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Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger defends Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil should not be made a scapegoat for his side's recent defeat to Borussia Dortmund, as well as...

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Should Wenger persist with the Wilshere and Ramsey axis?

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The deployment of Mesut Ozil on the left means Arsene Wenger can play Jack Wilshere and Aaron...

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Wenger Defends Under-Fire Ozil

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has launched an impassioned defence of under-fire midfielder Mesut Ozil, insisting that the German World Cup winner should not be used as a "scapegoat" for Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

"Why should he be a scapegoat?

New Finance figures show Arsenal BANKED £50m last year!?!

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Arsenal fans may have had a bit more to shout about int the transfer market over the last year or so, but at the end of each window, us fans and the football media are still left scratching our heads as to why Arsene Wenger did not sign, for instance, a striker or a defensive [...]

Mesut Ozil is being wasted by Arsenal, says ex-Man Utd star Paul Scholes

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Mesut Ozil is being wasted by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who insists on playing the attacker in a wide role, according to former Manchester United...

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Arsenal’s August-September Progress Report

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Team Strengths: Arsenal's team strengths are ironically their midfield and forward depth (something that the Gunners have had issues with in the past) and passing ability. When all of the Gunners are healthy, the team has Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and Yaya Sanogo as options up front.

Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal fans to be patient with Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal fans should be patient with record signing Mesut Ozil, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The former Real Madrid man has struggled to find...

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Name Five Annoying things about Football

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From an idea of GoonerB's...

We all know how good we feel when Arsenal win a game or even just score a goal, but these good moments are counter-balanced by many, many annoyances which crop up due to the circus that surrounds football.

I believe the idea was to name a top 5 most annoying things but I think it might be better to name a random 5 as many of us will find similar grievances at the tops of our lists.

Will Diarra shine in second spell at Arsenal?

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The first time that Arsene Wenger signed Lass Diarra for Arsenal was on transfer deadline day back in August 2007, as Chelsea knew that he would be able to leave on a free transfer a few months later. This time, if the Arsenal transfer rumour in the Daily Express is correct, the Frenchman will sign [.

Divided But Not Yet Conquered

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I struggled this week to muster up the courage to sit and write about the Arsenal. Not because my love for the team has wilted, butbecause there isn't much to write that won't utterly piss off at least half the fan base. A step further, I'm not necessarily worried about..

Learn FAST or FORGET Champions League warns Arsenal captain

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The Arsenal captain was not absolving himself of blame for the dire performance and defeat by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, but Mikel Arteta has taken the captain's role and delivered a stark and honest appraisal of where Arsenal went wrong and how we have to change quickly or forget about winning the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger confirms biggest regret – failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his biggest regret in his managerial career was to not sign Cristiano Ronaldo for the Gunners.

The forward was at Sporting Lisbon when the North London club were keen on securing a deal for the talented player in 2003.

Arsenal to swap Ozil for Draxler in January?

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I know that Arsene Wenger signed the Germany international Mesut Ozil for Arsenal because he thought the 25-year old superstar would be one of the key pieces in the jigsaw for the Gunners team of the future. And the Frenchman has always backed his record signing and given him plenty of time and patience to [.

Arsene Wenger admits his biggest regret is missing out on signing Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his biggest regret was his failure to land Cristiano Ronaldo when the rising Portuguese star chose to join...

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Why critics are GOOD for Arsenal and Ozil

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Arsenal need to find some form, somehow, anyhow. We have been in this position before, of course, like two seasons ago when the Gunners were well beaten at home by Bayern Munich after going out of the FA cup to lower league Blackburn before losing to our north London rivals Tottenham. That left us with [.

Are we kidding ourselves?

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Finally, the money is there, Puma are on board so we can afford to shop in Harrods rather than at Lidl and Aldi. Last season we won the FA Cup, our first trophy since Noah was a boy, one less albatross round our collective neck.

Before the season started we had signed Alexis, Chambers, Debuchy and Ospina as well as finally welcoming Campbell into the squad, in the final minutes of the transfer window we snatched Welbeck from Manure.

Why Arsenal’s 4-1-4-1 Formation Is Not Working

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implemented a new 4-1-4-1 formation as of late, with either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini being deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the middle of the pitch. The lack of manpower in the space just in front of Arsenal's back four was one of the reasons (there were plenty) Borussia Dortmund dominated the north London team in their opening Champions League group stage match Tuesday night.

It’s time for Wenger to leave Arsenal

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Arsene has to change or go, time's up. by KM After another terrible Arsenal performance at Dortmund, how long before Wenger is taken to account for his mistakes? Are the AKB's still happy with him ? Arsenal were miles behind the Germans. You could just see what a young manager with some tactical plans does [.

Borussia Dortmund 2 a Bunch of Strangers in Blue 0

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If you want to sugar coat that performance by telling yourself that it is a mini league and one loss doesn't mean that we are out of the competition, then fill your boots.

But what I saw was a team that was completely outclassed in every department and in the end beaten comfortably by Borrusia's B team heaven help us when their key players return.

BVB. The Return.

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The Signal Iduna Park. Scene of one of the best football nights of my life. Regular readers will be bored with yet another reminder of the why's and wherefore's of Didit and my victorious campaign to German soil. We came, we saw, we conquered. Enough said.

However, a repeat of the Arsenal victory may kick start our season and I can see no reason why we cannot beat them again.

Hummels injury means Arsenal WILL go for it in Dortmund

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If Arsene Wenger was a little bit caught between sending Arsenal out with the intention of recording another famous away win at Borussia Dortmund or making sure the Gunners were solid, compact and hard to beat, the injury news for both sides should have helped to make his mind up. While Arsenal have lost the [.

Ramsey and Wilshere lessons are why Ozil is wide for Arsenal

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There is a saying about making the same mistakes over and over again, but I can't remember exactly how it goes. And we have all laid that sort of accusation at the door of Arsene Wenger at times, whether it be in the transfer market, tactics or any other part of his management skills. But [...]

Is fitness a factor in Ozil’s struggles for Arsenal?

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It should not be the case, but I really think that one of the reasons why Mesut Ozil has not exactly lit up the pitch for Arsenal yet this season could be his fitness. In fact, Per Mertesacker seems to be the only one of the Wor5ld Cup winning Gunners who has been professional enough [...]

Defence not a priority as Arsenal look to attack

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We didn't have long without football this summer did we? Perhaps that's why it's caught us cold this season and we are only all back on the BackPageBanter sofa now, the first time since that glorious day at Wembley last season. But back we are. Nodeparturesyou'll be pleased to hear, just a few wage increases that have tied our handsin the transfer market.

Is Ozil causing Arsenal to lose precious points?

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Arsene Wenger: What does he do with Mesut Ozil's insipid displays? by SE Match Review Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Manchester City at home in the Premier League last Saturday, as both sides went hammer and tongs at each other, to show for a just a point apiece in the end. Players [.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals he is trying to sign ‘a Patrick Vieira’

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Arsenal supporters who thought that Arsene Wenger didn't realise they needed a bit more bite in midfield can rest assured that he does. The...

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Arsenal face defensive crisis, only Wenger to blame

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Arsenal's new signing Mathieu Debuchy has suffered significant ligament damage that will rule him out for at least three months. The right back, who joined from Newcastle United in the summer, was stretchered off during Arsenal's last game (2-2)against Manchester City on Saturday.

Özil: Too Good for Arsenal

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One of the phrases I hate seeing more than any other is "X is not good enough for Arsenal", especially when X is in our current squad of players.

In recent years the list of players tarred with this particular brush is long.

Koscielny shopping in Lidl while everyone else is in Harrods
Walcott Should have bought Bale
Ramsey rubbish and no future sell him to the Championship, hope he dies
Etc etc etc etc

Annoying in some cases disgusting and all proven wrong as these are players that have gone on to shut up most of their critics.

Why this could be the year for Arsenal in Champions League

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I know it is a bit early to be making bold and sweeping statements about Arsenal and the season ahead, but I am going to do it anyway, so there. I hate to say it, but the way that Fabregas and Costa have blended in to an already strong Chelsea side makes them look like [...]

Why Debuchy injury might NOT be bad news for Arsenal

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Injuries and Arsenal are two words that have gone together way too often in the last few years and so are we really surprised to hear that our new right back, Mathieu Debuchy, might be out of action for as much as two months after picking up an ankle problem in the 2-2 draw with [...]

Wilshere MOTM, Pellegrini moaning and another draw

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A 2-2 draw with City, Pellegrini making excuses for his team, Arsenal conceding stupid goals but scoring some great ones. Football came back after a fortnight and it was as enjoyable a game as could be hoped for, even though the result wasn't.

It was a tough match at the Emirates yesterday :)

But Arsenal showed that they are tough too, albeit prone to moments of weakness.

Arsene Wenger disagrees with England over playing Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in holding role

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger disagrees with England coach Roy Hodgson in playing Jack Wilshere in the holding midfield role. The French boss believes...

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Why Arsenal CAN repeat Community Shield result!!

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As Arsenal fans, we all want the Gunners to do well and try to tell ourselves that we will. For a large part of last season, we were actually proved right, but too many years of falling short has also given us a sharp dose of pessimism as well, so when we come up against [...]

The Champions come to Town

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Super fixture this afternoon. Last season's Champions come to the home of this season's.

Added to that we have the chance to assess how our new signings are bedding into the team, plus the possibility of a sighting of our shiny new Centre Forward. But first let's look at the opposition.

Manchester City deservedly won the title last season- they had the most expensive team, the best dressed manager and outside of The Arsenal possibly the best kit.

Why Arsenal should NOT risk Ramsey for Man City

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When the Arsenal Player of the Year for last season appeared to turn his ankle on that awful £G artificial pitch in Andorra right at the end of the Wales international game this week, Arsene Wenger must have been cursing his luck. It was the last international game of the two week break and we [...]

Arsenal to have Carvalho in January but why not NOW?

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If the Arsenal transfer rumours have even a shred of truth to them, it appears that Arsene Wenger is not as against signing a proper defensive midfielder as many of us fans have started to think. It still seems that the Frenchman is after a complete player rather than just an enforcer, with the likes [.

Is Arsenal boss right to go all out to beat Man City?

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In his press conference before Arsenal host Man City at the Emirates tomorrow, Arsene Wenger declared that he would be sending the Gunners out with every intention of claiming a morale boosting victory over the reigning Premier League champions. As reported by, the Frenchman is not really concerned about the league table at this [.

Champions League

Ozil, Ramsey and the system

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In truth, prior to the defeat in Dortmund on Tuesday night, Arsenal's start to the season had been patchy; a team that looked a little like it was just about being sellotaped together, until Borussia's ruthless dismantling of a dishevelled looking Arsenal side. It's reasonably obvious to everybody by now that Arsene has tried to tinker a little with last season's formula and it's clearly taking some time to synchronise all of the team's attacking attributes.

Poor in the Ruhr

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Borussian Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

A few observations now that the dust of the Dortmund storm is settling (ha!)

World Cup focus?

I offer this as an olive branch to Messrs Mertesacker and (in particular) Ozil, neither of whom has started the season on fire.

The Rest

Questions galore for Arsene Wenger + Arsecast 323

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Morning all.

Yesterday my phone started breaking right before my eyes. Firstly, the speaker stopped working so I can't hear any sounds unless I've got headphones in. Then, without warning, the screen started coming off from the rest of it. This morning, I was fully expecting to find it disintegrated on the floor beside me, but no, it was still intact – but the speaker was still knackered so I didn't hear the alarm.