Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up a straight red card in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley, automatically ruling him out of February’s title-race six-pointer against Premier League leaders Chelsea. The 24-year-old, signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has picked up more red cards than any other player in Europe (5) since the start of last season, and could incur an internal punishment for such indiscipline.
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Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is edging closer to a loan deal with the Dutch side VVV Venlo, according to reports from the Netherlands.
The talented midfielder is wanted by the Eerste Divisie side and a move to the Dutch second division has been contemplated both by Arsene Wenger and the player himself over the past few days.
VVV Venlo are sitting top of the second tier, seven points clear off Jong Ajax in second and Arsenal boss appears to be ready to sanction a deal believing it could prove to be highly beneficial for the talented Arsenal youngster.
In what would be considered a major coup for Arsenal – and such a trademark Arsene Wenger signing – the London-based club are being heavily linked with Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal.
Former Everton target and soon-to-be a free agent, as his deal with the French Ligue 1 outfit is expiring at the end of the season, could go on to fulfill his wish of moving to ‘a bigger club’, which was the main reason he rejected an agreed £12 million move to Goodison.
Arsenal host newly-promoted Burnley in the Premier League this weekend chasing a fifth consecutive win at home. The Gunners have won four on the bounce in their own backyard ahead of the visit of the Clarets and are trying to keep up with Chelsea (seven home wins) and Tottenham Hotspur (six home wins) who are also trying to maintain their own respective home winning streak.
Arsenal’s recent home form
(27/11/16) Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
(10/12/16) Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City
(26/12/16) Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(1/1/17) Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi revealed on social media that he’s struggling with cold & flu symptoms days before the Gunners welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium. He added how he’s taking a number of suppressants in the form of lozenges and flu medication, but his situation might give pause for thought for manager Arsene Wenger.
With Arsenal are 1/5 to win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, Wenger may feel he can cope without Iwobi if the Nigerian isn’t 100% going into the game. Lucas Perez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are solid options on the right flank, assuming Alexis Sanchez operates on the left with Olivier Giroud leading the line, so the 20-year-old isn’t a cert to start this weekend.
Carl Jenkinson’s protracted exit from Arsenal has hit a stumbling block with disagreements over wages with suitors Crystal Palace. The want-away right-back looked set for a switch to Selhurst Park after being made available for transfer by manager Arsene Wenger, but Eagles boss Sam Allardyce revealed the deal was “hanging in the balance” as a result of Jenkinson failing to agree personal terms.
While recently extending his deal with Arsenal, defender Per Mertesacker isn’t expected back on the pitch for a few more weeks. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed the former German international has returned to training but won’t be named in the squad until at least late-February. “He is back in training, not with the squad but I think he is a few weeks away,” said Wenger.
According to reports from France and the Metro, Arsenal are in talks to sign French winger Rachid Ghezzal in the summer. The winger is currently at Ligue One club Lyon, but his contract expires in the summer. That means Ghezzal will be a free agent in the summer and could prove to be a bargain buy.
Reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal have already held talks with Ghezzal agent. However, a number of clubs are believed to be interested in signing the Algerian international, including Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Monaco, Valencia and Everton.
Made a fine impression last season
With Arsenal welcoming Burnley to the Emirates Stadium in their latest Premier League clash in three days, striker Olivier Giroud has little time to put himself in contention of starting after making a late recovery from injury. The French international came off after an hour in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Swansea City with an ankle knock but manager Arsene Wenger gave a positive update in his press conference that suggests Giroud has a chance of starting this weekend.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin is back training with the side and available for selection for Sunday’s Premier League clash with newly-promoted and travel-sick Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey partnered Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park in Saturday’s 4-0 win away to Swansea City while Coquelin was out of action, and given he’s impressed in recent weeks the Welsh international might keep his place as Arsenal need to retain some creativity against a Burnley side who will try to nullify their threat.