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Arsenal appoint Barry Solan as new Strength & Conditioning coach 0

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have added Barry Solan to the backroom staff, with the highly experienced Irish coach specialising in strength & conditioning. It’s another bold move by manager Arsene Wenger, who has taken matters into his own hands to ensure there are no repeats of last season’s injury problems to key players.

The Gunners have long suffered from fitness woes to their star performers, and the last two seasons in particular has arguably cost them in their pursuit for more major honours. Solan boasts vast experience, and is a highly respected name in the game, so Wenger will be hoping his work done to the players throughout the course of this season will keep the majority free of any serious injuries.

Arsenal enquiring about Pedro’s availability this summer 0

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have long been linked with Barcelona forward Pedro, and it appears the Spanish international is once again on the Gunners’ radar this summer. A long-serving Catalan, Pedro has spent his entire professional career at the Nou Camp, but has gone from a regular first-team player to being bench duty every season, and he may consider a change of scenery as a result.

The 27-year-old scored and created 12 goals in 15 La Liga starts last season, and didn’t come close to dethroning the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Neymar from the side. He’s made over 300 appearances for Barcelona, scoring a total of 100 goals, and would be ideal to operate as a wide forward in the Arsenal side.

Can Petr Cech still blossom for Arsenal at his advancing age? 1

Posted on July 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s successful pursuit of Petr Cech has been lauded, but there are still some doubters of the 33-year-old’s £11M asking price, considering he spent the majority of last season benchwarming for Chelsea. Blues manager Jose Mourinho hardly ever dethroned first choice Thibaut Courtois from between the sticks, and question marks over Cech’s consistency may have been the reason.

The Chelsea number two made 16 appearances in all competitions last season (Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup), conceding 11 goals, and making eight clean sheets. He shipped four goals in the 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Bradford City, but ultimately did his job well when called upon. However, there were small lapses in his game that could become commonplace with his advancing age.

Will Carl Jenkinson be sold this summer? 0

Posted on July 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson spent last season on loan with West Ham United, and recent reports from the United camp suggest he could well be making a permanent move to Upton Park this summer after impressing under former manager Sam Allardyce.

Hammers co-owner David Gold recently admitted the club were actively seeking to resolve the right-back’s future, with Jenkinson reportedly free to leave Arsenal, so have the Gunners supporters seen the last of the ex-Charlton man?

Signed in 2011, Jenkinson never forced his way into the Arsenal first-team on a regular basis, and in fact endured a difficult time when given the opportunity.

Summer transfer activity proves Wenger is targeting the 2015/16 title 0

Posted on July 04, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been busy in the transfer market this summer, working hard on finalising deals for key players, as well as moving on the existing stars that have outstayed their welcome, and his movements in the last few weeks prove his ambitions are that of a title challenge.

Despite having two existing shot-stoppers in Wojciech Szczesny & David Ospina, the Gunners signed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to be the club’s number one for next season. It’s bold from Wenger, and something he’s never ruthlessly done in the past, but it’s clear he means business.

Arsenal won’t be forced to sell any stars this summer 0

Posted on July 04, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

The rumour mill is in full force this summer, with a host of Arsenal players being linked with European giants, but the reality is that manager Arsene Wenger is likely to retain his best players for the new season. It signifies real grown from the Londoners, as in the past they’ve been forced to sell due to the financial muscle of other clubs, but now supporters aren’t worrying about which of their top performers will be moving on.

Can Danny Welbeck finally hit double figures for league goals next season? 0

Posted on July 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck had a miserable debut season at the Emirates, scoring only four goals in the Premier League following his move from Manchester United. He has always maintained he wants to be a centre-forward, but his tally of goals in the division have suggested manager Arsene Wenger has to consider other options for next season.

The England international, 24, scored just four goals in 25 Premier League appearances for his new club, and spent the majority of the campaign in a wider position as a result. Matters weren’t helped when first-choice striker Olivier Giroud returned from injury in scoring form to cement his place spearheading the Arsenal attack.

Are Arsenal done in the transfer market this summer? 1

Posted on July 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters were delighted to see the club sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech this summer, as it represented how far manager Arsene Wenger was willing to go to turn the Londoners into title-challengers again, but is the Gunners boss finished in the transfer market this summer?

Almost immediately after the last season had come to close, Wenger admitted the club wouldn’t be spending heavily on major buys, saying: “We have not spent stratospheric kind of money. We will not be involved. Not at that level. I’m always more focused on a good rapport between price and quality.”

Arsenal-target William Carvalho impressing in the U21 European Championships this summer 0

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has been impressing in this summer’s U21 European Championships with Portugal U21s, continuing on from an impressive domestic season, which will set a host of clubs on red alert for his services when he returns from international duty.

The 23-year-old has been linked with Arsenal for the last 12 months, and has shown exactly why with a series of brilliant showings in this year’s youth tournament. Carvalho is a defensive midfielder with a physical presence, who provides the protection to his backline, as well as sometimes driving deep in possession. He’s an imposing figure in the middle of the park, and has been outstanding in the Portuguese top-flight this season.

Was Arturo Vidal ever really an Arsene Wenger target? 1

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned his attention away from the likes of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, and is in pursuit of other targets, but was the long-serving Gunners boss ever really interested in the hot-head Chilean?

Vidal, 28 is a talented player, and has been on the radar of many teams ahead of the new season, but he’s not of the Wenger mould to be an Arsenal signing. Combative and industrious, the South American midfielder often goes over the line in games, and can have issues with indiscipline as a result.

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