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Mesut Ozil was not used in either of Arsenal's past two matches due to a "minor knee inflammation" and Arsene Wenger moved to affirm his status as healthy and available for training and the West Brom match at the weekend.

Mesut Ozil has long been a polarizing figure at Arsenal. Two seasons ago his seeming lack of effort and grit were balanced by a near-record assist-making pace. Last season his production was down significantly but the effort/body language were no better leading many to call for a sale/replacement. This season has started even more poorly for the German international with things getting bad enough that Arsene Wenger hold out his most creative player with a "minor knee inflammation" for the club's match against defending champions Chelsea. It seems like something that most players would have fought through. It sounds like Ozil should be back for West Brom on Monday but there is at least a slight doubt that lingers.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 21 - 11:21 AM

Calum Chambers came off at halftime of Arsenal's Carabao Cup win over Doncaster Rovers with a recurrence of his hip injury. Arsene Wenger indicated that he would be out through the October international break.

Chambers was just breaking back into the line-up after sitting out the early season with a hip issue as well as associated fitness issues associated with the hip injury. Chambers looked solid against lower division opposition in the first half yesterday but will apparently have to wait until mid-October to continue his quest to reestablish himself in the first team where a center back role seems to be available next to Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 21 - 11:13 AM

Mesut Ozil has returned to training after missing the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge through injury.

Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers, Arsène Wenger revealed the German international is training again, but he wouldn’t be involved due to "a little inflammation of his knee." Arsenal don’t play again until Monday evening, which is likely to mean Ozil will be available for selection, although following an impressive team display last weekend I wouldn’t envisage wholesale changes. Danny Welbeck [groin] has been ruled out until after the international break, but Alexis Sanchez is better placed in terms of fitness after more competitive minutes midweek. Francis Coquelin [hamstring] will remain on the sidelines but the Arsenal boss can look to Jack Wilshere who made his first start of the season on Wednesday night.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 20 - 3:30 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that Danny Welbeck is facing a spell on the sidelines.

The forward suffered a groin injury in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea this weekend and will now be out for at least the next three weeks with Wenger saying he won't be available until after the upcoming international break. That means Alexis Sanchez is likely to come back into the starting lineup with Olivier Giroud also in line for more playing time. Said Wenger: "Danny has a scan today, we don’t know how bad his groin injury is but he will certainly be out until the international break. Coquelin as well. Debuchy is coming back slowly...Mesut is training again, but for tomorrow no [he will not feature]. He has a little inflammation of his knee."
Sep 19 - 1:13 PM

Initial reports suggest Danny Welbeck will be sidelined for at least a month after limping off with a groin problem during Sundays London derby at Stamford Bridge.

After a solid pre-season, the hapless attacker looked to have put his injury problems behind him after starting the first five Premier League games of the season. Only Cech [450], Bellerin [450], Monreal [450] and Granit Xhaka [439] had played more minutes during the opening weeks but now Welbeck is set for an extended period on the sidelines having suffered a muscular injury: "I don’t know how serious it is," said Arsène Wenger following his sides 0-0 draw. "It looks like a good groin problem, not an easy one." An initial scan on Monday proved inconclusive, and the England international will have further tests to determine the extent of the damage. His absence is likely to open the door for Alexis Sanchez who has been restricted to a place on the bench in recent games as he builds fitness following his late return combined with abdominal and ankle injuries.
Sep 18 - 5:19 PM

Arsenal put on a fine defensive display and picked up a rare positive result on the road against a top six side as they played Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

They didn't win, they didn't score, but Arsenal should be very happy with the result today, exorcising a couple of demons by getting a positive result against the Blues and doing it with a clean sheet. Arsene Wenger named an XI that did not include Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez, but they still managed to create some changes,mainly through an impressive shift by Aaron Ramsey, who came closest to scoring for the Gunners, when he broke through the Chelsea defense only to have his shot clang off the far post. Alexander Lacazette had a sitter for a rebound but missed. Sead Kolasinac showed his threat yet again, but no end product. The defense was the story though and is a positive sign going forward for Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 10:31 AM

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are the only definite absentees on Sunday although Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be assessed ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.

The midfielder duo missed the 3-1 win over FC Cologne in the Europa League but Arsène Wenger was quick to play down fears of any serious injury concerns by confirming that he expects both to recover: "I think they should be alright." However, there are no such problems with the remainder of the squad who were rested on Thursday – Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette. Jack Wilshere will be hoping his impressive cameo can earn him a place in the matchday squad but Calum Chambers will probably sit this one out as he builds fitness with the under-23s. Alexis Sanchez is pushing for a start following a stunning goal and more minutes under his belt.
Sep 16 - 11:03 AM

Danny Welbeck scored the first and third goal and almost added a fourth as Arsenal cruised past Bournemouth 3-0 in Week 4 Premier League action.

The Gunners started scoring early and the end result was never really in doubt as Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette and then Welbeck again put the Gunners well clear of their guests. Petr Cech was forced to make a challenging save late but came up with it for the clean sheet. The only real bad news was that Francis Coquelin came off injured after coming on as a substitute. The prognosis for Coquelin didn't look great.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 9 - 1:37 PM

Calum Chambers was not listed among Arsenal's injured players headed into Week 4 meaning he should be available to face Bournemouth.

Arsenal have struggled for recognized center backs to fill out their 3-4-3 formation to start the season. Laurent Koscielny returned before the international break, Shkodran Mustafi will presumably return to the line-up after a mooted move to Inter Milan fell through, and Rob Holding is a question mark after being in and out of the line-up. The uncertainty around Holding could mean that Calum Chambers gets his shot at starting after a productive season-long loan to Middlesbrough last season.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:16 PM

Jack Wilshere is still not quite fit enough to feature for Arsenal in Week 4 against Bournemouth.

Wilshere, who played for the Cherries last season on loan, has been ruled not yet fit enough to return to action for Arsenal against his teammates from last season. The leg injury that ended Wilshere's time at Bournemouth has only recently healed and he is not judged to have played enough minutes with the U23s to be ready to participate with the senior team. Look for him to be ready by Week 5 or Week 6 at which time Arsene Wenger will have to decide where he stands in the pecking order for minutes at the base of the Arsenal midfield.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:11 PM

Laurent Koscielny has recovered from an ankle injury picked up on international duty leaving Santi Cazorla as the only absentee for Week 4 of the Premier League campaign.

It has been a slow start to the campaign for Arsenal's captain as he missed the first two matches of the season serving a suspension picked up at the end of last season. Then the Liverpool match happened. Then a minor injury on international duty. The Gunners can't afford to be without their captain as they look to rebound from a difficult start to the season. According to Arsene Wenger, Koscielny should be available for the match against Bournemouth.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 12:55 PM

Reports from Chile claim that Alexis Sanchez will be assessed after picking up an injury in training on Saturday.

Sanchez has endured a frustrating few days after his proposed mover to Manchester City fell through following a failed attempt by Arsenal to land Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar as a replacement. The 28-year-old was also part of the La Roja side soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Paraguay on Thursday leaving their automatic World Cup qualifying hopes hanging in the balance. Now, South American news outlet BioBioChile say Sanchez has suffered an injury to his left ankle which could potentially rule him out of the crucial qualifier in Bolivia tomorrow, although initial reports suggest the problem is not too serious. To compound matters, former Chile coach Jose Sulantay has blasted the winger for returning to the international fold "fatter than normal". He told La Cuarta: "I saw him gone, I saw him out of physical shape, totally. Without his spark, he never left that Paraguayan defence behind. He never made a diagonal run, it was something else. It was not Alexis."
Sep 4 - 4:56 AM

Reports across England confirm that Manchester City is still actively pursuing a move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

We're going to see push come to shove on Thursday's deadline with Manchester City officials standing by in Chile in case they need to conduct any last-minute business during the international break. Arsenal have been adamant on keeping Sanchez for the final year of his contract even though he is expected to leave on a free transfer next summer. The Gunners recently rejected an official bid of £50 million from Manchester City this week and rumors emerged that Raheem Sterling's name has even popped up as part of a potential swap deal.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 31 - 5:29 AM

Alex Iwobi has been ruled out of Nigeria’s upcoming World Cup qualifier because of injury.

The Super Eagles face Cameroon next Friday but the Arsenal forward will not be available after reportedly suffering a thigh muscle strain in training which has kept him out of the last few sessions. The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed on Sunday that CSKA striker Aaron Samuel Olanare has been called up in his place. Iwobi has played just 11 minutes of Premier League football in 2017/18 despite an impressive pre-season which saw the 21-year-old score against Bayern Munich and Benfica. There is no news currently as to the extent of the problem, but the player will remain at London Colney for treatment ahead of the Bournemouth match in game week four. The Gunners will be hoping to bounce back from a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, a performance described by Arsène Wenger as "not acceptable" and one which saw Aaron Ramsey apologise to the travelling supporters.
Aug 27 - 4:58 PM

Arsenal will have the next 10 days to stew over its latest loss after a 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.

Alexis Sanchez returned to the lineup for the first time this season, which could very well be his last in an Arsenal shirt with the transfer deadline this week and the rumors swirling. But despite his presence, the Gunners couldn't even manage a shot on target against Liverpool's notoriously undisciplined defense. Roberto Firmino and Saido Mane tore up the Arsenal defense in the first half with a goal each, and Mohamed Salah added a goal and assist to hand Arsenal its second straight loss.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 1:16 PM


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