Date:Monday July 28 2014
Arsene Wenger has been discussing Arsenal`s new signings, what they could bring to the team, possibilities for the future and visa troubles.
The Arsenal manager has been fast and furious in the ready money round this summer after a couple of transfer windows that could have gone a little better. Instead of waiting till the last day he has instead "gone big" in a bid to move this FA Cup winning squad on to the next level.
With the start of the season still three weeks away, Wenger has already brought in Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and should officially announce Calum Chambers later on today.
The latest addition to Arsenal Football Club, Calum Chambers, should be announced officially as an Arsenal player at some point this however Arsene Wenger couldn`t wait for the official announcement before talking about the English defender.
Wenger said "He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield, I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions. He hasn`t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future."
Chambers is definitely one for the future however he is also of the age that he has the potential to make an impact this season, certainly in the cup matches and also covering for any injuries we will most definitely pick up.
Having competed in the World Cup Alexis Sanchez had an extended rest, however due to visa problems he will be training on his lonesome at London Colney this week as he won`t be able to attend the Austrian training camp.
Arsene Wenger explains more. 'I don`t think Sanchez will come to Austria because he has to go to Paris to get a visa, so he will only go so he will work in London.`
It would have been preferable to see Sanchez integrated into the squad as soon as possible however in the grand scheme of things I don`t think a few more days will make too much of a difference.
Finally, the worst kept secret in football was finally made official this weekend when Arsene Wenger revealed he had signed Columbian keeper David Ospina to compete with Chesney for the number 1 spot.
Wenger revealed he`d been keeping an eye on the stopped for a while now and has been impressed with his performances.
"I`ve known Ospina for a long time because he plays for Nice, he went there a few years ago and slowly became a very important player. You can see he has quality because Hugo Lloris played for Nice before and after he moved to Lyon they got Ospina and Lloris is not an easy player to replace. He also did very well at the World Cup."
I was actually under the impression that Ospina was a fair bit older than he actually is, so was surprised to find that he could be in contention for the #1 spot at Arsenal for many years to come.
Date:Monday July 28 2014
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