Player News - Arsenal

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Arsène Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Jack Wilshere after Mohamed Elneny was ruled out for at least three weeks.

The Egypt international rolled his ankle during Sundays 4-1 over West Ham and he will miss the Europa League tie against Atlético Madrid. Wilshere hasn't played since picking an ankle injury in Moscow 10 days ago, but is poised for a return in the semi-final first-leg: "Jack had a training session today [Sunday] and he looked positive, so he has a good chance to be available for Thursday." Wenger will check on several members of his squad ahead of the contest, but two players who will definitely miss out are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [cup-tied] and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who has failed to recover from a knee ligament injury. Petr Cech [hip] and Sead Kolasinac [ankle] will be assessed while serial sneezer, Mesut Ozil, who missed Sunday due to illness [6th absence in 15 months] faces a test: "We will have to see how he recovers."
Apr 24 - 3:03 PM

There are growing concerns for Arsenal who head into Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final with a mounting injury list.

Arsène Wenger was hoping to use this weekend as a dress rehearsal for the Atletico Madrid tie, but instead, took on London-rivals West Ham United with five players missing, although all are said to be minor. Jack Wilshere failed to recover from the ankle injury he picked up in Moscow 10 days ago while Petr Cech [hip], Mesut Ozil [illness] and Sead Kolasinac [ankle] become the latest players to enter the Arsenal treatment room. The first-leg will come too soon for Henrikh Mkhitaryan [knee ligament] but of greater concern is the loss of Mohamed Elneny who was stretchered off in the second half of today's 4-1 win. "It’s an ankle problem that is very painful," said Wenger. "Overall I believe that we have to wait until the X-ray to know a little more about it. But Thursday will be too soon for him."
Apr 22 - 3:16 PM

Arsenal were lackluster 3arly but came on strong late as Aaron Ramsey and Alex Lacazette pushed the Gunners to victory.

It was the Gunners' first match since the announcement of Arsene Wenger's resignation. Wenger's men took their sweet time gearing up for the match with Mknreal and Arnautovic trading goals. The introduction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang changed the tone of the match as Arsenal scored three late goals to make the final score look like a vintage Wenger result.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 22 - 10:35 AM

Despite his impressive form of late, Arsène Wenger could drop striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the game against London-rivals West Ham United.

The 28-year-old has scored five in his last 5 appearances, as well as providing two assists, but Wenger hinted that he may use Sunday as a dress rehearsal for this weeks’ Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, ruling the ineligible Aubameyang out. "I would say most of the time, after the Europa League games, it was a help because I could rest some players and bring someone fresh in," said the soon to be departing Arsenal manager. "[But] when you prepare for the Europa League it is a handicap because he cannot play." Alexandre Lacazette is expected to start while Danny Welbeck, who is a shoo-in for Thursday, is another who could benefit. Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin are poised for a recall after the trio were rested at St James’ Park last time out. Aaron Ramsey [shin laceration] has not participated in full training but he will be available for Sunday.
Apr 21 - 6:22 AM

With the Europa League far more important to the success of Arsenal's season, it is reasonable to wonder if Mesut Ozil will play this weekend.

Yes, Arsene Wenger has promised a representative starting line-up against the Hammers, presumably in an effort to hold off hard charging Burnley and eliminate the embarrassing possibility of finishing behind the cash-poor Clarets in the final standings. Whether that is enough for Wenger to risk his German World Cup Winner against the Hammers with the Europa League semi-final test against Atletico is another question entirely. Ozil's likelihood of playing should be viewed skeptically and caution should be applied to fantasy and betting situations.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:39 PM

Will Arsene Wenger's "strong side" promise include Aaron Ramsey for the Week 35 home match against West Ham?

Between Arsene Wenger's surprising resignation and the looming Europa League semi-final, just about anything is on the table for Arsenal's starting line-up on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey is returning from a deep cut suffered against CSKA but is healthy enough to feature. Whether he will play is less certain as the Gunners look to conserve resources for their mid-week match against Atletico Madrid that many think, over two legs, will anoint the Europa League winner. It wouldn't be wise to base a fantasy strategy around the notion that Aaron Ramsey will start.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:36 PM

Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test after missing the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend because of injury.

Arsenal take on London rivals West Ham at the Emirates and Arsène Wenger will use this game as preparation for Thursday nights Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid. "I rested some players after the Moscow match, and they will need a game......" That should include the likes of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin who were omitted from the matchday squad at St James' Park. Henrikh Mkhitaryan [knee] is running again and "he will be assessed over the next 4-5 days." David Ospina has fully recovered from his recent ankle problem but there is some uncertainty over Jack Wilshere who has an ankle injury. Even though Aaron Ramsey [shin laceration] is yet to train with the group, "he will be available" on Sunday. Santi Cazorla continues his rehab in Spain and there is still hope that he can return to the club before the end of the season, although he will not feature during the run-in.
Source: The Mirror
Apr 19 - 5:18 AM

Aaron Ramsey is hoping that he doesn't miss any time after sustaining a deep cut against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

Ramsey could be in for a big match against mediocre opposition in Newcastle but the concern is that his position in the squad is dubious. With Arsenal having little upside to winning in the Premier League over the final five matches and everything to gain in the Europa League, it seems that Ramsey could well be saved as a precaution. It seems like it would be unwise to count on Ramsey unless you have the option to make an adjustment at the last moment.
Source: espn.com
Apr 13 - 10:40 PM

Granit Xhaka will not feature the Europa League on Thursday evening as Arsene Wenger confirms the Swiss international did not travel to Moscow.

Speaking ahead of the second-leg tie against CSKA, the Arsenal boss confirmed: "Xhaka is not here because of flu," and the midfielder now faces a race against time to be ready for the trip to Newcastle. Mo Elneny is the likely benefactor. Alexandre Lacazette looks set to lead the Gunners attack in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [ineligible] while Wenger will look to recall those players rested last weekend. Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil are all expected to return after missing the 3-2 win over Southampton. However, there was no sign of Ainsley Maitland-Niles training with the group on Wednesday; previously Wenger had said the 20-year-old "might be back" for this game. Petr Cech will continue in goal as David Ospina continues his recovery from an ankle sprain.
Apr 12 - 5:10 AM

Mohamed Elneny is available to face Newcastle United on Sunday after his red card was rescinded.

The Arsenal midfielder was involved in an altercation with Cedric Soares which saw him sent off deep into time added on. The flashpoint came moments after Jack Stephens had reacted to Jack Wilshere ripping the shirt from his back, for which the Saints defender was shown a straight red - Wilshere somehow managed to escape with just a caution. The incident may have had a bearing, as Andre Marriner dismissed Elneny, rather harshly, for a shove on the Southampton full-back. After the game, Wenger said he was surprised by his players reaction: "I know him very well and he is not an aggressive, out of control player. I haven't seen it back, there were players in front of me." However, on Tuesday, the Football Association released a statement advising that the decision had been overturned: "Mohamed Elneny will be available for Arsenal’s next three games after an Independent Regulatory Commission accepted that he was wrongly dismissed for violent conduct."
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 11 - 5:52 AM

Arsène Wenger is confident that Henrikh Mkhitaryan can still play his part in the final games despite picking up a ligament problem.

The Arsenal playmaker injured his left knee during the 4-1 Europa League win over CSKA Moscow last Thursday and now faces a race against time to feature before the end of the campaign. Speaking after his side scraped a narrow win over Southampton at The Emirates, Wenger said: "He has a scan and the fear is that his medial knee ligament has been touched. We’ll know more about that soon. He will not be available for Thursday or Newcastle and certainly not for the week after, when we play West Ham. I think he will miss these games for sure, but he could still play at the end of the season." Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil were all rested on Sunday as Wenger targets European success – the Gunners last realistic chance of silverware.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 9 - 9:03 AM

Danny Welbeck scored twice, including the match-winner as Arsenal came out on top over Southampton in a back-and-forth 3-2 win.

Arsene Wenger made several changes and it looked grim in the early stages, as the visitors would score first on 17 minutes. About ten minutes later, the Gunners would equalize through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who beat the keeper after a flicked-on pass by Welbeck. Another 10 minutes passed and Arsenal took the lead, this time Welbeck getting a goal that deflected in, with an assist from Alex Iwobi. Those two would combine again in the second half for the match winner after the Saints leveled it 2-2. Iwobi crossed and this time it was Welbeck's head that got the job done. A huge game that may get Welbeck a step closer to a spot on the World Cup roster.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 11:21 AM

With an ankle injury, David Ospina is set to be unavailable for the second leg versus CSKA Moscow.

When the injury came up during his presser, Arsene Wenger said, "The scan was reassuring, he will be out for 2-3 weeks. Yesterday we were scared for a very serious injury. He just moved back on a shot and sprained his ankle, without any contact. It was a bad movement."
Apr 6 - 1:36 PM

As Arsenal takes on Southampton this weekend, they could be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan

After being forced off in the second half of their Europa League win versus CSKA Moscow Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be out according to Arsene Wenger. It is unsure when the Midfielder will return to the pitch but it seems to be an injury to his MCL. If it is the worst case scenario, he could miss the remainder of the season.
Source: Arsenal FC
Apr 6 - 1:25 PM

Barring long-term injury absentee Santi Cazorla, Arsène Wenger could boast a clean bill of health as Arsenal take on CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.

The Arsenal boss was speaking ahead of tomorrows match: "We basically have everybody available I think," which should see striker Danny Welbeck in contention despite being forced off due to a back problem on Sunday. Petr Cech also returns following his recovery from a minor groin complaint. Wenger revealed prior to Watford that the goalkeeper was feeling a lot "better" but expected Thursdays game to come too soon. However, Cech was back on the training pitches today, slightly ahead of schedule. But, David Ospina has started in every game of this years competition and it’s unlikely that Cech will be risked ahead of the Premier League encounter with Southampton. Alexandre Lacazette was back amongst the ranks for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in GW32, and following his 30-minute cameo, Wenger must decide whether to start the Frenchman as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied due to his involvement in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund.
Source: The Metro
Apr 4 - 11:56 AM



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