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Olivier Giroud was consistently a fraction off when given an opportunity which left Arsenal to a frustrating nil-nil draw with Manchester United.

Arsenal's attack has been struggling mightily in the absence of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott and Wednesday was no different as the also struggling Red Devils held them goalless at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud had two good chances - one on an early header and another on a late cross from Bacary Sagna. The header was directed well wide while he couldn't get enough contact on the cross to put it home. The breaks that were seemingly going the Frenchman's strong start to the season are going the other way now and Arsenal are suffering as a result.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Manchester City could still have injured forward Gabriel Jesus back for the final weeks of the season if all goes according to plan.

Gabriel Jesus sustained a broken foot in mid-February, and the initial diagnosis was that he would miss up to three months with the injury. While there is no return date set, the Brazilian forward said he still plans to return to help the club in the final weeks of the season: "It’s my first injury. Not muscle injury, but it’s the first time something happens that leaves me out of games. So it was not easy. But I saw that, of course, no one wants this to happen, but it could be worse. So we operated soon, I decided to operate and give it time...I don’t know, I have no return prediction. But I hope I can still play some games this season."
Mar 23 - 9:21 AM

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said he is targeting the summer for his return from knee surgery.

The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund sustained a cruciate ligament injury in December that required surgery, with an expected recovery time of up to nine months. But Gundogan, on tour of the United States promoting the club's friendlies this summer, said he is hoping to take part in preseason training ahead of next season: "It is getting better. It is a little bit frustrating but injuries are part of football. Unfortunately my injury is a long-term injury, it takes quite a few months to recover, but I am okay with that. That is fine for me, I work hard. I just try to do the best every day and try to come back as soon as possible on the field. Hopefully I can start pre-season."
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 23 - 9:25 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri denies his lifestyle and poor diet are at the root of his ongoing calf problems.

The Swiss international was quizzed ahead of his sides World Cup qualifier with Latvia on Saturday having missed the last seven games domestically, despite being passed fit twice [GW27 vs Middlesbrough and GW29 vs Chelsea]. On both occasions, Shaqiri was withdrawn prior to kick-off after complaining of muscular discomfort. In response to questions raised about his diet, Shaqiri said: "I am a professional enough to know what I have to do. Just because I work with Coca-Cola does not mean I drink cola every day. I know how to behave." Pierre Etienne Fournier [team physio] suggested scar tissue was the cause of his ongoing issues but national coach Vladimir Petkovic only served to add fuel to the fire by saying Shaqiri must be analysed to find a solution: "Every player is responsible for his fitness. No one is with him for 24 hours, so no one knows if he stretches at twelve o'clock at night, or is eating popcorn or mince."
Source: Clubcall
Mar 23 - 10:03 AM

The Republic of Ireland squad received an unexpected boost in the wake of what Martin O’Neill described as his worst injury crisis in three years.

Already without the suspended Robbie Brady for the Group D qualifier against Wales, O’Neill’s squad has been decimated by injury after Wes Hoolahan, Harry Arter, Shane Duffy were confirmed absentees along with Newcastle trio Ciaran Clark, Rob Elliot and Daryl Murphy. However, after all but ruling James McCarthy out earlier this week, the Everton midfielder could make a surprise appearance at the Aviva Stadium. "He is improving very quickly," O’Neill said during Thursday afternoons press conference. "He's done some work. He's feeling much better so we'll assess it." Ireland currently top the group and another victory, against the unbeaten Welsh, would see them move seven-points ahead of their rivals at the midway point of this qualification campaign.
Source: RTE.ie
Mar 23 - 10:36 AM

Phil Jones has arrived back at the Carrington Training Complex following his release from the England squad.

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Tuesday that Jones had sustained a foot injury in training and would be returning to his club for further tests. "It was an innocuous tackle and he caught the bottom of somebody's foot. We'll know more over the next 24 to 48 hours," the Three Lions manager confirmed. Initial reports suggest that the Manchester United centre-back suffered a broken toe in a challenge with club and international teammate Chris Smalling, and if confirmed, Jones is likely to miss around six weeks ruling him out of key FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League matches. With nine games scheduled for April, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford to lose a key member of his squad, but at least United are well-stocked in this area with the aforementioned Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly all capable of playing in the heart of defence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 2:19 PM

Alexis Sanchez is expected to line-up against Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning after being cleared to play in the World Cup qualifier.

The Arsenal supremo was rated as a major doubt on Saturday after he was forced off because of an ankle problem at West Brom, an injury which manager Arsène Wenger described as "terrible" amid fears that he had sustained ligament damage. However, following ongoing tests in Chile, it now looks like Sanchez is ready to be patched up for the decisive game in Buenos Aires: "The last news I have is that it was only the kick. I don't know if his ligament was damaged or not - it was swollen so hard to assess after the game - but it looks positive," Wenger told beIN Sports. The news will come as huge relief for Arsenal supporters who had feared that their talismanic attacker would miss the remainder of the season, although they must now contend with Sanchez playing another 180 minutes before the Premier League fixture against Man City on April 02.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 22 - 2:42 PM

Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King could all take part in European World Cup qualification during the fourth international break of the 2016/17 season.

Almost a year to the date since Vardy scored his first international goal in a 3-2 victory over the current World Cup champions in Berlin, City's No.9 will look to make his 15th appearance for England when they face Germany on Wednesday. The trip to Germany will then be followed by a 2018 World Cup qualifier clash with Lithuanina at Wembley on Sunday. While England will aim to kept their place atop Group F, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will look to extend his stellar form onto the international stage with Denmark in Group E when they host Romania on Sunday at Telia Parken Stadium. Meanwhile, Welshman Andy King could make club history when his nation faces the Republic of Ireland on Friday. An appearance for King in the WCQ in Dublin would break John O'Neill's record of 39 international appearances as a Leicester City player.
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM

Thibaut Courtois has handed the Premier League leaders a massive boost by claiming he won't be at Real Madrid next season and would be open to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

Courtois has been subject of significant interest from Real Madrid over the course of the last year, but reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea when asked whether he would play for Real next season. "No," Courtois told Spanish outlet Cerdena Ser radio, "I don't see myself at Real Madrid. I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them." Although Courtois has yet to be offered an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2019, the Belgium goalkeeper said he would like to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge. "We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being, there has not been an offer," he added. "I'm happy in London and I'm delighted with the success we are having this season."
Source: ESPN FC
Mar 21 - 5:03 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club is waiting on the full extent of Alexis Sanchez's ankle injury.

Early reports suggest that Sanchez did not sustain any serious damage and is expected to take part in the upcoming internationals with Chile, much to the chagrin of Arsenal fans and fantasy managers. Wenger said Sanchez shouldn't have played on in the club's 3-1 loss to West Brom on Saturday, but the former Barcelona man insisted: "He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out....Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it's only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play."
Source: ESPN FC
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that the club has agreed to a fee with Porto for Bruno Martins Indi.

The Dutch international has impressed immensely in his season on loan from the Portuguese giants, making 27 appearances for the Potters this term. And now it looks like the two sides have reached an agreement over turning his loan into a permanent deal once Stoke agrees to personal terms with the defender. Said Hughes: "There's an agreement in terms of a fee. It's just about making sure Bruno understands where we are going and what our ambitions are and hopefully he'll want to be part of that. I think we are very close. There's hope on all sides that we get it done."
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 21 - 2:49 PM

Mesut Ozil's miserable 2017 continues as he will miss out on the Germany-England friendly on Wednesday with a hamstring issue.

Ozil has been missing recently for Arsenal due to an illness. Unless it was a severe illness, the week-to-week details of his situation don't necessarily seem to match up. He missed matches against Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lincoln City and West Brom with the illness being the only definitive report available. If illness transitioned to hamstring injury it happened without a definitive report to that effect on the team web site which lists only Elneny and Cazorla as absentees. Between Ozil and Sanchez absences things are exceptionally fishy on the transparency front at Arsenal right now.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 21 - 2:51 PM




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