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Per Mertesacker was once again on the bench

Per Mertesacker was once again on the bench for the draw with Crystal Palace during the weekend.

The German lost his place in the first-team a month ago after his poor performance in the loss against Watford in the FA Cup. Mertesacker was a regular partner with Laurent Koscielny throughout his time at Arsenal. He admitted that being on the bench on a regular basis is not a nice feeling, but he is prepared to fight for his position. His chances of coming back to the starting line-up was improved after the gunners failed to keep a clean sheet for a second consecutive game.

After the 3-3 crushing draw with West Ham, many expected Arsenal to have learnt their lessons. However, the club once again allowed the opposition to come back despite being in a dominant position. The latest slip came in the home match against Crystal Palace. The 1-1 draw has bigger consequences since it has confirmed the end of their title challenge while also putting their top four position in peril. Manchester United have been given a new bout of confidence after seeing Arsenal drop points. City have overtaken Arsenal into the third spot. If the gunners once again finish in the fourth place, it would be seen as a step back after spending money on players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. (more…)

 May 6th, 2016  
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Alexis Sanchez is attracting the interest of Real Madrid

The Chilean midfielder of Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez is believed to have caught the attention of Spain’s Real Madrid who are attempting to lure him into the Santiago Bernabeu when the winter transfer window opens in January.

Alexis Sanchez is considered to be one of the best players in the squad of Arsene Wenger and the French manager would not be interested in allowing one of his standout performers in exiting the Emirates Stadium but at the right price, anything can be accomplished.

Arsene Wenger is already searching for possible replacement that can fill in the spot of Alexis Sanchez, in case he does join Real Madrid by 2016. There are a number of players that are in the radar of the French manager some of these include: Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, Athletic Madrid’s Saul Niguez and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.

Saul Niguez was believed to be on the verge of joining Arsenal but the transfer fell apart after it was confirmed that his Athletic Madrid teammate Tiago picked up an injury and taking into consideration that both players perform in the same position, this would leave Athletic Madrid without any options and the transfer eventually collapsed.

For the past few weeks reports have been emerging claiming that James Rodriguez is fed up with Rafael Benitez and that they do not have a healthy relationship, this rumor has caused a chain reaction as there are now a number of clubs that have shown interest in taking advantage of this and attempt to sign the Colombian attacker. Arsene Wenger is also believed to be interested in signing Rodriguez and might use Alexis Sanchez as leverage in order to bring in the Colombian performer. (more…)

 January 14th, 2016  
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Petr Cech was at his imperious best for Arsenal

Petr Cech was at his imperious best for Arsenal in their recent Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

The gunners needed a huge lifeline in order to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages. This was after two consecutive opening defeats in the group stages. However, not many gave them any hope of beating Bayern Munich, who were seen as a major favourite for the title itself. Arsenal produced a stunning performance – in front of their own supporters – to get a 2-0 win. This puts them back in contention for a qualification spot.

The victory was largely possible due to the brilliance ofCech, who made many crucial saves in the 90 minutes. The former Chelsea goalkeeper especially recalled the saving he made to keep out striker Robert Lewandowski, who has been in brilliant form of late. The Polish international had scored an astonishing 22 goals in his last 16 games.Cech has been criticised for some high-profile mistakes in the domestic competitions, but he showed that he was completely worth every bit of the £ 11 million Arsenal paid to Chelsea in the summer.Cech is now hoping to inspire Arsenal to yet another victory in their next Champions League game. (more…)

 December 5th, 2015  
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Nemanja Matic has revealed that he is unhappy with Chelsea’s decision

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed that he is unhappy with Chelsea’s decision to sell Petr Cech to one of their important rivals in the form of Arsenal.

The 33-year-old was recently sold to Arsenal for around £ 11 million. It had become clear thatCech was not going to have a future at Chelsea due to the emergence of Thibaut Courtois as a real alternative for his position. The fact that the Belgian is only 22 years old makes it extremely difficult for a manager to drop him in favour of inexperienced professional.

Once Chelsea decided to letCech leave, the experienced star made the decision to stay in London. It was easy for him to make the decision become true after Arsenal entered into the race to sign him immediately after the end of last season. Even though PSG were interested in him, Cech’s keenness on staying in London made the transfer to North London possible. Matic, though, is already aware that Cech could improve Arsenal immensely and this could come and haunt Chelsea in the upcoming title race. Matic may have played with Cech for only a few years, but he is well aware of the quality within the 33-year-old. (more…)

 October 1st, 2015  
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Santi Cazorla says that the club are extremely lucky to have a player like Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says that the club are extremely lucky to have a player like Alexis Sanchez in their ranks. The Chilean was brought to the club last summer for £ 35 million from Barcelona. He made an instant impact by scoring a number of goals in the first half of the 2014-15 season. Even though his performances dipped in the second half of the campaign, Sanchez was still considered as one of the top players based on stats. He has rediscovered his scoring touch in recent weeks and his latest goal against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final is proof of that.

The 26-year-old ended the campaign with 24 goals to his name from 42 matches. This is an impressive statistic for someone who is playing in the Premier League for the first time in his career. Cazorla expects Sanchez to become even better in the coming years. Having signed the player for just £ 35 million, Cazorla now feels that it has become a bargain deal. Arsenal will be looking to sign a couple of players like Sanchez in order to take some of the pressure away from the 26-year-old. After back-to-back FA Cup successes, the league title will undoubtedly be on the minds of Arsene Wenger and his team. (more…)

 June 13th, 2015  
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