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Greek starlet reveals failed Arsenal move 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas has revealed that Arsenal and Juventus both attempted to secure his services after the 2014 World Cup, but he ultimately decided to move to Stadio Olimpico.

The 23-year-old become one of Europe’s most sought-after players in the summer following some impressive performances for Olympiakos and Greece, having largely impressed at the World Cup finals.

Manolas was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger reportedly made him the primary target to replace Thomas Vermaelen, but it appears the Professor once again missed out on a quality player.

Does Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for lack of defensive reinforcements? 0

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forced to name a makeshift backline ahead of their weekend against Hull City, does manager Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for not signing sufficient cover?

This summer, Wenger allowed experienced defender Thomas Vermaelen to sign for Barcelona, and prosing youngster Carl Jenkinson to join West Ham on loan, but in return only signed a 19-year-old defender in Calum Chambers.

Arsenal’s first-choice backline of Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs only had left-back Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers as cover. Having such threadbare cover was an accident waiting to happen, and the gamble has backfired.

Wenger hints at January spending 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the club should have made another signing in the summer, while adding that they will aim to make things right in the January transfer window.

The Gunners recruited the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina during close season, but the Professor eventually failed to sign another holding midfielder and central defender.

And with the injury cruse striking again this season, the squad have been stripped to bare bones of late, with Wenger facing a genuine defensive headache ahead of the Premier League fixture against Hull City.

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.

Could Cabaye, Mavuba or Moutinho solve Arsenal’s midfield woes? 0

Posted on October 09, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal set to lose both their holding midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini this summer, as the duo’s contracts are set to expire at the end of the current campaign, could manager Arsene Wenger turn to Ligue 1 to replace them?

There are a host of talented individuals in the French top flight, and Wenger has long been keen on procuring talent from his native homeland.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye is a name on the radar due to the Frenchman’s lack of opportunities afforded to him for the back-to-back Ligue 1 title winners this season.

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.

Lukas Podolski talks up Arsenal exit 0

Posted on October 02, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

German forward Lukas Podolski has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to leave Arsenal in search of first team football unless his status at the club improves in the near future.

The World Cup winner has not been in Arsene Wenger’s first team plans this season, having spent mere 25 minutes on the pitch during club’s Premier League campaign in spite of numerous first team players missing the start of the season through injury.

And while he has always insisted that he is happy to stay at the Emirates, it appears that the German forward has finally lost his patience as he is ready to leave the Gunners in the January window.

Ivorian midfielder reveals Arsenal talks 0

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has revealed that he wants to leave St James’ Park for greener pastures, hinting that a move to Arsenal would appeal to him.

It is no secret the Gunners are looking to sign a new holding midfielder and they have been linked with a move for the Ivorian in the past.

The transfer eventually failed to materialise, but Tiote has confirmed that he has been in contact with Arsenal, although it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger is still interested.

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