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Arsenal

 By John Cross

Campbell, Podolski & Sanogo exits leave inconsistent Arsenal light up top

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Arsenal's defensive cover in Gabriel Paulista. Marcotti feels the centre-back position may now be well covered for Arsene Wenger's side.

Here's an interesting stat -- Arsenal have yet to win three Premier League games in a row. That is something that must change because as it is, such a poor run threatens to undermine their season.

Arsene Wenger's men go into the Aston Villa match on Sunday following wins over Stoke and Manchester City. The latter was an impressive reminder of Wenger's nous and Arsenal's quality but if they really want to kick on, they must find a winning rhythm between now and May.

They've gone close a couple of...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gabriel Paulista completes move to Arsenal from Villarreal

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti details Gabriel Paulista's move to Arsenal, where he believes the 24-year-old defender will prove to be a valuable additional to the Gunners' defence.

Gabriel Paulista has signed for Arsenal from Villarreal for a reported fee of 11.3 million pounds.

- Scout's Notebook: Gabriel Paulista

Gabriel, 24, had a work permit agreed earlier this week and arrives in England with Joel Campbell, who also signed a new long-term contract, moving from the Gunners to the La Liga side on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal.

Arsenal reveling in newfound squad balance

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Arsenal's defensive cover in Gabriel Paulista. Marcotti feels the centre-back position may now be well covered for Arsene Wenger's side.

For most of this season, Arsenal have had an imbalanced squad.

Some of that was down to the fact that players were missing through short-, mid- and long-term injuries. However, when you looked at how the squad was constructed in the summer, it boiled down to the fact that the Gunners had too many attacking options, and not enough defensive depth.

So far this January, three forwards who hardly featured have left the club on loan. Lukas Podolski went to Inter Milan, Yaya Sanogo to Crystal Palace...

 By Kevin Palmer

Arsene Wenger 'unlikely' to risk Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

New Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista spoke to the media after he was unveiled on Thursday. Joel Campbell has joined Villareal as part of the deal.

LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is poised to rest Alexis Sanchez in Sunday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, saying it could be "too risky" to play the forward, who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Sanchez, 26, has been the star of Arsenal's campaign so far, but Wenger has suggested for several weeks that the 35 million-pound signing from Barcelona is suffering from fatigue after playing in most of this season's games.

While the Chile international's hamstring problem is not a major...

 By Kevin Palmer

Francis Coquelin almost certain to stay at Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Arsenal's defensive cover in Gabriel Paulista. Marcotti feels the centre-back position may now be well covered for Arsene Wenger's side.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti details Gabriel Paulista's move to Arsenal, where he believes the 24-year-old defender will prove to be a valuable additional to the Gunners' defence.
New Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista spoke to the media after he was unveiled on Thursday. Joel Campbell has joined Villareal as part of the deal.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger has said midfielder Francis Coquelin is "99 percent certain" to sign a new Arsenal contract but added that there is "nothing to announce yet" about the future of club captain Mikel Arteta.

Last week, Arteta's agent said the Spaniard, who joined from Everton in 2011, had signed a one-year extension to his deal, but that has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Wenger was upbeat about the future of French midfielder Coquelin, whose deal expires in the summer, saying: "It is 99...