Perez a doubt for FA Cup + Coquelin, Ozil, Koscielny updates

Perez a doubt for FA Cup + Coquelin, Ozil, Koscielny updates

Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news update ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Preston North End.

After two games in 48 hours the cup competition gives the manager a chance to rest some players who have given a lot in recent matches, and give a chance to some fringe and youth players.

Speaking at his press conference today, the manager revealed there may be a problem with Lucas Perez, and that we’ll be without Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez amongst others.

“We might have a problem with Perez, he injured his ankle at Bournemouth so I will have to look at that,” he said.

“Coquelin is out for three or four weeks now. He has a scan today, maybe we’ll have some good news, but I count always three weeks [because of a hamstring].”

He also spoke about Mesut Ozil who missed the last two games with illness and who looks set to sit out this one as well.

“Mesut Ozil is coming in today,” he said, “he will be assessed by the doctor, but he has been in bed for two weeks but I cannot imagine he will be ready.

“I will rest Koscielny because he came off with two problems in his thigh. Of course Ospina will play, Sanchez I will rest certainly, but the rest will play.”


  1. I’d also like him to rest Xhaka as he is so essential with Coq and Elneny both out now.

    Some youth team players like Maitland Niles could be involved as he looked good in the games he was involved in earlier this season.

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  2. The curse of Lucas Perez…score…get the fans excited…and then get injured. Feel sorry for the lad as I think there is a good player there if he could get a run of games

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  3. One more time The Ox or Ramsey get injured i consider them done at Arsenal. There is no better opportunity for them to prove their quality. We can’t be carrying passengers every season.

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  4. I think Wenger is trying to save Perez for PL. He surely has earned the place over Ramsey and Ox. His link up play isn’t great but his strength is his directness. Deserves a run in first team now.

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    • That’s what it seems like now, but it’s almost guaranteed his link-up play will greatly improve with a run of games. Highly intelligent and efficient in movement and technique–he’s a thoughtful guy and a keen observer, that’s about all that will help you blossom into a first league player, let alone be recognized by Arsenal, so late in his career.

      Genuinely exciting, mature striker. Our strikers have been so great this season, despite recent results. Wenger needs a working midfield back with strong partnerships, and our defense will also recover as a result. It’s only a matter of time before our team comes together, the question is only, will they come together too late? Same shit, another year, but the chemistry is beginning to look more and more promising as the years go by. Onwards and upwards, half a season left, no need to moan just yet.

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  5. Play Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Zelalem & The Jeff. Start Holding and the Brazilian Cricketer Gabriel. Play Wellbeck and sub Akpom on for him after an hour. See how deep this squad goes, and though Preston North End are a Championship side, they’ll have a real crack. Here’s hoping they in turn crack like they did in the Championship play-offs all those years in a row

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    • I gave you a thumbs up just for reminding me of Gabriel’s skill as a bowler. That is probably the best video on Arsenal’s YouTube page, closely followed by the video where Nacho asks Santi how he likes his eggs.

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  6. I hope The Jeff could be involved in some shape or form. The boy needs to play some football, not always warming the bench.

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      • It’s unfortunate that we got knocked out of the EFL Cup so early. I’m hoping Chris Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles can both be involved.

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  7. Got a funny feeling about this game will have to play couple of youngsters plus ox ..Ramsey…perez if fit ..holding..Gabriel ..ospina ..wellbeck for 20 minutes is our best chance of silverware

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  8. At that time of year when new year resolutions are made, when we try and improve ourselves and our lives….remember that you’ll probably have to CHANGE something in the way you’ve done things in the past.
    Arsenal and Wenger DONT change…ever.
    This is why we get exactly the same bullshit every single year.

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  9. Look wenger just spend the money , we get injured players dont know when they are coming back, dropping points players moaning fans moaning please give us something to smile bout and i dont just mean beating chelsea 3-0

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    • Perhaps the best course of action would be finding a way to recall Jack, I’d imagine it’d be less expensive than a new signing for breaking the loan agreement. Anyone of the quality we need would either be reluctant to move or sorry to say at a better-positioned club in another major league.

      I believe money isn’t the problem here, it’s the mentality of players and there is clearly something wrong with the Arsenal training regime/medical care.

      This is a wonderful club, but at times it has been exhausting putting up with a groundhog style season. Wenger has spent the cash but unfortunately a season too late. If these signings were made last year, we could have won the league.

      We’ve got enough experience in the squad now that we can concentrate for 90 minutes, there is this lapse attitude that spreads like a virus throughout the team at times(Everton, City in particular). Our squad is more than capable of winning the league if they just f***ing focus.

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    • Spend the money on what? Who is realistically available _now_, will add something to the squad beyond the immediate short term, and not already cup-tied out of all the important games we’d want to play them in?

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    • I actually think Ramsey doesn’t play as a number 10 for Wales. He seems to have a very free role. From watching the Euros, the key to Ramsey’s success was the absolute terror with which opposing defenses viewed Bale.

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