Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain subbed due to 'muscular problem

Published 19/12/16 08:42

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered up a muscular problem in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger confirmed.

The Arsenal winger, dropped from the side that had lost by the same scoreline to Everton on Tuesday, was the first player introduced from the bench 20 minutes into the second half but lasted only 13 minutes before he was withdrawn.

Mohamed Elneny was to take his place with the substitution coming within minutes of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne hitting the post after Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil had failed to provide cover to Nacho Monreal on the Arsenal left.

However Wenger confirmed after the match that the decision to remove the midfielder was not tactical but instead based on injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain exited the field covering his face with his shirt and clutching his hamstring, subsequently tossing his shirt away in frustration at the latest in a string of injuries that have slowed his progress in recent years.

Should the 23-year-old have injured his hamstring it will be the fifth muscular ailment he has suffered since the start of 2015. In that period he has been unavailable for 38 Arsenal games.

Danny Welbeck is closing in on a return to full training

Published 16/12/16 13:55

Arsene Wenger has revealed that striker Danny Welbeckcould soon be ready to re-join Arsenal's first-team squad.

Welbeck has been absent since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester City in May, but the Gunners boss has suggested that the England international could be back in contention at the turn of the year.

Wenger told reporters: "Danny Welbeck is one week away from being back in full training with the squad."

Since signing for Arsenal in September 2014, the forward has made just 49 appearances in all competitions after two extended spells on the sidelines.

He had scored five goals in 15 games during a three-month period at the start of 2016 before his injury at the Etihad Stadium.

Mustafi will be out for at least 3 weeks claims Arsene Wenger

Published 11/12/16 9:30

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Shkodran Mustafi will miss at least three weeks with the injury he sustained during this afternoon's 3-1 win over Stoke City.

Mustafi was forced off after just 25 minutes at the Emirates Stadium having sustained a hamstring injury.

Arsenal were forced to come from behind to pick up the win, climbing to the top of the Premier League tablein the process, but the victory was dampened somewhat by Mustafi's injury.

"It's a bad one. The minimum is 21 days," Wenger is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Mustafi's absence is likely to see him miss matches against Everton, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

Per Mertesacker expects to make New Year return for Arsenal

06/12/16 09:10

Per Mertesacker has targeted a return to first-team action in January after resuming light training this week.

The German centre-back is currently rehabilitating after undergoing knee surgery following an injury in the Gunners' pre-season friendly against Lens in July.

"I'm able to run now, painless, and it's what it's all about," Mertesacker told Sky Sports News. "When you are able to run again after such a long time it makes you feel happy.

"I'm hopeful that I can join the team properly and be available to the team next year. That's my resolution. I want to be back on the pitch and with the ball."

Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have established themselves as Arsenal's main centre-back pairing in Mertesacker's absence.

Santi Cazorla to undergo surgery on Achilles injury

01/12/16 21:12

Santi Cazorla has reportedly been advised by doctors to undergo surgery on a troublesome Achilles problem.

The Spaniard has not been seen on the pitch since suffering a knock during the Gunners' 6-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad on October 19.

The injury was not initially deemed to be serious but the inflammation has not reduced enough in the past six weeks, and according to IBTimes UK, European specialists have told Cazorla that surgery may be the only answer.

If the 31-year-old does go under the knife, he is unlikely to recover in time to feature in Arsenal's hectic festive schedule over the Christmas and New Year period.

It is understood that Arsenal will make a decision on whether to go ahead with surgery in the coming days.

Arsene Wenger provides latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Southampton game

29/11/16 08:42

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is a doubt ahead of Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Southampton on Wednesday night.

The France international was a second-half substitute as the Gunners eased to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Giroud came off the bench with 14 minutes remaining at the Emirates Stadium but the 30-year-old couldn’t continue his record of scoring as a second-half substitute in the Premier League this season – but did set up Alexis Sanchez’s second goal.

His compatriot Mathieu Debuchy was forced off in the first half due to an injury, while Theo Walcott has been struggling with a problem in recent weeks despite starting on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal will face south coast opposition for the second successive game in north London on Wednesday night when the Saints make the trip to The Emirates in the League Cup quarter-final.

Speaking to Sky Sports following Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday evening, Wenger admitted that Giroud was suffering with a hamstring injury but played down fitness concerns over Debuchy and Walcott.

“Walcott was just a kick,” said Wenger. “The only worry we have is Giroud.

“He looked to touch his hamstring. We have to see how deep the damage is. He told me on his first movement he felt a twinge.”

The Arsenal manager added: “Debuchy thinks it is a severe one, but don’t go too far yet. I have to speak to the medical people.

“We have to let it breathe. Usually he would have an MRI in a couple of days.

“Debuchy had many setbacks so I imagined something could happen to him when I picked the squad.”

Lucas Perez set for midweek return from ankle injury

27/11/16 09:04

Lucas Perez could be in line for a return from injury in Arsenal’s EFL Cup tie with Southampton on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The Spanish striker suffered an ankle injury in last month’s victory over Reading, just his third start since a £17.1million move from Deportivo La Coruna in late August.

Wenger had feared that Lucas could face as many as eight weeks on the sidelines with a “stupid” injury he put down to a “deliberate kick” from Reading substitute Danzell Gravenberch.

However Lucas’ recovery has moved ahead of schedule and the 28-year-old returned to the training field on Friday, with Wenger eyeing up another EFL Cup fixture for his return to action.

“Lucas is for the first time in training today,” Wenger said. “He might be in contention for Wednesday against Southampton, but one training session is not enough to be involved on Sunday.”

However Wenger’s assessment was less optimistic on his other two Spanish players, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla.

Full-back Bellerin is expected to be out until just before Christmas with an ankle injury. Whilst Santi Cazorla is targeting an earlier return date towards the start of December he has suffered numerous setbacks on an Achilles injury that plagued him for much of last season.

Hector Bellerin should return to training next week

26/11/16 08:12

Hector Bellerin will reportedly return to training next week, despite suggestions that the Spain international would miss the next month of the season with an ankle problem.

Bellerin picked up the injury during his team's 1-1 draww ith Tottenham Hotspur on November 6 and missed the recent international break, in addition to matches against Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

The 21-year-old was initially ruled out for the next four weeks, but according to The Sun, Arsenal have been boosted with the news that the right-back will return to light training next week.

Bellerin recently signed a new six-and-a-half-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, ending suggestions of a move to Manchester City or return to first club Barcelona.

Santi Cazorla unsure of Arsenal return date after month-long layoff

17/11/16 16:33

Santi Cazorla has said that he is hopeful of returning to action "as soon as possible", but is unsure when exactly he will be given the green light to resume training.

The 31-year-old has been absent from the Gunners' first-team squad since damaging his Achilles during the 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium four weeks ago.

Arsenal's league form has dipped since the Spaniard limped out an hour through that game, with Wenger admitting after the recent stalemate against Middlesbrough that his side 'missed' Cazorla's workload in midfield.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, Cazorla admitted that he is still in limbo in terms of when he will be back out on the field.

"I still don't know the exact time," he said. "I am trying to return as soon as possible to be with the team again, but I cannot say if it will be soon, or if I still have a few weeks left. I do not know, but hopefully it will be as soon as possible."

Arsenal will also assess the fitness of Alexis Sanchez ahead of Saturday's trip to face Manchester United, as the Chilean is carrying a slight knock picked up on international duty.

Alexis Sanchez passed fit to play for Chile

15/11/16 08:55

The Arsenal striker missed last Thursday's goalless draw in Colombia after suffering what the Chile Football Association described as a "low-grade muscle injury" during training.

Sanchez's recovery was being monitored ahead of Tuesday's visit of Uruguay to Santiago but, after returning to full training with his team-mates, the 27-year-old is now in line for a recall.

"Sanchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match.

The three of them (Sanchez, Vidal and Bravo) are available to me for tomorrow," Pizzi told a press conference. He added of Sanchez:

"It's not that he hasn't trained, he's trained every day, even when we were in Colombia he did a different kind of work.

Yesterday he took part in full training." Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will now be praying Sanchez comes through the game unscathed as he prepares for this weekend's clash with Manchester United.

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker announces his return

14/11/16 13:41

At the same time as the for their upcoming match against Manchester United this weekend, Arsene Wenger has received an injury boost.

It’s been a rough few months for Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker as he’s been injured on the sidelines.

Mertesacker suffered a knee injury before the season started, and the timetable was a five month road to recovery.

The 32-year-old German World Cup has been keeping fans up-to-date with his progress via social media, and on Monday his used the platform to announce his comeback. He wrote:

Rehab couldn’t of gone better but now all packed and ready to come back home to the team! #ReturnOfTheBFG

While Mertesacker should be available for first team training soon, it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to regain a first team place anytime soon.

Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have been marshalling the Gunners backline in the German’s absence.

Olivier Giroud claims he is 100 per cent fit.

14/11/16 08:36

The 30-year-old has had a hit-and-miss start to the season with the Gunners this year.

He missed their pre-season following France's Euro 2016 run after picking up a toe injury.

France manager Didier Deschamps last week revealed the striker was not 100 per cent fit ahead of their 2-1 victory over Sweden.

He said: "He [Giroud] is not 100 per cent fit, I know it and he knows it too."However, Arsenal hitman Giroud has slammed the claim he's unfit, revealing he feels good.

“I have not been back to the Stade de France since the [Euro 2016] final,” Giroud said.It was a special moment for me and it felt good to play 90 minutes again.I have no problems with my injury. I feel good.”

Giroud has netted three times for Arsenal this campaign despite starting just one game under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal do have concerns over Alexis Sanchez's fitness.

The Chile international withdrew from his national's side clash against Colombia with a low grade muscular injury.

Alexis Sanchez returns to training with Chile squad

13/11/16 08:25

Alexis Sanchez has given Chile supporters a huge boost by taking part in Saturday's training session ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

Sanchez, whose latest injury has caused a club versus country row, was a doubt for the upcoming clash after missing Thursday's goalless draw in Colombia.

The Arsenal star, however, appears to have shrugged off the knock as he joined his international team-mates for a session in Santiago.

Manchester City keeper Claudio Bravo, who suffered an injury in the Colombia clash, was also among the team who were put through their paces. 

Chile fans will be buoyed by the news that star man Sanchez looks likely to feature in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. 

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned Chile that allowing Sanchez to play next week's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay would be 'suicidal'.


Some good news on the injury front from Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez has revealed that he is recovering well and is on course to make an early comeback to action after being ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks following an ankle injury he picked up against Reading in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. The striker is in Spain, training with his former club Deportivo la Coruna, and his admission will come as a major boost for the Gunners, who are going through an injury crisis at the moment.

Perez has scored two goals thus far for the Gunners, both in the EFL Cup and was looking good to make a sustained appearance in the Premier League before the injury. However, with Alexis Sanchez struggling with a calf strain and Danny Welbeck still recovering from a knee injury, it is the perfect time for Perez to come back into the mix.

"I have been 15 days out and they told me it would be between six and eight weeks. The ankle is reacting well. We are meeting the deadlines. Now I am just thinking in recovering as soon as possible and that the manager Arsene Wenger will give me more minutes as he was doing before the injury," Perez had earlier said in an interview with Cadena Cope.


Arsenal are waiting for news on a suspected ankle injury to Hector Bellerin

Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Hector Bellerin following reports he has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury.

The Gunners star played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal fought out a 1-1 draw with Tottenham last weekend but is believed to have taken a kick to his ankle.

The injury has flared up while on international duty with the Spain Under-21s and he was unable to take part in training with the rest of the squad. 

The 21-year-old was due to play in the under-21 clash against Austria on Friday but he will instead return to London to have the injury assessed by the Gunners medical staff. 

Bellerin was rested during the Champions League clash against Ludogorets last week over concerns over his fitness and boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping this latest setback is only a niggle. 

The youngster is now likely to be wrapped in cotton wool as the Gunners prepare to face Manchester United a week on Saturday.


Alexis Sanchez gives injury update

Arsenal fans were rocked on Tuesday with news that their star forward Alexis Sanchez picked up an injury while training with Chile.

In the past few days, rumours of Sanchez’s injury length have changed from days to months.

The good news for Arsenal fans is that his injury does not appear to be as bad as first feared.

The bad news, however, is that Sanchez is willing to risk further damage by staying on with the national team.

The player himself has now spoken and declared himself fit for Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday night.

“It is hurting a bit but I’m fine,” Sanchez told El Mercuro. “I’ll be back for Tuesday.”

Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi also that the forward is to remain with the national team.

“Sanchez is recovering and will remain with La Roja,” Pizzi said.

Arsene Wenger will be nervously keeping tabs on the player’s progress.

Sanchez is Arsenal’s first-choice striker and the Gunners next face Man United at Old Trafford

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