Wenger confirms that Mertesacker will stay for another year

Arsenal have extended the contract of club captain Per Mertesacker for an additional year, thereby exercising the option that the Gunners had on his contract, Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed in his press conference today.

Explaining the situation to clueless reporters who had failed to grasp what he meant when Wenger last shared that he would be exercising the option Arsenal had on the contracts of Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker, Wenger said, “He has an option that we have taken. There was no negotiation, just an option that we have taken.” Continue reading

Trio return to Arsenal squad for Burnley game

Arsenal have received a triple injury boost ahead of the visit of Burnley to the Emirates this weekend with the Gunners welcoming Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs to full training this week and all three players in contention to make the squad for this weekend’s clash.

Bellerin has missed a couple of weeks after struggling horribly in the game away to Bournemouth where he was carrying an injury and was twice robbed off the ball as Arsenal conceded cheap goals. It will be interesting to see whether he will go straight back into Arsenal’s starting eleven or be kept in reserve by Manager Arsene Wenger. Continue reading

Key Arsenal defender out for 3-4 weeks

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday that club captain Per Mertesacker, who suffered an injury in pre-season and is yet to play for the club this campaign will be out of action for another 3-4 weeks.

Wenger shared that Mertesacker has suffered a calf injury during his rehabilitation and will as a result miss the entirety of January as well. Continue reading

Wenger confirms contract extensions for Arsenal stalwarts

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that the Gunners will exercise the options that already exist in the contract of Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker to extend their stay at the Emirates.

Both players are out of contract this summer, but Wenger shared today that Arsenal had already built in clauses into their original contracts which gave the club an option to extend their present deals by another year, an option he intends to take with both aging veterans. Continue reading

Key Arsenal duo hoping to return by the end of the holidays

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provided some injury updates on the walking wounded in the Gunners’ dressing room, and the news was largely positive.

In addition to Hector Bellerin facing a fitness test to assess his readiness for the visit of Stoke City, Wenger also revealed that the senior Spaniard in the Arsenal squad, Santi Cazorla had a successful surgery and now begins his period of rehabilitation before returning to action next year. Continue reading

Arsenal defender plotting exit strategy

The role of being Arsenal skipper has become a bit of a poisoned chalice in recent seasons with the job becoming a stepping stone to exiting the club rather than a source of stability in the Gunners’ dressing room.

The current inhabitant of the role is German veteran Per Mertesacker, and it looks like the 32 year centre back, whose contract is expiring this summer is the latest Arsenal skipper to be plotting his exit. Continue reading

Wenger looking to make surprise swoop for African sensation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is understandably desperate to land a new world class centre back at the club, is believed to be keeping tabs on Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand now, according to reports in France Football.

The Gunners have been linked with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Jose Gimenez and Fabian Schar in the past few weeks; however, their pursuit of Tisserand certainly points towards Wenger’s unwillingness to splash big bucks in the transfer market this summer.

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Mertesacker officially appointed Arsenal’s new Captain

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger on Saturday named defender Per Mertesacker as the club’s new captain for the football season despite the German being out until the New Year with injury.

The veteran centre-back will miss the first four months of the season with knee problem, having undergone surgery, but will succeed Mikel Arteta, who retired, as skipper. Continue reading