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Miquel joins Leicester on loan 0

Posted on August 11, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel has joined Championship side Leicester City on a season-long loan.

The 20-year old centre-back, who has also been utilised as a left-back in games, has recently been limited to Capital One Cup outings and made just one Premier League appearance last season.

Miquel, a Spanish U21 international, is said to be keen on securing himself regular first-team football to continue his development. With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger not being able to promise the youngster regular action, Miquel took it upon himself to seek out a move.

Arsenal beat Manchester City in friendly 2

Posted on August 11, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City

Walcott (9), Ramsey (59), Giroud (62)

Negredo (79)

Arsenal emerged 3-1 victors in a pre-season friendly in Helsinki against Premier League runners-up Manchester City.

Against the run of play, the Gunners took an early lead with forward Theo Walcott chipping over Man City ‘keeper Joe Hart.

The England international then turned provider after his pass was dummied by French striker Olivier Giroud, which set up Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey to round Hart to score Arsenal’s second.

Walcott grabbed his second assist of the game, after a long pass up to Giroud – who chipped Joe Hart to put the London side 3-0 up.

Alharbi El Jadeyaoui to undergo trial at Arsenal 0

Posted on August 06, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Angers attacking-midfielder Alharbi El Jadeyaoui joins Arsenal on a two-day trial at their London Colney training ground. The 26-year old was recently left on the bench in Angers’ recent 4-2 Ligue Two victory of Istres in preparation.

Last season, the Moroccan international made 35 appearances for the French side, scoring four goals and making 10 assists.

He’s been on the radar for a number of sides around Europe this summer, and Angers had recently admitted they expect him to be leaving this summer.

His market value is only around £800K, but the Ligue Two side’s valuation of him may be more around £1.5M.

Gervinho complete his move to Roma 0

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

After a number of weeks haggling over the asking price, and AS Roma having their initial bid rejected, it now appears the Serie A side have finally completed their long-awaited transfer for Arsenal forward Gervinho for £7M.

The 26-year old is said to be undergoing a medical in Italy where he will then be named a Roma player.

Last season, the Ivorian scored five goals in 18 Premier League appearances. He made 63 appearances for Arsenal in total – since signing from OSC Lille in 2011.

Arsenal back in bid for Matthias Ginter 1

Posted on August 04, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have reportedly been in the market for German U21 international Matthias Ginter before, but it does appear they are renewing their interest in the Freiburg player.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are close to sealing a deal to sign the 19-year old centre-back. After the side loaned out Francis Coquelin to Freiburg, it was expected that the German league side would sell Ginter as per the arrangement. However, he’s yet to leave, but could be on his way to the Emirates soon.

Last season, Ginter made 23 Bundesliga appearances, scoring once. The 6 foot 1 German can also play as a midfielder.

Crystal Palace sign Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh on loan 0

Posted on August 04, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been involved in some transfer activity, but it may not be what the fans were immediately expecting.

Gunners striker Marouane Chamakh has joined newly-promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace on a six-month deal.

His contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the coming season, and he may have kicked his last ball in an Arsenal shirt. It doesn’t appear likely the London side will extend his current deal past next summer.

Regarded as a flop by many, the Moroccan international has scored 14 goals in 67 games. He joined Arsenal on a free transfer from French side Bordeaux in 2010.

Joel Campbell Joins Olympiacos on Loan 0

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Joel Campbell has joined Greek side Olympiacos on a season-long loan deal.

Upon signing for the Gunners in 2011, the 21-year old failed to initially obtain a work permit – which meant he was unable to play for Arsenal.

Subsequently he was loaned out to French Ligue One side Lorient for the 2011/12 season – making 23 league appearances, scoring three goals.

Last season (2012/13) he spent the season on loan with Spanish La Liga side Real Betis. He featured on 28 occasions, scoring twice.

Nicklas Bendtner’s Unrealistic Wage Demands Could Keep Him at Arsenal 2

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

This summer, Arsenal’s want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner was supposed to be sold, as by his own admission, a host of European clubs were interested in him.

However, the Danish international is still yet to leave, and only has 12 months to run on his current deal with the Gunners.

Frankfurt, Malaga, and Hull City were just three of the reported six sides previously interested in the 25-year old.

‘The big thing is the financial one. Nicklas Bendtner might just be too expensive.’ – Hull City manager Steve Bruce.

Where Does Marouane Chamakh’s Future Lie? 5

Posted on July 20, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Upon signing for Arsenal in 2010 from Bordeaux, Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh has failed to impress in the Premier League.

The 29-year old has made 67 appearances for the Gunners – scoring 14 goals. Last season, he was loaned out to West Ham United, but only made three league appearances.

Following his return from his loan spell, the striker was expected to be one of the first players sold if the club could find a potential suitor willing to pay anything close to the £5.5M they paid to originally sign him.

Arsenal: The Holding Midfielder Debate 5

Posted on July 20, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

This summer has seen Arsenal linked with many attacking options, but little in the way of defence. Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue one of the most notable, but should Arsenal be stepping up their bid to find a holding midfielder?

Folllowing Alex Song’s move to Barcelona last summer, Abou Diaby was looked upon by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as his replacement, but an injury sustained early on in the season ruled him out of action.

Mikel Arteta very briefly filled the void in playing in front of the defence, but the Gunners have certainly lacked a natural defensive midfielder in games. Somebody combative who breaks up the play and simply lays it on for a more creative player to thread balls through.

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