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Q: Will there be enough money for Wenger to sign a star player in the summer?
Peter Hill-Wood: Absolutely.

So Wenger has got the nod from the Chairman to spend in the summer. That is not all. Hill-Wood also assured Wenger his future is safe at Arsenal despite 4 consecutive barren seasons and he didn’t have kind words for his doubters:

“Arsène’s future is not in question, although I am sure there will be people who have nothing better to do trying to suggest it is. He has another season left on his contract and if he was to ask for an extension we would be delighted. But he hasn’t discussed it with us and we haven’t discussed it with him. There are other things to think about. He is a long-term person. He is not into trying to have a quick fix.”

But lets go back and I think nearly every season Peter Hill-Wood says Wenger has been given the money to spend and yet it’s Wenger’s own choice not to spend big. But this season must have provided enough evidence to the Arsenal manager to convince him that he is not going the right way. Even Arsenal forward Adebayor said we have gone backwards and called for strengthening of the squad in the summer.

Lets wait and see what Arsene does.

by Shayan Niazi

With Man Utd and Liverpool likely to dominate the title race again this season, Aston Villa and Chelsea could find themselves in a scrap for third place.

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooner staring at 5th place

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooners staring at 5th place

Arsenal’s squad appears weaker, with the summer departures not quite balanced by the new arrivals. Losing key players like Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, as well as experienced squad members Jens Lehmann and Gilberto Silva must surely take their toll both on and off the pitch.

Other news is Alexandre Hleb is determined to stick it out at Barca and fight for his place, it’s a shame he didn’t show the same mettle at Arsenal, but then he’d look a right plonker if he left Barca wouldn’t he? It’s good to see the curse of Arsenal is still working though and should if nothing else show to any want-aways that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

It’s a testament to Arsene Wenger’s ability that there are no rumours of discontent despite Arsenal not winning a major trophy since lifting the FA Cup in 2005. Many fans recognise what Wenger is doing post Henry, Pires, Bergkamp and co, and with the emergence of the talent at his disposal now the Frenchman will fully expect his squad to challenge for the Premiership.

With the loss of key players in the past 2 seasons it takes time to re-build a team. Wenger doesn’t go spending large sums on celebrity players, instead he takes a considered approach and looks to the long term but in the end fails to meet the expectations of the board.

The main question is that CAN Arsenal finish in the top 4? The current stats tell us finishing in the top 4 requires a lot more than Arsenal are doing at the moment , and Wenger’s treating it like a joke. Sure, it’s good he’s got philosophies of how the game should be played and wants to bring youngsters through but he’s still being paid to win football matches.
He almost seems to be being defiant and stubborn in not buying players to try to prove a point but the bottom line is the money’s there and it’s obvious to anyone he needs a centre-back and a defensive midfielder and, as long as he’s not buying those players, he’s letting the fans down, letting the board down and basically failing to do what he’s paid to do.
current news tells us :
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told Arsene Wenger the club would not suffer a financial apocalypse if they did not secure a Champions League berth.
Currently in fifth place and eight points behind leaders Manchester United, Wenger is facing the reality of finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 13 year reign.
But Hill-Wood has moved to assure Arsenal fans that if the club has to settle with a Uefa Cup place there would be no financial meltdown and nor would they struggle to continue paying off the mortgage on their £360 million stadium.
“Although missing out on the Champions League for one year would be a big disappointment, it would not mean financial Armageddon for Arsenal.

Arsenal are currently in need of 12 points to cover the gap between Manchester United and are 5 points away from Chelsea , with the games in hand being taken away one by one and a total of 13 games left Arsene and his team need to go all out in order to earn a Champions League spot.
Wenger needs to try different tactics to save his team from finishing 5th , and try a different set of players who might make it count for the team. With the absence of Fabregas , Walcott and Rosicky there is no influential player left in the field and Wenger is left with no other option but to bring on players like Ramsey , Arshavin and Wilshere if he wants to go for it.

(The writer of this article is a Chelsea fan but admires Arsenal and their style of play so he closely follows the club)

by Zain Shahid

Arshavin - Is either coming to Arsenal or is not! lol!

Arshavin - Is either coming to Arsenal or is not! lol!

The day started with seemingly good news for Gooners. Reports suggested that Zenit have agreed to sell Arshavin to Arsenal for £15m, which was to be received in installments over two years. Then later a Russian TV Channel also gave the breaking news that the two clubs have finally reached a deal. But soon after this breakout of news, Zenit Radio rubbished it all claiming that Arsenal’s improved bid of £15m has also been rejected by Zenit. However, they say negotiations still continue. Ivan Glazidis and Ken Friar are still in St. Petersburg. Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal need him badly so he is going all out after him. He has now even indirectly admitted that Arshavin is the only player they will buy if they buy someone. But there has been some bad news quoted by Peter Hill-Wood (though I am not sure of its authenticity). He said:

“This is our final offer. We do not intend to continue to raise the sum. If we do not purchase Arshavin, then so be it.”

Arsene Wenger too has been making comments so as to making Gooners ready for the bad news if Arshavin is not signed. He said:

“You have to accept that in the transfer market, sometimes you go for a player and that sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But I am very happy with the squad I have and will only add someone who can give us something special. For the rest I have good players and believe strongly in them. Should we not get what we want, we will accept it as well because I believe we are strong enough with what we have. We are not close to signing anybody else, but what I see in training is a very determined team of top quality.”

Sounds fishy doesn’t it? It’s as if he has accepted that Arsenal might not be able to get Arshavin. I am suddenly losing hope on Arshavin now. It now seems it will be a tranfer-less January for Arsenal (excluding the loan moves).

But for the optimistic Gooners, notice that the claim by Zenit radio is not an official statement. So officially the bid has not been rejected yet. Lets have high hopes then:D

by Zain Shahid

Arshavin - Chances of him signing for Arsenal resurface yet again...

Arshavin - Chances of him signing for Arsenal resurface yet again...

Arsene Wenger has once again hinted at a possible arrival of Andrei Arshavin at Arsenal this January. As Arshavin has already played Champions League this season with Zenit, hence, according to the rules, he is not eligible to play in the Champions League for another club in the same season. The Arsenal boss explained:

“I feel that if we do add somebody, we add somebody who has a special class. And I would like to think longer term than just whether that player is eligible for the Champions League this season.”

Talking of special class, Arshavin is the guy! Despite the fact that Arsenal’s chairman Peter Hill-Wood has played down chances of Arsenal to spend big this January, Wenger’s comments in my view refer to none but the Russian playmaker. Both the comditions he mentioned are fulfilled by Arshavin so once again I see hope of him signing for Arsenal. Maybe he is giving hints at his possible transfer which might take a couple of weeks to complete so that Arsenal fans don’t get frustrated. Lets hope for the best!

by Zain Shahid

Peter Hill-Wood - Denies an Arsenal spending spree

Peter Hill-Wood - Denies an Arsenal spending spree

Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has made another public appearance. This time he said that Arsenal are not going to spend big this January to ensure the business keeps running swiftly. This news comes soon after Andrei Arshavin’s agent said he might be an Arsenal player in the coming days. The Chairman of Arsenal said:

“I don’t think there is a lot of money anywhere. One has got to look ahead – in the future there is probably not going to be much more money coming in. We have got money, but I am not sure we are going to spend it. We’ve got to continue to run the business in a sensible way. It may sound boring, but we are not going to rush out and spend fortunes on people who won’t help us achieve anything better than where we are at the moment. Arsene has a lot of young, talented players at the club and I think he will probably give a chance to one or two of them.”

One thing is for sure now, Arsenal has got the money! But probably now Arshavin will be the only player coming in this January. But he said we are not going to spend on people who are not going to help us achieve anything better than we are at the moment. A quality central midfielder does not fit into this condition. So maybe we might still see Alonso or Arteta coming in. Or maybe as Hill-Wood said Arsene might give a chance to a couple of youngsters so as everyone knows Arsenal’s central midfield needs strengthening so probably Ramsey might be playing more often from now on. But I still hope either Arteta or Alonso join Arsenal along with Arshavin this month and I am sure we will then be challenging for the title, and not just the Premier League but the other two trophies too will be in Arsenal’s sight.

Toure - Unhappy at Arsenal

Toure - Unhappy at Arsenal

by Zain Shahid

The latest reports suggest Kolo Toure has asked for a transfer. These reports are true! Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood though immediately reacted to the news saying Kolo Toure will not be sold. He said “I know about it (the request) but we are not going to accept it. We are not looking to let any of our players go and he is under contract – and we expect him to honour it. They seem to get unhappy rather quickly for odd reasons.”

This is quite an interesting news. At first there were reports saying Arsene Wenger is trying to keep William Gallas at all costs who said to Wenger that he doesn’t like playing with Toure so maybe somehow the news got to Toure who did not like it and immediately asked for a transfer. I don’t blame him because who would want to play at a club where he is unwanted. Another thing that interests me on this one is that its the Arsenal chairman who has come out to reject his request publicly not the manager. Aren’t such matters to be handled by the manager?! Maybe Arsene Wenger too wants Toure out but the chairman doesn’t want so?! I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes! Maybe its not like this, rather it could be just that the Chairman himself did the honours to let it known to Kolo how important and wanted he is at Arsenal. It could be either of these two scenarios! But the point is Toure wants to leave. It reveals the dressing room environment, players want to leave. Not a good sign I guess.

I hope he stays. He and Gallas are our main defenders. I mean Silvestre and Djourou are just not good enough to take his place. Silvestre hardly ever played for Manchester United in the last few years, yet after coming to Arsenal he has become such a regular but I just don’t think he is good enough for Arsenal. Toure is much better and I want him to stay. He is a fan favourite so if he leaves the fans wont be happy one bit. Lets hope the intervention by the Arsenal Chairman is enough to keep Kolo at the club for the season at least.