Arsenal’s pre-season suffered a bit of a knock as they fell to Brentford in a 2-1 friendly defeat, in a game which many people didn’t even know was happening. The Gunners were coming off the back of an 8-0 demolition of Boreham Wood, and while we can’t take all too much from pre-season, it’s certainly interesting to see that they were turned over by a Championship side who aren’t even considered to be realistic promotion contenders this season.
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As we approach the conclusion of this Aaron Ramsey saga, with the midfielder reportedly being offered a new five-year deal, it’s interesting to consider where his head is at with everything. Logic would suggest that he’s in a pretty good place when it comes to his mindset, but if that was the case, wouldn’t he have signed the contract by now? There seems to be something else going on here, which seems to be a pretty frequent thing with Arsenal midfielders.
According to the rumour mill, Everton Football Club are interested in acquiring the services of Danny Welbeck. The Englishman has certainly had an interesting journey throughout the course of his career after initially being positioned as the next big thing for Manchester United, only for things to not quite work out that way. Instead, he made the switch to Arsenal where he currently resides, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Unai Emery considers him to be a priority.
Recently, Arsenal welcomed a series of perceived ‘club legends’ back to the Emirates for a media day ahead of their upcoming game in September. The likes of Robert Pires, Ray Parlour and David Seaman were in attendance, all of whom could logically claim to be a ‘legend’ from within the ranks of Arsenal Football Club. One man who turned some heads with his appearance, however, was former striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
Calum Chambers hasn’t always necessarily had the easiest of roads at the Emirates, and despite being dubbed as a ‘youngster’, at 23 years of age, you could argue that he’s only a few years away from the prime of his career. Since arriving back in 2014 he’s made over 50 appearances for the club and has managed to enjoy a handful of effective showings in an Arsenal top, but unfortunately, the consistency has eluded him – until now, we hope.
Arsenal Football Club have been on something of a role as of late, whether you want to admit that openly or not. Because of that, it feels like there’s been a disaster just waiting around the next corner, and while this doesn’t exactly fall into that category, it is a little bit embarrassing. As reported by Football.London, the Gunners appear to have been caught up in a possible fraud scam involving one of its Chinese partners – car makers BYD, a company that most of you may never have even heard of.
Something that people often sleep on in football is the importance of pre-season friendlies, and what they can do not only for a team’s confidence – but for their overall effectiveness as the real campaign begins. If you don’t schedule enough of them then you probably won’t get the necessary amount of experience or match fitness to deal with the physicality of the Premier League or most other top leagues for that matter, and if you organise too many, then you run the risk of wearing your players out.
England’s World Cup journey came to an unfortunate end the other night when they lost 2-1 after extra time to Croatia in their semi-final. It was a heartbreaking way for things to end for a team who had given it everything they had over the course of their time at the tournament, but in all honesty, we feel more pride than we’ve ever felt for an England team before.
As we all now know Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi, and aside from looking like a younger version of David Luiz, you may not know all too much about the guy. He’s 19 years of age which should be an instant sign of his potential from the word go, and he seems to be gearing up for a long and hopefully successful career in world football. While you often can’t judge a book by its cover, his demeanour alone is enough to suggest to us that he could do some big things with the Gunners.
Arsenal have confirmed that Lucas Torreira will join the club from Sampdoria, though they stress that the deal is still subject to regulatory processes.
After a relatively long saga, it’s officially confirmed that the Uruguay international will be a part of Arsenal’s new-look team under Unai Emery. Having spent four seasons in Serie A, two with Pescara (42 appearances, six goals) and two with Sampdoria (74, 4), Torreira is ready to taste the challenges of playing in the Premier League.