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Arsenal

Arsenal: Top 5 signings of the Premier League era

[tps_header]Arsenal is a club which has been synonymous to playing beautiful football and it would be fair to say that the Gunners are true advocates of the game.

However, Arsenal not only play the Beautiful Game as it is supposed to be played but are also a shining example to clubs all around the world on how to run the business side of things in an efficient manner.

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One of the most profitable clubs in the world, it would be fair to state that Arsenal’s financial success has been down to one man – Arsene Wenger. The legendary manager of the club has spent almost two decades at the helm of the North London club and has done wonders both on and off the pitch.

Wenger has guided Arsenal to no less than 13 trophies during his time at the club but his ability to unearth diamonds from the rough has arguably been the most important factor in helping the Gunners become as financially successful as they are today.

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5. Cesc Fabregas – £500,000 from Barcelona

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Cesc Fabregas is a classic case of Arsene Wenger plucking a youngster from anonymity and turning him into a world star. Although considered a talented young player during his arrival from Barcelona to join Arsenal’s academy in 2003, not many could have fathomed what the young man would go on to achieve so early on in his career at North London.

Despite the presence of top class midfielders such as Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, Fabregas managed to break in to the first team at the tender age of just 16 and made the position at the middle of the park his own the following season.

Fabregas spent seven seasons at Arsenal, making over 300 appearances for the club and although the Gunners’ faithful were sad to see him leave in 2011 for a dream move back to Barcelona, the hefty £35million fee did go a long way in softening the blow.

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Arsenal Legends: Herbert Chapman

[tps_header]The likes of Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson are the names which are mentioned as the greatest ever managers Britain has produced.

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However, one name which should undoubtedly be placed ahead of all the aforementioned legends is of former Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman.

Majority of the modern fans of the game may not be too aware about Chapman but he is regarded as the true visionary, innovator and most importantly the man who created the famous WM-fomation.[/tps_header]

Childhood and playing career

Born into a family of eleven children in Rotherham in 1878, Chapman developed a keen interest in football at a very young age and he dreamt of taking up the sport professionally.

While his brother’s Harry and Tom managed to forge a long professional career in the game, Herbert struggled to make a mark.

Herbert did turn out for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Town and Sheffield United but made fewer than 40 league appearances and most of his career was spent as an amateur journeyman, shifting from one club to another as dictated by his job.

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Arsenal and The United States of America

[tps_header]There is no denying the fact that Arsenal are arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world. Admittedly, Arsenal have had trophies hard to come by in recent years but the Gunners possess a special aura about them which means that they can still attract legions of supporters all around the globe.

Under the brilliant Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have been identified as true advocates of the beautiful game and their wonderful playing style is a joy behold for any football fan.

While the Gunners cannot be praised enough for their exploits on the pitch, they have also earned admiration from various corners for being one of the best run clubs in the world.

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During a period of inflated values and lavish injection of cash from foreign owners, Arsenal have managed to remain competitive and have admirably done so by adhering to their strict financial model.

Astute business in the transfer market has been one of the main reasons why Arsenal have been able to run so successfully as a club but recently, their globalization plan is also reaping a lot of rewards.

Arsenal boast a huge fan base in Asia and Africa, and now the Gunners have unsurprisingly ramped up their bid to conquer North America and especially the United States.[/tps_header]

Tours in the United States

Having extensively toured the Far East for the last few seasons, Arsenal finally visited the United States of America at the start of the current campaign.

The tour was a one off match against Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s club New York Red Bulls on the 26th of July and the game marked the Gunners’ first trip to the nation for 25 years.

The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for Arsenal and the only goal of the game was scored by former Gunners’ star’s Ian Wright’s son, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

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While the game might have ended in a defeat for Arsene Wenger’s side, it attracted a full house the Red Bull Arena – testifying the growing number of Arsenal supporters in the States.

Following such a success of their one off match, it is expected that Arsenal will make a return across the Atlantic this year as well, as they look to take advantage of the Premier League’s multimillion deal with US Television network NBC.

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has connections in the MLS as he part owns Denver based club Colorado Rapids and it will not be a surprise if the Gunners become regular visitors to the States during the foreseeable future.

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Arsenal 2015 Transfer Rumors

[tps_header]The 2014/15 season began with a lot of optimism for Arsenal but once again, it ultimately looks like the campaign will end in a disappointment for the Gunners.

Having acquired the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck among others, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had undoubtedly assembled one of the finest attacking lineups in the world but on the other hand, the experienced French manager inexplicably left the back door open by not signing a top class central defender.

Naturally, Arsenal have been left counting the cost for their shaky backline so far during the current campaign and with injuries not helping matters – the Gunners have been forced to put up a makeshift back four on more than one occasion this season.

Therefore, it is widely believed that Wenger will finally sign a new central defender during the January transfer window and perhaps a new defensive midfielder could also be on the cards as a long term replacement for ageing players such as Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky.

Here are the top five players who have been linked with a move to Arsenal in January –

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Winston Reid – West Ham United

Quoted Price – £4million

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If Arsenal decide not to pursue Paulista, West Ham United star Winston Reid provides them with a good alternative. Reid has proven himself to be one of the best central defenders around in the Premier League in recent years and has been key to the Hammers’ fine campaign this season.

However, there is a great chance that West Ham will end up losing Reid as he is not willing to sign an extension to his current contract which expires at the end of the season and as a result, the London side might be forced into parting with their prized asset during January – as they look to avoid losing him for nothing at the conclusion of the current campaign.

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A host of top clubs have understandably expressed their interest in signing Reid as he would be available for a cut price of around only £4million and Arsenal have been reported to be leading the race to sign the New Zealand international.

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Arsenal Roster 2014/15 – A look into the squad

[tps_header]When Arsenal’s Invincibles romped their way to the title during the 2003/04 season, it was widely expected that the Gunners would go on to dominate English football in the same manner as Liverpool did in the 80’s or like the Manchester United side did before the turn of the century.

Unfortunately though, Arsenal have not managed to do that and have not come close to even challenging for the title for quite a while now.

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Nonetheless, Arsenal remain one of the best run clubs in the world and under the tutelage of the great Arsene Wenger – the Gunners easily play the best football in England.

The current Arsenal side are probably not quite good enough to win the title this season – especially with Chelsea and Manchester City looking very strong, but one can be sure that they will keep their fans entertained throughout the campaign.

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Goalkeepers

Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny burst into the scene for Arsenal a few years ago as a talented young goalkeeper and has since flourished into one of the best custodians in the Premier League.

Although Szczesny does have his difficult moments, he is certainly the undisputed number one for the Gunners and is ranked alongside the likes of Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea as the three goalkeepers who are set to become the greatest in Europe for years to come.

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Back Up

David Ospina

David Ospina is the second choice goalkeeper for Arsenal but as evidenced by his performances during the World Cup for Colombia, the South American is a player who is more than capable of playing between the sticks for the Gunners on a regular basis.

Ospina most certainly keeps Szczesny constantly looking over his shoulder and one can be sure that the 26-year old will swoop in if the current Arsenal number one allows complacency to creep into his game.

Damián Martínez

Another talented young goalkeeper in the ranks of Arsenal, Damian Martinez has acquitted himself well whenever given the opportunity in the first team and he looks set to have a big future in the game.

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