Player News - Arsenal

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Arsenal supporters will be boosted by talisman Alexis overcoming his ankle injury to take the field for Chile against Argentina in World Cup qualifying.

There are still massive questions about Sanchez's future at the Emirates but for the short term it seems likely he will be back for the stretch run. The Gunners will be hoping to overtake at least two of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Spurs to return to the Champions League yet again under Arsene Wenger. Failure to do so could see the club start in on a series of changes in the squad and in management.
Mar 26 - 4:42 PM

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil's month has only continued to get worse with the German picking up another injury.

The German playmaker is not expected to be available for Germany's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan on Sunday after sustaining a back injury, according to a statement from the German FA: "Mesut Ozil is suffering from back problems and sat out the final training session in Kamen this morning." Ozil already missed Wednesday's friendly against England due to a hamstring injury and has missed much of the month due to illness. Despite not even playing during the international break, Ozil could return to Arsenal in worse shape than he left.
Source: Daily Star
Mar 26 - 10:31 AM

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

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

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

Alexis Sanchez left Saturday's match with West Brom with what was termed a serious injury but word today is that he will be ready to go for Chile against Argentina over the international break.

It's hard to know what to believe with Sanchez and Arsenal these days. Between the benching against Liverpool, the contract rumors and now the conflicting information coming out about his injury it's just an informational mess. The positive thing for fantasy managers is that we'll have the better part of two weeks of evidence of his health or lack thereof before we have to make any decisions. Arsene Wenger had better hope the news is good though given where Arsenal are in the race for the top four.
Source: @BenDinnery
Mar 20 - 7:55 PM

Arsène Wenger admits he is "very worried" about his sides recent slump after West Brom condemned Arsenal to their fourth Premier League defeat in five.

The Gunners were deservedly beaten at the Hawthorns and Arsenal face the real prospect of a finishing outside of the Top Four having slipped to fifth. Prior to kick off Wenger had been dealt a double injury blow after Mesut Ozil was ruled out as a precaution due to a hamstring complaint while Luca Perez didn’t make the match day squad because of a thigh injury. Problems then began to mount in the first half after Petr Cech tweaked his calf playing a simple pass which resulted in David Ospina coming on for his first Premier League appearance in almost a year. Alexis Sanchez was then caught by James McClean, and although he soldiered on until the 78th minute, his mobility was severely hampered. "We lost Cech on a calf problem, after [that] we lost Sanchez, he stayed on, but in the second half he was not himself," Wenger said. "His ankle doesn’t look good."
Source: The Mirror
Mar 18 - 1:08 PM

The future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal was put into further question today, as the Gunners took a fourth loss in their last five league games, falling to West Brom, 3-1.

This looked like a chance for the Gunners to get back on track, matched up against a West Brom side that looked sluggish the past couple of weeks but the Baggies gave them a fight, scoring the opening goal before the quarter hour mark. Alexis Sanchez, once again at the heart of the Arsenal attack answered back less than three minutes later, fed a cross by Granit Xhaka in space and smashed home his eighteenth goal of the season. Wenger's side took a major blow later in the half, when Petr Cech was forced off with a calf injury, David Ospina replacing him. West Brom would go on to score two unanswered goals in the second half, exploiting the Gunners on set pieces twice on the day. Sanchez continues to deliver the fantasy goods but Arsenal are a club in crisis at the moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 10:33 AM

Petr Cech picked up a calf injury in the first half of Arsenal's match against West Brom, with David Opsina having come on to replace him.

The Gunners are embroiled in a 1-1 battle with the Baggies when Cech made a seemingly innocuous pass to teammate Hector Bellerin but immediately went to ground realizing that he was not fit to continue. He had just made a brilliant save moments earlier, stopping a close-range shot by Darren Fletcher to keep the match level. His injury will be updated over the next couple of days.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 9:12 AM

Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck have both recovered from the illness that kept them out of FA Cup action last weekend.

Iwobi seems likely to resume starting duties at the Hawthorns in Week 29 while Danny Welbeck is more likely to return as a key reserve. Even Iwobi isn't 100% guaranteed to start depending on where Arsene Wenger chooses to play Alexis Sanchez against Tony Pulis' physical side.
Source: Espnfc.com
Mar 17 - 6:14 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has recovered sufficiently from his hamstring injury to be in contention for Week 29 at the Hawthorns.

Whether Oxlade-Chamberlain would start, and where, even if healthy is a big question with Arsenal's midfield returning from illness, injury and suspension. Ox has played well in the holding role but it is difficult to presume that he is the preferred starter anywhere on the pitch at this point.
Source: Espnfc.com
Mar 17 - 6:06 PM

Arsenal will need to check on one or two players ahead of the early kick off at West Brom this weekend.

Speaking at Thursdays press conference, Arsène Wenger revealed the availability of Kieran Gibbs remains "uncertain" due to an unspecified knock, but overall, the squad is largely available "apart from long-term injuries [Santi Cazorla]." Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a fitness test [Thursday] after limping off because of a problem with his hamstring in the FA Cup seven days ago. Mo Elneny [ankle], David Ospina [groin] and Danny Welbeck [illness] have returned to full training and could make the match day squad. Wenger wouldn’t be drawn on whether Alexis Sanchez will be included in the starting line-up after he was surprisingly benched at Anfield in game week twenty-seven.
Mar 16 - 7:36 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to miss out this weekend despite Arsène Wenger’s early optimism that the hamstring injury he suffered in the FA Cup does not look serious.

Arsenal were taking no chances in the quarter-finals against Lincoln City on Saturday as Wenger named a strong starting XI to face the non-league outfit. The Gunners cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win, but the victory came at a cost as Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off with less than 30 minutes on the clock: "[It’s his] hamstring," Wenger said post-match. "I don’t know [how serious], we have to assess it [but] it didn’t look a big one." Even if tests confirm the 23-year-old did not suffer a significant strain, it’s likely that Arsenal will not want to risk the England international ahead of the break for fear of exacerbating the problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in decent form of late, starting in 7 of the last eight games, and the news will come as a huge blow. However, with a Champions League place still to play for, Wenger will want to ensure he has a healthy squad for the run-in.
Source: Daily Star
Mar 14 - 3:22 PM

Mesut Ozil continues to recover from the illness that saw him miss out against Liverpool and Bayern Munich and he may miss out against Lincoln City as well.

Ozil has been the subject of increased scrutiny over the past few months. After a strong campaign in 2015-16 where the assists were flowing all season, his end product has declined significantly. Combine that with body language that has never been great and his campaigning for a massive contract extension and you have all the makings of a media firestorm. Expect Ozil to be back for Week 29 in the Premier League as he attempts to rebuild his value in push for his next big contract.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 10 - 7:09 PM

Danny Welbeck will join Alex Iwobi in missing out on Arsenal's FA Cup match this weekend against Lincoln City with both players suffering from an illness.

After starting and scoring in the Gunners' 3-1 loss to Liverpool, Danny Welbeck will miss out on a chance to erase that result from everyone's collective memory as he misses out due to illness. With all other trophies essentially off the table it is reasonable to expect Arsene Wenger to start a strong line-up including Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Welbeck and Alex Iwobi both out.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 10 - 7:04 PM


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