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The transfer window may have slammed firmly shut until the summer but that has not stopped the rumour mill turning at Arsenal.

However, most of the talk has been about manager Arsene Wenger and whether or not he will still be in charge next season.

The smart money seems to be on the Frenchman leaving and, unless the Gunners can pull off a miracle in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich, he may have no choice.

The fans have become disillusioned with mediocrity at the north London club and an unwillingness to bring in world-class names.

One superstar who did arrive is Alexis Sanchez but the Chile international has been linked with a summer exit.

At 28, he is still at the peak of his powers and could command a first-team place in most top European clubs, and Arsenal may have to work extremely hard in the summer to keep him on their books.

Mesut Ozil is a player who has flattered to deceive this season and another who might be on his way at the end of the campaign.

The Germany international appears to drift in and out of games and is as likely to be ineffective as he is to create a goal with a precision pass or match-winning piece of skill.

The fans have not turned on him yet but how much patience will they show?

One man who has had to show patience is forward Lucas Perez, who has made only six top-flight appearances since making the move from Deportivo La Coruna last summer.

The 28-year-old has scored six goals from 15 outings in all competitions but is not a first-team regular and may have his sights set on a future in Milan.

The Spaniard is clearly not in Wenger’s plans but would he feature more if a new coach is at the helm next term?

Another player rumoured to be on the radar of other clubs is England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The former Southampton man seems to have been around for ever but is still only 23 years of age and has most of his career ahead of him.

He has never been a regular fixture in the Arsenal side and it remains to be seen whether the talented youngster wants to try his luck elsewhere.

The Portsmouth-born ace has been on top form in recent months despite the team’s struggles but rumours suggest Everton and Manchester City could battle for his signature in the off-season.

Arsenal are 10 points off table-topping Chelsea with 13 games to go and even punters looking for the best matched bet promotions might struggle to find a reason to back them to lift the trophy in May.

The news that Santi Cazorla is now out for the rest of the season will do nothing to lift the mood around the Emirates Stadium and it may well be down to the FA Cup to give the Gunners’ faithful a much-needed boost.

They next face minnows Lincoln City in the quarter-finals and, if Wenger is to lift one more trophy during his time in the capital, it will surely have to come in the world’s oldest cup competition.

Jon Toral gets another Arsenal chance with Rangers move

Jon Toral made his Rangers debut this weekend as he looks to get his career back on track.

The Spanish midfielder has long been one of Arsenal’s best prospects, but having spent so much time on loan without being given a chance, his future is uncertain.

He started this year on-loan at Granada in La Liga, after doing so well at Birmingham City last year, before moving on to Rangers after a lack of playing time.

It’s a difficult move – but he can take heart from Gideon Zelalem, who spent time with The Gers in 2016. He became one of their best passers, runners and tacklers in central midfield and now Toral will hope he can thrive in the same way.

Toral made his debut this weekend and Arsene Wenger will no doubt be watching on to see how it all goes. Will he make this spell count and end up becoming a big star or will he be Arsenal’s latest big talent who doesn’t live up to the hype?

Only time will tell.

Matt Macey set to leave Arsenal to show his full potential

After weeks of speculation, Arsenal look to have finally sorted out their goalkeeper situation for the new season.

David Ospina will stay and be back up to Petr Cech, despite huge speculation he could leave, and Wojciech Szczesny has re-joined Roma on-loan, this time with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
That leaves just the third choice to be sorted, and while Matt Macey has filled that role In recent years, he now looks set to leave.
Indeed, all the talk now is that Emi Martinez will be hanging around to be third choice while Macey moves on-loan to get experience.
Swansea were linked with trying to buy him at the end of the season, with people betting on the deal happening along with other lines for soccer.
But a lower division move now looks more sensible so he can play regular minutes and show everybody what’s he’s all about.

Only time will tell

Serge Gnabry’s bold call looks to have saved his Arsenal career

Serge Gnabry has been considered a big talent at Arsenal for a long time, but he’s never quite managed a break through.

His loan last season to West Brom was seen as the perfect chance for him to get game time and cement himself as a Premier League are.
But he hardly featured and was heavily slammed by West Brom’s Head Coach Tony Pulis – who claimed he had a lot to learn.
Gnabry returned to Arsenal for pre-season training but then made the bold move to reject playing for the Gunners in their warm-up matches, opting to instead go to the Olympics to play for Germany.
He’s rejected the chance to be in Arsene Wenger’s early thoughts to play in Rio – and it was a major call to make.
What a decision it was though.
Gnabry has proven he made the right call by scoring goals for fun out in Brazil. His latest brace came against Fiji and he’s been one of the star players in the men’s football.
My tip is that Gnabry could return and feature a bit this season before another loan spell in January. You can get more tips and latest Premier League lines here.

Either way, opting to go the Olympics was bold but it could have just saved Gnabry’s Arsenal career.​

Why Riyad Mahrez is the missing piece in the Arsenal puzzle…

Ever since Leicester lifted the title last year there has been speculation as to if they could hang on the key players that inspired them to win the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy has elected to stay with the Champions despite the lure of the Emirates and N’Golo Kante has headed to London, alas to the blue side of the city. But the player that arguably lit up the most stadia from Newcastle to Southampton was Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez (25) was a revelation last season contributing 17 goals and 14 assists in 37 games and forming a devastating partnership with Vardy. This return earned him the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for 2015/16. Links with a top club were inevitable and Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer.

As the start of the new season looms it looks like Arsenal may well get their man with a £37million move featuring heavily in the press and Mahrez would fit in well as a Gunner. Wenger needs to improve on the 2nd place that he has become so familiar with and its goals he needs to help propel Arsenal just that little bit further up the table.

Olivier Giroud is a good striker but his conversion rate is a source of frustration to most Arsenal fans, Danny Wellbeck and Theo Walcott have both suffered with injuries as has Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell is seemingly out of favour. Not since Robert Pires have Arsenal had a truly world-class winger who can bring flair, pace and goals to the side. The assists Mahrez brings could also well help Giroud find the back of the net with a greater frequency as his ability to unlock Premiership defences is known and feared.

This has to be the season for Arsenal, Wenger’s current contract is in his final year and he has a truly talented team that just needs a few key positions strengthened to mount a major challenge. On that note another centre back would also be a priority to help stiffen the back line in the temporary absence of the injured Mertesacker.

Bet on Brazil have Arsenal at 6/1 to lift the title next year, odds that will surely drop if Mahrez is brought on board. There are also some great prices on top goal-scorer so head on over to www.betonbrazil.com and back the Gunners to glory.

Rob Holding already looks a great Arsenal signing

You could be forgiven for not knowing much about Rob Holding before he signed for Arsenal a few days ago.

The 20-year-old had only played a few times for Bolton last season, and despite winning their Player of the Year award, many onlookers suggested he still had a lot to prove.

That didn’t stop Arsenal though.

They signed him up in a £2million deal – to the surprise of many – and Holding has since played in both pre-season matches in America.

Arsenal negotiated for a while, just like Titanbet have been trying a free bet for a while.

He impressed in the victory over MLS All-Stars on his debut, but Holding really showed his class against Chivas last night, scoring a goal and generally showing his ability.

The future looks bright for Rob and if you’re a betting man, click here to bet on him being a key part of Arsenal’s success in the upcoming campaign.

Arsenal’s best times have come with a strong, English central defender at the back, and Rob Holding could just be the latest to fill that role.

Arsenal legend Tony Adams makes surprise return

Tony Adams is returning to Arsenal next season to work with the Under-18 team.

Adams, a true Gunners legend, will work with Thierry Henry as assistant U18 coaches with current Under-16 boss Kwame Ampadu expected to be the manager.

This is a major signal of intent from Arsenal who are keen to bolster their coaching options by turning to former players – something that we haven’t done in the past.

Adams has management experience, previously working for Wycombe, Portsmouth and Gabala, and while things didn’t always go well, there’s no doubting he has a lot to offer.

I’m interested to see the balance between Adams’ defence knowledge and Henry’s striker knowledge, which should give the youth team total balance.

Henry is expected to sign his contract with Arsenal after Euro 2016, where he is working as a pundit for the BBC. Make sure you follow bethut’s Euro 2016 News for more on that.

Overall, Arsenal’s youth teams have been a bit of a mess for years and fans will be pretty excited by this news of two legends returning – to try and move the club forward.

Will another Jack Wilshere be just around the corner? We can only hope so.