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Do Arsenal have NO CHOICE but to risk Ramsey at QPR?

I am sure that Arsene Wenger would have liked to be able to ease the Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey back into the Gunners side, perhaps with a run out as a sub tomorrow night against QPR and then again at Old Trafford in the FA cup on Monday night.

Ramsey’s previous return from injury lasted just nine minutes, as he came on as a sub late on against Leicester and then had to be replaced himself shortly afterwards. Not ideal and so there is bound to be some concern in Wenger’s mind.

Arsenal to seal Schneiderlin deal but Coquelin NOT at risk

After putting in a rare bad performance for Arsenal in the horrendous Champions League debacle against Monaco last week, there were inevitably questions raised again about Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder has been brilliant since his early recall from a loan spell at Charlton, but his years of failing to break through will keep the fans wondering whether his recent form is just a phase.

Well even though it is being reported by the Daily Star that Arsene Wenger and his transfer elves are close to agreeing the summer transfer of our long term transfer target Morgan Schneiderlin, with personal terms apparently already agreed, it does not mean that Coquelin´s place is at risk.

Arsenal in BIG danger from Coquelin injury?

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans should be crossing their fingers this week and hoping that we get some good news about the injury suffered by our young French midfielder Francis Coquelin yesterday. But when was the last time something went our way on the injury front?

Our bad luck was in evidence once again during the game, firstly with the accidental clash between Coquelin and Giroud that broke the young player´s nose and left him bleeding and in pain, and then when the ball hit him in the same spot after he had been patched up to carry on. Maybe that second blow will prove critical as well, although Wenger admitted that he is still not sure whether Coquelin will need an operation or not.

Arsenal team news! Three Gunners to miss Crystal Palace?

Arsene Wenger has given us the latest update on the injury and fitness situation at Arsenal Football Club. And while there is a little doubt about two more of the players, the news is generally good and positive as we head into a crucial and busy period of the season.

The Frenchman revealed on the official Arsenal website that there are doubts about the fitness and availability of our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin, who has a minor ankle problem, and our French defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who has an issue with his hamstring. The medical staff will test the pair further tomorrow to see if they can face Crystal Palace, but really I expect Wenger to err on the side of caution and replace them for the trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Boro in FA cup

Arsene Wenger has praised the hard work and mentality of his Arsenal players in the build up to this important 5th round FA cup clash with an in-form Middlesborough side. And while the boss spoke about the good options that he now has all over the pitch, he has called on today’s starting line-up to embrace the competitive nature of playing for Arsenal and put in a fully focused performance as the club heads into a really vital stage of the season.

Stats show Coquelin becoming Arsenal’s PERFECT all-rounder!

I wrote an article about Francis Coquelin after Arsenal had come back from an away game at Man City with all three points, rave reviews and a new style of playing in those big games. And although I did not go as far as Jamie Carragher who said that it was too soon to judge him after one game, I did suggest that Coquelin still had a lot to do.

The young Frenchman was quite rightly praised to the hilt for his performance in that game and we Arsenal fans had seen it coming in the previous games that he played for the Gunners since Arsene Wenger recalled him from the loan deal at Charlton.

Keown – Arsenal may still buy a DM as backup

Arsene Wenger has already suggested that Arsenal are unlikely to be doing any more transfer business today, but the Arsenal legend Martin Keown thinks that the Gunners could still be in the market for a defensive midfielder, but whoever comes in will have to be prepared to sit on the bench until Francis Coquelin is unavailable for whatever reason.

Keown said on the BBC Sport website: “Wenger might still feel that he needs to buy a new defensive midfielder before the window shuts on Monday.

“But, rather than filling a problem position, it would be as cover if Francis Coquelin gets injured, so he has someone else who can do his job.

How will Arteta contract affect Arsenal stars and transfers?

If I was the Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, I would be a bit worried right about now. Everything seems to be going against the tough tackling Frenchman, at least as far as his continued career as an Arsenal player goes anyway.

It is bad enough for Flamini that the football media constantly report Arsenal transfer rumours linking the club with various central or defensive midfielders, such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira, William Carvalho, Moussa Sissoko and the German Bender twins Sven and Lars.

Arsenal set to lose ANOTHER young star on a free transfer?

I was shocked enough last week when I found out that Francis Coquelin’s Arsenal contract was set to expire this summer, which means that he is now free to discuss new deals with clubs outside the Premier League.

I seem to remember, back in the day, when a young Mathieu Flamini was inadvertently allowed to run his contract down and moved to AC Milan on a free transfer, that Arsene Wenger vowed that he would never allow this situation to happen ever again. He broke that vow in the Theo Walcott ‘sign dat ting’ saga, but thankfully that one turned out okay, but the exact same thing has happened with Coquelin. Why did he send him out on loan without a new contract?

Stats show what Coquelin must do to secure Arsenal place

Francis Coquelin has really surprised us and started to show why Arsene Wenger was right to have faith in him and keep him at the club, despite having to send the young Frenchman off on various loan moves just to get a game. But the bad luck that hit the Gunners with a string of injury problems was certainly good luck for Coquelin.

However, while the versatile player has begun to set down a marker for that problematic deep lying midfield role, it is still early days. And a lot of us are still hoping that the manager brings in a top class signing like Schneiderlin or one of the Bender brothers from the Bundesliga, either this month or in the summer.

DONE DEAL and Arsenal will make just ONE more transfer

There was a suggestion from Arsene Wenger that the Arsenal squad named to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday could include the name of the young Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik, who was supposedly in London to have his Arsenal medical at the end of last week.

The 17-year old did not appear in the squad, but any concerns that anything was stopping his transfer from Legia Warsaw being completed was proven false earlier today as Arsenal.com confirmed that the move was complete and included the first pictures of the promising player, who has been compared to our former captain Patrick Vieira, in his snazzy new Arsenal kit.

Man City v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

I don’t particularly fear a game against Manchester City. Although they are a better team than us, there is never an inevitability like there is against the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd. There’s always the chance that we’ll come up on top against them and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do that at the Etihad.

But this game is going to be tough and we’ll need to put in a massive performance if we are to get a positive result. With Arteta and Debuchy injured for 3 months and Ramsey still coming back from injury, the team is going to be weaker than expected.