Arsenal latest: Ozil Twitter hack? Gunners rage, Per deal & more

All the latest news and views from Ashburton Grove including a Manchester United fan who lampoons Gunners star Mesut Ozil in a shopped photo.

Following an accidental coming together of heads between Phil Jones and Wojtech Szczesny during Manchester United's 1-0 triumph over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, November 10, the latter was left requiring physio treatment in scenes that were reminiscent of the on-pitch concussion suffered by Tottenham Hotspur goal guardian Hugo Lloris.

If there was any indication that Szczesny was in no fit state to continue, though, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed he would have had no hesitation in withdrawing him from the field, despite the magnitude of the match.

He is quoted by the Express to have said: 'I listen to the doctor. If he says to me he has to come off, he comes off. No matter if we have seven men on the field, I do it. You have only one life and you have 60 games per year. If he said there was a problem I would have taken him off.'

On the result itself, Arsenal's second in the Premier League season and sixth in a row at United's ground, Wenger pointed to a combination of nerves and misfortune. He told Arsenal Player: 'I nearly tend to say it's unfair because we put a little bit ourselves on the back foot in the first half because we rushed our game and were too nervous.

'When we started to play we dominated the game completely and were unlucky not to score in the second half. I hope that everybody's full of rage basically against ourselves because it's unbelievable to lose a game like that. Maybe because we haven't won for a while here, we were just not ourselves in the first half.

'In the second half we should have come back - we were honestly unlucky.'

The difference-maker on the day was Robin van Persie, who Wenger sold to United last summer, for £22.25m, give or take a few bob. The Frenchman, though, described the circumstances as 'special' and that they (selling a player to them) would not be repeated throughout the rest of his tenure in the Arsenal hot-seat.

'I will not act for Arsenal for the next 100 years but I do not think it will happen again in my time,' TalkSport report Wenger to have said [author's note: what if they wanted Nicklas Bendtner?].

Elsewhere, did Mesut Ozil became a master of self-degrading humour, was his Twitter account hacked by a Manchester United fan or, as has been commonly suggested, is the photograph below the result of a post-match photoshop? [Tip: look where his location should be…]


On to transfer talk… much of the exit rumours have often included Thomas Vermaelen's name as it was suggested the centre back may want to leave in order to secure regular first team football ahead of a World Cup tournament, but the Belgian defender has confirmed his red-and-white allegiance.

He told Sky Sports: 'I'm still confident I can play for this club. I keep reading stories that I want to leave. But that's not the case. I'm still focused on the team. I am always positive.'

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, discuss Per Mertesacker's current £65,000 per week deal which will be considerably bolstered in the coming weeks should he sign an extended, improved contract. The German giant's current deal expires in the summer of 2015.

And finally, Joel Campbell continues to do well on loan at Olympiacos. That's four goals and six assists in ten games now!

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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