Category: Arsenal

Arsenal need Alexandre Lacazette to step up to make run at top 4

After a severely disappointing start to the current campaign, Arsenal are back in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League. Though the Gunners are still currently sitting ninth in the table, they are just eight points from fourth and five away from the fifth spot (with an extra game at hand). The Manchester City European ban situation could possibly mean that the fifth-placed team in the Premier League could in fact quality for the Champions League next season. With a potential place in the lucrative Champions League back in sight, Arsenal will have to make a ... Read more

Arsenal will have a summer shakeup in central defense

It’s no surprise that Arsenal are planning for a massive makeover in defense this summer. After all, the Gunners have endured defensive issues for a few years now and need to stabilize their back four heading into the 2020/21 season. Arsenal’s brass have, however, brought in ample reinforcements in both full back positions during the current campaign. Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, and the out-of-position Bukayo Saka are quality options at left back, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles (another player that is better in a different position) and Cedric Soares give Hector Bellerin solid competition at right back. The Soares situation is something ... Read more

Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is climbing the European goalkeeping ranks

When Bernd Leno arrived to Arsenal in the summer of 2018, most fans and pundits around the world thought it was an adequate deal for the north London club. At £22.5 million, the German goalkeeper cost a significant chunk of change, but didn’t exactly break the bank either. The signing appeared to be a satisfactory one. After all, Leno wasn’t exactly a ‘rising star’ or even a household name at the time. The summer of 2018 was also a time in which six different Premier League teams splashed the cash (at least £13.5 million each) on new goalkeepers, so there ... Read more

Arsenal need to reward Bukayo Saka with new bumper deal

While most of the worries surrounding contract extensions at Arsenal are fixated on star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners have similar concerns with youngster Bukayo Saka.  Like the Gabonese center forward, Saka’s current contract is set to expire with the north London club in the summer of 2021.  Although he’s not exactly a high-profile player just yet, the England youth international’s stock has been soaring the start of the season. Saka, 18, entered the current campaign as a U23 player with thoughts of receiving playing time sparingly through Europa League and cup matches.  Nevertheless, the versatile player has received minutes in all four ... Read more

Arsenal’s January transfers set them up for flexible summer

The January transfer window can be quite different from the summer market for Premier League clubs.  While most top flight teams spend a majority of their budget on players in July and August, Januarys tend to be a bit calmer.  Sure, pricy players can definitely be bought during the winter (Bruno Fernandes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Virgil van Dijk, etc.); however, these high-priced transfers are far more prevalent in the summer.   It certainly appears as if many clubs take the January transfer window to find economical solutions to their squad issues.  This was exactly the case for Arsenal last month.  Defensive frailties and injuries forced the ... Read more

Gabriel Martinelli: From the Brazilian fourth tier to breakout star

Arsenal fans weren’t exactly blown away when the north London club announced the signing of Gabriel Martinelli last July.  This was, of course, before the Gunners smashed their club-record purchase of £72 million for winger Nicolas Pepe and many Gooners felt the teenage signing was a bit underwhelming.  Nevertheless, the £6 million fee to secure Martinelli already seems like an absolute steal just six months after his arrival to the Premier League club. Coming to Arsenal from Brazilian fourth-tiered Ituano, there wasn’t exactly much expectations for the teenager to make an immediate impact on the senior Gunners.  However, the 18-year-old forward hugely impressed ... Read more

Arsenal’s 5 best center back options

With the January transfer window open, Arsenal will try to do everything they can to add reinforcements.  The Gunners have a shaky defense and need to find another central defender to pair with the highly-rated William Saliba.  Although on loan, Saliba is the future for the north London club.  Adding a talented center back, either this month or during the summer, to go alongside the young Frenchman should be a top priority.  Listed below are five of the best (and somewhat possible) options at this position. 1. Presnel Kimpembe Young, but still experienced, Kimpembe would be a fantastic addition to Arsenal’s back line.  The 24-year-old ... Read more

Mikel Arteta is making solid start to Arsenal coaching career

It may have taken a few matches for Mikel Arteta to earn his first victory as Arsenal manager, but changes at the club are clearly evident. The Gunners essentially dominated Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The win was the north London team’s first home Premier League win in nearly three months and arguably their best performance of the competition over the entire season. The much-needed victory against one of their rivals was a big deal. Not only do the three points come at a desperate time for them, but Arsenal look like a completely different team ... Read more