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Arsenal confirmed Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac as its first signing of the summer on Tuesday.
The move has long been expected after the Bosnian international chose to join the Gunners on a free over AC Milan, signing a five-year contract. The 23-year-old can play both left-wing-back and central defender in a three-man backline and will compete with Nacho Monreal while possibly paving the way for Kieran Gibbs' exit. Said Kolasinac: "It feels really good and I’m pleased to be here. I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased...I think my main strength is my mentality. I’m a player who will try to help the team as well as I can. My strengths are my mentality. There are different positions but I think left back is where I feel most comfortable. I can play as part of a three at the back too or further forward. I’m really flexible." Jun 6 - 11:16 AM

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Arsenal officially announced that Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract at the club, but this summer looks to be busier than ever.

Wenger has a decision to make with a couple of expiring contracts like David Ospina, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere among others. Then, there is the contract showdowns with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom are demanding a club record £300,000-a-week. Both of their contracts expire next summer as do Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the latter two being linked with a summer transfer. Said Wenger: "First of all, we have a very heavy squad at the moment so maybe we might lose some players. We want to keep the strength we have and build on that. We will work very hard to find the additions of top, top quality. I believe that our squad is very strong and we will only look for top-class people who can strengthen our team now."
Jun 1 - 4:53 AM

For the second time in recent weeks, Arsenal have been linked to a completed transfer for Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac which is not only a good signing but presumably signals that Arsene Wenger is staying at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger and the Board of Arsenal have both been hesitant to announce the manager's future. While the transfer of Sead Kolasinac is certainly not final enough to be appearing on an official web site at FIFA or the Premier League, it is certainly sounding like a done deal. What that means beyond Arsenal firming up a troublesome spot with a talented youngster is that Arsene Wenger is highly likely to be staying. It seems unlikely that a player with option would select Arsenal without assurances as to the situation he would be coming into. Whether it is for a year further or two years further, Wenger looks likely to remain at the club despite all of the protests.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 11:36 AM

Rumors abound that Arsenal have reached out to Michael Zorc through a headhunting firm in hopes of recruiting the Borussia Dortmund Director of Football to North London.

This is exactly the news that Arsenal supporters should be hoping for. Whether Arsene Wenger stays or goes this summer, it should be clear that a more diverse power structure is needed at the Emirates. While managers like Jurgen Klopp have gotten credit for Dortmund's exceptional youth policy, it was likely more Zorc than Klopp that discovered the numerous talented youngsters that have arrived at the Westfalenstadion in recent years. Creating a similar pipeline into the Emirates would be the first step to rebuilding Arsenal as a serious contender for Premier League and Champions League glory.
May 9 - 11:28 AM

The pressure on Arsene Wenger can only have increased as his Gunners imploded in the second half and lost to Bayern Munich 5-1 in the first leg of their Champions League knock-out round.

The goal for the trip to Munich and the Allianz Arena was to come back to North London with a chance to win. At halftime, with the score tied at 1-1, it looked like the Gunners might achieve that. It was all undone amidst a barrage of goals from Bayern Munich in the second half as the German champions scored four unanswered to effectively put the Gunners out of the competition at the first knockout stage for yet another year. With a title challenge not happening in the Premier League either, the pressure on Arsene Wenger must surely be getting close to the breaking point.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 15 - 5:31 PM

Due to Southampton's EFL Cup final, the match between Arsenal and Southampton at St. Mary's on February 25th has been postponed. A make-up date has yet to be announced.

The EFL Cup will interfere with not only the scheduled match between Arsenal and Southampton but also the Manchester Derby scheduled for that same weekend. The magnitude of the matches being rescheduled will likely mean that fantasy managers in a variety of formats will have to plan ahead so as not to miss some of the biggest stars in the Premier League for that weekend. There will also be a scramble to get those players back into line-ups for later in the season when they play two matches in a single match week.
Source: arsenal.com
Jan 27 - 12:48 PM

Arsenal were one of the few Premier League teams to draw lower level opposition in the next round of the EFL Cup with Reading their next opponent at the Emirates in late October.

Manchester United drew Manchester City. Chelsea drew West Ham. Liverpool drew Spurs. While those high profile match-ups are going on Arsenal will welcome Championship side Reading to the Emirates to face what is an incredibly deep squad. With Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey still to return from injury Wenger was still able to feature top level talent like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, and Mohamed Elneny while still resting his current first choice side. That's an incredible luxury compared to Arsenal squads of the recent past.
Source: espnfc.com
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Arsenal could have gotten been given an early boost with a match against Liverpool on the first weekend of the season.

The reason Arsenal could be at an advantage playing Liverpool on opening weekend is that Liverpool's squad was heavily involved in Euro 2016 whereas Arsenal's squad was less involved. Throw in that Liverpool are likely to have a number of new recruits still looking to integrate into the club. The advantage might be a slight one but in what could be the most competitive Premier League race in memory any advantage is a significant one.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 10:34:00 AM

Arsene Wenger has won two FA Cups in successive years but won't repeat that trick this year after losing to Watford. With the title looking unlikely as well, will this be the end?

Two consecutive FA Cup trophies have placated Arsenal supporters to at least some extent over the past two seasons. There will not be a third. With significant unrest among supporters and a perception that this season represents Arsenal's best chance to win a title in the foreseeable future, will a failure to do so mean the end for Wenger? The reasonable question that should be asked next is who the Gunners might get to replace Wenger. With Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola unavailable there isn't an obvious candidate with a resume that screams "I can do better". Look for names to start emerging soon.
Source: espnfc.com
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Arsenal's 4-0 win over Hull City means that the weekend's scheduled Premier League match with West Brom has been postponed in favor of a quarter final match-up with Watford.

No rescheduled date has been announced for the West Brom match-up but the cancellation for this weekend means that fantasy managers will only have five matches to choose from this weekend when putting together line-ups for salary cap and draft leagues. This will be especially challenging in draft formats where the number of players participating may not be sufficient for the number of squad places available in larger leagues. Try to plan accordingly.
Source: arsenal.com
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:15:00 AM

There were lots of places that fingers could be pointed but Arsene Wenger has to take the brunt of the blame for Arsenal's 3-2 loss to Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger has taken more than his share of deserved plaudits during his career but it looks like it is his turn to take the blame again. Arsenal have been routinely poor so far during 2016 despite relatively good health. The Gunners have been goal-shy and it appears that Wenger's insistence on sticking with a core of young players he has brought along - Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Aaron Ramsey specifically - will see him fail at his best chance for a title in years. If things don't turn around, the "Wenger Out" crowd will certainly gain momentum heading into the summer.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 01:35:00 PM

Arsenal, looking to capture some of the magic of Leicester City's team-building magic, have recruited away top Foxes scout Ben Wrigglesworth.

Arsenal won't be the only club looking to duplicate what clubs like Leicester City and West Ham have done in the transfer market in recent seasons with captures like Riyad Mahrez, Ngolo Kante, and Dimitri Payet but the Gunners are taking a proactive step in that direction. The hiring of Ben Wrigglesworth will be seen as a move to bring new blood, and new blood with a successful recent track record, into the scouting mix.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 11:31:00 AM

Arsene Wenger's grip on the Arsenal helm slipped further as the Gunners fell 3-2 at the Britannia.

Arsenal were rotten for two thirds of the match and failed to fight back despite goals from Santi Cazorla from the spot and Aaron Ramsey from a nice volley. The cries for Wenger's dismissal will continue to grow.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has signed the rumored three year contract to extend his stay at Arsenal through the end of the 2016-17 season.

Arsenal supporters as a group are probably still split on what they think about Wenger even after the club broke it's nine season trophy drought with the FA Cup win. Critics will be looking for Wenger to strengthen key gaps at the base of midfield, at forward, and right back with the sort of big names you'd associate with a title contender. Whether Wenger has failed to do so in recent seasons due to financial constraints, his perception of value in the market, or the willingness of top level players to come to the Emirates is unclear. With Arsenal's financial position improving considerably over the last two years, the first reason seems to be off the table this summer. Wenger now has at least three seasons to show everyone that the Emirates project was worth the wait.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, May 30, 2014 11:34:00 AM

FA Cup winning manager Arsene Wenger is set to sign a three year extension at Arsenal at a salary of £8million per year. The signing will end a season of waiting and wondering about the manager's status.

With Arsenal's title drought finally over after 9 years, Arsene Wenger will be rewarded with a big new contract that is expected to be signed in the next two days. Rumors abound that the new contract comes with a hefty sum of money available to spend in the transfer market this summer. Supporters will be eager to see if Wenger finally makes the sort of splash that the Emirates Stadium was supposed to make possible when the project was launched. The goodwill engendered by the FA Cup win will quickly erode if reinforcements aren't brought in over the summer.
Source: mirror.co.uk
Mon, May 19, 2014 10:29:00 AM