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Olivier Giroud to be offered two-year deal 0

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is to be offered a two-year deal by the club that will also see him getting a payrise from his current contract.

Giroud, 27, joined Arsenal for £12M in 2012 from Montpellier. The French international took his time to adjust to the Premier League, but has posted impressive goal tallies since making the move to England – 11 in 35 (2012/13), 16 in 36 (2013/14).

His deal with the Gunners expires in 2016, but he’s said to be in line to have his contract extended as he’s proven himself to be a very effective lone striker.

Is this Arsenal’s best chance at a title? 0

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal boasting arguably their strongest squad of players since their “invincible” campaign in the Premier League, is 2014/15 their best chance at actually winning the title?

Talented former Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez is a new arrival at the Emirates, while existing players such as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott will prove pivotal to their chances of league success.

Arsenal’s team is picking itself at the moment, which is a good sign that players have remained consistent over the last season to warrant keeping their place.

Alexis Sanchez flies to Paris to sort out visa 0

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez will miss the club’s Austria training camp as he has to fly out to Paris to sort his visa, meaning he will also miss the start of intensive training and potentially the Emirates cup.

The Chilean international, 25, was hoping to be a part of the squad as the pre-season friendlies are stepped up a gear, but this latest setback means he will miss out.

Last season, the talented forward scored 19 goals and grabbed 10 assists for former side Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez is 15/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season as a result. Arsenal supporters have been dying to see him in action – let alone manager Arsene Wenger.

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.

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.

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.

Are Arsenal going to make a bid for a centre-back? 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Thomas Vermaelen’s immediate future is uncertain, his inevitable exit from the Emirates stadium should push the London club to sign a replacement this summer.

The Belgian defender has only 12 months to go on his deal with Arsenal, and he’s made it clear that he wants first-team football next season, something the Gunners can’t promise as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are the current first-choice partnership.

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