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Arsenal injury curse strikes Gabriel already

We were all over the moon when Arsene Wenger finally fixed Arsenal’s lack of defensive options by buying Gabriel in January, but it now seems that we are back to square one for the next few weeks. Everyone at JustArsenal thought that Gabriel would start alongside Koscielny for last night’s game against QPR, but it was the surprise pairing with Mertesacker that were in the First XI on only the Brazilian’s second start for the Gunners.

Monaco defeat can be the catalyst for Arsenal’s success this year

Monaco defeat could just be what Arsenal needed! By Adrian Noone.

So we all still recovering from the humbling we received last week from a determined and well organised Monaco side. The victory over Everton helped to repair some of the damage done, and the promising performance of Gabriel (despite that one incident) will help to relieve some of the pressure on Wenger and the players. However, as the eternal optimist, I believe that we will look back at the Monaco game as a much needed wake up point which transformed what, lets be honest, has been a mediocre season – given relevant success of the 2013/2014 FA Cup.

Wenger reveals why Arsenal will NOT dump our BFG

No one was surprised to see that Arsene Wenger chose to drop (or rest) the Arsenal vice-captain for the Premier League home clash with Everton on Sunday, after the World Cup winning defender was the worst of a bad bunch against Monaco in the Champions League.

It was not Mertesacker’s first mistake either, as he has been coming more and more under fire from fans and pundits as the season has drawn on. It did not even start too well for him, as our BFG seemed to be, understandably, suffering from a World Cup hangover.

Is it Mertesacker’s turn for the Arsenal Captain’s Curse?

After Thomas Vermaelen was sold off in the summer after being a non-playing Arsenal Captain last season, Mikel Arteta was the newly appointed Top Dog in the changing room. Since the Spaniard succumbed to injury poor old Per Mertesacker took up the slack as designated vice-captain, but his performances since then have left much to be desired.

Yesterday Arsene Wenger dropped the Big German and played the new-boy Gabriel instead alongside Laurent Koscielny. The Boss was pleased with the Brazilian’s peformance and said after the game: “He had an encouraging performance overall.

Arsenal need some leaders or we’ll never change

Gutted! by CT

Before tonight’s game with Monaco, I was fairly optimistic after four years of drawing against stronger opponents and only being narrowly defeated, we finally had a great opportunity to make it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League. But after watching that absolutely disgusting display, which took me by surprise to say the least, has left me wondering what the problem actually is at Arsenal.

PER-fectly Delighted with lucky Arsenal win!

The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker saw the Gunners desperately hang on for all three points in yesterday’s game at Crystal Palace, and although he agrees with Arsene Wenger that Arsenal were lucky, he is simply delighted with the three points!

“At the end they tried to put us some pressure and get some strikers on,” Mertesacker said on the official Arsenal website. “They nearly scored the equaliser so we were a bit lucky at the end. Overall, we are absolutely delighted with the three points and we move on.

Arsenal fans ready to see new STAR born!

He is nearly ready according to the Arsenal manager. But reading between the lines and knowing that Arsene Wenger likes to use the domestic cup games to give playing opportunities to the fringe players in the squad, it looks like we are going to get our first look at what the January signing Gabriel Paulist is all about this weekend.

In his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com the Frenchman hinted that the Brazilian defender signed from La Liga club Villarreal in January is now ready to get his first action for the Gunners and the way he said it suggested to me that he thinks Gabriel is going to be a real star for us.

Arsenal vs Leicester City Player Ratings – Ozil on top form

Arsenal v Leicester Player Ratings

David Ospina 7
Solid performance, but I was surprised that he failed to stop the goal despite his view being obstructed

Hector Bellerin 6
Made a brilliant tackle that started a goalscoring attack, but perhaps should concentrate a bit more on the defensive side

Per Mertesacker 7
Was given more work than usual but stood up well to the Leicester pressure

Laurent Koscielny 7
His goal was very well taken under pressure, but Mertesacker looked more solid defensively

Nacho Monreal 6
Like the rest of the defence, he looked scared of losing too much. Where has the confidence gone?

Mertesacker defends the Arsenal defence and waffles a lot!

The big German Per Mertesacker was our captain in Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at Tottenham on Saturday and by rights should be accepting some of the responsibility for allowing Harry Kane to punish us twice. Arsene Wenger clearly blamed the Gunners defence after the game, but Mertesacker thinks that we didn’t defend badly, and prefers to name other (rather cryptic!) factors for the loss.

“Obviously we’re not satisfied with that result,” he told Arsenal Player. “We weren’t active enough.

“Just at the end we started to play our game, but it took us too long. We didn’t defend badly but we couldn’t take advantage of any counter-attacks.

Arsenal fans should show more SUPPORT for the team


Hey guys hope y’all having a great week after what happened against Villa and are looking forward to great things against Tottenham.

So with things going well I just intend to talk about the disappointment I feel towards a whole lot of Arsenal fans, with the way they have a lack of faith in our players when things go wrong.

Does Ozil REALLY need to be more selfish for Arsenal?

It has been a great return to action from injury so far for the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil. Our number 11 has taken a lot of stick from the critics since he signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid 18 months ago and was certainly under pressure to perform.

And with the Gunners having plenty of cut and thrust in attack and with Santi Cazorla back in the sparkling form of his debut season, a lot of us were wondering whether Ozil would struggle to get back into the starting line-up. But after a brief sub appearance in our win over Stoke and not featuring against Man City, Ozil impressed away to Brighton in the FA cup, scoring a good goal to help us to progress.

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.”