Player News - Arsenal

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Led by goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to win the 2016-17 FA Cup title.

After a season that saw the club and manager heavily criticized for finishing fifth in the league there was a silver lining in the form of an FA Cup title. Not only did the Gunners best league champions Chelsea but they were the better side for long stretches of the match. They could have easily scored five on the day with Ramsey, Ozil, and Welbeck going close in addition to the two goals they did score. The win was all the more impressive with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, and Gabriel all missing from Arsenal's central defense.
Source: espnfc.com
May 27 - 2:31 PM

Danny Welbeck admits an ongoing foot problem has limited his game-time during the season the run-in.

Although his injury is not considered serious, the Arsenal forward revealed the niggling complaint makes it difficult to play matches in quick succession: "It's just a bruise on the bottom of my foot. So, any time I'm running on it, then I'm just repeatedly banging on the bruise," he said. The England international was reflecting on another injury hampered campaign, after knee surgery last year meant Welbeck had to wait until January before making his first Premier League appearance. He was restricted to just 8 league starts, the first of which didn’t come until March. "You do get your little niggles here and there, and it's something that you've got to cope with. But I feel like I've been handling it pretty well, and I've had no major reactions with my knees." Welbeck will compete with Olivier Giroud for a place in Saturdays FA Cup final side.
May 26 - 5:03 AM

Some sections of the press believe that Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt for the FA Cup final despite a return to full training.

The left sided defender missed the win over Everton due to a thigh strain but it was thought that Gibbs would be fine for Wembley, and photographs from the training ground certainly imply that. However, a number of media outlets suggest he is still not 100%. Arsène Wenger will need to manage his squad carefully ahead of the showdown with Chelsea as several player’s availability hang in the balance. The Arsenal manager "does not know" if Shkodran Mustafi [concussion] will be ready "I have to listen to the medical people" while Laurent Koscielny is suspended and Gabriel "is out for six to eight weeks" after damaging his medial knee ligament. "He’s out until the beginning of August." Alexis Sanchez [hamstring] is said to be alright: "He needs to go through some tests [but] knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment to the club, he’ll make absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday."
Source: Sports Mole
May 25 - 5:23 AM

US U20 international Gedion Zelalem has reportedly torn his anterior cruciate ligament while playing the the opening match of the tournament for the Stars and Stripes. If confirmed he will miss approximately nine months of action.

If it turns out that the initial diagnosis is correct then this will be a big blow for the 20-year-old midfielder tipped to be an emerging star at both Arsenal and for the US Men's National Team. One of the concerns over Zelalem's development is his slight frame and a long-term injury will not help the perception that he may end up being too frail to compete at the highest level. Zelalem was likely to be loaned out again next season given where he is in his development and the number of creative midfielders ahead of him at the Emirates. This injury will likely mean that he'll have to wait until the 2018-19 season to get his next loan move unless a short term move to Major League Soccer becomes a possibility.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:23 PM

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final which may force Arsène Wenger into a change of formation.

The Arsenal manager provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides Wembley visit. Following on the heels of Laurent Koscielny’s failed attempt to overturn Sundays red-card, Wenger confirmed Gabriel Paulista could be missing for up-to two months after scan results revealed the centre-back damaged his medial knee ligament against Everton. With Shkodran Mustafi [concussion] yet to re-join the group, Arsenal could ditch their 3-4-2-1 formation which has served them so well during the season run-in: "I have to decide until Saturday [whether to keep a back three or not] - we’ll test that in training until then," Wenger said. On a brighter note, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs have returned to full training and all three are in contention for Saturday.
Source: The Mirror
May 24 - 11:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 2:33 PM

Arsène Wenger has been left sweating on the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista likely to miss next weekends’ FA Cup final.

The German international was a notable absentee from the Arsenal line-up against Everton and it wasn’t until after the game that the reasons behind his omission was known. Mustafi is being treated for concussion after the centre-back complained of a headache and dizziness following the 2-0 win over Sunderland. But while it was initially thought that he would be okay to face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, the problem could be a little more serious, and his availability cannot be guaranteed at this stage. With Koscielny suspended and Gabriel [knee] ruled out after he was stretchered off yesterday, Wenger could be forced into playing Monreal alongside Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker with Kieran Gibbs returning to the side having recovered from a thigh injury.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 5:06 PM

Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge early against Everton and will miss Arsenal's FA Cup final clash against Chelsea next Saturday as a result.

While Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to uphold their end of the bargain when it came to finishing in the top four, the dismissal of Koscielny and Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough is a double blow for the Gunners. For the first time under Arsene Wenger they will be without Champions League football and they will also be without their captain as they look to salvage one trophy from the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 12:15 PM

Laurent Koscielny continues to nurse his Achilles and it could force him to miss out on Arsenal's finale against Everton on Sunday.

Koscielny played successfully against Sunderland in mid-week as Arsenal kept pace with Liverpool in the race for fourth. Despite that, Arsene Wenger has indicated that the France international could be held out on Sunday as he continues to recover from the Achilles injury that has kept him out sporadically down the stretch. Arsenal also have the FA Cup final to play and Wenger may have to manage Koscielny's health between those two priorities.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 10:58 AM

Aaron Ramsey went off early in mid-week against Sunderland with a thigh complaint but he is fit again and will be available for selection against Everton on Sunday.

The Wales international has been playing better in recent weeks partnering an improving Granit Xhaka in central midfield in front of a trio of center backs. Perhaps Xhaka's improvement combined with the security of three center backs has lessened the need for Ramsey to hold position in the center of the park. With the freedom to push forward he has picked up assists in two of his previous three Premier League matches and looked likely to break his season-long goal drought. Look for him to get the start against Everton at the Emirates with Arsenal needing a win to have a chance to finish fourth.
Source: espnfc.com
May 19 - 10:55 AM

Laurent Koscielny could miss tonight’s game against Sunderland as he continues to battle a painful and persistent Achilles injury.

The France centre-back admitted the problem will require regular attention until the end of his career and hinted that he could miss out on Tuesday as he struggles to play games in quick succession: "I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this. I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well. I am prepared to miss Sunderland to be fit for the last two games of this season. Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others." Should Koscielny miss out, then Arsène Wenger is likely to stick to three at the back which has served him well in recent weeks with Kieran Gibbs expected to return to the side following his recovery from minor a calf issue.
Source: Eurosport UK
May 16 - 6:15 AM

For the second time in recent weeks, Arsenal have been linked to a completed transfer for Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac which is not only a good signing but presumably signals that Arsene Wenger is staying at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger and the Board of Arsenal have both been hesitant to announce the manager's future. While the transfer of Sead Kolasinac is certainly not final enough to be appearing on an official web site at FIFA or the Premier League, it is certainly sounding like a done deal. What that means beyond Arsenal firming up a troublesome spot with a talented youngster is that Arsene Wenger is highly likely to be staying. It seems unlikely that a player with option would select Arsenal without assurances as to the situation he would be coming into. Whether it is for a year further or two years further, Wenger looks likely to remain at the club despite all of the protests.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 11:36 AM

In the two days since Alexis went off against Stoke City, Arsene Wenger has sent mixed messages about his availability on Tuesday against Sunderland.

Arsene Wenger's quotes since Saturday have been a bit all over the map. He has said both that it "didn't look good" and that "it was just a kick". Ultimately he has settled on "it is a possibility that he plays tomorrow". How's that for saying a lot of words that give no useful information? Personally, I wouldn't bet against Sanchez playing with Champions League qualification on the line and the Gunners needing a win to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool. It would not be a big shock if Sanchez played less than the 90 minutes assuming Arsenal take a substantial lead against the Black Cats and the Emirates tomorrow.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 10:10 AM

After scoring a goal and contributing an assist, Alexis Sanchez came off of Arsenal's 4-1 win over Stoke City with a thigh strain.

The extent of the injury isn't yet known but with Arsenal needing to win all of their remaining fixtures to retain a chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League. Wenger can probably afford to rest his talisman in mid-week against already-relegated Sunderland but the manager will surely want to have Sanchez back against Everton to close the season at the Emirates and then again for the FA Cup final against newly crowned champions Chelsea. Stay tuned for updates about the severity of the injury as details become available.
Source: espnfc.com
May 13 - 2:34 PM

Olivier Giroud opened and closed the scoring as Arsenal beat Stoke City 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium to push within a point of Liverpool for a top four spot.

Things started slowly for the Gunners but once Giroud got them going with a goal in the 42nd minute there were very few doubts about the outcome. Ten minutes after the halftime break Mesut Ozil's silky finish from an Alexis Sanchez through ball doubled the lead. Stoke City pulled a controversial goal back when Peter Crouch appeared to head a Marko Arnautovic cross home but actually used his hand to direct it past Petr Cech. The referee didn't see the hand ball and the goal stood. Stoke City poured on the pressure but an ailing Alexis Sanchez and then Olivier Giroud scored in the late going to end the contest.
Source: espnfc.com
May 13 - 2:31 PM


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