Player News - Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla could be on his way out of Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to rejoin his former employers Villareal.

Cazorla played for the La Liga outfit between 2003-2011, although he did spend a year on-loan at Recreativo Huelva in 2006. After 181 league appearances [25-goals], El Submarino Amarillo cashed in on their prized asset for a reported fee of €19 million. "It is hard to express the feelings I have because we are talking about many years and many experiences at this club," he said at the time. "The change is important and also exciting, but it is hard to assimilate that I am leaving after seven years." Following 16 months of injury hell, Cazorla returned to full training in April and was hoping to play a part during the run-in, although a lack of match fitness ended his chances. With his current deal set to expire on June 30, he will become a free agent and Villareal would like Cazorla to spend pre-season with them with a view to signing on a permanent basis.
Source: The Metro
May 20 - 3:50 PM

French outlet L’Equipe are linking midfielder Jack Wilshere with a potential move to Ligue One winners Paris Saint-Germain.

The newly crowned Champions are said to be keen on the injury-plagued 26-old-year who is out of contract this summer. Wilshere has an offer on the table from Arsenal, but it is believed that his representatives met with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to discuss a potential move, although the final decision would rest with new manager Thomas Tuchal. The news comes at the end of a frustrating week for Wilshere who was omitted from England’s 23-man World Cup squad and overlooked for a place on the standby list: "I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!" he posted on his personal Twitter account. "Given the chance I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament."
May 20 - 3:17 PM

Barring injury, Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette will not feature at this summers World Cup in Russia.

The French Football Federation announced their 23-man squad on Thursday, a group which did not include the likes of Lacazette or Martial, although both have been added to the standby list. However, given the wealth of attacking talent at Didier Deschamps disposal - Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud – the decision should not come as a great surprise given that the pair have been fairly mediocre over the course of 2017/18. Lacazette had surgery to remedy a niggling knee complaint in February and was hoping to finish the season strongly, but the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the run-in meant he often played second fiddle to the £56 million January arrival. Martial on the other hand has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford and despite a decent first half of the season, faded badly and did not register another Premier League goal following his winner at Burnley back in January.
Source: Reuters UK
May 18 - 4:56 AM

Arsene Wenger got a winning send-off as Arsenal won 1-0 over hosts Huddersfield Town in his final match as Arsenal manager.

The Terriers' crowd honored the Arsenal manager with an ovation in the 22nd minute to honor his 22 years of service to Arsenal and the innovation he brought to the Premier League. He got the result he would have wanted as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned home an Aaron Ramsey cross for the only goal of the match. The Terriers showed how they stayed up as they were dangerous all match long despite never actually scoring a goal.
Source: espn.com
May 13 - 12:31 PM

With Konstantinos Mavropanos out due to a suspension and Laurent Koscielny injured, Rob Holding's chances of starting at Huddersfield Town are strong and he could represent an excellent value play in Premier League draft formats.

Rob Holding has had some serious ups and downs since his arrival at the Emirates from Bolton Wanderers for a relative song the summer before last. Given his cost, he has shown the potential to be a solid, if not spectacular, starting center back in the Premier League. The problem, as it tends to be at bigger clubs, is getting him the playing time necessary to develop from potential starter into actual starter. With nothing to play for, Arsenal have the opportunity to invest Week 38 playing time in his future and should be expected to do so. Week 38 results are notoriously unpredictable so there are certainly no guarantees but Holding is likely not owned in draft fantasy leagues and represents an above average chance at a clean sheet given Huddersfield Town's issues scoring.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:15 PM

Konstantinos Mavropanos will miss Arsenal's finale after picking up a red card as the Gunners fell to the Foxes 3-1 on Wednesday.

With Laurent Koscielny also definitely out look for Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi to tow the defensive line for Arsenal on the final day of the season. The club's new manager will figure out where Mustafi figures in the club's future but relative youngsters Holding and Chambers will likely get a chance to show what they have on tape as the club evaluates them and their futures with the club. Given that Huddersfield Town have achieved safety, both Chambers and Holding represent solid potential value as draft fantasy players who could realistically pick up clean sheet points.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:10 PM

Mesut Ozil looks to have kicked his final ball of the domestic season after picking up a back injury.

Ozil was lambasted by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown following his poor performance in Madrid on Thursday and suggested the Germany international wouldn’t feature in any of the remaining matches: "Somebody needed to grab him a long time ago, to give him a shake and say, 'We're trying to get the ball to you. We are working for you, but you're not working for us.' I bet he doesn't play again this season. He'll have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend. I don't know how many illnesses he's had this season, but the fella is not kidding me." And so it proved, as Arsène Wenger confirmed prior to kick-off on Sunday that Ozil had suffered "a recurrence of his back problem," ruling him out the final three matches. "How long is he out, I don't know. I don't think he'll be available for the rest of the season."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 6 - 5:23 PM

Arsenal turned on the style and scored five in Arsene Wenger's final match at the Emirates as Burnley went down to an uncharacteristic lopsided defeat.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace and was joined by Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, and Alex Iwobi as the Gunners scored for fun against Burnley. It didn't take long for the home side to go ahead as Aubameyang scored in the 14th minute from a Lacazette driven ball into the box from a diagonal angle. Next up was Lacazette who scored from a Hector Bellerin cross just before halftime. After the half it was Kolasinac from Wilshere, Iwobi from Aubameyang, and Aubameyang from Bellerin to finish off the scoring. Outside of the symbolic sendoff for Arsene Wenger, the win also assured the Gunners of finishing ahead of the Clarets who were within three points heading into the match.
Source: espn.com
May 6 - 4:12 PM

Laurent Koscielny had a doubly miserable day in Madrid losing out on a chance at the Europa League final and sustaining a serious Achilles injury that will see him miss out on the World Cup with France.

This could be the end of Koscielny as a top level center back. Already slipping due to the effects of age and injury, having to rehab from a ruptured Achilles seems likely to sap even more athleticism from the France international. Should he be healthy come the start of the next campaign he would then have to convince a new manager that he is still worthy of a starting spot. If he is still at Arsenal come 2018-19 look for him to be relegated to being a veteran reserve counted on for late-match minutes and the occasional start.
Source: espn.com
May 4 - 3:48 PM

Santi Cazorla is still hopeful of playing a part during the season run-in after stepping up his recovery from a long-term Achilles injury.

The Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since October 2016, and following several setbacks, it was feared that he may be forced to retire after a succession of operations. However, the sight of Cazorla back on the Emirates turf prior to the game against Atletico Madrid last week, sparked rumours of a potential return. The 33-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, warmed up around the pitch before taking part in some ball work exercises. "I've still got some way to go," he told Spanish media outlet AS. "After being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time. But the sensations I have keep getting better and I'm feeling optimist about the future. The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully." Arsenal travel to Huddersfield Town on the final day for what could be a dead-rubber contest.
May 2 - 11:51 AM

Arsenal narrowly lost out at Old Trafford as Arsène Wenger made a raft of changes ahead of his sides second-leg tie in Madrid on Thursday.

A youthful side made a good account of themselves against Manchester United, and looked set for a share of the spoils, until substitute Marouane Fellaini popped up with an injury time headed winner. But while the result will be of no great concern, a mounting injury list will, as Wenger prioritises the Europa League: "I took off Mkhitaryan because he had a little knock on his knee again, on the same knee - we could see that just looking at him in the dressing room. Ospina has a rib problem and Alex Iwobi has a hamstring problem, so we’ll see how well everyone recovers. Thursday will come very quickly," the Arsenal boss revealed. "We’ll have to monitor them over the next 48 hours. We’ll know more on Tuesday." There was no mention of Sead Kolasinac as part of his media update, but the defender was forced off due an ankle complaint on 54 minutes.
Apr 29 - 4:23 PM

Granit Xhaka was complicit on multiple mistakes as Arsenal, despite strong performances from a variety of youngsters, fell at Old Trafford in Arsene Wenger's final match at the venerable stadium.

Granit Xhaka came to the Emirates with great promise as a take-no-prisoners holding midfielder who could also occasionally pick a pass or net a goal from distance. Instead, Xhaka's tenure has been marked by crucial mistakes at the worst possible times. In a line-up featuring multiple rising youth players, Xhaka should have been counted on to be a stabilizing force. Instead, he was the one making the mistakes that led to chances and goals for the Red Devils. Arsenal have a number of needs as a new manager comes to the Emirates in the summer. Perhaps none more pressing than the replacement of Granit Xhaka.
Source: espn.com
Apr 29 - 1:38 PM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is available for Arsene Wenger but seems unlikely to be risked with the Europa League semi-final away leg at Atletico Madrid looming on Thursday.

Perhaps there is a scenario where Arsene Wenger sees inserting the former Dortmund man into the line-up as a substitute at Old Trafford to dip his toes back into competitive action. More likely, Arsenal will look ahead to Thursday against Atletico and the value of qualifying for next season's Champions League as so much more important to the long term outlook of the club that the Armenian won't play any part against his former club. Look for Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi to support cup-tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Arsenal attack on Sunday.
Source: espn.com
Apr 27 - 2:32 PM

Arsène Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Jack Wilshere after Mohamed Elneny was ruled out for at least three weeks.

The Egypt international rolled his ankle during Sundays 4-1 over West Ham and he will miss the Europa League tie against Atlético Madrid. Wilshere hasn't played since picking an ankle injury in Moscow 10 days ago, but is poised for a return in the semi-final first-leg: "Jack had a training session today [Sunday] and he looked positive, so he has a good chance to be available for Thursday." Wenger will check on several members of his squad ahead of the contest, but two players who will definitely miss out are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [cup-tied] and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who has failed to recover from a knee ligament injury. Petr Cech [hip] and Sead Kolasinac [ankle] will be assessed while serial sneezer, Mesut Ozil, who missed Sunday due to illness [6th absence in 15 months] faces a test: "We will have to see how he recovers."
Apr 24 - 3:03 PM

There are growing concerns for Arsenal who head into Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final with a mounting injury list.

Arsène Wenger was hoping to use this weekend as a dress rehearsal for the Atletico Madrid tie, but instead, took on London-rivals West Ham United with five players missing, although all are said to be minor. Jack Wilshere failed to recover from the ankle injury he picked up in Moscow 10 days ago while Petr Cech [hip], Mesut Ozil [illness] and Sead Kolasinac [ankle] become the latest players to enter the Arsenal treatment room. The first-leg will come too soon for Henrikh Mkhitaryan [knee ligament] but of greater concern is the loss of Mohamed Elneny who was stretchered off in the second half of today's 4-1 win. "It’s an ankle problem that is very painful," said Wenger. "Overall I believe that we have to wait until the X-ray to know a little more about it. But Thursday will be too soon for him."
Apr 22 - 3:16 PM



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