Arsenal Football Club may stand for a lot of things to a lot of people, but hopefully, in this upcoming season, they can stand for determination – because they certainly came across that way last night when they overcame the odds to defeat rivals Chelsea on penalties. We all know that reading into things at this stage of pre-season is a fool’s game, but at this point, we’re beyond the point of no return.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are set to launch a £30million move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The move would certainly be a surprising one from the Blues, at the minute it does not look like an unrealistic move. However, Arsenal boss Unai Emery recently stated that he is confident that Ramsey will sign a new deal with the Gunners.
Future at Arsenal in doubt
As we all know, Ramsey’s future at the club has been a hot topic this summer. The Welshman’s representatives are still negotiating with the club over a new deal for the midfielder, who has less than a year left on his current deal in north London.
According to a recent report, Chelsea could somewhat assist rivals Arsenal in their capture of Steven Nzonzi by allowing Tiemoue Bakayoko to join Spanish club Sevilla. The feud between the Blues and the Gunners is something that has been raging on for years and years now, and it seems odd to think that they may help one another out – even if it isn’t exactly intentional.
The rumours linking Nzonzi to Arsenal have been brewing for weeks and months now, with Unai Emery having experience managing the midfielder. Some felt as if it was a transfer that wasn’t needed given that Arsenal have been sorting out their squad in the middle of the park throughout most of the summer transfer window.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are considering re-signing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech this summer, as current Blues number one Thibaut Courtois looks set for a move to Real Madrid.
The move would seem a strange one, but Cech was only ousted from the Chelsea team due to Courtois being such a promising and highly-rated player.
Cech is a Chelsea hero
The veteran goalkeeper is a true Chelsea hero, having spent 11 years with the Blues before making a move across the capital to join Arsenal in 2015. While he has endured mixed fortunes in north London, Cech enjoyed an incredible career at Stamford Bridge.
While Cesc Fabregas may be enjoying his current role as a pundit for the BBC, he won’t be doing that for long. The 31-year-old, who is a former World Cup winner, has always been someone to keep your eye on as you just never know when he’s going to provide us with that next moment of magic. Now, however, fans are convinced that he’s been dropping hints regarding a potential return to the Emirates with Arsenal.
While the focus of football fans around the globe is currently on Russia as the World Cup continues, you could argue that this is going to be one of the most exciting summer transfer windows in recent memory. Several high profile names have jumped ship already in the last few weeks, and as we look ahead to the next few months, it seems like Arsenal could well be one of the most active teams in Europe.
Arsenal are still interested in OGC Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri, according to Sky Sports. The man said to be behind the club’s ambition to sign the midfielder is Raul Sanllehi. The current Head of Football Relations at Arsenal once upon a time tried to secure his services for Barcelona.
Seri is, however, just one on the list of names being considered at the moment. As it stands, he would be available for a price of £35million, which is pretty reasonable given the way the football transfer market has been evolving since Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona for around £200million last summer.
While the dust is only just starting to settle in regards to the 2017/18 Premier League season, we’re already extremely invested in seeing what’s going to go down next year – which is hardly a surprise. Sure, the World Cup is going to keep us occupied for a few months, but the consistency and the drama of domestic football is something that is always going to capture our hearts and attention.
While Arsenal haven’t exactly been successful in the Premier League in the last few years, they’ve managed to find some success in the FA Cup. As we take another trip down memory lane, it’s time to look at the last big trophy victory for Arsene Wenger before he rode off into the sunset this season.
This time last year, Arsenal fans were celebrating a huge 2-1 victory over Chelsea in a game which many weren’t expecting them to win. The Gunners, while successful in the FA Cup on many different occasions, were considered to be the underdogs – and in many ways, that probably favoured them. It felt like the Blues came in with an aura of overconfidence as if they were just naturally expecting to win the trophy without too much effort.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and this time, it’s a little bit more positive. We’re going to be talking about a game from seven years ago today, which saw Arsenal give themselves a glimmer of hope in the race to become Champions of England. The location was Emirates Stadium, and the game in question saw the Gunners host the eventual league champions Manchester United in what proved to be a tight yet scintillating encounter in North London.