Confirmed: Arsenal sign Arteta and Benayoun!

August 31, 2011

Arsenal has done a great job on the transfer deadline day.

It is now officially confirmed that Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Benayoun have joined Arsenal.

According to BBC, we also have signed Arteta for a fee of around 10 million. He will join the club on a four year deal.

This is what @bbcsport_david tweeted on twitter minutes after the window officially closed:

“I can confirm Arteta and Bendtner are DONE deals #bbcfootball #afc #safc #efc”

“Arteta signs for Arsenal for fee in region of £10m. No news on contract length, squad number. Bendy to #safc on year-long loan #bbcfootball”

Arsenal has officially confirmed Arteta’s signing and Bendtner’s loan move to Sunderland.

Great news all around!

More to follow!


Benayoun on loan to Arsenal and Arteta also close to signing!? Mertesacker to wear No. 4 shirt

August 31, 2011

After announcing earlier that Per Mertesacker deal was pending formal completion, Arsenal has now officially announced that the deal is completed. He will wear the number 4 shirt.

Arsene Wenger on signing him said:

“We are delighted to welcome Per Mertesacker to the Club. He is a German international with vast experience and strength and is good on the floor and in the air. I believe he will be well-suited to the Premier League and a tremendous asset to the team.”

Mertesacker, on completing his move, said:

“I had a great time at SV Werder Bremen and I’m grateful to the club. Moving to London enables me to fulfil a dream and a further step in my career. The Premier League has always represented a great challenge for me.”

And in a major development, talks with Arteta have started again according to Skysports. In a major twist in our favor, Arteta is now only a few minutes from signing for Arsenal.

It is being reported that the deal is agreed and only wages and personal stuff is to be decided. Arteta himself is pushing in for the move. Which means this deal is well and truly done!

This comes on the back of Benayoun talks, on whom the latest report is we have signed him on a season long loan.

Stay tuned as the confirmation comes in!

Update: It is now confirmed that Benayoun has signed for us. This is what the player tweeted just a few minutes ago:

“I sign with arsenal,very happy and excited about it,but now my head is only in the game against grecce on friday,thanks for the support.”


Arteta interest has ended but we may still get Benayoun!

August 31, 2011

Everything is happening at the moment for Arsenal. Earlier today reports started appearing that we have opened talks with Everton for their playmaker, Mikael Arteta. The offer at first was cash plus Bendtner which was followed up by a £10 million bid, later reported to be rejected by Everton, who are asking for £15 million.

As things stand, Skysports is reporting that we have ended our interest in the Spanish playmaker.

However, in another development partly related to above, we are now moving in for Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun according to Skysports sources. He has also been linked with Liverpool but recent reports suggest that we are in talks with Benayoun, for a possible loan move.

Now, ideally I would have liked both of the above mentioned players at Arsenal together. Arteta is very creative and he could have been a decent replacement for Fabregas. Combined with the talents of Wilshere and Benayoun, we could have filled some of the gaps left in by Fabregas and Nasri. Now however, I don’t believe that Benayoun alone is the answer to our midfield problems. He can be great but his injury record is a concern.

And Even if we do get Benayoun, we would still require another creative midfielder. And with just less than three hours to go, we are in for a tense final hours before the window closes.

Anything can happen. It is getting frustrating at the same time now as no new signing have taken place today. Santos, Mertesacker and Park were done yesterday, two of them were only announced today. Maybe we have someone else lined up. Keep your fingers crossed!

More to follow


Player Ratings: Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton

February 2, 2011

As it was expected, the game against Everton turned out to be a difficult game. However, we coped with it admirably, despite a slow start and showed the world that we are gunning for glory.

The overall team performance was above average. Most of the players who were disappointing in the first half stepped up the gear in the second which proved to be decisive.

The defense at times looked vulnerable but they did enough to keep the Everton players at bay.

The midfield players in the first half failed to make much impact but in the second half they dominated the game. There was a moment in the second half when we had hundred percent possession.

Upfront the movement was good but we couldn’t finish our chances, most of which were quite difficult. However, Arshavin’s finish was a beauty.

However, the best thing about yesterday’s win was that we never lost our focus, never stopped trying and despite not playing our best game, we still got the maximum points. In the past we have lost such games because we wouldn’t keep our patience and eventually drop points.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (6): Had a quiet game as he didn’t have much to do. Wasn’t at fault for the goal. Produced one good save but must improve his distribution. Although I don’t like time wasting but it was good to see he was taking time as most teams do against us when they are leading.

Sagna (6.5): A decent game from the Frenchman. Was caught once or twice but covered up well and produced some good interceptions late on.

Djourou (6.5): He too had a decent game. Did well on most occasions but it wasn’t good to see that he at times allowed the Everton players to get past him quite easily.

Koscielny (7.5): A very good game from the Frenchman. Gave no space to Saha and was always early to clear the ball. Aerially was also dominant. Went close to scoring a couple of times and got the all important winning goal.

Clichy (8): Top game, didn’t put a foot wrong. From start to finish was solid at the back and upfront was a continuous threat. Produced a great run late on.

Wilshere (5.5): Didn’t make a good start and at times gave away the ball very cheaply. Improved his game in the second half. Produced one great pass to Van Persie, that would have been a goal any other day.

Fabregas (6.5): He too didn’t make much of an impact in the first half. Got into good positions but couldn’t finish. However, in the second produced some delightful balls one of which led to a goal.

Song (5): Good work rate but wasn’t at his best. Didn’t make much of an impact in attack and failed to make his presence felt in the middle. He got substituted after the first half due to an injury.

Walcott (6): Was a constant threat but I feel he wasn’t utilized enough. Did his part in defense.

Van Persie (6.5): Again some nice touches and good movement but couldn’t finish when required. Delivered some excellent corners one of which led to a goal. Went close to scoring form a free kick and helped the team in defending.

Rosicky (5.5): He had an anonymous game. Produced one great pass to Fabregas and had one shot on goal besides helping in defense.

Subs:

Arshavin (8) was great when he came on. Showed urgency and desire and coolly slotted the equalizer. Diaby (7) also made a quick impact in stabilizing our midfield. Had some good moments but still he needs to be quick in making decisions. Bendtner (6.5) looked confident but still needs to improve a lot. Went close to scoring with an overhead kick.


Player Ratings: Everton 1 – 2 Arsenal

November 15, 2010

Another away game and another massive result. Not a perfect game from us but again we showed the desire and determination to get the three points and the whole team delivered. Now twice in a row we have grinded out results despite not being at our best. On both occasions we have done enough. Just imagine what the results would be if we played in our best form. We just have to show consistency. Read the rest of this entry »