It has been the story of the season for Arsenal; injuries, injuries and more injuries. And with a lot of the Gunners involved in international friendly games last night, there was always the possibility that Arsenal would be hit again.
As well as Jack Wilshere taking a painful whack to his foot, which could bruise, swell up or somehow put him out of Saturday’s game against Everton, Laurent Koscielny is also a worry. He didn’t play for France last night, but according to L’Equipe it was more of a precautionary measure after the defender felt a tweak in his hamstring during training. It can’t have been too bad because he was on the bench. .......Read the full article here
As you are probably already aware, Arsenal Football Club has agreed a new extension to the current contract of Per Mertesacker. The new three-and-a-half year deal will expire in 2017, meaning that our giant German international defender will have been with the Gunners for six years but will still only be 32-years old.
For a central defender in the modern world of football, especially one who does not rely on speed, that is nothing. And Per’s game is all about reading the game, taking control and organising the players around him. Obviously, his long legs and 6ft 6in frame are quite handy as well. What stands out for me is what a good captain he would make. .......Read the full article here
It was very worrying for Arsenal fans to see three more players added to the injury list in the last couple of games. The fact that two of them, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, were both left backs was even worse, especially as Thomas Vermaelen, who can play there as well as in the centre, was still unavailable. So of course the third player, Laurent Koscielny, had to be a defender as well. .......Read the full article here
I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that Arsenal have had one or two problems with players getting injured this season. So it was probably no surprise to see Kieran Gibbs have to be replaced early in the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, and then his replacement Nacho Monreal went off at halftime against Sunderland, closely followed by Laurent Koscielny. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Arsenal were denied the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League by a late Chelsea goal which came from Ramires, who seems to get away with everything, conning a free kick out of the referee. But that did not mean beating Sunderland at home was any less important and the Gunners started well.
Unlike on Wednesday, Arsenal got the early reward they deserved with a brilliant flowing move seeing Wilshire burst into the box and set up Giroud for the Frenchman to calmly slot the ball past Mannone. We controlled the game after that and worked hard to stop Sunderland getting into the game. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 0 – 2 Bayern Munich player ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Arsenal first-halves are a major problem by Gooneristic Truth
Is this an I-told-you-so moment or what? For many fans and pundits who have questioned Arsenal’s strength and depth only to be drowned and silenced by aggressive murmurs of disapproval and clicks of ‘dislike’, the Anfield shellacking feels like that long-awaited moment of vindication!
This does not, in any way, mean that the critical Gooners are glad that Arsenal lost the game for the sake of being proven right, but rather the result has rendered a voice to the worst fears they have tried to express. I, for one, felt it was a matter of time before we attained another such disgraceful result after the one against Man City. .......Read the full article here
Liverpool 5 v 1 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allarsenal.com
A 20 minutes to forget for the Gunners compounded in a gut-wrenching 5-1 romp by Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side.
The Gunners passing was way off when it mattered, while the lack of enthusiasm was frustrating especially considering the strength of the side that played at Anfield.
Arsenal’s backline were all over the show – extremely uncharacteristic from one of the leagues best defences. Koscielny and Mertesacker’s unbeaten run comes to an end, a lack of communication resulting in some easy opportunities for the Reds. .......Read the full article here
Do Arsenal have the best central defence in the Premier League? by Ash
Arsenal have come under a lot of criticism in recent years about the team’s defensive qualities as well as the defence itself. It has arguably never been completely stable since the glory days almost 10 years ago, with the likes of Kolo Toure, Phillipe Senderos, William Gallas and Johan Djourou all having a shot in the side. .......Read the full article here
Mertesacker ready for the challenge ahead! by Ash
Per Mertesacker has been a revelation for Arsenal on the pitch this season and has arguably become the club’s best central defender of the season ahead of Laurent Koscielny and certainly Thomas Vermaelen. And if Arsenal are to achieve some silverware this season, our BFG is going to be a major factor. .......Read the full article here
A lot is riding on the Arsenal defence keeping up their brilliant performances for the rest of the season, especially as we head into a particularly tricky and important few weeks. Crucial games in the Premier League, FA cup and Champions League are likely to put that defence to a big test, but there are plenty of reasons for the Arsenal fans to feel confidence. .......Read the full article here