Chelsea want to sign out of favour Arsenal skipper and central defender Thomas Vermaelen, reports the Daily Express. The Blues want to the sign the 28-year old as a possible replacement for their Brazilian backup centre-back David Luiz, who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Vermaelen has been a backup centre-back at Arsenal for the last 21 months, owing to the superb success of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners’ defence, and some rumours suggest that the Belgian may want out of the club soon. Continue reading
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who has had a rather turbulent second season with the club, has declared in no uncertain terms that his immediate future will remain with the Gunners. The 27-year old has thereby alleviated fears that he may leave the Emirates in the summer for personal reasons.
Giroud was caught on camera with a model in a hotel room recently, following which there have been rumours of his family life being under some serious strain. Some unfounded reports claimed that the former Montpellier man was being forced to leave North London to save his marriage, but his insistence about staying on at Arsenal comes as a big relief to the Gunners. Continue reading
Southampton’s famous youth academy, which gifted the world its most expensive footballer till date in Gareth Bale, besides producing a number of other world class talents such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, is out with its latest product and Arsenal are lurking in the shadows desperate to swoop in and make him their own.
According to reports in the Mirror, prodigious English talent Callum Slattery has stalled on signing a professional contract with the Saints and an interested Gunner outfit has sent top scout Steve Rowley to go over and give the promising youngster a proper look-over in a youth game in order to determine his worthiness at North London. The 16 year old has impressed regularly in youth games at older age levels. Continue reading
With veteran right back Bacary Sagna not getting any closer to putting his name on a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger is forced to consider various greenhorn contenders for the right back position at Arsenal, the latest being Burnley full back Kieran Trippier.
Trippier is a product of the Manchester City youth academy, which he joined at the age of nine. He currently plays for Championship side Burnley and was named their player of the year for the season 2011-12 and made it into the PFA Championship Team of the season 2012-13. He has represented England in the under-18s right through to the under-21s, but his yet to make his senior international debut. His performances this season could very well end up ensuring his side secure promotion to the Premier League campaign 2014-15. Continue reading
After his failed experiment with Mikael Silvestre, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is expecting a different outcome from a similar procedure. According to reports in The Daily Star, the French tactician is contemplating making a bid for Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling.
Smalling was given a dressing down by United manager David Moyes, after he was pictured partying on the streets at 3a.m, while out of competitive action owing to a hamstring injury. His high spirits have not gone down well with the Red Devil faithfuls, still reeling from their side’s abysmal performances. The England international has few sympathizers left after, previously being caught on camera dressed as a suicide bomber, going to a fancy dress party. Continue reading
According to TalkSport, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had a discussion with Laurent Koscielny’s representatives this week regarding a contract extension in a bid to ward off growing interests from other clubs.
Koscielny’s performances so far this season have earned him glowing accolades, along with admiration from a number of clubs all over Europe, with the names of Bayern Munich and Monaco, shining the brightest on the list. And Wenger had reportedly identified that providing a new contract might be a strategy to protect the former Lorient man. Continue reading
Rodrigo Moreno Machado, or simply, Rodrigo, the 23 year old striker from Benfica had been admired for long by Premier League hotshots, Liverpool and Arsenal, and finally, both clubs are preparing offers of their own, after having recognised his uncertainty about his future at Lisbon, reports TalkSport.
On being asked where he sees himself at the end of this season, Rodrigo responded by saying, “I do not know what will happen next year. I really like Benfica. Of course there is interest in playing in other leagues, but playing at Benfica, the club that I like, would not be too bad either.” Continue reading