It’s been an eventful past month or so for the Arsenal with two new signings, but with the transfer window now been closed it is time to focus back on the squad at hand.
However we have got plenty of news for the fans starting from new deals to the latest player views.
Here is the news round up:
Can we judge this transfer window a success?
Was the January transfer window a successful one for Arsenal?, Yes it was. We signed Krystian Bielik and Gabriel, who are actually the players that the Gunners needed to help them progress for the remainder of the season. The North London club have now strengthened in areas where we were very weak and lacked diversity.
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We did well to bring in players where there was a need and Wenger managed to loan out players who will gain valuable first team experience rather than grow frustrated on the bench.
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom set to sign new long term contract
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is expected to sign a new bumper deal with the North London club. These reports were backed by BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, who took to social networking site Twitter to confirm that Akpom would be given a four and a half year deal that takes him through to 2019.
Akpom will sign new #AFC contract in next couple of hours – 4.5yr deal to summer 2019. Was strong interest in 19yo striker from PL & abroad
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) February 3, 2015
His contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and the 19-year-old felt he may have to leave in order to make a first-team breakthrough. However, Wenger has cleared the decks to make room for Akpom’s development, as he allowed Podolski, Campbell and Yaya Sanogo to leave the club on loan. While Akpom hasn’t set the world alight with his performances on loan spells at Brentford and Coventry, he has impressed with his speed and movement during his limited game time this season.
Arsenal legend believes Francis Coquelin’s emergence convinced Arsene Wenger to abandon defensive midfielder signing
Arsenal legend Theirry Henry believes Francis Coquelin’s recent performances has allowed Wenger to be patient and wait until the summer to sign a defensive midfielder that he really wants. Coquelin joined the Gunners in 2008 but has spent much of his time since then on loan, however Wenger recalled him just before Christmas and he has since proved invaluable in providing cover in the defensive midfield position.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of defensive midfielders in the current transfer window including Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but as Henry points out Coquelin’s excellence has given Wenger the opportunity to wait until summer window where he can buy exactly what he wants rather than another body for cover.
Mertesacker claims Southampton loss was important wake up call for Arsenal
Mertesacker has revealed that losing to Southampton on New Year’s Day was the catalyst to their massive improvement over the next few games. The Gunners have won all their matches after the New Years Day loss, including three consecutive victories in the Premier League and moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Wenger has always believed in playing ‘the right way’, irrespective of whom we are facing and it’s cost us dearly in some games. However that ‘right way’ seems to have changed to respecting the opposition and going into the game with a plan rather than simply trying to outscore the opposition. It’s definitely a welcome change.
Mesut Özil needs to be more selfish insists Arsenal vice captain Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker has insisted that midfielder Mesut Ozil should be more selfish to improve his goal tally. The German midfielder completed 90 minutes for the Gunners on Sunday for the first time in three months, setting up Olivier Giroud for the opener, before he himself scored the second goal of the game.
He played on the left of the midfield out of his usual number 10 position, but showed the kind of form that he displayed during his time at Madrid. He showed some real talent on the flanks to accommodate the in-form Santi Cazorla into the centre, although it did limit his influence in front of goal. He is mainly known for his assists and even if he doesn’t score many goals, it would be great for the Gunners if he can continue to do what he does best.
Overall it was a quiet day, but Akpom being close to signing a new deal is a big boost for Arsenal. He is a great talent and if he can continue his growth, we might see him leading the Gunners attack in the future . Do you see Akpom as the future of Arsenal’s attack?