Arsenal v Hull Team News

by David on April 18, 2014

Arsenal could have record signing Mesut Ozil back from a hamstring injury for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Hull.

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini returns from a two-match suspension, while full-back Nacho Monreal is on course to have recovered from the dead leg suffered in the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan at Wembley.

Defender Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) is out, while midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) and England international Jack Wilshere (foot) are still recovering, along with Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee).

Provisional squad: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Monreal, Sanogo, Ozil.

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According to The Metro, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is set to table a £7m bid for Eintracht Frankfurt’s highly rated defender Sebastian Jung

‘In England we know Arsenal are very strongly on his trail for the summer,’ said Jung agent Mino Grillo said.

‘They have had scouts watching him in the Bundesliga. There is was interest in the past from Inter, Roma and Milan, but no recent contact.’

The latter comment clears the way for Arsenal to swoop for Jung at the end of the season, with negotiations tipped to take place when the campaign ends.

 

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Guardiola?????

by David on April 17, 2014

pep-bayernFascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola that he would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the season if the club’s hierarchy are not happy with his work.

Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the  German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.
However, not everyone is happy with Pep’s tiki-taka style of play with honorary president Franz Beckenbauer recently having to row back on comments he made about finding the team “unwatchable.”

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Ozil Back For Hull This Weekend

by David on April 17, 2014

Mesut Ozil is set to return for Arsenal against Hull City this Sunday, with Arsene Wenger declaring it could further boost the confidence of a team who are in mentally “better shape” after the anxiety of the last few weeks.

Fourth place is back in Arsenal’s hands after Everton’s 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, and Wenger believes Champions League qualification as well as an FA Cup final would prove that the team have made progress this season.

Ozil could be central to securing that — the German has not played since March 11, when he went off the in 1-1 Champions League draw away to Bayern Munich.

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Back To Fourth Place!

by David on April 16, 2014

Giroud-ArsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the “perfect touch” of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham to move back up into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

After a slow start following their nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out win over Wigan at Wembley on Saturday, which saw Giroud fluff a great chance to put the hosts ahead, West Ham took the lead through Matt Jarvis on 40 minutes.

However, German forward Podolski quickly levelled before half-time, with Giroud’s superb control and close-range finish putting them in front on 55 minutes.

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Podolski Prefers 4th Place Over FA Cup Win

by David on April 14, 2014

Lukas Podolski believes it will be a “disaster” if Arsenal side do not qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Forward Podolski acknowledged winning the FA Cup to end a nine-year trophy drought would be a huge lift for the club, but feels finishing in the top four must be the Gunners’ priority.

Arsenal entertain West Ham on Tuesday night having been edged out of the top four by Everton over the weekend, and there will be some tired legs after their FA Cup semi-final defeat of Wigan went all the way to penalties.

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Fabianski dedicates win to fans

by David on April 14, 2014

A safe passage into the FA Cup final proved more important than battling to secure Arsene Wenger’s future, according to Arsenal‘s penalty shootout hero Lukasz Fabianski.

Stopper Fabianski denied Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison from the spot as Arsenal edged past gritty title holders Wigan 4-2 on penalties in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.

Jordi Gomez’s penalty put Wigan ahead just past the hour, before Per Mertesacker headed Arsenal’s equaliser seven minutes from time. Boss Wenger admitted he would have feared for his Emirates Stadium future had Arsenal slipped up at the hands of the Championship outfit.

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wembley-londonArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he was worried what defeat to Wigan in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley could have done after watching his side come through the high drama of a penalty shoot-out.

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero as his two saves helped Arsenal beat the holders 4-2 to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

After a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However the Gunners made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

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Team news: Who’s fit to face Wigan?

by David on April 10, 2014

Arsène Wenger has given the following fitness updates ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Wigan at Wembley.

on late fitness tests…
I cannot give you concrete team news because we have so many uncertainties about Chamberlain (groin), Gibbs (ankle), Rosicky (thigh). There will be last-minute decisions on those three players. They are all 50:50.

on Ozil and Koscielny…
Ozil and Koscielny are still out. I think the earliest to come back for Koscielny could be Tuesday and for Ozil it could be next Saturday. That would be a boost because at the moment we have too many players out and it’s important we get them back. We know that at this period of the season, the number of players we had out is too many.

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I Am Really Hoping Santi Was Misquoted

by David on April 10, 2014

Really worrying comments attributed to Santi Cazorla in which he questioned his side’s mentality while admitting that he is thinking about leaving Arsenal.

In an interview with Abu Dhabi-based Sport 360, Cazorla was very open and frank about Arsenal saying:

‘We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more). Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that.’

Cazorla also urged Arsenal to spend heavily on revamping the squad this summer, and also admitted he will look to leave if he is not convinced they can compete for trophies.

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