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Monreal: Injuries no excuse

by David on October 19, 2014

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

by David on October 19, 2014

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

by David on October 19, 2014

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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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - The HawthornsLaurent 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.

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Kroenke To Face Fan Wrath At AGM

by David on October 14, 2014

Stan-KroenkeArsenal’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.

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Wenger’s Mismanagement Of Ozil

by David on October 13, 2014

We analyse Mesut Özil’s playing time in the league and Champions League for Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Wenger barely gives Özil any time off, any breaks or any rest, so crucial is he to his manager’s game plan. In fact, the midfielder has completed the full 90 minutes in 26 of his 41 starts (63.4%) in the Premier League and Champions League since moving to the Emirates. That may not seem like a huge proportion, but given that this is his fourth injury layoff in just over a year at Arsenal, while he did not get injured in over 3 seasons at Real Madrid, his health has obviously been mismanaged in London.

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Giroud Could Be Back Quicker Than Expected

by David on October 13, 2014

Giroud-ArsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of having striker Olivier Giroud back in action sooner than expected, as he recovers from a foot injury that was initially believed to keep him out of action for the rest of 2014.

Giroud picked up the injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton in August, with the Frenchman’s extended lay-off compelling Wenger to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

Yet it seems as if Wenger may soon get the chance to test his theory that Giroud and Welbeck could form a potent partnership at the head of his team, as he offered an upbeat medical report on his leading scorer from last season.

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Theo Back In Training

by David on October 13, 2014

Theo WalcottTheo Walcott returned to full training with Arsenal on Monday following a nine-month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Walcott has not played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2-0 FA Cup win against North London rivals Tottenham on Jan. 4.

The England international winger was pictured training with the Arsenal first team on Monday morning ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Hull City, though it remains to be seen how soon he will return to the starting XI.

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Wenger Escapes Punishment For Mourinho Shove

by David on October 6, 2014

mouvawArsene Wenger will not face punishment for shoving Jose Mourinho during Arsenal‘s defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

Wenger clashed with his long-time rival after encroaching on the home technical area to complain about Gary Cahill’s challenge on Alexis Sanchez early in a 2-1 defeat.

The Arsenal manager pushed Mourinho, later claiming the Chelsea boss had prevented him getting

“from A to B”.

Both men were warned at the time by referee Martin Atkinson and, under Football Association rules, that meant any further action was always unlikely.

Asked about the exchange after the game Wenger said:

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