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Alexis Sanchez scored a precision free kick to put Arsenal ahead 1-0 in the first half but Southampton scored twice to win at the Emirates and boot Arsenal from the competition.

Arsenal are now down to three competitions for the 2014-15 season after bowing out to red hot Southampton 2-1 at home on Tuesday. Fielding a team that combined youngsters (Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden, Francis Coquelin, and Joel Campbell), experienced reserves (Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski, and David Ospina) and a couple starters (Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere) Arsenal were a step behind Southampton's mostly full-strength side for much of the match despite being at home. The Gunners had opportunities but Fraser Forester made five saves to secure the win for Ronald Koeman and his side.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 23 - 5:04 PM

Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck each had a goal and an assist in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ozil scored the first goal of the game off a great through ball from Danny Welbeck in the 33rd minute. Less than two minutes later Ozil returned the favor, assisting on Welbeck's first goal for the Gunners since joining the team earlier this month. An own goal in the 36th minute sealed the deal as Arsenal allowed Villa just 37 percent possession and two shots on goal. The Gunners will face Tottenham at home next weekend and Villa will play on the road at Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 20 - 12:25 PM

Arsenals’ misery was compounded in Dortmond last night as Jack Wilshere suffered ANOTHER ankle injury but his absence could see Mesut Ozil revert back to his preferred central role.

The Gunners travelled to Germany on Tuesday for their opening UEFA Champions League fixture with a host of injury problems to contend with. Mathieu Debuchy, Nacho Monreal, Yaya Sanogo and Calum Chambers were all suffering from injury or ailment while Mathieu Flamini was not risked because of a tight groin. However it was the problem picked up by Jack Wilshere that will be at the forefront of Wengers’ thoughts with the Arsenal coach quite rightly "cautious" regarding the severity of the issue - the England international has suffered none fewer than 12 significant ankle injuries which have restricted his game time since 2011 - the player will be assessed ahead of the game on Saturday.
Source: London24
Sep 17 - 11:59 AM

Nacho Monreal became the latest Arsenal defender to be sidelined after the player suffered a minor back injury during Saturday’s home draw with Manchester City. The Spanish full-back did not travel with the rest of the squad to Germany where the Gunner’s face Borussia Dortmond in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday.

Monreal joins an ever growing list of Arsenal casualties which includes the unfortunate Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) - who is set to miss around three months - Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) as well as long-term absentees Theo Walcott, Oliver Giroud and Serge Gnabry. Calum Chambers will also face a late fitness test following a bout of tonsillitis while Laurent Koscielny is battling an ongoing Achilles issue. After the summer departure of Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal are a little short of cover in defence with Kieron Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and youngster Hector Bellerin being the only fully fit first team options available.
Sep 16 - 6:41 AM

Laurent Koscielny took the top spot on this week's Joel Ward All-stars with a stout defensive performance despite Arsenal giving up two goals to Manchester City.

The Arsenal central defender led the Premier League in Week 4 with a combination of nine passes intercepted and three tackles won. The performance certainly does credit to the French international's effort but also raises concerns about Arsenal's midfield that allowed enough to make it through to the defense that Koscielny could be that active. It is worth noting that Koscielny has consistently outperformed his central defensive partner Per Mertesacker in the sorts of secondary statistics like interceptions and tackles that count for fantasy purposes.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:29 PM

Aaron Ramsey continued to delivery great all-around performances for Arsenal with 16 point performance in the Yahoo format in Week 4.

It isn't hard for a midfielder to get an assist and still not come close to breaking double digit fantasy points in the Yahoo format. Ramsey didn't just get to double digits, he used a strong all-around performance with three passes intercepted and four tackles won in addition to a shot on target and an assist. There aren't many players who are going to get you two-way fantasy production these days.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:24 PM

Alexis Sanchez continued his strong start to his Arsenal career with his third goal in his last four matches across all competitions for Arsenal.

The Chilean attacker has been exactly what Arsene Wenger hoped he would be. He has brought pace, technique, tenacity, and goals to Arsenal's cause already in this young season. His spectacular volley for Arsenal's second goal was the biggest highlight of his Week 4 performance but his tracking back also saw him will a couple of tackles while also winning four fouls and getting a couple of shots on target. A strong all-around performance in fantasy and reality against top competition.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:20 PM

Danny Welbeck experienced some cramping in his Arsenal debut but should be OK going forward.

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger believes the forward should be fine going forward. He also praised Welbeck for his play today, saying he looked dangerous. Wenger also added that Welbeck needs to develop his link play better, but that's true for most players who arrive at Arsenal. Arsenal's new signing should be a much better fantasy option against lesser oppositions going ahead.
Sep 13 - 10:58 AM

Good news for Arsenal fans, Mathieu Debuchy has a bad ankle sprain and doesn't have any broken bones.

Mathieu Debuchy had to be taken out of Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Manchester City with what looked like a horrible non-contact injury. Fans and experts feared for the worst, but they've received good news here. It's not all-pretty for Debuchy though, as a bad ankle sprain could still involve months of rehabilitation before he returns to the pitch. After we get a better timeline, we'll update you on his status and whether or not you should pick up his replacement (Calum Chambers).
Sep 13 - 10:40 AM

Jack Wilshere staked his claim to a starting spot in Arsenal's midfield with a goal and an assist as part of an exceptional overall performance in a scintillating 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

Jack Wilshere, under heavy criticism so far this season, answered his critics with a fantastic all-around display that he topped off with a beautifully worked goal and a clever headed assist for Alexis Sanchez's goal. Arsenal weren't able to keep the lead as they allowed a Martin Demichelis header from a corner in the 83rd minute for the final score.
Sep 13 - 9:42 AM

Mesut Ozil is ready to go for Arsenal after returning from international duty early with an ankle sprain.

Mesut Ozil hasn't been at his best for Arsenal thus far this season but he is still part of their best starting line-up and his fitness for the match with City will be important to the Gunners' chances of picking up critical points. Arsene Wenger indicated in his Friday press conference that Ozil should be fit to go. Given the opposition, he isn't necessarily a great fantasy option but he will at least be playing.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 12 - 3:46 PM

Danny Welbeck is fit and highly likely to start in the number nine role for Arsenal against Manchester City on Saturday in the early match.

With Olivier Giroud sidelined through December at least, Danny Welbeck should get a significant chance to prove himself in the number nine role starting with Arsenal's match Saturday against defending champions Manchester City. With Alexis Sanchez also capable of playing both wide and central attacking roles, it may be that Arsenal's attack more closely resembles Liverpool's where Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez traded off playing centrally vs. coming in from wide from minute to minute looking to throw the defense off. Welbeck moves from being a fantasy afterthough when he was a reserve at United to being a worthy starter in almost any format.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 12 - 2:57 PM

While certainly not a lock to start, Arsenal supporters will be boosted by reports that Aaron Ramsey trained with the team on Friday ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester City.

There is a school of thought that says that Arsenal's biggest problem when playing top level competition over the second half of last season was Aaron Ramsey's absence. The midfielder's ability to tackle, control the attack and run from deeper positions to score solidified the midfield and prevented the sort of running wild that characterized the big losses to Liverpool, City and Everton last season. Regardless, Ramsey is one of Arsenal's best players and his presence, assuming he is a go, should improve the Gunners' chances against City tomorrow.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 12 - 2:53 PM

Kieran Gibbs is back to full training and is sufficiently fit to face Manchester City as they come to the Emirates in Week 4 action.

Whether Arsene Wenger will throw Gibbs and Mikel Arteta straight back into the fire against top tier competition as they return from a few weeks off is unclear. The Gunners will need whomever they start to be at their best to prevent another embarrassing defeat to a "big" opponent. Gibbs' availability and probable start diminishes any fantasy value for Nacho Monreal while not being so certain that you'd want to pick Gibbs.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 12 - 2:44 PM

Mikel Arteta is back in training and fully fit to participate in Arsenal's big match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal are set to be as close to full health as they ever are with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs and David Ospina all returning from injuries for the occasion of Manchester City's visit. The Gunners will need as strong a line-up as they can field with the champions likely eager to erase the memory of their shocking defeat to Stoke City two weekends ago.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 12 - 2:07 PM


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