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Arsenal knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest 0

Posted on January 07, 2018 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday to exit the competition at the third round stage.

The home side had the first attempt of the game. Ben Brereton got between two Arsenal defenders but failed to trouble David Ospina. The Gunners hit back at the other end soon afterwards, as Theo Walcott looked through on goal. However, the forward scuffed his effort and the danger was gone for the home side.

Arsenal odds of 11/8 to finish in the top-four after Swans win 0

Posted on October 29, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday afternoon. When the Gunners went behind in the first half completely unexpectedly, it looked like it could have been one of those inexplicable defeats for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Second half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey were enough, in the end, to give the north London side the victory.

Home record is very encouraging

While Arsenal’s form has been unconvincing at times in recent years, the Gunners home form of late has been outstanding in the Premier League. For much of Wenger’s reign, Arsenal’s home record has been outstanding.

Keeping Mertesacker at the club a shrewd move by Arsenal 0

Posted on July 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker will retire from playing at the end of season 2017/18 and then take the role of academy boss with the Gunners.

It seems like a very good decision by the club’s hierarchy. The giant German defender has immense experience in the game, including having won a World Cup with his national team.

Picked the right time to retire

Mertesacker has become a bit-part player at Arsenal. Due to injuries and competition for places, the German made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League, while also surprising starting in the Gunners 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Mertesacker leads by example in Arsenal’s historic FA Cup win 0

Posted on May 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was a standout performer in Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Chelsea, despite having played just 37 minutes of top-flight football this season, leading by example and banishing any doubters questioning his captaincy.

The Big Friendly German made only his first appearance of the season on the final day of the Premier League campaign, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Everton as a result of a knee injury to Gabriel Paulista. Given the lack of activity in the first-team this season, Mertesacker’s match fitness was at its worst – something he admitted in the build-up to the FA Cup final. But his performance was of the contrary.

Could Mertesacker start in the FA Cup final? 0

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker recently made his long awaited comeback from a serious knee injury on the final day of the Premier League season, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton, and could well be making his first start in 11 months this weekend in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The 32-year-old club captain could be drafted into the side as Arsenal are suffering from an injury crisis to their defence. Laurent Koscielny is suspended, Shkodran Mustafi is suffering from concussion and Gabriel Paulista has a knee injury ruling him out for two months. Mertesacker has played just 37 minutes of football this season but could be forced to feature for lack of better options.

Was it wise to give Mertesacker an extended deal? 1

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal awarded defender Per Mertesacker an 18-month deal back in January, despite the former German international having spent the season with a knee injury. The centre-back has been on the bench after recovering from his injury, albeit an unused substitute in three of Arsenal’s last five Premier League games, but should the Arsenal club captain have been given a new deal?

Time to bring Mertesacker back after the international break? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Shkodran Mustafi struggling for consistency at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, supporters have called for club captain Per Mertesacker to be reinstated. The former has looked suspect in recent weeks and such defensive frailties came to a head against West Brom in the weekend defeat. As a result, fans want the leader back in the defence to restore the past resilient partnership with Koscielny.

Could Per Mertesacker come in for the injured Laurent Koscielny? 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Laurent Koscielny could be out of action for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool as he continues to battles with hamstring injury, but could it be Per Mertesacker who replaces him? Gabriel Paulista is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the back if Koscielny isn’t back in time, but Mertesacker has been training for some time and could be an option.

Gabriel’s athleticism is his greatest strength and may be key to keeping tabs on an energetic Liverpool frontline. But Mertesacker is a measured player who doesn’t give away fouls, nor does he dive in and compromise his position on the pitch. Gabriel has the pace to chase players bearing towards goal, but he’s also suspect due to his rashness in the tackle.

Per Mertesacker back in full training for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Days after signing a contract extension with Arsenal, long-serving centre-back Per Mertesacker has returned to full training and could be making his first appearance of the season next month. The former German international has been out for the entire campaign with a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the experienced defender is back.

“Per Mertesacker is back in full training from Friday,” said the Arsenal boss. It’s good news for the Londoners as their options in defence grow again with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs having also recently returned. With an FA Cup clash to come against Southampton this weekend, Wenger might look to his fringe players to feature, although Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s has come too soon for Mertesacker.

Manchester City targeting Hector Bellerin (again) 0

Posted on January 25, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro (yes, I know I will punish myself for that later) Manchester City are set to raid Arsenal in the summer in an attempt to sign Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard is undoubtedly one of the best full-backs in the Premier League and has been linked numerous times with moves to City and back to Barcelona. City boss Guardiola is believed to be a major fan of the youngster and is ready to make a move to strengthen his defence.

Why would he want to move to City?



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