So tough to leave Vermaelen on Arsenal bench, says Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has revealed he constantly considers his decision to leave Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen on the bench. Central defender Vermaelen can’t force his way in to Wenger’s rearguard due to the in-form pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. And Wenger said of the Belgium star – who has made just six appearances so […]

Vermaelen: Arsenal switched on for Saints visit

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Thomas Vermaelen has spoken of Arsenal’s ambition to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League ahead of today’s visit from Southampton. Arsene Wenger’s men face Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form team who sit third in the league and are playing with plenty of confidence. And Vermaelen, who played twice for Belgium during the international […]

Vermaelen: I’m happy and won’t quit Arsenal

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Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to fight for his place at Arsenal and dismissed talk of him quitting the club. Gunners skipper Vermaelen got a rare start in the first eleven in the defeat to Manchester United at the weekend due to Per Mertesacker’s illness. Big German central defender Mertesacker has been Arsene Wenger’s first choice […]

Wenger: Frustrated Vermaelen’s chance will come at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to change the Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny double act at the heart of the Arsenal defence. The Big German and his French team-mate have bonded superbly and been first choice central defensive partnership for the Gunners all season, meaning skipper Thomas Vermaelen has had to be content […]

Vermaelen reveals frustration at sitting on Arsenal subs’ bench

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Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has spoken of his frustration at being unable to force his way back in to the side. Manager Arsene Wenger prefers Laurent Koscielny’s double act with Per Mertesacker at the heart of the Gunners rearguard. And that means the Belgian international defender must be content with a place on the bench […]

Arsenal fixture pile-up? Bring it on, says Vermaelen

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Thomas Vermaelen has eyed Arsenal’s daunting fixture pile-up and declared: Bring it on! Gunners skipper Vermaelen has been forced to watch from the sidelines mostly this season with Arsene Wenger preferring the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in central defence. But the Belgian ace realises with such a busy schedule coming up he […]

Vermaelen warns Arsenal to beware Napoli ace Mertens

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Thomas Vermaelen has identified Belgium international team-mate Dries Mertens as a threat when Arsenal host Napoli in the Champions League tonight. Rafael Benitez’s side arrive in north London in excellent form and Vermaelen says the Gunners must be at their best to overcome the Italians. Napoli recruited Mertens from PSV Eindhoven in the summer and […]

Walcott to Undergo Abdominal Surgery Today, AST Demands More Ozil-esque Spending, New Gunner Ajayi…

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Walcott to Undergo Abdominal Surgery Today Theo Walcott is set to go under the knife later today to correct the abdominal problem that will keep him out of action for the next few weeks. The 24-year-old Gunner first complained of abdominal discomfort in the 2-1 Champions League win over Marseille last week before it became […]

Arsenal boost as Vermaelen eyes Gunners comeback

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Thomas Vermaelen has spoken of his fight to get fit and return to action with Arsenal after an injury lay-off. And the Belgian defender has hinted that he may be available to face West Brom in the Capital One Cup clash at the Hawthorns later this month. Gunner skipper Vermaelen aggravated a back problem before […]

Sagna edges closer to new Arsenal deal

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Has Bacary Sagna earned a new deal at Arsenal by default? Is Arsene Wenger now prepared to extend the defender’s contract beyond the remaining year because of the on-going injury problems encountered by Thomas Vermaelen? Sagna, who has stalled on a 12-month extension believing he deserves a longer period, has been playing as a stand-in […]

Backpage Roundup: Gervinho Going Nowhere, Gunners to Decide Fabregas’ United Move, Vermaelen Wants to Stay Too, Gremio’s Refusal on Santos and More

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Gervinho Going Nowhere Gervinho has declared that he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer and intends to become a regular part of coach Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up next season. The 26-year-old Ivorian’s wastefulness in front of goal has seen him linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium, but the player has made it clear […]

Backpage Roundup: Wilshere Targets Strong Start, Swansea’s Williams Nearing Arsenal Move, Monteiro Leaving, Jovetic Staying, Chamakh and More

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Wilshere Targets Strong Start For Title Challenge Jack Wilshere feels that Arsenal should hit the ground running next season in order to mount a serious title challenge for the first time since 1997/98. The Gunners have the fourth-lowest odds to win the 2013/13 Barclays Premier League title, according to several worldwide online sports betting companies. […]

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Concerned About Giroud and Podolski, Rowley Scouting Remy, Vermalen Wants to Replicate United and More

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Wenger Concerned About Giroud and Podolski’s Disappearing Act in Tough Games Arsene Wenger is satisfied with the way Arsenal’s new strike pairing of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski has performed in their first season at the club but is concerned by their struggles in difficult games, according to a club insider. Giroud and Podolski’s combined […]

Backpage Roundup: FA Reject Giroud’s Appeal, Gunners Submit Enquiries for Juve Duo, Vermaelen Out Fazio In, Wenger’s Respect Plea and More

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FA Reject Giroud’s Red Card Appeal Arsenal FC’s appeal to overturn the red card shown to Olivier Giroud in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Fulham has been rejected by the FA, and the striker is now banned for the club’s next three games. The France international’s 90th-minute tackle on Fulham defender Stanislav Manolev was deemed […]

Backpage Roundup: Gotze to Stay Put, Ox Confident of Top-Four Finish, Wenger’s Rejection of Neville’s Views, Vermaelen’s Cry and More

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Gotze’s Agent Rules Out Summer Switch Arsene Wenger’s purported plan of signing Mario Gotze for Arsenal this summer has been dealt a major blow, as the Borussia Dortmund starlet’s agent has announced that his client is not seeking a transfer at all. Gotze was thought to be one of Arsenal’s primary targets after reports recently […]

Backpage Roundup: Dortmund Want Rosicky Back, Hodgson Cool with Arsenal over Wilshere Injury, Vermaelen Not Worried, Szczesny Senior’s Outburst and More

Dortmund Want Rosicky Back Frustrated Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky’s former club Borussia Dortmund want to sign him back, according to reports emerging from German press. (Metro) Rosicky joined the Gunners from the Bundesliga outfit in 2006 but has failed to fully flourish in London due to his never-ending injury problems. As a result, he is […]

Backpage Roundup: Cazorla Wants to Be More Prolific, Gunners Rubbish Wilshere Injury Report, Cech in Szczesny Out, Miyaichi’s Loan Extension and More

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Cazorla Wants to Be More Prolific Santi Cazorla says that he wants to go on a scoring spree for Arsenal as the Barclays Premier League enters the final phase of the 2012/13 season. The Spanish playmaker has become an instant hit for the Gunners since joining them last summer from Malaga, and while a total […]

Arsenal v Aston Villa Preview – Gunners Hoping to End Two-Game Home Slide against Villans

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Arsenal are scheduled to welcome Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a fixture that neither of the two sides can afford to lose. The pain of the Gunners’ humiliating FA Cup exit was still fresh when they were torn apart 3-1 on their own turf by Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Now […]

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Sees Future Arsenal Captain in Wilshere, Frimpong Leaves for Fulham, Djourou Open to Permanent Exit, Pires Still a Believer and More

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Wenger Regards Wilshere as Future Arsenal Captain Arsene Wenger believes that Jack Wilshere has all the ingredients to become a future Arsenal captain but says now is not the time to give him the full-time role. The 21-year-old midfielder was handed the captain’s armband by Thomas Vermaelen in the Gunners’ recent 5-1 mauling of West […]

It’s feast or famine with Arsenal

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Some days Arsenal create chance after chance, but just can’t put the ball in the net. On other occasions they seem to have the Midas touch as everything they do ends up past the opposing keeper. Their London derby against West Ham at the Emirates on Jan. 23 was a prime example of the latter […]

Arsenal into fourth round of FA Cup with 1-0 win over Swansea

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Arsenal didn’t have much of a problem outplaying a less-than impressive Swansea side at the Emirates in London on Jan. 16, but they did have trouble putting the ball in the back of keeper Michael Vorm’s net. It took an 86th- minute goal by English international midfielder Jack Wilshere to guarantee a 1-0 win over […]

Arsenal show up unprepared for Man City

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Arsenal simply wasn’t prepared for Man City at the Emirates on Sunday Jan. 13 and paid for it with a 2-0 defeat. Manager Arsene Wenger said his players were too timid at the start of the match and allowed City to dictate the pace. However, defender Laurent Koscielny was far from timid when he placed […]

Arsenal crashes out of League Cup with quarterfinal loss to Bradford

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No matter what Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would have you believe, his team certainly was embarrassed on Tuesday night up in Bradford when the League Two outfit eliminated them from quarterfinal stage of the Capital One Cup. That’s the old League Cup for those who can’t keep up with the regular name changes of the […]

Backpage roundup: Vermaelen disappointed, Gunners lack confidence, no more Walcott contract talks, Kroenke’s Rams train at Arsenal and more

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Vermaelen Disappointed by Lack of Creativity Thomas Vermaelen expressed his disappointment at Arsenal’s lack of creativity after his side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home in their Champions League game against Schalke on Wednesday. After losing last weekend’s league game against Norwich City due to a poor showing by the front players, the Gunners […]

Backpage roundup: Walcott injured, Arteta opens up about his sacrifice, Wenger not afraid to splash cash, Podolski’s improvement and more

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Walcott’s Chest Injury Rules Him Out Of Poland Game Theo Walcott will not feature in England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday due to a chest injury, the Football Association have confirmed. The Arsenal winger picked up the injury after colliding with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini in Friday’s 5-0 win and stayed in […]