Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today said his Gunners needed to buy a new striker, hours later the Gunners announced the signing of FC Koln striker and German international Luka Podolski. The German club risked losing their prized asset for nothing next summer as his contract was set to expire.
On his move to Arsenal the new Gunner said:
“The move to Arsenal gives me the opportunity to play at international level in a top European club,” Podolski told Cologne’s official website.
“I chose not to leave FC, but for this great opportunity in my sporting career.
“The decision for this step is not easy for me because FC Koln, the city and the fans are very special for me. I’ll wear the FC always in my heart. We must now concentrate all the forces together and focus exclusively on the league.”
On the signing of Podolski Arsene Wenger said:
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.”
I’m not too sure how Arsenal fans will react to hearing their former captain who left this summer to return to his childhood club FC Barcelona advice to his former teammate Robin van Persie.
The 28 year old Dutchman is having his best season at the club with the goals coming fast and often, recently the striker said that he’s in no hurry to negotiate a new contract with his club despite having 18 months left on his current contract.
“I don’t know if they will keep him. It is his decision,” Fabregas said of his former team-mate.
“At his age, if he wants to move it will be his last chance and if he wants to stay he will stay and retire at Arsenal. Continue reading Cesc Urges Robin van Persie To Leave The Gunners?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can’t seem to stay out the spotlight these days, he’s been the central figure of the Gunners this season especially after a humiliating 8-2 loss to Manchester United and losing 4-3 to Blackburn Rovers after being up 2-0.
This season by far has been the most trying for the Frenchman as he has been heavily criticized by fans and pundits for being stubborn in the transfer market to strengthen his squad, some have also labelled him as ignorant which he has been in the past.
That ignorance wore it’s ugly head once again over the weekend in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. After the match Clive Allen stretched his hand out to shake the hand of the Arsenal manager and he refused which infuriated Allen. The two men got into a heated confrontation and security had to separate them.
Continue reading Still Arsene Around
Arguably the biggest transfer saga football has ever seen finally came to an end as FC Barcelona completed the signing of midfielder Cesc Fàbregas on a reported five year contract said to be worth €40million with an eye opening buy-out clause inserted in it of €200million.
The 24-year old Spanish midfielder left the Catalan club in 2003 and joined Arsenal where he developed his game under the watchful eye of manager Arsène Wenger. After years of not winning any silverware at Arsenal the Spanish international grew frustrated and rumors of him making a return to his childhood club began surface.
Arsène Wenger always said his captain is not for sale at any price as he struggled to keep hold of his inspirational midfielder, today this battle has now been lost. Wenger said that they had to sell Fàbregas because he was no longer committed to the Gunners. Continue reading Cesc Fàbregas: Home Sweet Home
I’m sure Arsenal fans all around the globe have grown frustrated with the ongoing transfer speculation of midfielder and captain Cesc Fàbregas joining FC Barcelona.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger is determined to keep his star player and has said he’s not for sale at any price, although his manager is keen to keep him at the club the lure of winning league titles and the UEFA Champions League as Barcelona did recently at Wembley Stadium where they defeated newly crowned Barclay’s Premier League Champions Manchester United may play a key part in Fàbregas leaving the Gunners and joining the Catalan giants in the summer.
Recently the midfielder was quoted as saying: “Barca is the best team in the world and going there guarantees titles”. Continue reading Fàbregas: Deal Or No Deal
A match made in heaven or a heavenly match at Wembley? Saturday’s upcoming match promises to a football lover’s ultimate fantasy. Two of the most popular football clubs in the world – Manchester United and Barcelona – will go head to head for one of the most coveted titles at one of most prestigious venues in the world, Wembley Stadium in London.
Kick off is slated for 2:45 p.m EST and the ninety-plus minutes there after will determine which one of these great teams comes out on top. Barca has been cited as “having no true onfield weakness” and is by far an international favourite. Lionel Messi lead the way for the 3-peat, 2011-2012 Spanish league title champions and he has scored a whopping 49 goals in 46 games this season. However Barcelona has been labeled “tired” by Arsene Wenger while Sir Alex Ferguson adamantly asserts that Barcelona has no advantage over the Reds. Continue reading A Match Made In Heaven Or A Heavenly Match At Wembley?
French newspaper L’Equipe has claimed that 23 year old Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has grown frustrated with Arsenal’s lack of progress over the years and would consider a move to Old Trafford. Samir Nasri will be out of contract at the end of the 2011/12 season and could leave the Gunners on a free is he’s not given a new deal. Contract talks with the Frenchman and Arsenal have recently stalled and this would be an ideal time for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to make an offer for the midfielder.
I must admit that this would be a welcoming addition to Manchester United seeing that the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are on the brink o retirement and the skillful play maker will be a good addition in solving United’s burgeoning need for an attacking midfielder.
Patrice Evra recently suggested that his fellow Frenchman come to United by saying:
“If Samir comes, he has to know there is no room for mistakes, each year you are playing to win. That is Manchester United’s culture.
Each year it is a guarantee of a title, I have been at Manchester for five years now and I can’t remember how many trophies I have won. 13? 15? So, ‘Petit Prince’, if you want to become King you know where you have to go.”
Evra’s comment won’t go over well with Arsène Wenger and Arsenal fans who already have a dislike for the player who once stated that it’s “Men Against Boys” when United play against Arsenal. Ferguson has been an admirer of Nasri for some time now so an offer for the Frenchman is something that has the possibility of being made but there’s huge doubts that Arsène Wenger will listen to any offers from a title rival.
Despite having a wide variety of young and talented players at his disposal, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshire, Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela etc. Arsene Wenger has failed to guide his club to lift any major trophies.
The once cool and calm Wenger looks a shadow of the man he was back then, these days he’s more know for tossing water bottles to the ground in frustration and having the look of a broken man in his facial expressions. The pressure to win silverware placed on him by the fans seemed to have caught up to him and he can’t seem to figure a way to solve the problem.
How about doing what the owners and fans are dieing for Mr. Wenger?, Win Them A Trophy!
The Gunners were once in the running for a historic quadruple and Arsene Wenger himself had belief his team can succeed in doing so, this boost of confidence came after their big 1st leg win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League. Since that win over the Catalan Giants Arsenal went on to lose in the Carling Cup Final against Brimingham City, lost to a make shift Manchester United team in the FA Cup and lost their 2nd leg match to FC Barcelona and were eliminated, the final blow to landing any silverware came in their loss to Bolton Wanderers.
It’s been six years since The Gunners lifted any silverware, the last being the 2005 FA Cup where they defeated Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, a match in which they won on penalties with the deciding one scored by then captain Patrick Vieira.
Since then Vieira has moved on and has played for Inter Milan and is currently playing for big spenders Manchester City.The Gunners had won the English Premier League title the season before in unbelievable fashion by going undefeated and was thus branded as the Invincibles, over the years they have been anything but that.