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Arsenal

Player News - Arsenal

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Emiliano Martinez kept a clean sheet and picked up a massive win for Arsenal in their bid to make it through to the knock out stage of the Champions League.

Martinez didn't really have too much to do until a nice save in stoppage time but with Arsenal down to their third choice keeper they will be feeling good about their ability to pick up points while Szczesny and Ospina are on the mend. The 22-year-old Argentine may get a few more starts before Szczesny returns so fantasy managers should at least take a look since he will likely be available and cheap regardless of format.
Nov 26 - 4:35 PM

Yaya Sanogo scored his first Arsenal goal against Dortmund early but went off with an apparent hamstring injury in the late going. He is currently being assessed.

Things at the forward position are getting desperate at Arsenal. Olivier Giroud wasn't yet fit enough to be in the squad for the Wednesday match. Danny Welbeck is now dealing with a knee injury that is still being evaluated. Theo Walcott is still finding his way back to fitness. On top of all that, Yaya Sanogo limped off against Dortmund with a hamstring injury. Might Lukas Podolski actually get a start against West Brom on Saturday? Tune in to Arsenal's Team News on Friday to find out.
Nov 26 - 4:28 PM

Mikel Arteta is again facing an injury situation of unknown severity as he asked to come off about 15 minutes from time on Wednesday.

Just as it appeared that Arsenal might be starting to get healthy again they lost Jack Wilshere, Wojeich Szczesny and Danny Welbeck against Manchester United. Four days later Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo both limped off against Dortmund. The two new injuries will have to be assessed before any conclusions are drawn but the French duo of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini might both be drafted in to service for the weekend against West Brom.
Nov 26 - 4:24 PM

Danny Welbeck was not fit enough to make the squad for Arsenal's critical Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Welbeck was a bit on the gimpy side coming off of England duty but Arsene Wenger chose to start him against his former club on Saturday. Welbeck didn't look entirely healthy at the end of the 2-1 loss to United and the issue was confirmed as the forward was left out of the squad against Dortmund. Arsenal have yet to release any details on the extent of the injury or when Welbeck might be expected back in the line-up.
Source: Arsenal.com
Nov 26 - 3:30 PM

Laurent Koscielny must be ahead of schedule in his recovery because Arsene Wenger has deemed him fit enough for a place on the bench against Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday's Champions League tie at the Emirates.

It was only a few days ago that Arsene Wenger declared Koscielny three weeks away from full group training. Apparently the schedule has moved up because he has been passed fit enough for a potential substitute role in a key Champions League match against group leaders Dortmund. It seems unlikely that Wenger will use the France international unless times are desperate but the way things are going at Arsenal, desperate isn't out of the question.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Nov 26 - 3:24 PM

Jack Wilshere could be out for anywhere from three weeks to four months depending on what a scan reveals later this week.

What is certain is that the England midfielder will miss a significant chunk of time with ligament damage following Paddy McNair's challenge on Saturday. If surgery is required then he will likely miss a significant portion of the rest of the current season. If a walking boot is all that is required then he may be able to return just before the calendar turns to 2015. Either way, Arsenal will be forced to continue on with the misfiring Santi Cazorla, the struggling Aaron Ramsey and the aging/past-it Mikel Arteta as their midfield wheelhouse. Not good times at the Emirates.
Nov 26 - 12:08 PM

Jack Wilshere's injury may render this irrelevant but it is worth noting that for an important match, Santi Cazorla was left out of Arsene Wenger's starting line-up.

It has been a long dry spell in front of goal for Santi Cazorla. Combine that with Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showing well for England and the return to health of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey the diminutive Spaniard may no longer be a starter for Arsene Wenger on the rare occasions when he has a healthy line-up. Wilshere will be out for between a couple of weeks and four months depending on what is found in scans later this week but with Mesut Ozil getting closer to full health and a transfer window opening, Cazorla's time as a significant contributor at Arsenal may be drawing to a close.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 12:03 PM

Alexis Sanchez may not have come out on top against Manchester United but he continued to delivery for fantasy managers.

Even when he isn't scoring goals, Alexis Sanchez is doing things that managers in most fantasy formats will feel good about. With the exception of the PL.com format that is weighted heavily toward goals, assists and clean sheets, Sanchez has been a break out star whether he's scoring in a given match or not. Against United, the Chilean totaled two shots on target, five successful crosses and two corners won on his way to 14 points in the Yahoo format. There aren't many attacking players producing at this level at all, let alone without scoring every week like Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.
Source: Yahoo.com
Nov 26 - 11:58 AM

Wojciech Szczesny suffered a double whammy on Saturday as the goalkeeper was not only taken out by his own defender resulting in the opening goal at home to Manchester United but the injury forced the Polish international off with less than 15 minutes gone in the second half.

In an attempt to clear an in swinging cross from Ashley Young Szczesny came scampering off his line and collided with full-back Kieran Gibbs who was the recipient of an unnoticed Marouane Fellaini push – as both players remained on the floor the onrushing Antonio Valencia slammed the ball back into the box only for the outstretched leg of Gibbs to divert the ball into his own net. Szczesny remained down and following treatment a decision was made to introduce Damian Martinez despite the keeper wanting to continue. Post-match Wenger revealed the problem was not serious – hip injury - although his participation in the UCL against Dortmund is in serious doubt. He joins David Ospina on the sidelines meaning youngster Ryan Huddart could make the squad on Wednesday.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 23 - 5:55 PM

Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's only goal against Manchester United in stoppage time to mark his return to competitive action.

It was a short but busy substitute appearance for Olivier Giroud against Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday. His first touch after coming on was a header from an Arsenal corner that wasn't too far from target. In stoppage time he managed to score a goal and get a yellow card. With Danny Welbeck limping toward the end of the match it seems likely that Giroud will get a start next weekend.
Nov 22 - 2:36 PM

Jack Wilshere played well but couldn't convert when it counted and then suffered yet another ankle injury as Arsenal fell to United 2-1.

Arsenal were dominant for most of the first half and should have had at least one goal. Arsenal's high pressure forced a turnover in the United end and Jack Wilshere was in alone on David De Gea with time to pick his shot. The England midfielder can score great goals but in this case he put it right at a sprawling De Gea and the opportunity went begging. Early in the second half, Wilshere suffered another ankle injury from a Paddy McNair tackle. It will give Arsenal no solace that they played better football than their opposition today since it ended in yet another loss to their bitter rivals.
Nov 22 - 2:33 PM

Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Alexis Sanchez (travel) will be assessed ahead of Arsenal's match with Manchester United with neither being 100% certain of starting.

Given the critical nature of the match-up, it seems likely that Arsene Wenger will start both players unless one or the other will either be significantly less than their best or at risk of making a small injury worse. Welbeck was withdrawn from England's friendly against Scotland on Tuesday and could be rested for United if Olivier Giroud is deemed fit enough and match-ready enough to start in his place. Alexis Sanchez would have to be in pretty rough shape from his international travels not to start given his form.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Nov 21 - 11:06 AM

Theo Walcott's injury issues continue with news that the attacking player is doubtful for Arsenal's Week 12 match against Manchester United.

Having just come back from a long layoff, it isn't surprising that some niggling injuries might crop up as the player's body gets used to playing competitive matches again. It is even less surprising when that player a) plays for Arsenal and b) is Theo Walcott. The speedy England man is a frequent visitor to the training room and supporters and fantasy managers shouldn't count on him for the weekend's marquee match-up.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Nov 21 - 11:02 AM

Former Manchester United forward may not be fit to face his former team on Saturday after being substituted against Scotland on Tuesday.

Danny Welbeck was substituted off in the 66th minute against Scotland with stiffness in his hamstring. His status for Saturday against Manchester United is not yet clear. With Olivier Giroud potentially available, Arsene Wenger will have to decide which forward is closer to full fitness as he selects his starting eleven against their old nemesis. Both clubs will be without key players due to injury with Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, and Mesut Ozil definitely out and a raft of others questionable including Welbeck, Luke Shaw, Falcao and just about everyone in United's defense.
Nov 20 - 11:53 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated today that Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are about three weeks away from full group training.

With the jam-packed holiday period getting ready to start, Koscielny and Debuchy can't return soon enough for Arsenal. The frailties of Nacho Monreal deputizing as a center back and Calum Chambers doing the same at right back were pointed out in the club's come-from-ahead 2-1 loss to Swansea in Week 11. If Arsenal are to mount a significant challenge for a top four spot and get past the group stage of the Champions League then their first choice defenders are likely going to have to return to full match readiness before the fixture list starts to get bogged down in December. The schedule Wenger laid out indicates that this is possible but only just. Any setbacks will mean Arsenal playing a series of league matches with less than a full strength defense.
Nov 20 - 11:34 AM



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