Published: Вс, Января 22, 2017
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Wenger: Arsenal entering the 'moment of truth'

Wenger: Arsenal entering the 'moment of truth'

Per Mertesacker played 24 times for Arsenal in the Premier League last season as they finished runners-up.

Despite his age, Cazorla is a first-choice option for the Gunners when fit and Arsenal's troubles without his services prove his importance to the side.

However, Wenger has denied the claims, stating that the club "was never close to signing" the 34-year-old. And Xhaka, who has not played alongside Mertesacker since arriving in north London in the summer, has been impressed with his presence in the dressing room.

Dyche doubts whether anyone will repeat Sir Alex Ferguson or Wenger's longevity with one club again in the modern era: "I think it's unlikely".

Mertesacker, who is likely to be back within weeks and is now training on his own to improve his fitness, follows in the footsteps of French trio Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in landing new deals at the club. The team is now holding the fourth and last Champions League qualifying berth next season and they are only two points ahead of fifth-running team Manchester City.

The club website revealed the news on Thursday.

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While Arsenal now occupy fourth spot, Manchester United and Man City are hot on the heels of the north London club with the race for Champions League qualification set to go to the wire. "For their qualities as football players firstly but as well for their mental guidance." added the Frenchman.

"Alexis Sanchez can be a really big role model", he said.

"I've been contacted many times to take Joey Barton".

Burnley have lost five of their last six Premier League games despite their incredible unbeaten record at Turf Moor this term. Some of the principles we look at as a whole club, rather than just the team, are similar. "Everybody is focused to do well - we are going into the moment of truth now, January until May".

Wenger's men also face an FA Cup fourth round match with Southampton at St Mary's Stadium before ending the month with a game against Watford at Emirates Stadium. "We have to make sure they do not find the solution away from home because it's a big game for us".

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