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Per Mertesacker questions Arsene Wenger’s tactics 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been public in his criticism of manager Arsene Wenger, suggesting that his preferred style of play needs to be evolved to rescue Arsenal’s season.

“We lack a few things. The passing game is not as efficient as last year. We are not at our best, we have to admit that. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder. I think we have to do better with our own possession, to play more in wide areas. I think it is better to expose them there, instead of playing one-twos through the middle,” he said.

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

Will Arsenal splash-out big money on German defender? 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal is set to launch a £32million bid for German international centre-back Mats Hummels of Dortmund. The Gunners lack of defensive cover has been well-documented and it seems that they could view Hummels as a potential January solution.

Struggling

Arsene Wenger’s side is facing a defensive crisis ahead of their visit to Hull on Saturday, a game which they are odds of 4/11 to win. Mathieu Debuchy is injured, Calum Chambers is suspended and French centre-back Laurent Koscielny is doubtful with an Achilles injury.

Arsenal believed to be trailing French and Dutch defenders 0

Posted on October 15, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set to make a move for Marseille’s young centre-back Stephane Sparanga.

The 19-year-old’s contract with the French side expires in December, so the Gunners could snap him up for a bargain fee. Sparanga can also play as a defensive midfielder, which means he would provide Arsenal with cover for two vulnerable positions.

Competition

With the versatile France under-20 international potentially available for a bargain fee there are a number of clubs believed to be showing an interest in signing him, including French side Rennes and Italian Serie A side Udinese.

Arsene Wenger a tough act to follow according to Gazidis 0

Posted on October 14, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes that replacing veteran boss Arsene Wenger will be the clubs biggest challenge in the future. The Frenchman recently celebrated 18 years in charge of the Gunners, but will of course eventually need to be replaced at the helm.

Admiration

Gazidis told the clubs official website: “So much of the attention on a football club is around an individual and that’s very understandable at Arsenal because we have a giant who’s managing us. Arsene has been a fantastic driver and has put the club in a great, great position.

Arsenal linked with fresh bid for French international striker 0

Posted on October 13, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could be ready to renew their interest in Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema in January. The Gunners have almost been constantly linked with a move for the former-Lyon star in recent transfer windows.

Summer

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was believed to be ready to make a move for Benzema in the summer, but Benzema signed a new five-year deal with Los Blancos to scupper the Gunners plans to sign him.

The Gunners then decided to turn their attention to signing England international striker Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.

Competition

Former Leeds & Reading manager Brian McDermott joins Arsenal’s scouting team 0

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Brian McDermott is the newest arrival to Arsenal’s scouting team until the end of the season, with the 53-year-old to assume the role originally offered to Ian Broomfield.

McDermott was a scout during his many years with Reading in the past, before he made the step up into management. But he jumped at the chance to work with Arsenal, and could be very busy with the January transfer window approaching.

Thierry Henry on the move 1

Posted on October 11, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is pondering a return to Europe once his contract with New York Red Bulls expires at the end of the calendar year, according to Catalan media outlet Sport.

The 37-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the year and the latest reports suggest he will not be extending his stay in the United States.

Henry also has no plans to end his playing career just yet and is being linked with one last spell in European football, with French giants Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco reportedly keen on his services.

Arsenal step up interest in Aymeric Laporte 0

Posted on October 09, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly ready to step up their efforts to sign Athletic Bilbao starlet Aymeric Laporte as Arsene Wenger believes the Frenchman could be an answer to team’s defensive problems.

Having failed to sign another centre-back in the summer, the Professor is almost certain to make things right in the winter transfer window, and the Athletic Bilbao stopper appears high on his wish list.

According to the latest reports, Wenger is even prepared to match a £34 million release clause in an attempt to win the race for the youngster’s signature. Luring the defender to the Emirates will be no easy task though given that Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also keen.

Arsenal target drops quit hint 0

Posted on October 08, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye has added fuel to speculation linking him with a move away from Parc des Princes by admitting that he is growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of regular playing time.

The player, who had been repeatedly linked with Arsenal, left Newcastle for PSG in January 2014, joining the Saints in a £19 million deal, and he obviously hoped to slot straight into the starting line-up.

However, the experienced footballer has failed to nail down a regular starting berth, having been mostly restricted to substitute appearances. Cabaye has only once spent full 90 minutes on the pitch this season and he admits his patience is slowly running out.



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