Player News - Arsenal

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Arsenal, looking to capture some of the magic of Leicester City's team-building magic, have recruited away top Foxes scout Ben Wrigglesworth.

Arsenal won't be the only club looking to duplicate what clubs like Leicester City and West Ham have done in the transfer market in recent seasons with captures like Riyad Mahrez, Ngolo Kante, and Dimitri Payet but the Gunners are taking a proactive step in that direction. The hiring of Ben Wrigglesworth will be seen as a move to bring new blood, and new blood with a successful recent track record, into the scouting mix.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 8 - 11:31 AM

Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored 88 seconds apart to account for the only two scores of the day as Arsenal secured a tidy 0-2 against AFC Bournemouth.

There was no Fraser Forster today to spoil Arsenal's attacking clout. In the 23rd minute, Olivier Giroud headed an Aaron Ramsey cross into the path of Mesut Ozil and the German midfield struck the back of the net. 88 seconds later, Ramsey was key in the second goal, feeding "the Ox" with a pass and Oxlade-Chamberlain fired low and in off the far post. The Gunners threatened more in the first half but their possession and chances began to dry up in the second frame. It made no difference, as the Cherries were kept mostly in check by Petr Cech and some shots off target. The win sees the Gunners jump above Manchester City in the table and will take on the Cinderella Foxes at The Emirates next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 7 - 10:30 AM

Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott all had chances but none could breach Fraser Forster's goal as Arsenal dropped two points in the nil-nil home draw.

On another day, this would have been a decisive win for the Gunners but between finishing that wasn't quite clinical enough and strong work from the Southampton goalkeeper, it wasn't to be. Arsenal were the only team in the top six not to win on Tuesday pushing them to fourth in the table with Manchester City and West Ham closing rapidly. Arsenal are struggling to score goals despite the fact that they are relatively healthy for the first time in recent memory. Not good news for fantasy managers owning Arsenal players nor for Arsenal supporters hoping for a title.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 2 - 4:56 PM

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy finally found a way out of North London after securing a loan move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux Girondins.

The right-back will stay at the club until the end of the season as part of his loan agreement. Debuchy had previously said how eager he was to leave the club this month in order to see more playing time to boost his chances of making the French national team ahead of this summer's European championships. This season, Debuchy fell behind Hector Bellerin at right-back, featuring in only seven matches in all competitions for the Gunners. Aston Villa and Manchester United were each reported to be interested in a move for Debuchy, but could not lock down a deal.
Feb 1 - 4:08 PM

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has suffered a sickening blow in his quest to return to full fitness before his Arsenal contract expires at the end of this season.

Arsenal supporters had been given a rare and welcoming injury boost as the team news was announced ahead of the FA Cup tie versus Burnley. The line-up included Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez and defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin while Rosicky was on the bench for the first time this season. However, following his introduction as a second half replacement for Alex Iwobi, the veteran midfielder suffered a thigh problem which is expected to keep him out for up-to six weeks. The injury, not only begs the question: Will he play for Arsenal again? But will almost certainly end any lingering hopes of the 35-year-old playing in this summer’s European Championships in France.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 31 - 11:43 AM

Mohamed Elneny lived up to his new club's nickname as he took shot after shot in his competitive debut for the Gunners in their 4th round FA Cup win over Burnley.

The Egyptian midfielder had a solid debut against the sort of physical club that doubters might suspect would be the hardest for him to adapt to playing after moving over from the Swiss league. Elneny looked calm partnering Francis Coquelin at the base of midfield. None of his many shots went in and only a couple even went on target but he offers a more disciplined presence to Aaron Ramsey partnering a pure holding player. He certainly looks a solid reserve but only time will tell if he can be something more.
Jan 30 - 3:49 PM

Alexis Sanchez assisted on Calum Chambers' opener and then scored the winner as Arsenal squeezed by Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates to move on to the 5th round of the FA Cup.

The two time defending FA Cup champions started a mix of first team and reserve players and it was just barely enough to slip by Championship high fliers Burnley. The Clarets were the better team for stretches of the match but they had no answer for Alexis Sanchez who was calm in a tight space to tee up Calum Chambers for the opener. The Chilean finished the scoring from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross after Arsenal had let the Clarets back in the match. Sanchez certainly looked back to his best after significant time out injured.
Jan 30 - 3:31 PM

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Santi Cazorla is still around eight weeks away from a return as his recovery from a knee ligament injury is taking a lot longer than originally hoped. The Spanish midfielder underwent surgery in December after he finished the game at Carrow Road in game week fourteen on "one leg."

Speaking at Fridays’ pre-match briefing, Wenger delivered a disappointing injury update. Despite progress, Jack Wilshere is still at least six weeks away while Cazorla is behind his Arsenal colleague and is yet to resume any form of training. "Santi is expected back I think at the end of March," Wenger mused. Fortunately, the Arsenal treatment room is looking pretty good at the moment with Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck all approaching full fitness.
Source: London24
Jan 30 - 10:43 AM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be ready for a return to action until March at the earliest.

Speaking ahead of Saturdays’ FA Cup tie against Burnley, the Arsenal boss revealed that the injury plagued 24-year-old has only just started running: "Once you move outside, from the first day, you count six weeks to be competitive," Wenger said. "To build up the stamina, the intensity. You count six weeks to be ready fitness wise." The news leaves Wilshere with less than two-months to prove his fitness ahead of this summers’ European Championships in France, with a place in the England squad looking increasingly unlikely. Elsewhere, the Gunners can boast a pretty healthy group – Santi Cazorla is only other player not involved in training following the return of Danny Welbeck this week.
Source: ESPNFC.co.uk
Jan 30 - 10:17 AM

Arsene Wenger provided a full injury update ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup fourth round match against Burnley and confirmed that Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere both remain on course to return in a "few weeks".

With Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky ready to return to action and Danny Welbeck back in training Wilshere and Cazorla are Arsenal's only current injury-enforced absentees. Both midfielders were described as "a few weeks away" which sounds like a mid-to-late February return date. Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott owners should be preparing for a reality where their players may not be starting regularly in the not-too-distant future.
Source: arsenal.com
Jan 29 - 10:20 AM

The Telegraph reports that Arsenal will ring the changes against Burnley on Saturday in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

In need of some rest after a brutal December and January, Arsenal will reportedly rotate the squad against the Clarets. Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers will partner at the base of midfield. David Ospina and Kieran Gibbs are likely to start and Tomas Rosicky and Alex Iwobi will both likely get some playing time either as starters or from the bench. The most interesting thing to watch will be how much time Francis Coquelin gets as he recovers from injury.

Francis Coquelin has been cleared to play for Arsenal against Burnley in the Gunners' 4th round FA Cup tie this coming weekend.

With a quick turnaround between the FA Cup match-up and Arsenal's next Premier League match in mid-week, it seems unlikely that Coquelin will play both matches so Arsene Wenger will have to decide where and when to deploy his returning holding midfielder. With Southampton, authors of a 4-0 win over the Gunners on Boxing Day, next on the Premier League schedule Arsenal will want to have Coquelin available for the occasion.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 28 - 11:35 AM

West Ham have been dealt a devastating blow with the news that Carl Jenkinson will miss the remainder of the campaign due to a serious knee injury.

Jenkinson pulled up in immediate pain following a challenge on Sergio Aguero last weekend. The tackle resulted in the Argentine equalising from the penalty spot during a frantic opening ten minutes at the Boleyn Ground. Initially, the defender had hoped to continue, but, it soon became evident that his game was over although Jenkinson still managed to jog across the pitch to be replaced by new signing Sam Byram. It now looks like 23-year-old is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a tests revealed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. Jenkinson will seek a second opinion, but is expected to undergo surgery later this week. That would effectively end his current loan deal at West Ham and Jenkinson will return to Arsenal for the duration of his rehab.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 27 - 7:30 AM

Nearly two weeks after joining Arsenal from Basel, Mohamed Elneny still hasn't played a minute of first team football.

Arsenal supporters presumably rejoiced when Arsene Wenger finally bought a holding midfielder a couple weeks ago. Perhaps their enthusiasm was muted because it wasn't the big, or even sort of big name that they were hoping for like Bender or Schneiderlin but at least it was a healthy body. Two weeks on and Elneny still hasn't played. It's reasonable to guess that the leap in competition between the Swiss first division and the Premier League is the biggest cause. With Francis Coquelin back in training and eight more days until Arsenal's next league match, one wonders if Elneny will get a league start at all this season.
Source: arsenal.com
Jan 25 - 1:56 PM

Mathieu Flamini just hasn't been good enough as Arsenal have struggled with Francis Coquelin's absence.

Arsene Wenger's refusal to buy a holding midfielder over the summer continues to come back to bite the club as they lost to Chelsea 1-0 at the Emirates to fall to third after 23 weeks of the Premier League season. Flamini was caught out of position early in the first half and Willian used the space to put Diego Costa through. Per Mertesacker was forced to make a desperation tackle and it ended in a red card for the big German. Costa scored the only goal of the match not long after. To add insult to injury, Flamini failed to convert two presentable opportunities to knot the score. One wonders why Arsene Wenger bothered to by Mohamed Elneny if he wasn't going to play him before Francis Coquelin returns.
Jan 24 - 6:04 PM


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