Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted they cannot compete with the top clubs in the Premier League when it comes to the transfer market. This summer saw Arsenal sell Van Persie and Song and in the past they have let other stars such as Cesc Fabregas and Ashley Cole move on. He fears the club could see a similar meltdown to Rangers if spending is not done sensibly and feels the current amount being spent on players as disgusting. He does however maintain the belief that Arsenal can compete on the pitch and even win the league this season, seeing absolutely no threat from local rivals Spurs.
While one flying winger is playing it hard to get in contract talks with the Gunners another fellow Southampton graduate is not as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has welcomed news of a new long term deal at Arsenal. The 19-year-old has been outstanding since arriving last year and it is believed Arsene Wenger wants to reward his hard work and exceptional performances with a whopping new deal, despite the England international already having 4 years left on his current contract.-
Lukas Podolski has insisted that he can be Arsenals ‘match winner’ this season following on from his impressive performance against Liverpool this weekend. After scoring in the game and assisting Santi Cazorla for Arsenal’s second goal he is full of confidence, believing Arsenal can target the title and that if he is on the pitch then he is bound to score goals. The Germany international is not short of confidence ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Arsenal have handed a trial to 17-year-old Belgian Ismail H'Maidat, according to France Football. He came through a Nike talent spotting programme and will now get an even bigger chance to impress.
Arsenal's Champions League squad has been announced, and there is a place in it for promising youngster Serge Gnabry. The Short Fuse gives a comprehensive run down of the squad, and also helpfully explains why supporters shouldn't panic at seeing certain players omitted from the list on UEFA's website.
London Fire Brigade was called out to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in the early hours of the morning after a fire broke out in the kitchen. The fire is believed to have started accidentally and was eventually put out by the respondent team. Two security guards were treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation and the London Fire Brigade even joked that fire was put out ‘despite two members of the team being Spurs fans’.
Four Arsenal fans were arrested inside Anfield on Saturday as part of a murder investigation over the death of a 33 year old from London in the city centre. The assault occurred not far from a popular nightclub area in Liverpool and the police were quick to stress they did not believe the victim was known to the alleged assailants or that it was hooliganism of any kind. The four men remain in police custody.
And finally Here Is The City take a look at 10 out of favour players who failed to secure moves and face a season on the bench, with three Arsenal squad members included.
What are your thoughts on everything happening at Arsenal FC on the 4th September 2012?
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