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 Goal.com)

"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)

*credit to http://www.fanhouse.co.uk

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Will the Purchase of Jagielka and Mata Bring Title to Emirates?


Arsène Wenger intends to ease the transfer window frustration of Arsenal supporters with successful moves for the Everton defender Phil Jagielka and the Valencia winger Juan Mata.

The manager has waged a battle throughout the summer to retain his captain, Cesc Fábregas, and the midfielder Samir Nasri, and it has felt, even to a section of the club’s board, that he has done so to the detriment of seeking new signings.

Fábregas looks certain to get his long-touted switch to Barcelona – Wenger wants the issue resolved in the coming days – while Nasri is likely to be held to the terms of his contract, which has 12 months to run. He could then depart on a highly lucrative Bosman free transfer.

The arrivals of Jagielka and Mata, together with the short-term retention of Nasri, would go some way to answering the critics. Wenger has already seen one bid for Jagielka, of around £12m, rejected by Everton but he is preparing a renewed offer that he hopes will force the Merseysiders’ hand.

Mata would not be a like-for-like replacement for Fábregas. The 23-year-old tends to play on the left, although he could play in a central position. He has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players after his starring role for Spain’s Under-21s in their triumphant European Championship campaign last month. He was also a part of the victorious senior squad at the World Cup finals last summer.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Arsene, Are We Going To Be A Big Team Sometimes This Century?


Considering the latest football scores, you would say that Arsenal is ready to challenge the title this year. However, Arsene Wenger has other plans…again. Even if the board members allowed a huge budget this year, saying that the manager can spend as long as he wants to create a really strong team, the only new names in the team are Gervinho and Jenkinson, the defender from Charlton. Moreover, with Denilson borrowed to Sao Paulo and with a few other players on the leave, Arsenal will have to rely on the youngsters once more.

Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of our team. The latest football scores show that our youngsters are the best in the world, as they were last year, and two years ago and so. However, this is not the method to create a strong team. Just look at Liverpool and Manchester City. They are spending tons of millions every year, and they don’t have such great objective like ours. We understand you, Arsene. After twenty years when you had to make a great team with 10 millions a year, is it hard to spend 100. However, if Fabregas leaves for Barcelona, we don’t care about the great latest football scores, we don’t care if we have the best youngsters in the world. We want you to invest some money into a great team that will bring real trophies, not honor and a great game. Please, Wenger, can you do this for us at least one?

Signed

A Frustrated Arsenal Fan

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wenger Look at Germany Centre-Back for £7 million



Per Mertesacker is back in Arsenal's transfer plans, as Arsene Wenger continues his efforts to strengthen his defence.

The Gunners were strongly linked with the Germany centre-back in January, but he eventually opted to remain at Werder Bremen.

Mertesacker, who has described the prospect of a move to the Premier League as 'attractive', has just 12 months left on his contract.

Wenger is now considering taking advantage of that situation by making a cut-price £7 million offer for the 26-year-old, reports the People.

As well as the physical presence Arsenal have been missing, Mertesacker has more top-level experience than many of the other central defenders Wenger has been looking at.

The Gunners boss remains keen on Bolton Wanderers' England international Gary Cahill and is also expected to make a bid for Christopher Samba of Blackburn Rovers.

Everton's Phil Jagielka was strongly linked with a move to The Emirates last summer and Wenger has not ruled out renewing his interest in the £15 million-rated England defender


Monday, April 11, 2011

Jens Lehmann & His Arsenal Return

Jens Lehmann has been talked out of retirement to play for Arsenal FC once again due to the lack of goalkeepers available to Arsene Wenger in the last month. Lehmann was only planning on being used for one match to help Wenger out of a bind however he has found himself being used much more than he initially planned and was playing against Blackpool on Sunday.

While Lehmann has stated that he was happy in retirement, he has also said that the rush of adrenaline that he has felt since gloving back up for the Gunners has been phenomenal. The need for him to play more games has come as a result of the main goal keeper choice Manuel Almunia being injured which opened up a space for the former retired goal keeper to put his Arsenal football shirts back on and return to his old club.

Manuel Almunia knee seems to be the issue and so the Arsenal fitness team will be looking into it over the coming days to see if he needs a few weeks off to recover. If this is the case then Lehmann might find himself needing to dust off his sports holdall and get back into a decent training regime as he might be needed for many more games in the near future.

Not only is this a surprise to Lehmann, it must be a great compliment to his skills that even after retirement he is still held in high regard to play for one of the top premiership football teams. We look forward to hopefully seeing some more of the German goal keeper in the near future, however we do also hope that Alumnia gets back to full fitness as soon as possible.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Arsenal vs Barcelona Champions League Preview

The first knockout round of the Champions League begins this week and without much argument, the biggest tie of the round is Arsenal vs Barcelona. The two sides met last season at the quarter final stage of the competition, with Barcelona eventually winning comfortably 6-3 on aggregate.

Once again, the first leg is at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal fans will be hoping that their side start off better than they did last year. Barcelona played some fantastic football in the first fifteen minutes of the game and very few would argue that those wearing Arsenal shirts were fortunate not to concede a few goals early on.

Barcelona are currently the favourites to win the Champions League this year and they have been on excellent form all season. The majority of people have written off Arsenal’s chances of beating Barcelona over two legs, but do Arsenal have a realistic chance of pulling off an upset?

Usually at this point of the season, Arsenal have several key players out injured which upsets the balance of the side and causes huge problems when the team faces a great side like Barcelona. This time around, however, the Gunners only have Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski out as long-term injuries. Samir Nasri is doubtful, but he should certainly be back in time for the second leg.

For the majority of the season, Arsenal have only been playing with one man up front. They started the season by using Marouane Chamakh in this role because Robin van Persie was out injured, but now that the Dutch striker is back and in form, he will certainly start the game.

It would be anticipated that Arsenal will line up with five in midfield, with Alex Song and Jack Wilshere both playing in a deeper role, but supporting Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park when they can. Theo Walcott has been playing well in recent weeks and should start out in the right, with Andrei Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky most likely battling it out for the wide left position.

Arsenal’s defence should lineup with Gael Clichy at left back, Bacary Sagna at right back and Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as the centre halves. In goal, Arsenal may decide to use Manuel Almunia due to his experience rather than Wojciech Szczesny, who has been playing for the club regularly in the league.

With this type of set up, Arsenal will need to keep the ball for extended periods of time, which is not an easy task against Barcelona. As Barcelona proved against Real Madrid in December, they are not just a team who work hard when they have the ball, they can also press extremely well and cause the opposing team to make several mistakes.

Arsenal will have to be at the top of their game and take any chance that is give to them. They should be looking to use Walcott’s pace against either Abidal or Maxwell down the right hand side and produce good deliveries to van Persie, who has been on good goal scoring form for the past couple of months. The absence of Carlos Puyol for Barcelona will be a major positive for the Gunners. Arsenal’s defence would be the main worry, especially in the central areas. The team do not look as solid without Vermaelen and coming up against players like Pedro, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and David Villa may prove very difficult for them.

A lot of pressure is off Arsenal because they are definitely the underdogs going into this match, which should help to ease their nerves. If they are to win this tie, you would have to say that they need to win the match on Wednesday night because the game at the Nou Camp will be their toughest of the season so far. Arsenal were destroyed at the Nou Camp last season and many would argue that Barcelona are a better side this season. Arsenal, however, also seem to be on better form this season, so it should be a fantastic match.

Written by Eddie Smith, a sports writer who likes to talk about new football shirts.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

10 out of 9 for Nicklas Bendtner!!


Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has scored highly in 'self-perceived competence' after Arsenal's sport psychologist Jacques Crevoisier revealed that the Danish striker's mark was off the scale.

Bendtner has made several comments in the media over the years highlighting his belief in himself and many have suggested that his confidence borders on arrogance. However, Arsenal use psychological tests to determine their players' mental abilities in relation to their footballing abilities and the striker is certainly not lacking in one area.

"One of the categories is called 'self perceived competence,' i.e. how good the player himself thinks he is,'' Crevoisier told Swedish magazine Offside. ''On a scale up to 9, Bendtner got 10! We have never seen that before. Pat Rice [Arsenal's assistant manager] was sitting next to me and couldn't stop laughing.

"When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn't his fault. You might say that's a problem, and to a certain degree it can be. But you can also view it as this guy has a remarkably ability to come back after set-backs."

The test is made-up of 117 questions designed to test players' self-belief, concentration levels and determination and is overseen by Crevoisier, who specialises in working with young French players at France's Clairefontaine academy as well as the Gunners' stars.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nasri Claimed His Third PFA Awards





Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been named the ESPN PFA Fans' Player of the Month for January - the third time in the past four months that he has picked up the award.


Nasri has continued to excel as the Gunners' leading creative light this season and is one of the bookies' favourites to pick up the PFA Footballer of the Year Award in April, as voted for by his fellow professionals.

The France midfielder beat off stiff competition from Carlos Tevez, Nemanja Vidic, Frank Lampard and Gareth Bale to claim the gong that he also won in October and December.

Nasri scored twice in January, helping to defeat Birmingham on New Year's Day, before netting the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Leeds United in an FA Cup third-round replay.

But he was injured in Arsenal's FA Cup fourth-round victory over Huddersfield and will need to produce some sensational displays in the second half of February if he is to win a third successive ESPN PFA Fans' award, as he is now facing at least two weeks out.

The Championship prize was won by Leeds United's Robert Snodgrass, who enjoyed an outstanding month - scoring goals against both Cardiff and Arsenal.

His impressive form on the flank has helped put the Yorkshire outfit in a position to challenge for an automatic promotion place.

ESPN PFA Fans' Awards - January winners:

Premier League: Samir Nasri (Arsenal)

Championship: Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United)

League One: Shwan Jalal (Bournemouth)

League Two: Cody McDonald (Gillingham)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Arsenal Are Looking Again at Colombian Striker


Arsenal are looking at Porto striker Radamel Falcao, according to reports from Portugal.

The Gunners looked at signing the Colombian striker two years ago but failed to snatch him from the Portugese side. However, after hitting 53 goals in 64 games for Porto, Arsenal are believed to be looking again.

The problem for Arsene Wenger is that Falcao’s release clause is set at 30 million euro – over £25 million – but a report in the Portugese newspaper A Bola suggests that Porto are already looking at a replacement in Rogelio Funes Mori from Argentine club River Plate – a player Manchester United have also looked at – and could be ready to cash in on one of their prized assets if they can bring in an immediate replacement.

source : minmex

Friday, January 7, 2011

Is He The Next Gunners Player Barcelona Wanna Steal?


Are recent transfer rumours emerging from Arsenal and Barcelona hinting at a move for Samir Nasri away from the Emirates Stadium? It seems so...

Arsenal’s Samir Nasri is arguably the most attractive footballer in the English Premier League right now. He is his club’s top scorer with 9 goals in the chart despite not being a striker. His consistent performance, his attacking instinct, and his formidable ball control has – according to Tribalfootball.com – transform him into a hot target in the eyes of Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola.

It has also been reported by the media in Catalonia that the Blaugrana are considering the idea of luring Samir Nasri away from Arsenal in the near future – especially if they fail to acquire Cesc Fabregas. But how could that be possible or even true?

Well, agent Jean-Pierre Bernes’ recent comments over Nasri’s future at the Emirates will only create more room for rumours to resound loudly. It is understood that Arsenal are looking forward to see the French midfielder sign a contract extension at the club. However, when Sky Sports News asked Bernes about the situation, the agent replied:

“We are in discussions to extend his contract. Then, we will see afterwards what direction Samir [Nasri] would want to take in his career.”

Like Barcelona’s recent signing Ibrahim Afellay presumed the last time out, it is impossible for any player not to dream about playing for the Catalans. Samir Nasri has never enjoyed silverware with Arsenal.

A transfer to Barcelona may help him achieve much more success in terms of trophies and status worldwide. In the meantime, Coach Arsene Wenger would want his players - including Samir Nasri - to focus for Arsenal's upcoming match against Leeds in the FA Cup.

source : livesoccertv

Thursday, January 6, 2011

BORING BORING CITY!

Arsenal       0
Man City    0

Summary of the game:

- Arsenal played a very constructive game. Total football I can say.
- Arsenal still lack of finishing. Plus luck on the City's side when Gunners hit the post 3 times on the 1st half.
- All the Gunners players played very well with their individual and teamwork ability.
- City played a very boring game. Obviously defensive play.
- Joe Hart played very well for City.
- Sagna and Zabaleta shouldn't be off! Bad referee decision.
- Ball possession: Arsenal 62% - 38% Man City
- Shot on target : Arsenal 5 - 0 Man City

End of the day, both team shared 1 point and gave Man United a comfortable lead of the table.

Boring Boring CITY!~

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Arsene Wenger Eyeing Mexican Goalkeeper


Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa as both Premier League sides continue to search for new first-choice keepers.

With the news Mark Schwarzer has agreed a new deal at Fulham, Arsenal are once again in the market for a goalkeeper and reports suggest manager Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Club America’s Ochoa.

The 25-year-old has played 40 times for his country and was part of Mexico’s 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ochoa is out of contract in the summer and as a result has caught the eye of a number of European sides.

Arsenal in Battle With Spurs to Get Congo Defender


North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs could be on course to lock horms over Blackburn defender Christopher Samba in January, after the powerful defender said he wants to leave the club over the sacking of Sam Allardyce.

Samba, who has been one of the Premier League's most consistent defenders since his move to Rovers in 2007, has expressed his disappointment at the treatment of Allardyce.

And after an outburst in a national newspaper this week, the team captain looks set to put in a written transfer request with the hope of quitting Ewood Park in January.

'If this is the way the club's going to be run from now on, I don't want to be part of it and I want to leave,' he told the Sun.

'As captain it's very difficult to say this but I've thought long and hard about it. Nobody in football understands the decision to sack Sam.

'We could have been relegated last year and Sam saved the club, so how can he be treated like this now?'

Despite suggesting last month that Arsenal would not enter the transfer market, recent comments attributed to Arsene Wenger suggest he will look to add to his squad - if he can identify a player who will add another dimension to his squad at the right price.

While Samba, who is rated at around £8million by Rovers, certainly provides this, Wenger looks certain to face competition from other interested parties - most notably their nearest rivals.

Harry Redknapp has been a known admirer of Samba for several months - with speculation suggesting the Spurs boss had a bid for the physical centre-back rejected by Rovers in the summer.

But Samba, from the French-speaking African state of Congo, is not thought to have made any considered decisions on his future yet and will await offers next month.

Is he worth to buy? We already had enough defender throughout the campaign. What say you Gooners?


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Video : Post-Game against Birmingham Interview

1)Van Persie and Samir Nasri



2)Arsene Wenger