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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

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

Kieran Gibbs hamstring injury will keep him out of Arsenal's Week 2 match with Everton leaving Nacho Monreal a clear path to a start.

Arsenal have not released a timeline for Gibbs' return to action but he will definitely be out for the Week 2 trip to Everton after missing Arsenal's mid-week Champions League qualifier in Turkey as well. Nacho Monreal will be the starter until Gibbs is back but @EVE is a tough match to bring him in despite a relatively reasonable 7.15 price in the Yahoo format.
Aug 22 - 10:44 AM

Mikel Arteta is awaiting the results of his scan after the Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas.

Post-match Arsene Wenger revealed the player had "turned his ankle" and as the Spaniard hobbled through the press zone wearing a protective cast clearly in pain the initial prognosis did not look good. On Wednesday Arteta went for a scan to confirm the severity of the problem and dependent upon the results of those assessments the Arsenal coach could be forced to step-up his search for a replacement defensive midfielder. Recently linked to Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United have confirmed their Ivorian holding player is available having reportedly turned down an $12 million bid from Lokomotiv Moscow; although the transfer fee could prove to be a huge stumbling block with the Magpies holding out for around $20 million.
Aug 21 - 7:11 AM

Alexis Sanchez's competitive debut for Arsenal was a mixed bag depending on whether you are looking at it in the short term or long term.

Alexis Sanchez scored 9 points in the Yahoo format and 5 points in the PL.com format which are both solid results in the short term. The worry, especially in formats that lean on a lot of secondary statistics like successful crosses, shots on target, etc, is that the big driver of Sanchez's solid fantasy outing was an assist. While he did OK with some of the "phantom point" categories, he also committed five fouls which erased any good from his positive phantom points. That he avoided a yellow card was a bit of a miracle after committing five fouls. Definitely something to keep an eye on in future weeks.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:34 AM

Jack Wilshere rose above his history as a mediocre fantasy player to score well in the Yahoo format in Arsenal's season debut.

Likely a temporary member of the starting line-up until Mesut Ozil is ready to return, Jack Wilshere put up 11 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite Arsenal's muted display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The one-time "future of England" wasn't as productive in the PL.com format with only two points but the Yahoo focus on stats like Fouls Won (6), Shots on Target, Passes Intercepted, Corners Won, and Tackles Won (all one each) worked in Wilshere's favor. Ozil's return seems imminent and the opposition is tougher this weekend with Everton coming to town. Seems likely this was a one week wonder for Arsenal's smoking central midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:28 AM

La Gazetta dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have beaten Juventus and Roma to the signing of Greek international center back Kostas Manolas.

With Per Mertesacker still recovering from his World Cup exertions over the summer and Laurent Koscielny playing despite a Achilles complaint, Arsenal's lack of depth at center back has been exposed early in the season. Calum Chambers has played well as Mertesacker's deputy but one more center back was pretty clearly needed to round out a solid squad at the Emirates after Thomas Vermaelen's departure. Reports from Italy indicate that Kostas Manolas will be that man. Well regarded after a strong World Cup for Greece, the 23-year-old has been linked to a variety of big European clubs all summer. If La Gazetta dello Sport is to be believed, the deal is done.
Aug 20 - 9:09 AM

Calum Chambers has played in two official matches plus the Community Shield and has looked very much the part of a strong buy.

Still a few months short of his 20th birthday, Calum Chambers has looked every bit the rising star that Arsenal paid Southampton for. Per Mertesacker's extended summer break has given the versatile Chambers a chance to start earlier than expected in his Arsenal career. So far the evidence is strong that this is a good buy even if he gets fewer minutes as the season goes on.
Aug 19 - 9:05 PM

Aaron Ramsey will miss the second leg of Arsenal's UCL group stage qualifying tie with Besiktas in North London after being shown two yellow cards in Istanbul.

Arsenal will have to hope they have Mesut Ozil back and better form from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla who were both off the mark. They will definitely be missing Aaron Ramsey who will be suspended for the match at the Emirates. Arsenal return home needing a win in the return fixture after the first leg ended nil-nil despite multiple good chances for both sides.
Aug 19 - 4:39 PM


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