If anyone wants to know why club managers hate international friendlies, then look at what happened to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere last night while playing for England.
Twelve minutes into the game, Wilshere got crushed by Liverpool and Denmark defender Daniel Agger. Wilshere appeared to be in tears at the injury and the stretcher was called for. But after some treatment from the England physic, Wilshere was sent back onto the pitch, where he stayed until the 59th minute. Keep in mind that this was not a competitive game. It was a friendly. Read more... (350 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Aaron Ramsey is expected to sign a new five-year contract with the Gunners this week that will pay him in excess of £100,000 a week, more than doubling his current salary and making him the second-highest paid player at Arsenal, behind only Mesut Özil.
Ramsey had more than two years remaining on the deal he signed in December 2012 but it is a measure of how highly Arsène Wenger regards the 23-year-old midfielder that the Arsenal manager was keen to extend the player’s contract at the earliest opportunity as well as approve a significant wage increase. Read more... (256 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Interesting comments by Liverpool owner John Henry over the week that will not sit well with Arsenal.
Arsenal bid a pound over £40m for the 27-year-old last summer, believing it would force the Reds into a sale, but speaking at he MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the weekend Henry said:
“Arsenal offered £40m and one pound for him and triggered his buy-out clause.”
“Since apparently these contracts don’t seem to hold, we took the position we’re just not selling.”
“But what we’ve found over the years is that contracts don’t seem to mean a lot in England – actually not in England, in world football. Read more... (322 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has told Jyllands-Posten his search for a new club has been complicated by perceptions of his lifestyle, saying:
“People think I’m a psychopath.”
Bendtner has been back with Arsenal this season after having spent the previous two campaigns on loan at Sunderland and Juventus but has been unable to secure regular first-team opportunities.
The Denmark international, who said in November that he was disappointed not to have moved on, feels his attempts to make a permanent switch have been difficult as he believes he has been portrayed unfairly. Read more... (343 words, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
Good news for Arsenal fans as Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have signed new deals.
Arsene Wenger had said last month that 33-year-old Rosicky, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, had verbally agreed a new deal while there had also been press reports that Mertesacker, 29, was set to commit his future to the club.
Arsenal have not announced the length of the deals but the Daily Mail earlier reported that Rosicky has agreed a one-year rolling contract while Mertesacker has committed to the club until 2017.
Wenger told the Gunners’ official website: Read more... (410 words, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
The shake up behind the scenes at Arsenal continues with the news that former Tottenham scouting supremo Ian Broomfield will be joining the club on Monday.
Broomfield had went to QPR with Harry Redknapp and reportedly had turned down overtures from Daniel Levy to return to White Hart Lane, instead deciding to move to Arsenal instead.
Broomfield is quoted in the Mirror as saying this about his decision and move:
“The opportunity to work for Arsene Wenger at one of Europe’s top clubs, like Arsenal, was too good to turn down. Read more... (164 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
It was a horrible day for Arsenal as they once again came unstuck at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium. Arsenal have won just once in their last eight trips to Stoke. The 1-0 defeat, combined with wins by Chelsea and Liverpol saw Arsene Wenger’s side fall four points behind Chelsea with 12 games to go.
Even the usually optimistic Arsene Wenger could not hide his disappointment at the Stoke defeat saying:
“It is not slightly worrying, it is a big worry for us to lose a game like that. It’s a massive setback,” Wenger said. “In a game like that, we didn’t produce the performance we wanted. To win a title when you are expected to perform you have to perform. It’s as simple as that.” Read more... (520 words, 1 image, estimated 2:05 mins reading time)
Once again Arsenal came undone at the Britannia Stadium this time losing 1-0 to a Jon Walters’ second-half penalty.
The result, combined with Chelsea‘s win at Fulham, means third-placed Arsenal are now four points behind Jose Mourunho’s side with 10 matches left to play each. It is so tight at the top that Manchester City in fourth place are two points behind Arsenal with two games in hand.
So what did Arsene Wenger think of the penalty, defeat and title race? Here are some of his post match comments: Read more... (530 words, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil is set to return to the Arsenal team for the trip to Stoke on Saturday after he was given time off following his penalty miss in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Wenger had said that Ozil would need time to recover after Manuel Neuer stopped his spot kick in the Champions League last-16 first-leg match and subsequently indicated that the Germany international would be rested.
Ozil played no part in the 4-1 success against Sunderland at the weekend and then spent time back in his homeland, but is now set to return to the squad for the visit to the Britannia Stadium. Read more... (606 words, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger has hit out at being forced to justify handing his Arsenal stars two days’ rest this week.
The Arsenal manager branded criticism of his decision “unbelievable” ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Stoke City on Saturday. Wenger revealed Mesut Ozil will be fit to return after hip trouble for the weekend’s Potters clash, with Thomas Vermaelen also expected to be available.
Wenger said German playmaker Ozil is now ready to shrug off his costly penalty miss in Arsenal’s 2-0 UEFA Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Read more... (462 words, estimated 1:51 mins reading time)