Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that he would like to assess the team’s performance on a game-by-game basis rather than speaking about a potential challenge for the Premier League title. The north Londoners began the season with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea but they have since made a sublime recovery which sees them just two points behind the lead of the table.
Based on this, there have been some assumptions that the Gunners could compete for the Premier League crown but Emery has refused to get into such discussion by admitting his team are not the best at the moment, he said: “Each match is our focus. Our focus is Sunday. If you win or lose on Sunday, it’s a very different moment after.
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Martin Keown believes the Gunners’ hierarchy should bow to the wage demands of Wales international Aaron Ramsey. The midfielder has been in a contract standoff with the Gunners since the turn of the year and reports have recently claimed that talks have negotiations have broken up altogether.
Amidst this, Ramsey has not let his performances dip in the club’s colours and he came up with a stellar performance off the bench versus Fulham which included an assist and a goal which he orchestrated from his own backline. Speaking after that triumph, Keown urged his former side to come to terms with Ramsey regarding a new contract with his existing one expiring in under nine months’ time.
Arsenal concluded their pre-season programme in emphatic fashion on Sunday, after they brushed past German outfit Cologne in 4-0 fashion. While many people will be delighted with the comprehensive score line, there were certainly other talking points after Robin Van Persie made his first appearance of the summer following his announcement that he wants to quit the Gunners. Continue reading
Considering Arsenal’s long hunt for silverware, Gunners supporters will be delighted in the manner in which their club have started their pre-season campaign. Arsene Wenger’s men managed to lift the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup at the weekend after starting their preparation for the new season in positive fashion. Continue reading
It would be fair to say that Johan Djourou hasn’t enjoyed the best career at Arsenal, despite arriving with such high hopes back in 2003. It would now appear as though the Switzerland international is bidding to call time on his Gunners career, with his agent revealing that his client is looking for a switch to Italy or Spain – although preferably the former.
Having been picked up by Arsenal’s academy as just a teenager, Djourou progressed through Arsenal’s ranks to eventually make his first team appearance in 2004. However, a succession of injuries and poor form has meant that the 25-year-old has always struggled to hold a regular place in the Gunners’ starting eleven, being limited to just seventy two league starts since his breakthrough. Having also started just twelve games in the Premier League last term, Djourou seems to have given up on his Emirates Stadium career and has instructed his agent to find him a new club.
His agent, Flavio Ferraria, said, “I saw my client the other day and he was enthusiastic about both Napoli and Italy in general. So far we have received an offer worth £10m. At the moment Napoli are not on the list of appointments but everything is possible. If he leaves the Premier League he will play in Italy or Spain. He wants to play for one of the top five Italian clubs.”
Should the Gunners manage to recoup the reported £10m figure, it would certainly represent a superb piece of business for a player who has never been considered as a regular for Arsene Wenger. With Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud poised to make a £13m switch to the Emirates Stadium in the very near future, the sale of Djourou would practically offset the Frenchman’s signature and would allow Wenger to strengthen his squad in other areas.