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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.

Arsenal must say NO to Madrid’s bid for star defender

He has come a long way in his football career so far, but Arsenal must make sure that our superb central defender Laurent Koscielny does not go any further. According to rumours from Spain, that may not be easy, as the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, who seem to have an unlimited supply of euros to spend every summer, have identified the Arsenal and France star as the ideal man to replace their hot headed Portuguese international Pepe.

Arsenal are a different team now says Koscielny

For many Arsenal fans, Laurent Koscielny should have been voted as the Man of the Match against Newcastle last night. Not only did he score the opening goal, with a determined run and finish to Santi Cazorla’s well taken free kick, but he put in his usual commanding performance at the back that gives the Gunners a solid foundation to make their pretty passing patterns on.

But according to Koscielny, what really made the Arsenal team tick were the two players in the middle of the pitch who have been missing with injury problems. Aaron Ramsey has not taken long to remind the fans and football pundits just why he won five Arsenal player of the moth awards in a row before picking up that thigh problem on Boxing Day.

Detailed infographic of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle

Arsenal 3 v 0 Newcastle Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com

Happy St Totteringham’s Day Gooners! For the 19th consecutive season Arsenal finish above rivals Spurs and can secure entry into next season’s Champions League qualification play-offs with a win next weekend.

Arsenal cruised to a relatively straight forward win over Newcastle with two second half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, before Olivier Giroud completed the 3-0 scoreline midway through the second half.

Arsenal v Newcastle review – Gunners go fourth and conquer!

There was a cagey start to this game, with neither Arsenal nor Arsenal seeming to know whether to go for it or kep it tight. The onus was on the Gunners, though, being at home and needing the points for that final Champions League spot.

But as Newcastle failed to threaten much at all, Arsenal could get forward without too much concern. We were playing some nice football, with Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, without really battering on the door for a goal. But it was coming, and when it turned up it was from the unlikely source of a set piece; Koscielny getting on the end of a great ball from Cazorla.

Europe’s Big Guns aiming to nab Arsenal’s Koscielny?

It seems that Arsenal are going to face a fight to keep Laurent Koscielny at the club this summer, with the Telegraph reporting this morning that the likes of PSG, Monaco and the mighty Bayern Munich are set to try and persuade him to move onwards and upwards at the end of the season.

They report that Koscielny is the lowest paid centre-back at the Emirates earning a paltry £50,000 a week, and unless the Gunners can give him a massive wage rise then Europe’s elite clubs will be more than willing to pay him what he is obviously worth in today’s climate.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v West Ham

High spirits and high fives all round at Arsenal Football Club after coming within one game of ending the wait for a trophy to add to the cabinet. But the Gunners must continue that good feeling with a win over West Ham at the Emirates tonight.

I hardly need to tell you that fit and available Arsenal players are a little bit thin on the ground, while the ones who are available probably have a bit of fatigue in their legs. That should not matter if we start well and don’t have to chase the game, but it is definitely a boost to be able to welcome Laurent Koscielny and Tomas Rosicky back into the starting XI.

Arsenal will NOT mess up another trophy chance says Szczesny

All this talk about nine years without a trophy is getting more tired and boring for Arsenal fans than the average TV schedule on Dave, but the fact is that, should the Gunners fail to win the FA cup at Wembley in May, that is how long it will have been since Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty against Manchester United in 2005.

Can season run-in help Arsenal keep Vermaelen?

Vermaelen will get a chance to shine once again! by Ash

A couple of seasons ago, not many fans would have argued that Thomas Vermaelen was one of the best central defenders Arsenal had seen at the club for years and he was easily one of the best in the league. Then as injury problems occurred and he took on the role of the Arsenal club captain, things just didn’t seem to go right for him, and he quickly lost form. Then further injury problems occurred and he slipped down the preference ladder and for much of this season, his future at the club has been a hot topic of debate. But now in the final stages of this Premier League season, things seem to be picking up once again for the Belgian.

The lowdown on new Arsenal striker Josip Drmic

Unless the likes of Lothar Matthaus and Jan Aage Fjortoft have been the victim of an early April’s fool day prank, Arsenal have got themselves a new striker for next season already. The capture of 21-year old Josip Drmic was revealed on social media sites by the two former players who are working in Germany where Drmic plays for Bundesliga side FC Nurenberg.

I must confess to not knowing much about the young striker that Metro is reporting as coming to play for Arsenal, but he certainly looks pretty impressive on the youtube video below. I know that almost any player can be made to look good by selecting their best bits, but the clips show him to have a great touch, strength, pace, skills and tricks as well as an impressive finish with either foot.

Wenger backs Arsenal captain to shine – Is he right?

This is the chance that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been waiting for since he lost his place at the back ahead of last season’s trip to face Bayern Munich. And it has come at just the right time for Vermelen to force his way into the starting XI for the Begium national team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has backed his captain to grab this opportunity, given by the injury to Laurent Koscielny, with both hands. Arsenal certainly need him to, with a tense and difficult end to the Premier League season ahead of us, not to mention the small matter of an FA cup semi-final and, hopefully, final at Wembley.