Player News - Arsenal

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Shkodran Mustafi returned to the Arsenal line-up with a goal and some stout defending as Arsenal beat bitter rivals Spurs 2-0 for a key North London Derby win.

The German defender had been a question mark heading into the match. Arsene Wenger will feel fortunate that the World Cup winner passed his late fitness test as he scored the opening goal from a Mesut Ozil free kick. After Alexis Sanchez extended the first half lead to 2-0 it was Mustafi, along with Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech, who provided the defensive heroics as Arsenal closed out a scoreless second half. Mustafi's goal is certainly a one-off but with the German back, Arsenal's defense should promise clean sheet points going forward.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 9:36 AM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal's Saturday clash with Spurs while he recovers from a thigh injury picked up on international duty.

The France international has been infrequently used by Arsene Wenger in the Premier League so, on the face of it, this isn't a big announcement as Arsenal face off with rival Spurs at the Emirates in Week 12 action. The reason it is noteworthy is that Danny Welbeck is also questionable for the match as he recovers from his own injury and Wenger has been reluctant to use Alexandre Lacazette in matches against "big" opponents. This could lead to Wenger starting Alexis Sanchez centrally with Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil flanking him or to Lacazette taking the central post with Sanchez and one of Ozil/Iwobi opposite the Chilean.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:32 PM

Danny Welbeck is close to being recovered from his hamstring injury but expect him to play no more than a substitute role against Spurs given the uncertainty of his participation.

Given that Arsene Wenger was uncertain enough about Welbeck's status to indicate that he was facing a late fitness check, it is reasonable to expect that the forward will not be in the starting eleven for the match against Spurs on Saturday to kick off Week 12 in the Premier League. If fully healthy, Welbeck would probably have a spot in Wenger's eleven as he has favored high-energy performers like the England international against big opposition. Given the uncertainty though, you should probably hold Welbeck out of fantasy line-ups unless you can make decisions after line-ups are announced an hour ahead of the match starting.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:11 PM

Shkodran Mustafi faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's North London Derby as the German international races to be fit for a crucial match.

It seems unlikely that Mustafi would be rushed back, presumably at least somewhat short of match fitness/sharpness, for such a crucial contest. While, at full fitness, he would be a first choice player in Arsene Wenger's eleven, sharpness will be paramount as Arsenal look to upset their recently dominant north London rivals. Look for Koscielny, Mertesacker, and Monreal to feature in the center with Kolasinac and Bellerin on the flanks. Maybe Mustafi features as a late-match sub if Wenger needs to shut the match down with a narrow lead.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:08 PM

Olivier Giroud will be assessed on his return to Colney after the France international suffered a thigh injury prior to the friendly with Wales.

Speaking after the 2-0 victory, Giroud revealed he picked up a "small muscular problem" in the warm-up and was only able to play after taking two anti-inflammatory drugs and strapping his thigh. However, moments after scoring [71st minute], Deschamps replaced Giroud and he was seen applying ice to his thigh on the sidelines. If he does miss out this weekend, then Arsène Wenger will be able to call upon Danny Welbeck who is poised for a comeback after taking part in full training. The injury-plagued attacker has just recovered from his latest setback, a groin injury, and is hoping to be included in Saturdays north London derby after impressing during the early part of the season. Aaron Ramsey will also be available after Chris Coleman confirmed his withdrawal from the Wales squad had been planned: "No matter how we felt, we decided that it would be one game. He came through the game okay."
Source: Mail Online
Nov 13 - 9:16 AM

Arsenal couldn't muster its best against unbeaten Manchester City on Sunday afternoon in a 3-1 loss at the Etihad.

To beat Manchester City, Arsenal had to put together a near-perfect performance, but the the Gunners were never able to put more than a dent into Manchester City's fun on the afternoon. The Sky Blues struck in the 19th minute thanks to a sharp strike from Kevin De Bruyne. Despite being down only one goal at the half, the Gunners conceded a second just five minutes into the second half after Nacho Monreal brought down Raheem Sterling in the box for a penalty. Alexandre Lacazette was able to pull one back in the 65th minute after coming off the bench, but Gabriel Jesus' goal nine minutes later put the match out of reach.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 5 - 11:16 AM

Sead Kolasinac had an eventful day as Arsenal came behind for the third time within a week to snatch all three-points in a hard-fought victory over Swansea City.

The visitors were good value for their lead at the break following Sam Clucas’ well-taken goal midway through the first half at the Emirates. But, Arsenal are made of tougher stuff these days, and following on from their comeback wins over Everton and Norwich, Bosnian defender Kolasinac helped kick start the revival to take the Gunners up-to fifth. Firstly, he fired home following good build up play from Mesut Ozil, before a run and pullback for Aaron Ramsey helped seal the win. However, the day ended on a sour note for the 24-year-old who was forced off with a little over 10 minutes remaining. "It’s a hip problem, a tight muscle in his hip," confirmed Arsene Wenger. "How long will he be out? I don’t know. We hope to get him fit for next Sunday."
Oct 29 - 5:30 PM

Sead Kolasinac scored a goal and assisted on the winner as Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners started by dominating the ball but giving up a sloppy goal to Sam Clucas and then losing the plot for the remainder of the first half. It was their Bosnian import wingback to the rescue in the second half as Kolasinac pounced on a rebound to power home the equalizer. Kolasinac was back at it for Aaron Ramsey's winner as he collected the ball on the touchline and centered smartly to Ramsey whose composed finish was enough to see the Gunners over the line. The only concern for Kolasinac was his exit before time that saw him limping slightly as he left the pitch.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 28 - 12:28 PM

Shkodran Mustafi has begun training with the Arsenal first team and could be available to Arsene Wenger for their Week 10 match with Swansea at the Emirates.

While Mustafi has resumed training, the report from the Arsenal camp ahead of Saturday's match is hardly definitive. It seems more likely that Mustafi would return to the line-up for the Week 11 match-up with Manchester City or even wait until after the mid-November international break to return. No one should be counting on Mustafi to be available for sure this week. The likely center back trio remains Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal as the Swans visit.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 27 - 4:06 PM

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi will not be available for the weekend.

The duo is close to a return from injury but will have to wait at least another week, and probably until after the international break. Meanwhile, Wenger also said that Calum Chambers and David Ospina are close to making their Premier League returns ahead of the Swansea City match. "The only players who are not completely back are Mustafi and Welbeck. Calum Chambers is back in full training on Monday and Ospina has a chance to be available against Belgrade. He will not be available for Saturday. overall everybody is available [from last weekend], and everybody who played on Tuesday night is available."
Oct 26 - 2:37 PM

Arsenal conceded two comical goals but scored five at Goodison for a comfortable victory.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey both scored and assisted as Arsenal powered to a 5-2 victory early on Sunday. The two midfielders were joined on the score sheet by Monreal, Lacazette, and Alexis who scored his first of the season in the league.
Source: Espnfc.com
Oct 22 - 11:11 AM

Aaron Ramsey is back in training and Arsene Wenger will have the choice to deploy him against Everton on Sunday.

With the option of playing it cautious, both with selection and Ramsey's injury status, you'd never want to predict what Wenger will do here but after Arsenal struggled to generate an attack with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny at the base of midfield, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ramsey right back in the starting line-up. The alternative would be Wenger giving Jack Wilshere a first Premier League start after a couple of Europa League run-outs. As always, Wenger's choices will be highly scrutinized regardless of which player he chooses this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 2:06 PM

Laurent Koscielny has trained with Arsenal ahead of their Week 9 trip to Everton and should be available to participate.

Whether Arsene Wenger calls on the France international as he returns from his latest injury is another question but after the disappointment against Watford last weekend, you have to expect that he'll pull out all of the stops to get a win. Expect a trio of Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal to start at the back flanked by Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal for the match against Ronald Koeman's mightily struggling Toffees early on Sunday.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 2:01 PM

Danny Welbeck, still recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up against Watford, will miss the trip to Merseyside to face Everton on Sunday.

The England international appears to have a starting spot in the Arsenal line-up when healthy. The "when healthy" part has been the challenge. After returning from one injury after the international break he didn't last a full 90 minutes before going down with his latest injury, this time to his hamstring. It doesn't appear to be a long-term injury and Arsene Wenger will hope to have Welbeck back as soon as Week 10.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 20 - 1:58 PM

Arsenal's Europa League successful campaign continued in Belgrade as the Gunners beat Red Star on a late, spectacular goal from Olivier Giroud.

The France international's chances have been few and far between in the Premier League but he showed in the late going that he still has some magic in his boots. It was no scorpion kick but it was an impressive quasi-bicycle with his left foot from a looping header from just wide of the net. The tally was important as the Gunners were on the verge of leaving the Serbian capital with only a point and at least giving Red Star some hope of topping the group. With the win, the Gunners open a five point lead in the Group H standings. The Gunners took advantage of a red card to Milan Rodic in the 80th minute. Without the dismissal it might have been an uncomfortable nil-nil draw. The win should give the Gunners freedom to play increasingly inexperienced line-ups as the group stage wraps up which will help with their Premier League efforts as the fixture schedule gets clogged up.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 19 - 2:56 PM



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