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Arsenal linked with January Zaza bid 0

Posted on September 03, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Sky Italia and the Guardian, Arsenal are set to launch a £22million bid for Juventus forward Simone Zaza in January. No sooner had the transfer window shut, there is already a rumour linking the Gunners with a striker.

Reports are suggesting the Gunners made a late attempt to sign Zaza on transfer deadline day, but the couple of magic beans that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger offered was not enough to persuade the Turin club to part-company with the forward.

Arsenal’s Jeff Raine-Adelaine named in this season’s Champions League squad 1

Posted on September 03, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made winger Jeff Raine-Adelaine a surprise addition to the Champions League squad for this season, with the 17-year-old having impressed enough in pre-season to earn a place in their European side. Signed from Lens in the summer, Raine-Adelaine featured in the Emirates Cup prior to the season starting, but hasn’t played in the Premier League in 2015/16.

He has been tipped for a bright career at the Emirates Stadium, and will be hoping he can get some game time in the group stages if Arsenal can get off to a good start in their European outings. The French youngster has made a real impact with his teammates in his debut seasons too.

Should Arsenal have retained Wellington Silva to bolster their attack? 0

Posted on September 03, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Deadline day passes without Arsenal making any new additions to the side, and questions are being asked why manager Arsene Wenger failed to bolster his attacking options.

The club loaned out Brazilian forward Wellington Silva to Championship side Bolton Wanderers earlier this month, and he arguably would have been a useful player for the Arsenal attack given the lack of depth in the side, so will they regret letting him go?

Walcott makes another plea to play centre forward 1

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsene Wenger’s well-documented failure to lure any big name signings this summer has left the manager with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as the only serious options for the centre forward position, which is hardly a perfect scenario.

And while that is a natural position for the former Montpellier star, his English teammate hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to play through the middle despite the fact that he now prefers centre forward role to playing on the wing.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin called up to the Spain national team 0

Posted on September 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been called up to the Spanish national team for the first time. He revealed his delight on Twitter to be in the squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia. He said: “Always a proud moment to be called up to the @SeFutbol #Sub21!”

Head coach Vicente Del Bosque has identified the 20-year-old as a player with real potential, but he doesn’t have stiff competition for a starting place in the team. Bellerin will have the likes of Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) and Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) all vying for a right-back spot in the Spain side, so Bellerin may not feature during the international break.

Will Wenger better utilise his fringe players after avoiding a deadline day signing? 1

Posted on September 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal failed to spend on deadline day, with goalkeeper Petr Cech being their only summer signing. Supporters have been bemused by the lack of transfer activity, especially given the deficiencies in the side, but will manager Arsene Wenger now call upon the club’s fringe players to step up to the plate?

The likes of Joel Campbell in attack could prove to be a useful addition considering how short on goals the Gunners have been so far this season. Wenger has so far overlooked the talented Costa Rican international, but questions will be asked about their deadline day inactivity if the manager isn’t planning on using his entire squad during the course if the campaign.

Wenger reveals plans for Calum Chambers 0

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he predominantly plans to use England starlet Calum Chambers in the heart of defence, rather than in the right-back position.

The talented footballer arrived at the Emirates as a right-sided defender, but he has so far feature more in the centre of defence, and that looks likely to continue.

With Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy great options for the right flank, Arsene Wenger will mostly use Chambers as a cover for the starting centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Mathieu Debuchy: The panic buy that didn’t pay off 3

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy once again spent the entirely of their weekend Premier League clash on the substitutes’ bench, with youngster Hector Bellerin preferred to the French international at right-back, and manager Arsene Wenger may well be regretting such an outlay to sign him last summer.

Debuchy, 30, was bought in by the Gunners boss from Newcastle United for around £10M in July 2014 following the exit of Bacary Sagna. However, injury suffered by the right-back saw Calum Chambers and Bellerin given the chance to impress, and the latter made the fullback spot his own last season.

Do Arsenal need an imposing central midfield to be title contenders? 1

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have never adequately replaced former midfielder Patrick Vieira since the Frenchman left the club in 2005/06 to join Juventus (£14M approx.), with the likes of Alex Song and Lassana Diarra failing to replicate the antics of the Gunners’ ex midfield general, and many feel it’s why the Londoners continue to fall short in the title race.

Francis Coquelin has attempted to take on the destroyer role for Arsenal in the last year, but is at times guilty of being lightweight, while struggling to drive forward with the ball at his feet. Supporters have cried out for a new face to come into the midfield as a result, but manager Arsene Wenger seems content with what he has this campaign.

Walcott and Giroud off the pace for Arsenal against Newcastle 2

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal won 1-0 away to Newcastle in the early kickoff on Saturday afternoon, but manager Arsene Wenger will be left with a selection conundrum in attack following disappointing showings from Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud.

The former started ahead of Giroud against the Magpies, but missed two good goalscoring opportunities as the visitors struggled to a narrow win at St James’ Park. He was eventually replaced by Giroud in the second-half, but the Frenchman couldn’t make the most of his big opportunity either, with Newcastle’s impressive goalkeeper Tim Krul thwarting him from close range.

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