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Rob Holding in contention for the match against Watford 0

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

In two-days’ time Arsenal will be meeting their next opponent, Watford, currently in 14th place in the Premier League. The match will be held at Vicarage Road and will be the team’s third away match this season. As far as the players who were on international break are concerned, they will be returning to the club during Thursday morning. Although no international players have reported any injuries, they will be assessed before the Sunday’s match.

This will be the tenth match the two clubs will play against each other since Watford returned to Premier League in the 2015/16 season. In the nine matches played so far Arsenal have won six and lost four.

Mertesacker speaks of Ozil frustrations 0

Posted on September 12, 2019 by Harry Kettle

One player that we’ve always respected, despite the fact he wasn’t really in his prime during his time with Arsenal, is Per Mertesacker. The big German has always been an intriguing defender within the ranks of world football, and was viewed as one of the most intimidating defenders of his generation – and rightly so.

We always felt like he enjoyed his time with the Gunners and while that may be true, the man himself has taken the time to reveal some home truths about one player in particular: Mesut Ozil.

“First of all he loves playing football. It doesn’t come across so often,”

Mertesacker was happy not to play much in his last season 0

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says he was relieved at not being picked to play too much during the 2017/18 season, the last of his career. As the reason for this anomaly for a professional football player the 6’6″ German names his mental struggles.

In a rather personal confession-style interview with German publication Der Spiegel, Mertesacker revealed that instead of the glamour that many top-level footballers feel, he often suffered from nausea and diarrhoea – consequences of performance-induced stress.

Chambers set for new deal as Arsenal reveal released list 0

Posted on July 01, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have made their list of players released public on Friday, and among others, it contains the names of Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.

Mertesacker has retired from playing professional football at a relatively disappointing age of 33. However, the former Germany international has been plagued with injuries and his decision to stop playing is certainly not without reason. He made as little as 12 appearances for Arsenal last season, while in 2016/17 he took to the pitch only twice.

No surprises on Arsenal’s retained list 0

Posted on June 09, 2018 by David Nugent

There were few surprises on Arsenal’s yearly retained list. The biggest players moving on are German defender Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.

Mertesacker revealed earlier in the season that he would retire this summer and will take up the role of academy boss. Cazorla has endured a nightmare 18 months through injuries and has re-joined former club, Villarreal.

The other players released from their Gunners contracts are Marc Bola, Alexander Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Hugo Keto and Tafari Moore. None of the youngster’s exits will have an effect on the Unai Emery’s first-team plans.

Mertesacker reveals stress involved with playing for Arsenal 0

Posted on March 11, 2018 by Harry Kettle

German defender Per Mertesacker has been a rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence ever since joining the club, but now, it seems as if the 33-year-old is just about ready to hang up his boots due to the stress involved with playing the beautiful game.

During an interview with magazine Der Spiegel, Mertesacker made a handful of somewhat startling comments regarding what it feels like to play at this level. The 2014 World Cup winner and former Werder Bremen star has been at the Emirates since 2011 and has made well over 150 appearances for the North London club.

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.

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