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Arsenal crock set for return against former club?

There is no doubt that Arsenal are coming out of the terrible run of injuries that wrecked our Premier League title challenge last season and carried on into the beginning of this one. Not including Abou Diaby, there are now just four first team Gunners out of action; with Mesut Ozil, David Ospina, Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy remaining on the Arsenal injury list.

And three of those are expected to be available for selection again soon, with the France international right back Debuchy the latest to give a positive update on his recovery progress, as reported by Arsenal.com. And the French defender revealed that he is already working with the physio to get back into condition for a return to the pitch next month.

De Gea injury gives Arsenal GREAT chance to punish Man United

Arsenal fans are sick and tired but also well used to having a long list of players on the sidelines due to injury problems and this season has been no different so far. But at least we are not alone this time, as our big Premier League rivals for a top four finish, Manchester United, are even worse off than Arsenal at the minute.

And their latest casualty gives the Gunners a great chance to put them to the sword when Louis van Gaal and his players arrive at the Emirates next Saturday. Their Spanish international keeper David De Gea has been arguably their best player this season. He has certainly been the most important as he has rescued them from countless dismal defensive showings with a string of top class saves.

What Arsenal can expect and hope for after internationals

Although it would have been a whole lot better for Arsenal if we had gone into the current two week international break on a high instead of on the back of two disappointing results, it still comes at a good time for the Gunners, giving Arsene Wenger and his players a valuable bit of breathing time to recover and refocus for the rest of the season ahead.

Arsenal defence crippled by Sausages!

I know Arsenal’s defensive problems are no laughing matter right now, especially as Arsene Wenger has now told us that we will have to do without Larent Koscielny for yet another month, but I just had to laugh when I saw Wenger saying that Koscielny’s achilles problem was caused by a spicy French Sausage!

Wenger said in yesterday’s injury update: ‘He has not started running outside, so you cannot think he will be available in two weeks,’

‘He will not be available for three or four weeks.’

Arsenal get MASSIVE injury boost ahead of Man United clash

There are two very important games for Arsenal to get through, at home to Anderlecht and away to Swansea City, before the next international break comes around, but after that things really start to get serious for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners.

The first two games after the international break are both at home, with Man United in the Premier League on the Saturday and orussia Dortmund in the Champions League the following Wednesday. It is no exaggeration to say that the results of those two games could really shape our season, so some good news on the injury front is very welcome indeed.

Will Chambers drop to the Arsenal bench when everyone is fit?

Can Calum Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard? by SE

Calum Chambers, in whatever we have seen of him during his early days at the Emirates, has done well and lived up to the lofty expectations of an Arsenal player. At just 19 years old, Chambers has shown a good head on his shoulders, and handled things pretty smoothly for a player who is still a new kid on the block and has a fair bit of learning to do. Fortunately, however, the former Southampton defender has found hell of a lot of game time, due to Per Mertesacker’s exertions at the world cup to go with injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, than what he would have anticipated at the time of completing his move to Arsenal. Going forward, can Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard?

Hummels transfer to leave BFG out of Arsenal line-up?

There is another development in the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with a possible swoop for the Borussia Dortmund star defender Mats Hummels in the January transfer window. According to a report in the Daily Star, one of our main rivals for the signature of Hummels has dropped out of the race.

The paper claims that news from Russia suggests that the Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is now looking at Ezequiel Garay, the Argentina international centre back currently playing for Zenit St. Petersburg, as his top transfer target in January. This apparently leaves Arsenal in pole position to sign the Germany international.

Flamini and Chambers keys to Arsenal beating Anderlecht

It is clear that Arsenal simply have to beat the champions of Belgium tonight, not just to keep us in with a chance of winning the group stage ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but to get the confidence flowing and get the season back on track after a string of disappointing results.

The Gunners need a similar sort of morale boosting result as the 4-1 drubbing of Galatasaray in our last group game. But even that game showed why we have struggled so far, because despite dominating the game we could not keep a clean sheet. And that goal came with a red card for Wojciech Szczesny and with David Ospina ruled out with injury, Arsenal will have to start with the inexperienced youngster Emiliano Martinez.

Injury list NOT reason for Arsenal struggles says Monreal

Following on the back of yet another draw for Arsenal, the trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht is a very important game for the Gunners. It gives us a great opportunity to bounce right back from the visit of Hull City on Saturday, but it also puts more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his injury depleted squad.

But although Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo and possibly Laurent Koscielny, the man who might replace the French centre back does not think that we can use the long injury list as any excuse for a failure to get the right result on the pitch.

Does Wenger mean Hummels as this January Arsenal transfer?

The Annual General Meeting of Arsenal Football Club was today and as usual there were lots of questions raised about the club’s financial dealings, especially the spending on transfers by Arsene Wenger. Even though the Frenchman spent more than ever in the summer transfer window, a year after smashing the club’s transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil, there is still a feeling that we could and should have done more.

Is this Arsenal star having a Giraffe?

Maybe they do things differently in France, maybe the Arsenal and France international defender has a character as spiky as his hairdo and is always falling out with his friends and calling them names. In fact, the disciplinary record of Laurent Koscielny would back that theory up, as it was revealed the other day in a Daily Mail report that our central defender tops the list of Premier League penalties conceded since 2010.

Koscielny has spoken about his unwanted record, as reported by ESPN, and the way the 29-year old Gunner responded to the news was fairly tongue in cheek, mentioning the Guinness Book of Records and suggesting that his unfortunate habit only matters in a close game.

Chelsea v Arsenal review – Much better but Gunners still lose

Arsene Wenger did react to the away day troubles that Arsenal had against our big rivals last season, mas he needed to. But without Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta available to play due to injury, it was Santi Cazorla who dropped back alongside Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini to make our midfield more compact.

And it helped, as did the better determination showed by the whole Gunners side. But sometimes there is nothing you can do about a bit of brilliance and it was Eden Hazard’s dazzling run into the box that broke the Arsenal resistance, winning a penalty that he also converted after 27 minutes. Maybe the little Belgian left his leg a bit but you always see them given and Koscielny was perhaps lucky not to see red.