Player News - Arsenal

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League Two side Accrington Stanley have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey on loan for one month.

The 20-year-old started his career at Bristol Rovers before moving to the Gunners for a compensation fee in 2013. Macey toured during pre-season with the first team and was on Arsenal's bench for a couple of games during late November and early December. "I've been looking to get out on loan all season but due to injuries it didn't quite happen. Part of developing into a top goalkeeper is going and learning your trade lower down the leagues and learn proper football."
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 6:27 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his Week 23 press conference that Jack Wilshere is about 10 days from resuming normal training activities.

Given that Wilshere's ankle injury has likely caused his fitness levels to drop, he will probably require a significant period of returning to match fitness after he is healthy enough to resume training. If February 8 represents a solid estimate of his first normal training session then it seems reasonable that he won't be ready to play in the Premier League for another two weeks after than with a next start unlikely until early March.
Jan 29 - 11:03 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Alexis Sanchez has a hamstring concern and could miss Arsenal's Week 23 match with Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez has played a lot across all competitions this season coming off of a busy summer at the World Cup. The fact that he has a hamstring issue that could cause him to miss a match shouldn't be surprising. Arsene Wenger hasn't ruled the player out yet but has indicated that there won't be any decision made until after salary cap league transfer deadlines have expired for Week 23. The safe bet is to exclude him from your roster or at least have a strong bench option in place. For single ownership formats, the concern is that you will need a replacement from either the Arsenal vs. Villa match or the Southampton vs. Swansea match as all other matches will have taken place before Sanchez's fate is known.
Jan 29 - 10:58 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his Friday news conference that while Danny Welbeck won't be ready for Aston Villa in Week 23 that he will be ready for Spurs in Week 24.

Arsenal are flush with attacking options right now so the absence of Danny Welbeck hasn't been felt to any great extent in recent weeks. That said, Wenger indicated that Alexis Sanchez has a "hamstring complaint" that could keep him out of the line-up against Aston Villa. Should Sanchez miss not only the Villa match but additional time, Wenger will be thrilled to have Welbeck as an option along with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil as he looks to compliment Olivier Giroud in a crucial match for the Gunners in the race for a Champions League spot.
Jan 29 - 10:53 AM

After a drawn out recruitment involving a work permit exception being granted, Gabriel Paulista is officially an Arsenal player.

The Brazilian joins Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as the only specialist center backs on the Arsenal roster. Arsene Wenger will hope that Paulista allows him to keep Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal as deputies at the outside back positions with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs the presumed starters. It seems likely that Paulista will be thrown into the fire quickly with Mertesacker and Koscielny both in need of some rotation periodically.
Jan 28 - 11:48 AM

Mikel Arteta's agent has indicated that his client has signed a one year extension to his contract with Arsenal that extends his time with the team through the 2015-16 season.

With Francis Coquelin ascending (and presumably signing a new contract) and Krystian Bielik potentially knocking on the door of the first eleven next season it isn't clear how much Arteta might play over the course of this one year extension. Given the Spaniard's recent injury history and fading physical abilities his best role is probably as a late-game substitute and spot starter anyway.
Jan 28 - 10:46 AM

Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Paulista was granted a work permit ahead of a proposed move from Villarreal.

The Brazilian central defender has only played half a season as a starter in La Liga but has been highly rated for his performances this season. He has been compared to Laurent Koscielny as something of a no-nonsense, athletic center back who is strong with his positioning and solid in the air. The only weakness that has been pointed out at this stage in his development is an inability to ignite the attack with most of his passes going sideways rather than up the field. Assuming that the deal goes through as expected this week this will be a huge boost to a defense currently lacking a starting-quality center back.
Jan 26 - 10:53 AM

Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil both started and scored for Arsenal in their 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win over Brighton but it was Tomas Rosicky that stole the show.

Tomas Rosicky has experienced something of a resurrection over the past month at Arsenal. He has enjoyed both good health and great form, a combination that has eluded him for most of his lengthy tenure at Arsenal. In the FA Cup fourth round tie at the AmEx stadium in Brighton, the Czech creator pulled the strings for Arsenal's attack as well as scoring a goal the likes of which we haven't seen from him since the 2006 World Cup against the United States. If Rosicky can stay healthy he will be a great piece to the Arsenal rotation as they fight to retain their FA Cup and finish in a Champions League spot in the league.
Jan 25 - 2:40 PM

Villarreal have reached agreement with Arsenal for the sale of center-back Gabriel Paulista, with the Gunners forward Joel Campbell heading to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season.

The deal was agreed on Saturday evening, shortly before Villarreal's Primera Division match against Levante kicked off at El Madrigal. It comes at a good time for Campbell who has made just four appearances for the club this season, totaling 41 minutes in all.
Jan 24 - 4:26 PM

Arsene Wenger has refuted rumors of a bust-up with Wojciech Szczesny but David Ospina has been play and playing well. There's no reason to think he hasn't quietly become Arsenal's first choice.

Arsene Wenger may well have found his new first choice goalkeeper with David Ospina showing extremely well in the role in Arsenal's upset win over Manchester City in Week 22. Ospina was always going to get a chance to unseat Szczesny when he was brought in over the summer and only an injury to Ospina prevented that from happening sooner. The Southampton match coincided nicely with Ospina's return to health and Szczesny's poor performance opened the door for Wenger to make the switch. Unless Ospina struggles at some point in the future, it is likely that the change will be permanent.
Jan 23 - 12:36 PM

Nacho Monreal has been good for Arsene Wenger and fantasy managers over Arsenal's past two matches but that run may come to an end with Kieran Gibbs healthy again.

Nacho Monreal has posted two consecutive double digit fantasy performances (14 and 21 points in the Yahoo format) but his run may be coming to an end with Kieran Gibbs healthy again. Gibbs was technically healthy for the win over Manchester City but Wenger chose not to throw him back in the deep end of the pool against the defending champions. With two additional weeks to recover and an FA Cup match to use as a tune-up, Gibbs is likely to return to the starting line-up for Week 24.
Jan 23 - 12:32 PM

Arsenal forward Benik Afobe has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Championship club Wolves.

The 21-year-old had been on loan at MK Dons since the beginning of the season, scoring 19 goals in 30 matches for the League One outfit to help them reach third. But the England Under-21 international completed his move to the Molineux for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday and left the Barclays Premier League club he first joined 15 years ago. Manager Kenny Jackett believes Afobe has an "exciting future" at Wolves. "He's had a good upbringing where he's well thought of, well rated and we're keen to make him feel wanted and make him the best he can possibly be and try to bring out his full potential. He gets chances and converts a good percentage of them." Afobe never featured in a Premier League game for the Gunners, and had been sent on loan to Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday, then MK Dons since 2010.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 22 - 2:27 PM

17-year-old holding midfielder, occasional center back and next "Next Vieira" candidate has finally completed his move to Arsenal.

Given that the player has yet to feature in a league more challenging than the Polish first division and only on a limited basis there, it seems unlikely that he is going to get much playing time this season. If he is fit, Arsene Wenger may give him a run out in the upcoming FA Cup match against Brighton and Hove Albion but a Premier League start seems highly unlikely.
Jan 21 - 11:26 AM

Santi Cazorla scored a goal, got an assist and worked the center of midfield to perfection as the architect of a 2-0 Arsenal upset of Manchester City at the Etihad.

Cazorla's penalty was well taken and his service into the box on Giroud's goal was also nice but neither will be the lasting impression that he left on this match. Arsenal soaked up City possession for the entire match and it was the wheelhouse of Cazorla and Rosicky that tracked back, received the ball and danced and passed their way out of the defensive end. It's rare to say that a midfielder controlled the game when his team lost the possession battle by such a wide margin but that's what Cazorla did.
Jan 18 - 12:58 PM

Kieran Gibbs is expected to be passed fit for Arsenal's Week 22 trip to the Etihad to face the defending champions.

Arsene Wenger will have to decide if he wants to throw Gibbs straight back into the fray against City after he missed time with a heel injury. Gibbs' speed may help Arsenal deal with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Jesus Navas and David Silva. The alternative would be carrying on with Nacho Monreal who has played frequently across the defense in recent weeks. Between the strength of the opposition and the uncertainty around Gibbs' participation, there aren't a lot of situations you'll find yourself in where you want to start him in Week 22.
Jan 16 - 9:40 AM

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