Player News - Arsenal

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Arsenal made it nine successive wins in all competitions on Sunday after the Gunners swept London-rivals Fulham aside without their influential play maker Mesut Ozil.

The German star was a surprise absentee from the matchday squad as there had been no mention of an issue prior to kick-off. Ozil enjoyed a 25-minute cameo on Thursday in Europa League and had been expected to start at Craven Cottage, but manager Unai Emery confirmed the player had a back spasm ruling him out of the game. "Yesterday he came in with pain and he cannot train yesterday or play today." Having retired from international football, Ozil can focus on his recovery during the break with the aim of being fit for the clash with Leicester City when Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures resume on October 22. Alex Iwobi came into the side, but it was second half substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang who had the biggest say in the outcome scoring three times in the last 23 minutes to secure a comfortable 5-1 victory.
Source: Arsenal FC
Oct 8 - 6:03 PM

Arsenal made it six straight league win as they used a brace by Alexandre Lacazette and a special goal by Aaron Ramsey to dispose of Fulham, 1-4.

A few changes to Unai Emery's side saw Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan given starts, but the bench would come up even bigger today. The first half saw Arsenal take the lead when Lacazette turned and fired home a Nacho Monreal ball just before the half hour mark, but Fulham would level just before the break. The Gunners kicked into another gear in the second half once Lacazette put them ahead to stay with another quick turn-and-shoot finish from outside the box after a Danny Welbeck pass. Aaron Ramsey was introduced with a quarter of the match left to play and immediately delivered one of the season's best goals, with Lacazette assisting. Then, another substitute, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would score twice to complete the rout, assisted first by Hector Bellerin and then again by Ramsey. Confidence couldn't be higher heading into the international break for Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 7 - 9:03 AM

Aaron Ramsey could miss Arsenal's trip across London to Craven Cottage, his availability will depend on the timing of the birth of his child.

The Wales international and seeming lame-duck Gunner may miss out on the Week 8 trip to Fulham. With the birth of his child pending, Ramsey's status won't be easy to predict as it might be with an injury situation. It is probably a wise choice to prioritize other options if they are available to you in fantasy formats that require you make a decision before a deadline. This week, in particular, will be a challenge as the Friday match will create earlier deadlines for such formats.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 5 - 12:24 PM

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still questionable for Arsenal's trip to Fulham as he recovers from an illness that caused him to miss the club's Europa League win in mid-week.

Aubameyang's availability is sort of a big deal for both Arsenal and fantasy managers alike. The way Fulham have been shipping goals, Aubameyang could be a pivotal performer for Week 8 if he recovers from his illness. If not, it seems likely that either Mkhitaryan or Iwobi will get a chance to deputize and Alex Lacazette will be guaranteed a chance to shine while leading the Gunners' line in a match where they'll be expected to have a lot of opportunities.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 5 - 12:21 PM

Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is struggling to be fit due to illness.

The Arsenal striker has been ruled out of the club's trip to Qarabag for Europa League play on Thursday due to illness. That, combined with his fleeting form and Alexander Lacazette's quality, has led to the Gabon international will not start against Fulham this weekend with the international break right around the corner. Said Emery: "[Mkhitaryan] can't travel here. We are here with the players with the best preparation to play them tomorrow. Aubameyang was sick, he can't play. Aaron asked me if he could stay in London because he wife is pregnant and they are waiting."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 3 - 5:37 PM

Bernd Leno will look to ride a strong second half against Watford into a long-term engagement as the Arsenal starter in goal.

Bernd Leno had to wait longer than expected for his Arsenal Premier League debut but he made it count when he did. The German shotstopper looked dynamic and comfortable against high-flying Watford in his 45 minutes of work which included one exceptional save and a number of other strong interventions on set pieces. Leno will have the 3-4 week duration of Petr Cech's hamstring injury recovery to try to persuade Unai Emery that he should be the starter beyond the veteran netminder's return. Leno should perform well given a fairly soft schedule over the next few weeks for Arsenal.
Source: espn.com
Oct 3 - 7:42 AM

Bernd Leno will look to stake his claim for the Number One spot following an injury to Petr Cech.

The German goalkeeper arrived at the Emirates for £22m in June, but has been restricted to just two starts – in cup competition – after Unai Emery kept faith in Cech during the opening weeks of the season. However, Leno will have his chance to shine with Cech ruled out for a minimum of two games due to a suspected hamstring strain. "I don’t know now," Emery said when asked for an update following the win over Watford. "We will look tomorrow. I hope not more than maybe two or three weeks he can stay with this injury. It’s muscular." Leno was introduced moments before half-time on Saturday and helped Arsenal extend their winning run to seven matches in all competitions. "It was a good game for me with a difficult start, but I think that I made some good saves and we kept a clean sheet, so I’m happy with my first game in the Premier League."
Sep 30 - 4:17 PM

Arsenal will move above Watford in the table thanks to a 2-0 home win.

Despite contract talks halting, Aaron Ramsey got the start for the Gunners as they welcomed the high flying Hornets to the Emirates. It was an open game to start with both sides missing chances early but going into the half, it was Arsenal that suffered the first blow with Petr Cech going off right before halftime with an injured hamstring. New signing Bernd Leno would come on to replace him for his Premier League debut. After the half, it looked like Watford would get the goal but thanks to missed chances and a few impressive stops from Leno, the Hornets were unable to make a breakthrough. In the 80th minute, the tides changed as Craig Cathcart challenged Alexandre Lacazette on goal and ended up backheeling it into his own net for an own-goal. Minutes later, Mesut Ozil wouldn't miss after he was teed up by Lacazette to secure the victory.
Sep 29 - 12:00 PM

Arsenal's number one Petr Cech had to leave the game versus Watford right before halftime in favor of new signing Bernd Leno.

Cech had been enjoying a mixed year between the sticks but with a hamstring issue, he will likely miss some time for the Gunners. During that time, depending on how Leno performs, this could be his shot at the number one shirt at the Emirates.
Sep 29 - 10:52 AM

The big question in the wake of a breakdown in contract talks between Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal could be the Wales international losing playing time.

Arsenal have a midfield that doesn't exactly fit together. There is undoubted talent in Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo Guendouzi. Throw in Pierre-Emirick Aubameyang when he's playing wide with Alex Lacazette in the middle for good measure and there are lots of permutations. What there isn't is an obvious fit between Ozil and Ramsey (and, to a lesser extent Mkhitaryan who has seen his playing time diminished). With Ramsey seemingly on the outs, it could be that Unai Emery starts focusing on the players who will continue to be with the club beyond this season. It isn't a guarantee by any means but something to watch, especially if Ramsey continues to struggle for end product.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 28 - 10:33 AM

After going off injured in Arsenal's win over Everton, Sokratis has recovered and should be fit to feature against this season's surprise package Watford on Saturday.

The Gunners will need all of their resources to match up with surprising Watford on Saturday. Currently sitting in fourth and boasting a win over Arsenal's north London rivals Spurs this season, Watford will not be easy to beat. The Gunners will be happy to have Sokratis back for the occasion as they look to make it five Premier League victories in a row after losing two to Manchester City and Chelsea to start the campaign. Look for Sokratis to partner Shkodran Mustafi with Lucas Torreira ahead of them against the Hornets.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 28 - 10:28 AM

Aaron Ramsey assisted on both Arsenal goals in a two minute stretch that saw the Gunners best Everton 2-0.

It wasn't a great Arsenal performance nor were either of Aaron Ramsey's assists things of beauty. In both cases, they were enough to give Arsenal a win. It was also the Gunners' first clean sheet of the season despite shaky defending for all of the first half and much of the second.
Source: Espn.com
Sep 23 - 12:53 PM

After a mid-week rest, Petr Cech was Arsenal's standout performer in the first half against Everton.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper was excellent in the first half as he made huge saves on Dominic Calvert-Lewin early and then Theo Walcott later in the half. The Gunners will need a heroic performance from Cech if the defense doesn't improve.
Source: Espn.com
Sep 23 - 11:54 AM

After playing well as a substitute, Lucas Torreira made his first Premier League start in Week 6 against Everton.

Looking for some additional defensive solidity, Unai Emery has elected to give Lucas Torreira his first Premier League start. Matteo Guendouzi was the player to make way.
Source: Espn.com
Sep 23 - 11:06 AM

Lucas Torreira faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the Europa League.

The Uruguay international had been widely tipped to make his first Premier League start on Sunday following a string of impressive performances from the bench, the latest being at St James’ Park which helped the Gunners to their second away win of the season. However, Torreira was seen icing his right knee after his withdrawal on Thursday night and Unai Emery confirmed the midfielder would be assessed. "He got two hits on his leg. I hope tomorrow and Saturday he is good to be OK for Sunday." Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also rated a doubt despite completing played 90 minutes against Vorskla - the winger suffered a right ankle injury. Elsewhere, there’s not a great deal of change. Sead Kolasinac is progressing well and aiming for a return to play by mid-October. Ainsley Maitland-Niles [fractured fibula] is working on a similar timeline. Carl Jenkinson [ankle] won't return until November and Laurent Koscielny [Achilles] should be back with the group in around 6-8 weeks.
Sep 22 - 10:38 AM



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