The Arsenal Lunchtime Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

Forgotten man

We start today’s bulletin with a bit of nostalgia. Once, a young Frenchman was brought into the club with masses of potential. He played some games and the world laughed. But they will laugh no more. Yes, Arsenal played Tottenham in an Under 23s match and guess who scored the first goal? The mighty Yaya Sanogo! Who needs a striker when we have Sanogo waiting in the wings, an Arsenal legend in the making right there. Arsenal won the match 2-0.

Ozil defence

Arsene Wenger has jumped to the defence of German Mesut Ozil ahead of the crunch Premier League match against Liverpool. Wenger has insisted that he won’t change tactics for the game as his reasoning is, you lose Ozil completely. Wenger also stated that one of the reasons Ozil has struggled has been the loss of Santi Cazorla to injury.

Toral explains form

Jon Toral has explained one of the reasons for his poor displays has been down to the shock of ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton leaving the club not long after Toral had arrived on loan. Toral had jumped at the chance to go to Rangers after working under Warburton at Brentford.

Early team news

Still no news if Mesut Ozil will be fit enough to play against Liverpool at the weekend, having been sent home with flu earlier in the week. Aaron Ramsey, who has returned to full training, should make the bench with Laurent Koscielny a likely starter. Mohamed Elneny is ruled out with his ankle problem but should be back in three weeks.

Koscielny praise

Talking of Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the Frenchman stating that “he is the guy who has experience, who leads the defence, and overall of course we have seen at Bayern that he is a very important piece of the puzzle at the back.” Wenger went on to say he was glad to have him back and thinks Koscielny is at the top in the Premier League. The thought of not having to play Gabriel at centre back has probably had something to do with the praise.

Sancho staying put

After days of speculation of Manchester City wonder kid signing for Arsenal, it seems City are offering him a pay rise and a new three year contract to put off any potential bids.

Injury news

Calum Chambers’s stress fracture in his foot has reoccurred whilst playing on loan at Middlesbrough. Having picked up the injury in January, he has had a set back after playing against Tottenham in February. Boro manager Aitor Karanka fears Chambers will be out for four weeks. Chambers has been playing well on loan at Boro this season so far.