Jadson linked again! A defender is a must as Wenger says ‘We are not scared to spend the money’

August 14, 2011

After the opening game for Arsenal, one thing is for sure that we need a creative player in the middle of the park. A new Fabregas will be very difficult to find but someone who can do as good a job as him without taking time will be enough.

The signings that we have done, except Gervinho, who is close to being a finished product, need time to develop.

Last night, we did control the game and were defensively sound. However, going forward, we lacked ideas and failed to impress and achieve the type of movement and passing which is our trademark.

This brings me to the point that we do need to buy reinforcements, no matter how much Wenger says we have a large squad. We cannot mount a good challenge for the title with the players we have.

With Fabregas and Nasri’s departures to be announced any day, rumors of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder, Jadson, to Arsenal have re emerged.

Just days after Wenger denied any contact with Shakhtar, their head coach Mircea Lucescu, according to Skysports, has revealed that Arsenal are interested in the 10 million rated midfielder. He said:

“I can confirm Jadson is wanted by Arsenal . Now it all depends on him.”

I don’t know what to make of it and I cant say how good he will be for us as I haven’t seen him play. I said yesterday that I am not fussed about this signing because I agree to an extent with Wenger that we don’t have to buy anyone just for the sake of buying.  

The only important thing is we do need a creative linchpin. If he can provide us that for 10 million, I am willing to accept him. Otherwise, we need someone like Sniejder! And it will be a delight to see Hazard or Mata play for us.

Apart from this, rumors of Jagielka, Cahill and Scott Dann are again on the horizon. I don’t know what to expect from Arsene after he said this last night on the performance of centre backs:

“If we had conceded a goal I would have been bombarded with questions about why I don’t buy a centre back! They have to take credit.”

He further added on buying players:

“I am not against spending money if the players we buy can improve our squad. We have a big squad and if some players leave we will try to bring players in. We request top quality and we are not scared to spend money”

I am certain that Wenger will replace Fabregas and Nasri. I am not so sure about a new defender though!

Despite giving a solid defensive performance yesterday, we still need at least one more quality defender. It is a must in my opinion and please! there is quality available. More so, every defender being linked with us is miles better than Squillaci. And if we can pay 15 million for chamberlain, who is yet to be tested in the league, how can we not pay almost the same amount for a defender who has premier league experience?

Also, we may have a bigger squad but none are enough for us to mount a serious challenge for the title. Yesterday’s bench was proof. Except Walcott, or maybe Chamakh, there was no one else who could have offered something different going forward. Chamberlain will be there in some time but at the moment we are certainly void in options.

I am sure as the transfer window draw to a close; we will be linked with a number of players. I just hope that we find the right player and Wenger signs him.

Until then we will have to make do with what we have!

 


Wenger: I will sign a defender?,Joel Campbell deal agreed, no Mata, No Jadson | Tevez for Nasri!?

August 13, 2011

The new Premier League season is set to kick off today, and we are up against Newcastle. However, a lot has been revealed in terms of arrivals and who to expect at Arsenal before the window closes.

With Fabregas and Nasri on the verge of exit, though Arsenal has still not officially confirmed it, there is news that we have agreed terms to sign the young Costa Rican, Joel Campbell. It was revealed yesterday by the official Arsenal site.

The 19-year-old is a left footed striker, who was involved in the recently concluded Copa America and also in the under 20 world cup. He has made 6 full appearances for his country scoring twice in the process. He has 10 goals in 12 game at the under 20 level. He has appeared 8 times for his club, Deportivo Saprissa, in his country’s Premier division.

Arsene Wenger was delighted and said that he is looking to forward to working with Campbell. He said:

“Joel Campbell has already shown that he is a player with great ability, and has also performed well on the international stage at a young age. We look forward to the formalities of the transfer being completed and working with Joel when he joins us at Arsenal.”

Now, I am caught between two thoughts here. One is that, any signing is better than nothing and he might turn out to be quite good. He is welcome to the club and may he have a great future with us.  On the other hand, isn’t it getting frustrating that we have bought another young player to develop. We have so many of such players that I am not sure who will make it to the next level. We had JET, who was supposed to be the next great striker, but we let him go. We now go on and bring another 19-year-old, who has played only 8 games for his club. We will spend time with him, develop him and then we won’t be even sure that he will commit to the club. I have this very bad feeling these days that only young players want to join Arsenal because they know they will get the chance to develop here and then leave on their terms. That’s how I feel. Anyways, let’s hope that he will adjust to our league quickly and score lots of goals. Fingers crossed! By the way, does he need to get a work Permit?

The Sun is reporting that Nasri’s move to Man City has been blocked by Arsenal for the reason that we want Tevez in exchange. Now, I don’t know where The Sun came up with this idea but I really like it. However, there are concrete reasons that we won’t see it happen. It is simple, Tevez is estimated to be around 50 million, his wages are extremely high, he wants to leave England and not just Man City and we already have bought a striker, Joel Campbell. So why will Wenger spend another 25 million, that is if we sell Nasri for 25, for another striker who doesn’t want to stay in England? May be, he will surprise us all. I won’t have my fingers crossed for this one.

Arsene Wenger also revealed that we are not moving in for Mata. He said:

“We will not do (a deal for) Juan Mata. I don’t have to give a reason”

There you have it, short and bitter. After months of speculation, we won’t be going after him, great! I would have really liked to see him in an Arsenal shirt. He does join our list of failed summer transfers though.

Arsene also put an end to rumors regarding Jadson. The Brazilian midfielder is valued at 10 million by his club, Shakhtar Donetsk. The rumors started after Fabregas’ move to Barcelona was reported to be completed. Arsene, however, said that we are not talking to his club:

“We are nowhere near on Jadson. We are not talking to Shakhtar about him”

I wasn’t really fussed about this signing so basically I don’t care if he isn’t coming.

The ambiguous statement, on the other hand, is that Wenger has revealed that a defender will be signed before the transfer window closes. There is a catch however, the player must be better than what we already have! Now, this was one the thing I didn’t want to hear. This is what he said when asked about signing a defender:

“We have specialised people who work everywhere. Every club looks for centre-backs in the whole world. People with unlimited resources look for a centre-back. We are not in a supermarket where you go to a shelf and you ask ‘where are the centre-backs or the strikers?’

We are today in an international market where all over the world people look for the same players. Massive clubs have scouts all over the world and if they don’t find anyone, in the end they come to us. You don’t need to be a genius to understand that.

We will have a new centre-back by the end of the transfer window because Thomas Vermaelen only played five games last year. To buy just for the sake of buying – you won’t find me there. If I’m convinced the player has the quality, I will always do it if he’s better than the players we have.”

He should have stopped at “we will buy a new defender by the of the transfer window”. And seriously how can he not find any one better than what we have, amazing! I want to ask Wenger that does this mean Joel Campbell was signed becasue he is better than the players we have? Wenger’s rule of buying players must be same the same for every position or is it just for defence?

I just hope that Wenger does find whatever he looks for in a defender and pray that it is not a Squillaci and then signs him. Enough with this BS of having quality and not finding the right player.

That is all for now. Will be coming up with Newcastle preview later…

 


Champions League Draw: Arsenal to face Barcelona in the round of 16

December 17, 2010

Champions League: Round of 16 Draw

The draws for the round of 16 in the Champions League were conducted today. The 16 teams were placed in two pots.

Pot A: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham

Pot B: AC Milan, Arsenal, FC Copenhagen, Inter Milan, Lyon, Marseille, Roma, Valencia

The results of the draw are as follows:

  • Arsenal vs Barcelona
  • Olympique Marseille vs Manchester United
  • FC Copenhagen vs Chelsea
  • AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • AS Roma vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Valencia vs FC Schalke 04
  • Internazionale Milano vs Bayern Munich
  • Olympique Lyonnais vs Real Madrid

So it’s Barcelona again for us. The first leg will be at our home and the second leg away.

Last time we were knocked out by them in the quarter finals. This season they are also in top form but as Wenger has said that things change pretty quickly in football. Two months is a lot of time and let’s hope we have our best team available and we can overcome them. But first we have to focus on the Premier League.

Update: The dates for the two-legged match are as follows:

First leg
Arsenal v Barcelona
Wednesday 16th February 2011
Kick Off: 19.45 (UK Time)
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
 
Second leg
Barcelona v Arsenal
Tuesday 8th March 2011
Kick Off: 19:45 (UK Time)
Venue: Nou Camp

Thoughts!


Thoughts from the Shakhtar game: Not the end of the world

November 5, 2010

It was supposed to be a difficult game but we made it really hard for ourselves. We hardly ever shifted into top gear and let them control the match. By the time we realized the game was getting away it was too late.

The game

There isn’t much to talk about as we failed to impose our control over the match. We made it hard for ourselves as we gave away possession needlessly and left them to attack us at will. They were quick, accurate and confident in their build up as they took the game away from us despite going a goal down. We never really got our passing going and made a lot of errors. Read the rest of this entry »


Shakhtar vs Arsenal preview: Same opponent, different venue, hopefully same outcome!

November 3, 2010

Same opponent, different venue, hopefully we have the same outcome as we face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League tomorrow but this time at their home.  Our record in Ukraine hasn’t been good as we have yet to register a win there. Shakhtar are unbeaten at home this season with just one goal conceded, hopefully we can break the streak and score plenty, as they come into this match on the back of a win. As Wenger has said that we will see a different Shakhtar so it won’t be a walk in the park as happened the last time.

We ourselves are building up a nice streak of wins and clean sheets as we head into this match top of the group. It will be good if we can keep the streak intact. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal 5 – 1 Shakhtar Report: Being clinical makes the difference + ratings

October 20, 2010

Clinical! That was one clinical display of football. It was the brilliance of Arsenal in the final third that proved to be the difference this time as we made it look simple.

The game started with us taking the early initiative. We moved the ball around well with some lovely play by Wilshere, Chamakh and Rosicky. We were continuously probing for the goal. Credit to Shakhtar for being disciplined at the back. We were rewarded for continuously harassing the Shakhtar defence. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal vs Shakhtar: Preview, it will be interesting

October 19, 2010

Champions league football is back and we are to face Shakhtar Donetsk at home tonight. Shakhtar have made a good start to their Champions league campaign by claiming wins at Braga and against Partizan. They also are doing great in their league, currently top with a 5 point margin. We ourselves have been successful in our opening games in the Champions league. So it will be a very well balanced match as they will be tough nut to crack.

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