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Lucas Perez scored a hat trick within 47 minutes and the Gunners topped their group as PSG could only draw with Ludogorets in Paris as Group A play concluded on Tuesday.

It didn't look like Arsenal had much of a chance to win their group with PSG hosting their final group stage match against a Ludogorets team that Arsenal thrashed at the Emirates. The Bulgarian side did them a favor and drew 2-2 with the Ligue Un champions. Arsenal took advantage of the situation with an easy win against Basel who looked a step slow all night. Lucas Perez got the first three and then Alex Iwobi finished the scoring for the Gunners who top their Champions League group for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 6 - 4:51 PM

Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear attacking reinforcements are on the way with Danny Welbeck back in first-team training.

The former Manchester United forward has missed the past seven months after suffering a knee injury in May, that was expected to rule him out for up to nine months. But Wenger said Welbeck could be back within the next four weeks as he looks to regain fitness in time for the New Year. The Gunners have been plagued by a series of injuries up top, which has led to Alexis Sanchez being used as a central forward. Lucas Perez only just returned from injury while Olivier Giroud continues to be bogged down by a series of minor injuries. Meanwhile, Wenger revealed that Yaya Sanogo is out indefinitely as he works through a confidential health problem related to a long-standing calf injury.
Dec 5 - 6:09 AM

All eyes were on Arsenal's hat-trick hero Alexis Sanchez in a 5-1 win against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

The Chilean playmaker contributed to four of the club's five goals with an assist on the Gunners' opening goal from Mesut Ozil in the 24th minute to go with his second-half hat-trick to bring him even with league leaders Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa with 11 goals. Sanchez scored his hat-trick in a 14-minute stretch, starting in the 72nd minute when he worked past two defenders to beat Darren Randolph to the far post. He followed that up in the 80th with a curling effort before capping the night after being sent through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who added a goal in the 84th to bury the Hammers.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 2:45 PM

Aaron Ramsey and a mostly second string Arsenal side were swept aside by Southampton in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup ending the club's run in that competition.

Ramsey was given a run out at what most suspect is his best position, the number ten. While he was ineffective, it's hard to gauge whether it was down to Ramsey's personal poor play or a lack of talent and cohesion around him as Arsenal started primarily second-teamers against a strong Southampton side. Arsenal were rarely dangerous and, to make matters worse, could have given up more if Southampton had been more clinical. Arsene Wenger uses the League Cup as an opportunity for players outside the first team and the club paid the price for that on Wednesday.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 1 - 12:07 PM

The news just got worse for Santi Cazorla and Arsenal as the Spanish midfielder will have ankle surgery that will keep him sidelined for approximately three months.

Arsenal's title hopes, already fading with the excellence of Chelsea, were dealt a major blow on Thursday with the news that Santi Cazorla would, once again, miss a significant part of a season. Having already been missing for a little over a month, the Spaniard will now be out a further three months after ankle surgery. While Arsenal boast numbers at the base of midfield, they don't have a replacement with Cazorla's attacking talents. It does likely mean more time for Granit Xhaka to settle in though.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 1 - 12:02 PM

Forgotten man Yaya Sanogo won’t be pulling on the red of Arsenal anytime soon after Arsène Wenger confirmed the young French striker has been ordered to "rest completely."

The Gunners boss was speaking after their "disappointing performance" in the EFL Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton in which he described his side as being "not good enough defensively" while they lacked urgency and were "weak in some departments." Fielding questions regarding his team selection, Wenger revealed Sanogo is unavailable because of a calf problem although the details of the injury remain "confidential." The 23-year-old, who has not played since a loan spell at Charlton earlier this year, has a "real medical problem" which is not "life threatening." Wenger went onto add: "I am not specialised enough to explain to you exactly what it is in his calf."
Source: The Mirror
Dec 1 - 5:29 AM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club will assess injuries to Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla prior to the weekend.

While Cazorla has missed more than a month with an Achilles injury, Giroud has struggled to stay fit throughout the season due to various injuries. The Frenchman missed the club's League Cup loss to Southampton on Wednesday with a groin problem, but has a chance to face West Ham this weekend, according to Wenger: "Giroud is short, but has a chance to be available for Saturday. Cazorla I don’t know, honestly. It’s just inflammation. It can go in two days, two weeks - I don’t know. He has no setback, the inflammation is just still here. At the moment, it’s stable."
Dec 1 - 5:19 AM

Coming off of a protracted injury absence, Lucas Perez has returned to Arsenal's starting eleven for their EFL Cup match against Southampton on Wednesday.

It hasn't gone particularly well for Lucas at the Emirates thus far. After arriving close to the transfer deadline, he has struggled to break into the starting line-up between injury and (presumably) what he has shown in training. With the injury now behind him, he will have a chance to show his stuff against quality opposition in Southampton. The entire Arsenal line-up is: Martinez, Gibbs, Holding, Gabriel, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Elneny, Reine-Adelaide, Ramsey, Iwobi, and Lucas.
Source: @arsenal
Nov 30 - 2:09 PM

Olivier Giroud will miss the EFL Cup quarter-final against Southampton due to a minor muscular issue.

Speaking after the win over Bournemouth, Arsène Wenger confirmed Giroud had "felt a twitch in the back of his hamstring" during the dying moments of the game. However, tests have since revealed that the Frenchman suffered a "slight groin problem" which will keep him side-lined on Wednesday. There is no indication on whether he will return for the London derby with West Ham this weekend. Mathieu Debuchy is also ruled out and the extent of his hamstring injury is yet to be determined: "He has a scan today [Tuesday] but we don’t have the results yet," Wenger told Arsenal.com. Luca Perez will return having the missed the last month due to the ankle ligament injury he sustained during the fourth round win over Reading.
Source: Metro
Nov 30 - 6:24 AM

In his prematch press conference Tuesday, Arsene Wenger confirmed Lucas Perez is fit to return on Wednesday night.

The summer signing from Athletic Bilbao will return from injury to face Southampton in the League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, just four-and-a-half weeks after sustaining an ankle injury in the club's last League Cup match (which was supposed to keep him out for six to eight weeks). His return comes at a good time for the Gunners with Olivier Giroud ruled out Wednesday due to a hamstring injury and Theo Walcott dealing with a knock. Said Wenger: "Lucas is in the squad and will will have a mixture of youth and experience, but still 90 per cent of the first-team squad."
Nov 29 - 3:46 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud came away from Sunday with minor injuries.

Walcott left the club's 3-1 win against Bournemouth in the 76th minute after sustaining a knock after scoring a goal for the Gunners to give them the lead, and was replaced by Giroud, who also sustained a hamstring injury that will need treatment this week ahead of the League Cup. And that wasn't all for Arsenal as defender Mathieu Debuchy only lasted 15 minutes into his first appearance of the season before succumbing to a hamstring injury himself.
Nov 28 - 8:06 AM

Mathieu Debuchy came in from the cold to line up against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday but the French full-backs return was cruelly cut short by injury.

The former Newcastle United defender was making his first Premier League start for Arsenal in over a year, however, his day was practically over before it had even begun after suffering a muscular strain. In the absence of Nacho Monreal [ankle], Debuchy returned to the starting XI with Carl Jenkinson paying the price for his indifferent form since recovering from a serious knee injury. But Debuchy lasted barely 15 minutes after he pulled up with a hamstring problem and the early signs do not look good: "He thinks it’s a severe one," mused the Arsenal boss although the full extent of his injury won’t be known until he has an MRI scan. The Gunners will also check on Olivier Giroud who finished the game on the Emirates turf after feeling "a twitch in the back of his hamstring." Arsenal are "hoping" the damage is not too bad.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Nov 27 - 2:38 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored a brace as Arsenal edged past Bournemouth 3-1 at home on Sunday.

The Gunners remain fourth in the table after a pair of strikes by Sanchez and a header by Theo Walcott were enough for the home side to earn a hard-fought victory. The match was a lively from the star as the sides traded opportunities early, however, it was Arsenal who struck first. Sanchez grabbed his first of the match when he pounced on a poor backpass from Steve Cook and finished past Adam Federici to give Arsenal a 1-0. Bournemouth didn't take long to level the match and found their goal through Callum Wilson when the forward slotted home a penalty, the Cherries' first ever against Arsenal, after he was brought down by Nacho Monreal. The score remained deadlocked until the 53rd minute when Walcott headed home a cross from Monreal at the far post, while they doubled their lead through Sanchez to seal the victory in stoppage time. The Gunners remain in fourth with the victory, which puts them two points off Liverpool and Manchester City, but three off leaders Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 27 - 12:07 PM

Walcott owners beware as the Arsenal attacker is carrying an injury which may keep him out of the starting XI at the Emirates on Saturday.

A solid start to the campaign has tapered off and Walcott is facing the prospect of being axed as Olivier Giroud continues his impressive goals per minutes’ ratio since returning to the squad [5 in his last four appearances across 148 minutes]. Arsène Wenger confirmed prior to kick off in the Champions League that Walcott "has a slight problem with his toe," which is why he was named on the bench. "I have plenty of players who are fresh and available and need games. So, I try to rotate a little bit and keep the balance." Arsenal may line-up as they did against Paris Saint-Germain, a move which would see Alexis Sanchez drop a little deeper alongside Mesut Ozil although Aaron Ramsey is likely to replace Iwobi with Granit Xhaka or Elneny holding. Giroud is becoming hard to ignore and could make his first league start of the season.
Source: Metro
Nov 24 - 5:28 AM

Arsenal appear destined for another second place group stage finish after managing only a home draw against PSG at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Arsenal were decidedly second best in the first half with their only chance an Olivier Giroud penalty that the Frenchman converted. The goal from the spot leveled Edinson Cavani's opener that saw PSG carve open Arsenal's central defense. The second half saw improved play from Arsenal but the sides exchanged own goals for the final 2-2 result. PSG's two goals mean that assuming both teams win their final match that PSG will win the group on head-to-head away goals.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 23 - 4:50 PM


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