Player News - Arsenal

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn't get credit for the goal but he caused it to go in off of Fabricio Coloccini for the only goal in Arsenal's 1-0 win against Newcastle at St. James' Park.

For the second week in a row, Arsenal were on the wrong end of an official's call as Hector Bellerin wasn't awarded a penalty after being tripped in the box by Florian Thauvin. The Gunners did get some luck when Oxlade-Chamberlain's second half shot deflected slightly off of Coloccini and found it's way into the far corner for a much-needed goal. The Gunners started with Theo Walcott in place of Olivier Giroud as a center forward and were missing Mesut Ozil but the attack didn't look much more fluid than it had in the first three weeks as the Gunners continue to struggle to start the season.
Aug 29 - 9:47 AM

Arsene Wenger could be forced into using Gabriel and Calum Chambers for the trip to Newcastle as doubts remain over the availability of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The pair missed the visit of Liverpool on Monday due to illness and injury and "Mertesacker is still sick" while Koscielny will have a test on Thursday "I will certainly know more [on Friday]," revealed Wenger. "The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker." Danny Welbeck is progressing well and "should be available [after the international break] if all goes well." Jack Wilshere won’t be too far behind. "Maybe one week after, he will certainly come back into full training." Tomas Rosicky remains sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery.
Aug 27 - 11:31 AM

Arsenal were able to keep Liverpool at bay throughout a lively contest on Monday despite the absence of their two first choice central defenders. Injury kept Laurent Koscielny [back] sidelined while Per Mertesacker was missing due to illness.

Brazilian Gabriel and forgotten man Calum Chambers were able to step into the breach and after a shaky 45 minutes the pair looked a lot more assured during the second half although an inspired performance from Petr Cech helped keep the sides level. Saves from Benteke and Philippe Coutinho deserve a special mention. Looking ahead to the trip to Newcastle Mertesacker is expected to recover in time but the news on Koscielny isn’t so good. The defender continues to manage an ongoing back issue and is a big doubt for the game at St James’ Park.
Aug 25 - 10:51 AM

Petr Cech redeemed himself after a miserable Week 1 performance against West Ham with a string of exceptional first half saves to keep Arsenal level on the way to a nil-nil draw at the Emirates.

Arsenal will feel hard done by and lucky at the same time when looking back on this result. A perfectly good Aaron Ramsey goal was disallowed for an offside that wasn't early in the first half. At the same time, the Gunners were terrible at the back allowing chance after chance to the Reds and relying on the post (twice) and Petr Cech (more than twice) to preserve the clean sheet. Perhaps this is what John Terry was talking about when he said that Cech would mean more points for Arsenal over the course of the season.
Aug 24 - 5:05 PM

Wellington Silva has signed an extension at Arsenal and then promptly been loaned to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

The loan of Wellington to Bolton continues a proliferation of young Arsenal players out on loan in both the Premier League (Jenkinson at WHU and Gnabry at WBA) and the Championship. Wellington has been forced to play abroad since Arsenal signed him due to an inability to qualify for a work permit in the UK. With the work permit issue resolved, Silva will get his first taste of English football in the Championship.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 18 - 11:18 AM

Young Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem will spend the season on loan at Rangers in the Scottish second division.

Zelalem played his youth soccer at Maryland (USA) club Olney Rangers and now he will suit up for the legendary club that his youth club was named for. Daily Record Sport are reporting that Zelalem is on the verge of signing for the Glasgow club on a season-long loan to get him some first team playing time. Zelalem will try to help Rangers gain promotion back to the top flight and test his slight frame against full-grown adults on a regular basis. He certainly has the skill to succeed but it is reasonable to wonder whether he is tough enough yet. If this loan indeed happens, we should know soon enough.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 18 - 11:14 AM

Olivier Giroud scored a spectacular volley from a Mesut Ozil cross before goals for each side from a Palace defender for a 2-1 win for Arsene Wenger's side.

The first half was full of exceptional play from both sides. Alexis Sanchez had a great chance early that was cleared off the line that could have buried Palace. Shortly after that, Olivier Giroud reached back with a volley from an Ozil cross for the opener and a sigh of relief from Gunners everywhere. Joel Ward scored a beautiful goal from distance beating Petr Cech to the far side for the 1-1 halftime score. Alexis was at it again in the second half heading a ball off of Damien Delaney who deflected it sharply into the Palace net for the 2-1 final score.
Aug 16 - 10:37 AM

Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Arsenal lines up in a 3-5-2 with Bellerin and Sanchez returning for Debuchy and Oxlade-Chamberlain
Source: Twitter
Aug 16 - 8:07 AM

Sky Sports Italia and The Express are reporting that Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell will leave Arsenal for Palermo on a permanent deal.

No word on the value of the deal or the length of the contract that Campbell might sign but the story seems fairly definitive that a deal will happen. Campbell hasn't made a dent in the senior squad since his capture so losing him is highly unlikely to have an impact. Any funds recouped on Campbell are unlikely to make a significant impact on either Arsenal's financial performance as a club or on their ability to buy a replacement.
Source: The Express
Aug 14 - 3:39 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Alexis Sanchez is "fit...working hard and ready for the weekend".

That should be all the encouragement that fantasy managers need to include Sanchez in their line-ups after a week where it was something of a surprise that he was even included on the bench. Sanchez has had two consecutive active summers between the World Cup and the Copa America and Arsene Wenger indicated that the Chilean would likely miss the first match of the season entirely and maybe the first two. Apparently the plan has changed as he came on as a sub in Week 1 and appears to be ready to reclaim his starting role in Week 2.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 13 - 6:20 PM

In his weekly press conference, Arsene Wenger has declared Hector Bellerin fit for Week 2 at Selhurst Park.

Bellerin was a late scratch from the Week 1 loss to West Ham but he has been declared fit after practicing with the team this week. Mathieu Debuchy did fine deputizing for Bellerin but the expectation should be that Bellerin will regain his starting spot for Week 2.
Source: arsenal.com
Aug 13 - 6:17 PM

Hector Bellerin has returned to training ahead of Sundays’ trip to Selhurst Park after the Spanish defender missed last weekends’ home defeat to West Ham due a minor thigh problem.

Mathieu Debuchy came in as a direct replacement but was disappointing - lasting a little over an hour - and the Frenchman is likely to make way in light of the loss in GW1. West Ham ended a run of 9-straight defeats against Arsenal and in doing so won their first game at the Emirates since 2007. Talk prior to kick-off focussed on Reece Oxford – aged 16 years and 237 days – who made his competitive debut making him the youngest PL player ever while the game itself wasn’t without incident. A Petr Cech mistake handed the Hammers’ the opening goal while Olivier Giroud and James Tomkins suffered a sickening clash of heads – both appeared to be unconscious – although Arsenal did release an official statement via social media later that evening contrary to media reports.
Source: Goal.com
Aug 12 - 7:05 PM

Arsenal and Wolves have agreed to a one-year loan deal that will see Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez head to the Molineux.

We'll call it the mini-Chelsea as Arsenal are sending younger players far and wide this season on loan. At the more senior levels, Wojceich Szczesny is at Roma, Carl Jenkinson is at West Ham, Yaya Sanogo is at Ajax and Serge Gnabry is at West Brom. On the more youthful front, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is at Ipswich Town, Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden are at Hull City, Daniel Crawley is at Barnsley, Jon Toral is at Birmingham City, and now Martinez joins them at Wolves. There are going to be a lot of Colney reunions in the Championship this season and a lot of Arsenal supporters checking the results from the second division to see how the kids are doing.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 11 - 8:48 AM

Arsenal have confirmed via social media that contrary to reports Olivier Giroud was never unconscious at any stage following a sickening clash of heads with West Ham defender James Tomkins.

Arsenal endured a difficult day at the Emirates and found themselves 2-nil down within the hour as Zarate doubled the visitors lead following another individual error. Petr Cech having gambled unnecessarily moments before half-time when racing off his line only for Cheikhou Kouyate to head the opener. Arsenal pushed hard looking for the breakthrough and as Giroud challenged for a whipped cross the Frenchman was clattered into accidentally by Tomkins. The coming together left both men limp on the turf and as concerned team mates rapidly approached cameras appeared to show an unresponsive Giroud being rolled into the recovery position. However following lengthy treatment the pair were able to continue. Whether to avoid reprisals from the FA – over concussion protocol – or otherwise a statement was released advising that Giroud was never indeed knocked out.
Aug 9 - 5:06 PM

Petr Cech wasn't the only poor performer but he was certainly the most visible as Arsenal lost 2-0 to West Ham at the Emirates in their season opener.

A ton of momentum for the Gunners went down the drain in 90 minutes at the Emirates on Sunday. New signing Petr Cech looked decidedly mortal flailing for a Dimitri Payet free kick only to watch Kouyate knife in front of him to head it home for a 1-0 win. He looked downright poor when Mauro Zarate collected a botched clearance and shot from 20+ yards in the 57th minute. Zarate's shot was neither particularly powerful nor well-placed and yet it beat Cech comfortably. Arsenal defenders should have done better on both West Ham scoring plays but the reason to buy Cech was to have a safety blanket to make the good saves and even the occasional spectacular one. He failed to make two relatively routine ones and Arsenal have already created an uphill battle for themselves this season as a result.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 9 - 10:34 AM


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