Finally some good news on the injury front as Theo Walcott has resumed full training after being out six week lay-off and could be included in the squad to face Southampton this weekend.
With Lukas Podolski expected back from his hamstring injury before the end of the month so much needed cover for Oliver Giroud is on the way.
The question is whether the return or Walcott and Podolski will change Arsene Wenger’s plans in the January transfer market?
The press have linked Arsenal with overpriced strikers like Karim Benzema, Alexandre Pato, Edin Dzeko and Salomon Kalou. But if Walcott and Podolski are fit, do Arsenal need them? Read more... (379 words, estimated 1:31 mins reading time)
Nicklas Bendtner just cannot shut up. The Arsenal striker has ben talking to the Danish press about his future plans and he told them that he envisages himself playing for ‘Real Madrid or Barcelona‘ next.
Bendtner was asked questions by Danish publication Politiken after their recent friendly victory over Scandinavian rivals Norway.
‘Do you go after the money when you need a new club?’ They asked.
‘I do not,’ Bendtner replied. ‘It is the sport that is the most important. I’m going somewhere where I know I can be happy to play. With a team where I can score goals and preferably to win something. Read more... (217 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has committed his future to the club by signing a “new long-term contract”, the Premier League leaders announced on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Poland international joined the club from Legia Warsaw in 2006 and has been manager Arsene Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper since breaking into the first team during the 2010-11 season.
“I am very pleased to have signed a new contract,” Szczesny told the Arsenal website. “Arsenal is like my family and I’m so happy to be committing my long-term future here. Read more... (215 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is suffering from fatigue, according to his team-mate Laurent Koscielny.
The French striker has played 21 games in 89 days and has played a key role in firing the Gunners to the top of the Premier League.
But he has not scored in his last four games and Koscielny believes the strain of leading the line on his own is starting to show.
‘It’s true that he’s not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund,’ he told The Sun. ‘But he’s also playing game after game and hasn’t had a rest, so maybe he’s feeling a bit of fatigue. Read more... (246 words, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Thomas Vermaelen insists he still has a future at Arsenal despite falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
The Belgian defender made his first Premier League start of the season for the Gunners in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
It was a rare experience for Vermaelen, who has found himself squeezed out by the form of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
In a boost to the centre-back, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has already assured Vermaelen of his place in his country’s squad for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Read more... (211 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
It is well documented that Arsenal will be in the hunt for a striker in January to help alleviate the pressure that has been placed on Olivier Giroud this season. Karim Benzema is a name that has been regularly linked with a move to the Gunners over the past few weeks and yet again his name has been mentioned in the last couple of days.
Arsenal have heavily relied upon Giroud since the start of the season and the fans are aware that if the Frenchman suffers an injury, they will have a crisis on their hands. Read more... (298 words, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has hit back at his “haters” and reiterated his desire to leave the Premier League leaders.
The Denmark international was reportedly on the verge of securing a permanent move before Arsene Wenger opted to keep him due to his lack of cover for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud.
Bendtner, linked with West Brom and Hull City before the transfer deadline in September, has started just two games this season – both in the League Cup – and Arsenal fans turned on him during the defeat to Chelsea last month. Read more... (349 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger says nerves contributed to league leaders Arsenal‘s 1-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United.
Ex-Gunners striker Robin van Persie’s header in the first half gave David Moyes’s side victory, and left the visitors still looking for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.
“We were just too nervous in the first half,” said the Arsenal manager.
“We haven’t won for a long time here now. Once again it is a tight game that has been decided on a set-piece.”
The match contained few clear-cut chances and Arsenal only managed two shots on target, although they did go close on a couple of occasions when Bacary Sagna’s pacy deliveries flashed past his team-mates. Read more... (281 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Two transfer rumors that have surfaced this have Arsenal linked for January moves for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Monaco right-back Fabinho.
We have been saying since August that Arsenal need to sign another striker to give Olivier Giroud a break and too offer a different look for teams. Nicklas Bendtner is not the answer and playing Theo Walcott not that number 9 role is untested.
Hernandez has scored 54 times for United since signing for them in 2010 despite coming off the bench (38) almost as many times as he has started (43) in the Premier League. He is behind van Persie and Rooney in the United team and has started to make comments about wanting to play on a regular basis. Read more... (231 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Arsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Sunday’s trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford:
on the team news…
Normally, Flamini will join us in the session this morning. Wilshere will join in as well, so we will see how they are after the session today.
on their chances of playing on Sunday…
Flamini, I am quite confident will be fully available. Wilshere, we will see how he responds to his inflammation of the ankle.
The Gunners are still without long-term absentees Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby. Read more... (117 words, estimated 28 secs reading time)