Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed the addition of two players to the squad this summer.

SampNews24 reveal that one of the top reasons that delayed the deal of long term target Shkodran Mustafi. The German was supposed to have arrived at the Emirates earlier, but a lengthy transfer holdup delayed the move. The news report claims one of the top reasons was the ten percent share Mustafi’s club were going to pay Sampdoria.

When Sampdoria allowed the transfer of the World Cup winner to Valencia, they added a clause that required they received a share from his eventual deal. The Italian club would earn at least £3.5 million from the £35 million the North London club paid for Mustafi. The singing along with the yet-to-be-announced deal for Lucas Perez gives the Arsenal squad a boost, even as Wenger has defended his moves were not to appease fans.

On one Arsenal squad, there could be Cech in goal, Koscielny and Mustafi in central defence, Bellerin and Monreal at the sides. Summer marquee signing Granit Xhaka could play front of the defender, with Cazorla, Ramsey and Ozil in the middle, Alexis and Perez could appear in front. However, in another combination, Ospina could start, Rob Holding could pair with Chambers, Gibbs and Jerkinson at the back. Elneny and Coquelin could play in front of the backline. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Walcott could play behind an Olivier Giroud leading the attack.


Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has said that he does not criticise the decision taken by Arsenal striker Robin van Persie to leave the club at the end of his current contract. The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season, which has made him one of the in demand strikers in Europe after having scored almost 40 goals in all competitions in a very disappointing season for Arsenal. The 28-year-old revealed on his official website that he intends to see out his current contract rather than sign a new deal because he does not believe Arsenal’s ambitions match his ambitions.

This comes as a major disappointing news for manager Arsene Wenger, who has stressed throughout last season that he expects Robin van Persie to sign a new deal with the club. A number of high-profile clubs like Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester United are being linked with the forward, but it is thought that Premier league champions Manchester City will be the favourites due to the fact that they will be able to afford his astronomical wage demands of around £ 200,000 per week. Ian Wright believes that the decision taken by Robin van Persie should not be criticised because he understands that his ambition is to win trophies, with Arsenal are not doing at the moment.

“In many respects, I cannot blame him for wanting to join a club who are winning trophies. At least Van Persie is not the sort of player who would be unprofessional and cause problems within the group. For the last few years, Arsenal have lost at least one top player each summer and they have struggled to win anything as a result. In previous seasons, Manchester United and Chelsea were the successful teams the top players wanted to join — now, it is City,” said Wright.

Better off Without RVP and Walcott?

The likes of The Sun and The Mirror love nothing more than for there to be a hint of controversy and instability surrounding the future of some of Arsenal’s stars.

Just think of transfer speculation of years past, regarding the likes of Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, and, of course, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, in more recent times.

This summer, though, the hacks at the tabloids have been enjoying a field day with speculation regarding star striker, Robin Van Persie, and now England’s new ‘star in the ascendancy’, Theo Walcott.

Yes, that is right; Walcott has now announced that he will not consider signing a new deal with the club that put trust in him from a ridiculously young age, upon his arrival from Southampton, until RVP commits himself to a long-term future at the club.

Should Gooners be concerned, though? RVP did not exactly light up the Euros and, although he managed not to pick up an injury, he cannot be expected to enjoy another full domestic season of injury-free form for a club that has been denied his services consistently, due to his inability to stay fit. Continue reading Better off Without RVP and Walcott?