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Arsenal legend Keown backs Paulista to replace Mertesacker (I don’t!)

The arrival of the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista will be an immediate boost to the Arsenal team, as the players he could replace will all have to up their game – to try and hang on to their starting places. Wenger put them on the alert straight away when he suggested that Paulista could even be in the squad for the Aston Villa game on Sunday. Wenger said: ” The only difference is that Gabriel is available and we’ll check him how he is physically but he should be alright to be available.”

Arsenal’s new signing – Gabriel and BFG as partners?

Gabriel Armando de Abreu by JA

From Wikipedia – Born in São Paulo, Gabriel graduated from Esporte Clube Vitória’s youth setup, and made his senior debut on 7 March 2010, starting in a 3–1 win at Camaçari for the Campeonato Baiano championship. He made his Série A debut on 15 May, replacing Vilson in a 1–1 home draw against Flamengo.

In August 2010, Gabriel appeared in both matches of 2010 Copa do Brasil finals against Santos FC, but playing as a right back. He made his first team breakthrough in late 2011, and went on to play a crucial role in the following year, appearing in 35 matches as Leão returned to Série A.

Arsenal Debate – Should Paulista replace the BFG immediately?

BFG, Kos, Chambers and Paulista – Arsenal centre back conundrum by JS

I believe Wenger took a big risk today in mixing up his back five again in trying to give Ospina, Bellerin and Mertesacker a rest. After yesterday’s results and the fact we have a full week before the next game, I wanted to see us pick up where we left off last weekend with maybe a few gentle reintroductions if we managed to get in to a comfortable position in the match. Whilst I love the fact that we are through, we missed the chance to have made a bigger statement with a comfortable 3-0 win. If Wenger was certain that Mertesacker needed a rest then we would have looked much stronger defensively with Bellerin at right back and Chambers in at right centre back and Koscielny in his normal position at left centre back. Anyway, I digress slightly.

Proof Koscielny is as VITAL as Sanchez to Arsenal success

It has often been said of Arsenal under Arsene Wenger that we are all about the creative, passing and attacking side of the game, with the defending part of football often left to its own devices and seen as a necessary evil. The signing of players like Sebastien `the squid` Squillaci and Andre `the donkey` Santos are two compelling pieces of evidence to support this.

Arsenal Analysis – Coquelin, Mertesacker, Arteta and last weekend…..

Francis Coquelin, Per Mertesacker, Mikael Arteta and last weekend by JA

Hello guys, hope y’all havin a fine uuhhhm happy transfer window….

So of late, two grown heads at Arsenal have come under criticism; Per Mertesacker and Mikael Arteta and it’s all about they’re slow, they’re old or they just don’t cut it.

Come on Wenger! Arsenal need transfer help NOW!

Wenger’s transfer dithering could cost Arsenal dearly by DN

Here we are again Arsenal fans, with seemingly everyone in the world of football except Arsene Wenger thinking that the Gunners are teetering on the brink of a disaster and needing some quick action in the January transfer window in order to avert it.

We have the tough test of Stoke City on Sunday and then the even tougher trip to Man City the following week and there is still no sign of any new players coming in to bolster our injury stretched side. Arsenal are literally one injury away from a real nightmare and if we happen to lose either Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny or Calum Chambers, that nightmare will be upon us.

Szczesny’s Dad SLAMS the Arsenal defence (a disaster!)

The Arsenal defence is a disaster? by Sam P

There has been numerous Arsenal rumours surrounding the performance of Wojciech Szczesny against Southampton, and whether Arsene Wenger will be dropping the young Pole to the bench as punishment for his dismal display.

But Szczesny’s father has leapt to his son’s defence and even goes so far to call Per Mertesacker a rhinocerous! Maciej Szczesny was quoted as saying on Yahoo: “He made a mistake for the first Southampton goal, coming too far from the goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence – how these guys are playing is a disaster, but for some reason, nobody pays any attention to it.

Should Arsenal fans be so pleased with Hull result?

Arsenal were hardly impressive against Hull yesterday by James N.

There is a very old football cliche that you can only beat what is put in front of you, but when you consider that Arsenal’s opponents yesterday had made TEN changes from the Hull side that played Everton on New Years Day, should we really be so pleased that the Gunners only managed to kill off the game in the 82nd minute?

Arsenal v Hull review – Alexis at it again as Gunners win!

With both Arsenal and Hull City making plenty of changes to their starting line-ups for this third round FA cup clash at the Emirates, you might have expected a slow and cautious start and perhaps a lack of quality from the start, but that was far from the case.

Arsene Wenger gave both Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell a rare start on either side of Alexis up front. The Costa Rican forward nearly gabe the Gunners the lead within five minutes, showing his pace and dribbling skills before a one-two with Sanchez and a prodded attempt that brought a great save from Harper.

Dream Team defence to save season for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger is clearly delighted to have the Arsenal and France international centre back Laurent Koscielny fit again. And it is not just because the Frenchman is arguably the best defender the Gunners have either, as an Arsenal.com report explains.

The manager also feels that having Koscielny alongside Mertesacker makes both central defenders better and makes them more than the sum of their parts. That will inevitably give more confidence to those around them like Wojciech Szczesny in goal, so it is maybe no coincidence that the Poland international was in tip top form against West Ham on Sunday.

Wenger – Don’t blame Mertesacker!

Every single Arsenal fan in the world saw Per Mertesacker duck out of the way when Martin Skrtel headed the equaliser for Liverpool against Arsenal last week, but of course Arsene Wenger has come out in defence of the big lumbering German. I’m not too sure of the connection but Wenger thinks that the problem is simply because we haven’t had a settled back four all season.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I believe he’s on the way up,” (Not in the picture below obviously! – Ed) “He had a difficult start to the season but he’s been much sharper lately.

Is Koscielny the most important player in Arsenal squad?

I don’t know about the rest of the global Arsenal family, as we all prepare for whatever this time of year means to us, but one of the things I am hoping that the house breaker in the red and white suit brings me for being a good little boy is the news that Laurent Koscielny is fully fit and able to play in every game for the Gunner until the end of the season.