Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker is set to manage the club’s academy when he retires as a player at the end of the 2017/18 football season, according to reports.
The German was announced by the club as a manager in waiting.
The defender agreed a one year deal with the club in January. He would see off the deal before moving into the new coaching role. The club, in a statement, said Mertesacker would continue to play a key role in the squad this forthcoming season while “developing his knowledge and understanding of the academy.”
The player has always been linked with a coaching role for quite some time now. He is often praised for his leadership qualities and knowledge of the game. He joined Arsenal back in 2011 from Werder Bremen. He is a proof that the Premier League giants are increasingly committed to retaining former players. Continue reading “MERTESACKER TO MANAGE ARSENAL ACADEMY”
Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker has revealed that his priority is getting a new deal from his employers.
He disclosed that his immediate dream is to remain in England with Arsenal. This comes amid speculation that the player might return to Germany. The 32-year old player is in the last year of his Arsenal deal but has not featured for the London-based outfit this summer since his injury this summer. With the additions in the squad, he would find it difficult getting a starting role again despite being the captain.
“A new Arsenal contract has absolute priority for me. But no dates have been set [for talks]. Arsenal has the highest priority for me. Everything else is pure speculation, and I won’t join the discussion,” Mertesacker told Spox.
Shkodran Mustafi has partnered well with Laurent Koscielny since his arrival at the Emirates. The stability the team is enjoying might not be usurped when the German returns. This makes it difficult for the club to consider giving the player a new deal. Hannover and Werder Bremen are the leading sides chasing Mertesacker for his signature, but the player says he wants to stay put at Arsenal. Continue reading “MERTESACKER MAKES NEW ARSENAL CONTRACT PRIORITY”
Coach Pep Guardiola says he has phased out the idea of getting a defender this summer after seeing the performance of Aleksander Kolarov.
Guardiola is one of the favourites to lift the English Premier League title this season with Manchester City so it is expected that he leaves no stone unturned in a bid to reach his expectations. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager admitted that he consulted with his assistants Rodolfo Borrell and Mikel Arteta before deciding to allow Kolarov in the role.
“I’m delighted I spoke to Mikel and Rodolfo and said “do you think he is able to play in that position?” Guardiola said of Kolarov. “It is not easy to find a centre back with a left foot like him. We are convinced he has the quality to do that, to adjust,” he added.
Kolarov did a decent job when City sealed their Champions League participation with the defeat of Steaua Bucharest. He has been decent in the Premier League games so far, so he is set to remain at the Etihad despite rumours that he would be among the first players to exit when Guardiola’s move broke out.
Continue reading “GUARDIOLA FORGOES PLANS OF ANOTHER DEFENDER”
Arsenal have the opportunity to close the gap on the table leaders Chelsea when they take on Aston Villa at home on Sunday. Villa are so poor in the league this season that they are not expected to get much from the trip to the Emirates stadium.
This will be the start of two consecutive tough matches for Paul Lambert’s team, as they take on table leaders Chelsea in the next league match in front of their own supporters. Momentum plays a crucial role in the league and Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta reckons that the gunners have much more of it right now.
After having tasted only one defeat in the last five matches, Arsenal have put themselves closer to the top four than ever this season. The victory over Manchester City in the previous league match gives them a great deal of belief according to Arteta. Continue reading “Arsenal have chance to Close Gap with Chelsea in Table points”