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Lassana Diarra linked with Emirates return 1

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The latest media reports are suggesting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a swoop for former Gunner Lassana Diarra, who was on the verge of joining Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

While the Frenchman is also thinking of ways to reinforce his back line in the aftermath of Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle injury, he remains in the hunt for a combative holding midfielder as well.

Seeing as how neither Mikel Arteta not Mathieu Flamini have impressed in the opening exchanges, the Gunners are being linked with a move for French footballer Lassana Diarra.

Gunners looking at free agents to strengthen defence 1

Posted on September 18, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is attempting to strengthen his defensive options by bringing in a free agent, with former-West Brom centre-back Diego Lugano and ex-Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo believed to be transfer targets.


The Gunners are now short on defensive cover, which was quite evident prior to the transfer window closing. Arsene Wenger sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, but failed to replace him.

French full-back Mathieu Debuchy picked-up an ankle injury against Manchester City. That means that youngster Calum Chambers is likely going to come in at full-back, but that leaves the Gunners short on central defensive options.

Deal to sign William Carvalho could still be on 0

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, Arsenal’s long-winded move for William Carvalho could still happen, with reports suggesting manager Arsene Wenger and Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho to hold talks at a Soccerex global conference.

All through the summer, clubs had been keen on signing Carvalho, but no deal materialised. The 22-year-old has risen to prominence with Sporting CP, and for Arsenal he’d be the perfect acquisition as he can play in both midfield and defence.

He’s a strong and combative player, whose versatility means he would get a lot of game time for his prospective new side.

Gunners reportedly tracking Celtic’s Dutch defender 0

Posted on September 06, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could dip into the transfer market in January to sign more defensive cover. Laurent Koscielny’s recent injury worries have made the Gunners defensive resources look slightly flimsy. The Mail claims that Celtic’s Dutch star Virgil van Dijk could be a January transfer target.

Deadline enquiry

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was scouring the market for a new centre-back on deadline day and the veteran French boss was linked with moves for the likes of Ron Vlaar and Matija Nastastic. It is now believed that Wenger also made an enquiry about Van Dijk on deadline day, but it came too late for any move to happen.

Why did Wenger not strengthen the centre of his defence? 2

Posted on September 05, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger now finds himself short of central defenders with worries over Laurent Koscielny’s fitness growing. The French centre-back has an Achilles injury, which if reports are to be believed could rule him out of the Gunners game against Manchester City a week on Saturday, in a game the Gunners are odds of 15/8 to win.


When Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona in the summer it left the Gunners with a shortage of centre-backs. Everybody could see there was not enough cover for first choice pair Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal linked with move for 38-year-old defender 0

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal are believed to be weighing up a shock move for Colombia defender Mario Yepes, the Daily Express has suggested. The veteran is currently without a club and could join the Gunners outside the transfer window.

As Arsene Wenger missed out on several high-profile defenders on transfer deadline day, he now has just Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers as options in the heart of defence and given the Frenchman’s problems with Achilles injury, a major defensive headache appears on the cards.

The Professor seems well aware of the situation and he is reportedly ready to explore the free agent market in search for a quick fix to his defensive issues.

Rosicky fuels exit talk after seeking more game time 8

Posted on September 04, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has expressed his discontent at being subsidiary to the first-team so far this season. The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker has played just 22 minutes of football in 2014/15, and has been linked with a move away as a result.

“The season is yet to get going, the Champions League will begin and it will be a roller-coaster of fixtures. We will see what the situation looks like in the coming weeks and months, how it develops. I’m naturally disappointed not to have been given a chance but not panicking yet.”

Injured new signing Danny Welbeck should be fit for Man City clash 0

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Just hours after signing for Arsenal this season, forward Danny Welbeck picked up an ankle injury while training for England ahead of their friendly against Norway. However, he is expected to return for an important Premier League clash against league holders Manchester City on 13 September. Arsene Wenger’s side are 15/8 to get all three points at home to the Citizens.

“Unfortunately in training he did manage to receive a knock in the session, but I have been assured he is okay and that it will not rule him out – but obviously I suppose it could happen,” said England manager Roy Hodgson.

Arsenal unlikely to make any deadline day signings 3

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

BBC Sport’s David Ornstein has suggested that Arsenal are highly unlikely to sign any players on transfer deadline day even if they remain in the hunt for a central defender and defensive midfielder.

The Gunners fans were hoping the Professor would sign a quality centre forward as well as reinforce the back line in the dying moments of the summer transfer window, but everything suggests they will again be left disappointed.

The mere fact Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to attend a charity event in Rome on transfer deadline day rather than pursing some of his targets is enough to suggest there will be no new players joining the Gunners during the day.

Is Radamel Falcao the answer to Arsenal’s striker problems? 0

Posted on September 01, 2014 by David Nugent

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Leicester illustrated Arsenal’s need for a new striker. Young striker Yaya Sanogo broke a Premier League record against the Foxes by failing to score despite having seven shots on goal.


Arsenal looked in need of a top class striker this summer, even before Giroud picked-up a long-term injury. Now the Gunners are even more in need of a new striker. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club is open to signing a striker.

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