The Stuttgart manager, Armin Veh has spoken out with speculation growing and a move to the Premier League looking imminent and he has admitted it will be a struggle to keep hold of the 21 year-old.
According to Sky Sports he told Sport-BILD:
“Antonio is under contract until June 2017 with our club. The thing is, how much longer can we keep hold of such a player?
on whether he was happy with the performance…
Yeah of course. We had a different game on Wednesday. Sunderland had a big defeat last week and before the game what we wanted was the three points and we got them. I believe we were quite in control as long as we could scorethe second goal. Of course you [can] concede a goal and drop points but we didn’t do it today – we were focused, maybe we missed some opportunities in the final third and the final ball. Overall we are very happy to get the three points. We won at Anderlecht, we won here today, two and a half days later and that’s never easy.
Alexis Sanchez made the most of howlers from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone as Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Sunderland.
The Chile international needed no second invitation after Brown scuffed an attempted back-pass straight into his path and looked on in horror as he raced almost half the length of the pitch before beating goalkeeper Mannone with ease.
And there was worse to come for the Italian, who handed Sanchez a second in injury-time as he made a mess of a back-pass.
The Spanish defender was switched from his usual left-back berth to centre-half for a 2-2 draw with Hull City on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger has been forced to shuffle his pack after seeing a number of senior stars head for the treatment room.
Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo are all out of action, while Aaron Ramsey has only recently returned to fitness and Theo Walcott is not yet ready for a competitive return.
Arsene Wenger admitted he is worried that Arsenal are now 11 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League after his team could only draw 2-2 with Hull City thanks to an injury-time equaliser from Danny Welbeck.
Chelsea won 2-1 at Crystal Palace and Arsenal are back in sixth after a match in which they dominated possession but struggled against a well-organised Hull team.
“I cannot say it is not a concern because the other team win their games and we don’t,” Wenger said. “We had 80 percent possession and we got a point. It is a very disappointing result. We absolutely could have won this game.”
Danny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 against Hull at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through Alexis Sanchez.
However, Hull hit back with a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame, as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up, and then took the lead right after the start of the second half through Abel Hernandez, who had only been playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up.
In an exclusive interview with beIN Sports, which will be broadcast on Thursday and again on Saturday, Wenger said:
‘He had a little problem just before he went out at half-time. He had a little pain with his knee, he felt a crack.
‘I said to our physio to keep an eye on him and if there was anything wrong with him, tell me because when you’re 1-0 down, you want to keep your offensive players on the pitch.
Laurent Koscielny is out of the weekend clash against Hull City leaving Arsenal with a major defensive crisis.
Koscielny is suffering with an achilles injury and will join Mathieu Debuchy on the sidelines.
The Gunners are already short of defensive cover and Koscielny’s absence is a big blow.
‘He has an achilles problem, which has got worse,’ said Wenger. ‘He finds it difficult to play with it at the moment.
‘You can only trust what the players says, he does not feel ready to play and will not play on Saturday.
Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke is to face tough questions from minority shareholders at Thursday’s annual general meeting over a £3m payment from the club to his holding company.
As well as that payment, revealed in recent accounts and paid to Kroenke’s company for advisory services, there is also disquiet over the fate of the Fanshare scheme and ongoing issues over player recruitment.
While the AGM is expected to be less fractious than some over recent years, given the loosening of the Emirates purse strings to bring in the likes of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, the board will face tough questions from fans on a range of issues.