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The question was always a case of when rather than if, the other question was also about quality, and it turns out that we've plumped for off the radar forward Lucas Perez. How many times have we seen that before? Linked to all sorts of people that folk talk about day and night, only for Arsenal to buy the player nobody was talking about all summer.

Despite the ‘young Schweinsteiger’ proclamation – it should be acknowledged that Xhaka almost resembles today’s German captain, with criticism regarding the midfielder’s mobility casting a modicum of doubt over his signing. Whilst the phrase deceptively quick has often been proffered for players in the past, Xhaka inverts such a claim and is slower and less agile than one would expect of a 23 year old. Partnering the young man with the shrewd Santi Cazorla could cook up a delicious blend of skilful footwork and calm possession – a partnership, albeit a lite version, not too dissimilar to that of Modric and Alonso at Real circa 2013. Such a partnership would create the fusion of creativity, steel and quick thinking that Wenger

 

It would have taken very little for Wenger to rouse the fan base this summer and give them a season to truly look forward to. It is potentially the last season Arsenal fans will enjoy/endure (delete as applicable) under Arsene Wenger; and whilst there can be no doubt that supporters have enjoyed tremendous success under the French manager, the club has grown stale under his management. There was enough potential within the club and the summer break to rouse the endorphins and feel-good temperament of the club’s followers. In fact, the signing of Xhaka and the attempted signing of Vardy hinted at a proactive Wenger, a change of strategy, as a more aggressive style of player was sought. Additionally, the simple action of getting business done early signalled a possible last hurrah for Monsieur Wenger. But optimism soon turned to satisfaction

If he turns it around I will be surprised and chuffed to bits because I do not understand the anger generated his way by Arsenal fans. The need for a scapegoat is one that I do not subscribe to myself. With Mathieu Flamini and amazingly Mikel Arteta gone from the club, I guess there needs to be a new poster boy, and Theo is in the right place at the right time for that role

 

Many Arsenal fans may have heard whispers of Iwobi’s talent, they may have seen him first hand playing for the under 21s, they may even have heard that he is the nephew of Bolton Wanderer’s hero Jay Jay Okocha. But few would have expected the young Nigerian to take his first team chance last season with such coolness. As Wenger lost Oxlade Chamberlain to injury and continued to lose faith in the somewhat bemused Joel Campbell, Iwobi was offered the chance to impress. And impress he did. Performances and output were both of a high standard and glimpses of a partnership with the unfortunate Danny Welbeck seemed to be growing

Koscielny was paired alongside both Rami and Umtiti throughout the tournament, with Umtiti looking the more suitable of the pair. The French debutant won an average of 3.2 aerial duels throughout the tournament compared to a solid but uninspiring 2 from the taller and more experienced Rami. Koscielny won a fairly impressive 2.9 aerial duels but where the Arsenal defender differs from his partners is that he made and attempted far more interceptions. That Koscielny attempted and made more interceptions will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans as it has become a signature move of his game; he frequently intercepts passes and attempts to play on

 

I am going to offer you my best bit of guess work on this. If there is Arsenal interest then we have probably checked to see if the player wants to join by far the greatest team the world has ever seen, and unless he drinks WKD on a regular basis, that answer should obviously be a yes. But either Leicester City are completely unwilling to sell or do not like the prices suggested to them so the whole 'he is staying' line could be being used to force whichever interested parties out there to go away and come back with something more to their liking

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more