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Arsenal to sign Clint Dempsey?
Arsenal to sign Clint Dempsey?

It has been reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to make a £10m summer swoop for Fulham’s American striker Clint Dempsey. Clint has been in inspired form this season, leading the clubs scoring chart with 19 goals so far.

Arsenal were interested in signing Dempsey last summer but things did not go to plan and he ended up staying at Fulham. However, Arsenal have some cash to spend this summer and it is likely that a number of players will be shown the exit door, freeing up further funds.
 
Arsenal currently have a number of strikers out on loan, such as Nikolas Bendtner and Carlos Vela, and Arsene Wenger also seems to be losing patience with Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh who could also be on his way out of the club this summer.
 
The leave Arsenal in need of another striker to support their goal machine, Robin van Persie and it seems that Clint Dempsey fits the bill perfectly. It remains to be seen whether Fulham accept the off but it is likely that the player will push for the move.
 
Do you think that Clint Dempsey is good enough for Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger confident Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott will sign new Arsenal contracts
Arsene Wenger confident Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott will sign new Arsenal contracts

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is confident that he will be able to convince the clubs leading goalscorer, Robin Van Persie and England winger Theo Walcott to sign new contracts with the North London club. Both Robin and Theo have little over 12 months remaining on their contracts but with Arsenal’s recent form, they could be persuaded to stay.

Wenger explained, “[We will try to arrange new contracts] very early. Yes I am [confident these players will commit]. To say that I am always confident, yes I am. Of course we want to keep our best players.”
 
He added, “These players want to win things and they want to be in a team that has a chance. Our end of season will help that to help me convince them that they can [here]. It depends now how well we finish.”
 
Arsene continued, “Newspapers open talks now. They should inform me how much they offer and for how long because I would like to know.” Arsenal are currently in third place in the English Premier League, three points ahead of fourth place Tottenham Hotspur with eight games left of the season.
Robin Van Persie to leave Arsenal on a free?
Robin Van Persie to leave Arsenal on a free?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that club captain Robin Van Persie will not be going anywhere this summer, risking the possibility of losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season. Robin has been in fantastic form this season and has been linked to a number of top cluns in Europe but Arsene Wenger has stated that he is not going anywhere … yet.

Wenger explained, “Our plan is to keep Robin Van Persie even if we buy any player. What is said of you by other clubs is part of the job. What is important is how much you want to win the next game. All the rest is basically not important. Robin is the leader of our club. He is under contract until 2013. You do your job, which he does very well, and enjoy your games.”
 
Arsene then discussed the possibility of signing German striker Lukas Podolski. He added, “I don’t have a lot to say about that because, if we sign a player, we will inform you. At the moment we have not signed anybody. There is still no agreement. Podolski is a good player. I wouldn’t deny that.”
 
With just one year left on his contract and a whole host of clubs willing to put up the cash to sign  Robin Van Persie, Arsene Wenger risks losing him on a free transfer at the end of the 2012/13 season. However, if Arsenal manage to finish fourth this season, gaining Champions League football, and sign the right players in the summer, they may just be able to persuade Robin Van Persie to stay at the club.
 
Would you cash in on Robin Van Persie or take the risk and possibly lose him on a free?
Arsenal overpay for unproven Lukas Podolski
Arsenal overpay for unproven Lukas Podolski

While many Arsenal fans are praising Arsene Wenger for the early capture of German striker Lukas Podolski it seems that Arsenal may well have paid over the odds for an unproven striker yet again. Yes Lukas Podolski has scored 16 league goals in 20 league games this season but he has not scored more than 20 league goals in a season since the 2004-05 season.

His form over the past few years has been inconsistent to say the least and the fact that he is having a great season this season has bumped his value up a little. Also, no disrespect to the German league but it is not exactly the best league in the world and Lukas Podolski has only scored 46 goals in his last 150 games, including his amazing season this season.
 
Add to that the fact that Arsenal are reportedly set to pay Lukas Podolski £100K a week, plus paying almost £11m for him and it soon becomes a lot of money for a player who has never really achieved a lot in the game. However, Arsene Wenger is a manager who knows what he wants and will not have his opinion swayed by anyone.
 
It just all seems too familiar with Arsenal, just look at Maourane Chamakh. When news broke that he was set to join Arsenal, the fans were ecstatic, yet look at what he has achieved in his time at the club. In a time when Arsenal really need a proven Premier League striker, such as West Bromich Albion star Peter Odemwingie, it seems that Arsene Wenger has decided to gamble on a “big” name instead.
 
What do you think of Arsenal signing Lukas Podolski?
How much money will Arsene Wenger get to rebuild Arsenal this summer?
How much money will Arsene Wenger get to rebuild Arsenal this summer?

It was recently confirmed by Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke that Arsene Wenger will have a £55m war chest to spend on rebuilding his Arsenal side this summer. However, this revelation has not stopped people from making up their own numbers about the amount the Arsenal manager will get, with reports ranging from £10m to £100m being quoted.

Yesterday the London Evening Standard claimed that Arsene Wenger would only get to see £10m of the quoted £55m due to the increasing likelihood that Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League. Despite this story, Stan Kroenke has stated that the £55m is already there to spend, so Arsenal not qualifying for the Champions League will not affect this amount.
 
Now, The Telegraph has claimed that Stan Kroenke will be willing to give Arsene Wenger £100m this summer to rebuild his ailing Arsenal side. This again seems highly unlikely, especially if Arsenal do fail to qualify for the Champions League and add to that the fact that Stan Kroenke is looking to buy the LA Dodgers baseball franchise and his funds could be a little limited.
 
The fact of the matter is, Stan Kroenke has already confirmed that he will has £55m sitting ready for Arsene Wenger to rebuild Arsenal this summer. Arsene could end up spending more than that, due to the fact that the club will be looking to offload a lot of the dead wood at the club. However, the set transfer kitty for Arsene Wenger to spend on Arsenal this summer currently stands at £55m, although people will be trying to convince you otherwise.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott to Chelsea, Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge to Arsenal?
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott to Chelsea, Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge to Arsenal?

It has been reported that Arsenal and Chelsea could be set to do a surprise piece of business this summer, with both clubs offloading players who do not seem happy where they are. It is claimed that Arsenal could be set to let winger Theo Walcott join London rivals Chelsea, with Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge moving in the other direction.

Theo Walcott only has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract after this season and has made it clear that he wants a significant pay rise, which would break Arsenal’s wage structure. The fact that Theo Walcott has been distinctly average this season does not seem to warrant such a pay rise, which could determine whether Arsene Wenger decides to let the player leave.
 
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has become frustrated at Chelsea and has previously voiced the fact that he would not be against a move away from the club. However, this is all currently speculation and other reports are suggesting that Arsene Wenger is set to offer Theo Walcott a new contract in the coming weeks. If the swap deal was to happen, it would certainly be a good piece of business for Arsenal. Watch this space.
Arsene Wenger admits Eden Hazard could be Arsenal material
Arsene Wenger admits Eden Hazard could be Arsenal material

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is a big fan of the Belgian 21 year old Eden Hazard and that he seriously believes that he has the potential to succeed at a top Premier League club. Arsene stated that he believes Arsenal are still one of the best football teams in the country and that Eden Hazard would be a perfect addition to his side.

Wenger explained, “I like Eden Hazard a lot, and for many reasons. His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game, and his consummate skill in making the final pass all make him an in-demand player. Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club.”
 
Arsenal have been linked to Eden Hazard for quite some time now and Arsene Wenger admitting his interest is bound to have the player interested. However, it appears that Chelsea are also keen the Lille midfielder and the £30m asking price may be a little bit too much for a club like Arsenal, whereas Chelsea would be happy to hand over the cash to get their man.
Arsene Wenger set for uninspiring double signing
Arsene Wenger set for uninspiring double signing

It seems that Arsene Wenger is set to listen to the fans and dip his hand into the transfer kitty to strengthen the squad with two new signings. However, they are not likely to get the Arsenal fans licking their lips with anticipation and could actually have the opposite effect. As if signing Yossi Benayoun wasn’t bad enough, the latest transfer conquests could be considered worse.

The first player it seems that Arsene Wenger is set to sign, is 19 year old German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld. The teenager has been in good form for Borussia Dortmund under 19s this season, with six goals in twelve games but that is the under 19s and is not exactly going to set the Premier League on fire. He could be a player for the future but Arsenal’s problems are now.
 
The second player is Adrian Mariappa, the centre back who has been having a fairly good season for Watford in the Championship this season. Again, it’s the Championship and a club like Arsenal should be looking to bring in some big name players if they hope to secure a Champions League spot for next season. With just one more day of January left, Arsene Wenger needs to get his priorities right.
Theo Walcott to discuss Arsenal future with Arsene Wenger
Theo Walcott to discuss Arsenal future with Arsene Wenger

It has been reported that England winger Theo Walcott is set to sit down with his manager Arsene Wenger and discuss what the future holds for him at Arsenal. Theo’s contract runs out in 2013 and Arsene will be hoping to tie him down to a new long term contract. However, it will not be as simple as that, as Walcott will want the guarantee of Champions League football.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping that Theo Walcott signs in the coming weeks but it seems more likely that Theo will follow in the footsteps of Robin Van Persie and wait until the end of the current campaign. That means that Arsenal will have two of their top players with just 12 months to run on their contracts and if Arsenal do not get Champions League qualification, they could be saying goodbye to the players.
 
There has already been quite a bit of interest in Theo Walcott, coming from Italy and Spain, and while he has made it clear that he is happy in North London, he could be tempted by a big money offer and the guarantee of Champions League football. However, the majority of the Arsenal faithful will not be too bothered by the loss of Theo Walcott, as they feel that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a younger and better version of the winger.
Is Arsene Wenger losing it?
Is Arsene Wenger losing it?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come under a lot of criticism this season right from the word go and it seems that things are getting continually worse. The press have been on Arsene Wenger’s back since Arsenal lost 8-2 to Manchester United earlier in the season and the pressure has continued to mount, as the fans appear to be starting to lose faith in their leader.

Now, it has been reported that Arsene Wenger is also beginning to lose the support of the dressing room, with a number of the senior players becoming disgruntled with the Frenchman. Robin Van Persie appeared to disapprove of Arsene’s decision to take of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the weekend, although the Dutch striker has since claimed that, that was not the case.
 
There is also the case of Thomas Vermaelen, who is believed to have been annoyed by the fact that Arsene Wenger did not let him know that he would be playing at left back until very late on. With a lack of support from the press, a waning support from the fans and what could be an player revolt on his hands, it could well be the beginning of the end for Arsene Wenger.
Who will be the next Arsenal manager?
Who will be the next Arsenal manager?

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will see out the remaining three seasons of his contract at Arsenal but has refused to commit any further than that. With Arsenal currently performing so poorly, the pressure has been on Arsene with some fans even calling for him to be sacked.

Fans wanting Arsene Wenger sacked are those that complain about the lack of loyalty in football and what Wenger has done for Arsenal in the English game is only bettered by what Sir Alex Ferguson has done for Manchester United. However, it seems Arsene Wenger could be gone in three years.
 
So who will the next Arsenal manager be? It is unlikely to be any of the top managers in the business, as Arsenal work to a budget and the top managers like to spend. The fans would love for a former favourite to return, with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry being mentioned.
 
But for now the man in charge is Arsene Wenger and it seems that he will be for the next three seasons at the least. So the best the fans could do is get behind the manager and the team. Who do you think will be the next Arsenal manager and who would you like to see replace Arsene Wenger?
‘Arsene Wenger Sacked’ Very Unlikely

‘Arsene Wenger Sacked’ Very Unlikely

With his Arsenal team currently sitting 15th in the Premier League having only registered 4 points and one unconvincing win this season, many people are asking if Arsenal’s top man has run out of time?
 
It seems unlikely that the Arsenal board would sack Arsene Wenger in the current climate especially given the contract he is tied to and the team he is trying to build. It would make it very difficult for any other manager to come in and take over at this point in time, especially the £60m plus spent recently. Arsene Wenger acknowledge after the Blackburn Rovers 4-3 defeat that they have been careless on the pitch and need to learn from that as a team.
 
There is obviously fundamental errors within Arsenal right now and only time spent at the training ground and applying those lessons on the pitch can help them turn around there fortune. It appears the immediate unrest from many Arsenal supporters has also subsided some as they go through this transition period and realise it’s going to be a tough year as it’s a marathon not a sprint.