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Can the Ox finally stay fit to deliver this season? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In a month’s time, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be 21. The England international is no longer a kid, but now a player who needs to be pushing for first-team football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal from Southampton for around £12M in 2011, and has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Londoners. But last season he featured only 14 times, making just six league starts, scoring two goals and making two assists.

Now showcasing his ability as a central midfielder, Oxlade-Chamberlain has stiff competition for places in the middle of the park, with Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and even Tomas Rosicky all being able to play through the middle.

Wenger wants Arsenal to challenge for Premiership title 1

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that he expects the Gunners to challenge for the Premier League trophy this term after coming short last season.

Despite leading the race since the season started, the Emirates outfit ultimately failed to keep up with Manchester City and Liverpool as numerous injuries seem to have ruined their title bid.

Nevertheless, the club managed to end the long trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup title, but Wenger is adamant he wants his team to try and win the Premiership trophy this time out.

Are Arsenal going to make a bid for a centre-back? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Thomas Vermaelen’s immediate future is uncertain, his inevitable exit from the Emirates stadium should push the London club to sign a replacement this summer.

The Belgian defender has only 12 months to go on his deal with Arsenal, and he’s made it clear that he wants first-team football next season, something the Gunners can’t promise as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are the current first-choice partnership.

Joel Campbell to be given chance to prove his worth for Arsenal 0

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Costa Rica international Joel Campbell has returned to Arsenal for pre-season training, with the aim to shine while playing with the squad to be named in the team for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

Spending last season with Olympiakos, Campbell shined while out on loan, and replicated his performances in this summer’s World Cup with the South American side. However, there’s competition for places in the Arsenal side, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Lukas Podolski and even Serge Gnabry all capable of operating on the wing as Campbell does.

Arsenal pair on Atletico Madrid’s shopping list 1

Posted on July 23, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal’s Spanish pair Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla has emerged as summer transfer targets for Spanish reigning champions Atletico Madrid.

Atleti have lost both striker Diego Costa and full-back Felipe Luis to Chelsea this summer and are now looking to strengthen their own squad.

Backup

Spanish international Nacho Monreal is very much backup left-back to Kieran Gibbs at the Emirates. He must be frustrated warming the bench and only getting a game when Gibbs is injured, which unfortunately is more often than we would like.

Arsenal to offer trial to highly-rated Serbian Mladen Micanovic 0

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Serbian midfielder Mladen Micanovic could be on his way to the Emirates, with the club offering him a trial to prove his worth this summer.

The 17-year-old, who currently plays for Serbian First League side FK Javor Ivanjica, will train with the Gunners first-team ahead of a potential £100K transfer should he impress.

Serie A giants Inter Milan were reportedly interested too, but Arsenal appear to have won the race, according to the Metro.

Arsenal sign Barcelona midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis 0

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal have confirmed the signing of 15-year-old midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis. The Barcelona man is from their famed La Masia academy, and has been tipped for a bright future under the right guidance.

Considering Wenger had Cesc Fabregas in a similar situation and developed him into one of the best central midfielders, Spanoudakis is in good hands.

While representing Germany at U15 and U16 level, the young midfielder is also eligible to play for Greece. He will train with Arsenal’s U18 team, where it’s unlikely his name will be uttered in the first-team for a season or two.

Wellington set for another loan spell 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal Football Club have announced on their official website that talented attacker Wellington Silva has joined Spanish side Almeria on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian joined the Gunners from Fluminense in December 2010, but he has yet to make his first appearance for the club, having spent last three and a half years at various loan spells.

After making two La Liga appearances for Levante, Wellington spent next three years in Spanish second division, playing for Alcoyano, Ponferradina and Murcia.

The 21-year-old made a real breakthrough last season, having featured in 38 games for Murcia, starting 15 of those games and scoring 3 goals in the process.

Serge Gnabry to be loaned out this season? 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of competition in the attacking positions, winger Serge Gnabry may struggle to get first-team action in 2014/15 that may lead manager Arsene Wenger to considering loaning out the 18-year-old.

Last season, Gnabry made nine Premier League appearances for the Gunners, amassing just over 500 minutes of game time. A Germany U19 international, the former Stuttgart player has also featured in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, with Wenger rating the winger highly for the future.

However, with Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and even Mesut Ozil, who can all operate from out wide, Gnabry has stiff competition for a starting place.

What’s going on with the Balotelli rumours? 1

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked to be content with his attacking options for this season, the rumours of Balotelli joining the London side are not going away.

He represented Italy in this summer’s World Cup, but had a poor tournament that his club president (of AC Milan) revealed would hamper his chances of a move.

Mario Balotelli is still currently 3/10 to join Arsenal this summer, but his valuation is said to be in excess of £20M, while requesting wages amounting to over £5M a year before tax, according to various sources.



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