19th June 2015: Latest on goalkeeping situation and Henry lauds X-Factor Sanchez

Good evening everyone and as we reach the end of another working week without any new signings, the online Arsenal world is notable for its lack of Gooners fretting manically over why no new players have been signed up yet.

Quite the contrast with summers past and as clear an indication as can be, that fans are not only far more confident with the calibre of the current squad, but also of the club’s desire and ability to attract the top top top, super duper talent required to improve the team.

One such talent may be Chelsea’s four-time Premier League winner Petr Cech and for once, I think it’s safe to assume that two plus two does indeed make four.

All the pieces seem to be falling into place with the news that Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts has followed Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City, paving the way for Cech to bring his long-term coach Christophe Lollichon with him to north London.

With David Ospina strongly linked with a move to Turkey (see yesterday’s post), our goalkeeping conundrum over whether to stick or twist, upgrade or persevere and polish, would appear to be close to resolution.

Lollichon has worked with Cech at both Rennes and Chelsea and theirs is a proven partnership which will surely only weaken our west London rivals. Particularly if they replace Cech with Robert Green. Excellent stuff.

In other news, Thierry Henry has been speaking to Arsenal Player and waxing lyrical about AleXis © Sanchez, citing the Chilean as the man to provide the X-Factor in any Arsenal title challenge.

He said:

If you’re an Arsenal fan, we were all waiting for that type of matchwinner. Look at what he did in the FA Cup final and what he has been doing since his arrival. He has been more than tremendous.

We want to see that more and more and I know that he has that in his locker. When you have a guy like Alexis Sanchez, it is the X-factor.

It’s hard to disagree with any of that and if anybody would know what makes a match winner, it’s our all-time record goalscorer. Sanchez’s goalscoring feats bettered Henry’s own in his debut season, and if the south American improves at the same rate as the great man himself, we may just have a future world player of the year on our hands. No pressure AleXis!

“Wait till you hear me sing, Thierry”

Onto departures and two players out of contract this summer have joined new clubs, with Ryo Miyaichi heading to Germany to sign for second-tier side FC St. Pauli and Sami Ajayi securing a deal with Cardiff City. Best of luck to them both in their new surroundings.

Finally for today, the England Under 21 side lost 1-0 to Portugal in their opening game at the Euros last night, with Carl Jenkinson playing the full game and picking up a  booking, while Calum Chambers was an unused sub. There’s a match report here.

Oh, and best of luck to our effervescent number seventeen in the Copa America in the early hours of tomorrow, Chile play Bolivia and highlights should be on the Beeb website in the morning if you can’t find a stream or don’t have Premier Sports.

Right, I think I’ll leave it there. Till tomorrow.

18th June 2015: City sniffing around fined Wilshere, as Ospina linked with exit

Afternoon all and hot on the heels of yesterday’s reports Chelsea are keen on signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, today’s back page of The Mirror informs us Manchester City are intent on making Jack Wilshere the latest in a long line to swap the Emirates for the Etihad.

The difference between those who have chosen to leg it to Lancashire and Wilshere, I suppose, boils down to him not being a money-grabbing, short-sighted fool, intent on ruining his career. How’s the bench Bac? Still there Sami?

So, having bid for Raheem Sterling and with reported interest in Fabian Delph – the Blaise Matuidi of the Premier League – the 2014 champions seem hungry to devour a full English in this summer’s transfer window.

The amusing/bewildering thing about this story is City rate Jack as being worth less than Sterling, despite the Arsenal man’s marketability and recent rise as England’s key player following a two-goal super-show in Slovenia. I can’t imagine Arsene even vaguely entertaining the prospect and the player himself recently reiterated his desire to remain a Gunner ‘as long as the club wants me’.

Jack Wilshere shows his disgust at talk of a move to City

And in a TV interview Wilshere had this to say when asked about Manchester City’s reported interest:*

What do I think of City? Well, that question could also be, ‘what do I think of cunt?’

He then added:

Plus, who the fuck wants to play with that chinless-wonder Nasri again? Not me. I’d rather play one-twos with Mesut. And Santi. And ALEXIS SANCHEZ BABY, ALEXIS SANCHEZ WOOOAH

Jack was also fined £40,000 by the FA yesterday and ‘severely warned’ about his future conduct after asking/telling us what we/he thought about our neighbours.

Here’s an idea. Perhaps the FA should ‘severely warn’ Tottenham about their results, their league position and their general, total, inferiority to Arsenal in every way. Then Jack wouldn’t find himself in a position where he needs to remind everyone?

Moving on and I fell asleep about twenty minutes into Brazil v Columbia in the Copa America last night. It was nil-nil at that point and pretty much end to end, which was particularly annoying as I had an early start and couldn’t force myself to stay up.

Neymar was like a one-man whirlwind in that opening period and it was a shame he only had second-raters like Felipe Luis and Willian to combine with. As it turned out David Ospina kept a clean sheet and Neymar was sent off as Columbia secured a one nil win.

And speaking of our current number one, Ospina was linked with a move to Turkey this morning. Selling him after just one season would be more than a tad harsh on a player who performed very well last season but kind of makes sense.

If Petr Cech is confirmed as expected, and Szczesny remains to fight for his place, and with Martinez viewed as a great prospect too, it’s hard to see where Ospina fits in. Perhaps a move would be best for all concerned. I will miss that chant though.

Finally for today, the England Under 21 side begins its European Championship campaign this evening and Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson should be involved, if not both starting.

Former Gunner Benik Afobe, banging them in for fun in League One and the Championship since he left, has been drafted in as a replacement for the injured Saido Berahino, just for added Arsenal interest. Good luck lads.

And that’s that for another day. Laters.

*he didn’t really

17th June 2015: New season fixtures released and it’s West Ham at home up first

Afternoon everyone (or no-one, as is currently the case) and this morning fixtures for the new season were announced after the generator did its thing.

We begin with back-to-back London derbies as Slaven Bilic brings West Ham to Emirates Stadium, before we visit Crystal Palace. You can see the full list here and proceed to ponder the difficulty rating of the start, middle and end and what it means for any title challenge.

I’m just glad there’s no Champions League play-off tie to distract us from what will surely need to be a strong start if we are to challenge. Avoiding any repeat of last year, when too many draws left us way off the pace so early on, is obviously the aim.

Also, preventing any chance for the insufferable Jose Mourinho to again gloat about how his bunch of anti-footballers led the league from first day till blah blah blah would be good. Not that I think they have the faintest glimmer of repeating that fluke, but still.

And speaking of the Portugeezer, he’s reported to have demanded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in any deal for Petr Cech this summer.

“I wonder what planet Jose’s on?”

Good luck with that one, Jose.

Elsewhere, not much happening really. Julian Draxler’s agent has played down rumours of a move for his client and suggested the youngster must first concentrate on regaining full fitness.

And the Euro Under 21 tournament gets underway today and there’s little Arsenal interest as far as I can recall without bothering to look it up. I think Serge Gnabry might be involved for Germany who play today and of course, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson are part of the England squad who begin their campaign tomorrow evening against oft-linked William Carvalho’s Portugal.

Can’t think of any other Arsenal players involved but it is a good chance to scout up-and-coming talent from across the continent if you’ve nothing better to do. Like me.

See you soon

16th June 2015: Draxler to Arsenal rumour resurfaces as TremendArse is born

Evening Planet Arsenal. TremendArse will, I hope, develop into a daily blog about Arsenal Football Club.

As I write, countless more footballers will no doubt be linked with a move to the club, as silly season continues to stoke and simmer.

Julian Draxler was mentioned again today and this pleases me. I think he’s a great prospect.

Julian Draxler – extraordinarily gifted German attacker

I’m assuming his injury problems are simply a common case of ‘youngfootballeritis’ which blights so many up-and-coming players and not something more serious.

I do like the idea of him playing centrally up front but also the fact he can play wide and also deeper in midfield. He reminds me a little of Ross Barkley, only more refined.

I’ll leave you with highlights of his 2014-15 campaign and be back with some more waffle etc soon I hope.

In a bit peeps.