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Wenger, the footballing genius, creator of the Invincibles says Au Revoir

His departure from Arsenal may have been widely expected, however the consensus seemed to be that he would see out the final year of this current two year deal and the club will then seek to replace him after next season. So last week’s shock announcement that after 22 years, Wenger would leave Arsenal in the summer came as a bolt from the blue as in Wenger, here is a man who has always remained loyal to the length of his contract. Talk of him jumping before he was pushed began to surface, but the official club statement spoke of Wenger himself coming to the conclusion that it was time to go. However following Arsenal’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham last Sunday, Wenger appeared to hint at other scenarios, which he did not want to elaborate on at this time, but seemed at odds with last week’s announcement. Then Wenger told the club’s website, “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs for Arsenal record £56m

Arsenal have signed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56m. The Gunners set out their stall early on to secure the services of the Gabon player, but had two initial bids rejected by Dortmund. The move then came down to not only the funds, but the German side being able to get a replacement. That it was Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan until the end of the season, for the move to proceed, Olivier Giroud made the cross capital switch to join Chelsea. Aubameyang arrives with a record for scoring record of 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund, including 21 in 24 matches this season. The 28-year-old – who was the 2015 African Footballer of the Year – has joined Arsenal on “a long-term contract”.

Giroud leaves Arsenal for move to Stamford Bridge

Olivier Giroud said his farewells to Arsenal on Wednesday after five and a half years at the Emirates. He has joined Chelsea for £18 million and for an initial 18 month period. Giroud scored 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Gunners. With limited started opportunities however Giroud needed more game time if he is to feature in the France squad for the World Cup in Moscow this summer. Arsene Wenger although unwilling to see his fellow countryman depart, nevertheless had to accept the wishes of his former player.

Wenger laments pre-season closer to home as Lacazette strikes for Gunners to lift Emirates Cup

Arsenal concluded their Emirates Cup tournament with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla, however having scored a 5-2 win over Benfica ( and with each goal resulting in a point ) the Gunners retained their crown despite the La Liga side winning both of their games. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig were the fourth team involved. Arsenal will now turn their focus to facing Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley next Sunday before they kick of the new Premier League season with a Friday evening fixture against Leicester City. Wenger said his side will be ready and will not be caught out with low fitness levels or any lack of preparation as they were in last season’s opening day home loss to Liverpool. Had they won that game against the Reds, their points tally would have earned the Gunners a Champions League spot, and Wenger knows that Arsenal can ill afford to start their Premier League campaign with anything other than a win against the Foxes.

Alexis absent but Gunners thrash Benfica in Emirates Cup

Arsenal brushing aside Benfica 5-2 in their opening game of this year’s Emirates Cup was good viewing, but this fixture spoke volumes for the absent friends and a certain Alexis Sanchez in particular. Arsene Wenger reinforced his stance that Alexis will see out the remaining year on his current contract despite intense pressure to sell from Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain. Arsenal fans got to see new signing Sead Kolasinac who had an excellent game and was instrumental in two of the Arsenal goals. His powerful all action game at both ends of the pitch worked well as the left sided midfielder ahead of a three man defence. Reiss Nelson also caught the eye with his pace and movement and Wenger praised both after the final whistle. Alexandre Lacazzete also came on for the latter stages of the game.

Arsenal announce record signing of Lacazette

Arsenal completed the signing of France striker Alexadre Lacazette on Wednesday. The former Lyon man signed a five year deal for an initial fee reportedly to be £45 million and rising to £52 million with add ons. Lacazette competed a medical on Tuesday and becomes the Gunners’ second summer signing following the arrival of defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke. Lacazette is now Arsenal’s record signing, surpassing the £42.4 million paid for Mesut Özil from Real Madrid.

Sead Kolasinac joins Arsenal in five year deal

Arsenal announced the arrival of defender of Sead Kolasinac who will officially join from German side Schalke when the transfer window opens in July. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international arrived in the N5 on a free transfer, and becomes the first summer signing for Arsene Wenger. Armed with a reported £150 million, Wenger will look the add more signings having signed a two year contract himself a few weeks ago.

Near perfect ! – Wenger reflects on Arsenal drubbing of Chelsea

In his 20th year in charge at Arsenal, there isn’t a lot that Arsene Wenger hasn’t witnessed at the North London club. Trophies, the Invincibles, incredible highs and lows which all come with the top level manager baggage tag. Yes, Wenger has witnessed a lot on his watch, and it seems every landmark has coincidentally been accompanied by a crucial clash against Chelsea.

Mustafi and Perez deals close to boost Arsenal Champions League draw

As Arsenal were drawn against Paris St Germain, FC Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets in their Champions League Group A, Arsene Wenger was busy finalising deals to bring central defender Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez to the Emirates. Both deals are very close to completion, with Mustafi costing a reported £35 million from Valencia, and Perez costing £17 million from Deportivo La Coruna. Arsenal have been linked with Mustafi for the main part of the summer transfer window, and Wenger will be happy to add to Germany international to his depleted central defensive ranks. Perez on the other hand was perhaps lower down on the Gunners’ radar and having intimated a deal would not be on the table, Wenger has apparently had a change of heart, when Perez was seemingly close to then signing for Everton.

Linked with many but few arriving at Arsenal

Linked with many but few arriving at Arsenal

With their first Premier League fixture of the 2016-17 season against Liverpool a matter of days away, Arsenal fans will be well within their rights to ask why a new striker and now with Gabriel ruled out for eight weeks with an ankle injury – a new centre back have not been signed as a matter of urgency. In his cool, calm persona, Arsene Wenger who likens the transfer window to a game of poker, will hope that he has all the aces up his sleeve come September 1st. By then of course, the Gunners will have already played Liverpool at the Emirates stadium and Leicester City and Watford away.