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The summer transfer business Arsenal must do before the window closes

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What summer transfer business have Arsenal done so far and what do they still need to do? Let's take an overview of the Gunners' summer transfers so far... Arsenal have gone for...

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Koscielny confirms he is ready to face Chelsea

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Arsenal have been playing with Mohamed Elneny in the back three on tour due to Holding and Chambers taking an extended break, and Gabriel was left in London having treatment. Then Laurent Koscielny sustained a back injury in training, leaving only Bielik, Monreal and Per Mertesacker as our only central defenders until the Big German [.

AC Milan can forget about buying Laurent Koscielny

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The latest Arsenal rumours are saying that the Spanish giants AC Milan are going to try and convince Arsene Wenger to sell Laurent Koscielny. We all know that Wenger has stated he needs to cut some of the players out of our 'heavy' squad, but our captain is definitely not one of them! Wenger plucked [.

Critics made me stronger says Mertesacker

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker says his key role in Arsenal’s FA Cup final triumph was fuelled by the critics who claimed he was past his best.

With Arsenal’s defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.

Critics made me stronger says Mertesacker

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker says his key role in Arsenal’s FA Cup final triumph was fuelled by the critics who claimed he was past his best.

With Arsenal’s defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.

Mertesacker returns to inspire Arsenal’s Cup glory

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London (AFP) – Over a year after Per Mertesacker last started for Arsenal, the German defender came in from the cold to provide the inspiration for his side’s dramatic FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

With Arsenal’s defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days.

Mustafi out of Cup Final! What are Arsenal’s options now?

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There is a saying that when it rains at Arsenal, it pours, and that is exactly the club's defensive situation ahead of the FA Cup final against the Premier League champions Chelsea. After Laurent Koscielny got himself suspended for a ludicrous challenge on Enner Valencia in the game against Everton and Gabriel got stretchered off [.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Wenger and Arsenal’s Champions League run ends

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London (AFP) – Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years to renew scrutiny of Arsene Wenger despite a 3-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Liverpool’s victory over Middlesbrough condemned Arsenal and manager Wenger to a fifth-place finish, making this the first season since 1996-97 to conclude with the club having not secured a place in Europe’s elite competition.

Wenger and Arsenal’s Champions League run ends

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London (AFP) – Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years to renew scrutiny of Arsene Wenger despite a 3-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Liverpool’s victory over Middlesbrough condemned Arsenal and manager Wenger to a fifth-place finish, making this the first season since 1996-97 to conclude with the club having not secured a place in Europe’s elite competition.

‘Our captain is Arsenal’ – not Arsene!

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There is a very interesting interview with Laurent Koscielny that has just come out, and the acting Arsenal captain has some interesting thoughts on how the players are feeling about the uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger's future. The French international was plucked from the French Second Division and turned into a star under Wenger, but Laurent [.

Arsenal’s star defender a doubt while Xhaka is set to be fit for Saints clash

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Arsenal confirmed team for crunch Spurs tie

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The confirmed teams are out for today's North London Derby, without any surprises. Laurent Koscielny has been given the go-ahead to start the crunch tie, giving us a huge boost as we look to build on our recent upturn in form. Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin have been overlooked as they have been since the [.

Koscielny backs new-look Gunners defence

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London (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal’s defensive rethink can help drive Arsene Wenger’s side to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Gunners will face reigning champions Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday buoyed by their FA Cup semi-final success against Manchester City that set up a Wembley final with Chelsea.

Official Arsenal team and preview of Middlesborough trip

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With Arsenal desperately needing some kind of confidence boost as well as all three Premier League points from this evening's away game at Middlesborough, Arsene Wenger will have been very relieved to welcome our best centre back Laurent Koscielny and the first choice keeper Petr Cech back into training this week, and it is no [.

Arsenal Capitulate In Bayern Thrashing

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I don't know what was more embarrassing for Arsenal fans on Tuesday. The way their side capitulated in a 5-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Or the fact that Arsene Wenger claimed after the match that Arsenal are in "great shape", despite suffering the second-worst defeat in Champions League history.

Arsenal news: Gunners handed doubt boost ahead of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey have returned to first-team training. They are both in line for returns against Liverpool this Sunday at Anfield, the Telegraph reports. With two defeats in their last three Premier League games, the Gunners will drop out of the top 4 if they get beaten by the Reds.

Champions League: Bayern Munich Enjoy Freedom Of Allianz As Feeble Arsenal Capitulate Right On Cue (Photos & Video)

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Bayern Munich enjoyed the freedom of the Allianz Arena as they well and truly eviscerated Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The usual then.

Indeed, the Gunners were monumentally outclassed in almost every regard as Bayern beatthem in what quickly came to resemblethe footballing equivalent of an elongated squash match.

‘We collapsed, no excuses’ — Arsenal’s Wenger

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side had “collapsed mentally” in their 5-1 Champions League rout by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The under-pressure Frenchman said there were no excuses as the Gunners faced a seventh successive last-16 exit after the latest mauling.

‘We collapsed, no excuses’ — Arsenal’s Wenger

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side had “collapsed mentally” in their 5-1 Champions League rout by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The under-pressure Frenchman said there were no excuses as the Gunners faced a seventh successive last-16 exit after the latest mauling.

Koscielny Questions Wenger’s Team Selection

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It has not been a good week for Arsene Wenger. First he saw his side lose to both Watford and Chelsea, defeats that ended the Gunners title hopes, and now defender Laurent Koscielny has questioned the team selection of manager Arsene Wenger against Chelsea

'I think we played some players in front of others and I think we should have played more as a team and there was space to do so.

Acting Arsenal captain pulls no punches on Chelsea loss

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There was no thought of looking for excuses or blaming the fact that Arsenal are well and truly out of the Premier League title race after losing to Chelsea, well not from the acting Arsenal captain anyway. Unlike his manager, the France international defender Laurent Koscielny did not even mention the supposed foul on Hector [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won’t make deadline day moves

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's squad strength means he has no need to make any last-ditch signings in the January transfer window.

The Gunners, who thrashed top-flight rivals Southampton 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, are second in the Premier League.

A sign of their strength in depth was that veteran French manager Wenger, in charge of Arsenal since September 1996, was able to make several changes to his starting line-up against the Saints.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won’t make deadline day moves

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's squad strength means he has no need to make any last-ditch signings in the January transfer window.

The Gunners, who thrashed top-flight rivals Southampton 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, are second in the Premier League.

A sign of their strength in depth was that veteran French manager Wenger, in charge of Arsenal since September 1996, was able to make several changes to his starting line-up against the Saints.

Arsene Wenger Apologises After Shoving Fourth Official

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Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his furious reaction to Burnley being awarded a penalty was wrong after the Arsenal manager was sent off on Sunday.

The Gunners boss was sent off removed during an extraordinary period of injury time at Emirates Stadium, where 10-man Arsenal conceded an equalizer to Andre Gray, only for Alexis Sanchez to score his own penalty in the 98th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat.

Laurent Koscielny is Premier League’s most complete center back

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In recent years, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Chelsea's John Terry have dominated most debates on who is the best center back in England's top flight. After all, Kompany has landed in the PFA Team of the Year three times since his arrival to the blue side of Manchester, and Terry made four appearances in the aforementioned team over the years.

Laurent Koscielny is Premier League’s most complete center back

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In recent years, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Chelsea's John Terry have dominated most debates on who is the best center back in England's top flight. After all, Kompany has landed in the PFA Team of the Year three times since his arrival to the blue side of Manchester, and Terry made four appearances in the aforementioned team over the years.

“Resign good players, not these clowns” – Arsenal announce new deals but not for their two star players

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Arsenal announced the contract extensions of Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin...

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Arsenal seal agreement for top class stars, Arsene Wenger delighted with 'great news'

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Arsenal have announced that Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have all signed new deals.

The Gunners have been trying to agree to extensions with their best players for a while now and they will be delighted that three of their key players have committed their futures to the club.

Official: Arsenal Wrap Up New Long-Term Deals For French Trio Coquelin, Koscielny And Giroud (Photo)

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"Four Frenchmen walk into a conference room..." (Photo: Arsenal.com)

Without so much as a peep, Arsenal have today tied three of their first-teamers to new long-term contracts.

Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny and the revitalised Olivier Giroud have all put pen to paper on significant extensions.

Giroud, Koscielny, Coquelin pen new Arsenal deals

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London (AFP) Arsenal's French trio Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all agreed contract extensions, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

The club said the three players had signed "long-term" contracts, but did not disclose the duration of their deals.

"We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on the club website.

Giroud, Koscielny, Coquelin pen new Arsenal deals

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London (AFP) Arsenal's French trio Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all agreed contract extensions, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

The club said the three players had signed "long-term" contracts, but did not disclose the duration of their deals.

"We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on the club website.

Video: Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin sign new Arsenal contracts

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Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious knee injury.

And the German, picked because of a defensive injury crisis, is set to slot into a formation that he admits is entirely unfamiliar to him.

Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious knee injury.

And the German, picked because of a defensive injury crisis, is set to slot into a formation that he admits is entirely unfamiliar to him.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

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World Cup Qualifiers: L’Equipe Not Impressed As France Fail To Beat Lowly Luxembourg For First Time In Over 100 Years (Photos & Video)

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Unlikely as it may seem, little ol' Luxembourg pulled off the most remarkable result of the international weekend with a landmark 0-0 draw against the mighty France.

Despite fielding an expensively-adorned starting XI featuring the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe and racking up almost 80% of possession, the hosts ultimately failed to beat the Luxembourgians for the first time in over a century.

Liverpool: Dejan Lovren Signs Massive Four-Year Contract Extension, Now Earns More Than Most Of The Best Defenders In Europe

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Liverpool have gone and chucked a new, long-term contract at Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender, 27, was presumably as surprised as weare to be offered a new four-year extension, which the Independent reckon will see him recoup £100,000 every seven days.

✍ Liverpool FC can today announce Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract with the club.