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
Players who could find themselves in the Arsenal fringes next season by SE
Alexis Sanchez moving from Nou Camp to the Emirates could bring about colossal changes in the way Arsenal setup this upcoming season. The Chilean can play as a right-winger, left-winger and even up top as the central striker. The problem is that the likes of Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott play in a similar position, with attributes akin to Sanchez’. And, with Mesut Ozil a certainty to play in his preferred role at No.10, Arsene Wenger might have a couple of very important team selections to make in every game Arsenal are involved in. .......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
Özil, Mertesacker and Podolski won’t return to Arsenal until the season begins by KJ
With Germany winning their game against Brazil (emphatically I might add) securing their place in the final of the World Cup, it now means that our three Germans in Brazil will most likely take no part in preseason and might even miss the first game of the season. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been left out of the Germany starting XI again for their World Cup semi-final against Brazil. Maybe this should be a concern for Arsenal fans as well as the BFG himself. We have always known that Per was not the quickest over the ground, but has made up for it with his tactical awareness and reading of the game.
Maybe Arsene Wenger should be looking for a centre back with the German’s brain and experience but who also has the strength and speed that you need at the top level. Maybe our German centre back would be a better back-up option than a first choice. I doubt if he would react to that as badly as Thomas Vermaelen has. .......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
It looks like the awful run of luck that Arsenal had with injuries last season has carried over in to the World Cup finals in Brazil, as yet another Gunner has picked up a problem that could jeopardise their role at the tournament. This will surely be a worry to Arsenal fans, not just about whether the player will be fully fit for the start of the season with Arsenal, but whether this further highlights a fundamental problem in our training and/or medical section. .......Read the full article here
It has been source of some concern, speculation and disagreement among Arsenal fans since the Germany international Lukas Podolski signed for the Gunners from Cologne two years ago. It was a transfer that had us all excited at the start and the Prince has certainly given us some great moments since his move, but it is fair to say that we expected more from him. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need to keep the squad together by AT
We are essentially half way through the World Cup now and it will soon finish, meaning certain players will be joining the club and there could be some outgoings at Arsenal as well. But I think that moving too many players out could be massively detrimental to us in the long run.
There have been reports that Vermaelen, Podolski, Cazorla, Monreal and Arteta are interested in moving away from Arsenal or have attracted interest from other clubs. It would be a catastrophe if we were to sell any more than one of these players even if we were to replace them with similar quality players. .......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
It was one of the many big blows that Arsenal had to cope with last season, when our German international striker Lukas Podolski picked up a hamstring injury in just his second competitive game of the season, against Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-offs.
The prolific striker had already bagged a couple of goals by then, and once he came back from the treatment room around four months, continued with his impressive strike rate. It makes you think that Arsenal could have done much better than our fourth placed finish if Podolski had not had that injury, but it also bodes well for next season. .......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