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Bacary Sagna will miss Week 7 against West Bromwich Albion and could miss Week 8 after the international break as well as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Arsenal leaned heavily on Bacary Sagna in the early weeks of the season as both a right back and a deputy center back when illness and suspension hit Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny respectively. They are fortunate that his injury comes with Thomas Vermaelen back and the two first choice center backs also healthy and available. Carl Jenkinson will deputize on the right of the defense and at 6.49 is a decent budget choice in defense.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Nedum Onuoha will be assessed before Saturdays’ Premier League game against Tottenham after the Queens Park Rangers defender was withdrawn before half-time in GW27 following an accidental clash with team mate Steven Caulker which left him with a deep laceration just below his eye.

Onuoha had just returned from a hamstring problem to face Arsenal midweek but only lasted a little over 40 minutes as Chris Ramsey withdrew the defender to get stitches in the gash. The Hoops take on Spurs in this weekends’ only domestic league game at Loftus Road and nothing less than three points will suffice as those occupying the relegation places are at risk of being cut adrift. Ramsey will check on a number of players prior to the match with Mauricio Isla [knee] and Darnell Furlong [calf] both struggling while its hoped Sandro will be able to complete 60+ minutes as he continues his conditioning following a knee ligament injury. Joey Barton remains out through suspension.
Mar 6 - 5:25 PM

Louis van Gaal confirmed Robin van Persie [ankle] is the only definitive injury absentee ahead of Mondays’ FA Cup tie against Arsenal although Luke Shaw will be assessed after missing the trip to St James’ Park because of a tight hamstring.

Shaw was rested against Newcastle for fears any game time would exacerbate the problem causing a tear which could potentially rule the full-back out for significant period with Jonny Evans returning to eleven and it was the Irishman who was at the centre of controversy following a clash with Papiss Cisse on Wednesday. Evans was alleged to have spat at the opposing player which has been vehemently denied and the defender will face an FA panel on Saturday with a six game ban looming if found guilty. The quarter-final tie could mark the return of Michael Carrick who has spent the two previous matches on the substitute’s bench after missing a month out due to a calf strain.
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 6 - 6:01 PM

Kieran Gibbs had a good two-way match from a fantasy standpoint even if he was culpable in Charlie Austin's goal late in the match.

Kieran Gibbs has been sharing the left back spot with Nacho Monreal making both players difficult to count on. On the plus side, the one who does start has tended to do well in fantasy formats that reward deeper statistics and Gibbs was no exception in Week 28. Gibbs combined an assist on Alexis Sanchez's goal with seven intercepted passes and three tackles won for a strong two-way effort.
Source: Yahoo.com
Mar 6 - 4:41 PM

Santi Cazorla has seen his role continue to morph throughout the season but he has generally kept up his strong fantasy performances.

The Spanish creator has played in a wide role, a forward attacking midfield role and a deeper-lying midfield role depending on which of his colleagues were healthy and in form at any given time. What has been fairly consistent since about October is that Cazorla has been productive no matter the role. That productivity has been a little muted since Mesut Ozil's return but he still managed a double digit (Yahoo system) effort featuring a shot on target, two corners won and two passes intercepted.
Source: Yahoo.com
Mar 6 - 4:46 PM

He may have had a clanger against Monaco but he scored for his second straight Premier League match in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR in Week 28.

Giroud's goal came through persistence more than skill this time around. The French forward was the first to a rebounded Kieran Gibbs shot and powered home past Robert Green. The goal wasn't Giroud's only contribution either, he managed three overall shots on target which, in combination with a goal, is a great effort in most formats that reward more than just the basic statistics.
Source: Yahoo.com
Mar 6 - 4:51 PM

Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse have both been charged by the FA for their respective roles in the spitting incident in yesterday's match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at St James Park.

Video evidence shows that Jonny Evans spit at Cisse after the two collided during the run of play. Further evidences shows that Cisse retaliated in kind. Unless one or both players lodges and wins an appeal, both will be suspended for six matches. Given the video evidence, it seems unlikely that any appeal would be successful. Least of all for Evans who instigated the incident. Remarkable that spitting can be reviewed and get you six matches when Ashley Barnes' near leg-breaker on Nemanja Matic can't be reviewed and would only have gotten him three matches if it had been reviewed. The players have until Friday to respond.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 5 - 3:15 PM

Papiss Cisse is facing a six match ban for spitting at Jonny Evans in response to Evans spitting at the Newcastle forward first.

It sounds like something that school children are reprimanded for rather than something that adults, even adults who play football for a living, do to each other. None the less, there is video evidence to convict both Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse of spitting at each other as a collision escalated at St James Park on Wednesday. The referee didn't see the incident so the FA is free to review it and mete out retrospective justice. The six match bans will be enforced assuming that neither player provides compelling evidence that it shouldn't by Friday, March 6.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 5 - 3:18 PM

Tottenham earned a first win in six games as they bounced back from losing the League Cup final by beating Swansea.

A thrilling game ended 3-2 to Tottenham, but that only tells half the story. Spurs took the lead through Nacer Chadli but that hardly mattered when, minutes later, Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed on the pitch and had to be stretchered off. The game restarted and Ki Sung-Yueng equalised for the visitors within 10 minutes after Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick had hit the post. That was how it stayed until the second half when Spurs turned the screw and scored twice through Ryan Mason and a fine individual goal from Andros Townsend to make it 3-1. The home side were in complete control until Sigurdsson hit a volley with two minutes to go to set up a grandstand finish. Swansea pressed and had one last chance but Hugo Lloris made a world class save in injury time to ensure the game ended 3-2.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 4 - 5:09 PM

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was dropped to freshen up the side after their damaging loss at Liverpool, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Kompany was an unused substitute for the 2-0 victory over bottom club Leicester following a run of poor form which has lasted for much of the season. Pellegrini made five changes to his side after back-to-back defeats and said his captain "took it very well and without any problems. It was to refresh the team as it was for all those players." Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala were the defensive pairing that helped keep a clean sheet and Pellegrini refused to comment on whether Kompany would return for City's next game against Burnley.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 5 - 11:05 AM

Philipp Wollscheid will be assessed after a groin injury forced the German central defender off at the Britannia Stadium in GW28 as Stoke increased the pressure on Roberto Martinez [and Everton] cruising to victory to put the Potters 8th in the league.

Mark Hughes has a number of defensive concerns to deal with currently having lost skipper Ryan Shawcross to a back problem [inflamed disc] while Marc Muniesa is recovering from a grade two hamstring tear and Erik Pieters is managing his painful return following surgery [Hernia]. However with 10 days until their next Premier League fixture – West Brom [A] – Wollscheid could have a chance of returning should a scan reveal little or no fibre damage although Stoke do have options with Geoff Cameron, Andy Wilkinson and Dionatan Teixeira able to play if needed.
Mar 5 - 6:20 AM

West Ham have announced Winston Reid penned a new contract after a agreeing a 6.5 year deal to end months of speculation although the Hammers may have to wait a while before seeing their newly signed defender back in action after injury curtailed his involvement against Chelsea.

Reid picked up a calf injury within minutes of the game at the Boleyn Ground affording James Collins his first significant contribution since January following back and hamstring problems. Although the extent of the injury is not yet known soft tissue damage can typically sideline a player for between 10-21 days dependent upon the extent of the damage which will be confirmed over the next 24/48 hours. With no BPL fixtures this weekend West Ham are free for another 10 days – after their FA Cup exit - which means Winston Reid could have a chance of making the Arsenal game, however Allardyce has options with Guy Demel and Joey O’Brien able to slot into the back four if he is ruled out.
Mar 5 - 6:55 AM




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