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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training with the first team but will not be ready for Arsenal's season-ending match against West Brom at the Emirates.

Consider this season a half step forward for Oxlade-Chamberlain. When he played, he showed improvement along the path that could see him secure a starting spot on the right of the Arsenal attack or somewhere in the center of the park in the future. The downside was that minor injuries continued to plague his development. With Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck all missing significant time over the second half of the season, the Ox could have played a lot more but his own injuries got in the way. He may get a chance to come on as a substitute in the FA Cup final but he won't make it back for Week 38.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:15 AM

After repeatedly indicating that Danny Welbeck would play before the end of the season, Arsene Wenger has reversed course and declared the England international out for Week 38 and the FA Cup final.

It has been a disappointing first season at the Emirates Stadium for Welbeck and Arsenal. After a move from Manchester United was supposed to lead to more playing time, especially at his preferred central forward spot, Welbeck hasn't played much more than he did for Manchester United last season. His opportunities have been curtailed by minor injuries, mediocre form, and the much better form of Olivier Giroud since February. It will be an interesting summer for Welbeck who could, once again, find himself as a spare part at a large club.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:11 AM

Olivier Giroud has sputtered down the stretch as Arsenal have struggled to score over their past four matches.

The France international was on fire from mid-February through early April but his production seems to have hit something of a wall. Whether he is, as some commentators have posited, just not an elite talent or whether he is struggling after playing a lot of minutes consecutively without a rest isn't clear. It is also possible that he has just been unlucky in recent weeks. A flicked attempt against Sunderland forced a strong save while a near-post run resulted in a good shot into the side netting rather than into the net. The bounces and inches were with him when he was scoring 10 goals in 10 matches across all competitions for Arsenal. They have not been with him as he has gone scoreless in seven Premier League starts since then. With Arsenal essentially guaranteed third place and Giroud probably in need of a rest, it wouldn't be shocking to see him rotated for the finale against West Brom on Sunday.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal split Arsenal's two starts in Game Week 37 with Gibbs outperforming Monreal significantly.

Kieran Gibbs hasn't started in a while but he returned to the Arsenal starting eleven against Sunderland in mid-week and put up a strong fantasy showing. In addition to the clean sheet that Arsenal kept against the Black Cats, Gibbs tallied three passes intercepted, a shot on target, two corners won and two tackles won. The shot on target was a rare headed attempt and it forced a good save from Costel Pantelimon. Gibbs may be in line for a second consecutive start on the final day of the season as Arsene Wenger looks to give time to potential reserves for the FA Cup final as well as giving some rest to over-taxed regulars.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:39 PM

Laurent Koscielny was the run-away most productive player for Arsenal over their two matches in Game Week 37.

The Gunners were making up a match with Sunderland that was postponed due to the FA Cup schedule and ended up with two matches in Game Week 37. Arsenal could pick up only two draws over the two matches and scored only a single goal. Laurent Koscielny, who recovered from the flu to feature in mid-week, led the way for Arsenal with 12 passes intercepted over the two matches along with three blocked shots, and two tackles won. He also got clean sheet points for the match against the Black Cats.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 3:34 PM

Theo Walcott was dynamic after his introduction but neither he nor any of his Arsenal teammates could break through in a nil-nil draw at the Emirates.

Yet again, Arsenal were confronted with an opponent who parked the bus and couldn't break them down despite dominating possession. First, Chelsea and then Swansea shut down Arsenal's attack and Sunderland followed that script perfectly.
May 20 - 4:37 PM

Laurent Koscielny will be assessed before the midweek game against Sunderland after Arsene Wenger confirmed the French defender is suffering from flu.

Gabriel is an ideal replacement should Wenger decide to rest Koscielny against the shot-shy Black Cats who’ve struggled on the road – especially versus teams in the top 8 – W1 D4 L7 scoring just 9-times. A draw will guarantee another season in the top flight for Sunderland leaving rivals Newcastle and Hull to fight it out for the last relegation place but Arsenal need a win to keep the pressure on Man City for second place. This match is anything but a dead rubber. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck are "progressing" but neither will be fit while Mathieu Debuchy is not with the main group in training just yet.
Source: London 24
May 19 - 5:42 AM

Theo Walcott came in late and rescued a point for Arsenal as his speed forced Tyler Blackett into an own goal that leveled the tie and won a point for the Gunners.

Arsenal were clearly intending to play a counter-attacking game and the decision to start Aaron Ramsey in the right attacking spot instead of Theo Walcott was an odd one. Better late than never, Arsene Wenger moved Ramsey back into central midfield and gave United something to worry about with Walcott's pace. Arsenal attacked consistently after Walcott was introduced and eventually picked up the tying goal through Walcott's deflected shot. It will go down as an own goal but Walcott definitely did his part in earning the Gunners a point and an almost certain guaranteed Champions League group stage spot for next season. Arsenal really need a single point from their final two matches to secure third place unless United win their final match of the season by seven goals.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 1:23 PM

Danny Welbeck will miss out on an Old Trafford reunion as he continues to recover slowly from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined since late April.

The knee issue, which has consistently been reported as "minor", is now reaching the lingering stage. Arsenal are generally healthy and have options all over the pitch but supporters, wary of Arsenal's recent injury history as a club, will be starting to worry that what was supposed to be a one or two week injury has now turned into a month-long injury that is still not resolved. Welbeck may be a reserve in the eyes of most but the underlying worry is that Arsenal still haven't figured out how to get and keep their players healthy.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 10:11 AM

The Thomas Vermaelen transfer could be the gift that keeps on giving for Arsenal if Barcelona win the Champions League.

Arsenal were criticized for selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona over last summer for £15 million because of the impact it had on their depth at center back. As it turned out, it didn't have any impact on their depth because the former Arsenal captain failed to play a single match for the Catalan side this season. Despite his absence, Arsenal are in line to receive an incentive payment of between £2.5 million and £3 million if Barcelona win the Champions League title in Berlin next month. Not a bad deal for a player who didn't play this season. If only Wenger had turned that money into Gabriel in August rather than January it would have looked even more brilliant.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 9:46 AM

Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA to play for the United States after having played for Germany at the youth level. He will feature for the US at the U20 World Cup this summer.

Zelalem was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents who moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area when Gedion was a boy. The young Zelalem played his youth soccer for an elite travel team in suburban Maryland before moving to London to enter Arsenal's academy. Zelalem received his US Citizenship earlier this year and FIFA finally cleared him to compete for the US just ahead of the U20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand. Zelalem has played twice for Arsenal's senior team and a summer at the U20 World Cup should help his development.
Source: si.com
May 14 - 9:42 AM

Aaron Ramsey overcame a knock picked up against Hull City to start against Swansea City on Monday in a 1-0 Arsenal loss.

Injuries usually prevent Arsene Wenger from fielding the same line-up for too many matches in a row but he was able to field the same line-up for the fifth consecutive match against Swansea. Aaron Ramsey was the biggest risk not to make it back with a significant bruise picked up from a hard tackle against Hull City. He overcame the knock but his presence couldn't help Arsenal score as Swansea "parked the bus" and ground out a surprising win at the Emirates.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 9:34 AM

David Ospina was always going to have a hard time picking up points with Swansea conceding possession but it got even worse as the Swans scored from their only significant attempt.

Goalkeepers are always difficult to predict in fantasy and David Ospina underlined that fact against Swansea on Monday. The Arsenal netminder barely saw any action as Swansea were content to sit back and absorb Arsenal pressure for much of the game. A win and/or a clean sheet would have saved the day for Ospina but when Swansea scored late to steal the match he found himself with a loss, a goal against, and only two saves to balance them out.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 9:29 AM

Alexis Sanchez racked up phantom points aplenty in Arsenal's late 1-0 loss to Swansea which bodes well for the Chilean heading into Arsenal's two-match week.

The Gunners have an extra match in Week 37 making up for the match against Sunderland missed due to the FA Cup. With a trip to Old Trafford the regularly scheduled match, fantasy managers will be forgiven for not getting TOO excited but players like Sanchez will be must-start players as a match with Sunderland would be enough to entice most managers. Anything gained from the United match will be a bonus.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 9:08 AM

Danny Welbeck looks set to hand Arsenal a welcome fitness boost in time for Sundays’ meeting against his former employers – Manchester United - at the Emirates Stadium.

Welbeck has missed the two previous games because of knee inflammation but the England international is now training fully and in line for a place in the Arsenal squad which takes on United this weekend. However Wenger will almost certainly be without full-back Mathieu Debuchy who continues his recovery from a hamstring strain while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close but with only 5-starts in 2015 the winger would have to be satisfied with a place on the bench. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are better placed in terms of fitness should the French coach decide to make changes following Mondays’ disappointing defeat at home to Swansea.
Source: Daily Mail
May 14 - 2:36 AM



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