Player News - Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere announced his imminent departure from Arsenal via Instagram today.

While the Arsenal youth product didn't make any announcement about where he will play next season, he did say where he wouldn't be playing...at Arsenal. With Lucas Torriera set to be announced as soon as Uruguay is finished with their World Cup run, Wilshere has decided to move on. He has been linked with a variety of clubs in the Premier League and abroad. Stay tuned.
Source: Espn.com
Jun 19 - 7:06 PM

Arsenal have reportedly added Bernd Leno to Unai Emery's reconfigured defense as he takes over for Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal supporters have been clamoring for reinforcements down the spine of the team for some time. Arsene Wenger seemed immune to their pleas but Unai Emery seems more attuned to club needs. With a holding midfielder and center back rumored to be close the addition on the 26-year-old Leno from Bayer Leverkusen will give supporters hope of keeping a tighter ship at the back.
Source: Espn.com
Jun 18 - 2:42 PM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has committed his future to the club he has been with since age 9 after he signed a long-term contract with the Gunners this week.

Maitland-Niles broke into the first team in a significant way over the course of the 2017-18 season and his new manager sees a bright future for him. Perhaps the biggest question facing Unai Emery is where he sees Maitland-Niles' future. Arsene Wenger played the England youth international in central midfield and at both outside back positions over the course of last season. Emery reportedly had a detailed dossier on Maitland-Niles while interviewing for the Arsenal job so he likely has a strong opinion on the topic but has yet to share where on the pitch the player's future might lie.
Source: espn.com
Jun 12 - 10:36 AM

Mesut Özil will miss the friendly against Saudi Arabia as a precaution after picking up a knee injury.

The German playmaker missed his domestic season run-in after aggravating a back problem in the Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid at the beginning of May. But following his month-long layoff, Özil was back in action on Saturday, scoring the opener against Austria. However, his night ended early after he was forced off with a ‘new injury’ which has restricted his training this week, although some running exercises were possible. The German Football Federation confirmed Özil would not be risked on Friday due to a minor bruise on his left knee. The World Champions begin their defence on June 17 against Mexico, and despite the setback, team director Oliver Bierhoff is expecting Özil to be okay for the finals: "It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risks and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 5:19 PM

Arsenal have confirmed the first signing of the Unai Emery era and it is Stephan Lichsteiner, a Swiss international right back who comes to the club from a successful run at Juventus.

Arsenal have officially announced the rumored arrival of Swiss international Stephan Lichsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus. The 34-year-old comes over as depth behind starter Hector Bellerin and perhaps as a role model for a player whose development seems to have stalled since bursting onto the scene out of the blue for the Gunners. Expect Lichsteiner to feature mostly as a reserve with some cup matches and the occasional start to give Bellerin a rest. His presence will be a significant upgrade over the converted center backs (and others) who took the pitch for the Gunners last season to deputize for Bellerin.
Source: @Arsenal
Jun 5 - 11:09 AM

Granit Xhaka has been cleared of serious injury after limping out of Thursdays session with his international team-mates.

The Arsenal midfielder was seen clutching his left knee in pain following a robust challenge in heavy rain at the Swiss training camp in Lugano. Visibly upset, Xhaka was helped off the field by members of the backroom staff and taken to hospital for precautionary tests. Fortunately, an MRI scan revealed he had just suffered a heavy knock: "I am very relieved," he said following the results which team doctor Pierre Etienne Fournier later confirmed: "We could establish that the ligaments were intact, but we wanted to play it safe. It's just a painful bruise on the knee." Xhaka remains an integral part of the squad and Switzerland will need their influential 25-year-old at his best to progress from Group E with Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica all vying for a place in the knockout phase. Xhaka will miss Sunday's friendly away to Spain but could return to face Japan before the finals in Russia.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 1 - 5:27 AM

Hector Bellerin is one of several players being touted to replace Dani Carvajal after the Real Madrid defender picked up an injury during the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

The full-back was left in tears on 37 minutes when he was replaced due to a suspected hamstring strain, and given his reaction, there are serious concerns over his availability for the upcoming World Cup finals. Reports suggest Carvajal complained of a muscular problem in the warm-up, but started the game nevertheless, a decision which is likely to cost him his place in Russia. If he does fail to recover, then Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will look to his standby list which includes Bellerin, although he faces stiff competition from Sergi Roberto [Barcelona] and Juanfran [Atletico Madrid] who were also omitted from the initial 23-man squad. The pacey Arsenal right-back only has three caps to his name despite making his debut in 2016. Strangely enough, after being called into the European Championships squad as a late replacement for the hapless Carvajal who had picked up another muscular injury.
May 27 - 4:35 PM

Laurent Koscielny is targeting a return to action within six months following surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Arsenal centre-back said he felt like he had been tackled by Diego Costa after falling to the turf during the opening minutes of the Europa League semi-final tie in Madrid earlier this month. But in the moments that followed, Koscielny suddenly realised he was all alone and his dreams of playing at the World Cup finals in Russia were over: "My first reaction was to say: 'It's done - my tendon has snapped.' I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain. At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again." Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said at the time: "You will not see him now before the beginning of December at least." But Koscielny is hoping to be back in the first-team by November.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Arsenal officially confirmed that midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club at the end of his contract this summer.

The 33-year-old midfielder has not played for the Gunners since October 2016 due to an Achilles injury and looks set to join former club Villarreal. Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal since 2012/13, when he scored a career-high 12 goals. "Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch," chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. "His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club."
May 22 - 9:37 AM

Santi Cazorla could be on his way out of Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to rejoin his former employers Villareal.

Cazorla played for the La Liga outfit between 2003-2011, although he did spend a year on-loan at Recreativo Huelva in 2006. After 181 league appearances [25-goals], El Submarino Amarillo cashed in on their prized asset for a reported fee of €19 million. "It is hard to express the feelings I have because we are talking about many years and many experiences at this club," he said at the time. "The change is important and also exciting, but it is hard to assimilate that I am leaving after seven years." Following 16 months of injury hell, Cazorla returned to full training in April and was hoping to play a part during the run-in, although a lack of match fitness ended his chances. With his current deal set to expire on June 30, he will become a free agent and Villareal would like Cazorla to spend pre-season with them with a view to signing on a permanent basis.
Source: The Metro
May 20 - 3:50 PM

French outlet L’Equipe are linking midfielder Jack Wilshere with a potential move to Ligue One winners Paris Saint-Germain.

The newly crowned Champions are said to be keen on the injury-plagued 26-old-year who is out of contract this summer. Wilshere has an offer on the table from Arsenal, but it is believed that his representatives met with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to discuss a potential move, although the final decision would rest with new manager Thomas Tuchal. The news comes at the end of a frustrating week for Wilshere who was omitted from England’s 23-man World Cup squad and overlooked for a place on the standby list: "I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!" he posted on his personal Twitter account. "Given the chance I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament."
May 20 - 3:17 PM

Barring injury, Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette will not feature at this summers World Cup in Russia.

The French Football Federation announced their 23-man squad on Thursday, a group which did not include the likes of Lacazette or Martial, although both have been added to the standby list. However, given the wealth of attacking talent at Didier Deschamps disposal - Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud – the decision should not come as a great surprise given that the pair have been fairly mediocre over the course of 2017/18. Lacazette had surgery to remedy a niggling knee complaint in February and was hoping to finish the season strongly, but the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the run-in meant he often played second fiddle to the £56 million January arrival. Martial on the other hand has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and despite a decent first half of the season, faded badly and did not register another Premier League goal following his winner at Burnley back in January.
Source: Reuters UK
May 18 - 4:56 AM

Arsene Wenger got a winning send-off as Arsenal won 1-0 over hosts Huddersfield Town in his final match as Arsenal manager.

The Terriers' crowd honored the Arsenal manager with an ovation in the 22nd minute to honor his 22 years of service to Arsenal and the innovation he brought to the Premier League. He got the result he would have wanted as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned home an Aaron Ramsey cross for the only goal of the match. The Terriers showed how they stayed up as they were dangerous all match long despite never actually scoring a goal.
Source: espn.com
May 13 - 12:31 PM

With Konstantinos Mavropanos out due to a suspension and Laurent Koscielny injured, Rob Holding's chances of starting at Huddersfield Town are strong and he could represent an excellent value play in Premier League draft formats.

Rob Holding has had some serious ups and downs since his arrival at the Emirates from Bolton Wanderers for a relative song the summer before last. Given his cost, he has shown the potential to be a solid, if not spectacular, starting center back in the Premier League. The problem, as it tends to be at bigger clubs, is getting him the playing time necessary to develop from potential starter into actual starter. With nothing to play for, Arsenal have the opportunity to invest Week 38 playing time in his future and should be expected to do so. Week 38 results are notoriously unpredictable so there are certainly no guarantees but Holding is likely not owned in draft fantasy leagues and represents an above average chance at a clean sheet given Huddersfield Town's issues scoring.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:15 PM

Konstantinos Mavropanos will miss Arsenal's finale after picking up a red card as the Gunners fell to the Foxes 3-1 on Wednesday.

With Laurent Koscielny also definitely out look for Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi to tow the defensive line for Arsenal on the final day of the season. The club's new manager will figure out where Mustafi figures in the club's future but relative youngsters Holding and Chambers will likely get a chance to show what they have on tape as the club evaluates them and their futures with the club. Given that Huddersfield Town have achieved safety, both Chambers and Holding represent solid potential value as draft fantasy players who could realistically pick up clean sheet points.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:10 PM



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