Wenger to Step Up Gustavo Chase, Arsenal Still Confident of Landing Suarez, Chamakh Off, Martinez’s Advice…

Wenger to Step Up Gustavo Chase Arsenal FC will try and seal the signing of Bayern Munich’s defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo in the next few days, according to a report published by the Guardian. The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently confirmed his club’s interest in Gustavo’s services but did say that negotiations with his German […]

Backpage Roundup: United To Get Guard of Honour, No Arsenal Bid for Hamburg’s Adler, Wenger Scared of Chelsea, Monreal’s Advice and More

Gunners to Hold Guard of Honour for United Arsene Wenger has revealed that not holding a guard of honour for Manchester United was never an option for his Arsenal side, and they will show the newly crowned Premier League champions the traditional respect they deserve. Some Arsenal fans recently threatened to do a ‘Poznan’ if […]

Backpage Roundup: Arteta Retains Penalty Taking Role, No Progress Over Walcott Deal, Fans Told To Behave, Wilshere Defends Wenger’s Record and More

Arteta Retains Penalty Taking Role Mikel Arteta will continue to take penalty kicks for Arsenal despite his last weekend’s injury time miss against Fulham, coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed. It was thought that the Spaniard would be relieved of penalty kicking duties after that miss, but Wenger has made it clear that he still has […]

Backpage Roundup: Walcott’s Bench Role Not a Punishment, Sagna Wants Maximum Wins, Gunners Lacking Confidence, Wenger Criticises Santos, Holtby Not Arsenal-Bound and More

Walcott’s Demotion to Bench Role Is Not About His Contract – Wenger Arsene Wenger has once again denied media accusations that he is keeping Theo Walcott out of Arsenal’s starting line-up due to his contractual disputes with the club. Walcott, 23, was a regular for the Gunners until last season but has started just one […]

Is it Walcott’s time? A look at history

It might seem premature to write this when contract negotiations are still up in the air, but if Arsenal history is anything to go by, when one star leaves another unlikely one usually steps up from within the ranks to surprise everyone. I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years so I can […]

Backpage roundup: Shawcross forgiven for horror tackle, handshakes banned at Arsenal, Wenger not worried about Carroll, Ramsey’s captaincy and more

                                      Shawcross Has ‘Cleaned Up His Act’ – Wenger Arsene Wenger has given Ryan Shawcross’ England call-up his blessing and said that the Stoke City defender has “cleaned up his act.” The 25-year-old centre-half is a hate […]

How much for 100+ goals?

It occurred to me the other day that Robin van Persie must be one of the best pieces of business Arsene Wenger ever made for Arsenal, just on goals alone. When I thought about it further, I wondered where he would rank among the top strikers over the last 20 years or so, in terms […]

Constant change harming Arsenal

It struck me yesterday that Arsenal’s starting lineup against Sunderland was almost an entirely different team from even two seasons ago. After years of being fairly quiet in the transfer market (apart from selling the occasional top player and signing the occasional teenager), Arsenal have now gone the other way: last summer saw Clichy, Fabregas […]

Backpage roundup: Pique loves Song, Arsenal’s Sahin and Niang chase, Wenger’s reluctance to do business with United and more

Vilanova Refuses To Talk About Song Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has refused to publicly talk about his club’s interest in Arsenal midfielder Alex Song but has also failed to deny that the Cameroonian is on his wish list. Song enjoyed a fine 2011/12 season at a personal level and showcased his vastly improved passing range […]

Roberto Mancini claims van Persie signing out of his hands

I’m not exactly sure what Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini is getting paid to do, but apparently signing new players isn’t it. Mancini admitted that player transfers are out of his hands as somebody else looks after them. This somebody is reportedly Brian Marwood, who is listed as the club’s football director. It’s been reported […]

United bid for van Persie signals end to rivalry

Perhaps worse even than the sight of talismanic striker and captain playing in the red of Manchester United, is the fact that our long-standing rival Ferguson felt he could make a bid at all. If it wasn’t already pretty clear, it is now official: we are not the rivals we used to be. It almost […]

The armband – does it mean anything?

As I touched on in my article last week: with Robin van Persie surely set to leave Arsenal this summer, the club is about to face yet another change in captaincy, with the Dutch striker having only replaced Cesc Fabregas as skipper a year ago. I suggested Bacary Sagna as a replacement in my last […]

Will somebody please make a decision on RVP

Sky Sports ran an article on Tuesday night  (July 10) claiming that striker Robin van Persie might reconsider his decision to re-sign with Arsenal and many websites jumped all over it. However, the article didn’t last long and within a couple of hours it had disappeared from the Sky site. Perhaps the Dutchman is trying […]

Deja vu, all over again

We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Too many times. Star player…club captain…one-man team…selling club. The words have lost all meaning. Though I have been toughened up by so many recent experiences (or perhaps simly grown numb to the modern running of Arsenal FC) I have to, as ever, express my disappointment at Arsene Wenger and […]

How will RVP decision affect Arsenal’s stance on Walcott?

When a football player remains silent for weeks or even months on end about his future at a specific football club, you know there’s a good chance he’s not quite happy with his situation. When Robin van Persie announced he wasn’t going to re-sign with Arsenal it shouldn’t have surprised anybody. It doesn’t take that […]

Time to remember the forgotten men?

Nicklas Bendtner has thrust himself into the spotlight recently with his now infamous underpants stunt, and, it must be said, some impressive performances at Euro 2012. But I must admit that for a while I’d kind of forgotten about the player, on loan at Sunderland last season and supposedly on his way out of Arsenal. […]

Where’s the crisis?

Do we as Arsenal fans perhaps have the right to feel slightly aggrieved at the way the media treats us? I see no special reason for pundits, journalists and bloggers to have some kind of agenda against the club, but it does seem like there’s something there. Take the coverage our rivals Spurs are currently […]

Van Persie could warm bench for Holland

There’s a hot Dutch debate taking place across the sea concerning Arsenal’s Robin van Persie and Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. It appears the nation’s football supporters are divided over who should start as striker for the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. In one corner we have the 28-year-old Golden-Boot winner van Persie, who […]

There’s a talented player in there somewhere

I have to admit that I naively raised an eyebrow yesterday when Roberto Mancini, chasing a much-needed win at Newcastle, took off attacking midfielder Samir Nasri for defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong. In the end, this turned out to be the masterstroke that won City the game, and possibly the league title. Having been largely […]

Arsenal lose grip on 3rd place

With five games to go, 3rd place was in Arsenal’s hands. It wasn’t the season we’d hoped for, but considering how badly we started, we looked like saving some dignity. Four games later, we are looking at another typical end-of-season collapse. Of course, it’s nothing like last season, where the prize we’d lost was far […]

Time-wasting controversies FIFA’s own doing

When it comes to football there are three simple results. You either win, lose, or draw. You might go through a whole season without losing a game, as Arsenal did back in the 2003/04 season, but I’ve yet to see a team win every one of its games in top level sports. Nobody likes losing […]

Tougher tests to come, but the confidence is flowing

Arsenal made easy work of Aston Villa yesterday with a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. In doing so, the Gunners made it seven league wins in a row, and did not concede a single shot on goal to their opponents; they are the first team to do this on more than one occasion this […]

Why hero Van Persie will stay at the Arsenal

  All this chatter about RVP leaving has a lot of people concerned. Not Arsenalinsider reader Brad Porterfield, who has sent us the reasons why he feels the Dutchman will stay at the Emirates. What makes him so certain? Well, see below…   Manchester City:He’s witnessed the villain Nasri has become. That greedy sod is […]

What next for this team?

There comes a time in every relationship where you have to wonder, “where is this going?”. That’s where I am with Arsenal right now. My love for the club is strong, but they’re so up and down I wonder how well I really know them. I think I’ll end the relationship metaphor there, as I’m […]

RVP: Bond with Gooners is so special to me

Can the outpouring of love and support from our fans – aimed at the new, resilient Arsenal – help RVP stay at the club? I only ask because there are some intriguing quotes from the flying Dutchman in last night’s match programme for the dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle. You could be forgiven […]