Arsenal have a rich lineage of frightening strikers lighting up English football, with everyone from Ian Wright to Thierry Henry striking fear into rival defenders. But the Gunners have looked anaemic on the forwards front in recent times and the problem was exacerbated when Olivier Giroud injured his ankle last weekend. Radamel Falcao could change all of that with one swoosh of his right-boot, provided Arsenal manage to grab his signature before Monday night. Despite the constant rumours, there has been the nagging feeling that Arsenal’s name has been thrown into the hat purely as a lazy exercise. But the Metro are confident that Real Madrid have dropped out of the race for Moncao star, thus paving the way for Arsenal to walk up to the counter and pay the bill. Continue reading
AS Roma have made a habit of beating Arsenal in the transfer market this summer and following on the heels of Kostas Manolas’ arrival this week, the Metro reports that the Italian outfit have now won the race for PSG starlet Adrien Rabiot. The 19 year old has been incessantly linked with the Gunners in recent times, despite a striker being the main priority for Arsene Wenger. There were rumblings from a few quarters about Wenger’s reported interest in yet another midfielder but in a bittersweet move, the Frenchman should complete a £11.4m transfer to Roma before Monday night. Continue reading
Arsenal have had a rumour mill link going with German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg for a few months now with the Gunners linked with their Brazilian defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo and the German side linked with a move for Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.
Both of those rumours were put to bed today with Wolfsburg’s Managing Director responding to queries from the press. When quizzed about rumours of Gustavo’s departure Wolfsburg’s MD said, ‘A lot of rumours. He wants to stay. We want to keep him.’ Continue reading
Picture Arsene Wenger in Lady Gaga’s video of Poker face and you’ll get an idea of the playful mood the French tactician is in, in the run up to transfer deadline day with the Arsenal Manager promising fans that he will be ‘active’ on deadline day on the lookout for some last minute deals that could improve Arsenal’s squad.
Wenger in his press conference today said, “Yes it is harder to buy top top players. The last few days are poker games. You have to call people’s bluff. I like to play poker games and I’m quite good at poker.” Continue reading
The Arsenal career of Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel could well be at an end with the Daily Mail reporting that the Gunners are set to accept a 1.5 million pound offer from Norwich City for the young Spanish centre back, who has struggled to make his mark at the Emirates.
A dropout from Barcelona’s training academy La Masia, Miquel spent 4 seasons with UE Cornellà before joining Arsenal in 2008 as a 16 year old. Miquel has featured a few times for Spanish youth teams, but despite his 6 feet 4 inch frame has failed to live up to the hype surrounding his ability and made just 12 appearances on loan at Leicester City last season. Continue reading
Arsenal’s pursuit of Italian winger Alessio Cerci was handed a twin boost yesterday with the player’s club Torino leaving the 27 year old out of their crucial Europa League clash, citing he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play in such a crucial match. Then Torino’s chairman also confirmed international interest in the Italian international and affirmed that the player could be sold this summer.
Arsenal have been linked with the £15m rated left winger for many a year now, but it appears that the Gunners are finally set to move for the player this summer. Arsenal could face competition for his signature from Everton and Manchester United, however, with both teams already having decent options on the left wing, Arsenal will be favourites to sign the forward. Continue reading
We’ve entered silly season as far as transfer rumours are concerned and the Metro reports that Arsenal are set to offer a 20 million pound loan fee to AS Monaco in an attempt to sign Colombian super striker Radamel Falcao.
While Monaco’s loan fee demands might be factually correct, it is virtually impossible to see Arsenal pay that kind of a sum to take a player on loan. It would be more realistic to assume Arsenal paying twice that figure to sign Falcao permanently, but to spend that much on just loaning him for a season seems absolutely ludicrous and we’re going to have to completely rubbish this rumour on the grounds of simple common sense. Continue reading