July 8th, 2014
Arsenal has signed a shot stopper in the form of Hugo Keto. He belongs to Finland and is only 18 years of age right now.
He is not expected to feature for the first team of Gunners in the upcoming season though. The Arsenal management would definitely like him to make appearances for the youth side for a couple of seasons before they try him at the league stage.
The Gunners were in competition with the Reds to secure the services of Keto. Both the clubs had the player on trial for a short period of time and both were ready to sign him up.
Therefore, the player himself had to make the decision which club he wanted to play for and he eventually opted for Arsenal.
Keto is a fantastically built goalie with a height of more than 6 feet. The Arsenal scouts were believed to be very impressed having seen him play in Finland.
Liverpool was actually expected to leave Arsenal behind in this deal. Keto has been a fan of the Reds since his boyhood days and thus, he was supposed to make his way to Anfield, but, it wasn’t to be. The teenager decided to go to Emirates for some reason.
Some of the Arsenal supporters were not happy with the fact that the manager Arsene Wenger is currently working as an expert in Brazil and not focussing on transfer activities properly. Now, they would be slightly happy that a promising, young goalkeeper has been brought in. There have been reports that the works have been done on Alexis Sanchez deal as well.
Arsenal’s pre-season would start on 19th of this month when they take on Boreham Wood. Thereafter, they will travel to the United States of America to face New York Red Bulls in a friendly fixture.
June 23rd, 2014
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has sensationally claimed that the team failed to win the Premier league title last season largely because they are not mature enough to hold onto the lead that they had during Christmas. Arsenal went on to the New Year with a five-point advantage, which soon became a huge deficit towards the end of the season. They saw Manchester city winning the second league title in three years, but Giroud feels that Arsenal could have certainly won the title had they showed more maturity over the course of the campaign.
Despite this disappointment, the season was still a memorable one for the gunners since they finally managed to lift a major trophy for the first time in nine years. Giroud was a major reason towards the club winning the FA Cup title last season. He says that there is no reason why Arsenal cannot build on the success going into the new campaign. Arsenal are expected to strengthen in several areas of the pitch including the attack. Giroud said a few months ago that the club needed to sign a new striker in order to share his burden.
The Frenchman started most of the matches in the first half of the campaign and he finished the season with 16 league goals.
“We were on top for a good half of the season and then we cracked. I believe we lacked maturity and that we had a lot of injuries at an important time. Above all we weren’t able to adapt to the big teams. We have to show progress in these matches, to maybe play less football, but it’s difficult because it’s our playing philosophy,” said the Frenchman, who is going to take part in the World Cup 2014 with the national team squad. He will hope to reach the latter stages of the World Cup 2014.
June 2nd, 2014
Arsenal continued their good end of season form after a 1-0 win over West Brom. The victory ensured them a top four finish, while it has often been criticised that Arsenal are more than happy with this kind of performances. The club has failed to win a major trophy in the last nine years. Even though they have a great opportunity to lift the FA Cup this season, Arsenal have often been viewed as a club happy to sit fourth in the table and bask on the revenues from the Champions League.
Wenger has rejected such solutions by saying that he is hoping that the players learn from the mistakes that they have made this season and focus on winning the league title next year. Arsenal were in contention for the Premier league title for most of the season. They have been one of the teams to lead the table for most part of the season, but a spate of injuries in the second half of the campaign has reduced their title ambitions to top four ambitions.
Arsenal will once again go through the play-offs in order to qualify for the Champions League group stages, which will provide up to £ 30 million in revenue alone.
“I am happy with the attitude, the behaviour and the consistency of my players, but I am frustrated as well because we were 120 days top of the league. The regret as well is at the most important period of the season we had two important players out. The attitude of the group was remarkably consistent and of quality, but we still have missed something to be decisive in the Premier League at the moment when we were in a good position,” said Wenger.
The club play against Hull city in the FA Cup final.
May 4th, 2014
Arsene Wenger insisted in saying that it is vital for him and the club to secure a spot in the top 4 spots of the Premier League as the French coach went on stating that the Champions League is a top tier competition that just about any club wants to compete in.
“It’s vital to me to do it qualify for the Champions League. I want this club to play in the top level competition. For that you want to be in the Champions League. What will be an advantage is our desire to play in this competition because we love the Champions League and just to imagine how much we love it will help us to achieve it. I would like them rather to concentrate on the pleasure to be in it than worry about not qualifying’’. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2014
This Premier League season has seen Arsenal being at the top of the standings for a significant time as they started off strong the campaign and early into the season they showed signs of turning themselves into genuine candidates on winning the league but as the season and weeks progressed on, Arsene Wenger and his players started slipping and falling down a few spots at the top of the English league.
It has now reached a point where it remains unclear if Arsenal is going to be able to secure a top 4 spot after suffering a 3-0 loss against Everton. This Premier League campaign is intense and extremely competitive with 3 clubs battling it out to see who will be crowned as the champions.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all have chances of winning the league in this season as the distance between each other is just a few points but the 4th spot is also being tightly contested with Arsenal and Everton both hoping they can snatch the Champions League qualifying spot.
With the Premier League reaching its last stages of the season, some clubs are giving it their all in order to finish the campaign on a high note but Arsenal on the other hand are struggling to find victories.
The latest victory that Wenger managed to secure with Arsenal was in March 16 when they overcome Tottenham with a scoreboard of 1-0 and ever since then they have been suffering losses against Chelsea and Everton as well as having to settle with a number of draws.
If Everton manages on winning the remaining matches of the Premier League then they will be able to push Arsenal out of the Champions League qualifying spot which is going to be disappointing news for a club that has now managed on securing a major piece of silverware in over 8 years.
March 25th, 2014
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has claimed that Arsenal certainly deserved a draw from their second leg Champions League match against the German outfit. Arsenal were coming into the encounter after having lost the first leg 2-0. Many had already written off Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition since they were up against a Bayern Munich team that were coming into the match as the holders of the competition. They are also regarded as one of the strongest in the world right now. However, Arsenal proved that they can be a match for any top team by managing a 1-1 draw.
Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the opening goal for Bayern Munich early on in the second half, but the German outfit were unable to hold onto this lead for much longer, as Lukas Podolski scored against his former club a few minutes later. Robben was a constant menace against Arsenal, but he was unable to help Bayern Munich get the victory. However, he came close to doing so after winning a penalty late on in the match. Thomas Müller, though, missed this penalty that would have given them a win. Robben says that Arsenal did extremely well and that a draw was a fair result.
The Dutch international also said that the club are not planning to rest on their laurels this campaign.
“They (Arsenal) have a very good team, they have a lot of quality on the pitch. If you give them the ball, they can play and cause you troubles. The main thing for us was to keep ball possession and to control the game. And that’s what we did in the first half. We played really well, created chances and with a bit more luck, we should have scored a goal,” said the former Chelsea man.