Chinese club doubles Arsenal’s offer to Socrates

By 1970's Gooner Although the signing of Socrates Papastathopoulos from Dortmund is considered a done deal a new offer from a Chinese team is on the table. It can be revealed that Arsenal's offer to Socrates is an annual salary of 5.5m pounds which equates to about 106,000 per week, for a three year contract.  Greek site Sport24.gr is reporting that the offer from the unnamed Chinese club is

Stephan in Hector out?

By 1970's Gooner The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant. This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in

Lichsteiner signing could create more cash for Arsenal transfers

By 1970's Gooner The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant. This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in the past

Lichsteiner signing could create more cash for Arsenal transfers

By 1970's Gooner The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant. This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in the past season

VAR would have probably chalked off Bergkamp’s goal at Newcastle

By 1970's Gooner I am glad that VAR's introduction into the PL has been put off till next year. It needs to be tried and tested a lot more than what has been attempted so far and it would have caused havoc with the enjoyment of the game by the millions round the world paying to watch it every week. One of the greatest goals scored in the PL is undoubtedly Bergkamp's delightful pass to himself

VAR would have probably chalked off Bergkamp’s goal at Newcastle

By 1970's Gooner I am glad that VAR's introduction into the PL has been put off till next year. It needs to be tried and tested a lot more than what has been attempted so far and it would have caused havoc with the enjoyment of the game by the millions round the world paying to watch it every week. One of the greatest goals scored in the PL is undoubtedly Bergkamp's delightful pass to himself

The ideal circumstances for Wenger’s exit

By 1970's Gooner It will seem somewhat strange to be writing about Wenger's departure from Arsenal Football Club when a fine victory has been achieved against Watford. But it is obvious that even he has realised that achieving 4th place in the league is now beyond the realm of possibility. It will require two teams to begin having a nightmare run in to the closing stages of the League. This is

Dont be so stingy Arsenal. Pay the money for Aubameyang

By 1970's Gooner Its the same every time. Arsenal trying to squeeze even the last penny out of a deal. Trying to get the player on the cheap when it is obvious that the valuation Dortmund placed on Aubameyang is about right considering todays market place. We have already placed a bid for 50m or so, so we are not far away anyway. And we DO NEED to strengthen following Sanchez's departure AND WE

Aubameyang transfer to go to the wire with uncertain outcome

By 1970's Gooner Lets get the so called facts right.  It is a fact that Aubameyang wants to come to Arsenal and Arsenal do want him having sent over a strong delegation headed by Gazides to get the deal through. It seems that this a deal that Arsene wants badly enough having upped the money offered to 53m. Dortmund want to get rid of Aubameyang as he has been very problematic with his attitude

Aubameyang transfer to go to the wire with uncertain outcome

By 1970's Gooner Lets get the so called facts right.  It is a fact that Aubameyang wants to come to Arsenal and Arsenal do want him having sent over a strong delegation headed by Gazides to get the deal through. It seems that this a deal that Arsene wants badly enough having upped the money offered to 53m. Dortmund want to get rid of Aubameyang as he has been very problematic with his attitude

Yes there was a bias against Arsenal but is it justified?

By 1970's Gooner What do us Arsenal supporters expect from the media and ex player pundits when they see a match lost 3-1 by Arsenal at home with a possession statistic of 75% and 30 attempts at goal! We've all heard that story before haven't we? Dominate possession, the opponents park the bus and then do us on the counter attack usually through a defensive mistake. Even we were and still are

What’s happened to Mustafi?

By 1970's Gooner I am worried about the game at Man City. I am not worried about them, their performance and form are all there for all to see. They will play the full attacking game and put pressure on the ball when they haven't got it. I am worried about two things. One is the tactics that Wenger should employ to nullify their threats and the other is Mertesacker. In previous seasons, in

‘One nil to the Arsenal’ form George Graham to Arsene Wenger?

By 1970's Gooner It was of course very refreshing and encouraging to see the way Arsenal deployed themselves against Chelsea. Enthusiasm, running, commitment but above all being as good off the ball as on it. In previous encounters with the bigger teams Arsene would line up with the same old gang ho tactics. We will play our game whatever, was his motto. That's why we usually got thumped 5s

‘One nil to the Arsenal’ form George Graham to Arsene Wenger?

By 1970's Gooner It was of course very refreshing and encouraging to see the way Arsenal deployed themselves against Chelsea. Enthusiasm, running, commitment but above all being as good off the ball as on it. In previous encounters with the bigger teams Arsene would line up with the same old gang ho tactics. We will play our game whatever, was his motto. That's why we usually got thumped 5s

Will Wenger announce Sanchez calf injury still persists?

By 1970's Gooner It's a bit strange that Sanchez developed a cold just at the time when he was due to fly back to begin his pre season. This conveniently meant he would not be ready to start his fitness comeback for the start of the season. He then conveniently developed a calf injury which Wenger expected to side line him for the games against Leicester and Stoke. Sounds strange too that

Arsene’s unbalanced midfield needs rethinking

By 1970's Gooner Arsene's teams in the last 10 years are unbalanced. Xhaka is not a holding midfielder neither is Ramsey. When the ball is lost in midfield there is no real barrier to stop the on coming attack. Ramsey is already too forward and Xhaka more often than not is unable to provide the defensive shield needed. In the past there was a Gilberto an Edu or a Vieira. Now there is nothing of

Bookies really slash the odds for Lacazette to Arsenal

By 1970's Gooner It's beginning to look like Wenger has got his finger out and really zoomed right on to one of his main targets, Lacazette. This he has done once he realised that Mbappe would not have joined in a million years. May be he should have realised that at the beginning and saved us and his time. The bookies have now slashed the odds subsequent to Lyon president's comments:  “

Is Wenger going to do a Wenger?

By 1970's Gooner Pre season begins on the 3rd of July and not all of the first team squad will be there as many have taken part in various tournaments (or are injured). Nevertheless Arsene Wenger has only signed one player so far (Sead kolasinac), on a free. And he has apparently been busy putting in bids for various players which is a marked improvement on previous seasons where his strategy

A way to solve the defensive crisis and keep the three at the back formation

By 1970's Gooner The central defenders crisis which has fallen upon Arsenal has made choosing the formation according to the players left standing. But should it be so? Lets start with the formation. I believe the three at the back belatedly employed by Wenger is the most appropriate formation. It gives more defensive stability with the wing backs bombing up and down the line offering