Latest Cup Final team news & injury woe for Zelalem

Afternoon Bulletin

Wenger’s last game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not know if Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea will be his last match for the Gunners or not.

Wenger said it won’t be his last ever match as he would stay in football but does not know if it’s his last Arsenal match. Wenger is due to meet with the Arsenal board after the FA Cup final on Saturday to discuss his future as Arsenal manager.

Wenger claimed that Arsenal can now compete with other clubs but in the past he has had to operate on very limited resources always having to sell the clubs best players. Now it seems the club is in a good financial position to compete.

Mertesacker start

Per Mertesacker could play in the FA Cup Final and start his first match in a year, with the club facing a defensive injury crisis. It looks like Arsenal may have no choice but to switch to a back four with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel injured, Shkodran Mustafi illness and Kieran Gibbs thigh injury all doubtful or ruled out.

Brighter team news

Brighter team news however, is that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain should be fit after looking doubtful for the final and Alexis Sanchez will play despite picking up an injury in last weekend’s game against Everton.

FA Cup final screening cancelled

The FA Cup final screening at the Emirates has been cancelled due to a security threat after the Manchester terror attacks. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have also cancelled any victory parade through the city who ever does win the famous trophy on Saturday.

Bennacer loan

Arsenal youngster Ismael Bennacer would like to go out on loan next season for another year to either France or Spain to gain another year experience and playing time. Bennacer has been on loan at Tours playing 16 times since January. The Algerian is due to meet manager Arsene Wenger for talks in the summer to discuss his next moves.

Zelalem torn ACL

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been ruled out for up to nine months after tearing his ACL playing for the U.S in the U20 World Cup.

The 20 year old is coming into his final year at Arsenal and was looking to move clubs in the summer, after failing to make the breakthrough at the club. Zelalem has just returned from a disappointing loan spell with Dutch second division side VVV Venlo where he failed to play regularly.