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Casinos have been attracting millions of Brits daily. With the Internet rushing into our lives, this number has increased in thousands of times. Remote gambling is gaining its popularity more and more with each year passing by. Just compare these facts: in 2006 only 7.2% of adults out of 8000 admitted that they had participated in some form of remote gambling. Four years later, in 2010, this number increased to 10.7%. We can only guess how high it is nowadays

The Leicester City player to Arsenal rumour has surfaced a number of times already this season, from Jamie Vardy to N'golo Kante and now Riyad Mahrez. Vardy decided to accept a new contract to stay at his current club, Kante swapped the blue of Leicester City for the blue of Chelsea and now reports suggest that Mahrez has decided to join the best club in the world.. the Arsenal. We do not know how true or not his rumour is but even if it is true, there is no suggestion that his current club and Arsenal have agreed a fee and well, that could be quite important.

Online Soccer Betting must have gone through the roof last week when we heard talk that Mahrez wanted to up sticks and leave the Champions. There were rumours that Barcelona were interested and that could well be the case but surely he would go from playing every game to being sat on the bench behind Suarez, Messi and Neymar. Moving to Arsenal under a French manager, playing the a style of football that would suit his game, playing with players of the quality of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could take his game to another level.

What is interesting is that this story comes a day after Arsene's rather bullish comments post Lens in which he said:

"We are very active. If we find the right candidates then we will spend the big money."

It is unlike Arsene to talk about spending big money, it is usually along the lines of finding the right players. If I was to guess, I would put my money on Arsene knowing exactly which players he wants and what the time frames are, as in does his current club have a replacement and when they are willing to part with said player(s)

Arsenal have a lot of wide players at the club at present so it will be interesting to see what happens to the likes of Serge Gnabry, Joel Campbell and others. It will also be interesting to see how far or low Theo Walcott ends up on Arsene's pecking order.

Gnabry is young enough to experience another loan spell and gain some valuable first team football but you would imagine that Joel Campbell could be shown the door if Arsene is able to bring in Mahrez.

One thing is for sure, Arsenal are more than likely to add new faces to this squad from now until the window closes on August 31st.

 



 

 

 

We are going to need BOTH Granit and Le Coq to be at their best for the campaign.

There are several ways we can construct a solid base in midfield :

Santi-Coquelin partnership is established and works. The technical ability and passing range of Santi paired with the steel of Le Coq makes for effective partnership and balance. Where Coquelin struggled with Ramsey, he should have better balance with the maturity of Santi. IMO Ramsey is better served at the apex of the midfield triangle as Ozil’s alternate as he has a natural understanding of playing in and around the box.

Sans Santi last season, we really struggled particularly with quick release from deep for the counter. With Granit, we have added insurance with another player who can provide long accurtae balls to release the wingers or Giroud quicker.

The other option of course with the positionally disciplined Granit is to have him paired with Jack who provides some of the same dynamics as Santi but may not necessarily have as much matiurity. This shortfall is where Granit can come in.

There is of course also the option of a solid wall with Granit-Coquelin played to close out matches, something we struggled with last season. We need to hold the ball better to see out tight edgy encounters. What are the Premier League odds that we will need a strong foundation like that in certain tough games?

Elneny for me is a utility player who can either provide cover or extra energy should one of the others not perform up to the level they can or if injured. OR if we need someone to take shots from further of and in this respect, Elneny can develop this into his strong suit.

Also we may see one of Zelalem or Jeff get a fleeting chance in the lesser competition.

Its a well balanced midfield and not too deep as some may suggest in media considering we always have injury issues (with Ramsey and Jack plus Santi is over 30)

As mentioned, we sorted out the DM position quickly this window. Wenger is due some accolade for that because any of 7-8 teams who can pay more than us would have/could have been in market for such an asset as Granit.

The striker position is tricky as I have been mentioning because of the current market and price. We need to be able to also bring in a centre back  if possible. If one of Per or Koscielny go injured, there will be serious question marks over the other’s ability to pair of with the ‘pacy’ but as yet unconvincing Gabriel. He may suddenly kick into gear this season but it is too much risk. Holding who is probably coming into youth ranks to develop near term should not be relied on to step up either. This is an experience player’s game.

As for striker, how much we bring him in for will dictate what we can get in terms of a centre back too.

80m for Higuain is way too much for us. HIs price may of course come down should he be left on the shelf but likely it will still hover around 60m

Morata is also priced to recoup what RM paid in buy back fee. This is a high premium and also dependent on whether RM should feel (IF Ronaldo  is unfit) that they need to retain Morata with Benzema (Jessse seems surplus to use)

Draxler is also rumoured to cost 55m which is very high and a risk for us considering we will need time to convert him to a central role.

Icardi is a possibility if he comes in around 22-28m. He holds the ball well and distributes it plus at23yrs has plenty of upside.

Should one of the top assets get moved, we do not know who else may be moveable late on (Say a Cavanni)

Bringing in just any striker is not a good idea. There is opportunity cost (should a better asset come available we are already committed…remember how long it took to get Chamakh and Bendtner off the books))to that and it does not afford us any upgrade in terms of capability.

A bit of patience is necessary. The market isn’t fixed price and not for the faint of heart.;)

About the only player you could get in midfield for the position who maybe better than Granit at the moment is Pogba but just look at the price!

Next to that, managing to sneak Granit in early at 30m is a steal!

Any of United, City, Chelsea (let alone some of the continental powers) have the money to pay for Granit and the requirement for that sort of midfield asset.

We are lucky Granit probably is attracted to the development aspect of Wenger’s management which speaks volumes of the player and how he sees himself. Quite obviously he is coming in to improve further.

He is still young and can develop further.

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The English Premier League season kicks off on August 13th, and Arsenal will have the unenviable task of hosting rivals Liverpool on opening day. Despite the tough test that awaits them to start the season, and the trip to Leicester City the following matchday, supporters should feel optimistic about the season. The Gunners finished second a season ago, 10 points behind champions Leicester, and with a few tweaks this season already completed, should push for the Premier League title once more.

Arsenal is currently third favourite to lift the title, and come in at 15/4, according to NetBet; where you can use this NetBet promo code for 2016.

Now, Arsenal Vision looks at 5 reasons Arsenal can win the English Premier League in 2016-17.

5. Granit Xhaka

Arsenal, on paper at least, has one of the best midfields in the English Premier League. It is arguably the best assortment of midfielders in the English top-flight. Granit Xhaka’s addition was a brilliant piece of early business by Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners’ £30 million signing is well worth the cash.

Xhaka had a solid Euro 2016 tournament, and surely impressed Gunners’ fans with his performances. During Switzerland’s four matches at the competition, Xhaka averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per match. That was just a teaser for what he can do in Arsenal’s midfield, where he will control the game for the team this season. If Xhaka can improve his disciplinary record, he will be the complete midfield general for Arsenal for years to come.

4. More recruits on the way

Arsene Wenger has been a stubborn manager over the years. Despite having money in the coffers, Wenger has shied away from throwing around cash like the Manchester clubs or cross-town rivals Chelsea.

Could the summer of 2016 be different? Wenger has already spent £30m on Granit Xhaka, and rumours persist he is still hunting for top-quality players. Neven Subotic and Ricardo Rodriguez are both being heavily linked to the Emirates. Last season’s 21 goal Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette could join them as well. All three would massively improve the Gunners. Although questions could be asked about Subotic’s decline in play, Rodriguez and Lacazette would be outstanding signings.

3. Olivier Giroud will get double digits in goals

Olivier Giroud is a top five striker in the English Premier League. Last season the Frenchman scored 16 of Arsenal’s 62 goals. He added a further six assists. He has scored in double digits every season since arriving from France’s Montpellier, and there is no reason he shouldn’t do the same again in 2016-17.

Giroud is having an excellent Euro 2016 campaign with France, and once he returns to the Arsenal fold, should be able to carry over the form that has seen him score three times at the Euro competition this summer. With Xhaka in the centre of the park and Arsenal’s creative attackers still in tow, Giroud should once again lead the side to the top of the league.

2. Petr Cech has a year under his belt

Petr Cech’s Arsenal career got off to a nightmare start last season with a mistake in the Gunners’ season opener against West Ham that cost them dearly. The Czech has now had a season to come to terms with being a member of the side.

This season Cech will have no excuses in goal for Arsenal. He shouldn’t need any this term either. Last season, Cech finished fourth in the English Premier League with 101 saves and posted 16 clean sheets, the most of any goalkeeper in the league. With Xhaka’s arrival and possible defensive re-enforcements, expect even better numbers this term as Cech keeps Arsenal near the top of the league.

  1. No stars have left

There was a time when Arsenal continually lost players to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona. This season, however, it looks likely that the Gunners will keep all the important pieces the club has assembled in recent years.

Last term’s assists leader Mesut Ozil (19) will be back as the creative spark for Giroud. Santi Cazorla is healthy after missing much of last season with a knee injury. His return will add more depth to the team’s talented midfield. Jack Wilshere, who played a minor role in England’s Euro 2016 campaign, should be fit as well.

With so many midfield options, the Gunners should be just as difficult as ever to defeat. With big names arriving – possibly – and the club’s stars staying, Arsenal should contend for an English Premier League title in 2016-17.

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @DrewMFarmer. Check out his latest book, Soccer Travels, in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.com.

 

Another season has passed by without Arsenal getting any nearer to a Premier League title that continues to desert them. It is amazing to think that the last time we lifted the trophy aloft as the best team in England was all the way back in 2004 when the “Invincibles” provided us with magical football that we would give anything to see a repeat of. You cannot help but take your hat off to Leicester’s remarkable rise from narrowly avoiding relegation to becoming Premier League champions in the space of just one year, but I felt it was a wonderful opportunity that went begging for Arsenal. It may be the only season in which all of the big guns struggled to impose themselves, and although finishing runners-up may represent an element of progress, it would, in all honestly, mask over what was a rather indifferent campaign; we only came second because Tottenham imploded to wild amusement across our fans, and I believe we dropped points in too many games where Arsenal were expected to produce the goods, yet failed to deliver. Coral may believe we are amongst the strong favourites to compete for the Holy Grail next season and wrestle it from Leicester’s grasps, but it may require numerous changes before I start to believe it will not be unlucky 13 for the Gunners.

It feels like Groundhog Day saying this, but it could be a crucial summer for Arsenal if Arsene Wenger finally opens his eyes and mind to what many fans and pundits can see in front of them. Inconsistency and dropping points might naturally occur from time to time, but the only person that can take responsibility for the lack of strength in depth that always bites us in the backside once injuries and suspensions kick in is the manager. We always pay the ultimate price for not having adequate back-up in numerous areas, and given that it is inevitable that players will endure a dip in form at some point, it serves as a dummy whammy when Arsenal have no-one to step in and produce the goods. Bringing in Granit Xhaka for a deal which could rise to £30 million from Borussia Monchengladbach should represent the start of many new faces arriving in North London, but Wenger’s recent comments that he wants balance with two or three more arrivals has instantly put a dampener on any spending spree that I, or anyone else, was hoping for.

Any suggestion that Wenger would be forced out the door after falling short in the league once again has been almost forgot about, and while I feel that is probably the best decision in the short term, he will have to make changes this summer. This is even more prevalent now managers are grabbing more headlines than players this summer, with Coral installing the two Manchester clubs as favourites to win the league following the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at City and United respectively. It is perhaps another reason why I believe Arsenal may rue not seizing the opportunity when the door was left wide open for them to take full advantage, and with Antonio Conte also arriving in the Premier League at Chelsea, we have to get it spot on next season.

 

Leicester ultimately won the league with one tactic that proved incredibly effective from start to finish, but Arsenal need other ideas to compliment plan A; being one of the most eye-catching teams in England is all well and good, but it becomes frustrating to watch when we continue to try passing our way through teams when it is clearly not working. I have no doubt that we have the players to make plan A work, particularly if Jack Wilshere gets himself back to full fitness and stays away from the treatment table, although we need to see more from Alexis Sanchez who never really imposed himself last season. Wenger will surely have to dip into the transfer market again if Arsenal are to assert themselves in the Premier League, particularly in midfield since Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have been allowed to leave. A proven goal-scorer upfront would certainly not go amiss, while another centre-back or right-back would ensure we have a team capable of competing. Sourcing players that would slot straight into our team and fit the style of play can only make us stronger, and with many of our title rivals likely to strengthen their ranks even further, I would happily welcome a marquee signing or two to raise my hopes that Arsenal can end 13 long years without a league title.

Arsene Wenger splashed the cash this summer on 23 year old Granit Xhaka, the fee is reportedly over £30m which is a vast amount for a deep lying midfielder, especially given the fact that Arsene Wenger is the one spending the cash. You can't imagine that Arsene Wenger is the type of guy to be spending all his spare cash on online casinos now can you?

Clearly last season there was an issue in that position when the North London side lost the talented Santi Cazorla and it was soon made clear that his compatriot Mikel Arteta was not able to contribute due to injury.

Arsenal fans had been worrying about the consequences of an injury to Francis Coquelin but little did they know that it would be an injury to the man next to him that would cause the most damage.

Partnerships between Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey did not work and even when Francis Coquelin returned he could not forge a successful combination with Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the pitch as neither are players who can begin attacks and find passes in between the lines.

It was only when new mid season signing Mohammed Elneny arrived that our form picked up and it is no coincidence that the Egyptian midfield shares some of the qualities that was previously provided by both Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.

Arsene Wenger tried playing Elneny as the deepest midfielder a few times towards the end of the season but said a number of times that he saw the hard working former Basel player as more of a box to box player rather than the classical defensive midfielder.

So with Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky departing on top of the obvious midfield issues last season, Arsene Wenger invested heavily in a player who can start attacks yet provide the defensive stability that the defenders behind him will need.

It will be interesting to see who Arsene selects as Xhaka's first choice partner. There are a number of options available to the manager. Aaron Ramsey who has been one of the standout players in a central midfield position during the European Championships for Wales. He has made it clear that the central midfield position is where he sees his future, perhaps the deployment of a natural deep midfielder will allow the Welshman to flourish.

Santi Cazorla is one of Arsenal's best players, the two footed Spaniard provides the team with exceptional technical qualities and as explained above, his absence was a big reason why Arsenal did not compete for the league title last season but given his age and new boy Xhaka providing some of what Santi gave the team I wonder if our little Spanish magician will no longer be first choice.

Jack Wilshere has always been one of Arsene's favourites, injuries have consistently robbed the dribbling Englishman of minutes on the pitch but if he can stay fit, I wonder if Xhaka can turn into just the player Wilshere needs to finally fulfil his potential.

I expect those three players to be top of the list but new boy Mohammed Elneny has impressed since joining the club, his distribution and running power gives Arsene some great options in certain games, especially away from home where we may have less of the ball or against more difficult opponents.

Francis Coquelin is probably the player most in danger of losing game time as he has been directly replaced by Granit Xhaka. The Frenchman's stock has fallen since his rise into the first team. Perhaps he could forge one hell of a tough partnership alongside the new boy in the difficult clashes in the Premier League and Champions League but I'm not sure Arsene will opt for that given our other midfield options.

It's going to be interesting to see how it plays out.

 

Ten players from the Arsenal squad started the Euros 2016 tournament this summer, and some of the squad’s more experienced players have had a huge impact on the Euros and how their country has performed. From Petr Cech in goal, to Mesut Ozil, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey orchestrating the midfield, the creative, quality players have performed to the best of their abilities throughout the tournament so far.

Although not all ten players are still in the Euros, as the Czech Republic came bottom of their group, they still had a major impact throughout the games they played. If you’re feeling lucky and you think you can guess what the scores of the up and coming tournament games are going to be, then visit the score predictor from Ladbrokes’. We’ve put together a list on how Arsenal’s more experienced players are having an impact on the Euros this summer.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil is one of the most experienced players in the German squad, having 19 goals in 72 caps,m and has been a regular player for the World Championships for a number of years now. He is a regular player in the 4-2-3-1 German formation, and is more often than not the creative playmaker in the team offering a huge number of assists and goals to his name. He was named man of the match after his impeccable game against Northern Ireland and his fine form throughout the tournament so far has proven vital to the German side getting through to the quarter-finals.

Petr Cech

Although the Czech Republic finished bottom of their group after a 2-0 defeat to Turkey, Cech made a huge impact with his impressive shot stopping ability throughout the squad’s games at the group stages. Cech is a legend for his country and he is the most capped player in Cech history having won the Czech Republic Player of the Year award eight times. Although the squad didn’t make it through to the quarter finals, there is no doubt how much of an important player Cech was when it came to having an impact on the Euros.

Tomas Rosicky

Another Czech Republic player that made a huge difference when it came to his country’s midfield. The creative maestro was always going to be an influential player and despite being the country’s oldest player through the tournament, there was no denying how influential he was in mid-field. Although he is set to depart from Arsenal, he will be remembered throughout the club’s history.

Aaron Ramsey

Although only aged 25, Ramsey provides Wales with a lot of big game experience that the team will need as they enter their first major tournament in 58 years. Although he hasn’t had the best season being hampered by injuries and criticised when he has played, there is no denying how vital Ramsey is for the Wales teams’ resurgence. Ultimately he is the perfect type of central attacking midfielder needed to create goals for the team and inject energy alongside Joe Allen and Gareth Bale.

  • 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