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Could Arsenal realistically miss out on the top four? 2

Posted on August 23, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal have not enjoyed a great summer in the transfer market, but that’s no surprise considering boss Arsene Wenger’s dithering in spending the clubs money. The Gunners are still desperately looking for transfers in the last nine days of the transfer window.

Granted other clubs will make signings, but it seems none of the other so called big clubs are so vulnerable in key positions.

A shaky start to the season

Arsenal have enjoyed a shaky start to the campaign. In the opening game, the Gunners defence capitulated against Liverpool and at Leicester in the second game the forward players seemed to lack the cutting edge to get past a stubborn Foxes backline.

Arsenal’s transfer woes continue 1

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Time is quickly running out for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to recruit a high-quality central defender and, as things stand now, there will be a nervy week ahead for the Frenchman.

Just days after the boss confirmed he hoped to complete a deal for Shkodran Mustafi, Valencia head coach Pako Ayestaran has insisted that the German defender is not for sale.

“Mustafi is not for sale and he will stay at VCF. The market is open and there are still possibilities,” Ayestaran told reporters after the Monday’s game against Las Palmas.

Arsenal eyeing Benfica striker Diogo Goncalves 1

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Young Benfica striker Diogo Goncalves has come under the radar of the London-based club according to reports from Portugal daily Ojogo.

It is reported that Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the 19-year-old Portugal international, who was first recommended by French former Arsenal defender Gilles Grimandi, a scout for the Premier League club.

Grimandi watched Goncalves in the European U19 Championship, where young Benfica striker played in No. 10 role putting in some widely impressive performances at the competition last season.

Portuguese scout and Premier League forward, Luis Boa Morte, has since then continued to monitor Goncalves’ progress, while sending nothing but positive reports to Arsene Wenger.

Could Valencia’s asking price over Mustafi prove a stumbling block for Arsenal? 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sky Sports, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague believes Arsenal’s pursuit for Shkodran Mustafi has hit a stumbling block over the asking price, which could see the deal not going through before the end of the summer transfer window. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his hope that the protracted transfer would be complete by the weekend, but Balague says otherwise.

“The coaching staff at Valencia think Mustafi will not go, and this is the same message being made by Valencia,” he said. “They insist the only way Mustafi will be allowed to leave is if Arsenal trigger his €50m (£43.1m) buy-out clause, which I think everybody will agree is too much money for him.

Unlikely Alexis Sanchez starts against Watford on Saturday 1

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez struggled to make a telling impact as a makeshift striker in Saturday’s clash with Leicester City, failing to score as the Gunners failed to register at the King Power Stadium. Sanchez has been given a role spearheading the attack in the absence of Olivier Giroud, but could be replaced for the returning Frenchman in their next Premier League game.

Against Leicester City, Sanchez failed to register a short on target in the 90 minutes, but he found more joy in the transition phases, creating three chances and making two dribbles. He also drew three fouls, but his flaws seemed to come with adjusting to the positional change. With Sanchez having to play central, space is often hard to find, and his statistics showed that.

Where will Santi Cazorla play for Arsenal this season? 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla played 72 minutes in the central attacking-midfield role in Saturday’s goalless stalemate against Leicester City which has raises questions about his role in the side this season.

The Spanish international had been operating in a deep-lying role over the last 18 months due to his manager Arsene Wenger believing the physical rigours of an advanced role might prove too much for a player of his age. Mesut Ozil replaced him with 20 minutes to go, but it’s unknown whether there’s a place for the pair of them high up the pitch.

Kieran Gibbs can’t go another season on the periphery for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was once again an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City, forced to watch Nacho Monreal impress at left-back at the King Power Stadium. The England international has made just one Premier League start for Arsenal in 2016, and it’s clear he’s still second fiddle in the pecking order.

Gibbs amassed a paltry 381 minutes of Premier League football last season, racking up more game time in the FA Cup incredibly (450 minutes). Manager Arsene Wenger has used the long-serving fullback in the FA Cup, League Cup and some Champions League games, but it’s not enough appearances to warrant staying.

Coquelin enjoying timely return to form for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin impressed in Saturday’s goalless draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, brilliantly breaking up the play on many occasions to ensure the Foxes couldn’t breach the Arsenal backline.

The 25-year-old lost his place in the side during the second-half of last season, but has impressed upon his return to the starting lineup, leading to him keeping his place in a deep-lying midfield role alongside Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny.

Should Arsenal pursue a deal for Yacine Brahimi? 2

Posted on August 22, 2016 by David Nugent

According to reports over the weekend, Arsenal were interested in signing Porto’s £40million rated Algerian international playmaker Yacine Brahimi. The Daily Express are now reporting that Everton have made a bid for the 26-year-old star.

Should Arsenal fight it out with the newly loaded Toffees, or should they concentrate on bringing in a centre-back, say Shkodran Mustafi?

Brahimi is another attacking midfielder

We all know that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger loves an attacking midfielder, almost to the point of abandoning the idea of bringing in a striker or a centre-back. Reports would suggest that Wenger is close to signing a centre-back, sensible right.

Wenger confirms interest in Mustafi 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm his interest in signing German defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia as he looks to reinforce his back line.

The Professor welcomed back compatriot Laurent Koscielny to the side for the high-profile clash against Leicester City, and his return helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet at King Power Stadium, with summer recruit Rob Holding also impressing.

However, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista still missing through injury, Arsene Wenger is desperate to add another quality centre-back to his ranks before the summer transfer window closes.

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