It was just a week or so ago that Arsene Wenger was talking about the possible boost he hoped that Arsenal would get from having three of the World Cup winning Germany team in his squad, although the Prof did also claim that their extended break after the tournament in Brazil would somewhat hamper their pre-season preparations.
The Frenchman said at the time that he was expecting Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker back at the start of August, but has now admitted that it will be a little later due to FIFA rules and there is a strong chance that neither of the three will be available to face Crystal Palace at the Emirates in our first Premier League game of the new season on August 16th, as reported by The Mirror. .......Read the full article here
Although having three Arsenal players still involved in the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will slightly hamper their pre-season preparations, the manager Arsene Wenger feels that the club will actually benefit from Germany winning the famous trophy.
In an interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman revealed that the German trio of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil would not be joining the rest of their Arsenal team mates for pre-season training until the beginning of August, so they will miss this weekend’s game against the New York Red Bulls and quite possibly the two Emirates Cup games, against Benfica and Monaco, the following weekend. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s German Connection by Big Gun
It has been a while since I last posted. I just want to start off by saying thanks to the Admin for keeping this site the NO1 place to be when you are not either watching the Gunners live or on the tele. Also, lots of respect to those who have had the time and courage to write articles during this mad transfer season, amidst a frantic World Cup 2014. Congrats to Germany and in particular our band of German Gunners who participated in the tournament, on and off the pitch. Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski – WE SALUTE! .......Read the full article here
That’s it Arsenal fans! The World Cup is over and we have nearly a month to wait before our Gunners are back in serious action. Arsene Wenger will be heading back from Brazil where he has been on pundit duty for French TV, and we are all hoping that the Frenchman is going to get down to some transfer business in the coming weeks, but what has Wenger learned from the World Cup?
Hopefully, the performance of Javier Mascherano has convinced the Prof that having a top quality defensive midfielder is quite handy. Unfortunately the Gunners have no chance of getting him, but we surely need someone like him. At least we can feel better about not signing Higuain for a king’d ransom last summer. .......Read the full article here
Wow, Arsenal fans, just wow! The Gunners are going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our players back, after Germany just dealt out the sort of beating that the Brazil team might not easily comer back from. What a shame that Chelsea have managed to offload the calamity that was David Luiz to PSG. Maybe there is still time for them to call that one off. .......Read the full article here
Well, Gooners, the only Arsenal players still involved in the World Cup finals in Brazil are the German trio of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil. Does that make us Arsenal fans honorary Germans now? I will certainly be supporting them more than usual and they are certainly an easier team to support than the Germany sides of the past. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan to be surprised when the starting line-ups were announced for last night’s World Cup quarter-final between France and Germany, because instead of five Gunners, only Mesut Ozil started the game.
The biggest surprise was the fact that Joachim Low had dropped Per Mertesacker to go for a defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, because like at Arsenal, our Big Flaming German seemed to have nailed down a place in the national side. But it was a tactical switch by the German coach, as he was concerned about the pace in the French attack. Maybe something that Arsene Wenger might want to consider against certain teams next season… .......Read the full article here
In the last few years, Arsenal have gone through captains faster than Jose Mourinho has gone through people who like him. Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to have to pick someone for the armband again this summer, even if the Frenchman decides to make Thomas Vermaelen see out his contract.
A player who is pushing to leave the club is far from the ideal man to lead the rest of the Gunners in their chase for silverware. The verminator did well to keep his chin up last season, but Arsenal need a new captain this year, but who should it be? .......Read the full article here
The Mertesacker question by JT
When Arsenal signed Per Mertesacker on deadline day back in 2011 not many of us really knew who he was. Used relatively sparingly in his first season making 26 appearances in all competitions, Mertesacker divided opinions amongst Gooners, the topic of conversation usually focused around his lack of pace. In a league that often provides the fastest and most fluid football, this presented a dilemma. Although seemingly brought in as a third choice CB to Koscielny and Vermaelen, consistent injuries to Vermaelen gave Mertesacker an opportunity to establish a relationship with Koscielny over the 2012-13 season which blossomed into a great partnership. .......Read the full article here
Wow, how good does the Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil feel now? Not only did he score the goal that turned out to be the winner for Germany against an unbelievably stubborn and dangerous Algeria team, but he finished it like his Arsenal team mate Lukas Podolski.
Maybe the two German internationals have been working on the finishing of Ozil, because our club record signing nearly took the back of the net off when he lashed home Germany’s second. It seemed like the icing on the cake at the time as the clock ticked down and they were already one up, but Algeria then finally converted one of their many chances to make Ozil’s goal absolutely crucial. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that Arsenal and Germany international defender was buzzing when he ran out on to the pitch in Brazil last night. The Big Flippin’ German had good reason to be happy, as he was being capped by Germany for the 100th time. But being the 13th player to do so, along with Arsenal team mate Lukas Podolski and legends like Beckenbauer and Klinsmann, carried the unlucky curse with it that the number is said to. .......Read the full article here
All three of the Arsenal players featured for Joachim Low’s Germany side, as they swept away Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo to show they were one of the pre-tournament favourites. Now firmly in control of their World Cup group, with Ghana next followed the USA, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will be happy and confident of going a long way, perhaps all the way.
As we know, Ozil has been the butt of some criticism this year, both for his country and for the Gunners. Whether you agree with the fairness of this or not, it is great news for Arsenal fans to see the 25-year old put on a skilful and assured performance, just to remind everyone that we do have one of the best midfielders on the planet. .......Read the full article here