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Serge Gnabry to be loaned out this season? 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of competition in the attacking positions, winger Serge Gnabry may struggle to get first-team action in 2014/15 that may lead manager Arsene Wenger to considering loaning out the 18-year-old.

Last season, Gnabry made nine Premier League appearances for the Gunners, amassing just over 500 minutes of game time. A Germany U19 international, the former Stuttgart player has also featured in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, with Wenger rating the winger highly for the future.

However, with Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and even Mesut Ozil, who can all operate from out wide, Gnabry has stiff competition for a starting place.

Are Arsenal better off without controversial duo? 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal has been heavily linked with two controversial strikers this summer in Loic Remy and Mario Balotelli. It looks like the Gunners have decided against signing either, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed they are not in the market for another forward.

Medical

France international Loic Remy had been linked with the Gunners for a long time, but is now reportedly heading to the join the Liverpool squad on tour in the USA and have a medical ahead of completing a £8.5million move from QPR.

Trouble 1

What’s going on with the Balotelli rumours? 1

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked to be content with his attacking options for this season, the rumours of Balotelli joining the London side are not going away.

He represented Italy in this summer’s World Cup, but had a poor tournament that his club president (of AC Milan) revealed would hamper his chances of a move.

Mario Balotelli is still currently 3/10 to join Arsenal this summer, but his valuation is said to be in excess of £20M, while requesting wages amounting to over £5M a year before tax, according to various sources.

Has Thomas Vermaelen been mismanaged by Arsenal? 2

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Thomas Vermaelen’s future uncertain with the club, and his deal only having 12 months to run with Arsenal, has he been another player poorly mismanaged?

The Belgian defender has played second-fiddle to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season, playing less than 800 minutes of Premier League football, while Wenger was trying to convince him that he had an important part to play in the Arsenal team.

Contracts talks should have been initiated in the previous campaign, as now it’s unlikely the 28-year-old will sign an extension with Arsenal. The Gunners are 5/1 to win the title, but with only senior three centrebacks at the club, one of whom wants to leave, Arsenal need another defender to boost their chances of success.

David Ospina could prove a bargain buy for Arsenal 0

Posted on July 21, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal is close to completing a £3million deal to sign Colombia number one David Ospina. The 25-year-old was already a highly-rated keeper prior to the World Cup, but his performances in Brazil have raised his profile even further.

Ospina looked very solid as the South American’s reached the quarter-finals of the competition and were unlucky to exit the competition at the hands of the hosts Brazil.

Reliable

Ospina has forged a big reputation in Ligue One with Nice, where he has become known as a very reliable keeper. Ospina has helped Nice to become a stable team in the French top-flight. Ospina has spent five years at the French club developing his talent.

Arsene Wenger to strengthen further this summer 0

Posted on July 20, 2014 by David Nugent

It will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he will strengthen his squad this summer. There are still certain areas of the team that are in need of strengthening and hopefully some new faces arrive sooner rather than later.

Strengthen

Wenger confirmed that he will strengthen his squad by telling Sky Sports: “It’s not over, there’s still a long way to go.

“I can’t give you any names because you’re never sure if you can do what you want, but we’re still out there to strengthen our squad.”

What games is Theo Walcott likely to miss through injury? 0

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealing forward Theo Walcott will miss the start of the season due to his lengthy injury sustained during the previous campaign, what games could the England international miss in 2014/15?

Considering Walcott won’t be training until the end of August, he’ll almost certainly be absent for fixtures such as Crystal Palace (home) on 16/8/14, Everton (away) on 23/8/14, and Leicester City (away) on 31/8/14 .

There’s also the matter of League Cup and European games in between league outings that the 25-year-old will also miss which means the ex-Saints man could be absent for up to 10 games.

Should Arsenal be competing for Loic Remy? 6

Posted on July 19, 2014 by David Nugent

According to reports on Sky Sports, Liverpool has agreed a fee of around £8.5million for QPR and France striker Loic Remy. The former-Marseille striker was previously heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

Value

For that sort of fee the striker seems right up Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s street and the fact that he is also French normally appeals to the Gunners boss. It is surprising that the Gunners have not yet made a move.

Goals

Loic Remy has to be considered a consistent Premier League goalscorer. While on-loan at Newcastle the striker scored 14 Premier League goals and also got three assists in 26 appearances for the Magpies.

Arsenal’s vast array of youth talent presents an exciting future 0

Posted on July 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been busy in the transfer market in the last two days procuring more experienced players, the Gunners are boasting a very exciting young team who could develop into exciting Premier League stars.

Arsenal have nine first-team players under the age of 25, who should be ever-present in the side for next season, and it means the future is certainly bright for the Gunners, providing the youngsters can reach their potential under Wenger’s tutelage.

Serge Gnabry, aged 19
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, aged 20
Yaya Sanogo, aged 21
Jack Wilshere, aged 22
Carl Jenkinson, aged 22
Joel Campbell, aged 22
Aaron Ramsey, aged 23
Kieran Gibbs, aged 24
Wojciech Szczesny, aged 24

Wait goes on for Arsenal to sign substitute goalkeeper 0

Posted on July 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s first game of the 2014/15 Premier season is a month away, but still the club don’t have a substitute goalkeeper. Names such as Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and David Ospina of Nice have been named this summer, but there has been no movement on either deal.

Casillas is in fact 1/2 to remain at Real Madrid for the new season now, so Arsenal may have waited too long if they ever were interested. The Ospina deal is said to be ongoing, while not making any real progress since the World Cup finished. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is back in training, and has signed two players already in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, but cover for Wojciech Szczesny has so far eluded him.



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