The summer transfer window is coming to a close in the next few days, and with that comes a period of reflection for the majority of teams up and down the country. Some will be analysing how they’ve done and what players they’ve been able to bring in, whereas others will merely be interested in looking at ‘what could’ve been’ whilst also beginning their plans for the January window – despite the fact that the actual season hasn’t even begun yet.
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Arsenal Football Club may stand for a lot of things to a lot of people, but hopefully, in this upcoming season, they can stand for determination – because they certainly came across that way last night when they overcame the odds to defeat rivals Chelsea on penalties. We all know that reading into things at this stage of pre-season is a fool’s game, but at this point, we’re beyond the point of no return.
As we approach the new season and the return of the On This Day feature, it’s interesting to look back on what life was like twelve months ago when Arsenal were once again preparing for a season of uncertainty under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. Many fans felt as if the Frenchman was coming to the end of his tenure with the club one way or another, but few could’ve imagined that the campaign would go so drastically wrong before that.
As exclusively reported by The Telegraph, Arsenal have been informed of AC Milan’s intention to hire current Gunners’ CEO Ivan Gazidis. The club have therefore started preparing for his departure and they are confident of their ability to make the transition seamless.
The final decision hasn’t been made yet. However, Gazidis has himself informed the club of the offer presented to him by the Rossoneri, and his departure has become a very realistic prospect. Meanwhile, Emery recently said he hopes the club’s chief executive would remain a part of Arsenal.
This is going to be a pretty controversial topic, but we want to talk about Hector Bellerin – and more specifically, why we think he needs to have a big season with the Gunners. The 23-year-old has always been viewed as a young player who can be something of a game changer in North London, and for the most part, that’s turned out to be the case. However, what we can’t advocate for is this attitude he seems to have developed in the last few years of his career.
Today is the 42nd birthday of Nwankwo Kanu and isn’t that just a nice thing? The Nigerian forward has been a part of the beautiful game in some way, shape or form for many many years now, and we don’t think he’d mind us saying that. He’s had an interesting career, to say the least, but once the dust finally settled on his playing days a few years back, it’s fair to summarise that he was pretty successful for the most part.
Having impressed during this summer’s pre-season, Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal.
The youngster scored a spectacular goal, his first for the first team, against Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup after just turning 18 last week. In 2017 he was a part of England’s U17 World Cup winning squad.
He said signing this deal has made him feel great. To get such an opportunity to showcase his talents at a club of Arsenal’s size is certainly a dream for many young players, one that has now come true for Smith Rowe. It’s now up to him to grasp this moment with both hands and work hard on building a successful career.
With the Premier League season being just around the corner, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of English football. We’ve just had an extremely successful World Cup campaign in Russia, more eyes will be on the EPL than ever, and every single team harbours realistic ambitions of doing some big things throughout the season. Alas, it’s still important to manage your expectations in any walk of life, which is why we need to sit down and really think about what Arsenal can accomplish – and what would be considered a success.
Arsenal fans have come to terms with being put in frustrating situations over the years, both on the pitch and off of it. Something that has been a common theme, at least as of late, has been their inability to prevent transfer sagas from stretching out over the course of an entire window and beyond. Well, unfortunately, it seems as if they’re allowing the same thing to happen with midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Alexandre Lacazette claims he’s not looking at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a rival for a place in the team, but rather as a teammate with whom he can form a powerful attacking partnership.
Lacazette arrived to the Emirates last summer and Aubameyang made the switch from Borussia Dortmund in January, with both transfer fees exceeding £50million. Meanwhile, the club said farewell to Olivier Giroud after five and a half years, during which the tall Frenchman made 253 appearances and scored 105 goals.