The Arsenal Afternoon Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

Injury news

It seems Santi Cazorla may be out for the season if reports in various papers are correct. It seems his Achilles injury still has not improved despite numerous operations. The papers claim that specialists are now happy with the injury but he won’t be back to full fitness until next season. This could be a major blow for the club as the club have not looked the same without Cazorla in the centre of midfield.

Continuing Arsenal’s injury list is Mohammed Elneny who injured his ankle against Sutton United in the midweek FA Cup win. Elneny is due to miss the Liverpool and Bayern Munich games.

Alex Iwobi however is not injured and will be fit to face Liverpool after some previous concerns as well as Frenchman Laurent Koscielny, who is also back in training this week.

Transfer news

The Mirror is reporting that Everton and Manchester City are both chasing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It seems to depend on where Arsene Wenger views Chamberlain’s best position. Wenger has always wanted him to play centre midfield and feels he has the qualities to do so. I think the rest of us still need to be convinced of that, as he is still prone to the odd error, leaving the team in trouble. But with Cazorla potentially out for the season, it may be a chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain to show what he can do.

An update on the Perez saga – the is he or isn’t he happy debate. Well Perez himself has come out and spoken of being settled and feels really comfortable at Arsenal. Who knows which way this one will turn next.

FA Cup

Arsenal’s FA Cup game against Lincoln City will be played on Saturday 11th March at 1730. The match will be shown on BT Sport.

Crazy report

There’s always one report that sticks out and makes me laugh or wince. This one did both, with the Mirror reporting Emmanuel Frimpong, yes you heard right, is keeping his dream of playing for Arsenal alive. Now this is because, and bear with me, he joined Barnsley who play in red and white, then to Russian club Ufa who amazingly play in red, both like Arsenal. Then he joined Arsenal Tula, and then Swedish club AFC United, now AFC Eskilstuna – all of whom play in red. If that isn’t keeping your Arsenal dream alive then I don’t know what is. It is only a matter of time before Frimpong is back in the centre of midfield for the Gunners, looking like a duck out of water.