Watford 0 Arsenal 3

Arsenal produced a superb second-half display to defeat Watford and move into second place in the Premier League. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring after the break when he pounced on the loose ball after Mesut Ozil appeared to be fouled and fired in. Olivier Giroud slammed in the second, before Aaron Ramsey slotted in his first for the club this season. Watford’s best chance came in the first half when Odion Ighalo screwed his shot wide from 12 yards. It remains a big ‘if’, but if Ramsey can rediscover the form he showed in the first half of the 2013-14 season then Arsenal could land their first league title since 2004.

The Wales international was on a remarkable run two seasons ago, scoring 13 goals in 27 appearances to lead Arsenal’s charge at the top of the table. However, in December he suffered a thigh injury which kept him out of action until April – and with it went Arsenal’s title chances. This season the Gunners’ goals have largely come from Sanchez, Giroud and Theo Walcott. Ramsey had a chance to join the list in the first half but missed with what was his 26th effort on goal – more than any other Premier League player who has not scored yet this season. But having notched for Wales last week, he finally grabbed his first for his club when he converted Hector Bellerin’s through-ball, albeit via a slight deflection off Ikechi Anya. Ramsey became the latest member of Arsenal’s strong attacking unit to find the net today.

Walcott, with four goals this season, failed to make an impact at Vicarage Road, but manager Arsene Wenger had Giroud in reserve. And although Sanchez and Ozil were relatively anonymous in the first half, they displayed their class after the break and were ruthless as Watford’s usually resilient defence tired. Some would criticise Ozil’s lack of goals – only one so far this season – but the German World Cup winner provided two assists. If they all find some consistency in the league then Arsenal fans will no doubt get value for money this campaign. The Gunners have won their last six meetings with the Hornets in all competitions, including all five previous Premier League clashes. Watford conceded as many goals in this game (three) as they had in their previous six top-flight matches at Vicarage Road combined. With this win Arsenal are in 2nd place, with 19 points (same as 3rd place Manchester United) and 3 points behind leaders Man City.

Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0

Arsenal stunned Manchester United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes as the Gunners moved up to second in the Premier League table. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings. United improved after the break but Arsenal substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the crossbar late on. Defeat leaves Louis van Gaal’s side in third place, behind Arsenal on goal difference.

Arsenal’s Champions League defeat at home to Olympiakos in midweek left them in danger of failing to reach the last 16 and manager Arsene Wenger in the face of heavy criticism. Wenger was forced to defend his selection of goalkeeper David Ospina, describing recent criticism as “not analysis of football”. He also called the press “boring”. But his side were anything but in an opening half which saw them tear Manchester United apart, almost at will. With their first real attack Sanchez back-heeled in at the near post after good work from Aaron Ramsey and Ozil, and the Germany playmaker then added the second a minute later after Walcott ran at a struggling defence. Sanchez shrugged Matteo Darmian aside to add his second with a brilliant 18-yard strike which brought up an unwanted record for the visitors, as they conceded three goals in the opening 20 minutes of a Premier League game for the first time.

And it should have been four just after the half-hour mark as Ramsey volleyed wide from close range when completely unmarked. With the game won, Arsenal failed to repeat their attacking display in the second half until substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain chipped David de Gea and hit the crossbar in injury time. The Gunners are now just two points behind leaders Manchester City going into a two-week international break which had the potential to be uncomfortable for their fans and for Wenger. The recalled Petr Cech – who made a good save to deny Anthony Martial just before half-time – saved well from Schweinsteiger late on, but United rarely threatened. Arsenal have 16 points after 8 games, the same as ManU.

Arsenal 2 Olympiakos 3

Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League progress are in serious jeopardy after they slumped to their second successive group stage loss at home to Olympiakos. Arsene Wenger’s side knew nothing other than victory would do after defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in their opening game – and with two meetings with group favourites Bayern Munich still to come. Instead it was a dreadful night for Arsenal, who must now become the first team since Galatasaray in 2012-13 to lose their first two group games and still reach the knockout stage. The Gunners’ display was summed up by the wretched first-half own goal conceded by David Ospina – preferred to Petr Cech in goal – when he dropped Kostas Fortounis’s corner into his own net after Theo Walcott equalised Felipe Pardo’s deflected shot.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal hope with a 65th-minute header only for Alfred Finnbogason to restore Olympiakos’s lead within a minute. When Arsene Wenger persuaded Chelsea to sell them goalkeeper Petr Cech, the theory behind his arrival was that the 33-year-old’s experience, wisdom and acquaintance with success would make the difference in the big games. So what sense did it make for Wenger to leave Cech on the bench and select his deputy Ospina for a game where Arsenal simply could not risk any mistakes or the concession of cheap goals? Forget talk about any slight injury to Cech. He was fit enough to take his place on the bench so surely fit enough to start a game of this significance. Fate was tempted – and could not resist as the hapless Colombian dropped a harmless corner from Fortounis into his own net just before half-time after Walcott had brought Arsenal back into it with an equaliser.

Wenger’s decision was laced with high-risk – and in the context of Arsenal’s hopes of making progress in the Champions League a risk not worth taking, as well as a serious error of judgement. Arsenal were victims of a deflection and a crass goalkeeping error for Olympiakos’s first two goals – but the soft underbelly was on show again for the third, so easily unpicked as Finnbogason steered in the winner. Amid a night of unrelenting gloom, the only shafts of light for Arsenal and their supporters were Walcott and Sanchez. The Englishman continued his development as a striker with another goal, his second in successive Champions League games after scoring his 12th in 13 Premier League matches at Leicester City on Saturday. Sanchez scored a hat-trick at Leicester and he was lively throughout, heading the second equaliser only to see Olympiakos score their third almost immediately. In reality, this is to clutch at straws because this was a desperate Arsenal display elsewhere.

Leicester City 2 Arsenal 5

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez rediscovered his goalscoring touch as his hat-trick ended Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season. Jamie Vardy had put the Foxes ahead with a superb finish from a tight angle after a clinical counter attack. Theo Walcott equalised when Leicester were themselves caught on the break. Sanchez then took control of the contest with his treble – the pick his third from long range – as Vardy and Olivier Giroud netted late on. Sanchez, who scored 25 goals last season for the Gunners, had failed to find the net in eight games across all competitions before this contest.

The result means Leicester are now without a win against Arsenal in 18 Premier League games, stretching back to November 1994. Following a relatively subdued start to the season, Sanchez showed his quality at the King Power Stadium. He scored his first goal of the term with a poacher’s effort when he tapped in from close range after good work down the right by Hector Bellerin. From the moment the ball hit the back of the net the former Barcelona forward’s confidence came flooding back. He appeared in dangerous areas, ran at defenders and it was inevitable he would add to his tally later in the game. Sanchez claimed his second with a header, with his hat-trick the pick of his three goals as he struck a low, powerful shot past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Arsenal made an underwhelming start to the campaign – collecting four points from their first three games – which saw them written off as possible challengers to Manchester City and Chelsea. But the Gunners completed their victory over Leicester in plenty of style. Back was the attractive one-touch football as they cut through Leicester’s back line – albeit one that has now leaked 14 goals. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Sanchez is now “back to his best” , and his side have now moved up to fourth in the table, just three points behind new leaders Manchester United.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

Premier League champions Chelsea won only their second league game this season against nine-man Arsenal in a fiery match at Stamford Bridge. Defender Kurt Zouma – preferred to dropped captain John Terry – headed the opening goal after 53 minutes and Chelsea secured only their second win in six Premier League games this season when Eden Hazard’s shot flew in off Calum Chambers late on. This barely tells the story of a game that will leave Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger furious and frustrated in equal measure as he saw his players fall victim to the trademark and predictable wind-up tactics of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off seconds before half-time for kicking out at Costa. It came at the end of a lengthy spat after the striker had shoved his hand into the face of Laurent Koscielny three times. It handed the momentum to Chelsea and Arsenal’s misery was complete when Santi Cazorla was given a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas. All this mattered little to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who will regard this win as another sign that the reigning Premier League champions are moving somewhere towards their normal selves. Costa enjoys cult status as the anti-hero of Stamford Bridge – but you will not hear many warm words for him anywhere else and certainly not from Arsenal. This was a grim day all-round for the Gunners, not simply because they lost once more to Chelsea and received another setback to their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title, but also because they lost defender Gabriel and midfield man Cazorla to red cards.

And to add to their fury, they also left west London nursing a burning sense of injustice that Costa stayed on despite pushing the rules to the limit and beyond. The Premier League’s angriest man started a chain of events that led to Gabriel’s sending off by shoving Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny three times in the face and then barging the defender to the ground. Gabriel tried to help his team-mate and a lengthy dispute with Costa ended with the Arsenal defender finally being hooked by the obvious bait offered up by the striker, kicking out to receive a straight red card from referee Mike Dean. Foolish, but surely action also to be taken against Costa for the incident with Koscielny? Arsenal’s reduced numbers made their task almost impossible and altered the face of the game.

Dinamo Zagreb 2 Arsenal 1

Arsene Wenger fielded, what a lot of fans are calling a “Carling Cup” side, a weakened team and Arsenal paid for it. Olivier Giroud was sent off for Arsenal as they lost at Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League game. The Gunners went behind after a Josip Pivaric shot was saved by keeper David Ospina but rebounded in off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Giroud was then sent off for a second booking when he fouled Ivo Pinto before Junior Fernandes headed in for Dinamo. Theo Walcott superbly slotted in to give Arsenal hope but the home side nervously held on for the win.

Walcott had scored a hat-trick at the same Maksimir Stadium for England against Croatia in 2008 but, despite pulling one back, he could not repeat such heroics. Dinamo held on to extend their unbeaten run to 42 games as they won against an English top-flight side for the first time in the Champions League. France striker Olivier Giroud has been criticised for not being clinical enough in front of goal and he only added weight to that argument against the Croatian champions. He had a free header from a corner palmed away by Dinamo keeper Eduardo and, when he saw another effort come off a post, Giroud failed to sidefoot in the rebound as the home stopper smothered his point-blank shot. The Arsenal forward’s frustration got the better of him when he was booked for dissent after his reaction to the referee blowing for a foul against him.

It proved crucial as he was then sent off for a second bookable offence when he caught Pinto with a late challenge after 40 minutes, as Arsenal’s failure to sign a striker in the summer transfer window again came into focus. Arsenal lost their opening game of last season’s Champions League when they were beaten 2-0 by Borussia Dortmund, but recovered in a group also comprising Galatasaray and Anderlecht. This time they face a more difficult task to make it past the group stages and keep alive their hopes of winning the competition for the first time. The Gunners host Olympiakos next before home and away fixtures against German giants Bayern Munich.

Arsenal 2 Stoke City 0

Arsenal recorded their first home win of the season as goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud beat Stoke. Walcott opened the scoring in the first half when he chased a long ball over the defence from Mesut Ozil before firing low beyond Jack Butland. Substitute Giroud sealed victory late on with a header. Stoke, who have not won at Arsenal since 1981, rarely looked like scoring, Joselu going closest with a shot at Petr Cech. Arsenal are third in the Premier League but defeat for Stoke – their second of the season – means they are bottom after five games.

Arsenal’s attacking strength, or perhaps lack of, has come under scrutiny during the early stages of the season, with Arsene Wenger’s side having managed just three goals in their four league games prior to the visit of Stoke. It has been at Emirates Stadium in particular where they have struggled, failing to score in a 2-0 defeat by West Ham and a goalless draw with Liverpool. Wenger is keeping his faith in Walcott and Giroud to score the goals this season but, despite both netting, there were still some areas of concern as the pair spurned good opportunities to seal a victory by a bigger margin. Walcott shot wide early on when he should have scored, and later directed a weak effort straight at Butland. Giroud, meanwhile, missed a near open goal before heading in the decisive second.

In the end, Arsenal had 29 shots on goal, 12 of those on target, and their general wastefulness in the final third could be of greater concern against more attack-minded sides. So after 5 games played Arsenal have 10 points with a positive 2 goal difference and sit in 3rd place behind the two Manchester clubs. Not bad but you can see how critical this win was.

No Ambition, No Drive, No Resolve

So Arsenal ended up disappointing all their fans – more like a slap in the face really – as the transfer window came and went and we didn’t sign a single outfield players. Yes we signed Petr Cech as a goalkeeper and that is a really good signing but we didn’t do squat about anything else. All through the transfer window we kept waiting and hoping that the club would show that it means business and is willing to challenge at both home in the Premier League, the FA Cup as well as in the Champions League. All the big and medium clubs were signing players to fill in the areas that they needed to be strengthened.

All we got were nothing more than a handful of rumours that mean nothing in the end. All fart and no shit! Arsenal & Wenger have been consistent in their commitment to lack of ambition and lethargy when it comes to the league. We needed a striker & a CDM – everyone knew that! With Wenger’s record, I am glad that he didn’t sell anyone instead! We were linked with some top players and we got nothing. The English league spent almost $100 million on transfers and Arsenal contributed to just $10 million of that. A club of our stature and history! Just $10 million. This is after one of the board members said that the club has $200 million in the bank and $60 million to spend on players.

I think we have to face it – with the mentality that Wenger & the board have at Arsenal I think most top players do not want to come here! There seemed like 1 or 2 who did want to come but we didn’t pursue them. This is ridiculous. Please chuck out this old geezer who does not want to win the league or do well in Europe – he has clearly shown that to us! He, like the whole world, knew that we needed a CDM as well as a good striker to challenge for the title and what did he do? Chased a fellow Frenchman for most of the time and he doesn’t even want to come here and in the end we got nothing. No backup plan no nothing. Idiot! I wish fans could get behind the club and not this manager who has clearly lost his marbles.

Arsenal’s Transfer Deadline Rumours

It’s not gonna happen! It’s not gonna happen! But if only it would!

Arsenal have reportedly held talks with Paris Saint-Germain to sign duo Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot, according to the Daily Mail. After giving up on the hope of landing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid, Arsenal have since turned their attention to PSG ace Cavani, and the Daily Mail claim they held talks on Monday to sign the Uruguayan striker along with Rabiot. However, it appears the move to sign 28-year-old Cavani could be too complex to be to be completed before the window shuts at 6pm on Tuesday.

Galatasaray are preparing an offer to sign Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Daily Mirror claim. A French agent as reportedly been given permission to hold talks over a big-money deal to sign the 22-year-old. Oxlade-Chamberlain currently has three years left on his contract at the Emirates and Galatasaray are said to be “deadly serious” to entice him to Turkey. And Arsene Wenger’s hunt for a new striker continues as the Daily Telegraph cite reports in Russia claiming Dynamo Moscow have turned down a loan bid for Aleksandr Kokorin. It had reported that Arsenal were looking at signing the 24-year-old on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move. However, Dynamo have rejected the offer put forward by the Emirates club.

Seriously Arsene Wenger leaving important signings till this late in the transfer window reeks of unprofessionalism. Time to resign and make way for an able & more capable replacement?

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal managed to make a big deal out of winning against a team that were down to 10 mn by the 16th minute. An own goal from defender Fabricio Coloccini gave Arsenal an unconvincing victory over 10-man Newcastle. Arsenal scored early in the second half when winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s angled shot on the rebound clipped Coloccini’s heel and went into the net. The hosts had earlier seen striker Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off in the 16th minute for a rash challenge on Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin. Newcastle failed to register a single shot on target in the entire contest.

Arsenal have not lost at St James’ Park in the league since December 2005 and have won their last eight games against Newcastle, scoring 21 goals and conceding just six. Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has still to to taste victory in the Premier League after four matches at his new club. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described his side’s start to the season as “very average” before this game and although the Gunners secured three points at St James’ Park their strikers continue to misfire. After Mitrovic’s 16th-minute dismissal, Arsenal dominated possession in the final third of the pitch but were unable to turn that superiority into goals. Theo Walcott’s best effort was to lift a chance he should have scored over the crossbar while substitute Olivier Giroud made little impact when he came on.

With the transfer window set to close on Tuesday, Arsenal’s supporters will be hoping Wenger has a goalscorer lined up from somewhere. This kind of showing will not win the league. 4 games played, 3 goals scored, 2 of which are own goals. What a pathetic showing so far. Wenger needs to get his head outta his own ass and resign!

Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as they played out a thrilling goalless draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. In a game littered with chances, brilliant goalkeeping and defensive mistakes, it was almost beyond belief that neither side could carve out a victory and deliver an early psychological blow among the contenders at the top of the table. Liverpool dominated the first half but found Petr Cech in magnificent form as the former Chelsea goalkeeper saved miraculously from Christian Benteke and turned Philippe Coutinho’s shot on to a post.

Coutinho also struck the bar in the third minute – and while Arsenal’s opportunities were few, they were furious that Aaron Ramsey’s early strike was ruled out for offside. Arsenal regrouped and dominated much of the second half, Alexis Sanchez hitting the post and Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet producing a fine reflex save from Olivier Giroud. When Arsenal bought Cech for £10m from Chelsea in June, the instant wisdom was that his presence alone could be worth an extra 10 points to the Gunners. Time will tell, but this was the night when the 33-year-old showed just how important a signing he could be as the Gunners try finally to mount a serious Premier League title challenge. He spread himself brilliantly to turn away Benteke’s close-range effort when it seemed certain the Belgium striker would score, then showed he still retains the old athleticism to stretch and tip Coutinho’s curling shot against an upright. If any Arsenal fans harboured doubts about his purchase, this was a display to dispel them.

Arsenal showed great spirit to recover from a first half in which their defending was horrendous to have the better of the second. It should be placed in context by the fact they were robbed of their first-choice central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker through illness and Laurent Koscielny with a back injury. But this game and the results of the 1st 3 games have shown me that we won’t be ready to challenge for the league this year or the next unless things change. And they have to change a lot!

Rumour Or Truth? Benzema Deal Almost Done

The latest ‘news’ is that Arsenal have reportedly chartered a private jet to bring Benzema to England and have arranged for him to stay at a ‘five-star hotel in London’ ahead of undergoing a medical with the club… on Monday! These claims are being made by Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who has become a familiar figure to Arsenal fans for his regular updates on the Benzema saga. His stance seems to be if you throw enough spaghetti at the wall, some of it might stick. Other reports too suggest that Arsenal are edging closer to signing Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema, and a deal could be completed as early as next week. Indications are that a £48m fee has been agreed between the North London side and Real, with the deal to be completed and announced next week.

Rodney Marsh believes the deal is close to happening too. He told TalkSport: “I had a phone call from a mate of mine, and he’s been right on many things. “He said that he believes Real Madrid have accepted a bid somewhere in the region of £48m for Benzema from Arsenal.” Benzema has made almost 200 La Liga performances for Real since signing from Lyon in 2009, and scored 87 goals. He signed a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu in August 2014, and earned himself a little bit of Real history by Benzema scored Real Madrid’s 1,000th goal in European competition after netting a goal in a 5–1 victory over Basel in the first match of the Champions League Group Stage the following month.

Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2

Arsenal recovered from their opening-day defeat by West Ham to record a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace. Alexis Sanchez had three shots blocked as the Gunners began aggressively before Olivier Giroud got the opener. The Frenchman’s superb scissor kick put away a Mesut Ozil cross but the lead lasted 12 minutes until Joel Ward’s driven shot drew Palace level. Connor Wickham hit the post on his home debut before Damian Delaney sliced a Sanchez header into his own net. Jordon Mutch almost inadvertently grabbed a late equaliser when the ball struck his head and went over from a corner, while Petr Cech held a Ward header in a frantic finish. But despite Palace’s combative display, Arsene Wenger’s side ultimately deserved the three points for the quality of their movement and resilience in defence.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said the way in which his side responded to the 2-0 home defeat by West Ham last Sunday would define their season. Sanchez returned for a first start since his extended break following the Copa America and injected the Gunners with an immediate dose of urgency in attack. The Chile international was a constant menace in the opening stages and his hard running set the tone, but Wenger will be more pleased by the way in which the Gunners reasserted their dominance after being pegged back. Ozil, Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey continued to pester Palace with their crisp passing and aggressive movement and Sanchez’s determination was the key factor in re-taking the lead. He leaped over right-back Ward at the back post to force Delaney into the own goal, but Giroud’s effort will live longer in the memory. The 28-year-old showed beautiful technique to retain his balance and strike the ball sweetly as he controlled his fall away from goal.

Arsenal definitely rode their luck at times. Wickham was close to putting Palace ahead after the break and Jason Puncheon finished tamely when presented with a brilliant chance. Francis Coquelin was perhaps fortunate to have picked up just the one yellow card before being replaced, with referee Lee Mason taking a lenient view of the Frenchman’s persistent fouling. Cech was at fault for both of West Ham’s goals but there was little he could do about Palace’s equaliser as Ward’s driven strike was clipping the inside of post by the time he had reached the full length of this dive.

A not so convincing win but a win nonetheless to get the Gunners off this season. Two games played, 1 win, 1 loss, 3 points, 2 goals scored and 3 let in. Arsenal sit in 11th place.

Arsenal 0 West Ham 2

What the heck Wenger? Arsenal’s season started in defeat as West Ham won their first Premier League game under Slaven Bilic. Keeper Petr Cech misjudged Dimitri Payet’s free-kick to allow Cheikhou Kouyate to nod in the Hammers’ first. And after the break Mauro Zarate finished from 20 yards after being gifted the ball by the Gunners defence. Arsenal, who controlled possession but were worryingly blunt in the final third, came closest when Aaron Ramsey hit the crossbar in the first half. Gunners fans, who left the Emirates Stadium in large numbers before the final whistle, will feel like they have seen all this before, not just in the way their side performed, but also in the familiarity of their starting line-up.

Cech’s arrival from Chelsea has been Wenger’s only summer signing since last term’s third-place finish, and it was an uncharacteristic display from the experienced keeper. The 33-year-old was not only at fault for West Ham’s opener, but was wrong-footed by Zarate’s strike, although he received little help from his defence as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin combined to give the ball away on the edge of their own area. Olivier Giroud frequently looked isolated up front, which will no doubt increase the hope among Arsenal supporters that a reported deal for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema can be completed.

On this going, I wonder how long it will take for a new signing or two to come up in discussions. Plus, how much slack will Wenger be given before the “Wenger Out” brigade starts unfurling banners around the stadium? You know me, I strongly believe that Wenger should have left a season or two ago. His time should have been up but he is too stubborn to admit it or act accordingly. It’s painful to watch huge sections of the game with Arsenal in the opponents goal area, players passing back and forth with no end in sight.

Arsenal Transfer : The Rumour That Refuses To Go Away

Karim Benzema to Arsenal is one rumour that refuses to go away. In the end, I hope it doesn’t turn out like fellow Real Madrid player Samir Khedira and Morgan Schnederlin.

The Metro says the French striker will be making his move to London shortly. Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli says Arsenal people are flying to Madrid to finalise a deal for Benzema. It’ll be £35m, cheers. And Benzema will be paid £120,000 per week. Graham Hunter, who knows his Spanish football cebollas, added more details in an interview with Talksport. He says Benzema to Arsenal is eminently possible, but the striker will have to state his desire to leave Madrid.

“Arsenal have the money and Real Madrid need the money – they’re €500m in debt,” Hunter said. “They’re trying to buy David de Gea and won’t go the extra mile to get him off Manchester United because of the cash so they need the money.
“It is a doable deal, but it won’t happen unless Benzema says to Real Madrid, ‘I want to go to Arsenal’.”

I don’t know what to believe because one report with say that Benzema has finally asked for a move to Arsenal and other will say that Wenger played down the speculation of the Gunners going for the French striker. Wait is see is all we, the fans, can say.

Arsenal Win 2015 Community Shield By Beating Chelsea

FA Cup holders Arsenal won the Community Shield for a second season in a row as they beat Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the winner with a powerful drive into the top corner with his weaker left foot. Ramires headed wide unmarked from Loic Remy’s cross as Chelsea failed to hit the target before the break. Eden Hazard skied a chance over the bar before Oscar’s free-kick was parried wide by Arsenal debutant Peter Cech. It was the first time the former Chelsea goalkeeper had been called into action after 68 minutes and soon after he comfortably held on to Kurt Zouma’s header.

Arsenal went close late on through Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs in a match where both sides looked rusty a week ahead of their Premier League opener. Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires Gunners to Community Shield win at Wembley and ends Jose Mourinho’s hoodoo over Arsene Wenger on Petr Cech’s debut. Finally, after 14 attempts, Arsene Wenger has sussed this Chelsea side out. Jose Mourinho’s team is good, but they are not that good. The mental block, the psychological edge that Mourinho played upon during the numerous childish exchanges, asides and squabbles down the years has just been stripped away. What better place, what grander stage to do it than Wembley, a week ahead of the opening fixtures in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal had to work for this, protecting a first-half lead given to them after a belting goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by eventually chugging their way to victory against the champions.

This is not the Thierry Henry vintage of 2004 at Arsenal, the pomp of the Dennis Bergkamp team that won the domestic Double in 1998 and again in 2002. But it is coming together nicely. Chelsea were made to look ordinary and functional, a side that looks as though the improvisation and clever skills of their match-winning players has finally been coached out of them. They looked average. Wembley is Arsenal’s home now, winning successive FA Cup semi-finals, FA Cup finals and now Community Shields. They look the part. This was a triumph for their expansive first-half football, playing fast and loose in the final third of the field with the game full of runs from Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ozil, as ever, provided the intelligence to this team.

Walcott To Sign, Benzema & Reus Bid Rumours

Theo Walcott has agreed a new four-year deal to stay at Arsenal – becoming one of the club’s highest earning players in the process. Walcott has been in negotiations with Arsenal over a new deal since the final third of last season, with the England star’s current terms expiring at the end of the coming campaign. It’s claimed the contract makes the 26-year-old one of Arsenal’s best paid players, taking him into the £100,000-a-week bracket. Arsenal are said to be set to announce the news in the next two weeks.

Arsenal are ready to increase their offer for Karim Benzema to finally sign the striker, according to reports. The Gunners have apparently made Real Madrid ace Benzema their top target this summer, with a class frontman a priority for Arsene Wenger. And after reports suggested Arsenal had seen a £31million rejected for Benzema, claims in Spain suggest that will now be upped to £35.3m. The Frenchman’s agent has ruled out a move in recent days but Madrid are open to selling for the right price, and Arsenal now hope to meet that.

Arsenal are ready to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund after hijacking Liverpool’s deal for the player, according to reports. Reus has been tipped to leave Dortmund this summer and reports had suggested that Liverpool were in talks with the player over a deal. But now the Daily Star says Arsenal have hijacked the negotiations and are now looking to sign 26-year-old for themselves. The news comes amid talk that Arsenal have a £200million transfer budget – and they’ll need it, with Reus tipped to cost £47.8m to sign. Real Madrid have also been sniffing around the German in recent days.

Szcesny To Join Roma On Loan

The goalkeeper question at Arsenal seems to have been sorted out. With the transfer of top class goalie Petr Cech from Chelsea, Arsenal had 3 potential #1 goalkeepers, albeit if the other two were seen as lesser talents to Cech. Wojciech Szczesny, who lost his #1 position to David Ospina in the beginning of the year, has agreed to join Roma on a season-long loan from Arsenal. Goalkeeper Szczesny has also been given the green light by Arsenal to complete the switch and the 25-year-old will play in Italy next season. Roma had been interested in signing Szczesny permanently, but that did not suit the player or Arsenal at this stage.

Wojciech undoubtedly has the talent to become a world-class keeper, but he many now never realise at the Emirates Stadium. Szczesny still firmly believes he can return to Arsenal to challenge Petr Cech for the number one spot in the future. But the Pole also realises that his opportunities during the forthcoming season would be limited and he is keen to play regular football. It now remains to be seen whether David Ospina will settle for being second choice behind Cech or whether highly-rated Damian Martinez will be Wenger’s deputy.

Ospina had been expected to be the fall-guy following Cech’s move from Chelsea and the Colombian had hinted that he was interested in leaving the Emirates. New reports claim that the deal contains a £3.5million buyout option, and with Petr Cech and David Ospina looking likely to nail down Arsenal’s no.1 and 2 spots, Szczesny could be gone for good.