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Ozil allays injury fears after substitution for Germany 0

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has played down injury fears from supporters after he was substituted for Germany in Tuesday night’s win over Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old was brought off at half-time for Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, but took to Twitter after the game to refute any suggestions of injury.

Gunners on international duty 0

Posted on September 06, 2016 by David Nugent

A number of Arsenal players were on international duty this week with vital World Cup qualifiers taking place all over the world. Here is how the Gunners on international duty got on:


Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi were in the Germany squad for their squad against Norway and Finland. Both featured for the reigning world champions.

Mustafi played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Finland but had to have treatment on an ankle problem and was then an unused sub for Die Mannschaft’s 3-0 win over Norway in their first World Cup qualifier.

Mustafi deal stalls as Valencia and Arsenal fail to agree on a fee 3

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s pursuit for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has hit an obstacle with the Gunners yet to match the asking price. The German centre-back is believed to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the London outfit are still quarrelling with Valencia over price.

Reports from the Valencia camp suggest Arsenal are unrivalled in their pursuit for Mustafi, but just need to match Los Che’s valuation for the centre-back. Valencia are rumoured to be looking for €25M (£21.7M) which is a fair price for an international standard player regularly playing in the Spanish La Liga, but Arsenal have yet to meet the fee.

Arsenal targeting Mustafi as Mertesacker replacement 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have contacted Valencia over the availability of defender Shkodran Mustafi as manager Arsene Wenger looks to find a replacement for injured centre-back Per Mertesacker.

Mustafi, a Germany international, was a regular in the Valencia backline last season, making 30 Spanish La Liga appearances, but could be convinced to make the switch to title-chasing Arsenal with how poor Los Che fared in La Liga.

Gnabry risking his Arsenal future representing Germany in this summer’s Olympics 1

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is reportedly set to join the Germany squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, according to Sky Sports. If he participates along with the other 17 players, Gnabry will miss the remainder of pre-season with Arsenal and the first Premier League game of the new campaign. And with the 21-year-old in the last year of his deal, having been frozen out of the first-time in the last season, is it wise for him to join Germany’s Olympics squad?

Mesut Ozil ineffective for Germany in Euro 2016 semi-final exit to France 0

Posted on July 08, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil struggled to create clear-cut chances for Germany in Thursday’s Euro 2016 semi-final defeat to France at the Stade Vélodrome. Not for a lack of trying, the 27-year-old was seeing a lot of the ball and valiantly trying to whip crosses into dangerous areas, but no Germany player was getting on the end his balls.

Only midfielder Toni Kroos made more touches in the German side than Ozil, but the latter created just one chance in the 90 minutes. While performance levels have been decent from the Arsenal man this summer, one goal and one assist from six games – his only assist coming in Germany’s first group game – isn’t the kind of return expected of Ozil.

Arsenal 7/4 to sign Germany & Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler this summer 0

Posted on July 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, Arsenal are keen to renew their interest in Germany winger Julian Draxler this summer. The Wolfsburg man is expected to be inundated with offers after impressing for his counter during the 2016 European Championships, and has long been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The 22-year-old surprised many when he left Schalke 04 to join Wolfsburg, but the rich German Bundesliga outfit haven’t had managed to turn their lucrative spending into success as previously hopes which means the likes of Draxler could look further afield to continue his development with a club of great standing.

Could Aaron Ramsey play a more advanced role for Arsenal after Euro 2016? 3

Posted on July 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a quandary over midfielder Aaron Ramsey ahead of the coming season. The Welsh international has been outstanding for the national team in an advanced midfield role in this summer’s Euro 2016, and will be hoping he’s doing enough to give his club boss a selection headache.

Ramsey has been a standout performer for Wales in the European Championships, making four assists in five games, while creating 15 chances from midfield. He’s scored or created a goal every 89 minutes, and has averaged a shot or created chance every 16 minutes. While impressing for Wales, Arsenal have stiffer competition…

Could Joachim Loew replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? 5

Posted on July 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the last year of his contract at the club, the Londoners are seeking out replacements when their long-serving coach finally departs. As for top-level managers who would likely be unattached next summer, as well as fitting the Arsenal mould, there are few options available. But Germany manager Joachim Loew could be the answer.

The 56-year-old has been in charge of the German national team since 2006, and boasts an impressive record well worth considering. He’s reached the final of Euro 2008, the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup, the semi-final of Euro 2012 and won the 2014 World Cup. As things stand, his Germany side are in the semi-final of Euro 2016 and have a great chance of going all the way.

Mesut Ozil misses a penalty as Germany romp to 3-0 win over Slovakia 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil missed a spot-kick for Germany as the Eagles thrashed Slovakia 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championships. The World champions dominated the game from start to finish, and could have won by an even bigger margin had they taken more of their opportunities.

Ozil was given a chance to get himself off the mark in the tournament after Germany were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute, but his effort was well-saved. Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel committed the foul for grabbing and pushing Germany’s Mario Gomez in the box, but Ozil didn’t take advantage.

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