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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

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

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

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

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

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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Wenger plays down push on Mourinho

Mourinho-Wenger2Arsene Wenger attempted to make light of his shove on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after Arsenal fell to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which saw the Blues extend their advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points.

Eden Hazard, with a first-half penalty, and Diego Costa, with his ninth goal in seven league games, struck as Wenger’s bid for a first win against a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho goes on.

In 12 attempts the Frenchman is still to taste victory and his frustrations boiled over after Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute, when he pushed Mourinho in the chest as he strode towards the Chile forward.

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Arsenal Come Up Short In Big Game Again

mouvawArsenal manager Arsene Wenger shoved Jose Mourinho as their long-running feud turned physical in a 2-0 win which saw Chelsea take a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Wenger refused to take a backwards step in the 20th minute after leaving his technical area following Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho told the Frenchman to “back off” as their rivalry endured another ugly episode, with the Gunners boss firmly planting two hands on the Portuguese’s chest – risking Football Association disciplinary action – and the pair also eye-balling each other in close quarters.

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Team News Ahead Of Chelsea Match

ozil-arsenal2Arsenal could have defender Nacho Monreal (back) available for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to leaders Chelsea.

Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) remain sidelined, while Abou Diaby is again likely to be rested following a hip problem.

Wingers Theo Walcott (knee) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are both in line to return after the international break, along with striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring). Full-back Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) and France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are long-term absentees.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Ospina, Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski, Coquelin, Campbell, Bellerin, Monreal.

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We analyse the performances of Danny Welbeck from Arsenal‘s 4-1 win over Galatasaray

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