March 14, 2019 by
According to the Metro, reported Arsenal target Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, which means the centre-back could be on the move in the summer.
The Metro reports suggest that the United hierarchy is set to back boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a transfer kitty of around £200million in the summer. With that sort of cash, the Red Devils can afford to bring in a new centre-back with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld once again linked with a move to the north west. .......Read more here.....
February 05, 2019 by
For too long now, Arsenal have had a clear defensive weakness at centre-back. Former boss Arsene Wenger failed to fix it and current boss Unai Emery has been unable to fix the problem so far. However, to be fair to the Spaniard his reign in north London is in its infancy and he has not had much backing in the transfer market or time to sort the problem.
Centre-backs are not good enough
The simple fact is Arsenal’s centre-backs are not good enough. Experienced French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been the Gunners best centre-back for a long time. However, injuries and the fact that he is the wrong side of 30 mean he will need replacing in the near future. .......Read more here.....
December 18, 2018 by
On Wednesday night, Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Southampton that ended their 22-game unbeaten record in all competitions. This competition would not usually be high on the Arsenal priority list. However, the fact that the opponents are Tottenham gives this an extra edge.
Arsenal were defeated finalists in last year’s competition, as they were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City. The Gunners will at least be looking to make it to the last four of the competition this season. .......Read more here.....
December 10, 2018 by
Arsenal may have extended their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions against Huddersfield on Saturday, but there was also a downside to the win, as both Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi picked up suspensions.
Add the pair to Rob Holding sidelined through injury and the Gunners are left with very few central defensive options.
Who are the Gunners central defensive options?
The return to the squad and fitness of French centre-back Laurent Koscielny could not have come a better time. Gunners boss Unai Emery has allowed the veteran defender time to recover from a long-term injury. .......Read more here.....
October 31, 2018 by
According to former Arsenal hero and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, nothing has changed defensively at Arsenal since the summer appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery.
Nothing has changed defensively
Merson told Sky Sports: “It looks like an Arsene Wenger team defensively, and they have always been irresistible going forward on their day,”
“I think they will get turned over by a couple of smaller teams and I don’t see them beating the big ones.
“I don’t think they were good at the start of the season. They went on a great run, but defensively they will get found out. Nothing has really changed at the back.” .......Read more here.....
September 04, 2018 by
According to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis, the France international was considering leaving the club in the summer prior to rupturing his Achilles in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.
Could have exited in the summer
Talking to France Football (quoted by the Daily Star), Courbis said: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over.
“Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup. .......Read more here.....
August 19, 2018 by
It is early days for Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery. I am in the camp that the Spaniard needs time to turn things around in north London. The Gunners players had been complacent far too long under Arsene Wenger to suddenly turn in a world-beating team overnight.
One of the main problems the Gunners have is in defence. Saturday evenings 3-2 defeat at Chelsea showed the major job Emery has on his hands to turn the team’s fortunes around. .......Read more here.....
August 03, 2018 by
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.
An expensive mistake
It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.
The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back. .......Read more here.....
April 24, 2018 by
According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically. .......Read more here.....
April 16, 2018 by
The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League. .......Read more here.....