviously, I'm flattered.
There has been much talk of Arsenal's record amount of funds in the transfer kitty this summer, but with the current squad ending the season with a brilliant ten-game unbeaten run Wenger seemed to hint that there is not much need for reinforcements to be brought in.
"In the last three months, I believe we have been remarkably consistent.
In the last couple of hours news has come out that Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov will consider his stance at the club and sort out his future by the end of the season. Current majority shareholder American businessman Stan Kroenke has a very bad reputation with the Arsenal fans.
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Something just struck me after the beating Real Madrid took last night from Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski is part of a really good team, definitely one of two best teams in Germany and currently one of the best in the world. But it looks like him AND Gotze are on their way out, more questioningly to a rival Bundesliga team.
The breaking news today that a Middle East consortium has prepared a massive bid to take Arsenal off Stan Kroenke's hands is likely to be welcomed by the American with open arms.
Anyone who saw the miserable miser who is the Ã³wner' of Arsenal trying to hide from the freezing English weather while in the Emirates watching his "investment" getting destroyed by Bayern Munich last week will be under no illusion that Stan Kroenke was enjoying himself, in fact he hid himself under a big red blanket and may well have been asleep for all we know!
In the space of 8 years we have seen our club go from the edge of greatness, from consistently winning trophies every year and celebrating being arguably the best team of the world, to a team that struggles week in week out against much weaker opposition and we can now only dream of going far in competitions, let alone getting to the final and winning something.
We're not saying that Manchester City players are on big money... but it appears Samir Nasri has hired Marouane Chamakh as his bodyguard. The former Arsenal team-mates went to watch yesterday's match between the Gunners and City at the Emirates, with Nasri out suspended. But there were ugly scenes outside the ground as angry Arsenal [.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo has been discussing how the Blues decide when and where to let their players go out on loan. Emenolo says the club has implemented a policy of sending out players on loan deals to help them to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules, but also to give regular first-team [.
The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle can expect to do plenty of running this season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been talking fairly candidly about his tactical plans for the season ahead and it involves a trio of attacking midfielders working very hard as the first line of defence.
A money-conscious Manchester United fan has saved himself the outlay for a new replica shirt by changing his old Louis Saha kit to be relevant to recent signing Wilfried Zaha. The supporter picked off the 'S' from Saha's surname before using a marker pen to add a 'Z' and put a '2â€² ahead of Saha's [.
The agent of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says his client has rejected the chance to join Spanish side Valencia. The Mexican forward found himself on the fringes at Old Trafford last season but has turned down a move to La Liga in a bid to win a regular place in David Moyes' starting line-up, [.
Usain Bolt has dedicated his 100m World Championships victory to Manchester United. The Jamaican sprinter regained his world title in Moscow yesterday evening, but his thoughts were also on the Community Shield at the time. After his race, he said: "I think if they [Manchester United] dedicated their win to me and I dedicated my [.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane says the club should sell Wayne Rooney if he wants to leave. The Republic of Ireland international said that Rooney should be allowed to go, even if it means selling him to Premier League title rivals Chelsea. He said: "I think if the player wants to leave, and it's a [.
Manchester United flop Bebe reportedly hid from bailiffs at the club's training ground before fleeing in the boot of a team-mate's car. The 23-year-old was hunted by debt collectors at United's Carrington base, where he was training with the Under-21 squad. The bizarre reports from Goal.com suggest that bailiffs had tried to track the Â£7m [.
Paul Scholes has listed himself on eBay to raise funds for his son's team. The recently retired Manchester United midfielder is taking to the field one last time to play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. The club are auctioning the chance to line-up alongside Scholes for that match and bidding is already up to Â£4,100.
New Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara had seemed set for a move to Manchester United this summer. But it's now emerged that he was so desperate to ensure he went to the European champions that he personally paid â‚¬2m of the â‚¬25m transfer fee. German newspaper Bild reports that the former Barcelona player stumped up [.
West Brom fans are receiving an unexpected windfall following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of the season. The Baggies' final match of the season is at home to Manchester United, which means it is also Fergie's last game in the dugout. With United fans desperate to be there to see him [.
Wales manager Chris Coleman says he will take advice from Tottenham and Gareth Bale over whether the player should feature in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland. The match takes place on August 14. If Bale is still a Spurs player at that stage and still seeking a move to Real Madrid that could [.
Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to comment on the speculation surround Gareth Bale's future. The Real Madrid superstar would not talk about his side's bid for the Tottenham man, nor discuss Bale's valuation. He said: "Well, I'm not going to speak about that because I'm not the right person to say if he deserves that money, [.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to raid former club Real Madrid to sign midfielder Sami Khedira. The Blues are hoping to take advantage of Real's desperate attempts to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham to lure Khedira to Stamford Bridge. They hope the Spanish side will be prepared to offload the Germany international to raise funds [.
Tottenham have launched their new home and away kits for the 2013/14. The first things to say is that's a bold sponsor's logo. Hewlett Packard are certainly getting value for money compared to previous Spurs sponsors. The kits are again made by Under Armour and are said to be a nod to the club's kits [.
The Portland Timbers' roster makeover continued today when they acquired Ben Zemanski through a trade with Chivas USA. Portland sent allocation money and the rights to Jonathon Bornstein to Chivas for Zemanski. Zemanski plays in the midfield and played at Akron University under the Caleb Porter.
Merritt Paulson tweeted after the trade was announced that conspiracy theorists should not read too much into today's trade:
No big surprise here, but the Portland Timbers came out and confirmed that they had traded the rights for Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an unknown amount of allocation money. Reports surfaced earlier in the week, however, that the amount of money exchanged between the Timbers and Salt Lake was to the tune of $75,000.
Alan Pardew had mentioned that the Premier League money will increase and for the next three-year deal from 2016-2019 the money will be bigger than it is for this three-year deal to end in 2016. Mike Ashley seems happy enough with new potential TV deal The news is that in six months' [...]
Now that everybody has stopped talking about Jonjo Shelvey, this GIF from Monday night's clash between Swansea and Liverpool has had time to surface. It shows Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho trying to get past Swansea defender Ashley Williams. The centre-back gets a flick on the ball but his leg is left dangling awkwardly in front of [.
Ronaldo has signed a deal worth 105 million euros over the course of 3 years with Real Madrid. He loves Florentino Perez by the way. He never had any problems with him. Manchester United was Ronaldo's past and Real Madrid is Ronaldo's present. And future. Does this sound like a guy who did not want [.
After all, Life is like a box of chocolates... Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 1, 2013 Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has advised his former club not to sign QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who he said is not better than Forrest Gump. Barton has contacted the Toffees asking them to sign him.
1. It's hard to see this as anything other than the end of an era for 'the' Barcelona side we all know. Minus Messi, the rest of the team either older and achier members of the great side or lesser additions are no longer up to the high standards they've set themselves. Expect [...]