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Napoli readying Wojciech Szczesny bid 0

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojcieh Szczesny is believed to be subject of increased interest from Serie A hot-shots Napoli, La Gazzetta dello Sport has learned.

Partenopei are not thoroughly satisfied with their goalkeeping options and are willing to bring the Arsenal goalkeeper to challenge Pepe Reina for the spot in goal next season.

Napoli’s back-up ‘keepers Rafael Cabral and Luigi Sepe are both likely to leave the club at the end of the season, whereas Spanish shot stopper Pepe Reina has come under heavy criticism this term due to some rather shaky performances.

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.

Detailing the 12 Arsenal players away on international duty 0

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have 12 players away on international duty this week which doesn’t help manager Arsene Wenger given he’s been desperate to turn the side’s poor form around but can’t work on training with all the squad.

The Gunners boss is also sweating on the fitness of his two key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who are both expected to feature for Chile and Germany respectively despite not being 100%.

So who else is away for the international break?

Time to bring Mertesacker back after the international break? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Shkodran Mustafi struggling for consistency at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, supporters have called for club captain Per Mertesacker to be reinstated. The former has looked suspect in recent weeks and such defensive frailties came to a head against West Brom in the weekend defeat. As a result, fans want the leader back in the defence to restore the past resilient partnership with Koscielny.

Wenger: “International break makes it hard to arrest the slide” 0

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the upcoming international break has come at the worst possible time given the side’s woeful run of form. The Gunners recently suffered a 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, their fourth loss in five top-flight outings, and they’ll have to wait until April to play another Premier League game.

Arsenal’s first game back after the break is a home clash with Manchester City who boast the second-best away record this season, and Wenger believes the fortnight wait to return to league action makes his job harder to immediately turn things around. “You find confidence back by working hard. Now, on top of that, the players go away so it will not be easy,” he said.

Elneny likely to be away on international duty until at least February 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny looks set to be away on international duty for another week as things stand with Egypt on course to reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old, who signed from FC Basel in January 2016, has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. He last featured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and won’t be returning for Arsenal for a couple of weeks.

Mohamed Elneny joins up with Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations 0

Posted on January 02, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without midfielder Mohamed Elneny for a number of weeks as the 24-year-old joins the Egypt national team for the African Cup of Nations. The tournament commences on January 14 and could see Elneny unavailable for Arsenal until early February should his side go all the way to the final.

Egypt are joined by Mali, Uganda and Ghana in Group D of the 2017 tournament, their first game coming against Mali on Tuesday, January 17. Elneny is expected to play a key role in the midfield for his country, leaving Arsenal to look to Francis Coquelin as a deep-lying partner for Granit Xhaka.

Chile set to risk Sanchez against Uruguay 0

Posted on November 14, 2016 by David Nugent

According to ESPNFC.com, Chile are set to risk Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

The former Barcelona star suffered a tear in his hamstring muscle in training just a few days ago. However, the Chile hierarchy are desperate for Sanchez to feature in the vital game, despite the potential of aggravating the injury.

A ‘suicidal decision’

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described Chile risking the forward in the game as a ‘suicidal decision’ a few days ago. The French boss is speaking a lot of sense. He usually does on these sorts of issues. Surely it cannot be safe to let Sanchez play just a few days after sustaining a muscle tear.

Hector Bellerin picks up ankle injury on international duty 0

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pulled out of Spain’s U21 squad after picking up an ankle injury. The Spanish right-back is said to have suffered a recurrence of a knock and will be assessed by the Arsenal medical staff on Thursday.

The 21-year-old could well have picked up his injury in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur after being kicked in the ankle by Spurs left-back Danny Rose. He travelled with the Spain U21 side hopeful that his knock was nothing serious but now Arsenal are sweating over his fitness during the international break.

Alexis Sanchez out for Arsenal with a calf injury 0

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has picked up a calf injury on international duty with Chile, limping out of training ahead of Thursday’s World Cup Qualifier against Colombia. The South American attacker has been in fantastic form early into the new season and will be a big loss for club and country as a result.

“The medical corps of the Chilean national team informs the player Alexis Sanchez has a low-grade muscle injury. The athlete will stay in Santiago, under treatment and evaluation, before the meeting of Chile and Uruguay,” said a statement from the Chilean FA.



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