Arsenal could revive interest in André Silva
After being beaten to the signature of Portuguese forward André Silva in the summer, Arsenal may yet reignite their interest should he become available. Milan signed Silva from FC Porto in a £33m move as part of their huge summer spending spree. The players they brought in were supposed to give them a top-four finish in Serie A and qualification for the Champions League. Following their 3-2 defeat to rivals Inter at the weekend, Milan currently sit in 10th. Should they miss out on qualification then they could be forced to sell players to balance the books. Arsenal may be keeping an eye on the situation as Silva could be a good replacement should either Sanchez or Ozil leave the club.
First team players returning from injury
Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey are expected to be back in action for the weekend trip to Everton. The pair missed the Watford game on Saturday after returning from international duty with knocks. They are now back in training and could be available for minutes during Thursday’s trip to Red Star Belgrade, although a start for either is unlikely. There is also good news for Laurent Koscielny as the defender should recover in time for the weekend following his withdrawal on Saturday. Danny Welbeck is the only major concern as he awaits news from a scan on the extent of the injury which forced him off. Initial reports suspect a hamstring issue.
City’s Sterling speaks about summer speculation
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has given his views on the transfer rumours linking him to an Arsenal move. A number of outlets were reporting a potential swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, something which the England player has dismissed.
“I didn’t need to speak with him [manager Pep Guardiola] because I already spoke with him in the summer about pre-season. I didn’t have any negative thoughts or anything bad about it. I just woke up one day with England, seen it, and did not believe a single word of it. Until I heard something from the manager, then I would believe it. It wasn’t something that I was worried about because Pep is an honest guy and he would have spoke to me before that.”
Although a swap deal was always unlikely to happen, it did seem that Sanchez moving to Manchester could see Sterling’s game time reduced.
Wenger explains why Wilshere was left on the bench
Injury prevented Jack Wilshere from taking part at the weekend but for once it wasn’t his injury. He was all ready to enter the game against Watford but then an injury to Laurent Koscielny prevented Jack from coming onto the pitch. Arsene Wenger said after the game:
“I wanted to take Iwobi off and they told me that Koscielny had to come off because of his calf. When I wanted to bring Jack on for Iwobi, it was our last sub and Koscielny could not go on, so I had to change Koscielny and bring a centre back on. That’s what happened.”
U23’s win at home to Sunderland
Goals from Vlad Dragomir and Chuba Akpom helped Arsenal’s second string XI beat Sunderland and climb the PL2 table. The side are now up to third and closer to top side Liverpool following their loss. Up next for them is a trip to rivals Tottenham who are currently in 10th place.