Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has said he seriously considered retiring last season after suffering a string of injury setbacks.
Diaby has played less than 1,000 minutes in the Premier League over the last three seasons and was sidelined again when hit by knee ligament damage last season.
The France midfielder has had to battle back from a series of injury problems since moving to the Gunners in 2006, but said his return to action towards the end of last season had boosted his confidence.
He told the Mirror: Read more... (280 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal‘s three World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will miss the start of the Premier League season and probably the crucial Champions League playoff tie.
The three players will even return to training until Aug. 11, which is just five days before Crystal Palace visits for the teams’ Premier League campaign kickoff. That return date means that will certainly miss the Community Shield match against Manchester City on Aug. 10, though Wenger hasn’t ruled out Mertesacker for the Champions League two-legged qualifier following the Palace date. Read more... (342 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
I thought that Arsenal were going to send Carl Jenkinson out on loan this season to get him some much needed playing time. But according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are actually looking to sell Jenkinson after signing right backs Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy this summer.
Hull have reportedly bid around £3m for Jenkinson but Arsenal are said to be holding out for something closer to £5m. Jenkinson’s preference is to stay in London, making West Ham favorites to sign him if they match or better the bid from Hull. Read more... (168 words, 1 image, estimated 40 secs reading time)
Arsenal have signed Southampton’s teenage defender Calum Chambers for a fee of understood to be about £16m.
It was playing at right-back that Chambers caught everyone’s eye last season, but when he was coming through the Southampton academy, Chambers earned a reputation as a box-to-box midfielder, often arriving late in the opponents’ penalty area to do damage. When he broke in to the senior side, he played predominantly as a right-back. The skills built up by playing central midfield stood him in good stead: it was immediately apparent that he had huge reserves of stamina and a preternatural ease on the ball. Read more... (300 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Arsenal have signed Colombia World Cup star David Ospina after Nice boss Claude Puel confirmed his goalkeeper will join the Gunners.
Ospina, who has 44 caps for Colombia, was brilliant at the World Cup, where his team lost to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Following Nice’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Brentford in London on Saturday, Nice manager Puel told Sky Sports that Ospina, 25, had agreed to join the North London club.
“It is confirmed,” Puel told Sky Sports News. “He has the quality, he is very good with his feet, his arms, he knows football well. Read more... (194 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry played a major part in his side’s single goal victory as the New York Red Bulls overcame the Gunners in a 1-0 win at a packed Red Bull Arena.
Former Manchester City striker Bradley Wright-Philips continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with a first-half strike which was to be the winner when he met Ibrahim Sekagya’s back post header following a superb corner delivery from Henry.
Arsene Wenger’s side, though nowhere near full strength, were poor throughout the 90 minutes and were second best to the Red Bulls who currently sit in fourth position in the MLS domestic league. Read more... (202 words, 1 image, estimated 48 secs reading time)
Arsène Wenger spoke to the media after the Gunners lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday and here are some of his comments:
on facing Thierry Henry…
I think it was a great afternoon for him. He played well and his team played well as well. You could see that everybody was focused and ready for a fight. If they can maintain that kind of commitment and solidarity they have shown today and if they keep Thierry Henry in this form, they have a good chance to come back into a strong position in the league. Read more... (689 words, 1 image, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
According to Spain‘s El Confidencial, Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas wants the European Champions to tear up his contract so he can join Arsenal on a free transfer.
The Real Madrid legend lost his No 1 spot to Diego Lopez two seasons ago and now only starts for Real in the Champions League. With the signing of Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, Casillas is looking at another season on the bench, something he is not prepared to do. Read more... (300 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Theo Walcott’s knee injury will prevent him from seeing in the start of the Premier League season with Arsenal, but Arsène Wenger says he will return to full training by the end of August.
Walcott ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in January, during the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Tottenham. The injury prevented him from playing for the remainder of the season, as well as kept him from taking a trip to Brazil with the England national team.
When asked how long it will take for Walcott to get back in the team, Wenger said, Read more... (166 words, 1 image, estimated 40 secs reading time)
Arsène Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal‘s 2-0 pre-season friendly victory against Boreham Wood. This is what he had to say:
on a good workout…
For us it was important to give everybody a run-out to see how close the young players are, to see how fit the players who are used to playing in the Premier League are. Overall what we want is [to avoid] injuries and to get everybody at a good fitness level.
on getting players fit during major tournament years… Read more... (641 words, 1 image, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)