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Positivity for Arsenal heading into international break 0

Posted on August 28, 2016 by David Nugent

This summer has been all doom and gloom at Arsenal, as the lack of transfer activity has dominated the club and the fans minds. However, the actions of the last few days may just take the Gunners into the international break on a more positive note.

Firstly according to reports Arsenal are close to sealing the double signings of German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez. Then there was a very decent 3-1 win at Watford to celebrate.

Top players back into the groove

Arsenal 7/10 to win against Watford this afternoon 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Premier League this afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points to finally get themselves off the mark for the season. Last season’s runners-up are currently without a win in the division and can’t afford anything less than victory as they could be a considerably distance off the title race after just three games.

Currently 13th in the Premier League with just one point from their first two games this season, Arsenal haven’t started the new campaign brightly. They suffered defeat in their opening game to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, before playing out a goalless stalemate to defending champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Wenger admits Arsenal missed out on top transfer targets 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the club missed out on their top transfer targets this summer, and instead have been forced to “restart” the scouting process and target more affordable names, according the Metro.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal, his teammate Riyad Mahrez signed a new deal with Leicester, Argentinean centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain moved to Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette opted to stay at the Stade des Lumières.

It left Arsenal behind in the transfer market, forcing the club to sign Deportivo’s Lucas Perez to solve their attacking woes, and Wenger revealed how much difficult the Gunners have had trying to bring players to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Olivier Giroud “a fraction short” of match fitness to start against Watford 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to start in this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Watford, with manager Arsene Wenger describing the French international as “still a fraction behind physically,” in his pre-match press conference.

The Gunners centre-forward came off the bench in the second-half of last weekend’s goalless draw with Leicester and is likely to do a similar thing against Watford today. Giroud was given a late summer holiday after his Euro 2016 excursions but is slowly nearing full match fitness to spread the attack in the coming games.

Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Champions League draw a decent one for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Yesterday in my article I talked about how the Gunners could receive a difficult and a very comfortable draw in the Champions League. Well, the side from north London have been drawn in Group A alongside PSG, FC Basel and Ludogorets of Bulgaria in Europe’s elite competition.

For me, that is a decent draw for the Gunners. They have not been drawn with one of the three strongest teams in pot 1 of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich and PSG will be a different proposition this season under Unai Emery.

Need to take the next step in Europe

Arsenal draw Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn with perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, Swiss Super League title-winners FC Basel and Bulgarian Parva Liga champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A of the Champions League for this season. Arsenal will be expected to take six points off Ludogorets, while beating Basel on home soil and taking at least one point off PSG at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have consistently made it through the group stages of the competition for 16 seasons, but will be desperate to finally surpass the last-16 for the first time since 2010. Arsenal have a point to prove in Europe as a result, and owe the fans something to cheer about after last season’s disastrous group stage campaign.

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Who is Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Perez? 2

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez this summer after meeting his £17M release clause. The Spanish centre-forward, coming off his most prolific campaign, will provide competition for first-choice Olivier Giroud in attack, while also being capable to operate on either flank. The 27-year-old might not be directly fighting with Giroud for a place in the side due to the amount of games he’s operated in as a wide forward, but who is Lucas?



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