Wenger plays down Lucas and Gabriel spat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quick to play down the disagreement between Lucas Perez and Gabriel Paulista that took place on the pitch during the Gunners’ 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates today.

Wenger was predictably questioned about the altercation that took place between the two Arsenal players during the match, and the Manager was keen to dismiss it as nothing. Continue reading

Excellent news on the injury front for Arsenal’s wounded quartet

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had only good news to share for once on the injury front with the Frenchman discussing the progress of four of his walking wounded, and shared that all of them are on track, while some are even ahead of schedule.

Speaking about his two injured midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi, Wenger said, “They are progressing well. Will it be immediately after the break? That’s what we’ll have to see in the next two weeks.” Continue reading

Wenger provides 4 player injury update… news better than expected

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces his annual injury crisis at the start of a new Premier League season with as many as four players, including defenders Gabriel, Per Mertesacker, midfielder Jack Wilshere and forward Danny Welbeck ruled out of their Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday.

Defender Gabriel was the latest to join the injured list, after picking up a knock in a pre-season match against Manchester City last Sunday and is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines for six to eight weeks. Continue reading

Arsenal Transfer Wrap: 9th August, 2016

Arsenal set to make a move for James Rodriguez!

Arsenal are set to make a sensational move to sign Real Madrid’s out-of-favour attacker James Rodriguez, after failing to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, according to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport. It is believed that the Colombian ace has fallen further down the pecking order recently, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be interested in providing youngster Marco Asensio with more first team chances, and the Gunners are keen to make the most out of the opportunity by bringing him to north London.

 

Gunners leading race to sign Turk sensation

Arsenal are believed to have taken the lead in the pursuit of their former player, Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to reports in The Metro. The 23 year old, meanwhile, is himself known to be favouring a move back to the Emirates Stadium, despite the likes of Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan also known to be hot on his trail.

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Gabriel to have scan on return to London

Arsenal’s sole fit senior centre back Gabriel Paulista is leaving Sweden tonight on crutches after his tackle on Nigerian forward Iheanacho saw the young Manchester City striker land on the Brazilian’s leg and potentially having ruptured his ankle ligaments.

Gabriel, playing just his second game of pre-season today, was risked for the full 90 minutes by Manager Arsene Wenger despite having young Krystian Bielik to call upon on the subs bench and it proved to be a decision that the Frenchman could well live to rue after the South American defender injured himself in injury time at the end of the game. Continue reading

Arsenal beat Manchester City, but lose key player to injury

Arsenal wrapped up their pre-season with what should have been a morale boosting 3-2 win against Manchester City in Gothenburg, however, the match ended in tears for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who had to be stretchered off with what looked like an ankle ligament injury that no doubt will rule him out of action for a few months, thereby further limiting Arsenal’s options at centre back heading into the new season.

The match itself was an exciting affair, with Arsenal dominating the first half, but unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey both should have done better with headed chances that came their way, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired wide with a delicate chip. Continue reading

Key Arsenal player picks up terrible pre-season injury

Arsenal’s defensive reserves are already being stretched and we are just 1 pre-season game into the new season.

Sky Sports News is reporting this afternoon that Arsenal’s skipper-in-waiting Per Mertesacker will be out of action for the next 5 months after picking up a knee injury in Arsenal’s pre-season opener against RC Lens on Friday. Continue reading

Arsenal receive double injury boost

Arsenal’s hopes of winning the FA Cup for a third consecutive season received a massive boost today with Manager Arsene Wenger confirming that centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista will be available for selection for our quarter-final encounter with Watford on Sunday.

The defensive duo picked up injuries in our 4-0 win over Hull City in midweek, and considering the quality of Watford’s front two, and their physical nature, it was worrisome that the Gunners would have to face up to them with a makeshift centre back pairing of Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal, however, Wenger clarified that his centre backs have recovered from their minor injuries and will feature on Sunday. Continue reading