Saliba and Ceballos: A good start but Arsenal have more to do this summer

Today’s double-header of signings was a welcome boost after a positive pre-season tour of the United States for the Gunners – but more will be needed if we are going to go into next season in a stronger position than we finished the last. The widely-anticipated signings of William Saliba and Dani Ceballos were announced … Continue reading Saliba and Ceballos: A good start but Arsenal have more to do this summer

Josh Kroenke: Reading between the lines of Arsenal vice-chairman’s interview

Josh Kroenke, son of club owner Stan, sat down with the official Arsenal website today (Tuesday) for a bit of what’s known in the trade as a soft soaping. It was a chance to get his message out in a way unlikely to attract much hostility and rigour, particularly as the people he was talking … Continue reading Josh Kroenke: Reading between the lines of Arsenal vice-chairman’s interview

Can Arsenal finally make progress after enduring woeful week?

It’s always dangerous to take everything you read and hear at face value but, by any measure, it’s been a pretty rotten week for Arsenal. It’s all relative of course, because we’ve had an absolutely horrendous few years as a club but, in what is an especially important summer for Unai Emery and his team, … Continue reading Can Arsenal finally make progress after enduring woeful week?

Arsenal confirm sale of David Ospina to Napoli

Arsenal have confirmed the sale of goalkeeper David Ospina to Serie A side Napoli. The fee is believed to be in the region of £3million. Ospina joined the Gunners from Nice in 2014 after six seasons in Ligue 1, and made 70 appearances during his time in north London. A spokesman for Arsenal said: “He … Continue reading Arsenal confirm sale of David Ospina to Napoli

Wilfred Zaha: Why Arsenal were right to open the bidding at £40million

It may well be an outdated way of doing business – and it may also have “incensed” Crystal Palace – but I believe Arsenal were right to open the bidding for Wilfred Zaha at £40million. ‘Why not just pay the asking price like everyone else?’ is the inevitable and, frankly, pretty credible question that is … Continue reading Wilfred Zaha: Why Arsenal were right to open the bidding at £40million

Wilfred Zaha to Arsenal: What’s really going on?

All-knowing football deity, David Ornstein, says his understanding of the situation is that, had Arsenal achieved Champions League football, a deal for Wilfred Zaha would have been relatively straightforward for the Gunners. As it is, another year in the Europa League wilderness, and with just £45million to spend on transfers, the aforementioned would seem to … Continue reading Wilfred Zaha to Arsenal: What’s really going on?

What would the arrival of Kieren Tierney mean for Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac?

For Nacho Monreal or Sead Kolasinac, the potential arrival of Kieren Tierney almost certainly spells the end. But who is most likely to head out of the exit door at the Emirates and who will stay to compete for a starting berth in Unai Emery’s second season at the helm? There are compelling reasons to … Continue reading What would the arrival of Kieren Tierney mean for Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac?

Brace yourselves: Arsenal’s Premier League fixture list is coming

If the 2018/19 season taught us Arsenal fans anything it’s that the fixture list is in no way a barometer of our likely success. We are just as capable of making a difficult run look easy as we are an easy run look difficult. You need only look at the last eight games of the … Continue reading Brace yourselves: Arsenal’s Premier League fixture list is coming

Why prospect of Yannick Carrasco at Arsenal makes me nervous

According to reports published by the Spanish outlet Sport, negotiations between Arsenal and Dalian Yifang for the sale of Yannick Carrasco are “going well”. While it’s always best to take anything and everything that relates to transfers with an enormous pinch of salt and slice of scepticism, it does seem logical that Unai Emery would … Continue reading Why prospect of Yannick Carrasco at Arsenal makes me nervous

Fond farewell: An ode to Danny Welbeck as Arsenal confirm his release

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Danny Welbeck’s arrival at Arsenal late in the summer transfer window of 2014 failed to set pulses racing. He had been allowed to leave by Manchester United despite having been practically raised by the club, and manager Louis Van Gaal’s dismissive assessment of the then 23-year-old was acerbic: … Continue reading Fond farewell: An ode to Danny Welbeck as Arsenal confirm his release