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Arsenal Fans Would Hate To Read This!

Manager Arsene Wenger has now suggested that he will resist the urge to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Last week, former Arsenal front man Thierry Henry had stated that bringing his French compatriot to the Emirates, could help the north London side win the Premier League title this season and progress further in the Champions League.

 

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However, Wenger dismissed the claims that signing the 27-year-old attacker was the best way to improve his squad.

The Gunners’ boss stated, “I heard Thierry Henry say if we buy Benzema we would win the title by a margin.”

“I respect his views, but football has evolved and the game has changed since he played here.”

“The out-and-out strikers are no longer there. Tactics have changed.”

“You do need somebody to score goals and I think Olivier Giroud will not be far from 20 this season. Theo Walcott will be up there too.”

“We have to develop our game and depend less on one player.”

“I truly believe we can win the league. We look like we can score plenty of goals.”

Arsenal suffered a shocking defeat against West Ham at Emirates today. Arsenal fans will be hoping that Wenger would change his opinion after the disastrous defeat and buy a world class striker ASAP.

 

Revealed: Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea And Other Premier League Club’s Net Revenue

With the English Premier League season just days away international gaming company TonyBet.com is pleased to release their ‘The Economics of the Premier League’ infographic.

Some of the comparisons are stark. For example:

  • The clubs’ total revenue in 2013/2014 season was £3.26 billion – just a little more than Malta’s whole budget in 2013 (£3.11 billion);
  • Manchester United’s yearly revenue in 2013/14 (£433 million) was about as much as the budget of San Marino in 2013 (£429 million);
  • In season 2013/14, London Arsenal’s yearly revenue (£304 million) equals Lithuania’s defence budget in 2015 (£302 million);
  • Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur revenue (£181 million) is the same as Latvia’s defence budget in 2015 (£181 million);
  • A. F. C. Bournemouth’s revenue in the season of 2013/14 (£10.1 million) was more than 3 times bigger than the revenue of every Estonian football club playing in their best league during the same season (~£2.9 million);
  • London Arsenal club is currently estimated as being more valuable than Bank of Scotland (£836 million vs £825 million).

The Economics of English Premier League

Infographic brought to you by TonyBet, a leading provider of English Premier League Betting.

Surprise Surprise! Arsenal Are Ahead Of Chelsea In The Odds To Win The Premier League

 

Premier League Odds

WOW! This will come as a surprise for many. FA Cup champions Arsenal beat the Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday to win the Community Shield for the 2nd time in as many years. According to Simon Clare from Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Gunners are now with a 4/1 chance to win their first league title since the days of invincibles. Their odds are better than the defending champions, Chelsea.

Further, Clare spoke also about the most likely contenders to win promotion from the Championship, with Derby the slight favourites in the betting, ahead of Middlesbrough, Hull and Burnley.

 

Source of the report: Soccersouls.com

Shocking! Wenger Asks Arsenal To Spend Huge Money And Sign This Defensive Midfielder

After failing to sign Morgan Schneiderlin and with William Carvalho’s (another alleged Arsenal target) fractured tibia problem, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has asked the club to go all out to sign another midfielder this summer. Further, according to Spanish publication Diario Sport, the Arsenal boss has shockingly placed Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as his top transfer target for the summer window.

The Spanish paper further added that Wenger is quite happy with Francis Coquelin’s performances, but still wants another quality defensive midfielder in his squad.

Termed one of the best defensive midfield players at the moment by many, the Spanish player has a World Cup and three Champions League trophies, along with a list of other domestic titles to his name.

The 27-year old superstar could be the perfect addition to the Gunners’ squad and Wenger seems keen on bringing him to the Emirates. Sport also stated that Arsenal are prepared to make a huge offer for their target to bring him to north London, if he agrees to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Barclays Premier League – Transfers So Far

With Chelsea running away with the Premier League title last year in one of the most insipid title races ever, it was obvious some of the usual suspects would bolster their squad in the hope of challenging the Blues this time around. Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been extremely active this window and they don’t seem like they’re going to slow down anytime soon. Well, who doesn’t love a fiery Transfer Deadline Day!

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Arsenal – 2015 has been sensational for Arsenal Football Club; they have been in fine form and have arguably played the most attractive football in the Premier League. So far, Arsenal has bought in Cech from their London rivals, Chelsea. Cech’s inclusion guarantees them 6-10 extra points in the season and is by far one of the safest bets at £10m.

I believe Arsene will get one more quality player this window to augment their attacking options. A nasty feeling he might get Verrati though someone like a Lacazette seems much more plausible.

Arsenal In: Petr Cech

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Chelsea – The Champions have the strongest squad in the league, with two top class options for all positions on the pitch. Jose’s only marquee signing this summer has been; Falcao as a replacement for Chelsea legend, Drogba. The two-time FIFA Ballon D’or nominee had a forgetful season at Manchester United, but will look to redeem himself this time around. He will however be Jose’s second choice striker behind former teammate, Diego Costa.

Jose will look to get another Left back as a replacement for Felipe Luis before the end of the summer window. Could he hijack Otamendi from United or will he pay a ridiculous amount of money for John Stones?

Chelsea Ins: Radamel Falcao – AS Monaco (Loan), Asmir Begovic – Stoke, Nathan – Atletico Paranaense

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Liverpool – After being inches away from winning their first Premier League to being 25 points off the top, Liverpool had a very disappointing 2014-15 season. However, Rodgers has spent some big cash on a few players and has strengthened other areas thriftily.

Firmino, Benteke and Clyne have all been big money, long term signings with reasonable experience. Benteke is a proven goalscorer in England, but some would say £32.5m is a bit too much. Mind you the fans won’t be complaining if he can stay fit and fire in the goals.

Clyne is a solid right back and Liverpool fans will be happy to see someone other than Johnson running up and down the right flank.

Firmino is the most exciting signing of the lot. The former Hoffenheim playmaker was the third highest-rated player in the German league last season, having had a direct hand in 17 league goals. His potential link-up with Brazilian team-mate Philippe Coutinho has unsurprisingly excited Liverpool fans all over the world.

Liverpool Ins: James Milner – Manchester City, Danny Ings – Burnley, Roberto Firmino – Hoffenheim, Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton, Joe Gomez – Charlton, Adam Bogdan – Bolton, Christian Benteke – Aston Villa

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Manchester City – City with unlimited cash in their bank were surprisingly quiet for large parts of the transfer window. They recently started their spending spree by breaking their transfer fee record to sign 20-year old English International, Raheem Sterling. My opinion on Sterling hasn’t changed since I wrote this article almost a year back. He might not be worth £49m, but his talent is undeniable.

City were desperate for English players prior to the start of the season and they’re making good progress with their last 3 signings.

Manchester City Ins: Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, Patrick Roberts – Fulham, Fabian Delph – Aston Villa, Enes Unal – Bursaspor, David Faupala – Lens

 

Manchester United – United’s #1 priority in the eyes of many was to get De Gea a new contract though that hasn’t happened yet, he’s still a Man United player. Their other priorities include having pace on their wings, a stable central midfielder, a forward who can score 20+ goals and a rock solid defender. Being a United fan, I’m extremely pleased with the signings so far. Adding Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin in the middle adds the much-needed stability in midfield. The Red Devils probably wouldn’t have lost those games to Swansea and Leicester if they had them in the middle last year.

Even though they got Germany’s most decorated player ever, the player that excites me the most is Memphis Depay.
Depay is already a regular in the Netherlands squad. He has scored 34 goals over the past two Eredivisie seasons, which is more than any other player despite the fact that he is still only 21 and not an out and out forward.

I believe LVG and Ed are still out there looking for some world class players and I’m confident they ’ll be adding a couple more before the window shuts. Pedro and Otamendi seem the most likely.

Manchester United In: Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven, Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton, Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich, Matteo Darmian – Torino

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With just a few days to go for the first game, I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WAIT!
Roll on August 8th!

Guest blog by John Raphael, read his articles at Derailed douchebaggery

What Would Be The Ideal Arsenal Lineup This Season With Their Current Team?

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Arsenal – the club – may have moved from Highbury to the Emirates, but their team’s sense of invincibility is yet to be found. Arsenal is one of the top performers in the league, and qualifying seventeen times consecutively for the Champions League is testament of Arsenal’s ability to rack up points and victories.

The team has been said to be a world-class player short over the past few seasons, as fans look for reasons why their team cannot shrug off the constraints and obstacles weighing them down to make a consistent run towards the title. Arsenal has fallen short in comparison to the wealth of the other clubs to purchase players, while the heartbeat of its team has been ripped apart on a number of occasions – Robin van Persie to Manchester United in ‘12, Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in ’11 are some examples.

Arsenal bucked that trend in 2013 with the £42.4m purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, which gave the team a much-needed psychological lift, and made fans believe that their club was not going to turn into a selling club. They followed it up with the purchase of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last season, and fought hard, but could not keep up with the defensive excellence of Chelsea for all their attacking riches, as defensive lapses felled them at the worst of times.

With the rise of Francis Coquelin, the imminent arrival of Serge Stamper and the purchase of an ageing, yet consistent Petr Cech, Arsenal have built themselves defensively. They are a defender short of making a full-fledged assault on the title, but that could also fall Arsenal’s way in the next month.

An ideal line-up for Arsenal with their current team would be:

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Petr Cech

Matthieu Debuchy – Per Mertesacker – Laurent Koscielny – Kieran Gibbs

Francis Coquelin

Theo Walcott – Mesut Ozil – Santi Cazorla – Alexis Sanchez

Olivier Giroud

Goalkeeper:

Petr Cech – The major purchase of Arsenal’s season so far, the consistent Petr Cech is the mainstay required at the back to thwart the goal-scoring efforts by oppositions, and will bring the much-needed experience in goal.

Defenders:

Matthieu Debuchy – Bought last season, however, his injuries and the emergence of Hector Bellerin meant that he had a lesser role to play. Fully-fit and with an eye on his place in France’s national team for the Euros, he will be raring to go.

Per Mertesacker – The big German cannot sprint and challenge opposing pacy players, but he is a good tackler and has an ability to lead the defence, along with his aerial power. He will be essential to Arsenal’s title hopes.

Laurent Koscielny – He is one of the best defenders in the league, with his all-round ability to stop opposing players in their tracks and move the ball forwards.

Kieran Gibbs – With Nacho Monreal breathing down his back, he was unable to hold down a constant place in the line-up. This season, he will be looking to improve defensively and make the left-back spot his own.

Midfield:

Francis Coquelin – His emergence last season was one of the major positives, as Arsene Wenger did not have to look for a midfielder, but could afford to bank on the young Frenchman to improve and get better.

Santi Cazorla – A versatile and a complete team player who can impact a game from any place on the playing field, with his trickery and mazy runs and passing.

Mesut Ozil – The record buy of Arsenal, he was unable to live up to expectations and the hectic nature of the Premier League in his first season. He was excellent in the second half of last season and has to carry on from where he left.

Theo Walcott – Walcott has put in match-winning performances since the end of last season, and is beating Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to hold down a place in the starting line-up, as long as he remains injury-free.

Alexis Sanchez – He lit up the Emirates in the first half of last season, and can be expected to make runs through opposition defences to create chances for his teammates to score, even though he will be on the wings.

Forward:

Olivier Giroud – He is the most underrated player in Arsenal’s starting XI, and fans want a flashy, better striker. However, Giroud is a solid striker, and has been consistent without disappearing in crunch games last season. He wants his place in the French national team for the Euros next season, and will look to score goals as often as possible.

Season after season, Arsenal have plunged into the competition without having the necessary squad depth to last through the season. This season, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck on the bench; Arsenal have the players to come off the bench in crunch games and create an impact on the game. There will be a jostle for places, as everyone will be on their toes to hold on to their first-team places, which can only be good for Arsenal’s chances of holding trophies aloft at the end of the season.

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Top Source Confirm Arsenal’s £5.6m Bid For Striker, Transfer To Be Completed Soon!

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could spend a price of around £8m to sign Fernando Llorente from Serie A champions Juventus this summer, as per reports from The Sun. The Gunners are in need of adding more quality attackers to their current squad, as they look to mount a challenge for the Premier League this upcoming season.

Further, the Italian giants are now preparing to sell their attacker, after they completed the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid earlier during the transfer window.

Also, a top Juve source spoke to reporters recently and stated, “It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact – not United.”

“They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”

However latest reports from Spain confirm that Arsenal have made a £5.6m bid for the striker.

Wenger will look to reinforce his front line by signing the 30-year old Spanish international, who has made 65 appearances for Juventus, scoring 23 goals since joining the club in 2013.

 

Loan Deal Confirmed! Arsenal Set To Do Business In The Upcoming Days For Important Player

Arsenal Transfer News

Reports from Italy now suggest that Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will undergo a medical at the start of the upcoming week before joining Serie A side AS Roma. The Polish international lost his starting berth to Colombian international David Ospina last season and with Petr Cech’s arrival at the club, a loan move for a full season could be beneficial for all the parties involved. 

TMW further added that Sky Italia had made claims that the Gunners’ goalie will be having a medical examination on either Monday or Tuesday prior to his move to Italy.

The two clubs have agreed a season long loan deal for the 25-year old superstar, after the sporting director of Roma Walter Sabatini successfully negotiated a deal with the Premier League giants.

And when quizzed about Szczesny during the pre-emirates cup presser, Arsene Wenger explained about the Pole’s situation and confirmed the player’s exit. 

“He could go on loan to Roma,” Wenger said during the press conference. “We are pretty much done, it’s down to paperwork. As long as that’s not over the line, anything can happen.

“Szczesny is a top-class goalkeeper and we have three top goalkeepers. If one of the goalkeepers can play somewhere then it’s good.

“I believe he will have a future at Arsenal because I personally rate him highly. I put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he already has huge experience.

Szczesny has made a total of 132 appearances for the north London club, since making his first senior appearance in 2009.