Mertesacker is ‘one of the best’, declares Germany team-mate

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has declared that Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is “one of the best” centre halves in the game at the moment. The midfielder was speaking to the press ahead of his team’s showdown with Gunners at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder said, “Per has made them one of the most defensively solid teams in England – and they look to have addressed their problems. It was always going to take Per time to adjust to a new league. But now we see him for what he is which is one of the best central defenders in Europe with fantastic positional awareness and real leadership qualities”. Continue reading

Arsenal’s star playmaker geared up for tough Bayern test

Arsenal’s 42 million pound new recruit, Mesut Ozil, has stated that he is ready to guts it out for the Gunners against German giants Bayern Munich, reports the Daily Express. The 25-year old German international is wary of Bayern’s pedigree in the Champions League but insists that the Gunners will not go down without a fight.

Speaking ahead of the 1st leg of the round of 16 Champions League clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates, Ozil said, “I have huge respect for Bayern. They are even better than they were last year. Anything is possible over two legs. I’m the kind of player who loves games like these. We’re not going to hide.” Continue reading

Beckenbauer opens the door for Mandzukic exit

Arsenal may finally have the road clear ahead of them in their pursuit of Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, if the comments of Bayern Munich legend and honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer are anything to go by. Beckenbauer believes that Robert Lewandowski, who is set to join Bayern Munich in the summer, will replace Mandzukic for the starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s side, which could well leave Mandzukic thinking hard about his future at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Coach Pep Guardiola has failed to allay the fears of the current Bayern no.9 with Mandzukic predictably worried about his future at the club, given that Lewandowski has always been a more complete player than Mandzukic in many respects. Despite Mandzukic scoring 12 goals in 20 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders this season, German icon Beckenbauer feels that the Croatian might head for the exit door in summer. Continue reading

Rosicky to be offered contract extension

Tomas Rosicky is all set to extend his stay at the Emirates for another year, reports the Mirror. The 33 year old attacking midfielder has been in blistering form for the Gunners this season, and has established himself as one of the vital cogs in Arsene Wenger’s table topping side. Wenger  intends to reward Rosicky’s age defying performances in the middle of the park with a new deal, which will be consistent with his policy towards overage players, who are usually only offered one year contract extensions at the Emirates. Continue reading

Bavaria beckons veteran Gunner

At 33 years of age, Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky offers the energy and versatility that few players of his age would be able to deliver and has been a key component of the Gunners’ fluid midfield this season. His credentials have not gone unnoticed and reports suggest that European Champions Bayern Munich are keen to rope in the Czech captain who has just 6 months left on his contract and can leave on a Bosman at the end of the season.

Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has assured Rosicky’s stay at the Emirates beyond this season, so far, there has been no developments with regards to offering the veteran a new contract and Bayern are looking to grab the opportunity to add some quality experience to their all conquering side at the Allianz Arena. Although it is quite surprising to know of Bayern’s interest in Rosicky, when they already possess a world class midfield, the experienced Czech’s addition to their ranks would surely revitalize their squad and provide a vast expanse of knowledge for youngsters at the club to feed upon. Continue reading

Arsenal to falter in chase for Bundesliga hitman

Arsenal’s plans to sign Mario Mandzukic in the summer transfer window seem all but foiled, with Bayern Munich club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge going on record to state that the Croatian front man is still a valuable asset for the Bavarians, even saying that a contract extension is on the cards. Mandzukic, whose contract expires in the summer of 2016, was widely reported to be unsettled and unsure of his place in the starting line-up in the 2014/15 season, with Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski all set to join on a free transfer in the summer. Continue reading

Podolski gets his guns out

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is hoping that the Gunners avenge their Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich last year in their round of 16 clash this season, reports the Daily Star. Podolski, who has recently returned from a lengthy injury layoff, is slowly finding his way back into the first team and hopes to make an impact against his former club. Podolski had a rather unfruitful spell with the German champions from 2006 to 2009, making 106 appearances and scoring 26 goals. Continue reading

Wenger admits he tried to land super striker

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Borussia Dortmund frontman Robert Lewandowski was a transfer target for Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The prolific centre forward, who has been a mainstay for the Champions League finalists, is in the final six months of his contract with them. Recently, it had been announced that the Polish international had agreed to a five year contract with German champions and Champions League winners Bayern Munich, and is due to start his tenure with the Bavarians from the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Continue reading