Category Archive: Player Interviews

Arsenal sign Paulista

Arsenal announced the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal today. The central defender joins for a reported £13.5 million from the La Liga side, and will go straight into the Gunners’ squad for the Premier League clash against Aston Villa at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Arsene Wenger was keen to strengthen his side’s defence, and had kept an eye on the 23 year old Brazilian who having not featured in any games for his country, was granted the requisite work permit to play in the Premier League. Softly spoken, but hugely talented, Paulista described his feelings at joining Arsenal.

Mertersacker the loveable BFG delighted with Gunners FA Cup win

It is hard to believe that the world of make believe would come to influence the career of Per Mertersacker in such dramatic fashion. The central defender was only a two year old when Roald Dahl’s children’s favourite The Big Friendly Giant was published, the story of a giant who captures and distributes good dreams to children.

Wilshere Gunning for Arsenal FA Cup win

Jack Wilshere has endured another season of injury frustration, but after coming of for the last half hour in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Norwich last weekend, is eager to make his mark on the FA Cup final on Saturday against Hull City. The recent frustrations from both ankle injuries now behind him, Wilshere remembers watching the Gunners last trophy win, the FA Cup against Manchester United in 2005. ” Vieira scored – I remember Man United were the better team, we won on penalties. Well take that on Saturday, we just want to win.” he says.

Arsenal’s ambitions call for togetherness says Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that Arsenal’s ambitions hinge on their keeping their good form this season, and with a tough sequence of Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup fixtures all looming on the horizon, the side’s strength and unity will help them prevail. Saturday marks the start of those fixtures, with the lunchtime trip to Liverpool. Reigning Champions Manchester United then come to the Emirates stadium the following Wednesday, with the Gunners then hosting Liverpool in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Three days later and Bayern Munich come calling in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.

Rosicky positive on Arsenal future success

Tomas Rosicky smiled a knowing smile of satisfaction having just scored his first Arsenal goal of the season. All goals are important, but having netted the second in the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup third round win over arch rivals Spurs at the Emirates stadium on Saturday, the Czech Republic midfielder felt an even greater sense of satisfaction. After today’s draw, Arsenal will face League 1 side Coventry City at the Emirates stadium in the FA Cup 4th round.

Szczesny looks forward to Everton test

Having given an assured performance in goal in Arsenal’s unexpected 0-0 stalemate at Villa Park on Saturday, Wojciech Szczesny accepted that he was happy with having kept a clean sheet, if not entirely happy with the final scoreline.

We have to re-discover our confidence – Mertersacker

Per Mertersacker will be pivotal in the Arsenal defence at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Gunners come up against an inform Manchester United side, and although they were dumped out of the Capital Cup on Wednesday, early season form suggests that the title is more than in their sights. A day earlier, Arsenal’s dramatic 7-5 win at Reading next sees the Gunners travel to Bradford in the last eight of that competition. Mertersacker was not involved at the Madejski stadium, but will return to contend with the runs of former team mate Robin van Persie. Having stuttered since the international break, Mertersacker has urged his team mates to re-discover their from which brought three points at Upton Park so decisively.

Cazorla determined to win titles with Arsenal

Arsenal officially unveiled Santi Carzola as their third summer signing, and Arsene Wenger expressed his delight at securing the services of a player who he tried to sign a year ago. “Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad. He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that he is joining us,” said Wenger. Cazorla joins his fellow team mates on their pre-season training camp in Germany and could feature in Saturday’s friendly against FC Cologne.

Oxlade-Chamberlain reflects on meteoric rise

A sixteen year old sat and watched dismayed as Frank Lampard’s goal was disallowed when England faced Germany in Bloemfontein during the 2010 World Cup. Filled with a sense of injustice, and like the rest of us, he sat further disbelieving as England were torn apart 4-1 by a German side who appeared to have all the luck that day. As luck would have it, and fast forward to 2012, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has it within his remit to right that wrong, and having broken through into the first team at Arsenal and given his first start in England’s 1-0 win over a competitive Belgium at Wembley on Saturday, the 18 year old cannot quite comprehend what has happened in the last 12 months.

Van Persie has Premiership scoring record in his sights

The smile said it all, and having netted his 16th Premiership goal of the season and 34th for the calender year, Robin Van Persie equalled Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record. Should he score three goals more in the Gunners two remaining Premiership games – both at home against Wolves and Queens Park Rangers, the Holland striker will not only break the club record, but also break Alan Shearer’s all time Premiership goal scoring record.