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Monday, August 26, 2013

Arsenal looking to profit from Spurs’ lack of Willian power

Arsenal are looking increasingly like benefiting from Tottenham’s failure to sign Chelsea new-boy, Willian, with Juan Mata set to make room for the Brazilian by moving across London to Emirates. Mourinho is now spoilt for choice when it comes to attacking options, and could be keen to move the Spanish playmaker on before the end of the window.

Wenger has promised the Gunners faithful – the majority of whom haven’t been shy to criticise their manager for a blatant lack of ambition in the transfer market – a marquee signing this summer, and with the close of the transfer window fast approaching, the time might be right to finally strike, with punters who bet on premier league transfers backing the Frenchman to go after Mata.

Having already failed to sign a number of top class players that they had been strongly linked with this summer, Wenger can really make a statement of intent by luring Mata to Arsenal – and prove that his team can still attract top-class talent despite a run of over eight years without winning any silverware.

Earlier in the summer, Mourinho played down talk of Mata leaving Stamford Bridge, insisting that he needs him for the upcoming campaign, but the extra competition for places at Chelsea, coupled with Arsenal’s virtually guaranteeing yet another season of Champions League football has seen football betting markets react quickly and Mata might see Wenger’s men a very attractive prospect for the midfielder as he looks to build on his promising start to life in English football.

Having scored eighteen goals in just 61 Premiership starts for Chelsea, Wenger will be hoping that Mata can score the goals that Arsenal need to finally end their ten-year wait for the title – and that in the short-term, this capture will go some way towards silencing his critics.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wenger ready to add to squad

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has promised that he will be looking to bring a number of new faces to the club following the recent criticism of his transfer policy.
Despite having money to spend this summer, the Frenchman has recruited just one player so far in the current window, with youngster Yaya Sanogo joining from Auxerre.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of other big names but Wenger’s unwillingness to pay out the big bucks has once again seen him miss out on the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo.
Saturday’s season opening 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, the football betting shock of the day, saw the manager come under even more pressure but his cause was helped by Wednesday's magnificent 3-0 win away at Fenerbahce, a result that means they are now almost guaranteed their place in the group stages of the Champions League.
After the match Wenger was in bullish mood and promised the fans that he would be spending money before the close of the transfer window. Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria already being mentioned as possible targets while punters who bet on premier league transfers feel Wenger could plunder some divisional rivals for new players too.
The 63-year-old has made a habit of doing his business late in the day and is now ready to splash the cash in order to help his team once again challenge for a place in the top four.
“You have to understand there is still a long way to go," added Wenger. "The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2.
"From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now.
"It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible and see what is happening out there. In the end, they go for decisions," he added.