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Arsenal has really been unlucky with the injuries of the players this season.
The strength of their squad has already been halved by the injury of the big players and last night, one more name got added to it as Gabriel Paulista, the Brazilian centre-half, injured his hammy playing versus the Rangers.
Paulista is not that prominent a player for the Gunners, but, recently, he had started featuring in the heart of defence and had been going fine. Arsene Wenger could have done with him till the end of the season.
Hamstring injuries happen to be pretty nasty at times and it can make a player remain out for weeks.
In some cases, if it’s quite bad and can even take months. There is no definite time period for recovery.
And, that’s why; Wenger said that he was not sure how long Paulista would be out for.
The Frenchman, however, admitted that it’s unlikely that the defender would be coming back in less than 3 weeks.
After the game which his team clinched narrowly by 2-1, Wenger was quoted as saying, “I can’t tell you much about Gabriel. The only thing I know is that he pulled up his hammy and he was hurting enough to leave the pitch.” Continue reading
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David Ospina made his league debut for Arsenal in the 3-0 win over Stoke City during the weekend.
This was largely seen as a statement of intent from the manager, Arsene Wenger, who is reportedly ready to sell first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after a series of discipline issues and poor form. The Polish international was at fault in Arsenal’s poor performance against Southampton at the St Mary stadium.
Despite being directly at fault for goal,Szczesny did not show any remorse later. He was even pictured smoking in the dressing room after the match. Continue reading
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The German forward of Arsenal, Lukas Podolski has went from making 33 league appearances for Arsenal during his debut season for the team of Arsene Wenger to dropping down to 20 appearances and now has only played in 3 matches.
With the recoveries of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud it does not seem like the future of Lukas Podolski will be changing anytime soon as the German attacker is mostly being used as an impact substitute player but his influence at the Emirates Stadium has dropped enormously since he joined Arsenal a few years ago.
Due to Podolski not playing a very influential role for Arsene Wenger, it was rumored that Podolski was going to be sold in the January transfer window in order to create funds to sign other players and release from the club fringe players but it has now been revealed by Wenger that he has no intentions of selling the German forward or releasing him.
“It is not established at all that he will leave at Christmas.It is me who sets the price and (the reported deal) doesn’t correspond at all to his price. He is not for sale and there is no offer.Podolski plays a position where there is a big competition’’ Arsene Wenger told the media as he responded to questions concerning the situation and future of Lukas Podolski.
Even if you don’t take into consideration some of the attacking players that are completing or have recently completed recovering from their respective injuries, there also is a list of offensive player that Podolski would have to compete against in order to have a fair shot of being consistently chosen by Arsene Wenger and utilizing in his starting XI lineup which includes: Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, YayaSanogo, Joel Campbell and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Lukas Podolski is well-aware of all the competition that he will have to face in order to have any chance of performing consistently for Arsenal and the German attacker displayed his frustration for his lack of matches in the Premier League club as he said:
“I’ve spent the last four months making brief appearances. I’ve had to wrap myself up warm in my winter coat with my hat and scarf on to watch the others playing.I would rather show Arsenal what I am capable of, but this chance to show what I can do is not being given to me.I want to play football for many years to come so am I meant just to say everything’s fine and sit my contract out?””Anything is possible nowadays. You can’t rule anything out.” Lukas Podolski said as he stated that there is a real possibility of joining another club soon if things continue how they are going in Arsenal.