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WHO WON THIS SUMMER?

The football transfer window always has winners and losers; some teams come out the other side with a lesser squad than when they went in, some overspend on questionable talent, and some fail to spend at all. This season Man United and Chelsea seem to be the big winners with Arsenal possibly squandering their chances of progression by selling Van Persie.

When Man United secured the signing of Van Persie, they not only got one of the Premier League’s best players, they deprived one of their nearest rivals of his services.

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ALMUNIA LEAVES DISAPPOINTED

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has said that he is extremely disappointed to have left the club are without any major trophies to his name. The Spanish goalkeeper was recently released from his contract by the Premier league club.

He came extremely close to challenging for first-team spot after the departure of Jens Lehman. However, the impressive form of the current Arsenal goalkeeper has meant that Manuel Almunia did not get enough opportunities at the club to play alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas, despite being the most experienced player. He has now left the club, but has expressed his disappointment that he was not able to win more trophies with his time at the club.

Manuel Almunia spent a long time on the bench as the understudy to the German international Lehman. After the departure of the German international a few seasons ago, Manuel Almunia was made the undisputed number one by the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. However, he made numerous mistakes during his short tenure as the Arsenal number one, which related to Arsene Wenger losing his faith in the player. The manager subsequently decided not to extend his contract after it came to an end this season. The former Arsenal player, who has since signed for Championship club Watford, has spoken about his Arsenal days.

“As a player at Arsenal, it is hard to see the best players go to other clubs every year. They have missed a lot of great players in the last few years. The first year I came to England, I thought ‘Oh, I’m going to win a lot of things with Arsenal’ but the change then started. The club has been changing every year. One of these years, everything has to come together and be perfect, and now is the time for Arsenal. They’ve signed some good players this year, Santi Cazorla is fantastic,” Almunia said in a recent interview.

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RVP NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE

Arsenal are ready to tell striker Robin van Persie that he will not be granted permission to leave in the summer irrespective of the offer given by the interested clubs like Manchester city and Juventus. The 28-year-old is entering into the final year of his contract.

He has recently revealed on the official website that he would not like to sign a new contract with the club because he does not believe his ambitions do not synchronise with the ambitions that Arsenal have. It is a situation that is extremely similar to last season after Arsenal saw both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas leave the club for Manchester city and Barcelona.

However, it is thought that manager Arsene Wenger has made it extremely clear for Robin van Persie that he should not be interested in hearing any offers for the 28-year-old Dutchman. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, he is in high demand. Manchester city, though, will not bid more than £ 15 million to secure his signature. However, they are prepared to offer widgets of up to £ 200,000, which is something that Arsenal can never come close to. Juventus are also thought to be interested in the player.

Arsenal will be able to demand around £ 20 million for the striker given that he is in his final year of the contract. He was one of the main reasons for Arsenal finishing the third position last season. Another player entering into the final year of his contract is Theo Walcott, who has been linked with a move to either Chelsea or Liverpool. Even though Arshavin is also out of contract, Arsenal have made it a priority to sign both Walcott and Robin van Persie at the club. Wenger is thought to be extremely disappointed at the decision by van Persie.

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SZCZESNY IMPRESSED AT TALENT

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said that he is surprised at the amount of attacking talent in the Premier league at the moment, according to the Arsenal News website.

He has also claimed that the Premier league is the best league in the world because of the intense competition between the clubs. In the Spanish and German leagues, only to teams often dominate the division. In Italy, it is slightly better with the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan challenging for the title. However, the Premier league has an intense competition starting from the top going right until the eighth position in the table.

Wojciech Szczesny believes that it is due to the plethora of attacking options that the Premier league clubs have at their disposal. Arsenal finished the season in the third position, but they faced a mighty challenge to do so. At one stage, it looked like they will be missing out on the Champions League football for the first time in 15 years. However, a strong end to the season meant that they were able to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League without any trouble. Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been one of the influential reasons in Arsenal finishing in the third position because the Dutchman has scored more than 40 goals in all competitions.

“I think you just have to give credit to the attacking players in the Premier League – some of the players we have in this country are as good as there have ever been and that’s why you see teams scoring and conceding a lot of goals. I like to believe that football is becoming more of an attacking game and it’s good for the league. It’s so tight that everyone goes into a fixture believing they can win it, no matter who they’re facing,” Szczesny told the official website of Arsenal.

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WENGER SAD AT GUARDIOLA EXIT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is extremely saddened by the exit of Guardiola as the Barcelona manager from the end of this season. Guardiola recently announced his decision to step down from the post after four years in charge during which time he has managed to convert Barcelona into the greatest team in the world. Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the very Barcelona play their football. Wenger has not been ashamed of admitting that he has always tried to play the Barcelona way. Guardiola managed to win three league titles in a row in addition to the two Champions League titles as well.

Ahead of the match with Stoke city during the weekend, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he would have liked to see Guardiola continue his job at the Camp Nou. Guardiola will be going out after having seen Real Madrid claim the title from Barcelona’s hands, while the club were also knocked out from the Champions League by Chelsea. This meant that Barcelona were unable to become the first club in the history of the Champions League to win back-to-back titles. Wenger praised the philosophy of Guardiola by saying that it is the model for other clubs to follow.

“It comes as a surprise to me because first of all when you make a decision after a big disappointment like he has had in the past week, it may not be the right moment to make this decision. The philosophy of Barcelona has to be bigger than winning or losing a championship. Guardiola is one of the representatives of this philosophy and made this philosophy triumph so I would have loved him, even going through a disappointing year, to stay and come back and insist with his philosophy,” said Wenger regarding Guardiola’s decision to step down as Barcelona manager.

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ARSENAL LACKED SHARPNESS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that his team lacked the sharpness required to beat a team struggling against relegation after Arsenal lost against Wigan on Monday night. The 2-1 home defeat meant that Arsenal are unable to open an eight-point advantage over Tottenham.

Hence, the bid to finish in the automatic Champions League qualification has not been secured yet. Wigan were coming into the match after having beaten Manchester United in their previous match. It provided them with huge confidence that they carried into the match against Arsenal as well, thus becoming the first team since Southampton in 2001 to beat Manchester United and Arsenal in back-to-back games.

It did not take long for Wigan Athletic to secure a stranglehold on the match after they scored two goals in the opening 8 min of the match. Arsenal then brought one goal back through a Thomas Vermaelen header, but were unable to get the second and equalising goal throughout the match. As a result, Tottenham could move to just one point within Arsenal if they win their game in hand. Following their win over Arsenal, Wigan are now five points above the relegation zone, which will ease their relegation fears for the moment.

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KOLN REFUTE PODOLSKI RUMOURS

Koln striker Lukas Podolski has said that there has been no agreement with him and Premier league club Arsenal over a potential transfer in the summer transfer window.

Lukas Podolski has been linked with a move away from his hometown club Koln. Even though Lucas Podolski joined Koln willingly from Bayern Munich after stating that he felt never happy with the German giants, the German striker is now willing to move on in life after failing to win any trophies with his hometown club.

Koln are currently struggling against relegation in the German Bundesliga, and the 16 goals scored by Lukas Podolski this season has been one of the reasons they have been kept afloat so far.

Recent reports suggest that Arsenal have agreed a £ 10.9 million deal with Koln, while they have also appeared to have struck a deal with Lukas Podolski. These reports have been dismissed by both Koln and Lukas Podolski. Even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did not speculate on the possibility of Podolski being at the Emirates stadium next season.

Podolski was close to joining Arsenal in the January transfer window itself, but rejected any approaches due to the fact that he would not be a regular with Robin van Persie in the squad.

“The final die is not yet cast. It’s part of the business and so it is generally agreed that only when the die is cast and everything is signed – when it comes to a transfer, as it is being discussed in the newspapers – only then can the parties involved make comments. It is still not settled and therefore we have no comment,” Koln sporting director Finke stated in a recent interview. Robin van Persie has so far scored 32 goals this season, but is widely expected to leave the club in the summer.

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VERMAELEN CONVINCED ON TOP 4 SPOT

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is convinced that Arsenal can finish in the top four this season. The possibility of Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League next season has been under major doubt right from the start. However, Arsenal had been putting a run of form recently, which has made them the favourites to finish in the top four.

Teams currently competing for this position include the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool. Even though Liverpool remain the outsiders, Arsenal need to perform well in the remaining matches in order to finish in the top four.

Even though Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have stated in the past that Champions League money is not essential for their survival in the near future, it is definitely important for the attraction of top players in the world. It would also be essential for Arsenal because they need to entice star striker Robin van Persie to stay in North London.

Arsenal have managed three victories in a row against top teams like Tottenham, Liverpool, and AC Milan. It is this form that has convinced the Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen that they can finish in the top four amidst the competition, which is quite strong.

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RVP WILL STAY

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said that the club are not prepared to let Robin van Persie leave the Emirates in the summer. Robin van Persie is out of contract in the summer of 2013. Hence, there have been reports that Arsenal will be willing to negotiate a deal with other clubs interested in signing the Dutchman.

This is very similar to the move Samir Nasri made to Manchester City. Despite being in the last year of his contract, Arsenal managed to negotiate a £ 25 million deal for Samir Nasri. Even though it may have had potential repercussions in terms of the performance on the field, the financial situation of Arsenal has become even more healthy.

Hence, there have been some suggestions that Arsenal will also be interested in discussing a deal for Robin van Persie, who is the current top scorer at the club. Manchester City and Real Madrid are the clubs interested in the Dutchman, who has scored 34 goals in the previous calendar year alone. It is thought that Robin van Persie has grown tired of life at Emirates due to the lack of trophies. The exit from the Champions League this season also seems to be confirmed after the 4-0 loss at the hands of AC Milan recently.

“Arsenal are not stupid. If he sees out his contract he will be 30. Real Madrid and Barcelona are not going to recruit him at 30. Van Persie feels powerless and anxious. There is no way any club will pay £40m for him this summer, because of his age. This makes him a £20m player and Arsenal don’t need to sell him for that,” an insider told about the decision made by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier league table.

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WENGER TIPS THE OX

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player who reminds him of Wayne Rooney or Cesc Fabregas.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been one of the impressive players for Arsenal in 2012, despite the fact that Arsenal have just won their first game of the New Year in the league. Arsenal demolished Blackburn Rovers 7-1 in the latest Barclays Premier league match.

Incidentally, this was the first victory Arsenal have managed in the league in 2012. Apart from it being extremely special for Arsenal due to this reason, it was also special due to the Robin van Persie hat-trick and incredible performance on the part of the youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The youngster scored two goals and was also responsible for setting up numerous others. The 7-1 thrashing is expected to provide Arsenal the impetus to take on the rest of the teams in the Premier league over the last few remaining matches. Arsenal are not currently in a position to qualify for the Champions League next season. Thus, Arsene Wenger is expected to make qualifications to the Champions League a priority. Arsenal are currently in the sixth position in the table, which will not even ensure them Europa league football next season.