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£50m for Ben White – too much? 0

Posted on July 19, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s defence has been criticized very much over the last decade, and it was the belief of many that the club wouldn’t be winning the league, or anything other than the domestic cups, until they get the back line sorted.

However, recent numbers tell a different story. In 2020-21, Arsenal conceded just 39 goals in the Premier League; only champions Manchester City (32) and fourth-place Chelsea (36) conceded less. Manchester United, who finished second, conceded 44, Liverpool in third 42, and Leicester City in fifth 50. It is, in fact, at the other end of the pitch where the Gunners struggled last season. You’d have to go down to 10th-place Everton for a first team to have scored fewer than Arsenal’s 55 goals.

Arteta reflects on Rangers draw 0

Posted on July 19, 2021 by Harry Kettle

While pre-season isn’t a definitive way of knowing how the upcoming campaign is going to go, it definitely gives you a chance to see how players are feeling ahead of the big kick-off. Arsenal supporters will be watching with a close eye to see what Mikel Arteta can do this season, because if he can’t turn things around, his future will almost certainly be in jeopardy.

The Gunners went up against Scottish champions Rangers over the weekend and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, after which Arteta spoke with the media about the performance and the future.

Arsenal agree principle deal for Ben White 0

Posted on July 17, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle with Brighton and Hove Albion over the proposed transfer of Ben White, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic. There was a similar report earlier this month, which came from footall.london, but now the claim has come from a much more reliable source in Ornstein and has been relayed by other outlets, including the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC, as well.

Smith Rowe close to signing new Arsenal contract 0

Posted on July 16, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Emile Smith Rowe is very close to signing a new contract with Arsenal, according to the Evening Standard.

The Gunners are obviously busy in the transfer market these days, with one signing completed recently and a few more said to be in the pipeline. Left-back Nuno Tavares has arrived from Benfica and could feature on Saturday when Arsenal take on Rangers at the Ibrox. Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is set to follow from Anderlecht, while there’s reportedly still a lot of work to do regarding Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White. Arsenal have been credited with interest in Euro winner Manuel Locatelli of Sassuolo, but they face competition from Juventus and the Italy international is believed to prefer a move to Turin.

Transfers: Lokonga medical, Locatelli push, Willock preference 0

Posted on July 15, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having completed the signing of left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica, Arsenal appear still to be very busy in the transfer market as manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu attempt to perform a thorough overhaul of the squad.

The player practically certain to be the next to arrive at the Emirates is Albert Sambi Lokonga. The deal between Arsenal and Anderlecht was reached several days ago, and according to fresh reports, the 21-year-old midfielder is currently in London, undergoing his medical. Once that’s done, his arrival should be confirmed officially. Arsenal will pay an initial fee of €17.5m, with add-ons to come on top of that.

Football didn’t come home – but Arsenal can 0

Posted on July 15, 2021 by Harry Kettle

All England fans watched in horror on Sunday night as yet another penalty shootout heartbreak cost the Three Lions their chance at winning Euro 2020. It was a familiar tale of disappointment and yet, the overriding feeling of pride for the squad is something that we don’t think will ever go away.

Arsenal supporters have had to endure a similar feeling of “so close, yet so far” for quite some time now and this season, we’re pretty sure that isn’t going to fly as Mikel Arteta knows the stakes involved with another big failure.

Arteta rules out Smith Rowe departure, less firm on Willock 0

Posted on July 14, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Scottish side Hibernian in the opening match of the 2021 pre-season at the Easter Road in Edinburgh. Naturally, nothing can be deduced about the way the team will be set up next season so early in the summer, and the hope is merely that manager Mikel Arteta and his staff have taken away their own conclusions from the match to help them choose the right paths going forward.

Arteta reflects on Hibernian loss 0

Posted on July 14, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It’s always nice to start off pre-season in style, but unfortunately for Arsenal, they weren’t quite able to do that at Easter Road on Tuesday evening as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. It’s difficult to take too much away from pre-season with there still being a month to go until the new campaign gets underway, but it’s still a bit of a worry in the eyes of some Gunners fans and rightly so.

After the full time whistle blew, manager Mikel Arteta spoke with Arsenal.com about how it all went down.

Arsenal given green light to spend £250m on transfers 0

Posted on July 13, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment have reportedly given the club the green light to spent £250 million on incoming transfers this summer. That is according to the 90min portal, who have pointed out that manager Mikel Arteta would thus be given a chance to rebuild his team to a degree that should be sufficient to turn their on-field fortunes around, following a ninth-place finish in the Premier League and failure to qualify for any European competition.

It’s worth pointing out that 90min is hardly what you’d call a reliable source at this point, but if true, the claim appears to confirm the promise the Kroenkes gave to the supporters following the European Super League fiasco a few months ago.

Arsenal release statement on Bukayo Saka 0

Posted on July 13, 2021 by Harry Kettle

On Sunday night, England came up short in their attempt to win Euro 2020 as they fell to a penalty shootout loss at the hands of Italy. It was a desperately disappointing evening for the Three Lions who, for an hour of the game, seemed to be on their way to lifting their first major trophy since 1966.

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka was the man who took and missed the decisive fifth penalty and, after receiving some horrendous insults across social media, Arsenal Football Club decided to release the following statement as the attention now shifts back to the start of the new domestic season.



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