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Daily Mail 22 hours ago

Petr Cech backing Arsenal young guns to plug gap left by Per Mertesacker injury - and keeper says Arsene Wenger won't buy for the sake of it

Mertesacker is expected to miss five months with a knee injury. And with the German's fellow centre half Laurent Koscielny yet to report back for club duty, manager Arsene Wenger is shy of defensive options.
Daily Mail Jul 28, 2016

Arsenal are suffering a defensive crisis... Here are the four transfer targets they can turn to with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny absent

Per Mertesacker will definitely be absent for the start of the Premier League season, which begins on August 14 against Liverpool, after picking up an injury in a pre-season friendly.
The Short Fuse Jul 27, 2016

Francis Coquelin training as a centerback

The club finds itself just a little short on defenders. In light of the news that Per Mertesacker will be sidelined for a few months, and given that Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel will be unavailable for some time due to holiday and tonsillitis, respectively, Francis Coquelin has begun emergency training as a centerback presumably to spell relief for Calum Chambers and Rob Holding in Arsenal's upcoming friendlies. Coquelin reveals on Arsenal snapchat that he trained at centre back today. — Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) July 27, 2016 Though it's no reason to panic, mostly because the...
The Independent Jul 26, 2016
Arsenal news: Per Mertesacker injury gives Arsene Wenger centre-back headache for new season

Arsenal news: Per Mertesacker injury gives Arsene Wenger centre-back headache for new season

Per Mertesackers knee injury and Laurent Koscielnys slow return from Euro 2016 leaves Arsenal short of centre-backs for the start of the season
The Short Fuse Jul 26, 2016

Per Mertesacker facing 5 month injury layoff

According to reports, the Arsenal stand-in captain could be out for 5 months. There was chatter yesterday that Per Mertesacker's knee injury was more serious than first reported, with Kike Marin, among others, reporting that Mertesacker faced a 5-month absence. Today, Sky Sports joins the chorus of reports, with Sky "understanding" that Mertesacker will be out for up to 5 months, with an announcement to be made in the next 48 hours. If true, it would leave Arsenal with only Calum Chambers the only fit centre back with top flight experience in the side, with Laurent Koscielny yet to return...
Daily Mail Jul 24, 2016

Per Mertesacker admits that Arsenal were 'lucky' to finish second in the Premier League and says 'we need to be stronger'

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has admitted for the first time that he and his team-mates were lucky to finish second in the Premier League last season.
The Short Fuse Jul 19, 2016

Are you worried about Opening Day?

In this week’s return of Wednesday Roundtable, we notice that Opening Day is less than a month away and wonder whether that’s too soon. Arsenal kicks off the 2016-17 season against Liverpool on Sunday, August 14 (at 11 am ET). That’s in 26 days, and the team’s missing several key players headed into that Opening Day match. For some, it’s the result of deep runs into the Euros (namely, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, and Laurent Koscielny), and for Alexis, it’s the combination of winning another Copa America and nursing the injured ankle that was an unfortunate...
The Short Fuse Jul 12, 2016

Report: Akpom to stay at Arsenal, likely to be involved in Liverpool match

The Independent is report that the Arsenal youngster may start versus Jurgen Klopp’s side and is set to stay with the Gunners instead of going on loan. In an article that should not shock anyone aware of Arsenal’s current striker depth chart, Jack Pitt-Brooke of the Independent is reporting that Chuba Akpom will be staying at Arsenal and is in contention to start the season opener against Liverpool. The report states that Akpom has pipped Yaya Sanogo in Arsene Wenger’s thought process. Pitt-Brooke further reports that Euro runners-up Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny will only be...
The Short Fuse Jul 10, 2016

How to watch: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, and France v Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in Euro 2016 Final

It’s Sunday, July 10, 2016, and it’s the UEFA Euro 2016 Final! France vs Portugal: What time does the Euro 2016 final start? How can I watch it live? | International | Sport | The IndependentEuro 2016 reaches its climax this weekend as Portugal and France lock horns at the Stade de France in front of a global television audience of millions. Uefa, European football’s governing body, elected to expand the competition to 24 teams attracted criticism in the weeks that followed but their decision has allowed a host of romantic fables to unfold - such as those told by Iceland and...
The Short Fuse Jul 7, 2016

How to watch: Arsenal showdown as Giroud, Koscielny and France face Ozil and Germany

The winner will face Portugal in the final. Euro 2016 France and Germany talented squads tempt Low Deschamps to tinker with XIs - ESPN FCJogi Low and Didier Deschamps seek to outwit each other in Germany vs. France semifinal. Which manager will get it right? France vs Germany preview: Didier Deschamps asks his players to 'write history' in Euro 2016 semi-final | International | Sport | The IndependentFrance have not beaten Germany in a knock-out game since the 1958 World Cup Germany v France - BBC SportPreview followed by live coverage of Thursday's European Championship game between...
The Short Fuse Jul 4, 2016

Cannon Fodder News and Links: Na na na naaaaa

Happy US Independence Day! News and links for Monday, July 4, 2016. France v Iceland - BBC SportEuro 2016 hosts France scored five to brutally extinguish the Iceland fairytale and set up an intriguing semi-final against world champions Germany in Marseille on Thursday. France vs. Iceland - Football Match Report - July 3, 2016 - ESPNFrance progressed to the Euro 2016 semifinals as they brought an end to Iceland's remarkable tournament with a comprehensive victory at the Stade de France. Koscielny and Giroud shine to ensure France get to semis | Daily CannonOlivier Giroud, take a bow. The...

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