Arsenal news – Gunners on Mertesacker alert, Szczesny takes credit for Rooney miss, Roma want Eboue

Szczesny takes credit for Rooney miss.

Wojciech Szczesny has taken the credit for Wayne Rooney’s penalty miss in the Gunners’ defeat to Man United earlier in the week.

The Polish stopper prepared for a Rooney spot kick before the match, and feels he won the battle of wits with the England international, according to

He said: “I did prepare myself for a Rooney penalty before the game. I actually decided to try to delay him, show him my presence and hope for the best. Maybe my presence put him off and made him miss it.

“It’s obviously a mental battle between the goalkeeper and the striker, a psychological battle, so I tried him and stand off my line for as long as possible, until the referee put me on the line. Then I made myself big and he missed.”

Roma want Eboue.

Italian outfit Roma are reportedly planning a £5m raid on the Emirates for Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue, according to a report on

The 27-year-old is on Claudio Ranieri’s radar thanks to his versatility down the right side of the field, and has become a bit-part player in Arsene Wenger’s plans since losing the right-back slot to Bacary Sagna.

With the Ivorian’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, Roma could try to sign Eboue in January with the offer, though the Arsenal boss could hold on to the popular player until the summer in order to provide cover for his other right-sided players.

Gunners on Mertesacker alert.

Long-time Arsenal target Per Mertesacker has done a sensational U-turn on his previous decision to remain at Werder Bremen and wants to move to a bigger club, according to

And it is thought Arsene Wenger would appear to be the early frontrunner in the inevitable clamour for his services due to his previous interest in the giant centre-back.

A source close to the player told “I think he would like to move. Or let me say it like this – he would be interested in seeing other countries.”

It is thought that an offer of £12m would be sufficient to tempt the Bundesliga side to sell Mertesacker, whose contract is due to expire in 2012.

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