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Arsenal have signed Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck for a fee of £16m.

The striker will be expected to contribute right away as Olivier Giroud is out for a few months and Arsenal are desperate for production at the striker position. Yaya Sanogo was horrible over the weekend and is not good enough to be leading Arsenal if they expect to contend for the title. Welbeck can be a very good fantasy option if he can get into form, as he has a great collection of midfielders behind him. Hopeful Arsenal fans are expecting Welbeck to turn into something similar to Daniel Sturridge, but we expect Welbeck to be less lethal and we don't think he'll ever reach Sturridge's level in fantasy or real life.
Source: BBC
Sep 1 - 8:13 PM

Arsenal forward Ryo Miyaichi has completed a loan move to FC Twente.

Arsenal have shipped off youngster Ryo Miyaichi to FC Twente on loan. Miyaichi wasn't expected to be a part of their first team even after Arsene Wenger suggested that he'll be part of the squad during pre-season. The youngster needs regular playing time and won't get that in North London. This is a win-win situation for both teams and the player.
Source: BBC
Sep 1 - 4:40 PM

Arsenal draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday but Arsene Wenger confirms the Gunners picked up another three injuries during the match against Leicester City.

Worried fans looked on aghast as Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny suffered a sickening clash of heads leaving the Frenchman bloodied before departing to have staples inserted to close an open wound. Koscielny was able to continue for a short time while Wenger insisted his injury was a major contributory factor as the Foxes equalised just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had opened the scoring. Calum Chambers was introduced at the request of the player who did not feel comfortable heading the ball although it was confirmed later the he was not concussed; the French Football Federation advised on Monday that the defender has withdrawn from the national squad ahead of friendlies against Spain and Serbia. Mesut Ozil (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (calf) will both be assessed but neither injury is thought to be serious.
Sep 1 - 9:10 AM

Alexis Sanchez scored in a second consecutive match but Arsenal couldn't hold the lead for more than two minutes as they drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Arsenal continued to look tepid in the attack as they dropped two critical points to newly promoted Leicester City with goals by Alexis Sanchez for the Gunners and Leonardo Ulloa for the home side. The Foxes have been strong in their first three matches since returning to the Premier League but Arsenal should have picked up the three points after dominating possession.
Aug 31 - 12:56 PM

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez can be picked up for a bargain price for the match against Leicester.

Withdrawn at half-time against Everton in Week 2, but Sanchez was much improved playing as the main striker in the Champions League victory over Besiktas as he grabbed the goal that took Arsenal through to the group stage. In the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud the Chilean may lead the line again at Leicester and he can be picked up for less than £5million in the Yahoo game.
Aug 29 - 4:51 AM

Arsenal's star midfielder Aaron Ramsey is the top premium midfield choice for Week 3.

Arsenal seemed destined for defeat at Everton before Ramsey popped up with yet another vital goal to trigger the fight-back, and the midfielder will be fresh after missing the exhausting Champions League victory in midweek due to suspension. Expect another inspired display against Leicester in a game the Gunners need to win to ensure they don't start dropping behind the early pace-setters.
Aug 29 - 4:32 AM

Alexis Sanchez repaid the majority of his transfer fee when he scored the lone goal of the home and away Champions League qualifying fixture against Besiktas on Wednesday.

It was a nervy time as, for the second time in the two match fixture, Arsenal went down to 10 men as Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for seeing two yellow cards. Before the French international was sent off his fellow new arrival Sanchez scored in first half stoppage time. Sanchez and Debuchy both had chances in the second half to double the lead but neither could convert. After that it was edge-of-seats time as Arsenal defended desperately and eventually saw out a 1-0 win. The theme of the season so far has been "ugly but effective" for Arsenal and that continued today.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 4:54 PM

Nacho Monreal deputized for Kieran Gibbs against Everton in Week 2 and provided one of the few exceptional fantasy performances for the Gunners with 10 points in the Yahoo game and 6 in PL.com.

With relatively few Arsenal players cracking double digits in the Yahoo game, Giroud and Ramsey being the other two, Monreal's performance is worth noting. It is always worth evaluating Arsenal's reserve left back because Kieran Gibbs is injured so frequently. Monreal's performance was strong mostly due to his assist on Olivier Giroud's goal so unless you think Monreal is going to become an assist machine, this probably isn't a performance likely to be replicated.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:31 AM

It wasn't as impressive as Week 1 but Aaron Ramsey continues to churn out the fantasy points even as Arsenal struggle with their attacking form.

With 13 points in the Yahoo format and 9 in the PL.com format, Aaron Ramsey has overcome Arsenal's mediocre attacking start to the season to be a fantasy star. The Welsh midfielder's fast start to the season is far less of a surprise after he took a massive leap forward last season, the only thing he had left to prove was that his performance wasn't a one-year wonder. After two matches, the only question remaining is whether he can stay healthy enough to put together an entire season of excellence.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 27 - 9:26 AM

A second scan and further specialist assessments have revealed that Olivier Giroud’s injury is far worse than first feared.

The French striker was "hopeful" post-match on Saturday of making Arsenal’s squad to face Besiktas in this week’s Champions League qualifier but the latest news serves as a huge blow to both the player and the club. Additional tests exposed a hairline fracture of the ankle and the player is now expected to miss the remainder of 2014. With Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez still working on their fitness post-World Cup and Yaya Sanogo dealing with his own injury issues Arsene Wenger must decide whether Joel Campbell is the man to fill the void during this interim period. The summer transfer window will close at 11pm GMT on 1st September 2014.
Source: Mirror
Aug 27 - 8:41 AM

Manchester United were shocked 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup action tonight.

On the night that the red half of Manchester was celebrating the arrival of Angel di Maria a mixed team of senior and relative youngsters were thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons. The starting team did contain Johnny Evans, Danny Welbeck, and Adnan Januzaj so the loss can't be completely dismissed as the result of young players. Di Maria or not Louis Van Gaal has his work cut out for him getting the club back to their former glory.
Aug 26 - 6:44 PM

Arsenal will wait on pins and needles for confirmation of the extent of Olivier Giroud's foot injury.

The fear among Arsenal management is that the French international could be out for as much as three months with a broken bone. The forward's integral to Arsenal's comeback Saturday but an extended spell without their only top tier forward would be too high a price to pay for a road point. Wenger would be forced back into the transfer market for a forward in addition to a holding midfielder and reserve center back.
Aug 25 - 8:32 PM

Following Saturday’s dramatic late rally against Everton Arsene Wenger confirmed striker Olivier Giroud is a doubt for this week’s Champions League qualifying game with Besiktas because of injury.

Introduced as a half-time substitute replacing the lacklustre Alexis Sanchez the Frenchman was quickly into his stride and almost announced his arrival with a goal within a minute of the restart. Giroud was a constant thorn in the Toffees backline and his fine 45 minute cameo was justly rewarded with a stoppage time equaliser as he out muscled Sylvain Distain to nod home an inch perfect Nacho Monreal cross. However moments before the final whistle the Arsenal forward stretched for a ball rolling his ankle; Arsene Wenger admitted post-match the early prognosis was not good although during an interview for French TV Giroud did remain hopeful that the damage was not significant. Yaya Sanogo could return to fill the void after his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.
Source: talkSPORT
Aug 25 - 8:24 AM

Everton were in complete control, going up 2-0 by halftime and controlling play for the majority of the second half, but Arsenal struck for two goals in the final 8 minutes to steal a point in the 2-2 final.

Amazing how a few minutes can completely change the script of a Premier League game. Reporters were probably already well into writing their copy that no doubt would have included phrases like "The Gunners put on a horrific display" or "What was Wenger thinking with that XI?". Questions still remain but they pulled two nifty goals out of their hat, the first came when Santi Cazorla sent a low cross to a charging Ramsey in the box, and Rambo delivered again. Then, in the final moments of normal time, Nacho Monreal recovered a loose ball in the corner, then sent a cross into the box that Olivier Giroud connected on and leveled the score. The Gunners have a history of poor showings from time to time, but this game was like a microcosm of how badly and how deadly they can be. Not to be forgotten, the defense was extremely poor, and that would have to be attributed to the absence of Laurent Koscielny.

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Ozil will be included in the squad for Week 2 at Everton but he is more likely to be on the bench than start.

Arsenal have been very careful with the returns of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski after their World Cup-winning summers. Wenger has indicated that his Germans are ready to be involved on Saturday but the implication in his statement is that they are most likely to be on the bench for Week 2. In fantasy formats where you have to make a decision before line-ups are announced then the prudent move will be to wait until Week 3 to include either Mertesacker or Ozil.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 10:50 AM


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