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As if there were any doubt about the quality of the player Arsenal bought over the summer, he has responded with a goal and two assists since headlines started popping up about his lack of production.

Perhaps because it has been so long since Arsenal bought a player already deemed to be world class, the expectations of his production were incredibly high. Maybe it was the fantasy-game oriented world we now live in. Whatever the reason, a variety of outlets picked up on the theme that Mesut Ozil was taking time to adapt to Arsenal and the Premier League. The German's answer over the last two matches has been two assists and a goal in two Arsenal wins. He will have peaks and dips for sure but I think we can put that storyline to rest.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 05:25:00 PM

Shkodran Mustafi faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's North London Derby as the German international races to be fit for a crucial match.

It seems unlikely that Mustafi would be rushed back, presumably at least somewhat short of match fitness/sharpness, for such a crucial contest. While, at full fitness, he would be a first choice player in Arsene Wenger's eleven, sharpness will be paramount as Arsenal look to upset their recently dominant north London rivals. Look for Koscielny, Mertesacker, and Monreal to feature in the center with Kolasinac and Bellerin on the flanks. Maybe Mustafi features as a late-match sub if Wenger needs to shut the match down with a narrow lead.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:08 PM

Danny Welbeck is close to being recovered from his hamstring injury but expect him to play no more than a substitute role against Spurs given the uncertainty of his participation.

Given that Arsene Wenger was uncertain enough about Welbeck's status to indicate that he was facing a late fitness check, it is reasonable to expect that the forward will not be in the starting eleven for the match against Spurs on Saturday to kick off Week 12 in the Premier League. If fully healthy, Welbeck would probably have a spot in Wenger's eleven as he has favored high-energy performers like the England international against big opposition. Given the uncertainty though, you should probably hold Welbeck out of fantasy line-ups unless you can make decisions after line-ups are announced an hour ahead of the match starting.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:11 PM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal's Saturday clash with Spurs while he recovers from a thigh injury picked up on international duty.

The France international has been infrequently used by Arsene Wenger in the Premier League so, on the face of it, this isn't a big announcement as Arsenal face off with rival Spurs at the Emirates in Week 12 action. The reason it is noteworthy is that Danny Welbeck is also questionable for the match as he recovers from his own injury and Wenger has been reluctant to use Alexandre Lacazette in matches against "big" opponents. This could lead to Wenger starting Alexis Sanchez centrally with Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil flanking him or to Lacazette taking the central post with Sanchez and one of Ozil/Iwobi opposite the Chilean.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:32 PM

Nacer Chadli will definitely miss the Week 12 visit of Chelsea and fears in the West Brom camp are that he could miss a number of weeks beyond that.

Chadli returned to the starting line-up in mid-October after an injury kept him from starting the season in contention for playing time. His return to the line-up was short-lived as he has now been felled by a hip injury that threatens to keep him out for multiple weeks. The injury will likely mean more time for one or both of Salomon Rondon or Matthew Phillips. With Chelsea the opponent in Week 12, expect Tony Pulis to go even more defensive than usual with his line-up so expect only one of the two attackers this time out with Rondon probably favored for his ability as a target man holding up play as Albion's many center backs hoof clearances up the field looking for relief from Chelsea attacks.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:40 PM

Heurelho Gomes has recovered from a head injury and will start against West Ham as the Hornets look to return to form after three consecutive losses in the Premier League.

Gomes' absence at the end of the match against Everton in Week 11 has been blamed to some extent for Watford's late capitulation against the Toffees as they saw a 2-0 lead become a 3-2 defeat in the late going. They will be happy to welcome back their first choice goalkeeper in Huerulho Gomes and will be similarly excited to welcome struggling West Ham who have been a welcome sight for struggling sides all season. Look for a home win to get Marco Silva and his side back on track.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:45 PM

Roberto Pereyra has struggled mightily with injury since his arrival in the Premier League and Week 12 is no exception as he races against the clock to be fit for the visit of West Ham.

Pereyra has been effective in spells since his arrival but he has never been fit (and under the same manager) long enough to really establish a rhythm to his play for the Hornets. His Juventus pedigree speaks to a player who should be able to contribute but the results have been less than inspiring thus far. Perhaps this time, if he can stay healthy, the Hornets can find out what they have in Pereyra.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:49 PM

Sebastian Prodl has been out since late August but could return in Week 12 as he recovers from a significant hamstring injury.

Given how long Prodl has been out, it seems unlikely that he will start for Marco Silva's side against West Ham. If he weren't on a late fitness check then perhaps the chances of a start would be higher but a place on the bench seems far more likely should he come through his test and be passed fit. Look for Week 13 or 14 as a more likely time for Prodl to be reintroduced into the starting line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:52 PM

Geoff Cameron has still not recovered from his concussion after three weeks and will miss out on Stoke City's trip to the south coast to face Brighton on Monday.

The US international has been sidelined for large chunks of this season. He missed time in mid-September and has been out again since the late October, this time with a concussion. The Potters have struggled overall with injuries to central defensively-minded players like Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Kevin Wimmer, and Kurt Zouma in addition to Cameron. The rest of the group is back but Mark Hughes showed some interest in playing Cameron in a holding midfield role that may be slipping from the player's grasp as he continues to miss time. Given the numbers at the back, we will have to see what Cameron's role is when he eventually returns to fitness.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:56 PM

David Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad for Saturday's trip to West Brom after his surprise omission from the win over Manchester United before the international break.

Andreas Christensen started against Manchester United and shined alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta. While manager Antonio Conte reiterated his decision to drop the Brazilian defender was for 'tactical reasons', it remains to be seen if Luiz will be in the starting XI against West Brom. When asked about Luiz, Conte said: "Luiz is in the squad. It was a tactical decision and every single player has to react well and accept the decision." Meanwhile, Charly Musonda will not be available for selection and Danny Drinkwater faces a late fitness test.
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 17 - 3:14 PM

Both Vicente Iborra and Ben Chill have recovered from knocks ahead of Saturday's match against Manchester City, but Robert Huth and Matty James remain out for the clash at the King Power Stadium.

Iborra scored his first goal for the Foxes in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City, but picked up an ankle injury and was forced midway through the second half. However, the Spaniard has since been declared fit and should resume his role in central midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi. Chilwell will also be in contention after recovering from a minor knee injury sustained against Everton in October, yet this weekend will come too soon for both Huth (ankle) and James (Achilles) to return. Leicester boss Claude Puel, speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, said: "Iborra is available. Ben Chilwell also; it was a little injury for the last game...Otherwise Robert Huth and Matty James need a little more time. They have little injuries."
Nov 17 - 2:01 PM

Southampton will have to do without midfield linchpin Mario Lemina in Gameweek 12 when they travel to Anfield.

This will be Lemina's third consecutive PL game on the sidelines due to an ankle injury though he is likely to be fit for Gameweek 13 as he is back in training. The Gabonese midfielder's absence means that skipper Steven Davis will continue to partner Oriol Romeu in the holding midfield berth unless Pellegrino decides to keep him further forward or rest him entirely after his World Cup qualifying heartbreak. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg would deputise in the role beside Romeu if either occurs. Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: "Mario Lemina was training well, much better than before, but I think will not be ready to play Saturday. We think about his problem a few weeks ago and he has improved a lot but still already it is too soon to put him again on the pitch."
Nov 16 - 6:47 PM




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