Player News - Arsenal

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Unai Emery had a successful first outing as Arsenal manager as his club beat Boreham Wood 8-0.

The goals came early and often for Arsenal as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (hat trick) was joined by Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette as first half scorers. The second half saw Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Eddie Nketiah, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan add to the rally. The competition will surely get stronger but it was a good start for the new boss.
Source: Espn.com
Jul 14 - 12:20 PM

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira on a permanent contract.

Is it really that easy? After years of frustration that the club couldn't or wouldn't come up with strong options at goalkeeper, center back, and holding midfielder Arsenal's new leadership team have done just that plus veteran depth at right back with approximately a month still to go in the transfer window. Torreira's performances in Serie A and at the World Cup have been lauded and, if he lives up to his billing, he will increase the value of new teammates like Bernd Leno and Sokratis as well as returning players like Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac as the team holds down a tighter defense overall.
Source: @Arsenal
Jul 10 - 12:57 PM

Borussia Dortmund and Greece center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos has officially been confirmed as an Arsenal player.

With Laurent Koscielny out injured until about mid-season and Shkodran Mustafi having under-performed, the addition of Sokratis to the Arsenal center back equation is surely a welcome thing for new manager Unai Emery. He is an old school, defense first, second, and third center back who should infuse the back line with a grit and passion that it has been missing for the past couple of seasons. The only major concerns are age, he just turned 30, and his Arsenal-like propensity to pick up minor injuries. If he can stay healthy, the Gunners should have a new defensive anchor. Plus, what a bad@ss introductory graphic.
Source: @Arsenal
Jul 3 - 9:01 AM

Unai Emery continues to lock down young Arsenal players with the news that Calum Chambers will sign an extension to continue his career at the Emirates.

Calum Chambers hasn't been everything Arsenal hoped for when he joined the flow of young players from Southampton to the Gunners. Like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before him he arrived for a high transfer fee and has underperformed expectations since arriving. All is not lost with Chambers though as Unai Emery has seen enough to sign him to an extension and, with his reputation for bringing along young talent, could see Chambers become a valuable part of the squad as he continues to mold his first Arsenal team for the 2018-19 season.
Source: espn.com
Jun 29 - 11:01 AM

Stephan Lichtsteiner has become the latest Switzerland player to be investigated by FIFA following his country’s win over Serbia on Saturday.

Arsenal midfielder Xhaka Granit and Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri are already facing the prospect of a two-match ban following their goal celebrations in the 2-1 win. FIFA are analysing footage to determine whether both players are guilty of ‘Provoking the Public’ after they made a 'double eagle’ gesture symbolising the Albanian flag. Article 54 of the disciplinary code states: "Anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of €5000." On Sunday, FIFA confirmed that they had opened disciplinary procedures on a third player, new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner, who was also seen celebrating with his compatriots: "We had a lot of pressure, it was not an easy game for us," he said. "We have a lot of Albanians, so there is a lot of history between Serbia and Albania. It was a very tough game for them mentally."
Source: The Mirror
Jun 25 - 4:33 AM

Arsenal have reportedly added Bernd Leno to Unai Emery's reconfigured defense as he takes over for Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal supporters have been clamoring for reinforcements down the spine of the team for some time. Arsene Wenger seemed immune to their pleas but Unai Emery seems more attuned to club needs. With a holding midfielder and center back rumored to be close the addition on the 26-year-old Leno from Bayer Leverkusen will give supporters hope of keeping a tighter ship at the back.
Source: Espn.com
Jun 18 - 2:42 PM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has committed his future to the club he has been with since age 9 after he signed a long-term contract with the Gunners this week.

Maitland-Niles broke into the first team in a significant way over the course of the 2017-18 season and his new manager sees a bright future for him. Perhaps the biggest question facing Unai Emery is where he sees Maitland-Niles' future. Arsene Wenger played the England youth international in central midfield and at both outside back positions over the course of last season. Emery reportedly had a detailed dossier on Maitland-Niles while interviewing for the Arsenal job so he likely has a strong opinion on the topic but has yet to share where on the pitch the player's future might lie.
Source: espn.com
Jun 12 - 10:36 AM

Mesut Özil will miss the friendly against Saudi Arabia as a precaution after picking up a knee injury.

The German playmaker missed his domestic season run-in after aggravating a back problem in the Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid at the beginning of May. But following his month-long layoff, Özil was back in action on Saturday, scoring the opener against Austria. However, his night ended early after he was forced off with a ‘new injury’ which has restricted his training this week, although some running exercises were possible. The German Football Federation confirmed Özil would not be risked on Friday due to a minor bruise on his left knee. The World Champions begin their defence on June 17 against Mexico, and despite the setback, team director Oliver Bierhoff is expecting Özil to be okay for the finals: "It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risks and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 5:19 PM

Arsenal have confirmed the first signing of the Unai Emery era and it is Stephan Lichsteiner, a Swiss international right back who comes to the club from a successful run at Juventus.

Arsenal have officially announced the rumored arrival of Swiss international Stephan Lichsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus. The 34-year-old comes over as depth behind starter Hector Bellerin and perhaps as a role model for a player whose development seems to have stalled since bursting onto the scene out of the blue for the Gunners. Expect Lichsteiner to feature mostly as a reserve with some cup matches and the occasional start to give Bellerin a rest. His presence will be a significant upgrade over the converted center backs (and others) who took the pitch for the Gunners last season to deputize for Bellerin.
Source: @Arsenal
Jun 5 - 11:09 AM

Granit Xhaka has been cleared of serious injury after limping out of Thursdays session with his international team-mates.

The Arsenal midfielder was seen clutching his left knee in pain following a robust challenge in heavy rain at the Swiss training camp in Lugano. Visibly upset, Xhaka was helped off the field by members of the backroom staff and taken to hospital for precautionary tests. Fortunately, an MRI scan revealed he had just suffered a heavy knock: "I am very relieved," he said following the results which team doctor Pierre Etienne Fournier later confirmed: "We could establish that the ligaments were intact, but we wanted to play it safe. It's just a painful bruise on the knee." Xhaka remains an integral part of the squad and Switzerland will need their influential 25-year-old at his best to progress from Group E with Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica all vying for a place in the knockout phase. Xhaka will miss Sunday's friendly away to Spain but could return to face Japan before the finals in Russia.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 1 - 5:27 AM

Hector Bellerin is one of several players being touted to replace Dani Carvajal after the Real Madrid defender picked up an injury during the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

The full-back was left in tears on 37 minutes when he was replaced due to a suspected hamstring strain, and given his reaction, there are serious concerns over his availability for the upcoming World Cup finals. Reports suggest Carvajal complained of a muscular problem in the warm-up, but started the game nevertheless, a decision which is likely to cost him his place in Russia. If he does fail to recover, then Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will look to his standby list which includes Bellerin, although he faces stiff competition from Sergi Roberto [Barcelona] and Juanfran [Atletico Madrid] who were also omitted from the initial 23-man squad. The pacey Arsenal right-back only has three caps to his name despite making his debut in 2016. Strangely enough, after being called into the European Championships squad as a late replacement for the hapless Carvajal who had picked up another muscular injury.
May 27 - 4:35 PM

Laurent Koscielny is targeting a return to action within six months following surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Arsenal centre-back said he felt like he had been tackled by Diego Costa after falling to the turf during the opening minutes of the Europa League semi-final tie in Madrid earlier this month. But in the moments that followed, Koscielny suddenly realised he was all alone and his dreams of playing at the World Cup finals in Russia were over: "My first reaction was to say: 'It's done - my tendon has snapped.' I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain. At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again." Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said at the time: "You will not see him now before the beginning of December at least." But Koscielny is hoping to be back in the first-team by November.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Arsenal officially confirmed that midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club at the end of his contract this summer.

The 33-year-old midfielder has not played for the Gunners since October 2016 due to an Achilles injury and looks set to join former club Villarreal. Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal since 2012/13, when he scored a career-high 12 goals. "Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch," chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. "His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club."
May 22 - 9:37 AM

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

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



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