Player News - Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil created a goal and scored a second as Arsenal sprinted to a 3-0 first half lead and held on to beat Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road.

Ozil was back doing what he does best in his first start of the season. His excellent ball in for Alexis Sanchez early saw the Chilean fouled in the box rather than allow him to make the attempt on goal. Santi Cazorla converted the penalty. Ozil finished Arsenal's scoring as well with Alexis, who scored Arsenal's second from a Walcott assist, crossing for a wide open Ozil to head home. Arsenal weren't as good in the second half but only conceded once in the second half to take all three points back to North London.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 12:00 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his press conference that it would be a last minute decision as to whether Mesut Ozil would be ready to start on Saturday.

We know that Ozil is sharp enough to participate because he came on and was bright in a cameo against Leicester City last weekend. Heading into Week 3, the question is whether he has achieved sufficient fitness to start against the Hornets at Vicarage Road. Wenger has traditionally been conservative when it comes to these decisions and with an international break coming up, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ozil were to contribute off the bench for a second week in a row.
Aug 26 - 5:08 PM

With Olivier Giroud still coming back from his summer exertions, it seems likely that Alexis Sanchez will line up as a central forward for the third week in a row at Watford.

There are two things to note here. First, Sanchez hasn't been very effective playing in a center forward role either in his two appearances this season or on the rare occasion that Arsene Wenger has deployed him there in the past. The second is that Sanchez should be back to playing a wide attacking role soon with Giroud back and Lucas looking like he'll be ready to go after the international break after passing his medical at Arsenal following his transfer from Deportivo la Coruna.
Aug 26 - 5:02 PM

Wide attacker Joel Campbell will join Sporting Lisbon on loan for the 2016-17 season according to the club's Twitter feed.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, and maybe even Jeff Reine-Adelaide in front of him for minutes at the right attacking spot, Joel Campbell has been shipped off to Sporting Lisbon in search of regular playing time. Campbell made a solid contribution to the first team last season when injuries gave him an opportunity but with no stand-out attribute and a bunch of more talented players in front of him, his future likely lies elsewhere.
Source: @arsenal
Aug 22 - 10:07 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that he may take a gamble on one or all of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal face defending champions Leicester City on Saturday.

With injuries all around the Arsenal squad, Laurent Koscielny seems most likely to be forced back into action as the duo of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding wasn't up to the task of containing a top Premier League attack. With Leicester City boasting similar talent in Vardy, Musa, Gray and Mahrez the France international may be rushed back to try to add solidity in the face of a dangerous attack. Ozil and Giroud are more likely to come off the bench than start but after a rough opener and injuries to Ramsey and Iwobi, Wenger may be feeling pressure to start all three.
Source: @BenDinnery
Aug 18 - 12:29 PM

Injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi could see Theo Walcott given a month runway to prove himself again as the starter on the right side of the Arsenal attack.

With the Theo Walcott-as-center-forward experiment blessedly at an end, the question coming into the season is what role the former Southampton man had at Arsenal. With rumors about a potential transfer out, his prospects weren't great. A bright opening match against Liverpool and month-long injuries to Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey could see Walcott get a string of starts in his best position, as a wing attacker on the right side of the formation. Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also want playing time in that spot but Walcott is the most likely to get first crack.
Source: @BenDinnery
Aug 17 - 4:33 PM

Alex Iwobi is struggling ahead of this weekends’ trip to face the current Premier League champions – Leicester City – as the King Power Stadium.

The 20-year-old limped off after an hour on Sunday due to a muscular problem which Wenger confirmed post-match as a thigh injury, the severity of which is unknown, before the player himself posted an update on Twitter: "Disappointing Result, Gotta Pick Our Heads Up & Go Again... Hopefully My Thigh Strain Isn't Too Serious God Willing." With Aaron Ramsey ruled out for up-to a month, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks poised to start following his goal from the bench against Liverpool. Meanwhile, Wenger must decide if Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud are fit enough to be included in the squad, although a place on the bench is more likely. Santi Cazorla is much better placed, and the Spanish international could be included to make only his second Premier League start of the calendar year.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 17 - 4:55 AM

Santi Cazorla showed why there is so much excitement about him being a potential starter with two assists in 29 minutes on Sunday.

The positives of Cazorla are rarely in question. He may look unconventional for a holding midfielder but he produces. After Aaron Ramsey went off injured, Cazorla contributed two assists, two key passes, and two successful crosses to the Arsenal comeback attempt. The question as some of Arsenal's stars - Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud - round into shape is whether Cazorla has a place in the starting eleven or whether he will have to be content with a role as a super-sub at multiple central midfield positions. His fantasy value is tied up in the answer to that question.
Source: Togga
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Theo Walcott looked lively against Liverpool in the opener but with Ozil and Giroud returning, his prospects aren't clear going forward.

Theo Walcott drew a penalty, missed a penalty, and then scored from open play all within the course of about 90 seconds against Liverpool on Sunday. The performance certainly reminded many that while he many not have worked out as a central forward, he still has value as a wide attacker when healthy and in form. The question, as Ozil and Giroud re-enter the line-up, is whether he will get first chance to win the wide right role that has been manned by Walcott, the Ox, Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi at various times over the past twelve months. If he starts he could be a great fantasy bet. It seems just as likely that he could be rooted to the bench. In other words, don't get over-infatuated with his Week 1 output.
Aug 16 - 11:37 AM

The loss to Liverpool in the opener at the Emirates has been further compounded by the news that Arsenal are facing their first injury crisis of the new season after just 90 minutes of play.

Arsène Wenger decided against risking Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud in week one following their summer exertions in France, but the Gunners boss did fast track Aaron Ramsey in a move that looks to have back-fired. The Wales international limped to the side-lines on the hour mark, with Arsenal trailing 3-1, because to a muscular problem. "[It’s his] hamstring," said Wenger who was unable to give an insight on the severity of the injury. "I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to the medical people." Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi, joined his teammate in the treatment room and provided this Twitter update after the defeat: 'Disappointing Result , Gotta Pick Our Heads Up & Go Again ... Hopefully My Thigh Strain Isn't Too Serious GodWilling'.
Aug 15 - 6:25 AM

Theo Walcott and Arsenal had a polarizing afternoon at the Emirates, squandering an early lead and coming up a goal short in their second-half charge versus Liverpool.

The match began with Walcott missing a penalty early in the first-half. The England international then made up for his failed penalty when he capitalized on a defensive lapse by Alberto Moreno, netting a low strike in the 31st minute. However, the match shifted at the stroke of half-time when Phillipe Coutinho blasted Liverpool ahead with a brilliant free-kick. Liverpool then scored three second-half goals in a span of 14 minutes to take a 4-1 lead, which proved too much for the Gunners despite 64th and 75th minute goals by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 14 - 2:47 PM

Arsenal will be without Euro2016 finalists Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny as they recover from their summer exertions. Both will miss Week 1 for sure.

Arsenal are in a rough spot at both positions as injuries and lack of depth threaten to undermine the center forward and center back spots. With Giroud and Koscielny both out while recovering from the summer tournament Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, and Gabriel have all sustained significant injuries. That leaves Arsene Wenger to choose between moving Alexis or Theo Walcott into a central role or playing an untested youngster in Chuba Akpom against the Reds. At the back, Rob Holding, Krystian Bielik and Calum Chambers will be the options for Wenger on opening day.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 12:43 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be ready for the club's season opener on Sunday.

Said Wenger in his pre-match press conference: "Jack is doing well, but he will be short for Sunday. He is back in training but will not be completely ready for Sunday." The 24-year-old looks to still be recovering from the aftereffects of a broken leg that caused him to miss most of last season, although the midfielder was a part of England's Euro 2016 team this summer. While he has returned to training, Wenger didn't want to risk him against Liverpool this weekend with plenty of options. Expect Granit Xhaka to make his Premier League debut with a start in central midfield.
Aug 11 - 6:46 AM

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is facing up-to two months on the side-lines after damaging ankle ligaments during the dying moments of Sunday’s win over Man City.

Optimism among Arsenal supporters was short-lived today as news began to filter through that Gabriel had been ruled out for between 6-8 weeks. This followed a social media update via Instagram from the Brazilian defender which read: "Today I feel much better, is not a big problem. [I] thank my fans." Prompting many to believe that Gabriel would return within a matter of days. However, their worst fears have been realised and it now looks like Arsenal will head into game week one with an untested pairing -- Callum Chambers and Rob Holding -- in the heart of defence. The only other choice at this moment would be to rush Laurent Koscielny back following his extended summer break, an option Arsène Wenger is not keen explore.
Source: Daily Star
Aug 9 - 6:08 PM

Arsenal have been plunged into a defensive crisis just one week before the start of the new Premier League campaign after Arsène Wenger revealed Gabriel Paulista will miss the opener against Liverpool.

Gabriel joins Per Mertesacker in the treatment room and although the Arsenal boss did confirm Laurent Koscielny "is back in training [today]" he is unlikely to feature in GW1 due to a lack of fitness. The Gunners may now be forced into naming an improbable partnership of Rob Holding and Callum Chambers in the heart of defence. Chambers last started a Premier League match back in December 2015, while at 20-years-old, Holding is seen as one for the future following his £3m arrival from Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal have been closely linked to Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and Jonny Evans of West Brom and could move quickly to bring in reinforcements.
Aug 8 - 6:19 AM


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