According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could well feature in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, citing that the England international has returned to full training. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been suffering with a hamstring injury picked up in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Southampton less than two weeks ago, missing the Gunners’ final three games as a result.
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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea after being sent off 14 minutes into Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton. The French international was given a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Enner Valencia, meaning manager Arsene Wenger will have a selection headache for the forthcoming clash at Wembley.
Koscielny’s absence will be a big disappointment for Wenger as he was already an injury doubt ahead of the Everton clash. The Arsenal boss was keen to give his centre-back game time to ready him for an intense cup final to come, but now the Londoners will have a makeshift backline to take to Wembley against the Premier League champions.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an injury update in the build up to Sunday’s Premier League clash with Everton. The London club have three players who are doubtful for the meeting with the Toffees, and the manager’s quotes suggest only one of the players may feature.
Centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been struggling with injury problems for a number of weeks, being in and out of the team, and Wenger could make a late call on the Frenchman depending on the outcome of scans this weekend. “We have an uncertainty over whether Koscielny will be available or not. He will have tests and then I will make the decision,” said Wenger.
According to reports, Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who has been suffering from a calf injury, could return in time to face Everton in Sunday’s final Premier League clash. The French international missed Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Sunderland on Tuesday night but is believed to be on the recovery trail and could be back in training this week in preparation.
Koscielny has been key at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, making 42 appearances in all competitions. The former Lorient centre-back played in every game in the Champions League and didn’t lose a game in which he stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes. Koscielny has missed four of Arsenal’s last nine league outings but is believed to be making progress behind the scenes.
Arsenal have a number of injury doubts ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, with three first-team players potentially out of action for the Gunners’ visit of the Black Cats. Arsenal are 1/11 to win against Sunderland in tonight’s Premier League clash.
Defender Kieran Gibbs missed Saturday’s 4-1 win over Stoke City through injury but should return to the first-team squad this evening. Manager Arsene Wenger said: “I left Gibbs behind on Saturday but he is available again.”
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscienly has been struggling with injury for quite some time now and the French international has moved on to reveal the true extent of his Achilles problem.
Koscielny was diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in both feet during an international break in 2014 by the French Football Federation and the 31-year-old has indeed suffered a couple of Achilles problems since although he did feature regularly for the good part of the past three years.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez limped off after 76 minutes with a thigh injury sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win away to Stoke City but still impressively scored despite carrying the knock. However, the Chilean international is now a doubt for Tuesday’s visit of Sunderland and could be absent for an important match in the race for top-four spot.
Manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the forward, citing how he’d previously signalled to be substituted as a result of the knock but ended up scoring before he was eventually withdrawn. “The physios told me he wanted to come off. Alexis is special you know not only because of his talent but he always finds the resources. He has shown again that it’s not about talent but desire too and a fighting spirit,” he said.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be recalled for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City. The Spanish international has been on the periphery in recent weeks, having been dropped due to poor form, but is expected to return in a right wing-back role this weekend. His manager hinted as much after Wednesday’s win over Southampton.
Bellerin was axed from the starting eleven after manager Arsene Wenger adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing second fiddle to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But with the English midfielder now ruled out for the Stoke City with a hamstring injury, his Spanish counterpart will deputise. There had been question marks over Bellerin’s attacking quality in a wing-back role, but his manager has defended him ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium.
Arsenal will have goalkeeper David Ospina in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the Colombian shot stopper is back to full fitness. In defence, the Gunners have the likes of Shkodran Mustafi has returned and is potentially available for selection. “Mustafi’s back in normal training. That’s basically it,” added Wenger.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka is the latest absentee, having picked up in an injury in the North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. “We still have Granit Xhaka out from the kick to the calf he got in the game (against Spurs). There is a little chance (of him featuring against Manchester United this weekend). Santi Cazorla was ruled out for the rest of the season with his Achilles injury and reports have suggests the Gunners are seeking his replacement for 2017/18.
With Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka injured ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has a decision to make on who to replace him in the engine room.
Francis Coquelin is the prime candidate to deputise given he’s a deep-lying defensive-minded midfielder. Mohamed Elneny, also a player of substance, is an option but has featured so little of late that he may miss out. But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be a wise choice given his form in recent weeks and what he brings to the midfield.