Pre-season friendlies can either be incredibly tedious, or they can be pretty fun. It won’t come as much of a surprise for you to learn, or already know, that it pretty much all depends on whether or not your team wins the game. Arsenal supporters knew that the pre-season tour of the United States didn’t really mean all that much in the grand scheme of things, but after the resounding win over Colorado Rapids, there was cause for some optimism.
Fans who have been following Arsenal over the course of the last few years will be well aware of the fact that they haven’t done a wonderful job of playing against Bayern Munich. The German giants always seem to get one over in the Gunners, to the point where they have actually embarrassed them on several occasions. Now, with a pre-season friendly against them being on the horizon, we wonder how seriously both teams are going to be taking it.
Arsenal have started negotiations over new deals for Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi, according to the Mirror.
The 18-year-old John-Jules, a striker by trade, and Amaechi, also 18 but playing in the middle of the park, have been on the radar of several big clubs across Europe, most notably Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions have a relatively healthy approach (for themselves) in picking transfer targets, and while they are always looking to sign a top class player like Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and many others, they always find room for the likes of former Gunner Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Niklas Sule.
Highly-rated Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba has been talking about his childhood love of Arsenal. An interview given to German publication Bild has led to speculation linking the 26-year-old with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Talked about Spain and England
In his interview with Bild, Alaba said: “I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern.
“Every year there a new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”
The rumour mill is going to be churning out a variety of different names pretty thick and fast over the course of the next eight days or so. That much is to be expected, and we just have to kind of deal with it. However, while we’d usually try and avoid stories that seem outlandish, the name James Rodriguez crossed our desk – and we haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
There had been speculation in a number of British tabloids of late linking Arsenal with a move for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, who is currently on-loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. However, respected German football expert Raphael Honigstein has poured cold water on the story, suggesting it would be crazy for Bayern Munich to cut short their two-year loan deal at this point.
Arsenal does not have the funds to sign Rodriguez
We all now know that Arsenal can only make loan signings in the January transfer window. That leaves the question of how the Gunners could afford the Colombian international if boss Unai Emery is restricted to signing loan players.
The transfer of Denis Suarez from Barcelona to Arsenal is one step closer after the two clubs held talks with a positive outcome, the Mirror have reported.
Manager Unai Emery is extremely keen on Suarez coming to the Emirates this month. However, the manager is still facing several difficult circumstances in which the deal needs to be completed.
According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Arsenal are pondering a big money bid for Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez. The Colombian is currently on-loan at the Bavarian club from Real Madrid.
The German giants have an option to purchase the player on a permanent deal. However, Bayern look unlikely to decide to exercise their right to extend the playmaker’s stay in Bavaria beyond the summer.
The 27-year-old has endured a mixed spell with the German giants. Reportedly, the player wished to open talks with Bayern about his long-term future.
We’re no strangers to the dreaded rumour mill, but to be perfectly honest, we’re much more used to seeing it in action for players as opposed to managers. The game has come a long way and as such fans are much more invested in things that they didn’t give all too much thought to once upon a time – such as the managerial merry go round.
We’re revisiting one of our favourite subjects in the whole world (can you sense the sarcasm?) – yes, we’re referring to Aaron Ramsey. The Gunners midfielder has had what many would describe as an interesting journey throughout the course of the last twelve months at the Emirates, and people would interpret the word ‘interesting’ in many different ways. Essentially, the Welshman has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the club, and it feels like it’s never going to end.