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 enjoyed a late-season resurgence to take the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League all the way to the final day, but manager Arsene Wenger admitted the upturn in form came too late to secure Champions League football next season. Arsenal suffered three defeats and a draw in five Premier League games in March and the start of April which left their top-four hopes in jeopardy, and Wenger believes the way they were dumped out of Europe by Bayern Munich was reason for the dramatic dip in form.
Despite beating Everton 3-1 in their final Premier League game of the campaign, Arsenal won’t be playing in the Champions League next season. Ahead of the final games, Manchester City and Liverpool needed wins against Watford and Middlesbrough respectively to secure their place in the top-four, and the pair made light work of their opposition to confine the Gunners to Europa League football for the first time in over 20 years.
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 close out the Premier League season with a visit of Everton on Sunday afternoon, and the Gunners are big favourites to come out on top given their resurgence at the same time the Toffees have been struggling on the road. Arsenal are in fine form of late while Everton can’t buy a win away from home, and victory could see Arsenal seal Champions League football depending on other results.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 72 points from 37 games this season, coming back from the dead to resurrect their challenge for a top-four finish. The Gunners looked down and out in previous months, but have picked up four consecutive wins to give themselves a chance of leapfrogging the Merseysiders.
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.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his future at the club could be decided in the aftermath of their FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27. He believes an announcement will follow days after the meeting. Various reports have suggested a two-year deal was on the table for the Gunners boss if he would agree to a Director of Football or intermediary that limited his omnipotence in the camp, but the French coach remained coy when asked.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refuted claims that the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are intrinsically linked to the Gunners finishing in a Champions League spot. He believes the former La Liga duo – who have stalled on signing new contracts until the end of the season – are committed to Arsenal and take responsibility for the part they’ve played in the club’s outcome.
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.
According to Football.London, Spanish La Liga side Valencia are interested in Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder has been out of favour in the second half of the season and manager Arsene Wenger might be keen to let him leave as a result. Valencia aren’t breaking the bank this summer, however, and will seek cheap players to strengthen their squad.
Coquelin has made 28 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2016/17 but has started only three league games since February, sitting behind Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in the pecking order. Valencia are reportedly keen on a season-long loan deal for the midfielder and are also targeting Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho.