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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.

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 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.

Welbeck and Iwobi doubtful ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash 1

Posted on March 09, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the Gunners could be without the likes of striker Danny Welbeck and midfielder Alex Iwobi for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Conference side Lincoln City. Arsenal have been suffering from a bug plaguing the squad and it could cost them two more players after already losing Mesut Ozil.

“I believe that we have two uncertainties: Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Iwobi, who on the day of the game couldn’t turn up as well due to the same problem. Everyone else should be available,” he said. Olivier Giroud had to replace Welbeck in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich as a result of the illness, and the Arsenal boss admitted there could be a sickness bug spreading.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Saturday’s clash with Swansea City 0

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an injury update of his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to face struggling Swansea City. Theo Walcott was a player expected back to the team by now, but the Gunners boss revealed the English forward is out of action until February.

“Walcott is still out. He is one of the players who doesn’t come back. But he was not rested last week, he was injured. He is now out for three-and-a-half weeks, and I think he will not be available for Burnley. He will need another week, two more weeks,” he said.

Wenger admits a number of players were suffering physically before Bournemouth game 0

Posted on January 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the club were sweating over the fitness of four players prior to kick-off in Wednesday’s draw with AFC Bournemouth, and were forced to play a defender who was carrying a knock, while having brought off a centre-back and central-midfielder in the game as a result of muscle injuries.

The Gunners boss made three changes from Sunday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, introducing Shkodran Mustafi for Gabriel Paulista, Francis Coquelin for Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey for Lucas Perez. He admitted problems in the defence and midfield before the game, while being critical of the short preparation time between their meetings with Palace and Bournemouth.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Manchester City clash 1

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update of the players unavailable for Sunday’s trip to face Manchester City, revealing a number of fit personnel are carrying knocks and bruises from the build-up of fixtures in the winter months. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss out once again but should be the first player back of the list of absentees, while Danny Welbeck’s return will be in the new year.

The Gunners will be without German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), French right-back Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), influential Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla (achilles), out-of-favour striker Chuba Akpom (back), former German international centre-back Per Mertesacker (knee), long-term absentee Danny Welbeck (meniscus) and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (hamstring).

Arsenal suffering from a winter injury crisis 0

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s injury list is rising game after game of late with Olivier Giroud the latest player on the sidelines. Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was also seen treating a minor problem on his leg in Sunday’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth but his issue hasn’t been deemed as anything too serious.

Mathieu Debuchy came off 15 minutes into his long-awaited return for the Gunners with a pull in his hamstring, and Arsenal are now without eight first-team players in November. Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring), Héctor Bellerín (ankle), Santi Cazorla (achilles), Chuba Akpom (back), Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) are Lucas Pérez (ankle) on the treatment table, but Perez is close to making an appearance.

Arsenal enduring something of an injury crisis 0

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Hector Bellerin the latest Arsenal player to pick up an injury on international duty, the Gunners are losing a number of key players ahead of their trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on November 19. Alexis Sanchez was a doubt with a knock but the Chilean is now expected to return if treated well. However, Arsenal are still six first-team players short.

Héctor Bellerín (ankle), Lucas Pérez (ankle), Chuba Akpom (back), Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) and Santi Cazorla (achilles) are the current absentees. The international break will present Bellerin and Cazorla a chance to return in time for the Manchester United clash, but they are the only two close to featuring this month.

Arsenal injury update ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have five injuries from the first-team ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League clash with London rivals Chelsea – Carl Jenkinson (ACL), Per Mertesacker (knee), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (meniscus), Olivier Giroud (toe) – and manager Arsene Wenger gave his assessment on their chances of featuring this weekend.

“We have no new injuries. Olivier Giroud has a test to see if he can be involved. He had a good training session so he is really the only one who could come back. Aaron Ramsey is still struggling with his hamstring and I don’t think that he will be available for our next game against Basel or at Burnley, so before the international break he will not be available,” Wenger said.

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