Player News - Arsenal

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Arsenal believe Santi Cazorla will not play again this season following another major setback.

The Spanish midfielder has been limited to just eight Premier League appearances this term after picking up an ankle injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League last October. Following several weeks of rehab, Cazorla wasn’t progressing as hoped, and the Arsenal medical team in conjunction with specialists decided that the 32-year-old would have surgery on the plantaris tendon in his right foot. Cazorla travelled to Sweden for the procedure and was told a full recovery would take around three months, although the player himself was initially confident of a return within two. However, following several setbacks, Cazorla will now focus on being fit for the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Source: The Mirror
Feb 22 - 5:49 PM

Theo Walcott became an Arsenal centurion scoring the Gunners' second goal as they ended Sutton United's Cinderella story in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It has been a long time coming for Walcott who started the season on fire only to be stalled by a familiar foe, injuries. The Southampton youth product caused a distraction that helped Lucas Perez's drive from the corner of the 18-yard box find the net for the opener. It was then Walcott's turn to take a bow as he scored his 100th goal in an Arsenal uniform. The Gunners' reward for beating Sutton United is a date at the Emirates with another non-league opponent in Lincoln City. It should be clear sailing to the semi-finals for the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM

Nacho Monreal is back in the Arsenal starting line-up for their FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Monreal, who seems to have lost his starting spot to Kieran Gibbs but he returns along with a number of other reserves for Arsenal's trip to Sutton. The Gunners will start Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide and Lucas.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 2:25 PM

Arsenal Under-23s lost 2-1 at Leicester on Sunday, but Danny Welbeck came through 70 minutes unscathed as he continues to build fitness.

The England international was tipped to start in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Sutton United on Monday, however, Welbeck revealed via his personal Twitter account that he won’t be risked at Gander Green Lane due to concerns over their artificial surface: ‘Glad to get 70 minutes today to build up my match fitness. Plastic pitch at Sutton isn't the best idea at the moment. #COYG’. The 26-year-old has been managed very carefully since returning to the first-team squad in January after 8 months out due to a meniscus problem in his right knee which required surgery. His four Premier League appearances, totalling a measly 42 minutes, have all come from the bench. But, Welbeck has been afforded a start in the FA Cup while in his second appearance in the same competition he served a perfect reminder of what the Arsenal fans had been missing with two-goals in the 5-0 drubbing of Southampton.
Source: Squawka
Feb 19 - 12:46 PM

Arsène Wenger admitted that Arsenal "collapsed" after Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a hamstring problem in Munich on Wednesday.

Alexis Sanchez scored in the Allianz Arena to restore parity in the first half, and at 1-1, Arsenal fans could have be forgiven for thinking that this could be there night. A draw against their German counterparts would've provide the perfect platform for the Gunners at the Emirates in the second leg. But the quarter-final tie was turned on its head within 10 minutes of the restart. Laurent Koscielny appeared to tweak his hamstring as he overstretched and during those moments following the introduction of Gabriel, the Arsenal defence looked all at sea as Lewandowski and Alcantara took full advantage. "Two goals was difficult to swallow – 53 and 56. We have to analyse that," mused a despondent Wenger. "It looked like we lost our organisation. Not only did we lose our centre-back, but a combination of mental and organisation." Koscielny will be assessed over the next 24-48hrs but will not be risked in the FA Cup at Sutton United on Monday.
Feb 16 - 3:24 AM

The pressure on Arsene Wenger can only have increased as his Gunners imploded in the second half and lost to Bayern Munich 5-1 in the first leg of their Champions League knock-out round.

The goal for the trip to Munich and the Allianz Arena was to come back to North London with a chance to win. At halftime, with the score tied at 1-1, it looked like the Gunners might achieve that. It was all undone amidst a barrage of goals from Bayern Munich in the second half as the German champions scored four unanswered to effectively put the Gunners out of the competition at the first knockout stage for yet another year. With a title challenge not happening in the Premier League either, the pressure on Arsene Wenger must surely be getting close to the breaking point.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 15 - 5:31 PM

Hull City made it a contest for 90 minutes, but a controversial first goal and a late penalty converted by Alexis Sanchez steered Arsenal to a 2-0 win.

Sometimes you need a goal any way you can get it and sometimes you need a win any way you can get it and that summed up Arsenal's day. Sanchez was active early and often, dragging a shot wide and finding Mesut Ozil for a chance that went missed, but Hull's defense was resolute in the opening half hour. Then, in the 34th minute, Kieran Gibbs' shot was defended off the line but Sanchez knocked it in off of his arm. While not intended, it gave the Gunners some breathing room. However, pressure began to mount as time went on with Hull still a moment away from equalizing. Sanchez put the stamp on the win though in added time after Hull conceded a penalty following a handball incident from a Lucas Perez header. Sanchez takes the lead in the race for the golden boot with goals 16 and 17 today.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 9:32 AM

Mohamed Elneny has returned to London just in time to help secure the base of Arsenal's midfield with Cazorla and Ramsey still injured and Xhaka suspended.

It is likely that the Egyptian will be the first option off the bench as Arsenal host revitalized Hull City at the Emirates this weekend. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has played well in the Santi Cazorla role and Francis Coquelin is likely to partner the Ox in the more defensive-oriented of the two roles. That said, Coquelin is always a risk so Elneny will stand a great chance of participating as a substitute at the least.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 10 - 11:25 AM

Hector Bellerin owners may enter the weekend not knowing whether he will be available for Saturday's match with Hull City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the right-back has yet to take part in training as he continues to be assessed after sustaining a concussion in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend following a clash with Marcos Alonso on the Blues' first goal. But Wenger still remains unsure whether the Spaniard will be available to feature this weekend, meaning a potential recall for Gabriel Paulista: "We have the question about Hector Bellerin. He’s going for tests and the process every day and we’ll only know tomorrow if he gets the green light from the medical people to practice or not. At the moment he has not practiced."
Feb 9 - 7:12 AM

Arsenal tried to bounce back from their loss to Watford earlier in the week, but failed to do so against a strong Chelsea side as the Gunners would lose, 3-1.

The energy and determination Arsenal needed to show in order to put the loss to Watford behind them and have a chance against the league's top side failed to show up today, as Arsene Wenger watched on from the stands. They hit a double whammy in the 13th minute, conceding the opening goal while Hector Bellerin suffered a head injury during the play. He had to be replaced by Gabriel, the latter getting the best chance to equalize before the break, but his header was saved well. Chelsea would then keep the foot on the gas in the second half, widening their lead to 3-0. Olivier Giroud spoiled the clean sheet bid though, scoring as he so often does, from the bench, heading home a Nacho Monreal cross. On the bright side, Bellerin was seen joining his teammates back in the stands in the second half, so hopefully his head is in good shape.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 9:46 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasn't great but he was solid subbing in for Aaron Ramsey who is himself a sub for Santi Cazorla.

With Aaron Ramsey injured and not a very good holding midfielder even when fit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's solid performance in the 3-1 loss for Chelsea should offer hope that Arsenal will have a solution at the position next season between a returning Jack Wilshere and the Ox.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 4 - 9:45 AM

Aaron Ramsey will miss the next three weeks with a calf injury picked up early against Watford on Tuesday.

With the Wales international set to miss out, Arsene Wenger will hope Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to partner Francis Coquelin. The Ox picked up a minor knee issue against Watford but was able to finish out the match. Beyond Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal are light on numbers with Granit Xhaka suspended, Santi Cazorla out injured, and Mohamed Elneny on African Cup of Nations duty.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 3 - 8:17 PM

Danny Welbeck was rested against Watford but is in contention for Arsenal against Chelsea to kick off Week 24.

With Olivier Giroud nursing a knock he picked up on Tuesday, Danny Welbeck is a potential alternative either as a center forward or in a wide attacking role supporting Alexis Sanchez. Giroud hasn't been ruled out but between his minor injury and Chelsea's defense, which seems more attuned to dealing with strength than speed, an attacking group of Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck and Walcott looks more likely to give the leaders trouble than a more traditional line-up led by Giroud. This isn't a guarantee but Welbeck, given his industry and speed, might make as much sense as anyone against the Blues.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 3 - 8:15 PM

Arsenal will have at least one more player missing for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday after Arsène Wenger gave a mixed injury update following the 2-1 home defeat by Watford.

Aaron Ramsey is a certain absentee after he was forced off with just 20 minutes on the clock because of a muscular injury, a problem which could keep him sidelined for several weeks: "It’s a calf strain," revealed Wenger. "I don’t know how long he will be out for, but it’s a calf strain." With Granit Xhaka suspended, Mo Elneny away on international duty and Santi Cazorla struggling to play again this season, the Gunners are without a holding midfielder to partner Francis Coquelin. With any luck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be handed his chance in a deeper role as he was against Southampton in the FA Cup, a game in which he excelled. But first, the 23-year-old will need to prove his fitness. "He got a kick on his knee. I don’t think [the injury is serious]. I think he should be alright," although Arsenal won’t know for sure until the player been fully assessed.
Source: Clucall
Feb 1 - 7:29 AM

Aaron Ramsey managed to deflect a goal into his own net and suffer an injury inside of twenty minutes of Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates.

After playing well at the weekend against Southampton, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have earned a spot at the base of the Arsenal midfield. Aaron Ramsey didn't look good, was unlucky contributing to Tom Cleverley's opener and then went off injured. It seems certain that he'll miss out on the weekend and should Oxlade-Chamberlain impress he doesn't exactly have a high bar to overcome given how Ramsey has performed since coming back into the Arsenal midfield. It's no guarantee but I wouldn't bank on Ramsey being the starter once he returns.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 31 - 4:47 PM



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