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Arsenal's aggressive summer of recruiting may be set to continue with reliable sources indicating that Porto attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero may well be moving to the Emirates next week.

With holding midfielder still a glaring need, Arsenal supporters may be wondering why Arsene Wenger is focusing his attention on the very well stocked attacking midfielder spot. At 21 years old, the recruitment of Quintero, if it comes to fruition, may signal the departure of Lukas Podolski and/or Santi Cazorla. Recognizing that both veteran attackers are unlikely to be satisfied with marginal roles now that Alexis Sanchez is in town, Wenger may be taking the opportunity to bring in an even younger reserve and off-load the large salaries being taken home by Cazorla and Podolski.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jul 31 - 2:38 PM

Calum Chambers is officially an Arsenal player according to the club's Twitter feed. He joins Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, and David Ospina as confirmed new arrivals at the club.

Mesut Ozil's late capture last summer may have been the initial statement of intent but Arsenal have come out of the gates early and with intent in this summer's transfer window. Most supporters and pundits listed their needs as a forward, right back, reserve goalkeeper, defensive cover and holding midfielder to start the summer. With three weeks left before the season kicks off and five weeks remaining in the summer transfer period the club has addressed four of the five needs in style. Calum Chambers represents both defensive depth and versatility with a CV that resembles Phil Jones with the ability to play right back, center back and holding midfield. It is unlikely that the Southampton product will feature regularly this season but he will likely be groomed behind Debuchy and the Koscielny/Mertesacker pairing for a season or two before getting his chance to start.
Source: @ArsenalFC
Jul 28 - 11:20 AM

Arsenal have announced what could be a great bargain by signing Nice and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina on a permanent deal for £3m.

Wojciech Szcesny has continued to improve and grow into the role of Arsenal's #1 goalkeeper, what he hasn't had in recent years is a player capable of mounting a legitimate challenge for his place. In David Ospina, Arsenal has a legitimate alternative and Szczesny has potential competition. With only three weeks until the start of the season it seems likely that Szczesny will start the season as the starter but should he falter or his development stall, it is possible Ospina will be given a run as the first team starter. This move significantly devalues Szczesny in draft/unique ownership-type fantasy leagues.
Source: bbc.com
Jul 28 - 5:32 AM

This one has been simmering for a month but reports on BBC.com and elsewhere have Calum Chambers completing a medical with Arsenal and agreeing to personal terms in advance of finalizing a move to the Emirates for £12Million.

Able to play center back and right back, the 19-year-old will likely provide cover for newly signed Mathieu Debuchy and potentially allow Arsene Wenger to sell Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United or Barcelona. Chambers represents much-needed depth and youth in defense. Debuchy is already 28 so it may not be long until Chambers is challenging for the starting right back role.
Source: bbc.com
Jul 26 - 7:32 AM

Another long-rumored transfer came to it's inevitable conclusion today as Mathieu Debuchy was officially announced as an Arsenal player.

The France and Newcastle right back joins Arsenal after weeks of waiting for the move to become official. In need of a replacement for Bacary Sagna who left for Manchester City on a free transfer, Arsenal's signing of Debuchy is indicative of their more recent transfer policy. Debuchy is not young (he'll be 29 when the season starts) but rather comes to the club as a fully blooded international with experience in a top competition (in this case the Premier League). After years of buying young and hoping the players would mature into world class players, Wenger has been buying mature players in the form of Cazorla, Podolski, Mertesacker, Arteta, Ozil, Sanchez and now Debuchy. A solid move for the Gunners even if it means they'll be looking again in three years or so as Debuchy starts slowing down.
Source: @ArsenalFC
Jul 17 - 1:44 PM

According to French newspaper Nice-Matin, Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina has agreed to join Arsenal.

Arsenal have been linked to a lot of goalkeepers this summer ranging from potential replacement #1s to candidates to "push" Wojciech Szczesny to back-up options. On the back of a strong World Cup the free agent will likely fall into the "push" category. While he is a reasonable starter he doesn't have the pedigree to be considered the presumptive #1.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jul 14 - 11:02 AM

Daryl Janmaat's agent has tweeted that his client's move to Newcastle United will be completed tomorrow for a very reasonable €6 million.

Coming off of a World Cup campaign that increased his profile and value, you'd have expected an inflated price for Daryl Janmaat. Instead, Newcastle United continue to show exceptional acumen in the transfer market by selling Mathieu Debuchy for almost double what they paid only a year ago and buying relatively low on a highly-though-of young player in Janmaat. It seems likely that they'll get a couple of seasons of high quality play from the Dutch international and then sell him for another profit after Euro2016. Nice work by the Magpies.
Jul 14 - 8:52 AM

Germany Starting XI: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Kroos, Özil; Klose.

Germany is putting out the same lineup that trashed Brazil in the semi-finals. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose will lead the line while Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil will provide support from the sides. Argentina is a lot better than Germany, so expect a much slower game today.
Jul 13 - 2:05 PM

As expected, Arsenal unveiled both their new Puma kits and highly anticipated new signing Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates today.

Let us count the ways that this improves the situation at the Emirates. First, he's a great player and a confirmation that Mesut Ozil wasn't a one-off top tier signing for Arsenal. Secondly, he fills multiple needs in his ability to play as a central forward instead of Olivier Giroud (offering a different set of issues for a defense) or as a compliment to Giroud in place of either Lukas Podolski (who hasn't been as effective as hoped) or Theo Walcott (who is frequently injured). Beyond his direct impact, Sanchez won't be going to Liverpool which hurts a rival. Finally, a bunch of money will be going to Barcelona that will, presumably, go to funding the purchase of Luis Suarez which further hurts one of Arsenal's rivals. Could it get any better for the Gunners? (OK, maybe if Mathieu Debuchy and Sami Khedira join Sanchez it gets better)
Source: @ArsenalFC
Jul 10 - 4:36 PM

Reports across Europe indicate that Arsenal are at the finish line with the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez from Newcastle and Barcelona respectively.

Arsenal are set to unveil their new Puma kits on Thursday. There is a line of thinking that says that they are holding up formal announcements on Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, both strongly rumored to be done deals, to coincide with the press event for the new kits. The kit maker would certainly be off to a great start with a strong association with what are widely viewed as strong moves by the North London club. It could be a big day at the Emirates tomorrow indeed.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jul 9 - 9:18 AM

Germany Starting XI: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng.

Germany lines up the same way they did in the quarter-final, with Miroslav Klose up top and Thomas Muller on the side. Philipp Lahm will play as a right-back once again as Germany tries to make the World Cup Final.
Source: FIFA
Jul 8 - 2:58 PM

Rumors this morning have Arsenal getting tantalizingly close to signing two players and shifting their attention to a third as they look to upgrade their squad in key positions.

The move that looks the closest to happening is the acquisition of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United. The rumor mill has the deal all but done. Reports from Spain are also bullish on the likelihood of Alexis Sanchez moving to the Emirates as Barcelona look to raise funds for the Luis Suarez purchase. Finally, the ever-swirling rumor mill has Wenger turning his search for a holding midfielder back to Lars Bender who has linked to the club frequently over the last year. What will Arsenal supporters do with themselves if the club conclude their significant transfer business in July and conclude it with names that make everyone giddy?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jul 7 - 10:10 AM

Costa Rica were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after losing 4-3 to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout.

Costa Rica played well in this World Cup but were simply outmatched by the European side. The Netherlands dominated possession and created danger but were rejected by Keylor Navas over and over again. At the end, the Dutch penalty takers were pure class and didn't miss a single penalty. Costa Rica go home proud after having exceeded all expectations in coming out of group D that features heavyweights Italy, Uruguay, and England.
Source: FIFA
Jul 5 - 7:10 PM

Costa Rica Starting XI vs Netherlands: Navas, Acosta, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda.

Arsenal's Joel Campbell leads Costa Rica in a World Cup Quarter-Finals match against the Netherlands. Costa Rica go in as the underdogs here and are facing unlikely odds in defeating the Netherlands. They will need a big game from Bryan Ruiz and Campbell if they are to advance.
Source: FIFA
Jul 5 - 2:54 PM

France had an opportunity to take advantage of a lackluster performance from Germany, but they were just as unimpressive and a set piece goal by the Germans was all that was needed to end France's World Cup run in a 0-1 loss.

France were not without their share of opportunities but they could not establish a consistent threat to put the pressure on the Germans. When chances were had, Manuel Neuer kept things very tidy in the area while other shots were off target. The question on the minds of many is why Koscielny was left out of the XI, only to come on later as a substitute for Mamadou Sakho who apparently was not fit enough to last the match. It isn't exactly the debacle that was World Cup 2010 for France, but it was a disappointing exit nonetheless.
Jul 4 - 2:29 PM


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