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Arsenal Debate – Our best starting XI (including the Germans) ?

Wenger’s first choice XI once the German contingent becomes available by SE

Post his astute transfer acquisitions this summer, Wenger couldn’t have asked for more heading into the new season. But, the cherry was laid on top of the cake on Sunday, when Arsenal annihilated the Premier League Champions, Manchester City, to win the FA Community Shield.

Impressive performances were aplenty from the North London outfit, which had Cazorla and Chambers starring for them in their big win. As unfortunate as it could turn out to be, both Cazorla and Chambers might have to take their place on the Emirates bench come this Saturday or, at the latest, once the German contingent, returning from their World Cup triumph, becomes available for selection.

Why is RvP back at Man Utd before Arsenal’s German trio?!?

It was great for Arsenal to have three players in the team that won the World Cup in Brazil, but there is also the downside of Arsene Wenger having to wait to get that trio of first team players back into pre-season training. But supposedly, it could not be helped because FIFA guidelines state that the players must have four weeks off before returning to their clubs.

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.

Which German will Arsenal miss most in Premier League opener?

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.

Wenger expects Arsenal to get German boost from World Cup!

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.

A timely salute to Arsenal’s World Cup Winners!

Arsenal’s German Connection by Big Gun

Hi Gooners

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!

The BIG things Arsenal boss MUST learn from World Cup?

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.

Arsenal star opens floodgates for AMAZING World Cup walkover

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.

What Germany’s World Cup will do for Arsenal…

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.

BFG’s World Cup attitude proves why he should be Arsenal captain

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…

Who will and who should be the next Arsenal captain?

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?

Is Per Mertesacker a weak link for Arsenal?

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.