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Arsenal injury update 0

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an injury update on his six first-team players currently sidelined. Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina remains sidelined with a back injury. “Ospina is out. It is a longer-term injury. Ospina could be back in 10 days,” said the Gunners boss.

In defence, World Cup winner and £32M summer-signing Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out with a thigh injury. As for the midfield, Santi Cazorla is out for the season with his ongoing issue with an achilles injury, while Jeff Reine- Adelaide is expected to miss the remainder of the campaign with an ankle injury.

Bad news for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere suffers broken leg 0

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Is Wilshere’s Arsenal career coming to an end?

Jack Wilshere’s Premier League season is over as Bournemouth midfielder sustained a broken leg against Tottenham.

On loan from Arsenal, the England international has been doing rather well in an injury-free spell at Bournemouth over the course of the season, making 27 appearances for the Cherries, but his stay at Dean Court has been cut short as Wilshere is now expected to return to Arsenal to begin his rehabilitation process.

The 25-year-old midfielder is set for another lengthy lay-off for a similar injury he sustained just before the 2015/16 season, when a broken leg kept his out for the majority of the campaign.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Middlesbrough clash 0

Posted on April 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal could well have their first-choice shop-stopper and key centre-back back in the squad for Monday’s trip to the Riverside stadium. The Gunners lock horns with relegation-threated Middlesbrough in desperate need of a win, which may result in manager Arsene Wenger throwing in his first-team regulars sooner than he may have wanted.

As for the goalkeeper situation, Emiliano Martinez has been operating between the sticks for Arsenal in recent weeks with David Ospina out with a back injury and Petr Cech suffering from a calf strain. However, the latter cold be returning in time to line up against Boro, with Wenger saying: “I believe that we have a chance of getting Petr Cech back in the squad.”

Arsenal receive injury boost ahead of Boro game 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Some good news for Arsenal, finally.

The Gunners conclude this weekend’s fixture list with a trip to Middlesbrough on Monday night, looking for a swift return to winning ways after a humiliating 3-0 beating at Selhurst park.

Defeat to Crystal Palace has left Arsenal sitting in sixth place and looking rather likely to miss out on a top four finish.

Wenger’s men have collected 54 points from 30 games this season, and with only eight to go before the curtain drops, Gunners cannot afford another slip-up as they look to cut the seven-point deficit behind Manchester City in fourth.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Crystal Palace clash 0

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have five players out of action for Monday’s Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace. Goalkeepers David Ospina (knock) and Petr Čech (calf), centre-back Laurent Koscielny (achilles), midfielder Santi Cazorla (achilles) and forward Lucas Pérez (thigh) are expected to miss out.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is expected to keep his place between the sticks with Matt Macey to remain on the bench as cover with Ospina and Cech both out of action. Gabriel should keep his place at the heart of the defence alongside Shkodran Mustafi with Koscielny injured. But manager Arsene Wenger could make changes to his attack.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Man City clash 0

Posted on April 02, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have just three absentees ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Manchester City, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both expected to be fit to start. Lucas Pérez is out with a thigh injury, goalkeeper Petr Čech is suffering from a calf strain and Santi Cazorla has his ongoing battle with an achilles injury.

It means the Gunners don’t have any issues with squad selection as only Petr Cech needs replacing from the first-team but has a fine deputy in David Ospina – who has been used in the Champions League this season – between the sticks. Despite Perez’ absence, Arsenal are blessed with attacking options – Olivier Giroud and Alex Sanchez as options up front, while Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play on either flank.

Koscielny picks up head injury in friendly defeat to Spain 0

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny had an eventful outing for the France national team against Spain, giving away a penalty and clashing heads as Les Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at home. However, the Gunners defender isn’t thought to have sustained any lasting damage that could rule him out of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

In Arsenal’s recent slump, Koscielny has been key to keeping the defence somewhat together. His absence in the Champions League saw the side crumble in both legs of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich, and the form of partner Shkodran Mustafi has been disappointing alongside him in 2017. Mertesacker is waiting in the wings but is short on match fitness while the athletic Gabriel is error-prone at centre-back.

Will Santi Cazorla be offered a new deal by Arsenal? 0

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been out of action since October with an achilles injury and has been ruled out for the season due to a setback in his recovery. The Spanish playmaker, who joined the Gunners in 2012, has made just 22 Premier League appearances since the start of the 2015/16 season with injuries limiting his game time. His contract is up in the summer and the club haven’t offered an extension so will Cazorla leave at the end of the season?

Will Arsenal miss Petr Cech? 0

Posted on March 22, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal number one Petr Cech will miss up to a month of action, according to the Evening Standard. The veteran goalkeeper pulled-up in the Gunners recent 3-1 defeat at West Brom and had to be replaced by back-up David Ospina.

That means that Cech will miss games against Manchester City, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. The Gunners are hoping to have him back for their FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City towards the end of April.

The 34-year-old was acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the English top-flight when he arrived at the north London club in 2015 from London rivals Chelsea.

Is Bellerin playing with an injury? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has struggled for form since his return from an ankle injury in December, and it’s believed the Spanish international could be playing without being fully match fit. Bellerin started the season strongly with Arsenal but has been poor for a number of weeks which could be attributed to the injury he’s yet to fully recover from.

The 22-year-old has made 22 Premier League appearances this season, making just two assists. Bellerin found himself exposed on a number of occasions in 2017, most recently being caught flat-footed and outpaced by West Brom’s James McClean in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat, and the lack of a better right-back option might be the reason the former Barcelona man continues to feature.

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