Flop swap for Arsenal… Twitter reacts to Wenger’s decision

A few shaky performances have shown Arsenal fans that Per Mertesacker is not quite the all-conquering force he was last season. The towering German was truly excellent for the Gunners as they ended the 2013/14 campaign with the FA Cup and fourth place, with his commanding playing style and reading of the game vital to Arsene Wenger.

However, this term his turning circle has been larger than that of an 18-wheeler truck and his pace has… well… disappeared. His comments after the Gunners’ Champions League loss probably did little to endear him to Wenger earlier this week, and, maybe as a result, Gabriel Paulista is in the XI alongside Laurent Koscielny for the Newcastle clash.

Arsenal fans, on the whole, took the news well, with the Brazilian tipped to be a success over the 90 minutes…