Player News - Arsenal

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With his career at Arsenal stalled, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could look for a move to Leicester City this summer.

Something about the Arsenal experience hasn't agreed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Whether it is physical frailty on his part or something in how Arsenal train, he has been injury prone. His game also hasn't progressed as hoped. Could a move to Leicester City be the tonic for what ails him? It doesn't feel like the sort of move that led to the Foxes' success but he could be an undervalued asset if a different approach gets him closer to his potential.
Source: Espnfc.com
May 22 - 9:10 AM

The rumor mill has Arsenal target in (or flying to) London to finalize his move from Borussia Monchengladbach to the Premier League's second place finishers.

This one has been gathering steam for some time and the player has insisted that he wants his future sorted out before the European Championships start in mid-June. Yesterday brought news that Arsenal and Gladbach weren't that close on a transfer fee but it must be getting closer if the player is, indeed, heading to London to get the details sorted out. Looks like Arsenal will have at least one new outfield player to show for this summer's window.
Source: espnfc.com
May 20 - 10:07 AM

Reports out of France indicate that Olivier Giroud wants a sit down with Arsene Wenger over his Arsenal future.

Giroud started the season in strong enough form to justify his place as a starting forward for a big club. There have always been doubts about his ability to be a title winning starter for Arsenal but he was at least in the right ballpark in the early going. Then the second half of the season happened and he went goalless for a long spell and was replaced by Danny Welbeck as the preferred starter for a stretch of matches. Any reasonable observer would suggest that Giroud has reason to be worried about his prospects for playing time. If Arsenal are to challenge for the title then they need a forward who won't go months at a time without a goal.
May 19 - 1:33 PM

Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that they have received a bid for holding midfielder Granit Xhaka but that no agreement has yet been reached.

After stating recently that no official offer had even been received for the Swiss international, Borussia Monchengladbach Sporting Director Max Eberl has confirmed that a formal offer has arrived. He did not reveal the identity of the bidding club but rumors in England have indicated that Arsenal have made a move for the player. We're hardly at the "done deal" stage of the rumor cycle but we seem to be closer to the end than the beginning of this particular one.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 2:10 PM

Arsenal's captain played his final match in the Premier League and was involved in the final goal of the season.

Arteta has been injured for much of the season so the fact that he was healthy to come on in this match as a substitute and force Arsenal's final goal was an excellent close to his playing career at Arsenal and overall. Rumored to be joining Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at the Etihad next season, Arteta will be remembered as an excellent creative player with an eye for goal from his pre-injury days at Everton and as a steadying influence from a deeper position at the Emirates.
May 15 - 1:34 PM

Much maligned forward Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick and Arsenal dispatched Aston Villa 4-0 at the Emirates on their way to clinching second place in the Premier League.

It was a day of redemption for the Gunners at the end of a season that was by some measures successful and by others a huge disappointment. Olivier Giroud continued his resurgence with a hat trick after a long goalless streak in 2016. The win saw the club finish second, their highest finish in the league since they opened the Emirates. Finally, departing captain Mikel Arteta was sent off with a goal to close the season that will likely be officially scored a Mark Bunn own goal. Despite all the good feelings to close the season, many will feel that Arsenal missed a chance to win a title.
May 15 - 1:31 PM

Arsenal will have Mesut Ozil back for the visit of relegated Aston Villa after the German missed the Week 37 trip to the Etihad with a hip injury.

Arsenal weren't prolific in creating chances against Manchester City in Week 37 with only two created but their efficiency must have made the German World Cup winner's eyes water. Arsenal converted both chances and took a point from the match. If his teammates were half as ruthless with the fruits of Ozil's creativity all season the he would have blown the assists record away and the Gunners would likely have won the league. Be that as it may, Ozil is a strong fantasy option in salary cap leagues given Arsenal's need to win to secure third and the weak nature of their opposition.
May 13 - 3:04 PM

With the news that Danny Welbeck will be out for nine months after injuring his knee, Arsenal will surely be forced into the transfer market for a new forward.

This could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal supporters. Danny Welbeck's late-season form had the potential to convince Arsene Wenger that persisting with the trio of Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as central forwards was a good idea. The absence of Welbeck until at least the second half of next season will change that plan. Arsenal probably need two forwards, a lead forward and another to replace Walcott who hasn't done the job, and Welbeck's injury makes that even more obvious. Names in the rumor mill include Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid/Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) and Michy Batshuayi (Marseille).
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 2:42 PM

Danny Welbeck will be side-lined for up-to nine months after Arsenal confirmed the injury-plagued forward had undergone surgery to repair ‘significant cartilage damage’.

Arsène Wenger admitted he was "worried" earlier this week by the injury sustained by Welbeck at the Etihad on Sunday – and the Gunners boss had every right to be. "We tried to keep him on the pitch," he said post-match. "But straight away he tried to move and said, ‘It’s impossible’. Welbeck went under the knife after tests revealed a large meniscus tear in his right knee ruling him out until 2017. The club released a statement on Wednesday offering their support to the hapless 25-year-old: ‘Everyone at Arsenal will be working hard with Danny throughout his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.’
May 12 - 9:32 AM

Amidst rumors of disagreements with Arsene Wenger come hints that Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in buying Alexis Sanchez.

It isn't unreasonable for a player of Alexis' pedigree to want to win. With Arsenal failing to put up a sustained title challenge in a year where the club's biggest rivals stumbled badly. Frustration in inevitable. Whether that frustration turns to a transfer demand remains to be seen but it isn't unreasonable that it might happen.
May 11 - 8:52 PM

Arsène Wenger admitted he was "worried" by the injury sustained by Welbeck during the first half of Sundays’ game at the Etihad, however, he refused to rule the England international out of Euro 2016 until he has further tests.

Welbeck was making his first start in four, but lasted less than half an hour after he was forced off with a knee problem. "The first signs look like lateral meniscus [cartilage]," Wenger told the BBC. "He looks down, and he’s not a guy who likes to go off. I’m a bit worried. I don’t want to say about the Euros – let’s be a bit more optimistic." Having already spent 10 months out following knee surgery, Welbeck has worked hard to put himself back in contention for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, but, this latest setback could scupper any chance of appearing in France. "Danny is a strong boy and we tried to keep him on the pitch," mused Wenger. "But straight away he tried to move and said, ‘It’s impossible’.
Source: The Guardian
May 9 - 11:16 AM

Arsenal just needs a point from its final match this season to secure a third-place finish following a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Olivier Giroud was the clear star for the Gunners on Sunday at the Etihad with the Sky Blues desperate for three points in order to own their Champions League destiny. Just moments after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring early in the first half, the Frenchman headed in a corner from Mohamed Elneny to even things up with his first league goal in the last 11 Premier League matcehs. Giroud wasn't finished there as the forward deftly set up the equalizing goal in the 68th minute with a beautiful back-heeled pass that set up Alexis Sanchez to secure the point. However, it wasn't all good news as Danny Welbeck left the match in the first half with a knee injury while Jack Wilshere played most of the match as a first-half sub.
Source: NBC Sports
May 8 - 1:04 PM

Santi Cazorla may be ready to return to the pitch for Arsenal for the first time since his injury in November but fantasy managers shouldn't count on it.

With so many players having two matches and Cazorla not being a sure thing for even one (and very likely not to go the full ninety even if he does see the pitch), you'd have to have a lot of faith in the Spaniard to bring him into your line-up in any fantasy format for Week 37. Week 38 seems like a better bet with the Spaniard certainly interested in getting at least one competitive match in before the season comes to a close.
Source: espnfc.com
May 6 - 2:42 PM

Per Mertesacker will miss Arsenal's final two matches with a hamstring injury.

The German center back only recently came back into the side after Gabriel was given a run of, largely unsuccessful, starts in the Premier League. Mertesacker was back for Arsenal's clean sheet win over Norwich City last weekend but will miss this weekend's big showdown with Manchester City that could lock up a guaranteed spot in the Champions League group stages. Presumably Gabriel will return to the starting line-up in Mertesacker's absence.
Source: espnfc.com
May 6 - 2:39 PM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain re-injured his knee during his return from his previous knee injury and will miss both Arsenal's final two matches and the European Championships.

With so many players threatening his position for both Arsenal and England, it's hard to imagine that Oxlade-Chamberlain would have seen the light of day even if he'd been healthy but the new injury removes all doubt. With rumors swirling about a potential transfer over the summer one wonders whether there will be a market for the former Southampton trainee due to the long string of injuries that has set his progress back. Could he be Arsenal's "New Diaby"?
Source: espnfc.com
May 6 - 2:36 PM


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