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Injury Boost For Arsenal As Duo Set To Teturn Against Manchester United

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Arsenal fans could see Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta in action against Manchester United as the duo have been training off late and could feature on Saturday.

Both of them were expected to be back in action in December but are ahead of the schedule. Giroud had appeared in just two Premier League games before suffering from a fractured foot. The Frenchman has missed a total of 15 games for the Gunners in that period and his return will be vital for Arsenal to get back some consistency into their league form.

Mikel Arteta too stepped up his rehabilitation in a bid to return early and it has worked as he could play a hand in the game against United if not start the game.

Manager Arsene Wenger revealed, “Giroud and Arteta are both available. It’s just a question of how ready they are. But they are available.

“[Giroud] is three or four weeks ahead of schedule.

“Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead.”

Defensive pair back in training

Arsene Wenger also revealed that Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy have returned to light training. He said, “Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again. We have to see now.

“Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness.

“It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery.

“For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good.”

The Gunners were rocked by injuries to key players which hasn’t helped their slow start. Despite that, they are just one point off the Champions League place. The return of the injured players will be a huge boost in a period where the games come thick and fast. The North Londoners will face Manchester United on Saturday and a win will help Wenger’s side in increasing the gap between themselves and United who are their direct rivals for the top four spot.

 

 

 

 

Jan Transfers: Arsenal and Liverpool in a 3-way battle to sign French hitman

Premier league sides Arsenal and Liverpool will not only have to compete with each other for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac but also with Russian side Dynamo Moscow. Reports have emerged in France that the French striker has attracted a lot of interest in Europe as his irresistible form for his side hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Dynamo Moscow signed his team mate Mathieu Valbuena a few months ago and will try to sign Gignac in January. The 28-year old’s contract expires in the summer which could mean that he’ll be sold for a cut-price fee come January if he doesn’t agree on a new deal with the club.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are still slight favorites to sign him ahead of Moscow as he’ll definitely like the idea of playing in the Premier league in his prime. The striker cost Marseille €16m in 2010 and since then he has gone on to score 64 times in 162 appearances for the club. Though the record doesn’t sound good, Gignac never had the chance to play with quality teammates, something that he is able to do now. New manager Marcelo Bielsa has helped Gignac by playing a very dynamic and pressing style.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have struggled for consistency this season especially the latter who have found it hard to score goals without the departed Luis Suarez and the injured Daniel Sturridge. New signing Mario Balotelli has struggled and is yet to score in the Premier league. A new striker is definitely a priority come January and manager Brendan Rodgers will not want to lose out on Gignac.

Arsenal have struggled defensively this season but their poor injury record means that they will have to strengthen upfront as well. With a plethora if French players at the club, and with Arsene Wenger at the helm, they could be favorites to sign Gignac despite Moscow and Liverpool’s interest.

 

 

Arsenal attacker wants more game time else he could leave

Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski has revealed that he could consider leaving the club in January if he is continued to be overlooked by Arsene Wenger.

Lukas-Podolski

The Germany international has made just four substitute appearances in the league so far and revealed, “I’ve spent the last four months making brief appearances. I’ve had to wrap myself up warm in my winter coat with my hat and scarf on to watch the others playing.

“I would rather show Arsenal what I am capable if, but this chance to show what I can do is not being given to me.

“I want to play football for many years to come so am I meant just to say everything’s fine and sit my contract out?’” Regarding where his destination might be, he said “Anything is possible nowadays. You can’t rule anything out.”

Regarding where his destination might be, he said, “Anything is possible nowadays. You can’t rule anything out.”

The former Koln man is being linked with a move to the Serie A with Juventus and Fiorentina being keen admirers. A return back to his homeland could be a possibility too as his contract expires in 2016. Despite being used sparingly by Arsenal, Podolski hasn’t lost his spot in the German national setup. With the Euros coming in a few years time, Podolski will want to play more often to give one last go for Die Mannschaft.

He was being linked with a possible £10m move to rivals Spurs come January, but he went on to dismiss the speculation by tweeting that “He’ll will freeze over before this transfer would happen.”

The 29-year old has made a total of 77 appearances for Arsenal since joining in 2012 for €12m and has scored 29 goals in the process. He was a regular starter for the club after joining but has become a bit-part player in the last one year or so as Wenger has preferred the likes of Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Alex-Oxlad Chamberlain over the German.

That’s Stingy, Arsene Wenger Given A Paltry £20m To Spend In Transfers

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be granted £20m to spend in the upcoming January transfer window according to the Mirror. The North Londoners have had a disappointing campaign so far and their fans were hoping for a windfall to spend in the next window.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s resources have been stretched as their terrible injury record seems to continue again and again. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny  were ruled out due to long-term injuries, and it has hurt Wenger as his team have won just four games out of the 11 fixtures they have played in.

The Frenchman had recently revealed that he will spend in January to strengthen his squad, so most of us were expecting a good budget to be given to him. However, considering the fact that how inflated the prices of players really are in January, it’s a bit of a surprise that Wenger has been given just £20m to spend.

The FA Cup holders need to strengthen in almost every department as they lack the necessary squad depth of a Champions League club. With Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, they have enough firepower upfront. The problem lies behind them as Wenger doesn’t have a natural defensive midfielder which has gone against his side. Arsenal’s style of play means that they need a player in the middle of the park to break the play, but with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, they have two ageing players who haven’t performed well in that role. There were talks about signing Sami Khedira, and that looks like a possibility as he’ll most likely leave Real Madrid for a cut-price fee. However, should any other club compete with Arsenal and a bidding war starts, things could go out of hand.

The defensive area needs strengthening too after injuries to Koscielny and Debuchy. With the funds provided, Wenger will once again have to go after lesser known names like Virgil van Dijk of Celtic or Aymeric Laporte of Bilbao.

Tough Times Ahead – Is Arsenal In Safe Hands Right Now?

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Over the past few seasons, questions were asked about Wenger’s ability to enable Arsenal to challenge for titles. If he felt that his position would face less scrutiny after an FA Cup win, Arsenal’s indifferent play and lack of ideas at times while on the pitch has raised questions about training and has subtly pointed to Wenger’s lack of ideas in the team’s playing style, or in the substitutions, or in pushing his team to win games.

The warning signs have been present, for example, Arsenal seem to lack ideas in the center of the pitch at times, as they are content to pass the ball around. This occurrence reared its head in the away game against Anderlecht in the Champions League, almost disastrously, when Arsenal came back in the dying minutes to score two goals and win. There seems to be a yawning gap between midfield and attack, and the opposition tries to press a weak midfield into making mistakes and giving the ball away. The midfield has lacked physicality, with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini not making enough tackles, or triggering fear in the opposition. The attack consists of good, pacy players who are unable to do anything if they do not get to touch the ball, while around the opposition box. The defence also seems to be taking winning leads for granted, as Arsenal have thrown away promising leads in their last two games on the trot, which does not bode well.

This could point right at Wenger, who has had more than one transfer window to repair this issue. However, he chose to fortify the attack, neglecting the defence or the defensive midfield, where Arsenal have been crying for a player such as Emmanuel Petit or Patrick Vieira. An injury to Laurent Koscielny has thrown the defence out of gear, which need not have happened if Arsenal bought players. Wenger attributed the inability to purchase defenders due to the high transfer values, but players such as Daniel Agger or Ezequiel Garay could have been astute purchases. Arsenal have to spend to replenish the squad, which looks jaded, to an extent. If Ozil is sold in January, the budget could be used to get the defensive players Arsenal badly need. Or else, Wenger could show his faith in the youth system at Arsenal, just like Louis van Gaal at United, who has put faith in players such as Tyler Blackett or Paddy McNair.

Another pressing concern raised by media and fans is Arsenal’s in-game substitutions, which are being left too late. It is different to throw in a player in the 60th minute and expect him to do something, or throw him on in the 80th minute, to similar effect. Wenger has been using his substitutions later than expected, which gives the substituted players far too little time to get into the game. It throws a tiring opposition off-gear, as they have to deal with fresh players, but it has hurt Arsenal on occasions.

Is it the winning mentality that seems to have been sucked out of Arsenal? Are Arsenal content with their fourth-place finishes and feel that they do not need to do more? Would Arsenal do better with a new manager, with new ideas, who will make the team play to its potential? The majority stakeholders, the Kroenkes will have to take a call. The chances of getting Jurgen Klopp could be good, in the summer, to replace Wenger at the helm, depending on Dortmund’s performance at the end of the season. Arsenal and Arsene Wenger need to show more urgency, as tough times are arriving.

Forget Khedira – Arsenal Consider Cheap La Liga Alternate For Defensive Midfield

 Krychowiak trying to win the ball from Ronaldo
Krychowiak trying to win the ball from Ronaldo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a bid for Sevilla’s holding midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak who could be a cheaper alternative to Sami Khedira. Krychowiak recently moved to Sevilla from French side Reims for a fee close to £3.5m and signed a 4-year contract that will keep him in Spain until 2018. However, despite that, Wenger has already made up his mind and feels that the Poland international is the man who can solve his side’s persistent problem of the holding midfielder’s position according to TMW.

Arsenal were being linked with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira last summer but his massive £200,000-a-week wages were a stumbling block. The same could happen again in January, so the Frenchman will try to sign Krychowiak from Sevilla instead.

Arsenal have struggled to find a player who can do the dirty work in midfield as Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere haven’t impressed in that role. The defence hasn’t been strong either which make the situation very desperate for Wenger. He had revealed a few weeks ago that his side will be active in the upcoming January transfer window with a defender and a holding midfielder being the top most priorities.

Krychowiak is predominantly a holding-midfield player but can also be deployed as a center back if required. The Pole has appeared in every single game for Sevilla so far this season and has forged a formidable partnership with Stéphane Mbia and Éver Banega that has helped his side to top Real Madrid in the league table, tied on points with league leaders Barcelona.

At the moment, it’s too early to figure out the fee that Sevilla will be holding out for Krychowiak, but since he just joined the club and signed a long term contract, it will definitely take something much more larger that the £3.5m that Sevilla paid for him.

Transfer Blow for Arsenal as £13m Target Man Set to Extend Contract

Arsenal are set to lose out on Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac as L’Equipe have reported that the Frenchman is set to sign a contract extension with the club.

Gignac’s current contract expires next summer and there were reports that Arsenal could launch a bid in January to sign him in a cut-price deal. However, the French international has flourished under new manager Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics and could extend his stay at the club. The former Toulouse man has scored in 10 times in 11 appearances for Marseille so far; the type of form that will earn any player a new contract. He currently leads the goal scoring charts in Ligue 1 and has played a vital role in Marseille’s position in the league. His side currently sit at the top, 4 points ahead of nearest rivals Paris Saint Germain.

Even if Gignac does sign the contract, the window for Arsenal will not be closed entirely as L’Equipe revealed that the extension will be only for an year. He cost Marseille £13m in 2010, so based on his form, he could cost Arsenal a fee slightly higher than that in the summer if he does sign an extension with the club.

Arsene Wenger promised the club’s fans that there will be reinforcements come January  as they have been found wanting in the almost all positions on the pitch. Wenger did strengthen the attacking areas but injuries have once again stretched the squad. His side’s injury record has not been good in the last few years, which could compel Wenger to break the bank especially after a poor start to the League. The gunners have picked up 14 points in the League so far and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Southampton. They have made good progress in the last few weeks but were unconvincing against Hull City and Anderlecht last week.

Arsenal Plot Next Signing As Defender Could Be Available For Cut Price In January

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could launch a bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid come January to help resolve his paper thin defense. The Gunners could get the 26-year old for a cut-price fee as his contract runs down next summer. There are no ongoing discussions between Reid and the West Ham board for a contract extension, which could mean that the New Zealander is stalling to see if Arsenal make a bid in January.

Reid is the current captain of his national team and can play as a center back or right back, though his natural position is that of a center back. Arsenal sold their club captain Thomas Vermaelen in the summer to Barcelona and replaced him with Calum Chambers who has been impressive so far. However, with injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and laurent Koscielny, Arsenal’s defensive resources have been stretched. The signing of Reid could be boost as they are in desperate need of players who are versatile. Reid’s presence will provide backup to both center back and right back positions.

Wenger had revealed last week that he will strengthen come January, so do expect a move for Reid. West Ham will not want to lose him for free, so they’ll be forced to sell him even for a meagre fee if an offer comes in. We expect the fee to be somewhere around £5m for West Ham to part ways with Reid and given Reid’s quality on the pitch it is definitely a steal for the Gunners. He has appeared in every Premier League so far and has been a key contributor in the Hammers’ impressive start to the league so far. They are currently in the 4th spot, 1 point behind last season’s champions Manchester City after beating them a few days ago.

Reid has made a total of 114 appearances for the club since joining them in 2010 from Danish club FC Midtjylland. He could be a cheaper alternative for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. Arsenal were being linked with him last week.