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Arsenal have made Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer their top summer transfer target, as they look to bolster their options in the middle of the park, reports the Daily Mail.

The World Cup winning midfielder is at the top of Arsene Wenger’s summer wishlist, as he looks to add strength and quality to his uninspiring, ageing central areas, report the Mail.

Kramer compared to Arsenal’s options in central midfield this season (per 90)
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Kramer is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach – and has never featured for Bayer – but recently extended his deal in Leverkusen, meaning the Gunners will have to fork out for the 24-year-old if they are to prise him away this summer.

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Wenger hails Arsenal’s response

AW-Feb 2015Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side answered the critics by getting ‘back to basics’ after their midweek European nightmare to grind out a 2-0 victory over Everton and move back to third in the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger had slammed Arsenal’s “suicidal defending” which cost them in a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

There was, though, no repeat against the Toffees at the Emirates Stadium as Olivier Giroud, who missed several chances in midweek, netted a fine volley on 39 minutes, with a late deflected effort from substitute Tomas Rosicky securing all three points to make the most of Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool earlier on Sunday.

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Match Report: Arsenal 2 Everton 0

olivier-giroudArsenal recovered from their midweek European nightmare to beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and move back to third in the English Premier League.

Olivier Giroud, who missed several chances as the Gunners slumped to a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday, netted a fine volley on 39 minutes to put Arsenal ahead on Sunday. Substitute Tomas Rosicky then scored a late deflected effort to eventually settle what was at times a nervy encounter.

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arsene-wenger-post-matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused his players of “suicidal” defending as he offered up few excuses following a surprise 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League.

The Gunners looked to have given themselves a lifeline late on, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring in the 91st minute following goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov for the Ligue 1 visitors.

But Wenger admitted his team’s hopes of making it through to the quarterfinals of the competition were hanging by a thread after Yannick Ferreira Carrasco fired an injury time goal for Monaco that restored their two-goal advantage heading into the second leg.

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Most Disappointing Arsenal Performance In Years

arsene-wenger2In recent years we have seen some bad performances by this Arsenal side. The 8-2 thumping at Old Trafford springs to mind. But tonight’s 3-1 surrender at home to Monaco in the Champions League might be the most disappointed.

Arsenal had gone out of this stage of the competition the last four years, but everything was set to to change that. They came into the match full of confidence, playing well, and they were facing an injury riddled side that has struggled to score all season.

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Arsenal Team News: Wilshere Out Of Monaco Match

Jack-Wilshere-FACupArsene Wenger has ruled Jack Wilshere out of tomorrow’s Champions League tie with Monaco. The Arsenal midfielder, who is coming back from ankle surgery, sat out this morning’s training session.

And the Arsenal boss said:

“He was rested because he has trained hard till now. Will he play tomorrow? I don’t think so. Certainly he will be back for the weekend.”

Wenger declared the rest of his squad fit as Arsenal seek to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010. In the last four seasons, they have gone out twice to Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AC Milan.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be fit to play against Monaco in the Champions League.

Ospina was brought into the team for the 2-0 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup and he has kept his place in the side ever since, both in the Premier League and the FA Cup, keeping five clean sheets in nine games.

In fact, since he replaced Polish international Wojciech Szczesny in the league he has already kept the same number of clean sheets (3) that Szczesny managed during the current Premier League season.

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Arsene Wenger Backs Winter World Cup

With the news that the 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December instead of the traditional summer schedule. Arsenal manage Arsene Wenger has spoken about this move, which he is in favor of.

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uefa-champions-league-logoFor once it looks like Arsenal are not the side with all the injury problems as Monaco is facing their own injury crisis ahead of their wChampions League last-16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Star, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is dealing half-a-dozen injuries despite beating Nice 1-0 on Friday.

Defender Layvin Kurzawa has a bruised leg while midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco picked up a thigh injury in the Nice game.

Former Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho and Andrea Raggi could be in contention to return from injury against the Gunners, but both are short of match fitness.

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