LONDON (AP) — Talks have taken place at Arsenal about the threat posed by gangs targeting footballers after Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac had to fight off knife-wielding men, according to academy...
WATFORD, England (AP) — Tom Cleverley scored an injury-time winner as Watford came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 and end the visitors' four-game winning run in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Watford jumped into the top four with its first home victory of the season, maintaining its excellent start under new manager Marco Silva.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Valencia has signed Gabriel Paulista from Arsenal, ending the Brazilian defender's 2 1/2-year stay at the English club and sealing his return to the Spanish league.
Arsenal announced the transfer on Friday, saying the fee was undisclosed.
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker will play one last season at the Premier League club before retiring to become its academy manager.
The 32-year-old center back joined Arsenal in 2011. He quit international football after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Friday that Mertesacker "is a great example for young players ... a deep thinker about the game" and "will be an inspirational figure for everyone connected with the academy."
LONDON (AP) — Per Mertesacker hardly had the ideal preparation for the FA Cup final.
The Arsenal defender was starting a match for the first time in 392 days, was unsure he would be able to last 90 minutes, had never played as part of a back three, and was lining up in a new-look and makeshift defense against one of the most potent attacks in English soccer.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Germany's failure to beat France in the semifinal of the European Championship exposes its lack of strength in depth with young players failing to bridge a generation gap after its World Cup win.
Left back Philipp Lahm, central defender Per Mertesacker and record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose all retired after Germany's 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, leading to a noticeable drop in the side's quality, evident from the very first qualifying games for...