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Wilshere adds to injury woes

Jack-Wilshere-FACupJack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal‘s lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud “miles ahead of schedule” in the coming weeks.

Wilshere is likely to miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium due to a knee problem and is also a doubt to face Anderlecht in midweek.

But France striker Giroud, who fractured his foot against Everton in late August, is on course to rejoin training next month despite having initially been ruled out until the New Year.

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Kieran Gibbs an injury doubt for Burnley

kieran-gibbsArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said the club will find out on Friday whether Kieran Gibbs’ hip injury will keep him out of the weekend’s home meeting with bottom of the table Burnley.

Gibbs, 25, limped off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Sunderland last Saturday, with youngster Hector Bellerin coming on in his place.

Wenger is already with a number of key players, including right-back Mathieu Debuchy and centre-back Laurent Koscielny, through injury.

Speaking ahead of the Burnley game, he told the club’s official website:

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Alexis Sanchez League Form

From the 2009/10 season to the present campaign, we analyse Alexis’ league performances for both Barcelona and Arsenal.

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Antonio-RudigerVfB Stuttgart have have revealed that they will struggle to hold on to their star defender, Antonio Rudiger and so will negotiate with ‘big outfits’.

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?

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Arsene Wenger Post Match Reaction

arsene-wenger-newArsène Wenger spoke to the media after his side’s 2-0 victory against Sunderland and here are some of his comments.

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.

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Two From Sanchez Leads Gunners To Victory

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2Alexis 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.

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Monreal: Injuries no excuse

monreal-afcAs Arsenal prepare for their next Champions League outing, Nacho Monreal says they cannot let injuries become a distraction.

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.

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Wenger Concerned Over Size Of Chelsea’s Lead

arsene-wenger-beachArsene 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.”

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Gunners Drop Two More Points

danny-welbeck-afcDanny 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.

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ozil-arsenal2Gobsmacking comments from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today that Mesut Ozil heard a crack in his ruptured left knee before half-time in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 5.

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.

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