Friday, September 30, 2011

Arsenal Still A Threat This Season

Arsenal have had an average start this season however many people have wrote them off as not a threat to winning a title this season. Arsenals forward Gervinho believes that the Gunners can still make a decent challenge for trophies and championships both this season and also in the future regardless of the loss of some key players in the Arsenal kit.

Gervinho recently completed a transfer of around the ten million pound mark in the summer from France, Lille which was quite a big challenge for the French player however he has revealed that he has really enjoyed playing for Arsenal FC this season and is very happy to be wearing the Arsenal shirt.

It has certainly not been the best start for Arsenal this season but there is still plenty of time to turn it all around and with a team as talented as Arsenals there is every chance they will be able to do this.

On a very similar note Gervinho also did not have the best start at Arsenal this season either as he was sent off on his first Premiership Match against Newcastle United after having a physical altercation with Joey Barton (who proved to be a very good actor more than a good football player in this match). Gervino is confident all this has been put behind him now and of course was very disappointed in the sequence of events but is now looking to the future of his time at Arsenal.

Moving forward it looks like Arsenal will need to start working together as a team more effectively if they want to be competing for titles, however with the great attitude that new player Gervinho seems to have, Arsenal still are in with a fighting chance of surprising everybody.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Per Mertesacker Signed For Arsenal

Arsenal FC have left a few of their transfers to the very last minute of the deadline however what appears to be happening is the signing of the German player Per Mertesacker and the deal is believed to be worth around the ten million pounds mark.

This move follows Andre Santos and appears that Arsenal are after more experience among their squad rather than up and coming youth players this season. This is in many ways a smart move as it these experienced and season ed players can help give the Arsenal team some much needed maturity and big match knowledge.

Mertesacker is a very dominating presence on the football pitch standing a massive 6 foot 6 inches which will no doubt strengthen the Arsenal defence which really does needs big improvements. With such a large sized player, Arsenal is going to have to custom make one of the biggest Arsenal kit and Arsenal shirt for the new German defender.

In terms of experience the German has some superb achievements under his belt and that includes 75 caps playing for Germany. Furthermore he has also played in the Bundesliga for a full 8 seasons, accumulating a total of 221 appearances and most impressively scoring 19 goals.

Of course this deal is not 100% finalized yet however it appears that is everything but a done deal and will become 'official in the next 24 hours. With the highly publicized thrashing Arsenal suffered recently to the hands of Manchester United it does seem like a very good move to bring in this caliber of talent to strengthen the Arsenal squad as a whole.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Who is Juan Mata?

Juan Mata is the player who are reportedly getting closer to sign for Arsenal. However many of the fans are not so familiar with the player and the history of the player. So we bring to you some information for you to know Juan Mata better.

After a youth career that took in stops at Oviedo and Real Madrid, winger Juan Mata signed with Valencia in 2007. The 23-year-old has scored 33 goals in 129 appearances for the club, adding four more in 11 appearances for the Spanish senior side.

Despite owning World Cup medals, Mata and Spain teammate Javi Martinez were both part of Spain's Under-21 side that beat Switzerland 2-0 in the final in Denmark on Saturday to clinch a unique double. According to Uefa, no player has ever won a World Cup and then an Under-21 championship.

At 5' 7" Mata won't muscle anyone off the ball but relies on speed to beat opponents and appears to have modeled his game after that of Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, who he has said was a hero in his youth. Indeed, it has been suggested that he would be a perfect replacement for the Welshman at Old Trafford though Liverpool and Manchester rivals City may still have something to say about that.

By way of an introduction, here are five factoids (descriptions doubtless featuring varying degrees of accuracy) about Mata:
- "Thoughtful and softly spoken, the young Spaniard is regarded as one of the country's finest prospects. Mata represents Spain's new generation ...

"The Valencia number 10, who predominantly plays on the left wing for club and country, started out in Real Madrid's cantera or youth system, after joining as a 15-year-old from Real Oviedo, the former club of his father, Juan Mata Senior, who was also a footballer and now acts as his agent. It was the disappointment of being released that made Mata eager to prove that he was a footballer capable of playing at the highest level. Being let go didn't surprise him, given the importance Real Madrid placed on superstar signings at the turn of the century rather than looking to promote players from their youth ranks." (Four Four Two)

- "The price may be a little steep but Mata is worth it. The son of a soccer player, he joined Real Oviedo at 12 and Real Madrid at 15. He won the European U-19 Championships with Spain in 2006 and was second top scorer, named Player of the Tournament. The Real Madrid Castilla side he joined in Spain's Second Division included Jordi Codina, Miguel Torres, Sergio Sánchez, Javi García, Estéban Granero, Rubén de la Red (who has been forced to retire with heart trouble), Adrián, and Álvaro Negredo. All of them are First Division players, but only one of those is still at Madrid -- and Esteban Granero returned to the club after a spell at Getafe. Opportunities were limited. So Mata, too, moved on - forcing an exit to join Valencia at 19...

"Fast, skillful, and creative -- dangerous heading up the left wing or inside from the right, dashing from deeper beyond the front two - he has an impeccable touch and swift, precise passing. As he has shown at the European U-21 championships, he can also take a more central, playmaker's role." (Sports Illustrated)

- "You can't help but be impressed by the technical ability of Juan Mata but his durability is also to be noted. For such a small player he rides challenges well is robust enough to keep possession and has pace to get out of trouble.

"He emerged from the shadows of David Villa and David Silva at Valencia when Ronald Koeman put trust in him and gave him the platform to perform. Koeman deserved more credit but didn't last long at Valencia.

"Yet now Mata looks set to follow Silva and Villa out the door. He is being valued at around £21m but looks to be worth it." (Daily Mail)

- "He didn't just excel on the pitch in Madrid, either. While at the club Mata studied journalism at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Presumably this makes him that rare player who can make the headlines on the pitch - and then write them up himself afterwards." (Daily Mirror)

- "He is a clever player who possesses great pace, intelligence and has a good goalscoring ability." (MTN Football)

In his own words:
Mata was 13 when he watched Giggs play in a Champions League game at the Mestalla that ended in a 0-0 draw (the Spanish club reached the Champions League final in 2001, losing to Bayern Munich in Milan)

"That year saw I many games in the Champions League when Hector Cuper's Valencia reached the final in Milan, and remember talking a lot with my friends in class about Giggs," said Mata. "I remember him being left-footed like me and I paid special attention to his movement." (AS via

"I like Nani a lot, Chicharito, who I have played against with Spain. Dimitar Berbatov has a lot of class. Like Giggs, Paul Scholes is one of the greats of Man United's history. He is very complete: he can push up and play behind the strikers scoring a lot of goals, he has a great shot; he can sit deeper and play, he has superb technique and vision and passes brilliantly. I like him a lot. He's one of the best there has been." (The Guardian)

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