We all know that Ramsey was sent off for the first time in his professional career vs Besiktas, and the Welshman has responded to the red card via his official Twitter account, stating
Thank you to all the fans that made the trip. Sorry for the red card. I’m sure the lads will do the job in the second leg
Wenger however, had far more to say on the matter. He was angry about the sending off, and said to the local media that
I think neither the first or the second yellow card was deserved. When you see some of the fouls made tonight and we go home with Ramsey red carded, it’s a bit unbelievable.
Wenger has every reason to feel annoyed. Besiktas committed the same number of fouls as Arsenal, yet only received half the number of yellows, with none of their men coming close to a red. Besiktas, as every team do, have the right to play the game as they see fit. Many teams often go out to bully Arsenal into submission by utilising their physical aspects, a tactic used effectively by Slaven Billic’s side. That being said, it’s only fair for the referee to punish them when they overstep the mark. I feel Arsenal were certainly given the short end of the stick.
Lukas Podolski, one of the most loved people at Arsenal, or, to be quite frank, to have ever played for the club, is being linked with a move away from the club. Brought from childhood club Cologne back in 2012, the German, who is of Polish ancestry, has been a bit part player for the club since he was dropped in February 2013. He has mainly been deployed on the left wing by Wenger, but has occasional been deployed as a true number nine – most notably in a 4-1 victory vs Wigan where he scored two goals.
Earlier in the summer, Podolski suggested he was off to Europa League winners Seville, and his agent has not helped cool the speculation. Yesterday he released a statement to the media, saying
There have always been questions. Now we have a concrete interest from some teams. Lukas is in London but feels good.
The 29 year old is signed on to Arsenal until 2016, however could leave this year in order to gain first team football.
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Arsenal to loan in Bernard
It is no secret that one more attacking reinforcement would not hurt Arsenal this summer, however a more orthodox striker would be first choice to most Gooners. However AllArsenal.com can reveal today that Arsene Wenger is considering bringing Brazilian international in on loan from Shaktar Donetsk.
Last season Arsenal and their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were rumoured to be interested in signing him from his homeland, with Porto also interested. However, the Ukrainian champions won the race for his signature. Political instability in Ukraine has caused several high profile players to leave, and it is believed that Bernard wants to follow in the footsteps of fellow South American Facundo Ferreryra out of Eastern Ukraine and into the Premier League.
Arsenal to scout Carvalho
Arsene Wenger has announced he is still in the market for a defensive midfielder. That news will hopefully provide Arsenal fans with some reassurance that we will make an addition or two before the end of the window following two less than impressive displays this term.
Arsene Wenger now seems to have set his eyes upon Portuguese international William Carvalho, with him apparently sending scouts to Sporting Clube de Portugal latest game to watch him. Chelsea are also believed to be watching the Angolan-born player. With a release clause of £35,000,000 some might feel that the fee is more than acceptable for a player that is only 22 years old, however club officials are confident of luring him to North London for less than that.
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