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Could Per Mertesacker come in for the injured Laurent Koscielny? 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Laurent Koscielny could be out of action for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool as he continues to battles with hamstring injury, but could it be Per Mertesacker who replaces him? Gabriel Paulista is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the back if Koscielny isn’t back in time, but Mertesacker has been training for some time and could be an option.

Gabriel’s athleticism is his greatest strength and may be key to keeping tabs on an energetic Liverpool frontline. But Mertesacker is a measured player who doesn’t give away fouls, nor does he dive in and compromise his position on the pitch. Gabriel has the pace to chase players bearing towards goal, but he’s also suspect due to his rashness in the tackle.

Aaron Ramsey could be back for Arsenal’s next Premier League game 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is nearing recovery from a calf strain suffered at the end of last month. Manager Arsene Wenger said it would be three weeks until the Welsh international returned from the knock, and Ramsey should have enough time before Arsenal’s next game to make his return.

The Gunners face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, March 4, and Arsenal are 11/4 to win against the Merseysiders. Ramsey is unlikely to start given his lack of match fitness and the stiff competition in the midfield, but having him as another creative and industrious option in the side gives Arsenal another dimension if things aren’t working on the pitch.

Alexis Sanchez urged to join Inter by teammate 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez has been urged to join Italian club Inter by Chile international teammate Gary Medel. The Arsenal forward’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, as he will have just a year left on his current contract in the summer.

Talks between Sanchez’s representatives and Arsenal seem to have stalled, which has led to speculation that the forward will leave the club in the summer.

Urged to joined Inter

Inter have been bought out by Chinese owners, who have ambitious plans for the Nerazzurri. Talking about Sanchez Medel told the Corriere dello Sport: ‘Alexis is a player we all know, he’s one of those strikers who all the top clubs are looking for,’

Gunners set sights on FC Porto talent 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Milos Markovic

It is another day and another new name on the increasing list of possible Arsenal transfer targets.

In the reports brought and spread out by ESPN, the North London club have set their sights on FC Porto striker Andre Silva.

The Gunners have sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old Portugal international in action against the Serie A champions Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League Last-16 tie as a possible summer move is being mooted for one of Europe’s highly-rated prospects.

Arsenal are thought to be looking to expand their forward options next season and the young Portugal talent is seen as the ideal long-term addition to the squad.

Arsenal could find themselves out of the Premier League top-four on Monday 1

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League with 50 points from 25 games, one point clear of fifth-placed Liverpool ahead of the next round of matches this weekend. However, with the Gunners’ next league outing not until March, while Liverpool play this coming Monday, Arsenal could find themselves outside of the Champions League spots at the start of next week.

Arsene Wenger’s men are outsiders to stay in the European places this season, with the bookmakers preferring Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to occupy the coveted spots. Arsenal are predicted to come fifth and Manchester United sixth. They haven’t fallen outside of the top-four of the Premier League since September, and won’t be pleased that Liverpool are their next opponents in March.

Could Szczesny be on his way to Dortmund in the summer? 0

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly the subject of interest from a number of European sides, but Borussia Dortmund are said to be leading the chase for his signature. The Polish international has been on loan with AS Roma for two seasons, but the Serie A giants may not be able to match his agreed fee of £13M to make the deal permanent.

With Petr Cech and David Ospina as first and second choice at Arsenal, Szczesny has stiff competitions for a starting place if he returns to his parent club, and the 26-year-old may well be open to a move away from the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season as a result. Juventus and Napoli are two sides keen on the goalkeeper, but perhaps not to be an immediate regular.

Arsenal will miss Santi Cazorla 1

Posted on February 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have experienced an injury blow with Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla ruled of the rest of the campaign through an ankle injury. The 32-year-old had not played for Arsenal since being substituted in the Gunners 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in October.

Arsenal does have a lot of midfield talent, but even so the Gunners are likely to miss the influential little Spaniard. There is certainly not a like for like replacement for the playmaker in the Gunners squad.

Influential in retaining possession

Santi Cazorla’s season is now officially over as midfielder suffers injury setback 0

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Milos Markovic

The 32-year-old midfielder Santi Cazorla has been ruled out since October and according to the reports from Daily Mail, the Spanish international is out for the rest of the season with the fresh injury setback.

Cazorla has been hit with an ankle injury during the recovery process and is thought to be in need for a third operation since December which is expected to end his hopes of getting back on the pitch this term.

Santi Cazorla firs went under the knife in December 2016 to deal with the Achilles tendon, which further on required an additional surgery last month in effort to permanently cure the problem.

Lucas Perez’s teammates helping him settle in London 0

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez says he’s settling in London thanks to the help of his teammates, and is enjoying living in the capital after a nomadic career up to this point. There’s still speculation surrounding his future with the Gunners, but Perez spoke out about his experience in the city and how different it’s been to his past in Greece and Ukraine.

“My team-mates have made various recommendations. As most have been here a while, they know the city well so can give good advice about beautiful places to visit and interesting things to do. I’ve spoken a lot with the other Spanish players here at Arsenal. They know the kind of things that me and my family might like and have made really helpful suggestions,” he said.

Could Giroud return to France this summer? 0

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly being targeted by French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille ahead of a potential move at the end of the season. The Gunners centre-forward has been second-choice in attack this season due to Alexis Sanchez’s fine form in the role, and may consider his future with the Londoners as a result.

While not showing any public discontent in the lack of starts for Arsenal this campaign, Giroud may seek regular playing time with another club as it doesn’t appear he will be getting himself back into the side any time soon. He’s been effective from the substitutes’ bench, however, scoring an impressive 11 goals in all competitions in 2016/17, but reports suggest he’s weighing up his options.

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