A surprise name in Arsenal’s Champions League squad, striker misses out

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Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker is a part of the club squad that has travelled to Germany ahead of the first leg of Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The German centre-back has recently returned from a long-term injury, which he suffered in pre-season and is yet to feature for the Gunners this season. The 32-year-old, who has recently signed a one-year contract extension, did feature among the substitutes in the FA Cup win against Southampton last month. His inclusion has certainly come as a surprise as Wenger…

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Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

The pressure will be on Arsenal as they look to hit back from their Boxing Day misery with victory at home to a Bournemouth side that has not lost in six Premier League outings. There was nothing in the game at Southampton until they were undone by a terrific long range strike, but Arsenal’s display from then on was far from good enough and belied their status as a team which would have gone top of the Premier League had they managed to win. It was some way away from…

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Arsenal gossip: Wenger set for double £23.3m raid and Cech to be restored to starting XI

Thursday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Arsenal have reportedly entered the transfer race to sign Ajax forward Viktor Fischer, the Metro reports. The 21-year-old plays predominantly from the left wing, but can also play on the right or up front. Arsene Wenger is set to drop David Ospina and restore Petr Cech to the side for Arsenal’s crunch Champions League clashes, according to the Daily Express. Wenger’s decision making was questioned after he dropped Cech for the 3-2 defeat to Oympiakos on Tuesday evening. Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker admitted…

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Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker wary of Man United backlash as injury crisis deepens

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has called on his teammates to shake off their Champions League hangover quickly as they prepare to host Manchester United this weekend, the Daily Express reports. The Gunners square up with United in a 4pm kick off on Sunday, just days after losing 3-2 to Greek giants Olympiacos on Tuesday night. That result now leaves Arsenal bottom of their qualifying group, having suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the first round of games (via Express). And now Mertesacker believes that he and his…

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Arsenal gossip: Wenger refuses to blame Ospina for Champions League failure but Belgian starlet linked

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Arsenal are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven defender Aboubacar Kone, 14, if the in-demand Belgium youth international is not tied down by the Dutch champions before his 16th birthday, according to Anderlecht Online (in Dutch). Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker admitted the side’s 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos was “not acceptable”, the

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Arsenal gossip: Cavani admits he could have left PSG, while approach made for Isco

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Reported Arsenal target Edinson Cavani has admitted that he had plenty of offers on the table to leave Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Metro. The Gunners were linked with a possible £45m move for the Uruguayan, but he revealed that he is more than happy where he currently is. “Many transfer opportunities presented themselves,” he said. “But PSG has always trusted me. This is the club who can give me what is better,” he added. The north London side have reportedly made…

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Arsenal gossip: Key trio close in on return and striker deal given January go-ahead

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Juventus are ready to let Simone Zaza go in January, with Arsenal interested in the 24-year-old striker, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes. The striker spent last season with Sassuolo, and linked up with Juve over the summer. The Gunners are confident forward Danny Welbeck, 24, will play again this year – despite England boss Roy Hodgson suggesting he would be out for six months, The Sun reports. Arsenal are now hopeful of having Welbeck back in the squad in time for Christmas.…

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Arsenal injury boost as centre-back duo return in time for Stoke clash

Arsenal could be set to welcome back key centre-back duo Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Stoke City, according to the Daily Express. Both players have been struck by injury problems during the early stages of the season, leaving Arsene Wenger with Calum Chambers and Gabriel as his back up pairing in the heart of the defence. Koscielny was forced to miss the encounter with Liverpool thanks to a back injury, but made a swift return the following week against Newcastle (via Express). However,…

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Arsenal face defensive crisis for Newcastle clash as Koscielny and Mertesacker rated doubtful

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is facing a defensive crisis for this weekend’s clash with Newcastle United as both first choice centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny could still be missing, the Daily Mirror reports. Koscielny will almost definitely miss out, having been forced to watch Monday night’s goalless draw with Liverpool from the stands with a back injury. Fellow centre-back Mertesacker is rated as being slightly more hopeful of making a return, but he is still not certain to be involved having been sent home over the weekend through illness.…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners to jump United interest in striker but defensive duo doubtful for weekend clash

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Arsenal are reportedly close to completing a deal for Dynamo Moscow forward Alexander Kokorin before the transfer window shuts, the Metro reports. The 24-year-old striker has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham over the course of the summer, with PSG and Zenit also believed to be interested in signing him. Competition for places at Arsenal will ensure no one can take their first-team place for granted and keep the squad performing at their highest levels, according to defender…

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Arsenal gossip: Wilshere DEMANDS assurances and Mertesacker’s heir FOUND

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Thursday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Jack Wilshere is to speak with Arsene Wenger about his role in the team next season, with the Arsenal manager warning that some of his central midfielders and attackers will also have to play out wide, according to the Daily Telegraph. Wenger has been encouraged by Wilshere’s form and fitness since he returned from almost five months out with ankle ligament damage but is clearly still not ready to follow the lead of Roy Hodgson and use him in a holding midfield role.…

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(Images) Arsenal stars in full flow on first day of pre-season training

The Arsenal squad made their triumphant return to pre-season training on Tuesday morning, but were missing some key faces like Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil. READ MORE: Arsenal News Arsenal considering £42.7m bid for Napoli star Arsenal legend slams Mesut Ozil: He goes missing too often Gunners fans will also have to wait a little longer to get a first glimpse of new both Petr Cech in his training gear as he, and the names above, have all been granted some extra time off to recover in time…

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Arsenal gossip: Former England star SLAMS Mertesacker and Schneiderlin deal looks dead

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Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda, 18, who is valued by the Blues at £7m, the Daily Express reports. Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for new midfield reinforcements, and believes the young Belgian has a bright future in the game. But the Gunners fear they will lose out to Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to The Guardian. The Gunners came close to signing the Frenchman last summer, and Wenger may now…

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Arsenal news and gossip: Gunners offer midfielder new contract to warn off Manchester City

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Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal’s best XI last season Arsenal midfielder considering SHOCK Manchester City switch Arsenal will offer to double Jack Wilshere’s wages as they try to convince him to stay at the Emirates, and reject the interest from Manchester City, the Daily Mirror report. The new five-year deal would see the midfielder earn £100,000 a week. Petr Cech’s departure from Chelsea appears to be confirmed, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Roman Abramovich has given the 33-year-old a…

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