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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.
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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.
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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.