Oh Arsenal, are wonderful… oh Arsenal, are wonderful… This chant sometime echoes around FFC Towers, with the north London club having a strong and loyal following in our ranks, as well as across the country.
The team that brought ‘beautiful football’ to the English shores, the Gunners have wowed everyone through the years with their success and unrelenting pursuit of the perfect goal – which they’ve managed on a few occasions.
With Arsene Wenger’s merry band of men giving us talking points on a daily basis, we always give them the coverage the deserve, and as a little November treat the best bits are all here…
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A little man from Chile is proving to be a red-hot find for the Gunners this season.
After leaving Barcelona for Arsenal in a £35million move during the summer, Alexis Sanchez has left the crowds at the Emirates Stadium as breathless as a daredevil dumb enough to take a bite out of a Trinidad moruga scorpion (for those of you who aren’t aficionados of spicy food, look it up), with a number of stand-out performances leading him to score ten goals in his first 16 appearances for his new club.
The lightning-quick speed with which Sanchez has adapted to Premier League football aptly complements his on-field rapidity – a trait that fans of Barcelona, Udinese and the South American clubs of River Plate, Colo-Colo and Cobreloa are all too aware of – and the sight of the fleet-footed forward leaving Premier League defenders trailing in his wake, Road Runner-style, will leave the fans of one top flight club in particular wondering what could have been.
Who first dreamed up the notion of the release clause? Perhaps it was a ploy adopted from the business sector, perhaps it was invented by Mr. R. Clause himself.
Either way, the release clause adds an interesting dynamic to the transfer market – a simple-yet-effective method of saying ‘If you want him that badly, this is how much you’ll have to pay. Don’t bother negotiating’
Indeed, many release clauses are extortionate, especially in regards to younger players, but that’s precisely the point. Nether the less, the Premier League has never shied away from activating them throughout the years and just to prove it, here’s FIVE Arsenal are reportedly prepared to meet when the transfer market reopens in January.
His inaction proved to be the biggest answer to his detractors. Watching from the sidelines as Alexis Sanchez had been given the nod as Arsenal’s centre-forward for the trip to Everton, Olivier Giroud’s second half introduction for the Chilean gave weight to the importance of the French international to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Had it not been for Giroud’s involvement, it is unlikely Arsenal would have been able to mount a comeback that saw them leave Goodison Park with a point after going two-nil down in the first half. Alexis is the quicker, more inventive of the two, but his position as the team’s central striker doesn’t provide the balance offered by Giroud’s game. The Frenchman can appear rough around the edges, lacking the dribbling skills and speed to get away from defenders. But he gives focus to Arsenal’s attack.
It’s commonplace to see players dubbed the new ‘X’ or mooted as the player to fill ‘Y’s’ boots in the narrative driven world of the modern football. And today Arsenal have been linked with a certain Brazilian dubbed the ‘new Gilberto Silva’, who actually goes by the name of Romulo.
A Brazilian international plying his trade with Spartak Moscow, the 24-year-old has a decent reputation in Russian football and has attracted the likes of Liverpool in the past. Solid, albeit injury-prone, and young, it would appear that the Selecao star could be a good option for the Gunners in the long-run, but we here at FFC Towers think that the Londoners should be aiming a little higher.
With title aspiration and a craving for silverware at the Emirates Stadium, here are FIVE alternatives that may offer a little more than Romulo.
They say the January transfer window is never the ideal time for Premier League clubs to buy – but that depends on whether you’re looking in the right places.
Take these FIVE stars for example; all highly-talented, all available for incredibly reasonable fees, and all capable of considerably improving Arsenal’s first teams squad for the campaign’s final run-in.
Indeed, being the helpful bunch we are at Football Fancast, we’ve listed FIVE fantastic transfer opportunities the Gunners can’t afford to ignore in January. Something already tells us however, Arsene Wenger most likely will.
Some have expiring contracts, others release clauses and a few simply need a new home.
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