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Southampton reportedly have pick of unwanted Arsenal players as makeweight to Chambers deal 1

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Southampton could well sign the likes of Serge Gnabry or Carl Jenkinson on loan after Arsenal complete the signing of Calum Chambers.

The young Southampton defender is reportedly close to completing a £16M deal to join the London side, and will be the fifth player to have exited the club this summer. As a result, Saints have gaps in the side that they need to fill, and Arsenal may help them out.

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry impressed last season, but has stiff competition for a starting place in the team, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla all operating in the young German’s favoured position.

Can Jack Wilshere start to fulfil his potential next season? 2

Posted on July 28, 2014 by David Nugent

I have a strange feeling of Déjà vu as I write this piece, almost like I have written about this subject before. Maybe that is because the last few summers have been the same story for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Injuries

Every summer Wilshere gives us hope that he can finally stay injury-free and complete a series of games. However, recent seasons have been very disappointing, because he cannot seem to avoid injury.

In his short career so far, Wilshere has made over 20 Premier League starts in just one campaign, back in the 2010/2011 season. His development has no doubt suffered due to the lack of first team starts and action in general.

Gunners lose friendly against Red Bulls, as Ospina signs 3

Posted on July 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat against MLS side New York Red Bulls on Saturday, with former-Arsenal legend Thierry Henry playing a part in the only goal of the game scored by a player with Arsenal connections Bradley Wright-Phillips who is of course the son of former-Gunners hero Ian Wright.

The Gunners did give a run out to a number of senior players such as Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini. However, forwards Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski all missed the game.

Missing

Wilshere determined to put smoking row behind him and prove his worth this season 0

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed his regret at being caught smoking again, and has vowed to prove his commitment to the club this season.

“It’s unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and move on. I’ve been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes. I’m young and I’ll learn from it. I realise the consequences it has.”

With the England international also a father, he added how he didn’t want to set a bad example to his children by smoking.

Has Arsene Wenger impressed in the transfer market this summer? 0

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal wrapping up three important deals with more than a month to go of the summer transfer window, has manager Arsene Wenger impressed with his movements in the market?

After the departure of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the Gunners recently signed former Nice goalkeeper David Ospina to provide competition for current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny, after the Colombian greatly impressed in this summer’s World Cup. For £3.2M, Arsenal could hardly have brought in any better shot-stopper whose wages won’t break the bank.

AC Milan chief executive hints at Joel Campbell deal 0

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has hinted that Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is a target for the Serie A giants this summer.

“Joel Campbell? They have the characteristics our Coach likes, but so do many other players.”

Last season, the Costa Rican international scored 11 goals in 43 games for loan side Olympiakos. He’s spent time on loan with French side Lorient and Real Betis, scoring four & two goals respectively. For his country, Campbell has 10 goals in 36 games.

Is Calum Chambers really worth £16M? 1

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Southampton defender Calum Chambers close to sealing a £16M deal to join Arsenal this summer, is he really worth such a valuation?

The 19-year-old made 22 Premier League appearances last season for Southampton, averaging a tackle or assist every 25 minutes. He completed 683 passes, while making more than 80 crosses.

Considering Arsenal supporters were hoping the club would look to sign a dominating midfielder who can help with more ball retention and nullifying the threat of the opposition, to have the Gunners spending such a large amount of money on a young defender, of whose favourite position is covered already by Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson, will irk many fans.

Carl Jenkinson will benefit from loan move 0

Posted on July 26, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, four Premier League clubs are battling out for the signature of Arsenal’s highly-rated young full-back Carl Jenkinson. The 22-year-old looks to be set to slip down the full-back pecking order with the proposed signing of Southampton youngster Calum Chambers.

Competition

Last season Jenkinson had club stalwart Bacary Sagna for competition for that right-back spot. With the Gunners replacing Sagna with Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle and Chambers seemingly heading for the Emirates all of a sudden he finds himself third choice right-back.

Arsenal close to signing Calum Chambers 1

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

BBC Sport has revealed that Arsenal are set to complete the signing of talented defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for a fee believed to be in the region of £16 million.

The highly rated youngster has already completed his medical and there is every chance the transfer will be made official in the coming hours.

Chambers is the second right-sided defender to join the Gunners this summer, with Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy joining earlier from Newcastle.

This basically means that Carl Jenkinson is almost certain to be farmed out on loan as he desperately need to gain some first team experience.

Can the Ox finally stay fit to deliver this season? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In a month’s time, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be 21. The England international is no longer a kid, but now a player who needs to be pushing for first-team football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal from Southampton for around £12M in 2011, and has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Londoners. But last season he featured only 14 times, making just six league starts, scoring two goals and making two assists.

Now showcasing his ability as a central midfielder, Oxlade-Chamberlain has stiff competition for places in the middle of the park, with Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and even Tomas Rosicky all being able to play through the middle.



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