Jamie Vardy rejects move to Arsenal and signs a new contract with Leicester City

Jamie Vardy has decided that he will not join Arsenal in the summer and has instead signed a 4-year contract with Leicester City.

Arsenal made a £22m bid last week for the player, but Vardy has decided to stay with Leicester.

This will be a major blow to Arsenal, who was looking for a new striker in order to boost their attack. Vardy was instrumental last season in helping Leicester City win the title, and Arsene Wenger was hoping that he could replicate the same form for Arsenal. The French manager has been under pressure since last season in order to mount a serious title push and this season he has started his transfer business early. He would have hope that having a quality striker like Jamie Vardy in the team will help him calm down the fans and boost the team attacking options. Continue reading Jamie Vardy rejects move to Arsenal and signs a new contract with Leicester City

Granit Xhaka close to signing for Arsenal

There are media reports that Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka might be signing for Arsenal soon. The player is reported to be having a medical during the weekend and will subsequently sign a contract with the Gunners.

Granit Xhaka is currently playing for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany and has established himself as a valuable player in their midfield. Although he is not reputed for being a quick player, Xhaka compensates his lack of pace with accurate passing, good positioning, and great tackling. He also has tremendous leadership skills that have helped him become Borussia Monchengladbach’s captain.

It was always a dream for Granit Xhaka to play in the Premier League. He was quoted once as saying that it was a childhood dream for him to play in England and at that time he did not know whether it would come true or not.

Arsenal is currently looking for midfielders since they are on numbers with the release of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and MattieuFlamini. According to some pundits, Xhaka will definitely help to boost Arsenal midfield and will be an upgrade on their current players. With Wilshere, Cazorla and Ramsey always suffering from injuries, Xhaka will help bring some stability to the midfield. Continue reading Granit Xhaka close to signing for Arsenal

Arsenal place a number of tickets on general sales

Arsenal place a number of tickets on general sales for their game against West Bromwich Albion

Due to a large number of fans deciding not to attend the match at the Emirates, Arsenal has been forced to put some tickets on general sales. This is mostly tickets from season-ticket holders who have decided not to attend the game.

There has been growing frustration from the Arsenal fans in recent weeks with their team failing to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League. And this could become worst if Tottenham ends up winning the Premier League.

Arsenal were at the top of the Premier League in January and pundits agreed that they were the favorite to win the Premier League. Unfortunately, a poor run of form ever since has caused them to fall down the table and may even miss out on the fourth qualifying place for the Champions League.

This poor form has caused many fans to become frustrated with the current manager and asked for the board to replace him. However, there are former players such as Ray Parlour that have asked for the board to stick with the current manager and urged him to sign more quality players to help the team move forward. Continue reading Arsenal place a number of tickets on general sales

Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger is right man for the job at Arsenal

Defender Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger is right man for the job at Arsenal despite the recent criticism – even from the club’s supporters – in recent weeks following a poor run of games.

Arsenal face the prospect of yet another season without a trophy. The club has enjoyed back-to-back successive FA Cup, but it is now the turn of a trophy less campaign. The club went through a similar time for almost a decade before the FA Cup success largely served to protect manager Wenger at the club. Just before the victories, there were calls for Wenger to step down from his role.

Now, those calls have once again come up. Koscielny may become the last of the defenders brought to Arsenal by Wenger. The Frenchman is not keen on becoming such a historical figure. He says that Wenger has done only good for Arsenal and it is imperative that he stays on at the club to enjoy the fruits of the labour. It has been more than a decade since the club last won the Premier League medal. Just when it seemed that they would end this drought this season, the club has gone backwards once again. This time around, Wenger cannot blame the lack of transfer money for his inability to bring trophies. Continue reading Laurent Koscielny says that Arsene Wenger is right man for the job at Arsenal

Ospina Left Out

David Ospina has lost his place in the Arsenal line up and is spending most of his time on the bench these days, but, the boss Arsene Wenger still has got faith in him.

Wenger believes Ospina would become the first choice shot stopper at the club at some point of time.

Ospina had been used ahead of Petr Cech in Europe at the start of the season, but, one of his mistakes against Olympiacos cost Arsenal big and pushed them to the brink of elimination.

Since then, the 27-year old is out of the reckoning for the European and Premiership games and it’s Cech who is playing in both the competitions.

And, given how skilfully Cech has performed between the sticks in the recent times, he is likely to retain his position as Arsenal no. 1 in near future.

Ospina has got a couple of opportunities in the Cup, but, it seems he will have to wait for his time in the bigger competitions.

However, Wenger has no doubt that the Colombian’s time would come.

The boss was quoted as saying, “My decision to sign Cech had nothing to do with Ospina’s form.”

“It’s not that he was not meeting my expectations and that’s why I went for Cech. That was not the case at all.”

“But, you know when you have the opportunity to get somebody of the quality of Cech, it’s almost impossible for you as a manager to deny it.”

“It’s unfortunate that Ospina’s had to suffer a little bit because of that signing, but, without a shadow of doubt I can tell you that he is a fantastic goalie and surely our man for future.”

Ospina has got 18 Arsenal caps under his belt till now.