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Arsenal are hoping to bring in some defensive cover after Arsene Wenger confirmed Per Mertesacker will be side-lined for "a few months" due to injury.

The German defender was injured during last Fridays’ pre-season friendly with Lens and although initial reports suggested the knock was only minor, further tests have revealed the extent of the damage and Mertesacker immediately went under the knife. Wenger was reluctant to give a definitive timeline at this stage although he did admit that he was hoping to sign cover during the interim. "We have to look for an option to get a bit more experience," said the Gunners boss. "With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in." One player who has been linked, is Valencia’s centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, and with the Spanish club looking to balance their books, the German international could be an ideal replacement.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 10:30 AM

Arsene Wenger is expected to provide an update on Per Mertesacker this evening amid concerns that the German defender has been ruled out for the remainder of 2016.

Mertesacker was part of the side which drew 1-1 with Lens last Friday in Arsenal’s first preseason game of the summer, but despite playing 90 minutes, the club announced yesterday that the 31-year-old would not be a part of the travelling squad to America after sustaining a knee injury. No specifics were given although rumours began to surface suggesting Mertesacker may miss up-to five months due to ligament damage. If confirmed, the Arsenal boss could be forced into the transfer market to provide defensive cover. Laurent Koscielny is expected to miss the opener against Liverpool due to his involvement at the Euros which would leave Calum Chambers to partner Gabriel Paulista [currently suffering from tonsillitis] in the heart of the Gunners defence.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 26 - 3:56 PM

Arsenal have reportedly made a €35million bid for Alexandre Lacazette and had it turned down by Lyon.

Lacazette makes all the sense in the world for Arsenal and reportedly has a release clause in the €42million range. Despite the clause, Lyon has stated in no uncertain terms that Lacazette is not for sale. If there is a release clause then they don't really get to decide that but it does seem clear from their posturing that Arsenal will have to meet that release clause if they want to land their target.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 26 - 9:53 AM

Arsène Wenger will err on the side of caution as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played competitively since damaging his medial knee ligament during the loss to Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League back in February. The unlucky winger, who has endured an injury plagued few seasons at the Emirates, then suffered a setback in training [May] which effectively ended his hopes of appearing at Euro 2016. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping to hit the ground running this season in what could be a make or break year after just 49 Premier League starts since his arrival at the club in August 2011. The 22-year-old scored a sublime equaliser against Lens on Friday but Wenger remains cautious: "He’s fully recovered but I want him to go through four or five games first to be completely reassured. You could see that straight away, when he came on, he brought something to the team. Let’s hope he gets through the rest of pre-season."
Source: Daily Star
Jul 23 - 2:09 PM

Arsenal traveled to the north of France for their pre-season opener and drew 1-1 with Lens on Friday.

It was a line-up comprised of more reserves and fringe first-teamers than it was a full strength squad. Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal were the only two likely first choice starters that featured with Martinez, Chambers, Debuchy, Elneny, Coquelin, Walcott, Iwobi, Akpom, and Reine-Adelaide joining them. With much of the squad still recovering from summer tournaments it was a lackluster performance but it did come with a real highlight of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal from a tight angle.
Source: @arsenal
Jul 22 - 4:29 PM

Arsenal have signed Bolton Wanderers and England U21 center back Rob Holding to a long term contract.

With current incumbent center backs Koscielny and Mertesacker closer to the ends of their careers than the beginning and reserves Gabriel and Calum Chambers having failed to distinguish themselves thus far, Arsenal have purchased another potential replacement in Rob Holding. Holding is described as a "ball-playing center back" which presumably puts him more in the Koscielny category than the Mertesacker category. He partnered Chambers in the U21s and was impressive among his peers in the Championship for Bolton despite the club being relegated after last season. Holding is certainly more "one for the future" than a threat to play this season but worth keeping an eye on as Arsenal's central defensive starts to transition over the next season or two.
Source: @arsenal
Jul 22 - 1:50 PM

Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football after representing the Czech Republic for the past 14-years.

The Arsenal goalkeeper started all three group matches at Euro 2016, failing to win a single game, as the Czech Republic returned home early from the tournament. "It is a definite decision," Cech said "The fact we did not win at the Euros had no effect, although obviously I would have preferred a triumphant farewell. I like to do things 100 per cent and there will come a time where I have to ease the burden on myself. That time may not be now, but qualification for the World Cup takes two years and it would not have been right to announce that I do not feel I can carry on in the middle of that." Cech played in four consecutive European Championships, reaching the semi-finals in 2004. Tomas Vaclik [Basel] is likely to start in goal when the Czech Republic begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in September.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 9 - 4:43 PM

Aaron Ramsey and a clutch of other Arsenal stars could miss the Premier League opener against Liverpool following their summer exertions in France.

Ramsey was speaking following the Euro 2016 semi-final loss to Portugal on Wednesday, confirming he would now take a well-earned break before re-joining his club teammates: "I am back on 1 August, so I have a few weeks off but, obviously, it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards," Ramsey said. "He [Wenger] does like to give players a little break and I’ll be getting the same treatment. I feel I need a few weeks off now." With Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil still playing an active part in the tournament, Arsenal may be forced into fielding a weakened side when Jürgen Klopp men's arrive at the Emirates to kick-off the 2016/17 campaign. Wenger will also run the rule over Alexis Sanchez after the winger sustained a nasty ankle injury during the Copa America final win over Argentina at the end of June.
Source: Wales Online
Jul 7 - 10:06 AM

France were firing on all cylinders, scoring four times in the first half and eventually disposing of Iceland, 5-2.

France had to come from behind to get past Republic of Ireland in the Round of 16, but they gave themselves a four goal cushion before halftime today. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a clinical finish from a ball delivered by Blaise Matuidi over the top of the Iceland defense. Seven minutes later, Paul Pogba scored with a strong header from an Antoine Griezmann corner. Dmitiri Payet continued his impressive tournament, scoring with a low shot after accepting a Moussa Sissoko cross. Griezmann then chipped one in just before the break. Giroud bagged a brace with a second half goal, giving him 10 goals in his last nine starts for France. They play Germany in a huge semifinals on Thursday.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 3 - 4:54 PM

Mesut Ozil missed a penalty in today's Germany - Italy quarter-final match but the Germans are progressing to the semi-finals.

It was a great match between the two teams and it took penalties to decide it. After a 1-1 regular time score, the match headed to penalties, where each team took nine! Germany started rough, with Muller and Ozil missing the second and third penalties, but they recovered in time to win it 6-5. They will face the winner of France and Iceland in the semi-finals.
Jul 3 - 12:06 AM

Alexis Sanchez wasn't on the field for penalties but he and his teammates won the Copa America for the second consecutive summer in penalties over Argentina.

It was a similar script to last summer with New Jersey playing the role of Santiago. It was a hotly contested match that saw two first half red cards and numerous yellows. There were no goals but plenty of talking points. Ultimately it came down to penalties where Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi traded misses and Lucas Biglia had his attempt saved to make the difference in the match.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

Germany put on perhaps the most dominant performance by any one country in any one match thus far in Euro 2016, carving up Slovakia 3-0, punching their ticket to the quarterfinal.

A very positive display by the Germans that has to leave spectators thinking they may be the favorites to win this tournament. In the 8th minute, Toni Kroos sent a cross in that was headed away but into the path of Jerome Boateng and the center back fired it low and hard to score the opener. Near halftime, Julian Draxler crossed one to Mario Gomez who was camped out in the six yard box and he finished from short range. The Germans seemed to preserve their energy in the second half, concentrating more on possession, but, just after the hour mark, they put the game to bed when Draxler was left unmarked on a corner kick and fired home on the volley. The only negative came from Mesut Ozil, who was unable to convert a penalty chance, but he was doing fine otherwise in open play.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 1:57 PM

France were behind for the majority of the match, but a brace inside of four minutes by Antoine Griezmann turned things around, and they were able to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

It was the worst possible start for the host country, as they handed Republic of Ireland a penalty chance which was converted, inside the first three minutes, the quickest penalty scored in the history of the tournament. France went into the halftime looking the weaker side, but some tactics were changed for the second half, and they payed off. Most important was shifting Griezmann to a central role, playing behind Olivier Giroud. Just after the hour mark, Griezmann leveled the match, heading home a fine cross from Manchester City right back Bacary Sagna. Just a few minutes later, Olivier Giroud headed a ball into Griezmann's path and he sizzled it past the Irish keeper. He nearly made it a hat trick within five minutes, but Shane Duffy fouled him and was sent off for the infraction. France couldn't distance themselves from then on, but they allowed Republic of Ireland virtually no chance to search for an equalizer.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:07 AM

Alexis Sanchez and Chile will try for their second Copa America title in two summers when they face Argentina on Sunday.

The match itself was interrupted by lightning and heavy rains forcing a delay in the start of the second half. Fortunately for Chile they were already up 2-0 through goals from Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida. Aranguiz latched on to a misplaced header by Juan Cuadrado for the opener on seven minutes. Alexis, as he has been so often was at the root of Chile's second goal putting a shot off the post from the top of the box. Jose Fuenzalida was in the right place to tap home the rebound for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 23 - 10:35 AM

Germany managed to score just once, though it could have been so much more, but it was enough to beat Northern Ireland, 1-0, and top Group C in Euro '16.

Thomas Muller, who had been quiet in the first two matches of the group stage was a constant threat throughout the match with Northern Ireland and he would get the assist on the lone goal by Mario Gomez. He had a big chance in the 8th minute after being set up by Mesut Ozil but Michael McGovern made himself big and kept out the shot. Muller pulled one inches wide on 23 minutes and then hit the post four minutes after that. He finally got a deserved contribution in the 29th minute, after Gomez played a 1-2 with him and Gomez found the back of the net for his first international goal since Euro '12. The Germans could have made this a 4-0 or 5-0 affair but they have to be feeling good about how the attack was looking tonight and were able to top their group.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 1:58 PM


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