In today’s roundup we have some interesting news on the return of Lukas Podolski along with some reports linking us with a surprise move for James Milner.
Let’s get started.
Podolski to make Arsenal return?
Lukas Podolski is set to return to Arsenal in the summer after failing to impress Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan. The German scored three goals in 13 appearances across all competitions this season for Arsenal and joined the Italian outfit on loan in January after struggling for first-team opportunities.
The forward is yet to net in six appearances for Inter, where he hasn’t managed to make any sort of impact in Italy. It’s questionable whether we’ll ever see the German international in an Arsenal shirt again, particularly when you consider the poor form. But seems a little bizarre that the Italian outfit would have jumped straight to the conclusion already that they will not be buying him in the summer.
Arsenal caused Aaron Ramsey’s injury claims ex-Wales coach
Former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen has accused Arsenal of negligence for Aaron Ramsey’s latest hamstring injury. The midfielder has already served two hamstring injuries, one in October and the other in December, missing almost two months of action and failing to recapture the level he displayed last season.
He has come back strongly in the past but there is no doubt his recent drop in form is due to him struggling with this latest problem. We have one of the best fitness coaches around and considering Ramsey has been managed and games hardly coming thick and fast recently, the allegations against the club are false.
Arsenal star set to be dropped by national team after losing first team spot
Szczesny is set to be dropped by his international side Poland after recently losing his place to David Ospina in the Arsenal starting line-up. The Polish stopper has featured just once since the New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton after which he was supposedly caught smoking in the showers.
Ospina has temporarily claimed the No.1 jersey at Arsenal and has pretty impressive conceding just 3 goals in the 6 games he played. Szczesny is likely to play in the FA Cup clash against Middlesborough and if he can produce a sound performance it would go a long way to restoring his reputation with the fans, but whether or not he’ll be able to oust Ospina after that is another matter for the boss to consider.
Joel Campbell enjoying the journey to the top at Arsenal
Joel Campbell believes that his loan spells across different European leagues have helped shape his overall game. The Costa Rica international was one of the breakout stars at the 2014 World Cup and the fans were hoping he could finally have a major impact for Arsenal. However he hardly played during the first half of the season and moved to Villarreal on loan last month.
A good loan spell with the La Liga outfit could force manager Arsene Wenger into revisiting his plans for the Costa Rican’s future. If he continues to shine for other clubs, he’s bound to get a chance to play consistent minutes for Arsenal at some point in the future. Whether his new deal before he left was a precautionary measure in case the striker decides to leave in the summer is unknown, Wenger may just see something in him.
Arsenal could sign free agent Danish youngster in bizarre move
Arsenal are set to make a move for Danish Under-21 international Patrick Olsen after he was released by Inter Milan last week. The youngster has been training with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem but Arsene Wenger is keen to gain the youngsters signature after interest last season did not materialise into a move.
He could sign a deal with a new club outside of the designated transfer windows and start training straight away. He has impressed as a youth player growing up in Denmark but never truly convinced in Italy. His talent is undeniable as he didn’t make UEFA’s list of the top talents at the U17 European Championships for nothing. However at this stage of his career one has to wonder whether he’ll ever blossom into a top player.
Arsenal looking to poach Manchester City free agent
James Milner is considering offers from Arsenal and Liverpool as he closes in on a move away from Manchester City. The 29-year-old is into the last six months of his contract and is free to talk to overseas clubs and if his contract runs out he will be able to join Manchester City’s main title rivals for absolutely nothing this summer.
His tenacity and endeavor would add grit to what is an otherwise fluent and soft-styled Gunners side. He is a work horse and will be a great addition at absolutely no cost, although he might not match the crop of talent we currently have in our midfield he has the ability to make an impact when called upon.
Back to Podolski, he is fantastic finisher but he needs some time to make an impact in Italy, hopefully he will get back to his best and maybe even rescue his Arsenal career, but the chances look very bleak. Szczesny is likely to be dropped from the national team which is more or less expected considering the national coaches prefer to field players who get regular game time. Coming to Milner, he will available for free in the summer and City offering him a big contract is unlikely considering their budget constraints. If Arsenal offer a decent wage, we are likely to sign him.
Should we sign Milner?