After the euphoria of signing Mesut Ozil died down, Arsenal fans will have come back down to earth again when they realised that Nicklas Bendtner was still at the club. The 25-year-old Denmark international striker has not featured in the Gunners first team for over two years, his last appearance coming in the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool in August 2011. He spent most of the 2011-12 campaign on loan at Sunderland, where he found the net eight times in 28 Premier League appearances, before joining Juventus last term, although he only started two.
After a difficult few weeks in the transfer market, Arsenal prepare to take on Tottenham in the north London derby this week with depleted resources. Arsene Wenger though is ready to stick to his tried and tested methods by bringing in young players to fill the void in the squad. After giving the likes of Ryo Miyaichi and Yaya Sanogo opportunities against Fenerbahce, more talented teenagers are in line to play at the weekend. Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry are other options who could get some game time, if Wenger fails to bring anybody else in
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks that the Gunners’ desperation to sign players is pricing them out of the market but he is adamant that Arsene Wenger must strengthen his squad if another trophy-less season is to be avoided at the Emirates. Having seen Arsenal slip to a humbling 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, Parlour was particularly concerned by the lack of depth in Wenger’s squad and even jokingly suggested that he could be in line for a recall. “The squad is so thin that I could probably get a game
There have been many top youngsters to roll off the Arsenal production line in recent years, and American midfielder Gedion Zelalem looks like he’ll be the next after a strong showing in pre-season. Arsenal have worked hard to bring Zelalem over to north London despite possible work permit complications, and he is now proving his worth. The new Cesc Fabregas, is what people are saying, and the comparisons are easy to make. Zelalem is excellent on the ball, a superb pass-master and a real battler. He has heart, spirit and is a down to earth yo
Arsenal have completed the signing of Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo, ending Arsene Wenger's lengthy hunt for a youthful centre forward. The Gunners, who are set to confirm the £22million arrival of Gonzalog Higuain within days, have moved for Sanogo as Wenger freshens up his striking options. Maraoune Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Benik Afobe have all been told they can leave the Emirates Stadium, after months of speculation, proving those.
Arsenal’s transfer dealings for the summer have begun in earnest with news striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to secure a £22m move to the Emirates by the end of the week. The Real Madrid forward, who scored 18 goals last season, is said to want a new challenge away from La Liga and the Gunners could certainly do with a fresh face up front to bolster their attacking line. Gervinho is reportedly attracting interest from Marseille and Marouane Chamakh is likely to leave the club this summer; that leaves Olivier Giroud as Arsene Wenger’s only out
Arsenal hope to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Julio Pleguezuelo Selva at the end of the season – even though it will anger the Catalan club. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a rich habit of poaching top talents from Barcelona in recent years, with the likes of Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and even Cesc Fabregas all heading to north London from the Spanish club. But despite a long-running feud developing, Arsenal have moved in again this time for exciting central defender Selva. The youngster, who has been compared to Carles Puyol, is
Kyle Ebecilio has revealed he turned down moves to PSV and Anderlecht to join FC Twente from Arsenal last week. The Holland Under-19 midfielder has agreed to return to his homeland with Twente at the end of the season, with the Gunners opting not to stand in his way. And according to the player himself, Ebecilio had a choice of different options. 'The first team I spoke to was PSV,' he told Twente's website. 'Then I spoke with Twente and Anderlecht. Last week I took the plunge - FC Twente was the one for me.'
So the Champions League final is upon us. The greatest club competition in the world is almost over, and the Road to the Final is nearly complete. Bayern Munich will play Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final to be held at Wembley. I for one, cannot wait. The Champions League inspires memories of the best players, the biggest clubs and the most amazing matches. And as a venue, Wembley is a perfect choice.