News and gossip from The Emirates.
As you can imagine much of the Arsenal news today is fall-out from the defeat against Bayern Munich by away goals last night.
Despite a spirited display in which goals from Olivier Giroud and man-of-the-match Laurent Koscielny tied the aggregate score at 3-3 Arsenal went out courtesy of Mario Mandzukic’s away goal at The Emirates.
Mikel Arteta hopes that the performance in Germany can help inspire the team back into winning ways at a domestic level. The side are currently struggling to make it into the Champions League places for next season but the nature of their confident performance in Munich has given the Spaniard hope that they can start a league resurgence at Swansea on Saturday.
Swansea keeper Michel Vorm has gone on record to claim that Arsenal will be afraid of the Welsh side this weekend. The two meet at The Liberty stadium and after beating them earlier in the season at The Emirates he is in no doubt that his side can defeat their North London opponents.
Arsene Wenger meanwhile believes the lack of an English team in the final eight of the competition for the first time since 1996 is a wake-up call to the Premier League. He noted the rise of leagues such as the German Bundesliga as a threat to the dominance of the English league.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has announced his worry that Ashley Williams could be having his head turned by interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool. The Wales captain will face off against Arsenal this weekend which may present another opportunity for The Gunners to run the rule over the player.
Arsenal may target Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou next season. The 22-year-old has been a regular force in the Ligue 1 teams starting line-up this season and has recently admitted he may not be at the club next season. The Cameroonian international joins Williams, Fernando Amorebieta and Raul Albiol in the list of central defenders recently linked with a move to Arsenal.
Former Arsenal legend Tony Adams has been reintroduced into coaching for the first time since leaving Azerbaijani side Gabala in 2011. He will be part of the coaching staff for Noel Blake’s England under-19s.
Finally there is concern this evening over the health of club legend Kenny Sansom. The former full-back was at the club between 1980 and 1988 collapsed on the street and was rushed to hospital. The 54-year-old was admitted to hospital yesterday where he is still being observed.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 14th March 2013?
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