Player News - Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal participated in full team training over the last few days as he looks to be ready for the weekend.

The Spanish international returned from the World Cup but suffered a knee injury that has kept him out of much of the preseason. But after being one of three starting defenders to miss the season-opening loss to Manchester City on Sunday (the other two being long-term absentees in Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny), Monreal is expected to return to the team this weekend for another big matchup, this time against Chelsea. But with an injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles this weekend, Monreal could slot right back into the starting lineup in no time. Said manager Unai Emery: "Today we are going to do the medical analysis with the doctor [for Maitland-Niles]. Nacho is starting with the group, working yesterday and maybe he can come in, maybe, for the next match. I think every day is important to know how they are."
Aug 14 - 1:39 PM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles left Arsenal's season opener with Manchester City with an apparent leg injury leaving Stephan Lichsteiner to deputize out of position at left back.

It was never going to be easy for Arsenal to keep pace with last season's record-setting champions. To make matters even more difficult, they started the match with their first two choices at left back - Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal - out injured. When Maitland-Niles went down injured after running step-for-step with Kyle Walker it meant that veteran right back Stephan Lichsteiner was the next man up for the Gunners. With Chelsea on the schedule next Unai Emery will be hoping that Nacho Monreal is recovered and ready to go because Lichsteiner didn't look comfortable on the wrong flank.
Source: espn.com
Aug 12 - 1:05 PM

It could go either way for Aaron Ramsey in Week 1 of the Premier League season as he tries to shake off a calf injury from pre-season.

Arsenal's presumed starter between Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in midfield may be missing from the opening whistle against Manchester City on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey, no stranger to minor injuries, is nursing a calf injury and Unai Emery was unwilling to commit to whether Ramsey would be starting despite resuming training on Thursday. For those fantasy managers who need to make decisions on Ramsey, the prudent choice would probably be to look for an alternative if you have one between the quality of the opposition and the uncertainty of his preparedness to play.
Aug 10 - 12:08 PM

Ainsley Maitland-Niles will almost certainly start for Arsenal as they kick off their Premier League season against defending champions Manchester City on Sunday.

With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both out injured, Maitland-Niles will draw the assignment to attempt to slow down whichever of Manchester City's prolific wingers start for Pep Guardiola's men. Maitland-Niles' athleticism is probably a solid match for the speed of Sterling, Sane, and Mahrez but not being a natural left back his technique and positioning could provide City with a massive opportunity. Look for Pep's men to attack down their right side and test the Arsenal youngster early and often on Sunday.
Aug 10 - 12:05 PM

Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac could be sidelined for up-to ten weeks after suffering a knee injury during the International Champions Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea in Dublin.

The 25-year-old hurt his left knee in a challenge with Victor Moses and following further tests, a scan revealed ligament damage which means he is likely miss the opening 8 Premier League fixtures. The setback means that Unai Emery maybe forced to start Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left in week one with Nacho Monreal struggling to shake off a knee injury which he sustained during the World Cup: "He has a little problem and he’s training everyday but not with the us," said the new Arsenal boss. "He’s doing work alone with the physical coach, and running, and we think maybe on Tuesday he can start training with the team. We don’t want the injuries but it’s one of those things that you can’t help. It’s difficult for him to arrive for the match against Manchester City."
Aug 6 - 5:04 PM

Unai Emery played down injury concerns regarding Aaron Ramsey, but the new Gunners boss was unable to offer any assurances over Sead Kolasinac who left the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening with his left leg in a brace.

Ramsey was initially named in the starting XI to face Chelsea in the club’s final International Champions Cup game in Dublin, but he failed to re-emerge from the dressing room after feeling discomfort in his calf during the warm-up. "He has a little muscular pain and we decided not to start playing because it's maybe a big risk for him," Emery said. "I'm waiting for the medical analysis and I don't think it will be a big problem." Ramsey was replaced in the line-up by 18-year-old Emile Smith Rowe as a precaution. However, the news regarding Kolasinac was not so good with the defender due to have a scan within the next 24-48 hours. The player was spotted hobbling through the mixed zone post-match and Emery revealed "it might be different" [compared to Ramsey] although further tests will help determine the extent of the problem.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 2 - 7:07 AM

Sead Kolasinac left Arsenal's pre-season match on Wednesday clutching his knee.

The injury didn't look like an ACL tear but Kolasinac certainly looked to be in some distress leaving the pitch. We'll get more information after he is examined but it didn't look like he'd be ready for the start of the season. Ainsley Maitland-Niles deputized.
Source: Espn.com
Aug 1 - 9:08 PM

Aaron Ramsey missed out on Arsenal's friendly against Chelsea in Dublin with a soft tissue injury.

While Unai Emery dismissed the injury as a minor thing and no big worry, those who follow Arsenal are probably less optimistic. The Wales international has seen his career plagued by minor injuries that halt his momentum anytime it looks like he might reach his potential. It isn't a long term concern so much as a troubling pattern continuing.
Source: Espn.com
Aug 1 - 9:04 PM

The latest reports in England suggest that Chelsea is preparing a £30 million bid for Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey has reportedly seen contract talks stall with Arsenal as he enters the final season of his contract with a new coach at the helm. "We'll see what happens, but my agent and the club are talking. I'm not sure exactly what it hinges on, I'm just leaving it to them to discuss and to figure it out but we are yet to come to an agreement. That's something that my agent and the club are discussing to try and get something done." But Chelsea are reportedly swooping in to make a move for the midfielder with his future currently uncertain.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 29 - 4:40 PM

Arsenal bounced back from their penalty shootout loss to Atletico Madrid with a convincing 5-1 victory over Ligue One champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Unai Emery faced his old side in Singapore and Arsenal signed off their Asian leg of the International Champions Cup with a comprehensive win. Mesut Ozil was outstanding, scoring the opener, in a highly productive hour-long run out. The Gunners handed Alex Iwobi and Mo Elneny their first minutes of pre-season having returned following a post-World Cup extended break and the pair performed well during the opening forty-five before being replaced. Alexandre Lacazette looked sharp and the French striker scored twice in the space of four second half minutes after being introduced at the break. Centre-back Rob Holding and teenage midfielder Edward Nketiah completed the rout late on to hammer home Arsenal’s dominance. The Gunners now travel to Dublin to face London rivals Chelsea at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 1:47 PM

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

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


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