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Arsenal Team News: Wilshere Out Of Monaco Match

Jack-Wilshere-FACupArsene Wenger has ruled Jack Wilshere out of tomorrow’s Champions League tie with Monaco. The Arsenal midfielder, who is coming back from ankle surgery, sat out this morning’s training session.

And the Arsenal boss said:

“He was rested because he has trained hard till now. Will he play tomorrow? I don’t think so. Certainly he will be back for the weekend.”

Wenger declared the rest of his squad fit as Arsenal seek to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010. In the last four seasons, they have gone out twice to Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AC Milan.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be fit to play against Monaco in the Champions League.

Ospina was brought into the team for the 2-0 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup and he has kept his place in the side ever since, both in the Premier League and the FA Cup, keeping five clean sheets in nine games.

In fact, since he replaced Polish international Wojciech Szczesny in the league he has already kept the same number of clean sheets (3) that Szczesny managed during the current Premier League season.


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Arsene Wenger Backs Winter World Cup

With the news that the 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December instead of the traditional summer schedule. Arsenal manage Arsene Wenger has spoken about this move, which he is in favor of.

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uefa-champions-league-logoFor once it looks like Arsenal are not the side with all the injury problems as Monaco is facing their own injury crisis ahead of their wChampions League last-16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Star, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is dealing half-a-dozen injuries despite beating Nice 1-0 on Friday.

Defender Layvin Kurzawa has a bruised leg while midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco picked up a thigh injury in the Nice game.

Former Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho and Andrea Raggi could be in contention to return from injury against the Gunners, but both are short of match fitness.


arsene-wenger-afcArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side is in the midst of the most competitive race for a top four finish in Premier League history.

Wenger’s side confirmed their status as one of the favourites to continue their lengthy run of qualification for the Champions League with a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, as they moved into third spot in the Premier League.

With Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham all dropping points at the weekend and Liverpool emerging as strong contenders to force their way back into the top-four mix after a slow start to the season, Wenger suggested the race for a prized place in the Champions League has never been hotter.

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AW-Feb 2015Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels a loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday would have been “disastrous” for his team. A Santi Cazorla penalty and Olivier Giroud goal saw Arsenal to a 2-1 win as they jumped to third in the Premier League table.

Wenger said it was good preparation for his side’s UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg against Monaco on Wednesday. The Frenchman believes dropping points at Selhurst Park would have been a huge blow to his team.

“It’s good preparation to win a game,” Wenger said.


Gunners Up To Third With Big Win At Palace

olivier-giroudArsenal moved up to third in the Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

First-half goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners all three points but the scoreline did not tell the full story for Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew’s men caused plenty of problems for Arsenal’s defence all afternoon with Dwight Gayle, Jason Puncheon and substitute Glenn Murray all going close in the second half.

Palace finally grabbed a goal in the final minute of added time as Murray scrambled the ball home and he had the chance to secure an unlikely point in the dying seconds but the striker’s header rebounded off the post.


Man United v Arsenal FA Cup Travel Arrangements

Wenger-FACupPremier League outfit Arsenal have announced travel arrangements for their FA Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, report the club’s official website.

The highly-anticipated game has been scheduled to take place on Monday March 9, which has not been greeted well by the north Londoners’ fan base.

The prospect of a trip North on a Monday night has, understandably, hardly sparked enthusiasm.

The journey home from the Theatre of Dreams was set to be problematic one for Gunners supporters as no mainline trains are due to run from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston after the match courtesy of engineering works.


Wilshere returns, Wenger to focus on balance

Jack-WilshereArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed the return of England midfielder Jack Wilshere from three months out with an ankle injury, but warned the “balance of the team” must always come first.

The 23-year-old has not played since needing an operation after hobbling off in the defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on 22 November. Wilshere, though, has come through his rehabilitation quicker than expected, and is expected to be involved again at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.