According to the Telegraph, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs could be the latest player ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea, with the long-serving left-back suffering with a thigh injury. Manager Arsene Wenger is already tasked with finding a solution in the defence due to a lack of available centre-backs and now he’s likely to have to name a makeshift backline given the players out of action.
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 will have goalkeeper David Ospina in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the Colombian shot stopper is back to full fitness. In defence, the Gunners have the likes of Shkodran Mustafi has returned and is potentially available for selection. “Mustafi’s back in normal training. That’s basically it,” added Wenger.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka is the latest absentee, having picked up in an injury in the North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. “We still have Granit Xhaka out from the kick to the calf he got in the game (against Spurs). There is a little chance (of him featuring against Manchester United this weekend). Santi Cazorla was ruled out for the rest of the season with his Achilles injury and reports have suggests the Gunners are seeking his replacement for 2017/18.
Arsenal have issues in defence ahead of Sunday’s North London derby with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with both first-choice centre-backs potentially missing out. Shkodran Mustafi has already been absent with a thigh injury and is expected to remain on the treatment table for two more weeks, but his partner this season – Laurent Koscielny – is also a doubt with a knee problem.
“The uncertainty we have at the moment is about Laurent Koscielny. The news yesterday was quite positive so I hope he has a chance of being available. There’s a 60% chance that he plays (against Tottenham). If I decide to go to a back three, I can still do that regardless of Koscielny,” revealed manager Arsene Wenger.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.