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Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi will be assessed ahead of the Carabao Cup tie with London-rivals Tottenham Hotspur while Hector Bellerin is almost certain to miss out.

Mustafi is available again following his recent ban, but a niggling hamstring problem could see Unai Emery play it safe with five games scheduled between now and the new year. Kolasinac on the other hand missed the 3-2 defeat at St Mary’s due tightness in his thigh and the defender faces a late fitness test. Officially, Bellerin will be assessed in the build-up to Wednesday, but he has been for a scan and Emery fears the defender could be sidelined for the remainder of the December. "We are going to wait. Bellerin has a small [calf] injury - he is going to be some weeks off I think," the Arsenal boss revealed on Sunday. Sokratis comes back in contention after serving a suspension but the club are unable to give a definitive timeline on Dinos Mavropanos (groin) who is hoping to return to full training within the next 7-10 days.
Dec 19 - 5:36 AM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled his season tally of goals but it wasn't enough as Southampton put three past Bernd Leno and won 3-2 on the south coast.

Mkhitaryan has experienced a frustrating campaign from a production standpoint but it has been mitigated by four months of results. Now, Mkhitaryan has returned to the scoresheet in style with two goals but Arsenal couldn't hold on for a result. With Laurent Koscielny only recently returned to action and Arsenal's three other senior center backs unavailable due to suspension and/or injury the Gunners couldn't defend down the middle and fell victim to three headed goals, two from Danny Ings and one from notorious Gunner-killer Charlie Austin who netted the winner.
Source: Espn.com
Dec 16 - 10:39 AM

Stephan Lichtsteiner has proven a valuable reserve for Arsenal and could feature in a third position on Sunday with Arsenal facing a defensive crisis.

The Gunners brought Stephan Lichtsteiner in with the idea that Hector Bellerin could use an experienced deputy/tutor. Lichtsteiner fit the bill coming over from perennial winners Juventus. Unai Emery has gotten more out of his summer signing than expected with the Swiss international deputizing at right back when all three of Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been unavailable. With a similar issue at center back, Lichtsteiner seems like the odds-on favorite to get a spot start opposite Laurent Koscielny.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 14 - 4:57 PM

Laurent Koscielny came through his return to the starting line-up on Thursday and will likely do it again on Sunday with Mustafi and Sokratis both suspended and Rob Holding out injured.

Who Arsenal will play at center back on Sunday against Southampton remains somewhat of a mystery. Certainly, Laurent Koscielny will figure as much as he can after making his return to the starting line-up after a long injury-enforced layoff. Who he will partner from Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, and Nacho Monreal will be an interesting choice for Unai Emery. Whomever it is still stands a solid chance of picking up a clean sheet given Southampton's inability to find the back of the net this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 14 - 4:52 PM

Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny have both returned to the starting line-up for Arsenal in their final group stage match in the Europa League on Thursday.

Unai Emery started what appeared to be a for more potent line-up than needed for a relatively meaningless Europa League match. Ozil is returning from back spasms and Koscielny is returning from an Achilles tear. With the Gunners already through to the knock-out stages, the inclusion of the duo is probably best described as adding sharpness ahead of the trip to Southampton on Sunday. Koscielny's ongoing health will be particularly important as Arsenal's center back situation is critical with Rob Holding definitely out, Shkodran Mustafi struggling with a hamstring injury, and Sokratis suspended.
Source: Arsenal.com
Dec 13 - 3:27 PM

Mesut Ozil has returned to training and is in contention to face Southampton on Sunday.

Rumors of the Arsenal creative midfielder's video gaming habits have grown to the extent of blaming his injury or at least aggravation of it on the game Fortnight. Ozil's account has been credited with thousands of hours of play and a physio has said it could lead to back issues. Consider Ozil questionable for the weekend.
Source: Football365
Dec 13 - 6:40 AM

Laurent Koscielny will make his first senior start in more than seven months following his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Frenchman’s timely return will be welcomed by boss Unai Emery after seeing his defensive options decimated in recent games. Rob Holding is expected to miss up-to 9 months after suffering a serious knee ligament injury at Old Trafford while Shkodran Mustafi is struggling to shake off a niggling hamstring complaint. The German defender must also serve a one-match after accumulating five yellow cards. Dinos Mavropanos (groin) has been sidelined since August, although it is hoped that he could be back before the end of December. Arsenal travel to Southampton this weekend and with Stefan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal the only fully fit, and experienced central defenders, Koscielny needs game time to improve sharpness. "We are going to decide after tomorrow’s match," Emery said on selecting his side for Sunday. "As it’s [Koscielny’s] first match with us, we are going to look also if he can play 90 minutes or less."
Dec 12 - 4:30 PM

Arsenal used an 83rd-minute goal to break the deadlock at the Emirates in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The Uruguayan midfielder has looked like a shrewd signing all season, but especially in recent weeks with two goals and an assist in his last three games. But Torreira struck when the Gunners needed him most with a spectacular overhead kick to put Arsenal in third place over rivals Tottenham and Chelsea and maintain a 14-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League. It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross that found Torreira in the middle of the penalty area for the match-winner, but almost just as important for the Gunners is their first clean sheet since Gameweek 7.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 8 - 12:09 PM

Aaron Ramsey's twisted ankle could keep him out of Arsenal's home match Saturday with Huddersfield Town.

The Wales international came back into the starting line-up against Manchester United but it may be a short-lived return to the line-up if his ankle injury keeps him from the line-up on Saturday. If he plays, there's a pretty good chance he will be productive. The worry for fantasy managers will be that there's a solid chance that he will not make the match day squad.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 7 - 1:07 PM

Mesut Ozil is still suffering from the back spasms that have kept him out of matches with Spurs and Manchester United and his participation about Huddersfield Town on Saturday is still in question.

Ozil's place at Arsenal has been the source of much debate since Unai Emery made him a healthy scratch against Bournemouth late last month. After missing two matches with back spasms and confronting a swirl of narratives coming from outside the club. The first question is what the state of Ozil's health is coming into Saturday's match. The second factor confounding any estimate of likely productivity is not knowing what Ozil's role will be when he is considered healthy. Consider it unlikely that Ozil makes a big impact on Week 16.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 7 - 12:55 PM

Laurent Koscielny is approaching full fitness just as Arsenal need a replacement at center back for Rob Holding who has torn his ACL.

Koscielny has been training for a few weeks now but given his age and the severity of the injury he suffered, he has been eased back into the line-up. That patient approach will likely be changed now that Rob Holding, who has improved by leaps and bounds since Unai Emery took over at the club, has gone down with a long-term injury. The big question is whether Emery reverts to a two-man center back pairing or persists with three. If Koscielny isn't ready for a start, Stephan Lichsteiner may deputize for Holding.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 7 - 12:47 PM

Rob Holding has suffered a devastating setback which is likely to end his campaign.

The Arsenal defender was stretchered off at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, and although the club have not provided details of the knee injury, manager Unai Emery admitted: "At the moment, the first news is not good." Holding was enjoying his best run in the first-team since arriving from Bolton in 2016 and has been one of the standout performers in a Gunners side which reached a milestone of 20 games unbeaten in the draw with Manchester United. "We are waiting," Emery said ahead of this weekend’s game with Huddersfield Town. "The best news for me is [being] calm, but the doctors are looking at him and they are going to communicate with us." However, Holding looks to have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament which is almost certain to rule him out for the rest of 2018/19. Laurent Koscielny is hoping to return to the 18 on Saturday after building fitness with the development side following a serious Achilles injury.
Source: The Mirror
Dec 6 - 4:33 PM

Shkodran Mustafi's header found its way over the line in the first half as Arsenal never trailed on the way to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

It wasn't an entirely satisfactory outcome for either side as Arsenal went ahead twice only to see their lead pegged back within minutes each time. First, it was Mustafi who found himself free in the box for a header that was poorly dealt with by both David De Gea and Ander Herrera who both had chances to prevent the goal. Anthony Martial's opportunistic rebounded effort leveled things four minutes later and it wasn't until the second half when Alex Lacazette and Jesse Lingard traded goals within a minute that looked as much own goals as anything else.
Dec 5 - 5:00 PM

Mesut Ozil's mysterious back spasms may keep him out of Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford after he missed the big win over Tottenham on Sunday.

The former German international has come under significant scrutiny from his manager and supporters after Unai Emery kept him out of the Gunners' victory over Bournemouth on the south coast. The scrutiny only increased when he wasn't on the injury report ahead of the Spurs match but was held out for back spasms. His back spasms apparently haven't subsided sufficiently for him to be a certain inclusion in Arsenal's squad for Wednesday. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to deputize against his former team.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 4 - 9:43 AM

Matteo Guendouzi is likely to start for Arsenal against Manchester United on Wednesday with Granit Xhaka suspended for the match.

The young Frenchman started the season playing regularly for Arsenal as Lucas Torriera was introduced slowly. His likely inclusion against a struggling Manchester United side shouldn't be too worrying with Torriera to act as his security blanket. While it may be a strong-seeming match-up for the Gunners given United's struggles Guendouzi is still not likely to contribute on the score sheet.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 4 - 9:34 AM



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