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Record Breaking Day: £25m M’Vila bid|Hazard wants to come + Other Stories

It’s the last day of the transfer window and clubs are eagerly putting finishing touches to the business this summer.

After months of relative inactivity, the club board is finally doing what the fans want. In less than a week, we’ve signed Park Chu Young (£3m) and deals for Santos and Mertesacker (combined worth of £14.1m) are at an advanced stage.

But if the stories making rounds are anything to go by, we will break our transfer record before the end of today. So straight to the gist.

Arsenal will lodge a £25million bid to prise Yann M’Vila from Rennes. The highly rated France international is Wenger’s main target and the manager is increasingly confident he can deliver a signing that would serve as a huge statement of intent.

Le Boss has received excellent reports on the qualities of M’Vila and his ability to bring greater steel to a midfield that has been found lacking in the opening Premier League fixtures of the season. Signing him probably means Wilshere will get a more advanced role, with M’Vila and Song covering for him.

Reports late last night indicate that Eden Hazard on French TV has made known his intention to quit Lille and sign for Arsenal. This comes after days of denials of the possibility of any bid by Lille and the player himself.

Hazard forged an hazardous (pun well intended) partnership with Gervinho last season in Lille which saw them win the League. I’m sure Arsenal fans won’t mind them linking up at the Emirates once again. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you though.

There were also talks of Chamakh going on loan to France or Spain. I doubt this will happen though, as Wenger last week that said the main reason for purchasing another striker is because we’ll lose Chamakh to the African Nations Cup in January. That means the boss still sees him at the club in January.

Things can change really quickly though, so we cannot rule out the possibility of Cham29 leaving on loan. Bendtner meanwhile looks more likely to leave, and there have been rumours of a swap deal with Schalke for Klass Jan Huntelaar. I honestly don’t know what to make of that.

With the expected signing of Santos and Mertesacker, talks of Cahill and Samba have understandably died down. If Per joins, he’ll partner TV5 in centre defence and they’ll be flanked by Sagna and Santos. Koscielny and Djourou will serve as cover.

I don’t see Cahill or Samba leaving their starting positions to settle for a place on the bench at Arsenal. Anything is possible though, we do not know how things will play out, and what prevents us from having 4 top CBs at the club?

We’ve been linked to a lot of players (arguably the most for any team) and today won’t be any different. Prepare to get news of 50 player flying into London for Arsenal medicals today.

Follow the blog @goonermemoirs for credible transfer news as they break.

Before I go, I’ll leave you with my idea of how today will go.

Out: Almunia, Squillaci, Bendtner

In: Santos, Mertesacker, M’Vila.

What do you think? Will we sign more players? Should we even sign more players? Do let us know in the comments!

Hazard, Cahill, M’vila + 1 striker to sign?|Man United – Arsenal Preview

Top of the morning gooners! It’s the end of a week that has seen our fortunes change slightly whilst some fundamental components of the team set up maintained status quo.

In the win against Udinese, we saw a different side to this young Arsenal team and we also saw how far away it is from being a major threat in the EPL and in Europe. Arsene probably saw this too (or we hope he did), hence the players being strongly linked to us since Wednesday.

Gary Cahill is a perfect place to start from; and it is heart warming to know Arsenal put in a bid for him albeit its being referred to as derisory.

Even though Arsene was adamant about the worth of our initial bid, the £6m being bandied around seems a fair price to me, for a player with one year left on his contract.
And if you still think £6m is too small, you can take solace in the knowledge that it’s only the opening bid. Bolton “have” to sell or risk losing him for free next summer.

In our previous post, we broke the news on Bolton’s loan deal for Man City defender Deidrick Boyata. The only way I don’t see Cahill signing for us is if another team comes into the equation or if they decide keep him this season, and let him leave for £0m. Both scenarios highly unlikely.

Reports are rife in France that Lille have agreed a deal in the region of €35m for winger Eden Hazard. It must be noted though that a lot of “credible” sources have said nothing of such.

One thing we know is if truly both clubs have agreed a deal, it is more than likely that he has agreed personal terms. While I’m not exactly sure we need a winger at the moment, a player of Hazard’s quality is most welcome.

Same reports indicate that Wenger is confident of securing the services of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila for a reported fee of £23m.

Even though the club has come out to say their star midfielder won’t be leaving, it is believed that all they want is more money for their prized asset. Watch this space!

Wenger said he hopes to add another striker before the window shuts, as he expects Bendtner to leave the club. The identity of the striker is unknown at the moment but the mere thought of it gives me joy. That means we won’t have to rely on Chamakh for goals should RVP be unavailable.

We visit Old Trafford tomorrow in the best of spirits. OT has not been a particularly fruitful place to visit for us and tomorrow’s game won’t be any easier. Barring a dramatic signing before then, I expect us to field a weaker team than the side that won in midweek.

Wilshere,Gibbs and Diaby are out injured, Gervinho, Song and Frimpong are suspended. Koscielny is fit again though and it will be interesting to see how we start in midfield.

Predicted Starting XI: Sz13; Jenkinson, TV5, Koscly, Sagna; Djourou, Ramsey, Rosicky; Arshavin, RVP, Walcott.

As optimistic as I am, it is difficult to see beyond a Man United victory. That is not to say we will just lie down and let them beat us. We need to go out there to fight, and who knows, Lady Luck may just have a thing for us that afternoon.

That’s it from me today, but just before I go, I’ll like to share an article I stumbled upon with y’all. To those blaming and abusing Wenger for not bringing players in, you MAY just be wrong. See for yourselves.

On that note, have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the game wherever you watching from.

Do share your thoughts below.

Cesc Finally Gone, Nasri to follow + 2 new injuries for Arsenal

Adios Cesc

Adios Cesc

Granted, the Fabregas to Barcelona deal has not been officially confirmed by either club, but after yesterday’s reports, we know that barring a major miracle, he won’t be playing at The Emirates next season.

It had been coming, and for seasons we have endured countless disrespectful comments from the catalan camp on how the Barcelona players feel about the prospect of having the Cesc join them.

They seem to have finally got their wish; and I think for us, it marks the end of what has been an extremely humiliating episode with the Spanish Club.

He’ll move for a fee of around €40m, equivalent to approximately £35m, same amount Liverpool paid for Carroll. The height of desperation displayed by Fabregas gave Barcelona our best player for way less than we value him.

He is the best attacking midfielder on the planet, but his “love” for Barcelona blinded him and even pushed him as far as funding his own transfer from the club that made him who he is. While it cannot be argued that Fabregas gave his 100% to Arsenal every time, he has failed woefully as a captain!

Nasri’s is a different case. He’s been with us for 4 seasons, we were patient with him to come through. He’s had a big season now and he wants to leave. While it is questionable why we didn’t sign him on earlier, he is about to betray a club which tolerated his mistakes as a growing footballer.

With City reportedly ready to offer him £185k a week, it is obvious why Samir’s refused to sign a new contract till now. And if the words of his national team coach, Laurent Blanc are anything to go by, he won’t sign.

No matter what anyone says, losing Cesc and Samir, if both transfers go through is a disaster! It will be really difficult, if at all possible, to replace Cesc in particular, who brings 15+ goals and 15+ assists each season.

We have to try nonetheless. As at the end of last season, we were 3 (an attacking and 2 defensive) players short. Now we’ve lost Clichy, Cesc and Nasri to follow. We’ve brought in Gervinho, Jenkinson and Oxlade-Chambs.

Good signings in their own rights; but now we need signings of intent. If those two leave, we’ll have enough money. Sneijder’s astronomical wages mean we cannot sign him, but Mata is available. He is a Cesc/Nasri hybrid from what I’ve seen, and will really flourish at Arsenal. Get him now Arsene!

We cannot afford to wait any longer. We bombed at Newcastle last season with a better starting XI than what we currently have. We do not want to start the season on a wrong foot.

Add two of Jagielka, Cahill, Samba and Dann to Mata and we won’t look too bad. An extra attacker would have been ideal but I’m hoping on the likes of Arshavin and Rosicky to consistently bring their A-games this season.

Arshavin and Ramsey were added to our injury list after yesterday’s friendlies. I expect Arshavin to be back in no time though. We’ll also need a new captain, who should lead the team next season? Vermaelen looks like the ideal choice for me, but for some reason I hope RVP gets it.

It’s not been the best of summers for us, it even has the potential to be worse in a couple of days. But we can make the most of what fate’s thrown at us. If we re-invest and sign the right players, we will have a great season.

More importantly, we would have put out a statement, that NO PLAYER can hold the Arsenal to ransom.

Keep the Faith!

Let us know what you think.

Eboue On The Move?|Get Cahill and Mata|Forget Jageilka and Cazorla


Top of the morning to you, how was the weekend? Well, mine was spent watching Gervinho nab a brace, Jenkinson score a superb own goal and studying for a test I have this morning and exams coming up in a fortnight but I can’t leave you without one last post. I expect Yemi’ Jr & Faf to treat you well in my absence. Do pray for me. Thanks

Over the weekend, different reports had us considering a double bid for Mata & Cazorla with Jagielka also in the mix. Of all these players Mata & Cahill are what we really need. I’ll tell you why.

Mata & Cahill : YES

First things first, Mata is 23, a world cup winner, u21 winner and has bags of experience at the top after captaining Valencia most of last season. That in itself is a big deal, you don’t make a mug your captain and he’s certainly not one. He can play anywhere in the midfield and attack and has a excellent injury-free record and would fit in well with the lads.

As for Cahill, I don’t think I need to say much about what he brings to the plate, he’s 6’4″, dominant in the air and can command a defence well. Also young and at 24 can play for Arsenal for years to come and could even become the next Tony Adams for us. I don’t know why we just won’t put in a solid bid and wrap up the deal already. If I know AW well, he’s waiting for January when Cahill would be free to talk to & sign for any club as he’s in the last year of his contract. I hope Bolton caves in when we make an offer as they won’t want to lose him on a free. Imagine Vermalean and Cahill at the heart of our defense.

Jagielka & Cazorla : NO!!!

Why you ask? Let me start with Jags, he’s a brute, he’s a commanding presence and a no nonsense tackler, aerially dominant as well and bags of experience. BUT everything Jagielka just screams another Vermaelen, they’re too similar and are virtually the same height. I’m sorry that’s not what we need. Look at United, they have the brute in Vidic and the calm ball player in Ferdinand, Jagielka and Vermaelen won’t give us that. Jagielka is also injury prone and he’s 28.

As for Cazorla, each time I see that guy I just think, ‘Rescue Rangers’ in my head with his beaver/squirrel look, he’s at best a decent player, nothing spectacular, I’d rather we keep Rosicky than go for him. He’s not that bad but he’s not what we need and his injury record is also bad as he spends more time injured than fit. There are better attackers we could be looking at, Mario Goetze of Dortmund and Marko Marin of Bremen to mention a few.

I wonder why we haven’t put in a bid for Per Metesacker, he’s cheaper than what we’re being quoted for the two english lads and has more experience than both and he’s 6’6″, our setpiece problem would ease considerably. A new left back should be a priority after Gibbs’ appalling performance yesterday. Imagine him against Lennon/Valencia/Young/Nani/Kuyt, he fail badly.

Galatasaray have offered £4M for Eboue if you believe the Daily Mirror and I hope he’s gone before the end of the week. Jenkinson looks good enough despite his wonderful own goal yesterday.

Fabregas & Nasri
One is leaving, the latter isn’t. Arsenal have put their foot down on Nasri leaving and are willing to lose him for free. Foolish if you ask me. I hope the Cesc saga is completed come end of the week so we can make all our buys. If Wilshere can continue to reel in passes like the one he made for Gervinho’s goal on Saturday then we’ll be alright.

Wenger Says NO To Nasri Move + No Signings Till After Pre-Season

For Arsenal, its back to training for the players, time to shed the weight gained during the summer break & get in shape. On the transfer front though, its a dull morning, a very boring one. Oh wait, no its not, Arsene Wenger has reportedly said Nasri isn’t going anywhere, not even for £50M. Way to go Arsene, don’t be bullied into selling one of your top players. So I wonder where DailyMail got their headline that says City have clinched the deal for Nasri.

I’m not going to complain and say this needs to be done, quality players need to come in & the dead players need to be expunged like rodents in a fumigated apartment. Or go on about how Arsene needs to change his approach, and how the board needs to be replaced. I’m tired of arguing or complaining for or on behalf of Arsenal because I’m sure you all know & see what’s going on and we don’t want to sound like a broken record.

Fabregas isn’t going anywhere. Daddy Wenger has spoken, unless of course Barca stump up the £40M being quoted. If Fab really wants to leave(which all we Arsenal fans now seem to want) then he should make Barca pay up or shut up, he still has 4 years, so if they don’t pay now, they can always come back. All I know is, with the right signings in the right positions Fabregas WILL STAY, Henry left only because he wasn’t ready to play Moses to a young cast. Surround Fabregas with winners and watch how his attitude would change, not fashion divas and clowns and sorry excuses for footballers.

6th July, 2011, and no significant move has happened asides from Clichy leaving us. Here are a list of what should have happened by now

    Gervinho should have been unveiled seeing how his signing might just be the tonic for Nasri’s possible u-turn

    Gary Cahill & Samba should have also signed, well at least one of them as Clichy has gone and I don’t want Gibbs as his replacement, rather see TV5 there.

    Eboue, Rosicky, Almunia & Denilson should all be frozen out of the team just like City have done with certain players or told to find new clubs. Squillaci too should be on that list.

    And most importantly, try not to lose any of our reported targets a la Alvarez.

There you go, oh before we leave you, newspaper reports have it that Alex Song might be ‘on his way out of Arsenal’ and into Fox River Prison for not assaulting a young girl in Cameroun, well from us to you out there, assault someone so as to avoid jail because not assaulting will send you to jail.

From wherever you’re reading, have a swell day and keep Arsenal in your prayers.


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Worst Transfer News yet|July 1st Approaches

On his way out?

Just a quick one gooners. This week has been dominated by the infamous Cesc story which was first run by the usually reliable BBC.

It is imperative for me to state however, that I still cannot “totally” believe the entire story; this is because there was no credible name mentioned, and that gives the BBC plausible deniability should there be any trouble.

I used the word “totally” because I believe that behind virtually every rumour is a pointer, and an element of truth, no matter how minute.

And to those basing their assumption on the photo shoot for the new away kit, let me point out to you that Van Persie was absent too. And RVP is as loyal to Arsenal as they come. Apparently, Nasri also tweeted that he loved the new kit too, so the story can go either way.

Now to the title of my post and I was not exaggerating, at least that is what I believe. Just yesterday evening, the agent of our Brazilian “winner” (Denilson), said he doubts that any deal will be made for his client and in the event of no bids, Denilson will be returning for preseason with Arsenal. Said He,

I don’t know anything about Milan at the moment they are rumours. Spanish or Italian clubs? There are no talks…The only certainty is that if nothing happens in the coming days, Denílson will join Arsenal for pre-season.

For all He said last season about this Arsenal team not having his winning mentality, Denilson would be brave to stay with us surely.

Life as an Arsenal fan is fun, isn’t it? We are struggling to keep our top players, Fàbregas, Nasri and Clichy; and also struggling to get rid of the deadwood, Denílson, Squillaci, Bendtner and Almunia. Some Arsenal fan even put Denilson up for sale on e-bay! That shows you how much we want him out of the club.

Now we’ll be probably stuck with this “winner” for another season and since he won’t get anywhere near the first team ( fingers crossed), we’ll be paying him just to train. Left to me, we could always give him away for free.

The rumours have continued as usual, and while some are reporting that we have ditched Samba for Cahill, others are making noise about a double swoop. How interesting can it get? Which brings me to this…

For some reason which I cannot explain (and I doubt anyone can), July 1st has become the day of salvation for gooners; that day we look forward to for the fulfillment of our dreams. We believe for some strange reason that our signings (God let there be more than one!) will be announced on that day.

I am as desperate as you all are for signings but a mate recently pointed out to me that we have never announced a signing on July 1st! If this is true, I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were you, but what is to say we cannot begin that trend this year?

So while I’m hopeful that July 1st will be that glorious day, I won’t hold my breath though, with the knowledge that it might be like just any other day….rumours, rumours and more rumours!

It’s a wrap guys, let’s hope Wenger can surprise us all and pull something off this week. One thing’s for sure though, we won’t be starting next season with exactly the same set of players.

Have a splendid day wherever you are reading this from.

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See you in the commments!

Lay off Wilshere’s Back! Rosell’s retarded + Gervinho News.

Now I heard some of the most ridiculous sporting comments I’ve ever had the dis-honour to, this past week and surprisingly they came out of the Barcelona camp.

It’s amazing how a club that claims to ooze class can be so classless in its attempts to do business, isn’t it? This time the travesty is in form of one Mr. Sandra Rosell, now what Mr. Rosell, Barcelona’s president by the way, stated was that Cesc’s value had gone down since last summer, due to wear and tear *pause* really Sandro?

Are we referring to the same world of footie in which a certain Henderson is worth £20million and Andy Carroll,£35million?!?!

Are we speaking of a lower priced Cesc in this same world that has doled out ridiculous prices one…well…players eh Sandro? Please Sandro, do us all a favour, shattap, crawl back under that board room desk and do what board members are known for doing, sitting in box seats and watching games they know next to nothing about.

Mr. Rosell went on to say that “Cesc is of Barcelona and if I were the president of another club, I wouldn’t sign a player who holds dear the colours of another team”

Maybe I have amnesia but didn’t a certain Thierry Henry refuse to play against The Arsenal? Why did you sign a player that is Arsenal through and through Sandro?!? Cesc played against Barcelona, twice and even scored on one occasion.

Now if I were Cesc, i would have to think this through carefully.
Barcelona keep telling the world in one breath that he’s theirs and in the next that they are buying a diminishing player. Do they expect that he’d grovel at their feet anytime they are ready to come for me?

I suppose you get the picture, and I think it’s strange, and not unconnected, that these words came forth in the same week where Cesc all but said he would stay for at least another year.

Now we’ve all heard of the imminent arrival of Gervinho who’s said to have signed a 4-year contract. I do think he’s a super talent, well done Arsene….however….err….Arsene? We didn’t particularly have much of a problem scoring goals, conceding however……err….nuff said!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying an attacking player isn’t welcome, especially one of his undeniable talent but until I hear that a Chris Samba or a Gary Cahill….or both or defensive players of that calibre have signed for the club, don’t expect me to do the cat-daddy on my office desk with joy!

One more before I go, after England’s abysmal showing at the U-21 World Cup, some people (on twitter at least) took it upon themselves to blame Jack Wilshere. According to them, Wilshere’s decision to opt out of the mundial denied the England team of arguably the biggest player in the tournament.

While I understand their sentiments, it should be known that a certaon Andy Carroll also chose not to go. So why is everyone on Jack’s case? Do you get paid for hating on Arsenal??

It is worth noting that Wilshere isn’t the man who set up the academies in England which produced those inefficient players.

Also, last time I checked, Wilshere isn’t the last name of the muppet in charge of the team. I honestly cannot fathom how a team with £20m Henderson and £16m Phil Jones did not make it past the first round. They could not hold their own against their far cheaper but way better Spanish and Czech counterparts.

Yet many fans were slating Wenger for not doing enough to sign these two average players. You better thank God for what you have.

That’s it mates, it’s another Monday and I really struggled to get out of bed to prepare for work. I really can’t wait to retire!

Have a great start to the week people.
Arsene should make us happy before it runs out.

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FABREGAS STAYING : I’m An Arsenal Player And That’s It | Gervinho & Samba Deal Close

Fabregas has come out to say he’s not going anywhere. Well he didn’t exactly use those words but you get the point. He had this to say this morning.

    ” I won’t step forward and say I want to join Barca, after 8 years at Arsenal, I won’t harm the club. That’s not my way. I’m very happy now, I’m an Arsenal player and that’s it, Wenger knows what I want, he’s the boss and he decides.

There you have it, Sagna can shut it now after declaring that Cesc wants to leave and greedy Nasri can also learn a thing or two about Club loyalty especially to the one you’re currently in. Growing unrest continues amongst Arsenal fans but have no worries, Arsene is going to spend, we are in talks with Powerful Ivorian Gervinho who looks likely to sign in the next few days. Following that should be Cahill or Samba, most sites have Samba as their guy but I heard Blackburn don’t want to let him leave. We’re also tempting Bolton with a few fringe players for Cahill, I say we toss in as many as possible because I understand why AW won’t want to spend 17M on someone in the last year of his contract.

Gazidis has assured fans there will be movement in and out of the squad even though he did not reveal his targets but I hope Benzeama is on their radar as Madrid are close to signing Brazilian sensation Neymar which would leave room for him or Higuain to leave depending on who the clubs finds more important. I see four or five players coming in and four or five leaving.

As someone told me the other day, its too early to panick, the window hasn’t opened yet and there’s still time AND money to spend (we reportedly offered Phil Jones a bigger pay packet but he had no intention of leaving the North West region). So let’s get behind the club and stick together. Its shaping up to be a wonderful summer.

From wherever you’re reading, have a wonderful day. Your thoughts?


Arsenal : The Right Players Not Superstars Are Needed

After it became clearer than a mirrored reflection that our season was going to end in ruins and possibility of not making the champions league group stage, the cries and moans for top signings and eye-popping(for Arsenal of course) amounts to be spent to get them became the favorite chant & anthem between disgruntled gooners. But like many devoted Arsenal faithful I beg to differ, allow me explain.

Ever Since the move to the Emirates, we’ve bagged the tag as the nearly men, in that we perform so good then when March comes( the business end of the season) we crumble and fail to cross the finish line. In any endeavors/sport/business no one remembers those that tried their best, its those that win or make it past the finish line that get all the adulation. So instead of going for Marquee signings, to which we have plenty of that not just in the right positions, I say we go for the right players in the departments we suffer the most.

Our defense has always been a problem ever since the Invincible’s defense retired or left and only got worse when Toure also left. Everyone says Vermaelen would have made a difference if he was fit, I say that’s arguable. He could have been a one season wonder or he could have struggled defending alongside Kozzer or Squid. The continued lack of height in our back 4 is also a problem even Vermaelen with his superhuman jumping skills can’t solve. Why? This season, we conceded over 22 goals from set piece situations which is the same amount we conceded last season with Vermalen fit. Moving on.

So what do we really need come July 1 and beyond. Here are the three important aspects that need to be addressed and the contenders I think we should consider.

    Tall bruising defender needed, someone good at both offensive and defensive set piece situations. Must be a vocal leader on the pitch and in the dressing room.

    Candidates ~ Christopher Samba, Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, Phil Jones, Leighton Baines
    Most Likely to be Signed
    Christopher Samba : Fits into the role, at 26 is at a ripe age, vocal leader and no nonsense defender capable of playing as a striker also. Only flaw or worry is when it comes to Champions league football as many think he lacks the experience. So does everyone else we’re linked with.
    Leighton Baines : Had a stellar 2011 and has been linked based on Clichy’s stalling on a new contract. Would be a welcomed addition, I don’t no if he’s an improvement on Clichy defensively but he’s not error prone, his attacking play is unrivalled in the league and is a set piece threat.

    Combatant, ball winner, leader as well, can hold his own if the likes of Fabregas and Nasri are missing. Seeing as Denilson’s depature is imminent along with Rosicky and maybe Diaby we need at least ONE midfield signing with word inside the club that some youngsters would be promoted (the likes of Miyaichi, Lansbury, Emmanuel-Thomas).

    Scott Parker, Eden Hazard, Stewart Downing, Alvarez.
    Most Likely To Be Signed
    Scott Parker : on pitch leader and dressing leader, premiership experience and able to make the transmission between attack and defence. At 30 is the kind of signing we need for this young team and he wouldn’t cost much.
    Eden Hazard : has repeatedly flirted with Arsenal and at 20 and ligue 1 player of the season he might just fit well into our system. Nasri is still stalling on a contract and Hazard would be a great signing as he’s first of all, a classic winger equally adept on both wings and can play just behind the striker.

    Fit goal scorer needed, someone with quality, that can bag the goals with another striker beside him or alone. Must be consistent and not injury prone, and hardworking.

    Gervinho, Falcao, Benzeama.
    Most Likely To Be Signed
    Gervinho & Benzeama : Two players AW has highlighted as interesting and the kind of players that would fit into our style of play. Both young, both agile and capable of bagging goals. Gervinho is not what you’d call a proper striker more like an attacking forward that can play behind the main striker or on the wings in a 4-3-3 formation.

So there you have it, not superstar signings but key and important signings that just might be what we need to get us pass the finish line. With money coming in from impending departures, and at least 40M transfer budget, lack of funds cannot be used as an excuse or the lack of players. Come July 1 let’s make these deals and at least pacify the fans.

From wherever you’re reading, have a wonderful day.


Arsene’s thoughts on a new signing + Ramsey’s new loan deal


Rumours of a new face at the Emirates this January seem to have been quashed by the man in the middle of it all.

At a press conference yesterday, Arsene dispelled stories that the club is close to signing a new defender, and while names such as Bougherra, Sahko, Cahill, Jagielka have come forward in recent weeks, Arsene knows exactly where he stands concerning a new signing.

This will surely infuriate a lot of gooners who have been hoping the boss would sign someone as cover in case of another injury. Thomas Vermaelen has barely played this season, and Squillaci does not seem to be quite popular amongst gooners.

Arsene isn’t perturbed by this as he believes he can make do with the current set up of players. It is a risk, he knows but one’s he’s ever willing to take.
Said he,

Transfer-wise there is no news and I would be surprised if there is any,”

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has been loaned out to former club Cardiff City until the end of February. This is a welcome development as I do not see a place for him in the team at the moment, considering he just returned from injury. He needs to get his match fitness back and quickly too, and playing at a Championship side where the pressure is less will do him a world of good.

If going out on loan again for a month to get a few more games helps me get back into shape quicker and into the Arsenal team then I will do that,” Ramsey said ahead of his move. I just want to get back to playing regularly and get back into the Arsenal team as quickly as I can.”