There are question marks regarding who Arsenal are going to end up signing during the summer transfer window, and rightly so. The Gunners are coming off the back of an exceptionally disappointing season, and there’s really no other way of getting around that. They lost in the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea and failed to break into the top four, meaning Champions League football is out of the question. That’s just a fact.
Arsenal are reportedly preparing to battle it out with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the services of goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha of Lazio.
According to Italian outlet Il Messaggero, the pair of north London clubs have been informed that the Serie A side would cost no less than €50 million. That may seem a little steep given the reports of Arsenal’s rather limited transfer funds for this summer, but if the Gunners aim to sign any quality option to challenge Bernd Leno for the No. 1 spot, they will have to come to terms with the prices on the current market.
One of the biggest rivalries that is currently present at Arsenal Football Club is with Chelsea Football Club. The two London rivals have been battling back and forth for years and years on end, with both getting their hits in as time has gone on. They’ve had varying degrees of success, which is just a fact, but people only really tend to care about the next game as opposed to what has just happened. That’s just the way it is.
The Premier League fixture list has been released, and as is the nature of European competition, things are constantly changing – and as reported by Metro, that is the case with Arsenal. The Gunners are going to have to endure another season of Europa League football, which of course, means a lot of changes. We kind of already knew that going into this, but let’s face it, everyone kind of wanted to forget about the whole ‘Europa League’ thing.
Borussia Dortmund are considering moving to sign Laurent Koscielny, according to Bild.
The German outlet claim that the Bundesliga runners-up are looking to boost their back line with a player of significant experience, and they feel that Koscielny could be the player to fulfill their need.
Having played in Ligue 2 with Guingamp and Tours, the 33-year-old eventually joined Arsenal after a season with Ligue 1 side Lorient back in 2010. The man that was named Arsenal captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker would go on to play 353 competitive matches in the Gunners’ shirt, and score 27 goals as a centre-back, helping the team to two FA Cup trophies, two league cup finals, and a Europa League final recently.
Boxing Day – Bournemouth (A)
Heading down to the south coast on Boxing Day isn’t going to be ideal, but we aren’t exactly expecting Bournemouth to do much next season. They’ll probably be down in the relegation mix, whereas Arsenal, by this point, should be right in the hunt for a place in the top four. This should be another win, no questions asked.
Chelsea Home – December 28th
The Premier League fixture list for 2018/19 has been officially released, and that means one thing: it’s time to get excited. The Premier League is considered by many to be the premier form of football entertainment throughout the domestic game, and in truth, it’s kind of difficult to argue with that thought process.
Of course, one of the primary reasons we believe that is because of Arsenal, despite how much they’ve let us down over the course of the last few months. The Gunners will be returning to Premier League action in August, which in itself is a pretty exciting prospect. After reading through every single fixture on the list we’ve decided to pick out some of the most important dates, so that you can remember to skip your own wedding in order to get to Sheffield United away. We’re only partly joking.
City of Manchester Stadium – 55,017
They call it a tinpot ground and while we’d like to give City fans the benefit of the doubt, we just can’t. It feels a little bit soulless there and bizarrely enough, that was also the case before they were even taken over. Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of some sort.
Anfield – 54,074
It’s not in a great area and the stadium itself isn’t all that impressive, but the atmosphere, especially on European nights, makes you forget about all of that. It’s just a really special place to watch a game of football and the only people you’ll find to disagree with that probably spend their days at Old Trafford or Goodison.
We may be favouring the Gunners in saying this (we definitely are), but we tend to believe that the Emirates is one of the best stadiums in world football. You can make all the jokes you want about Arsenal as a football club, but when it comes to stadiums, they’re right up there.
We mean that in terms of overall quality, to be perfectly clear, but a lot of folks often look at another statistic: and that statistic is the capacity. Despite the fact that the actual attendance figures don’t often match up to the capacity of the grounds, that’s one of the primary focal points. We tend to think that’s a little bit silly, but alas, here we are.
Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Yannick Carrasco, according to SportMediaset.
The Gunners have been keen on adding the Belgian to their ranks for a while now. They tried to bring him in on loan in January this year, but his full time employers Dalian Yifang wouldn’t hear of it. With the move for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perišić failed as well. Eventually, Denis Suarez arrived from Barcelona instead, but he went back to Catalonia at the end of the campaign following a miserable half-season spell at the Emirates.