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You can imagine it now, somewhere in Leicester, Jamie Vardy is pacing back and forth in his large house contemplating his future, maybe after of course logging onto the bingo site with Double Bubble game I mean you can't pace up and down without a break right?

According to reports, the England forward has received a large offer from his current club, Leicester City in a bid to keep the striker for the foreseeable future. After winning the title against the odds, Claudio Ranieri will want to keep his squad together to see if they can transfer last seasons excellent form into the Champions League. But Arsene Wenger is in need of a new striker, especially after having lost Danny Welbeck for a fat chunk of the new season. Jamie Vardy had a £20 release clause which Wenger and Arsenal activated, apparently terms have been discussed which has sparked Leicester City into action.

According to reports, Monday is supposed to be the day in which Jamie Vardy makes his decision and makes it public. Arsenal and Leicester City fans will be waiting on tenterhooks until the decision is made.

Jamie Vardy is 29 years of age, he is in the form of his life and this may well be his last opportunity to make the step up to a bigger club, he has the chance to move to London and enjoy life in the capital city. He will have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez around him on a daily basis at training and on the pitch, which will more than likely make him a better player. That said, there are other factors that he must weigh up.

At Leicester City, the attack is built around him and the talented Mahrez. They play counter attacking football which gets the best out of his speedy legs. If Jamie Vardy is fit then he plays in his favourite position. At Arsenal that might not necessarily be the case. Vardy would have to adjust to Arsenal's style of ball possession and won't have the same amount of space to run into that he gets at his current football club. Vardy would also have to compete with Oliver Giroud who has a good habit of battling back and reclaiming his spot in the team. Vardy's flexibility could also mean that Arsene may push him into a wider position in order to keep Giroud as the centre forward. Vardy will not want that after such a convincing season in the Premier League last season.

So clearly Vardy has plenty of reason to pace up and down, it will be interesting to see what his choice is. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium was a testing period for any Arsenal fan. The wage bill had to be slashed so we opened the doors open for some special players to walk out of. Recruitment was turned on it's head after the move, we focused on buying young players with resell value rather than spending the big bucks on proven talent, especially if the player was over 26 years of age.

Arsene, with his excellent eye for talent brought through some real gems such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Alex Hleb as well as other talents. We had to wait patiently for the squad to gell and develop together into a title competing squad but holding onto those players continued to proven too difficult for the club.

The large money elsewhere along with the improved chances of silverware became a regular fishing hook that we had to get used to.

Barcelona came in for Cesc, Manchester City lured Samir Nasri away just as he started to piece his game togeher. Robin van Persie also jumped the ship and joined Manchester United. We could not compete with the richer clubs and we suffered for it. Time and again we had to take backwards steps, bring in players who needed to adjust to our style of play and often the Premier League until the cycle would repeat itself. I mean it was almost certain that the top online betting sites would have us finishing outside the top four because of the constant changes every summer.

Since our new and improved commercial deals we have been able to keep hold of our best players, only Bacary Sagna ran down his contract and looked for a move.

But Arsenal are heading towards an important time when it comes to our squad. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are coming towards the end of their contracts while Hector Bellerin has had plenty of admiring glances from Barcelona as well as a host of top European clubs. Mesut Ozil has broken the record for the most amount of created chances over the course of a season and finished the season as Arsenal's player of the season. I imagine his agent has had plenty of calls over the last few months from the likes of Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich and several other big clubs. Alexis Sanchez showed his frustration a number of times towards the end of the last season and it is said that Juventus are very much interested in taking our wide striker off our hands.

We must show that times have changed, we are no longer than club who have to run a tight ship, we are now the club that can compete for the best players both at our club and in the transfer market.

The purchases of Granit Xhaka and likely Jamie Vardy will be good for our position in this game of cat and mouse. We are being aggressive and purposeful in our rebuilding of the squad and that will appeal to our to players. They will want to make steps forward not just financially but also on the pitch.

Let us make it a complete summer by securing the long term services of our better players.

 

When Arsenal signed Petr Cech last summer from Chelsea you would have been forgiven for assuming that our goalkeeping position was sorted out for a good few years. Wojciech Szczęsny would now have an experienced head to look up to and learn from while David Ospina was a more than capable deputy in cup matches. If I was a betting man, I would use my promo code for William Hill and bet that Arsenal would be set up for many years without any further keeping changes.

Fast forward 12 months and we may well have to rethink our keeping options.

Petr Cech had a wonderful start to his Arsenal career, well if you dust away his debut against West Ham under the carpet, that aside Arsenal fans were counting the number of points he had saved us as the games came thick and fast. When you think back to his amazing double save against Liverpool at the Emirates, his single handed thwarting of Bayern Munich or his point blank save against Anthony Marshall at home against Manchester United, Cech was having a remarkable start to his Arsenal career.

When he returned from injury, sustained when trying to actually score a late goal against Swansea, we started to see a chink in his armour. He was beaten a few times from long range which proved he was human after all. I hope that it is an issue he can solve over the summer months and not just an issue with athleticism. There is no escaping father time so if that is the problem then we really are in a spot of bother.

But the issue isn't so much Petr Cech but of his understudies. Wojciech Szczęsny was sent on loan to Roma to get a season under his belt and hopefully return to challenge Arsenal's new number one keeper. That may have been the plan but I don't see Szczęsny making the return to North London. He wants to continue to get first team football and that won't happen in season 2016/17.
David Ospina is another who wants to play first team football, he was linked heavily with a move to Turkey last season and those rumours have not gone away.

So if we do lose two of our back up keepers, we will have to turn our attentions elsewhere. Emiliano Martínez (formerly known as Damien but hopefully not from the Omen) was on loan at Wolves and did reasonably well. Maybe this is his chance to sneak up the pecking order behind the Czech keeper.

Arsene may have to put his hand in his pockets to complete the trio of keepers needed for the first team squad.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

 

Arsene Wenger must be tired of all this. Every passing season brings a strong sense of Déjà vu as his team once again conspires to sabotage yet another title challenge. While Arsenal fans have grown used to witnessing this time and time again, this season in particular feels like a huge opportunity missed, and one that has, led to many of them baying for blood. Over the past number of years a growing section of the club’s ever-weary fan base have turned against the Frenchman to the point where the ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade may now even be in a firm majority. Despite the vociferousness of these latest protests however, deep down most supporters know their boss isn’t going anywhere just yet. Dispensing with a long-standing manager of Wenger’s knowledge, devotion, and experience amounts to a virtual step into the unknown, and for a board as unequivocally executive as Arsenal’s, such a move would be seen as too big of a risk. It seems then that the dissenters will have to wait at least one more season as the top betting sites for football come to the conclusion that this could well be Arsene's final year in charge at his beloved Arsenal, the departure of Le Prof only seemingly apparent following the expiration of his current contract in 2017. 

But does it all have to be so gloomy in the interim period? If Leicester’s march towards the League title has taught us anything it’s that we can take nothing for granted in football these days. Claudio Ranieri, a man who was roundly tipped as the first managerial casualty of the season, has emphatically proved his doubters wrong, despite having never won a league title in any country previously. If an ageing manager with a questionable track record can produce a shock of such seismic proportions then is it completely inconceivable to think that a managerial legend like Wenger cannot. As unlikely as it seems at this point in his tenure, fans have to believe that the great man can indeed inspire a turnaround in the club’s fortunes with one final push for the trophy that has eluded him for over a decade. If Wenger is to make this change however there are a number of things he must do in order to facilitate this, enabling the man who built the modern Arsenal to keep his legacy intact.

  1. Get organised

While they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, sometimes a little dose of reality doesn’t hurt. The painful truth is that the teams currently leading Arsenal in the league are not there due to their vastly superior playing staff. The one coaching principle that currently holds both Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino above Wenger is a very simple one, basic organisation. While Wenger often appears to be a highly meticulous individual, his teams have a worrying tendency to lose concentration at key moments, sometimes leading to catastrophic collapses as we saw against West Ham on Saturday. While the onus is certainly on the players to maintain concentration and composure for the full 90 minutes, a culture of organization, structure and solidarity must be bred from the top down, and be drilled into the players on a daily basis if necessary.

  1. Be ruthless

Wenger is renowned as a manager who maintains the utmost faith in his players. While this is essential in building a strong team ethic and maintaining morale, it can also be a curse when that faith is continually left unrepaid. Despite the fact that this is arguably the strongest Arsenal squad in a decade there are a number of players that have been allowed to let the team down on a continuous basis. Be it through lack of effort, mental fragility, or unreliable injury records, a few names stand out as serial offenders and must be either dropped from the first team, or dispensed with altogether. Players like Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have failed to fulfill their potential, while the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Gabriel and Mathieu Debuchy have consistently demonstrated that they are not of the sufficient standard. All should be flogged to the highest bidder. In addition to this, permanently injured players like Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and even Jack Wilshere, have shown that they cannot be relied upon in any capacity, while question marks remain over a number of other first team regulars. Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud, and Aaron Ramsey are all good players in their own right but none seem to fit in with Wenger’s ethos of a highly mobile, dynamic counter-attacking team. If elite level players can be found in their positions, they should also be replaced.

  1. Find his best team and stick with it

Another reason behind the success of Messrs Ranieri and Pochettino, and Mr. Mourinho the season before, was that they decided on their strongest XI early in the season and persisted with it. Over the last two seasons Wenger, whether down to injuries or poor form, has experimented with several different combinations only to stumble upon a convincing team once the league is already lost. With balance being the key to a well functioning team, Arsene may have to fight his instincts to deploy some of his more favoured attacking players in an effort to establish a solid base from whence to build from. Injuries remain a problem for his side however, so like-for-like replacements are also required in every area of the pitch.

  1. Appoint a permanent captain

Wenger would be the first to say that he has 11 captains on the pitch at any given time, but the reality is that on-the-field leadership, a trait the Gunners are regularly accused of lacking, can often be crucial. By persevering with the eternally absent Mikel Arteta as skipper this season Wenger effectively left the role up for grabs with Mertesacker, Koscielny, Cazorla, and, most laughably, Theo Walcott, all holding the mantel at various junctures. Mertesacker is the logical choice due to his experience and organizational abilities, but he has recently fallen out of favour. The likes of Cazorla and Koscielny meanwhile don’t seem to possess the type of dominant personality to fulfill the role. Considering that the captain should be an important member of the first team, while simultaneously providing a calming influence over his team mates, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech appears to be the obvious choice.

  1. Continue to trust in youth

Wenger’s knack for unearthing talent in young players is well documented and although his track record of late is not the most emphatic, there are certainly reasons for encouragement. Teenage starlet Alex Iwobi has been Arsenal’s best player over the last few games and looks an incredibly exciting prospect. The same thing was said of Hector Bellerin this time last season, with the Spaniard now a main stay in the team, becoming arguably the league’s best right back in the space of a year. With young players like Francis Coquelin, Mohammed Elneny, and Danny Wellbeck continuing to impress, Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell waiting in the wings, and loanees like Jon Toral, Chuba Akpom and Gedion Zelalem all expected to link up with the first team in the near future, Arsene needs to continue trusting in youth, particularly with North London rivals Tottenham proving so successful at it recently.

  1. Delegate more

One facet of Alex Ferguson’s later years at Manchester Utd. was how he slowly phased out his time on the training ground, preferring instead to delegate those duties to his coaching staff, thus allowing him the freedom to manage the team. Although he will have to swallow his pride in this regard, Wenger should now too consider this option. With a talented group of coaches in Steve Bould, Boro Primorac, and Neil Banfield at his disposal, Wenger should trust in his lieutenants during training sessions, thus liberating him to concentrate on his managerial duties.

  1. Introduce a successor

Although this seems something of a radical move considering Wenger’s overall influence on the club, the early introduction of a potential successor may well work in the team’s, and even his own favour. Arsene has always stated that he aims to leave the club in the best possible condition to whoever succeeds him, so why not prepare for the inevitable. Despite their apparent indifference to footballing matters, Arsenal’s board know they cannot afford to another Ferguson-Moyes handover scenario and are no doubt be aware of how a high profile departure can affect a club (ala the Moyes Man Utd. era) and are no doubt waiting on Wenger to provide them with a solution. By introducing a successor of his choosing that can learn the ropes both in training and on match day, not to mention gaining an early insight into the abilities of the players at the club, not only grants Wenger the opportunity to mould a new managerial protégé, and a definitive say in the club’s future at that, but also allows for an easier transition for the new man. In many ways it’s a win-win situation.

Are you interested in betting on Arsenal online? It can be a fun way to add an extra element to the game and it can also put some extra cash in your pocket. However, it is important to note that, sports betting can be tricky risky if you don't know what you were doing.

Thankfully, this is what we are here for. In this article, we're going to give you some secrets to help you make some money betting on football matches.

Everything starts with the bookmaker, like http://www.golisports.com/ , that you choose. This is not a simple decision and you should take the time needed to make an informed choice. Do some research to see if the bookmaker is right for you. Check out check out their ratings, offers, withdrawal and payment methods, etcetera.

Secondly, never bet like a fan. Many fans of football around the world love the English Premier League and the popular teams that call it home, like Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, and Manchester United. Because of this, there's a tendency for fans to only place wagers on our favorite teams. But, since your money is involved in this situation, your bet should be made based on Research versus loyalty to the team.

In other words, make sure that you study all the teams before placing your bet and learn their weaknesses and strengths. You can take it one step further and analyze both their home and away games. You may also want to take note of transfers, injuries, and any other significant changes.

Thirdly, make sure to keep an eye out for highly motivated teams. Teams that are battling it out to prevent relegation or gain promotion are motivated to win. In other words, they will be playing their hearts out during every single match.

If you don't have a basic strategy and system to handle these types of bets, it's possible that you can face a huge loss. A good example of this was a surprise defeat of the popular Manchester United by the lesser-known Wigan Athletic club back in the 2011 - 2012 season. The handful of gamblers that won this bet did so because they took the time to do their due diligence As a result, they won very large sums of money.

Finally, you should make sure that you stick to your betting strategy, no matter what - if it's carefully thought out that it. Although this may sound obvious, at this point is where a lot of bettors make mistakes.

No matter the outcome of your bet, stay calm and keep plugging away with your original betting system. No system is guaranteed one hundred percent of the time so, if you have found a strategy that works the majority of the time, stick with it. Sooner or later it will pay off, maybe in the next match.

Other important considerations include:

Never chase your losses. Both losing and winning streaks are common when you decide to bet, it doesn't matter though strategy or system that you choose. So you shouldn't panic when you lose or increase your bet to recoup the loss. Simply relax, do a little bit more research, and study all your bets better.

Keep your emotions in check. Emotion can be a very dangerous when you are betting and can lead to recklessness. So, if you find yourself in the midst of a losing streak, remember that cooler heads always prevail.

Don't bother betting at the beginning of the season as this is perhaps the trickiest time to place bets - you are basically betting blind. Thus, it's important that you let the season get a couple of matches under its belt before you place your first Wagers. If you cannot resist betting in the beginning season, keep in mind that you will be betting for fun and not for profit.

 

I got to the Walking dead pretty late, which I must say is a good thing. It means I have been lucky enough to have every episode at my disposal. But that can be kinda unhealthy in itself. Watching too much of one thing can often lead to that programme sticking in your head. I keep imagining what it would be like to be confronted by a bloody thirsty zombie or walker as they call it.

So what has this got to do with Arsenal I hear you asking? Well the reason I bring this up is because I had a vision of Arsene Wenger stuck behind a door, using his feet to keep the door shut as a number of stumbling walkers bang into the door in the hope of getting some fresh flesh. But instead of walkers you could quite easily replace them with Arsenal supporters at present. Ok so the weekend's protest perhaps shows that the infection has not spread quite as far as we might have believed but there are enough out there do drag their feet along the ground and target the door that Arsene is standing behind.

I am fairly sure that all betting accumulator tips would all be pointing to the door caving in and Arsene turning into an Alsatian sandwich. Well I wouldn't bet my bottom dollar on it. This manager is long in the tooth and has enough experience to know that the right additions to this squad can make a huge difference but he needs to get to that position from here

Arsene Wenger has to hold on with all his might, if he can do that then he has a chance to escape and come back as the hero. Football is as fickle as it comes and Arsene knows more than most that if the walkers are distracted by something else then he can plan his escape. It will more than likely involve the transfer market, especially as he will be at least 3 players shorter this summer, as the out of contract experienced heads of Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini already have the door opened for them. So gaps will need to be filled before adding to the squad is even a consideration.

We already know that a top level striker has been a target of the manager for a few seasons now, I don't expect anything to be different this summer, in fact we may even have to step up our search as our lack of goals is clear to see to everyone including the manager.

With changes being made at management level at Chelsea, Manchester City and quite possibly Manchester United too, you would imagine that the transfer window will be a very busy and active place this time round.

There has been a massively leveling up between the top teams this season so you would imagine that the team who invest the best (not necessarily the most) has a good chance to mount a proper title challenge

There is no reason why Arsene Wenger should be in a different situation.

If he can hold that door firm, make a dash for the window successfully then he has a chance to live another day.

The advancements in technology have caused virtually every aspect of our day to day lives to change at breakneck speeds. The old way of doing things is no longer valid and we must either keep up or be left behind.

This is true for many things, even professional sports. The age of the internet has created a new breed of fans who are interested in more than just the simple gameplay that we got used to in the old days. These fans want interaction, up-to-date news, and special offers - and they will not settle for anything less.

Arsenal's Answer to Changing Technology

If you are a fan of the Arsenal Football Club, then you may have noticed a slight change in the way that things are done. In an effort to gain sponsorship dollars and to meet the changing needs of their fanbase, Arsenal has been partnering with the gaming companies,. For instance, draftkings, paddypower, Betfair and might be partnering with more gaming and betting companies especially from Sweden as it became a “gaming startup nation”

About Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 as a munition workers' team from Woolwich, then in Kent, now southeast London. They turned professional in 1891 and joined The Football League two years later. They were promoted to the First Division in 1904 but financial problems meant they were close to bankruptcy by 1910. They were bought out by Sir Henry Norris that year and to improve the club's financial standing, he moved the team to Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, north London in 1913. After the First World War he arranged for the club's promotion back to the First Division, in controversial circumstances.

About Wipro

This reputable Information Technology Consulting and business process services company is dedicated to creating solutions that allow their clients to be better at business. They are able to virtually guarantee their success because of their deep industry experience as well as a 360-degree concept called "assist through technology". This company is recognized all over the world for their comprehensive portfolio of services, their ability to continuously innovate, and a commitment to sustainability that is shared by the entire organization.

The Purpose of the Partnership

This partnership is supposed to help Arsenal reinvent the technology and digital experience for their fans. Because they are one of the most recognizable sports brands in the entire world, the football club hopes that by working with Wipro, they can create an experience for their millions of fans that will span not only the game day experience but also the digital experience no matter where they are and no matter the time.

This partnership is set to differentiate Arsenal from their counterparts on the Premiere League. By partnering with Wipro (who has built a solid reputation for delivering high-quality services that put their customers at the center of everything that they do), they are well on their way. They plan to use this partnership to enhance The Fan Experience for millions of Arsenal supporters all around the world.

And no doubt this will be effective, especially since Wipro's expertise should help Arsenal maintain that position as a cheerleader when it comes to Global Sports.

Not the Only Ones

Manchester United Football Club announced a global partnership with HCL Technologies. It is their hope, that like Arsenal, this partnership will help transform the experience of their million their hundreds of millions of followers all over the planet.

What do you think of the partnership between Arsenal and Wipro? Do you think that this was a good choice? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

  • 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