Player News - Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's Week 7 match with Burnley, ruled out his France international forward due to the continuing effects of a toe injury.

With an international break looming and Arsenal playing extremely well in all competitions, Arsene Wenger is playing it cautious. Wenger indicated that Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin will all miss out on the Gunners' Week 7 match with Burnley. Presumably this means that the attacking group of Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott, and Sanchez will carry on with Oxlade-Chamberlain the first attacking option off the bench and Kieran Gibbs a potential sub to help lock down the match in the final minutes with a lead.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 30 - 9:26 AM

The Theo Walcott redemption tour continued with a first half brace against Basel in the Champions League group stage.

Arsenal scored twice in the first half through Theo Walcott and then cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Emirates. With PSG also winning the result put the two clubs even atop Group A with four points and a two goal differential each. The only significant changes Arsene Wenger made was continuing with Granit Xhaka due to the injury to Francis Coquelin and bringing in David Ospina as has been his habit in the Champions League.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 28 - 4:53 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Aaron Ramsey will definitely miss out on matches with Burnley and Basel before the international break.

Ramsey's hamstring injury suffered in Week 1 against Liverpool has lingered longer than expected and the Arsenal manager has indicated that the player won't make it back before the international break. With an extra week to recover, Ramsey should be available when the Gunners return to action against Swansea at the Emirates on October 15th. Given the strength and health of the current squad expect Arsene Wenger to be conservative in bringing Ramsey back from his injury.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 28 - 1:06 PM

Arsenal came out on the positive side of injury news after Arsene Wenger revealed Francis Coquelin will only miss three weeks.

Reports suggested Coquelin could miss as much as two months with a knee injury similar to the injury that kept him sidelined for two full months last season. But Wenger said the scan did not reveal too much damage in the knee he injured in a 3-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend: "He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out. It’s positive because last year during this period we got some bad news and a few long-term injuries and it was a handicap in our season."
Sep 27 - 6:13 PM

Francis Coquelin looks set to spend to a number of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee during a dominant Arsenal display against Chelsea at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder failed to shake off the after-effects of a brave block at the edge of his area leaving him unable to continue. Coquelin has started all but one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season but this latest setback could mean an extended period out: "He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom," mused Arsène Wenger. "That's the negative of the day." The Arsenal boss was referencing a medial knee ligament injury suffered in November last year which keep Coquelin out for two-months. Fortunately, the Gunners have an adequate replacement in the form of Granit Xhaka, although with the news that Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss out again this weekend, they can’t afford too many more injuries.
Source: The Guardian
Sep 26 - 4:51 AM

Alexis Sanchez scored a goal and recorded an assist as Arsenal disposed of Chelsea at the Emirates, 3-0.

Arsenal were firing on all cylinders in a first half that saw Sanchez wreck havoc on Chelsea's defense. The Chilean made his first contribution of the match in the 11th minute, when he picked up a poor back pass, and chipped Courtois to take a 1-0 lead. Arsenal went on to extend their advantage three minutes later, through Theo Walcott, and again in the 40th minute. The third goal was a work of beauty as Sanchez clipped a ball, over Gary Cahill and David Luiz, to Meshut Ozil who struck a splendid volley over Courtois and in off the post. Sanchez's man of the match performance was central to Arsenal's fourth straight victory, while his goal saw him extend his scoring streak (three goals in his past two matches).
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 2:58 PM

Arsene Wenger could have Olivier Giroud available again after the forward missed Arsenal's previous two matches with a toe injury.

Between his toe injury and returning to fitness after a post-Euro 2016 break, we haven't had much of a chance to understand what Arsene Wenger's plans for Giroud are this season. Alexis Sanchez has been playing regularly as a center forward but it isn't entirely clear the extent to which that is by choice or because Giroud hasn't been ready and Lucas Perez is still adapting to live in the Premier League. Arsenal could certainly use Sanchez playing on the left side of the attack and helping to slow down Eden Hazard on Saturday but if Giroud isn't ready then Sanchez will likely continue at center forward supported by Iwobi, Ozil and Walcott.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 10:05 AM

After initially being ruled out for approximately a month, Arsene Wenger has indicated that Aaron Ramsey could miss an additional three weeks.

Whether it is the player or the club isn't clear but Aaron Ramsey again appears set to have a soft tissue injury situation linger longer than expected. Ramsey pulled up with a hamstring injury in Arsenal's season-opening match against Liverpool and was given a four week timetable for a return. With those four weeks and more having already passed Arsene Wenger has now added an additional three weeks to the prognosis. Fortunately for the Gunners, the rest of the attacking midfield corps is healthy and playing well.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 10:01 AM

Arsenal were one of the few Premier League teams to draw lower level opposition in the next round of the EFL Cup with Reading their next opponent at the Emirates in late October.

Manchester United drew Manchester City. Chelsea drew West Ham. Liverpool drew Spurs. While those high profile match-ups are going on Arsenal will welcome Championship side Reading to the Emirates to face what is an incredibly deep squad. With Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey still to return from injury Wenger was still able to feature top level talent like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, and Mohamed Elneny while still resting his current first choice side. That's an incredible luxury compared to Arsenal squads of the recent past.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 22 - 9:02 AM

Gabriel partnered Rob Holding in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest marking his return to the starting line-up.

The Brazilian center back returned and contributed his part to a clean sheet against a lower division opponent. The positive for Arsene Wenger is that he now has three senior center backs fit and able to contribute. Rob Holding, who also featured against Forest, would probably be the fourth option with Per Mertesacker still injured and Calum Chambers on loan at Middlesbrough.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 20 - 4:56 PM

Gabriel partnered Rob Holding in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest marking his return to the starting line-up.

The Brazilian center back returned and contributed his part to a clean sheet against a lower division opponent. The positive for Arsene Wenger is that he now has three senior center backs fit and able to contribute. Rob Holding, who also featured against Forest, would probably be the fourth option with Per Mertesacker still injured and Calum Chambers on loan at Middlesbrough.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 20 - 4:56 PM

Lucas scored a brace and assisted on another as Arsenal rolled over Nottingham Forest in EFL Cup action on Tuesday.

Granit Xhaka made it two in two this week to open the scoring in the 23rd minute. It took until well into the second half for Arsenal to put the match away but Forest rarely troubled a decidedly second choice defense managing only two shots on target. Eventually, new signing Lucas took over and scored from the spot in the 60th minute before adding another in the 71st from open play. He capped off his big night with an assist for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the final goal of the match in stoppage time. The match also saw Gabriel get 90 minutes in his return to competitive action after his early-season injury.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 20 - 4:46 PM

Alexis had an active day with two goals and a missed penalty as Arsenal cruised past Hull City 4-1.

The Chilean forward started at center forward again and this time it worked. With Hull City less able to create a threat in the space Sanchez usually occupies Arsenal were free to attack. It was Alex Iwobi who created Arsenal's first that was credited to Sanchez who deflected it home. Sanchez missed a penalty later in the first half but Arsenal scored three more around a Robert Snodgrass penalty for the 4-1 final.
Sep 17 - 1:24 PM

Petr Cech was left out of Arsenal's starting eleven against PSG but will return for the Premier League Week 5 clash with Hull City.

Arsene Wenger's choice of David Ospina was vindicated on Tuesday as Petr Cech's deputy came up with a number of spectacular saves to keep the match tied at one. While Wenger has indicated that Ospina will retain his Champions League starting role Petr Cech is still the starter in the Premier League and will return to the line-up on Saturday against Hull City. Arsenal aren't a great bet to keep a clean sheet on the road and Hull City are unlikely to generate sufficient shots on target to make Cech an enticing option based on number of saves. Consider Cech a middling choice in salary cap formats.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 10:36 AM

The young attacking midfielder's spot is uncertain based on the health of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott coming off of Arsenal's Tuesday draw with PSG in Paris.

It has been a confusing start to the season for Arsenal's attack. Arsene Wenger has insisted on starting Alexis Sanchez regularly as a center forward opening up an unexpected spot on the left of the attacking three behind the center forward. Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have already played more than expected coming into the season. With Giroud and Walcott nursing minor injuries, Iwobi could be in line for another start to the left of Mesut Ozil or he could be relegated to the bench. For fantasy managers who have to make decisions before line-ups are published, Iwobi should probably be left out. For those who can wait, Iwobi could be a strong play against Hull City.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 10:32 AM


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