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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 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’s Benik Afobe impressing during loan spell with MK Dons 1

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be paying attention to the scoring antics of striker Benik Afobe this season.

The 21-year-old, who currently plays for MK Dons on loan, has been in fine form at the start of the campaign – scoring four goals from six games in all competitions.

He was particularly impressive against Manchester United during his side’s 4-0 win against the 2012/13 Premier League champions in the Capital One Cup second round recently.

Afobe, an Arsenal academy product, has been loaned out to a host of clubs in the past in order to find some form and impress his manager. The England U21 international played for Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

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.

Is Radamel Falcao the answer to Arsenal’s striker problems? 0

Posted on September 01, 2014 by David Nugent

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Leicester illustrated Arsenal’s need for a new striker. Young striker Yaya Sanogo broke a Premier League record against the Foxes by failing to score despite having seven shots on goal.


Arsenal looked in need of a top class striker this summer, even before Giroud picked-up a long-term injury. Now the Gunners are even more in need of a new striker. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club is open to signing a striker.

Arsenal held by stubborn Leicester 2

Posted on August 31, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, despite the fact the Gunners had far more attempts on goal.

The Gunners had the first attempt on goal on five minutes, as Santi Cazorla’s effort was comfortably gathered by Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal. On 11 minutes Aaron Ramsey saw an effort deflect wide of goal.

The visitors took the lead on 17 minutes. Cazorla lofted a ball over the top of the Leicester defence to Yaya Sanogo, whose effort was saved by Schmeichel’s legs, only for Alexis Sanchez to smash home the rebound.

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.

Leicester vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Leicester continues their tough start to life back in the Premier League by hosting Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes have already played two other top five finishers from last season. The side from the Midlands gained a very creditable 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season. Last weekend Nigel Pearson’s side lost 2-0 at title challengers Chelsea.

Both performances will give the Foxes heart though, as they have produced two decent displays. The omens are not good for a home win though, as the Foxes have not recorded a win over the Gunners in 20 years.

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