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May 27, 2010
Posted by David Young on 05/27/2010

So, the last area to look at is the forward line and Arsene Wenger has already taken steps in strengthening this part of the team by recruiting Maroune Chamakh from Bordeaux. Despite the fact that this transfer has rumbled on for the best part of a year now, it is good to have a new name to conjure with so early in the summer.

Chamakh’s scoring record with Bordeaux was solid rather than spectacular with 79 goals from 293 matches - a strike rate of a goal every 3.7 games. However, he has experience and age on his side and he does score a goal every other match when playing internationally for Morocco. Time will tell as to how quickly he adapts to the Premier League but there is nothing supporters like more than a goalscorer who is an instant hit and everyone will be hoping he turns out to be just that.

Van Persie - The Spearhead of Arsenal's Attack ©Getty Images
May 18, 2010
Posted by David Young on 05/18/2010

In considering how Arsenal's midfield might shape up next season - or rather, how we would like it to shape up next season - one question looms large over all others: will Cesc Fabregas still be at the heart of matters come August or will he have departed for Barcelona?

Earlier in the season, there were a few rumours coming out of the club that he could very well be off this summer. Those mutterings seemed to dissipate as the Gunners maintained their title challenge for far longer than most pundits had predicted. However, we still had to cope with the insidious drip-drip-drip of Barca players coming out in the media, saying how much they wanted Fabregas to come and play for his hometown team. In the past few days though, the temperature has risen once again on this particular matter and the portents don’t bode well for the Spaniard continuing to lead the Gunners next season.

Will He Stay? ©ESPN Soccernet
May 11, 2010
Posted by David Young on 05/11/2010

On the final day of the season, Arsenal comfortably beat a much-changed Fulham side that had its mind elsewhere by four goals to nil to clinch third place and automatic qualification to the group stage of the Champions League. Even though Spurs threw away a two-goal lead losing 4-2 at Burnley, it was good to see the Gunners ending the season with a win in front of their own fans.

The match itself was not worthy of much comment. It was real end-of-season stuff and all a bit bloodless. Still, after a run of poor results, it did put a bit of a smile back on supporters faces as we all head into the summer. And what a crucial summer it is going be.

RVP Hits Finds the Net Against Fulham ©PA Photos
May 6, 2010
Posted by David Young on 05/06/2010

You do have to wonder at the intelligence levels of some Arsenal players. With a summer ahead in which Arsene Wenger has already stated that changes will be afoot, you would imagine that some of these guys are currently playing for their places as the season winds down. Well, there is precious little evidence of many of them seeming that bothered about that as they turned in a spineless performance at Ewood Park on Monday and got turned over by Blackburn.

Yes, there are no longer any trophies to play for, and maybe it is inevitable that there will be a natural drop in application because of that, but one point from their last four games is a pitiful return that shows a total lack of pride, passion and professionalism. The Gunners have been so feeble recently that they have now actually given themselves something to play for in the last game against Fulham having allowed Spurs within touching distance of third place following their victory at Eastlands last night.

David Young Sam Limbert: My retirement as a football player came at the age of 14 due to being rubbish, it's fair to say I was more Kaba Diawara than Thierry Henry, so I turned my focus to writing about the game. I'm a lifelong Arsenal fan and have been lucky enough to watch the team across England and Europe. My favourite Gunner of all time is Dennis Bergkamp, and the 2004 Invincibles is the greatest side I've ever seen in English football. I try to be positive about the Arsenal as it's the hope that keeps us going! Follow me on twitter @SamsMatchReport.

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