Arsenal dealt a huge blow ahead of FA Cup final

Arsenal have been dealt a huge injury setback ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday. In his pre-match conference, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that centre-back Gabriel has been ruled out with a medial knee ligament injury for up to eight weeks. “Gabriel is out for 6-8 weeks,” said Wenger. “We had a scare about his cruciate, but it’s only his medial ligament. “The positive is he avoids surgery but he’s out until the beginning of August at least.” That latest development has left the Gunners short…

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Real Madrid interested in Arsenal star, Asian striker confirms Gunners’ interest

Real Madrid are reportedly pursuing Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, according to the latest reports. French football website Foot Mercato claims that the La Liga giants have identified the France international as a replacement of his compatriot Raphael Varane. Varane’s future at the Madrid club looks uncertain with various reports having linked him with an exit from the club. Koscielny arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Ligue 1 club Lorient six seasons ago and has established himself as one of the top defenders in Premier League. The 30-year-old has made 246 appearances during…

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Jose Mourinho wants to bring in trio of French star players to Manchester United

According to Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United but the deal will not be completed until image-rights issues are resolved by lawyers representing both parties. This week, the Red Devils sacked Louis Van Gaal after two seasons in charge of the Old Trafford club. Mourinho is set to succeed the Dutchman after months of speculation. Not surprisingly, United’s squad is primed for a big overhaul during the summer transfer window. According to The Independent, Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as a primary target, but he is aware that…

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Arsenal receive double injury boost ahead of busy Christmas period

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Arsenal have been finally handed some respite with their injury problems. Daily Mirror is reporting that forward Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring injury is not as severe as initially feared and the Chilean star should be back in action before Christmas. The former Barcelona man limped off in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City, the game that also witnessed injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla. According to the report, Sanchez might also have an outside chance to feature in the crucial fixture against table-toppers Man City at Emirates Stadium on December…

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Arsenal handed quadruple fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been boosted by the news that Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all back in contention to feature in this weekend’s clash with Watford, the Metro reports. Wenger had concerns over Sanchez’s fitness going into the international break, but the 26-year-old came through the victory over Peru without any problems and is now ready to dive straight back into first team duties with The Gunners (via Metro). The Metro also claims that defender Koscielny, who missed the 3-0 victory over Manchester…

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Arsenal boss confirms Laurent Koscielny is ruled out for three weeks

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that key centre-back Laurent Koscielny will be missing for the next three weeks through injury, the Daily Express reports. The French international appeared to tweak his hamstring during this week’s Champions League defeat to Greek giants Olympiacos. He was hauled off in place of defensive colleague Per Mertesacker, but Wenger has now confirmed, via The Express, that the injury is worse than just a minor pull. This means he will be forced to miss next week’s friendlies with the French national side against Armenia…

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Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker wary of Man United backlash as injury crisis deepens

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has called on his teammates to shake off their Champions League hangover quickly as they prepare to host Manchester United this weekend, the Daily Express reports. The Gunners square up with United in a 4pm kick off on Sunday, just days after losing 3-2 to Greek giants Olympiacos on Tuesday night. That result now leaves Arsenal bottom of their qualifying group, having suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the first round of games (via Express). And now Mertesacker believes that he and his…

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Arsenal gossip: Key trio close in on return and striker deal given January go-ahead

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Juventus are ready to let Simone Zaza go in January, with Arsenal interested in the 24-year-old striker, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes. The striker spent last season with Sassuolo, and linked up with Juve over the summer. The Gunners are confident forward Danny Welbeck, 24, will play again this year – despite England boss Roy Hodgson suggesting he would be out for six months, The Sun reports. Arsenal are now hopeful of having Welbeck back in the squad in time for Christmas.…

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Arsenal injury boost as centre-back duo return in time for Stoke clash

Arsenal could be set to welcome back key centre-back duo Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Stoke City, according to the Daily Express. Both players have been struck by injury problems during the early stages of the season, leaving Arsene Wenger with Calum Chambers and Gabriel as his back up pairing in the heart of the defence. Koscielny was forced to miss the encounter with Liverpool thanks to a back injury, but made a swift return the following week against Newcastle (via Express). However,…

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Arsenal news: Spanish starlet scouted, and move planned for Tottenham target

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: The Gunners have sent scouts to monitor the progress of Real Betis youngster Dani Ceballos, according to the Metro. The 19-year-old has a release clause of just £7.5m and will be available on a free next summer, but is being watched by several clubs around Europe. Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £10m offer for Basel and Switzerland striker Breel Embolo, according to the Daily Star. The Tottenham target is also being watched by Juventus, who are set to be Arsenal’s biggest competition…

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscienly rated doubtful for Stoke clash as back problems continue

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is now a doubt for the Gunners’ upcoming clash with Stoke City, after missing France’s friendly win over Serbia through injury, the Daily Express report. The 29-year-old was absent from Didier Deschamps’ side for the game in Bordeaux due to a back problem, which comes just a couple of weeks after he missed the goalless draw with Liverpool due to a similar issue (via Express). And while Arsene Wenger’s side kept a clean sheet during the game at the Emirates, it was largely down to Petr…

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Arsenal face defensive crisis for Newcastle clash as Koscielny and Mertesacker rated doubtful

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is facing a defensive crisis for this weekend’s clash with Newcastle United as both first choice centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny could still be missing, the Daily Mirror reports. Koscielny will almost definitely miss out, having been forced to watch Monday night’s goalless draw with Liverpool from the stands with a back injury. Fellow centre-back Mertesacker is rated as being slightly more hopeful of making a return, but he is still not certain to be involved having been sent home over the weekend through illness.…

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Arsenal gossip: Gunners to jump United interest in striker but defensive duo doubtful for weekend clash

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Arsenal are reportedly close to completing a deal for Dynamo Moscow forward Alexander Kokorin before the transfer window shuts, the Metro reports. The 24-year-old striker has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham over the course of the summer, with PSG and Zenit also believed to be interested in signing him. Competition for places at Arsenal will ensure no one can take their first-team place for granted and keep the squad performing at their highest levels, according to defender…

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Arsenal gossip: Real in for star defender but Wenger winning race to sign £7m Danish starlet

Thursday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Real will make a £21m move for Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, 29, as the uncertainty over whether Ramos will stay at the club grows, the Daily Mirror reports. With Sergio Ramos edging closer to a move to Manchester United, new coach Rafa Benitez is keen to add the France international to his back line. Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, has come to an arrangement with Southampton to allow him to leave. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham will now try to sign the midfielder rated at…

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Arsenal sweat on Real Madrid advances for Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal fans are being made to sweat as reports in the Metro are claiming that Real Madrid are making advances on a £21.4m move for popular defender Laurent Koscielny. READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Chelsea midfielder refuses to rule out surprise Arsenal move Arsenal outcast BEGS with club to lower asking price to allow him to leave The France international is believed to be a key target for new Real coach Rafa Benitez, who wants to line him up alongside young compatriot Raphael Varane. And now France Football journalist…

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FIFA 16: Arsenal stars in line for a ratings increase

The wait for a new FIFA title is always agonising. Those that were given moderate ratings at the release of FIFA 15, but performed well above their station over the course of the campaign, will be in line for a boost in the new incarnation. READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal’s best XI last season Eight huge transfers set to go ahead this summer including Arsenal target However, whether they get them or not remains to be seen. So, for the meantime, we’re predicting who’s going up in the…

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New Real Madrid boss targets Arsenal defender as first signing

New Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has apparently told the club that he wants to make Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny his first signing of the summer, according to the Daily Express. READ MORE: Arturo Vidal’s agent meets with Arsenal officials after FA Cup final The former Liverpool boss took over the reigns at the Santiago Bernabeu from Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday, having left his post at Napoli earlier in the week. Real are looking to bounce back from a difficult campaign that saw them come away with no silverware to…

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ADL’s Premier League team of the season: three Chelsea stars and Leicester hero

Now the Premier League has reached its conclusion, it’s time to reflect on the best players from a campaign that saw Chelsea clinch their fourth crown since 2005, and said goodbye to Queens Park Rangers, Burnley, and Hull, who will all be playing in the Championship next year. Here is A Different League’s team of the season: GK- David De Gea The Spaniard was fantastic all year for Manchester United, and would be sorely missed should he move to Real Madrid in the summer. His shot-stopping is arguably the best…

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