SportsNet - February 2013
With another trophy-less season on the cards after their 3-1 home thrashing by German giants Bayern Munich, Arsenal will keen to strengthen their squad over the summer in order to return back towards the summit of European football.
Having purchased just one player during the January window, namely Nacho Monreal, one can surely expect the Gunner to rope in at-least two or three first-team stars at the end of this season.
Hence, International Business Times presents with a list of the three latest Arsenal transfer targets.
1) Fernando Amorebieta
According to Fernando Amorebieta's agent, Arsenal are in talks with the player for a possible free-transfer at the end of this term.
Hot on the heels of the humiliation against Blackburn Rovers at The Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup match against Championship side Blackburn, comes another home defeat; this time against the Bundesliga runaway leaders, Bayern Munich, in the Champions League first leg at the Emirates Stadium.
After Wengers tetchy performance at his pre-match press conference, the last thing he needed was yet another defeat at home, and yet that is what ensued. The only surprising thing was that nobody apart from Wenger was surprised. Wenger was aggressive and irrational at his press conference and suggested that the so-called experts were wrong; however, those experts all predicted that Arsenal would be outclassed, and so they were.
Jerry Buss, the outstanding owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, died at the age of 80 on Monday. Buss died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the cause of death was Kidney failure. Buss had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai for the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said that “the NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come. More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend."
Coming off a 101-loss season, the Chicago Cubs could use any ray of hope available for 2013. One of the most obvious prospects is the arrival in the farm system of Cuban signee Jorge Soler, but fans shouldn’t necessarily expect to see him at the major league level this year.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, manager Dale Sveum suggested that the franchise is in no hurry to promote Soler. “Fast track? There’s no reason to do that,” Sveum commented, citing the almost-21-year-old’s lack of experience with top-level pitching.
Fans, like Sveum, are well aware of how badly the Cub lineup needs the kind of power threat that Soler has obvious potential to provide. Painful though it will be, though, both fans and team will be better served by waiting for the youngster to develop at his own pace.
It's entirely probable that Double-A is the highest Soler will rise this season, and that's just the way it should be.
Barcelona and AC Milan are a couple of the biggest clubs in Europe, but when it comes to the two facing off in the last 16 of the Champions League, there will be one clear favorite.
Barcelona have unfinished business after the manner in which they crashed out of the Champions League last season, with Lionel Messi of all people missing the crucial penalty.
Milan are in rebuilding mode, and will not even have the services of Mario Balotelli, who is cup-tied.
This Barca team is arguably the greatest ever in the club game, and many will say the dynasty needs at least another European title to be certain.
The first leg at the San Siro will in many ways decide which way the tie will be headed. If Barcelona dominate -- not just in possession because they will do than anyway - and score a couple of goals, the tie might just be over before the second leg at the Cam Nou.
Italian teams are known for their defending and the Milan rearguard will need to be at their best to stand any chance of keeping the tie interesting.