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Mertesacker MUST replace Chambers against Everton

Everton vs Arsenal: What kind of an impact will Mertesacker’s return have on Arsenal? by SE

Per Mertesacker is an odds-on favorite to return to action for Arsenal when they visit Goodison Park this Saturday. The lanky German would replace Calum Chambers at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, and will be a welcome inclusion for Wenger, who, despite the returning German, has a couple of team selection issues to address. Sticking with Mertesacker, though, what kind of an impact can he have on Arsenal, with his return to action?

A frustrating evening but Arsenal pull through

Arsenal made very hard work of the first half, and with Palace playing it very tight at the back it was looking difficult to get the ball to lone striker Yaya Sanogo. All the same it was a bit of a shock when the long-mooted Arsenal target Brede Hangerland flew above the Gunners defence to open the scoring in the 34th minute.

Arsenal fought back and just managed to nab the equaliser before the half-time whistle through a similar goal from Laurent Koscielny at the other end, except this one came from an excellent free-kick from Alexis.

Arsenal need to score first against a defensive Palace

Can Arsenal see off Palace’s threat? by SE

It’s fair enough that Football is a game of glorious uncertainties on the pitch, but off it – you would think that there’s a lot more stability and calmness surrounding Football clubs and their administrative proceedings. However, Pulis walking away from the club last night – on the eve of a brand new Premier League season – tells you a completely different story altogether. And, that should turn out to be a huge factor in tomorrow’s game, which, until last night, was going to be a litmus test for Arsenal. It could still be a test for the North Londoners, but this incident is expected to have an impact on the Palace outfit, which walks out to the Emirates tomorrow.

Koscielny injury leaves Arsenal’s defence exposed

It could be dangerous to play with Monreal and Chambers against Palace this weekend

News is coming out that Koscielny has sustained an injury that will rule him out of this weekend’s game and could see him miss that all important game against Besiktas midweek. But without Koscielny for the game against Palace, we will be forced into using Monreal and Chambers as CBs and that could be very dangerous for us.

Arsenal Debate – Chambers to be the top class centre back to replace Vermaelen?

Arsene Wenger has already stated that one of the main reasons behind the transfer of Calum Chambers to Arsenal was the versatility of the young Englishman. But in his first two games as a Gunner this weekend, Wenger deployed his new player in the centre of defence, so could this end up being his main position?

Having started as a deep lying central midfielder, Chambers converted to the right back role in order to get more game time at Southampton, but he did not look out of place in the centre of the Arsenal back four, by any means, which for a 19-year old making his debut, is very impressive.

Arsenal’s France players through to World Cup quarter final

There will be at least three Arsenal players involved in the World Cup quarter finals in Brazil, after FRance booked their place with a hard fought win against Nigeria. So Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud join our young Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell into the last eight of the competition.

Both of the Arsenal men started the game for Didier Deschamps’ France. Giroud in his usual centre forward role with potential Arsenal target Karim Benzema on the left of him. Although they linked up well with the rest of the French attack and created the better chances, it was not quite clicking for them. Giroud hardly had a sniff at goal although he was involved in most of their moves.

How Arsenal will benefit from France’s World Cup…

While quite a few of the current Arsenal players, and those being linked with us in Arsenal transfer rumours by the media, have had a World Cup tournament to forget, the Gunners still have good reasons to watch the rest of the games in Brazil. Even more reason than the usual one of being starved of football during the summer, anyway.

One of the surprises of the competition so far has been the France side. After nearly blowing their hopes of going to Brazil in the play-offs, Didier Deschamps and his players seem to have formed a tight knit group and have produced some of the most exciting and effective football so far, and that is great news for Arsenal.

Could unlucky Arsenal defender’s World Cup be over?

Maybe I am reading too much into the situation, or worrying too much about it because it involves one of my favourite Gunners, Laurent Koscielny. After last night, though, when France booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a thumping 5-2 win over Switzerland, I fear for his place in the starting XI of Didier Deschamps.

First of all, I think the Arsenal centre back was unlucky not to start, but the manager seems to prefer the Liverpool defender Sakho and Rafael Varane of Real Madrid. Both are good players but I would take Koss the boss over either of them. Sakho especially looks susceptible to a howler at any minute.

Arsenal defender to make most of World Cup miracle!!

At the start of the second leg of the World Cup play-offs, not many people gave the Arsenal trio of Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny much of a chance of going to Brazil for the World Cup finals. Then France pulled off an amazing comeback, but Koscielny still looked set to miss out.

The Arsenal centre back had been sent off at the end of the first leg, meaning the usual three match ban would see him miss the second leg against Ukraine and the first two games of the group stage. Didier Deschamps may well have decided to take someone else or else the starters would keep their places, but the 28-year old was thanking his lucky stars when given a ban of just one game.

French Arsenal stars set for international bust up?

We know that the Arsenal and France striker, Olivier Giroud, needs confidence to perform at his best, and the last two seasons with Arsenal and France have really helped to build it. His club form, and the trust that Arsene Wenger have put in him have made him a serious contender to start for France at the World Cup finals in Brazil, while some key international goals, like the one against Spain, have seen him come back with renewed vigour for the Gunners.

Arsenal v Hull review – Nightmare start, Dream finish for Gunners

Well Arsenal fans, as nightmare starts go, that was a real belter. The Arsenal players might as well have been sitting in the stands watching, as we hardly had a kick before Hull took an early lead from a corner. And the Gunners were still sleepily yawning and rubbing sleep out of their eyes when we went two down.

Wenger’s decision to keep Fabianski as his FA cup was looking sentimental at best, as the older of our Poles should have just put the ball round the post instead of tapping it nicely into Curtis Davies’ path. But what a cracker from Santi Cazorla!

DONE DEAL – Defender signs lucrative Arsenal contract

Despite Arsenal Football Club having coming through the lean years and not having to sell off the crown jewels any more, Gooners still have the twice yearly worry that some bigger fish, or shark, will come along and gobble up one or our stars.

But we have one less thing to worry about today, as the club has officially announced on Arsenal.com that star defender Laurent Koscielny has put pen to paper on a new long term contract that should see him playing at the Emirates for another five years. His new salary has not been officially announced, but will certainly have increased from the £50,000 a week the Frenchman currently earns.