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Can Abou Diaby resurrect his Arsenal career next season? 0

Posted on July 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal French midfielder Abou Diaby is aiming to resurrect his Gunners career next season. The 28-year-old France international made his comeback last season, making a cameo appearance against Norwich.

Pre-season

Abou Diaby has featured in both of the Gunners pre-season games so far and has suffered no ill-effects, so far anyway. The midfielder is expected to feature in the Emirates Cup against Monaco and Benfica.

It will be Diaby’s chance to prove that he can still perform and more importantly avoid injury. If he comes through those games then there will be hope that he can actually re-ignite his Gunners career next season.

Is this Arsenal’s best chance at a title? 0

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal boasting arguably their strongest squad of players since their “invincible” campaign in the Premier League, is 2014/15 their best chance at actually winning the title?

Talented former Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez is a new arrival at the Emirates, while existing players such as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott will prove pivotal to their chances of league success.

Arsenal’s team is picking itself at the moment, which is a good sign that players have remained consistent over the last season to warrant keeping their place.

Arsenal complete signing of Calum Chambers 1

Posted on July 29, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal has completed the signing of young defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for a fee potentially rising to £16million. The youngster had been linked with the move for a few months and has now put pen to paper with the Gunners.

Highly-rated

Chambers is highly-rated, despite the fact that he has made just 18 Premier League starts and four substitute appearances in the top-flight. In those appearances he did produce some impressive performances and showed a maturity greater than his years.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the move was a gamble, but the Frenchman seems to believe that the youngster’s potential outweighs the risk.

Can Jack Wilshere start to fulfil his potential next season? 2

Posted on July 28, 2014 by David Nugent

I have a strange feeling of Déjà vu as I write this piece, almost like I have written about this subject before. Maybe that is because the last few summers have been the same story for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Injuries

Every summer Wilshere gives us hope that he can finally stay injury-free and complete a series of games. However, recent seasons have been very disappointing, because he cannot seem to avoid injury.

In his short career so far, Wilshere has made over 20 Premier League starts in just one campaign, back in the 2010/2011 season. His development has no doubt suffered due to the lack of first team starts and action in general.

Gunners lose friendly against Red Bulls, as Ospina signs 3

Posted on July 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat against MLS side New York Red Bulls on Saturday, with former-Arsenal legend Thierry Henry playing a part in the only goal of the game scored by a player with Arsenal connections Bradley Wright-Phillips who is of course the son of former-Gunners hero Ian Wright.

The Gunners did give a run out to a number of senior players such as Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini. However, forwards Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski all missed the game.

Missing

Has Arsene Wenger impressed in the transfer market this summer? 0

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal wrapping up three important deals with more than a month to go of the summer transfer window, has manager Arsene Wenger impressed with his movements in the market?

After the departure of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the Gunners recently signed former Nice goalkeeper David Ospina to provide competition for current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny, after the Colombian greatly impressed in this summer’s World Cup. For £3.2M, Arsenal could hardly have brought in any better shot-stopper whose wages won’t break the bank.

Is Calum Chambers really worth £16M? 1

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Southampton defender Calum Chambers close to sealing a £16M deal to join Arsenal this summer, is he really worth such a valuation?

The 19-year-old made 22 Premier League appearances last season for Southampton, averaging a tackle or assist every 25 minutes. He completed 683 passes, while making more than 80 crosses.

Considering Arsenal supporters were hoping the club would look to sign a dominating midfielder who can help with more ball retention and nullifying the threat of the opposition, to have the Gunners spending such a large amount of money on a young defender, of whose favourite position is covered already by Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson, will irk many fans.

Carl Jenkinson will benefit from loan move 0

Posted on July 26, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, four Premier League clubs are battling out for the signature of Arsenal’s highly-rated young full-back Carl Jenkinson. The 22-year-old looks to be set to slip down the full-back pecking order with the proposed signing of Southampton youngster Calum Chambers.

Competition

Last season Jenkinson had club stalwart Bacary Sagna for competition for that right-back spot. With the Gunners replacing Sagna with Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle and Chambers seemingly heading for the Emirates all of a sudden he finds himself third choice right-back.

Can the Ox finally stay fit to deliver this season? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In a month’s time, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be 21. The England international is no longer a kid, but now a player who needs to be pushing for first-team football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal from Southampton for around £12M in 2011, and has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Londoners. But last season he featured only 14 times, making just six league starts, scoring two goals and making two assists.

Now showcasing his ability as a central midfielder, Oxlade-Chamberlain has stiff competition for places in the middle of the park, with Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and even Tomas Rosicky all being able to play through the middle.

Are Arsenal going to make a bid for a centre-back? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Thomas Vermaelen’s immediate future is uncertain, his inevitable exit from the Emirates stadium should push the London club to sign a replacement this summer.

The Belgian defender has only 12 months to go on his deal with Arsenal, and he’s made it clear that he wants first-team football next season, something the Gunners can’t promise as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are the current first-choice partnership.



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