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REVEALED! Arsenal Have A Massive January War Chest

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust revealed that the Gunners have a huge transfer war chest of £42million to spend in the January transfer window.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggested during the recently concluded annual AGM meeting that they (Arsenal) don’t have a huge budget to spend in transfers. But, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust’s independent analysis contradicts Gazidis’ statements and reveals the exact the cash available for the North London club to strengthen their squad in January.

Here are the exact word from AST’s report,

‘The AST estimates that the spare cash available for investment in the squad in January is approximately £42m,’

‘Further additional investment will be possible in the summer of 2015 as long as Arsenal qualify for the Champions League for the 2015-16 season.

‘The AST remains very frustrated that with such resources available further additions weren’t made to the squad in key positions. It now remains to be seen whether running such a small squad in these positions will prove costly to Arsenal’s title ambitions this season.’

Refer this picture tweet which breaks down the exact cash balance Arsenal have,

£42million is indeed a good money but the question is, Will Wenger spend that much in middle of the season? In last January, Wenger’s failure to add depth to the squad costed them dearly in the title race, during which they stayed at top for more days than any other club in the premier league but ended up finishing 4th. Arsenal fans will hope Wenger has learnt from his previous mistakes and do spend the available money to bring in few world class talents, especially some defenders and a defensive midfielder to Emirates.

REPORT: Ivan Gazidis Talks About Wenger’s Exit

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis warned the fans that life may be difficult after Wenger leaves the club.

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Arsene Wenger

Gazidis said in a recent interview,

“The biggest challenge we’re going to face as a club is that transition from Arsene to the next manager,” said Gazidis.

“We have a giant who’s managing us. Arsene has put the club in a great, great position.”

After taking charge of Arsenal in 1996, Wenger is currently the longest-serving manager in the premier league.  Under his guidance, Arsenal have qualified for UEFA champions league for a record breaking 17 years in a row. In 2003/04 season, his invincibles side managed to win the league title without a single defeat.

Following a nine year gap, Wenger guided his side to an FA Cup triumph in May thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s extra time goal against Hull City. Apparently, things were starting to look bright for the Gunners as they picked up their first silver ware following a multi-million deal to bring in Mesut Ozil in the previous summer. At the beginning of this summer, Arsenal joined hands with Puma which was followed by the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.

Everything is in place for a prosperous future at the Emirates Stadium. The club’s self-sustainable financial structure is starting to have a significant impact in the new world of Financial Fair Play. However speaking ahead of Thursday’s Annual General Meeting, chief executive Ivan Gazidis remained cautious as reported by Dailymail,

‘Where we are currently is off the shoulder of the world’s top teams. I think the best teams in the world are in Europe and you think about the great names in world football like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – I don’t think we’re at that level yet but that’s where we’re aiming to get to,’ said Arsenal’s chief executive.

‘It’s one thing to say that and it’s another thing to be able to deliver it. It has been incredibly frustrating not being able to be where we want to be these last few years, so winning the FA Cup was a fantastic moment.

‘(But) I don’t come out of that feeling satisfied like we’ve achieved what we need to achieve. The hunger for success is immediate. The moment you get away from that euphoria of the moment, the next question is, “How do we have more of that?”

Wenger is 65 years old now and he signed a 3 year deal with the gunners last year. So, we can expect Wenger to stay with the North London club at-least  till then.

(War of Words) Arsene Wenger: Jose Mourinho Provoked Me

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has apologised a week after the most talked about incident in last weekend’s fixture between Chelsea and Arsenal. Wenger, who stepped outside his technical area and shoved Wenger also revealed that Mourinho was the one to provoke him in the first place, “I regret every sign of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic. Wenger also revealed that he felt Jose provoked him.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

“It’s not a way to behave on a football field and I shouldn’t have reacted like that.

“We have quite a substantial past. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. But I did not enter his technical area,” he told French TV show Telefoot. The two got into a scuffle after a rash tackle by Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute.

Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners against Wenger’s side with former Gunner Cesc Fabregas having an outstanding game. His brilliant assist in the 78th minute sealed the win after a toothless performance by Arsenal. The victory also ensured the unbeaten run of Mourinho’s Chelsea against Wenger’s Arsenal.

The relationship between Wenger and Mourinho has always been strained but it went to a whole new level last season when the Portuguese called Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’. Mourinho was referring to the Frenchman’s success rate in terms of trophies which had nullified since 2005. However, Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup last season and lifted the Community Shield in August by beating Manchester City.

The defeat to Chelsea left Arsenal 9 points behind the leaders who have started the campaign brilliantly. Arsenal on the other hand have disappointed since the start of the season, and with injuries to key players, the games in coming months will become even harder. They face Hull City at home in their next game, a rematch of last season’s FA cup final while Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho Reveals The Aftermath Over Touchline Incident With Arsenal Manager

The London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal was more than just a battle amongst two teams; it was a bragging-right competition between the clubs’ managers, and the story remained the same as Jose Mourinho triumphed over Arsene Wenger again despite losing the physical battle in the technical area!

The game was a heated tie; there were tackles flying in, cards being shown, altercations happening on the pitch and the sidelines. Amongst all the chaos, Mourinho’s team managed to win the game 2-0 courtesy of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa’s strikes, and in fairness, they deserved it by the balance of play.

The talking point of the game came in the 20th minute when a rash challenge by Gary Cahill resulted in a yellow card. Wenger’s reaction was an angry one as he shoved his opposing manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho said, “For me, it is over. But the technical area is very clear – I have mine, he has his and he cannot come to mine, especially to put pressure on the referee to give a red card to my player. So I just told him ‘leave my technical area and don’t come back please’.”

Mourinho also revealed that Arsenal were lucky to finish with eleven men on the pitch, “I think the referee, from a technical point of view, had a fantastic performance in a difficult, technical, fast match with lots of runs behind – also the linesmen had a difficult game and I think they did a fantastic job. But Arsenal could have finished with eight men, because it is a red card for Koscielny, it is a double yellow card for Chambers in the first half, and clear was a red card for Welbeck.

“But I accept that the Welbeck red card was not given – the game was over and Welbeck is a good kid and is not aggressive. It was just maybe a reaction, some frustration. So I have no complaint really but my boys are doing fantastic we beat a good Arsenal,” the Portuguese manager added.

Both teams were the only unbeaten sides remaining in the competition, so the clash promised a lot. But from a neutral’s point of view, Arsenal did not do enough to make it an exciting game despite a good start early on. Mourinho went on to add, “It was a difficult game. They started better than us, but Eden gave us the penalty and the first goal and the game could have finished there if it had been a red card. At the end of day they had more of the ball than us but we had the chances so we scored two goals, we won and I am happy we beat a good team.”

Chelsea’s win takes them 5 points clear of closest rivals Manchester City and 9 points ahead of Arsenal who lie in 8th place after a difficult start to the season. Wenger’s side will face Hull City at home after the international break while Chelsea will travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

 

Report: Arsenal Manager Reveals Why He Sold Player To Manchester City

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come out in the media to reveal why he sold French left back Gael Clichy to Manchester City. The French boss mentions that he wanted to give a chance to Englishman Kieran Gibbs. The 25 year old Gibbs hasn’t well justified his manager’s faith struggling with injuries but Wenger has remained patient as he believes that the player has a lot of talent and will surely justify his place. Gibbs’ understudy Nacho Monreal also hasn’t lived up to expectations, and the Spaniard definitely starts only when Gibbs is out injured.

Gibbs made made 28 appearances last season as the Gunners finished fourth in the premier League throwing away their title chances after a great start. Wenger was talking Gibbs up about a potential call-up to the England squad after missing out last time with a hamstring injury. However Gibbs is now way down the pecking order with the Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw significantly ahead of him in terms of ability. Wenger though believes Gibbs can force his way into the Three Lions’ squad.

Wenger claims that he speaks frequently with Gibbs to give him the much needed confidence, “We try always to show him confidence and, look, I let Gael Clichy go to Manchester City because he was a young English left-back. That’s the main reason I left Clichy go. I wanted to give him a chance.”

“He’s (Gibbs) such a great potential that now if he just lets it go… because he can dribble as well, because when he arrived at the club he was 16 and he was a winger, midfielder, and I saw that potential didn’t really come out. Wenger also mentions if he transform him into a defender similar to Ashley Cole.

Gibbs already has three International caps to his credit but will to pull out some out of the world performances if he has to even grab Roy Hodgson’s attention for the 2016 EURO Championships.

(Twitter Reactions) Angry Arsenal Fans Question Wenger After A Toothless Performance vs A Poor Tottenham Side

Arsenal’s derby game with Tottenham ended in an entertaining draw as both teams cancelled each other. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the 74th minute to equalize for Arsenal after Nacer Chadli’s goal in the 54th minute had given Spurs the lead. What was disappointing from Arsenal’s point of view is the fact that Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey were taken off after picking up knocks. The extent of damage is still unknown.

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Spurs were happy to soak the pressure and hit Arsenal on the counter. The game plan was working perfectly until the 74th minute when both Danny Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain were found unmarked in the penalty area. Welbeck failed to connect properly and luckily the ball fell nicely to Oxlade-Chamberlain who smashed it into the roof of the net. From then on it was anybody’s game, but there weren’t many clear cut chances for either to win the game. Mesut Ozil had a good game too.

Most of the Arsenal fans were agitated and pointed out towards why Alexis Sanchez wasn’t starting the game. It’s likely that Arsene Wenger was saving the Chilean for the midweek Champions League game against Galatasaray. The other obvious fact is the lack of a defensive midfielder that could haunt Arsenal this season.

The Arsenal injury list is a long one; Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott are already on the treatment table. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta might follow suit. Wenger’s stubbornness in the transfer market might take its toll as the resources are stretched at the moment, especially in the defensive areas. What is even more concerning is that they haven’t got of the best of starts either. They were knocked out in the Capital One Cup last week and suffered a loss at the hands of Dortmund in their 1st Champions League game.

The game against Galatasaray in the coming days will be key as Arsene Wenger will want to avoid the last day drama that occurred in the final group game of last season’s Champions League.

(PICTURE): Arsene Wenger spotted at London airport on Deadline Day on his way to Rome

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been spotted at the London airport on Deadline Day on his way to Rome on Transfer deadline day. Is the Frenchman on his way to do transfers personally to convince players to sign for the Gunners?

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Apparently the credibility of the picture is not yet confirmed but Wenger is definitely not going for any transfers, rather the renowned manager has been invited to be a coach for the upcoming ‘Match for Peace’ game hosted by the Vatican.  

Arsenal however would love to sign a striker on deadline day but that seems not to be the case. There are reports that Costa Rican forward  Joel Campbell has urged Wenger to let him go to Benfica where he iswanted by manager Jorge Jesus.

This certainly seems to be the case as the player feels he has no future in London and wants game time on the pitch. Despite having a great loan spell on Olympiakos last season, Campbell has been frustrated as he finds himself second choice to Yaya Sanogo.