Saturday, July 26, 2014

Analysing Arsenal's Title Prospects In The Coming 2014/15 Premier League Season

Analysing Arsenal's Title Prospects In The Coming 2014/15 Premier League Season

It’s been two seasons in row now, since the Gunners started splashing cash , with the arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez alone summing up to a reported approximate of 72 million Pounds. Do not compare it with Chelsea or Manchester City, and you will find it to be big spending by Wenger.
With the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy as a ‘Sagna’ replacement and pending rumored arrivals of Khedira, Ospina and Casillas, I would say there is a tiny bit of added intent in the Gunners activity(I am ignoring the absurd Messi rumor here and also the fact that they let Cesc Fabregas walk into Chelsea).
The Arsenal defense looks stable with the likes of Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs and others for cover, including, well...the club captain Vermaelen. The centre backs are very solid and complement each other well. The France International Debuchy has recreated himself in the world cup and Gibbs continues to be a very promising full-back.
The mid-field is Arsenal’s strength, no doubt about that. It’s here that their flashy passing starts. Whether it’s Ramsey’s resurgence, Wilshere’s amazing tackling, Diaby’s brute strength, Rosicky’s work rate, Arteta’s intelligence, Flamini’s toughness (adding special affection for yellow cards) and the magic of Cazorla-Ozil, all the beauty of Arsenal’s game-play is here. Missing out of their hero Cesc, the Gunners must pray Cazorla does not run off to homeland with Atletico calling. All in all, Arsenal has a balanced midfield, with attributes fulfilling defensive, holding and creative requirements.
With Podolski failed to have work wonders as such and Giroud being the lone target man (with one of the best hold up playing skills, mind you), Arsenal lacked a pacey central forward. Walcott, please bear in mind, is a winger with the desire to play centrally. And with no offense to his unbelievable talent and blistering pace, Arsenal just needed another striker. And then, they signed Alexis Sanchez. End of Story.
In one swank, the striker issues are solved. Provided that Sanchez plays like he played in Barcelona or the World Cup, Arsenal is going to be one exciting team to watch.
But, there is always a ‘but’. With the recruitment of a new fitness Coach, Shad Forsythe, who worked well this time with the injury plagued German side, it is hoped with all fingers crossed that Arsenal do not choke up at the end and must not let so many players visit the hospital more than matches. It was a frustrating previous season for the Gunners, and Wenger was relieved, more than happy, to at least with the FA cup.
Expect him to learn from his mistakes, as the expected finish is at least 3rd for them.



 Home /News /Aaron Ramsey targeting multiple trophies next season Standard by Lee Hurley July 26, 2014 No Comments


 Aaron Ramsey has been speaking to the media in New York as Arsenal get ready to face the Red Bulls on Saturday evening. The Welshman, who was Arsenal’s player of the season last year, is targeting a push on from what was achieved with the FA Cup win and has his sights set on winning a ‘few things.’ He said “Having not played in the World Cup, I’m itching to get playing again. It was a fantastic achievement from Germany. They have always been very strong in the World Cup and the European Championship. “They have a great team spirit and what happened is fantastic for both them and the club. “It means now we are hungry to win things. “We want the same feeling we had after winning the FA Cup as well. There is always pressure on us but we will be trying to win a few things this season.” About the new signings, he added “They are fantastic signings. Sanchez had a great World Cup with Chile as well, so we are looking forward to playing with him and I am sure he will settle in fine. “This time we will have a few weeks together and that will help. “We really have a good team spirit and we are hungrier than ever to win more things.” Arsene Wenger revealed that he had to speak to the midfielder prior to his blossoming on the pitch due to the hard time he was getting from a section of the home support. Limiting the time he was playing him at the Emirates, wenger said he told Ramsey “He went through a bad patch and I couldn’t play him any more. “He had to come back to a more simple game. Aaron accepted that, he did it and he gained confidence again. When I came out of the meeting I knew this guy would come back. Aaron listened and he realised he had to change his game.” Wenger also revealed that he assured Ramsey that it wasn’t that the fans didn’t like him it was just they didn’t like the way he was playing. My how that has changed.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Marquee Names Rumoured to Be Eyed by Arsene Wenger

Arsenal Transfer News: Marquee Names Rumoured to Be Eyed by Arsene Wenger

Arsenal Transfer News: Marquee Names Rumoured to Be Eyed by Arsene Wenger
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 supporters will be feeling pretty blissful at this juncture. An FA Cup is locked securely in their trophy cabinet. and before we've even ventured into August, the Gunners have already strengthened their team with three astute signings.
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Alexis is already on board. Will more follow?
So not only will there be no panic about players who could be on the way out of the Emirates this summer, the Arsenal faithful won't have to endure the frantic hyperbole that accompanies the pursuit of major signings come the final knockings of the transfer window either.
Indeed, it's as if Arsene Wenger's ambition was reignited by the club's most recent Wembley triumph, and while the overwhelming majority of Gooners will be delighted with their team's forays into the transfer market during the window, the good news for them is that things might be set to get even better.
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Wenger looks set to conduct even more business in the transfer window.
Could there be another marquee signing or two to join up with Wenger and this burgeoning Arsenal squad yet? Here's the very latest on three players who could help spearhead a push for domestic and European glory at the Emirates stadium this season.

Calum Chambers on the cusp of Arsenal transfer
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According to David Ornstein and Nabil Hassan of the BBC, the Gunners have agreed a fee of around £16 million with Southamptonfor the 19-year-old after Chambers underwent a medical on Friday.
Sky Sports have also reported a deal is close, as noted by their reporter Pete O’Rourke:
Chambers has only made 25 senior appearances for Saints but has caught the eye with his studious defending, impressive attacking bursts and a level of maturity that belies his years. Ted Knutson of StatsBomb provides us with a fascinating insight into the player's qualities here:
While the reported transfer fee of £16 million may appear somewhat substantial, Chambers is a player capable of nailing down a spot in this Arsenal team for the next few years.
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Chambers has already shown what he can do in the Premier League.
After all, he's already showcased his quality and shown that he's capable of standing up to the abrasive demands of the Premier League; under Wenger’s tutelage, he's going to improve extremely quickly.
James McNicholas of GunnerBlog thinks Chambers will be a fine acquisition:
Building for the future is vital for any side, and although so far in this window Wenger has brought in players who are ready to feature in the first team straight away, Arsenal supporters will have to be patient with Chambers and allow him to develop.
But with the Gunners set to embark on a trophy hunt in four separate competitions next season, the young defender should have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do and push for a place in the first team.

Gunners also want Morgan Schneiderlin
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Arsenal's pillaging of the south coast club might not stop there either, as reports have also surfaced suggesting that the Gunners have also made enquiries into the availability of Morgan Schneiderlin, as noted here by BBC's Ben Smith:
The combative midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, and according to James Phillips of Metro, Southampton have slapped a £27 million price tag on the player in an effort to put off potential buyers.
But stylistically, it's easy to see why Wenger would have isolated the Southampton midfielder as the player to add some steel to the base of his midfield. For Saints, the Frenchman has been unshakeably solid in his defence-shielding duties, as illustrated here by Who Scored:
While Arsenal have a host of intricate, ball-playing midfield players on their books, the squad is without a holding midfielder of genuine quality. Of course, Mathieu Flamini did a decent job in that position last season, but Schneiderlin would be a massive upgrade on his compatriot.
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Schneiderlin would add plenty of steel to the Arsenal midfield.
Again, the fee might seem somewhat steep, but this signing could potentially round off an almost perfect summer window for the Emirates outfit. The 24-year-old would add so much to this Arsenal engine room defensively, and his diligent influence would provide great insurance for when the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez make their forays forward.

Gino Peruzzi knows nothing of Emirates switch
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The 22-year-old Catania defender impressed in Serie A despite his side being relegated, leading to links with Arsenal. Indeed, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Hamish Mackay of the Mail Online), the Gunners have already met with Peruzzi about a move.
But the player himself has claimed that he's heard nothing in regards to a move away from Italy, per Sky Sports:
I heard about the interest of Arsenal, but the club has not told me anything.
I am calm and I think I will stay here. I am just thinking of Catania and I really want to bring the team back into Serie A.
Peruzzi shone at right-back for the majority of the campaign with Catania, but with a deal for Chambers apparently imminent—not to mention the fact that the Gunners already have Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson on board—it's difficult to see exactly where he'd fit into this Arsenal squad.
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With Chambers, Debuchy and Jenkinson, do Arsenal really need another full-back?
The Gunners look set to spend big money on Chambers, and he'll almost certainly feature prominently throughout the campaign but you suspect initially as back-up to Debuchy.
Peruzzi would be third choice at best when it comes to occupying the right-back slot, and as such, a move to the Emirates suddenly looks extremely unlikely

Great Business: Arsenal close to another superb deal – report

Published on July 26th, 2014 | by soccersweep

Great Business: Arsenal close to another superb deal – report

Arsenal’s transfer 

business hasn’t always

 been greeted with

 unanimous applause. But

 we have to say that this

 one looks like a brilliant

 singing for Arsene


Having just signed Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal’s immediate needs at right back are covered. But news today suggests that the long-term has also been catered for in that position as Arsenal close in on the brilliant Southampton youngster Calum Chambers.
He’s only played 23 times at senior level but Arsenal are apparently prepared to pay £12m for the lad.
It makes sense. At 19 he can play for Arsenal for nigh on 15 years. If he doesn’t make the grade then Arsenal can sell him for what is likely to be a minimal loss.
This move puts further question marks over the Arsenal future of Carl Jenkinson, who looked to have a bright future at the club but has not seen too much game time of late. You would have to assume that he has kicked his last ball for Arsenal – at least or a while.
Arsenal are closing in on a £12million deal for Southampton right-back Calum Chambers.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has only made 23 first team appearances for Southampton but Arsenal have seen enough to recognise his potential.
At just 19 Chambers will be expected to play second fiddle to Debuchy. But a player of this standard and drive will not be there to simply make up the numbers. He’ll get a decent amount of game time this season and push the Frenchman all the way for a first team spot – such is the quality of the lad.
Arsenal fans: happy that this deal looks close?

Arsenal’s summer spending spree shows Arsene Wenger isn’t as stubborn as many believe

Arsenal’s summer spending spree shows Arsene Wenger isn’t as stubborn as many believe

Arsenal’s summer spending spree shows Arsene Wenger in a new light
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks to be more comfortable spending money this summer (Picture: Getty Images)
For the last few years I’ve said that if Arsene Wenger had money available to him he would surely spend it. He isn’t stupid. If we could see the areas of the team that needed reinforcing then you could guarantee that he could as well.
There had to be a reason he wasn’t buying the players we needed.
Despite the board and Wenger both saying that financial restrictions had been in place, many believed that the Frenchman simply decided not to spend any money. This wasn’t helped by the board’s initial insistence, after the stadium move, that Wenger had money. But, in business, if you’re broke you certainly don’t announce it to the world.
Arsenal weren’t broke, but they may as well have been over the past ten years. Repaying the stadium debt as quickly as they could meant that they were forced to not only scour the bargain-basement for signings but lose many of the top names that they had at the club.
Wenger’s biggest fault during that time was not the stubbornness that he did show but rather his faith in players and his belief that they would remain loyal to him. Had the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy, Alex Song, Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini stayed, Arsenal would have had a squad to compete for more than just fourth place.
They didn’t and Wenger did the best he could with the resources available to him.
2014 was always going to be a landmark year for the club with the renewal of commercial deals and one which showed whether Wenger was being stubborn and stingy or hamstrung by circumstances.
He has wasted no time in throwing open his chequebook. £35m for Alexis Sanchez. £12m for Mathieu Debuchy. £3.5m for David Ospina and a reported £16m for Calum Chambers, a 19-year-old rightback who could cost more than Arsenal’s record signing in the pre-Mesut Ozil days. He also shows no signs of stopping there with a defensive midfielder also on his shopping list plus a centreback when Thomas Vermaelen leaves.
These are indeed exciting times to be an Arsenal fan and the nine years of hurt that led up to the club’s FA Cup win in May will just serve to make what is happening now all the more sweet.
Maybe one day Arsene will get around to writing that book and we will all know for sure what really went on after the move. I wouldn’t count on it, however. For a man who has taken the blame for everything at the club over the past nine years without complaint, a kiss-and-tell is likely to be the last thing on his mind.

Why Arsenal have dodged a bullet in not signing Loic Remy

Why Arsenal have dodged a bullet in not signing Loic Remy

We’ve all heard those Remy to Arsenal rumours, they’ve been going on for about a year now and finally this week that all came to an end. When it was announced that Loic Remy will be completing a permanent move to Liverpool I was amongst those Gooners who were relieved he hadn’t joined Arsenal.
At this time Arsenal are full of fresh ambition and new hope after winning the FA Cup and anyone who is bought this summer will have to fit in with that premise and Remy just doesn’t show that ambition.
If we want to win the league then we need a world class striker or at least someone who is very near to that potential and at 27 years old you could argue that Remy should be a lot further ahead in his career in terms of how he is rated by certain people.
Potential isn’t word that can be used on a 27 year old striker, he should be at the peak of his career or nearing it at the least but he is still lacking in certain areas. This could be improved especially if he gets the chance to play for a bigger club but he hasn’t been a stand out at his previous clubs so I can’t see it changing much even at Liverpool.
Remy is a good striker, but that’s it, just good. Last season at Newcastle he actually had a better goal to game ratio than Giroud at Arsenal and in terms of pace there is no denying Remy is much faster but I don’t think he is good enough for Arsenal. We need a solid fast out and out striker, a fox-in-the-box player who is always there to receive crosses from Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla and Remy isn’t the first name that springs to mind when you think of those qualities.
I’ve always been critical of Giroud but it’s always because I think he can be better than he is and during the World Cup we saw that with France, he is much stronger there and more confident in his finish within that team. At Arsenal it is another story, he is slow and often fails to be in the box when balls are being crossed, he also needs to work on his finishing but his strong points such as aerial challenges and contribution to play are what makes him a better choice than Remy.
I couldn’t see Remy and Giroud providing a good strike partnership even though they are strong in opposite areas of their game. There are aspects they could learn off each other but that will take too long, we need goals and a striker now, we don’t want to have to wait a year or so for two dull strikers to spark each other off somehow.
Neither of them are strong enough to be the main men for their teams either. Giroud with another decent striker alongside him could improve no end, Sanchez could be that but with Wenger’s recent statement indicating that he might be played on the flanks it might still mean that Giroud will be our main striker this season.
Without improvement he will struggle but Loic Remy was never the solution to this problem

Confirmed – Arsenal sign Ospina as Szczesny backup

Confirmed – Arsenal sign Ospina as Szczesny backup

Well is this turning into Arsenal’s best transfer window ever? Not only have Arsenal signed Debuchy, Sanchez and Chambers, but Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that we have bought the excellent David Ospina as a replacement for Fabianski.
At a fantastic price of just 4 million Euros, Ospina was always the best value keeper on the market, and Wenger thinks that the Colombian international will be challenging Wojciech Szczesny for the First XI jersey next season. ‘You know at the start Szczesny will be the No. 1, then again we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play,’ Wenger said yesterday.
Ospina has made 177 appearances for OGC Nice in France’s Ligue 1 over the last 6 years as well as 44 appearances for Colombia. He was certainly impressive in the Brazil World Cup where he played every game for his country until they were cruelly eliminated by the host country in the quarter-finals.
There have been more than a few occasions in the last few years when Wenger has dropped Szczesny to the bench, so the signing of Ospina will certainly keep him on his toes. And all Arsenal fans can be happy that we finally have TWO top-class keepers!
Feeling good…………….

Arsenal transfer rumours: Morgan Schneiderlin eyed as part of double Southampton swoop? according to the daily mirror

Arsenal transfer rumours: Morgan Schneiderlin eyed as part of double Southampton swoop?

As the transfer window clock keeps ticking away, clubs are beginning to line up their final big pieces of business. Here is what Arsenal are rumoured to be up to...

Christopher Lee
French connection: Wenger is a known admirer of the Les Bleus international
Here's all the latest stories coming out of the Emirates from today's newspapers and across the web...

Saint Calum

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has swooped for Southampton right back Calum Chambers in a £7million raid.
The Gunners have agreed a fee with Saints for the 19-year-old England youth capwho is now set to join the summer exodus from the south coast club.
Chambers will go to the Emirates to compete with newly-signed Newcastle and France defender Mathieu Debuchy for the right-back slot vacated by Bacary Sagna's free agent switch to champions Manchester City.
The move - which sees the teenager follow fellow Southampton youth products Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to north London - should now lead to the Gunners selling Carl Jenkinson.
We first reported Arsenal's interest in Chambers back in February , and Southampton let him go when he made it clear he was keen to join Wenger’s Champions League regulars.
The home-grown kid has played over 20 senior games already but Saints also have Nathaniel Clyne at his position and the blow is not too severe.

Saturday's Arsenal stories from other newspapers and websites

French connection

Arsenal could be about to step up their chase for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin .
Arsene Wenger has been an admirer for some time and with Calum Chambers now as good as in the bag he could turn his attention to the Frenchman.
The BBC report that the Gunners boss is very keen with indications from the player's camp that he would be keen on a switch.
Bitter rivals Spurs are also interested but do not have Champions League football to offer him.
One stumbling block could be the fee in play with the Guardian suggesting Southampton want more than £27million.

Spanish flee

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Belgian waffle: Vermaelen has been linked with an Emirates exit this summer
The future of Thomas Vermaelen has been firmly up in the air all summer.
Manchester United are extremely keen to do a deal for him with the player himselfinterested in a switch to Old Trafford.
But the Sun suggest that Barcelona have emerged as rival suitors for his services.
The Catalan giants have added Jeremy Mathieu to their defensive ranks but new boss Luis Enrique wants more.
Despite Barca's interest the paper reports the Belgian favours a move to United to stay in the Premier League.

Italian job

With the Chambers deal nearly done another of the Gunners right back targets has spoken out.
Catania defender Gino Peruzzi was heavily linked with a move earlier in the week.
But speaking at a press conference the Argentine played down such reports.
"I heard about the interest of Arsenal, but the club has not told me anything," he said.
"I am calm and I think I will stay here. I am just thinking of Catania and I really want to bring the team back into Serie A."
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