Player News - Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla reversed the flow of play by drawing a penalty that saw Arsenal take a 1-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 win at Upton Park.

Arsenal were decidedly second best for most of the first half but after a controversial decision to disallow an Alex Song goal Santi Cazorla drew and converted a penalty in the 41st minute. Danny Welbeck scored an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross three minutes later for a 2-0 halftime lead that in no way reflected the action. The match got renewed life early in the second half when Cheikhou Kouyaté scored for the Hammers in the 54th and remained entertaining throughout. The win was huge for Arsenal as Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham, and Spurs all dropped points around them in the table.
Dec 28 - 12:20 PM

With Olivier Giroud suspended for Arsenal's next three matches Yaya Sanogo could get a start between Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.

Arsene Wenger will have multiple options to replace Giroud. Danny Welbeck could revert to a more central role where, truth told, he was more effective than he has been in Theo Walcott's wide right role. Wenger could also choose Yaya Sanogo who has recently returned from a hamstring injury suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Welbeck seems certain to start either way but where he plays will be very influential on his potential value.
Dec 27 - 1:59 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who missed the Boxing Day visit of QPR, will be assessed ahead of the Sunday trip to West Ham.

Tomas Rosicky played well and scored a goal in his first Premier League start of the season but the Czech international's injury history would lead you to believe starting him twice in two days isn't a great idea. Arsene Wenger will likely revert to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the same role if he is fit enough to go. Unfortunately, the news on the Ox isn't definitive enough to select him in any fantasy format that has a deadline that passes before line-ups are announced.
Dec 27 - 1:55 PM

Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin have resumed full training and could be called upon for the Week 19 trip to West Ham United.

With Arsene Wenger forced to employ makeshift defensive line-ups for much of the past few months, he will be excited at the prospect of having Koscielny back to start and Bellerin back as a reserve right back who might be able to keep pace with some of the Premier League's faster left wingers. Koscielny's status as a starter for the Week 19 trip to Upton Park is uncertain but he seems likely to at least be on the bench with a start possible.
Dec 27 - 1:51 PM

Alexis Sanchez was all over the pitch winning a penalty, having it saved, scoring Arsenal's first and then assisting on their second in a 2-1 Boxing Day win over QPR.

It was a little bit of everything from Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal on Boxing Day. Sanchez was very good drawing a penalty, scoring a goal and getting an assist. On the down side, Giroud was sent off for a rash headbutt on Nedum Onuoha and Sanchez saw a weak penalty saved by Robert Green. Arsenal also conceded a late penalty that Charlie Austin scored to make the final ten minutes tense at the Emirates.
Dec 26 - 2:24 PM

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has agreed to personal terms with Inter Milan.

The forward has been an outcast this season and has played only 106 minutes in the Premier League. He wasn't even able to get playing time when Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud suffered an injury. Despite him agreeing to personal terms with Inter, there hasn't been any news of the two teams agreeing on a fee for Podolski. Stay tuned as the story develops.
Dec 25 - 9:01 PM

Calum Chambers has been flagged as an injury risk due to fatigue.

The Arsenal defender has been playing heavy minutes and will likely be rested during this tight upcoming schedule. Chambers played at right-back in Arsenal's last game and was exposed by the quicker Raheem Sterling, so it will also be interesting to see where Arsene Wenger plays him in the future. He has higher fantasy potential when he is playing on the right.
Dec 25 - 8:09 PM

Alexis Sanchez is expected to be rested at some point in time during the congested holiday period.

Sanchez has been deemed fatigued in recent weeks and that likely won't see him playing all three games over the next week. The Arsenal forward has been in hot form in the past few months and will be missed when he rests but the return Olivier Giroud will make everything a bit easier for the Gunners. We would recommend checking the starting lineups here on Rotoworld before firing up Sanchez in leagues where you can make changes up until kickoff.
Dec 25 - 8:01 PM

Laurent Koscielny looks like he'll be ready to ease Arsenal's defensive woes as he prepares to return for Week 19 or 20.

You have to imagine Arsene Wenger would like his defense to be at full strength for the visit of West Ham on Sunday as they have looked very good with the attacking trio of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Stuart Downing leading the charge. Wenger will have to weigh Koscielny's potential for re-injuring himself with the potential issues associated with continuing to persist with Mathieu Debuchy at the center of the defense and Calum Chambers out wide against the Hammers.
Dec 24 - 10:59 AM

Aaron Ramsey won't be ready for the Boxing Day match with QPR but he may be ready as soon as the Week 19 match with West Ham or the New Year's Day match with West Ham.

Arsenal would certainly like to have their player of the first half of last season back as soon as possible. With upcoming matches in Week 19 and 20 against teams ahead of them in the table - West Ham and Southampton - the Welsh midfield's return can't come soon enough.
Dec 24 - 10:55 AM

Arsenal reserve goalkeeper David Ospina has returned from a thigh injury and will be available behind Wojciech Szczesny through the holiday period.

Ospina missed his opportunity to get a run of matches with Szczesny injured recently but the Colombian goalkeeper will resume his duties as Arsenal's second choice starting with the Boxing Day visit of QPR. At the start of the year, there were rumors that Ospina might have a chance to unseat Szczesny but his injury has thus far robbed him of that chance. Whether Arsene Wenger is inclined to give him such a chance now remains to be seen but it would probably take a drop in form from Szczesny who was very good against Liverpool and has generally been solid this season.
Dec 24 - 10:52 AM

Arsenal's midfield depth received a boost with the news that Tomas Rosicky has overcome a thigh problem and should be available as a substitute against QPR on Boxing Day.

With Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Serge Gnabry all out injured the return of Rosicky adds a veteran option in reserve for a team that had to recall Francis Coquelin from loan at Charlton and give him important minutes. Rosicky is unlikely to start at any point but will be a solid reserve that could come in as early as halftime to give Santi Cazorla a rest if Arsenal are up big against the Rs on Boxing Day.
Dec 24 - 10:48 AM

Olivier Giroud scored his third goal in his past two matches to put Arsenal up 2-1 in the 64th minute but they couldn't hold on and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Arsenal were up a man and a goal heading into the waning minutes of second half extra time. The Gunners answered Philippe Coutinho's first half opener with some head tennis that ended in Mathieu Debuchy scoring in first half stoppage time. In the 64th minute, Giroud was at his best deftly flicking a ball to Cazorla who reversed it to the France international who powered it through Brad Jones' legs for a 2-1 lead. Things looked up for the Gunners when Fabio Borini was sent off with a few minutes left in stoppage time but Liverpool continued to press Arsene Wenger's defensive substitutions and got a late equalizer for the final score.
Dec 21 - 1:07 PM

Theo Walcott, out with a groin injury since early November, faces a late fitness test in his efforts to return to the line-up for the second time this season.

It seems unlikely with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez available that Walcott would be risked as anything more than a late-match change/infusion of pace substitute. It is more likely that he will return to the line-up in a lower pressure match like the Boxing Day visit of Queens Park Rangers.
Dec 19 - 11:59 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that he isn't certain about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's prospects for playing against Liverpool on Sunday after injuring his groin against Newcastle.

The Ox was already playing in an unusual spot last weekend with Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, and Jack Wilshere all injured. When Oxlade-Chamberlain went off with a groin problem it left Arsenal incredibly thin at the base of midfield with only Mathieu Flamini, the recently returned Francis Coquelin, and 17-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fill two spots with none offering a great deal going forward. Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a Saturday fitness test before there is any additional clarity on this situation so managers in salary cap leagues with early Saturday transfer deadlines should consider the Ox out unless you have a huge tolerance for risk and/or a great bench.
Dec 18 - 10:18 AM

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