Arsenal have decided not to appeal the red card Bacary Sagna received in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City says BBC Sport.
There was a clash of heads between Arsenal’s Sagna and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta during the sides’ 0-0 draw on Wednesday, for which both players received their marching orders and although City have announced they will appeal against Zabaleta’s dismissal, Arsenal have conceded that they would stand no ground in an appeal against the French international’s adjournment as Gunners’ manager, Arsene Wenger, said: “I have seen it again and there is no way we can appeal. For me it is a red card and we have to accept it.”
The 27-year-old will serve a three match suspension and will be unavailable for selection for Arsenal’s FA Cup tie against Leeds, the Carling Cup semi-final trip to Ipswich and the Premier League fixture away to West Ham.
Wilshere: We can overtake Reds.
The Guardian has revealed that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the Gunners can still overtake league leaders Manchester United and win the Premier League.
Despite Manchester United’s four point lead over Arsenal with a game in hand, the 19-year-old thinks the Red Devils can still be caught and that his side are the team to do it.
On the aftermath of the draw against City on Wednesday, Wilshere said his side believe they can take the Premier League by storm in the final half of the season. Speaking highly of Arsenal’s performance on Wednesday, the English international said: “We showed we can dominate games, At the end of the day, we wanted a goal but it’s a point and we look forward to catching United. I think they will be delighted with the results but they have still got to come here so it’s still really open. When they come here, we can beat them.”
Wilshere admitted that if Arsenal are indeed strong enough to end their five year title drought then they must convert possession into goals more often: “Teams come here and they defend and they are scared of us, we have to learn to break them down, We work on that in training and we showed it [against City] – we just missed that killer edge in the box.”
Valencia in for Vela.
Valencia look set to make a bid for out of favour striker Carlos Vela during the transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger has announced that the Mexican international can leave during the January transfer window and it appears both Bolton Wanderers and now Valencia are ready to make offers for the 21-year-old.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed his interest in Vela as a possible loan signing, according to Sky Sports, but it appears La Liga giants Valencia are now looking for another skilful attacker and see Vela as the perfect player to fill the void with.
Vela has made just four Barclays Premier League appearances this season and Valencia’s vice-president is believed to have travelled to London in order to finalise the deal.
Vermaelen set for return.
Arsenal fans will be happy to know that it looks like Thomas Vermaelen will be returning to action soon. Vermaelen’s recovery has suffered a number of setbacks and the Belgian centre-back has not played since August 28.
But Vermaelen is back to training outdoors and the Arsenal medical staff are confident the 24-year-old will be returning to Arsenal’s back-line sooner rather than later.
Arsene Wenger is determined not to get too excited and has stressed the importance of avoiding another setback in Vermaelen’s progress as he told Arsenal.com, the club’s official website: “Thomas is just on the fringe of getting back on the pitch again, the next ten days to two weeks will be an important test for him and hopefully he can get through well. We will see.”