Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny calls time on his international career

• Defender says France’s World Cup success damaged him
• Koscielny criticises Didier Deschamps for lack of contactThe Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has announced the end of his international career with France and criticised the World Cup-winning manager, Didier Deschamps. The 33-year-old missed the World Cup with an achilles injury and had intended to retire from international duty after the tournament. Continue reading...

Premier League assistant managers: who are they and what do they do?

One shares a flat with his boss, another is known as the manager’s ‘brother’. A run-down of the men who help to shape their clubs’ success Known as Carlos, the 45-year-old Spaniard is building up good relationships with the Arsenal players, even if he is not the type to shy away from confrontation. Fiery and animated, if he feels that something needs to be said, he will say it – even to Unai Emery. Arsenal are the sixth club at which he has worked as Emery’s assistant, following Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and PSG. Carcedo was an uncompromising midfielder, who had spells with Atlético Madrid and Nice but played mainly at second division level. David Hytner Continue reading...

Premier League fans rate the season so far. Part one: Arsenal to Huddersfield

Fans assess the best and worst of the opening stages – top performers, biggest mistakes and the funniest moments
• Part two: Leicester to Wolves Best performance? The chant of “We’ve got our Arsenal back” during the 5-1 flaying of Fulham summed up the season so far. Will we see a better team goal than the skilful combination that ended with Ramsey scoring our third? Continue reading...

AS Monaco unveil Arsenal legend as new manager

Following Leonardo Jardim’s recent dismissal, AS Monaco have sensationally unveiled Arsenal legend and ex-club starlet Thierry Henry as their new manager. Les Monégasques have only managed to register one domestic victory this season and are currently languishing in 18th position in the Ligue 1 standings and Henry, who made his professional debut for the club in […]

Paris Saint-Germain plotting to appoint Arsene Wenger as general manager

ESPN FC believe that Paris Saint-Germain are plotting to appoint Arsene Wenger as the club’s general manager after the January transfer window, a revelation that doesn’t necessarily bode well for PSG’s current sporting director Antero Henrique. Having allegedly failed to land several of PSG’s transfer targets, Henrique’s position at the Ligue 1 giants is supposedly […]

Mesut Ozil returns to first-team training following back problems

Subject to a report published by Sky Sports, Arsenal’s midfield metronome Mesut Ozil returned to first-team training on Friday after suffering back spasms that subsequently sidelined the German for the Gunners’ 5-1 trouncing of Fulham before the international break. Many of Unai Emery’s fold are currently on international duty for the respective countries, however Ozil […]

Top 3 best and worst Arsenal kits from Puma era

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Earlier in the week, Arsenal finally officially announced that they are partnering with Adidas following the completion of the current campaign. The five-year deal with the German sportswear manufacturer is reportedly worth £300 million ($391 million), which would be the third largest annual kit contract in world football (only behind Barcelona and Manchester United). The Gunners previously partnered with Adidas from 1986 to 1994. During this stretch, Arsenal had some of their most iconic kits. Most notably were the away uniforms from when the Gunners won the league at Anfield in 1989 and the ever-popular ‘bruised banana’ kits from 1991-1993. Many, if not most Arsenal fans, are already calling for Adidas to recreate this yellow/black away kit for the next season. With the five-year Puma deal coming to a close, let’s look back at some of the best and worst kits that they produced for the north London club.  

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Unai Emery highlights ‘importance’ of claiming Europa League title

A serial winner of the competition during his glittering managerial stint at La Liga outfit Sevilla FC, Unai Emery has highlighted the importance of claiming the Europa League title with Arsenal as it harbours a catalogue of enticing pluses, including a clear route into the following campaign’s Champions League. Emery held a sensationally steely grip […]

Alexandre Lacazette backs teammate to emulate Thierry Henry’s prolific prowess

Following Arsenal’s 5-1 drubbing of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Alexandre Lacazette has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to emulate Thierry Henry’s prolific prowess in front of the target, after the Gabon international ruthlessly bagged a brace from the bench against the Whites. Comparisons between Aubameyang and the Gunners’ legendary marksman have been identified since the […]

Adidas to become Arsenal’s new kit supplier from 2019-20 in £300m deal

• German company will replace Puma from next summer
• Arsenal last wore Adidas strip back in 1994 Arsenal have confirmed that they have signed a new kit deal with Adidas – to start from the beginning of the 2019-20 season – with the German company paying the Premier League club in the region of £300m over five years. Related: Alexandre Lacazette keeps up fine form as stylish Arsenal sweep Fulham aside Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

A call to get tougher on diving, Arsenal are turning up the volume and Everton’s biggest investments are coming good Declan Rice faces a big decision over his international future after once again being left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the Nations League matches against Denmark and Wales as he ponders switching allegiances to England. The versatile 19-year-old – who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents – already has three senior caps and represented them at several youth levels but remains eligible for the country of his birth under current Fifa regulations. He performed well in a defensive midfield role despite West Ham’s improved run of results coming to an end against Brighton on Friday and looks like the kind of player who could excel in Gareth Southgate’s young England side if given an opportunity. Manuel Pellegrini said Rice must take his time to decide but the Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Alexandre Lacazette keeps up fine form as stylish Arsenal sweep aside Fulham

There was a period midway through the second half here when the away following in the Putney end revelled in a raucous chorus of “We’ve got our Arsenal back”. If there was an irony that it had taken a goal that might have been lifted straight from the pomp of the Arsène Wenger era to coax such a reaction, then their delight was still understandable. This was a ninth successive win in all competitions. Unai Emery is making quite the impression. Continue reading...

Fulham v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal have won eight matches in all competitions in a row, maybe not entirely convincingly at times, but winning is becoming a habit under Unai Emery. To break the run Fulham must prey on Arsenal’s defensive fragility and they have the perfect man in Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serb, if given the right service, should have the beating of Shkodran Mustafi. The German always seems to have a blunder on the horizon and if Arsenal’s strikers have an off day then Fulham could snatch a much-needed win. Graham Searles Sunday noon BT Sport 1 Continue reading...

Arsenal motivated for ‘big challenge’ at Craven Cottage on Sunday

Unai Emery insists that his rejuvenated Arsenal set-up are motivated for Sunday’s Premier League encounter against Fulham at Craven Cottage, an intriguing London derby that the Spanish tactician also labelled a ‘big challenge’ due to the Cottagers’ underlying proficiency. The Gunners swatted Qarabag aside with an assured 3-0 victory in the Europa League on Thursday, […]