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Benfica failed to meet Joel Campbell asking price 2

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell was linked with a potential move to Benfica days before the summer transfer window ended, but reports from the Metro suggested the two clubs couldn’t agree on a price.

Despite breaking into the first-team this season, Campbell has barely featured, and it led to rumours linking the Costa Rican international with a move away. Arsenal’s signing of Danny Welbeck also means Campbell has more competition for a starting place, as they can both play upfront and out wide.

Why didn’t Wenger bring in a defender on deadline day? 1

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

All the talk has been on Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck on deadline day, but there was no further news of the Gunners procuring another defender.

Calum Chambers is the side’s only choice of cover at centre-back and right-back, but still the only movement was the sale of Ignasi Miquel. Why Wenger hasn’t signed another experienced defender is beyond many. The Gunners boss was in Rome yesterday at a charity game, which has incensed fans.

Names such as William Carvalho and Matthias Ginter were names linked with the club this summer, but deals failed to materialise. Carl Jenkinson was loaned out this summer, but no player brought in as his immediate replacement.

Welbeck to prove very good signing for Arsenal 1

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Even if he rejected claims he was going to sign a new striker in the light of Olivier Giroud’s injury, Arsene Wenger ultimately secured a £16 million deal for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline day.

Some would say this has been a panic buy, but I don’t think that is a lot of money to pay for a 23-year-old who already has 26 England caps to his name.

Danny Welbeck should slot straight into the starting line-up at Arsenal seeing as how Olivier Giroud will not be returning any time soon, while his replacement Yaya Sanogo has failed to make an impact in three starts this season.

Welbeck in as youngsters leave Arsenal on deadline day 2

Posted on September 02, 2014 by David Nugent

It was a relatively quiet transfer deadline day at Arsenal, with only one new arrival and two departures of note. The Gunners were expected to pursue a deal to bring in a striker on deadline day and had been linked with a move for Radamel Falcao, who completed a surprise season-long loan move to Manchester United.


The striker who did arrive in the end was England international Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for a fee believed to be around £16million on a long-term deal.

The 23-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs on deadline day, including the Gunners arch-rivals Tottenham.

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.

Vlaar & Nastasic linked with Arsenal on deadline day 2

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been looking a signing another defender as the Londoners have little in the way of squad depth at the back. Calum Chambers was brought in this summer, but he is the club’s only cover option at right-back and centre-back as things stand.

Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar is one player that Arsenal are said to have made a “polite enquiry” for, and Manchester City’s Matija Nastasic is another defender option. Vlaar is 3/1 to join Arsenal before the window closes.

Will Podolski finally get game time against Leicester City this afternoon? 0

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski being an unused substitute in the Gunners Champions League playoff win against Besiktas, questions are still being asked about where his future lies.

Arsene Wenger’s side next face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, and while Podolski will likely make the bench, it’s unknown if the German international will finally get some minutes under his belt this season.

Following Germany’s World Cup triumph in the summer, Arsenal trio of German players (Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski & Per Mertesacker) were given an extended leave to rest. However, Podolski is the only player from the three not to have played any minutes of football this season, and rumours are suggesting he will be leaving.

Should Arsenal make last-ditch bid for Remy? 2

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after triggering his £8M release clause, should Arsenal make a last-minute bid to sign him?

Liverpool were on the cusp of procuring his signature earlier this summer, but pulled out of the deal, with reports from the Liverpool camp suggesting he failed a medical.

Gunners striker Olivier Giroud is out of action until the New Year, and his stand-in, Alexis Sanchez, is new to the Premier League and will take time to find his feet. However, manager Arsene Wenger appears keen to entrust him with the scoring duties and to rely on his squad for attacking options.

Striker crisis: Joel Campbell could be on his way to Benfica 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal forward Joel Campbell could be joining Portuguese Liga side Benfica this summer, with the player’s agent reportedly in talks with the club over a deal.

It’s a surprise as the Costa Rica attacker shone while on loan with Olympiakos last season, in this summer’s World Cup with the South American outfit, and as Arsenal having two strikers still currently sidelined with injury.

So Wenger will surely be procuring another striker before the transfer window shuts? He’s been typically coy on any movement for a Giroud replacement so far, but the Londoners will be short up front if Campbell is allowed to leave.

Wenger hints at deadline day signing 1

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has all but denied he will be signing a new striker in the light of Olivier Giroud’s injury, albeit admitting he will be on alert during the transfer deadline day on Monday.

The Gunners have been linked with several well-known strikers in the past few days after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until December, but the Frenchman insists he is happy with his current options in the final third.

“If I give you the number of strikers I have at the moment it’s absolutely unbelievable. We have Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Giroud who will come back during the season and I forget maybe one or two.

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