Arsenal felt Kante wouldn’t make it, Perry Groves has some ideas and Monreal is off to Bilbao

Afternoon Bulletin

Team news

Petr Cech will not play on Sunday against Manchester City after injuring his calf during the loss against West Bromwich Albion, meaning David Ospina will play between the sticks.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez look like both will start although Lucas Perez is still out with a thigh injury. Santi Cazorla is out for the season with his Achilles injury.

Cazorla out

On that news, it has been announced by Arsene Wenger that Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season. Cazorla was injured back in October last year initially sustaining an ankle injury. The injury was meant to heal in just a matter of days, however, Cazorla suffered a setback and required surgery to close a scar that had reopened. Arsenal were joint top at the time and won their last seven games in a row. The club has certainly struggled without the Spanish maestro in the centre of midfield.

Monreal off

According to Spanish reports, Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal is possibly leaving to join Athletic Bilbao in the summer. The 31-year-old had signed a long-term deal in 2016 but has disappointed this season. Arsenal have been linked to Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as possible replacements.

Groves idea

Ex-Arsenal winger Perry Groves has come up with one possible reason Arsene Wenger’s decision has still not been announced and it could be down to a change in the coaching staff. With a mention of a director of football coming in to assist Wenger, the club may be announcing both simultaneously.

Gilberto defence of Wenger

Another ex-Arsenal star has leapt to the defence of manager Arsene Wenger and claimed he does go hard on players who are not performing. Gilberto Silva has claimed that Wenger protects all his players when he talks to the press but behind closed doors, he is completely different. Gilberto added that Wenger takes all the pressure himself.

Kante not good enough

That is according to the Mirror who claims Arsenal could have signed the midfielder when he was playing for Caen. However, at the time, Arsenal did not think he was good enough. The paper goes on to say they tried to make up for their error in judgment but N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea instead. Strange however that it does not mention any other clubs who decided against signing him at the same time.