Wenger reveals team news for Everton – Aubameyang a doubt

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Arsene Wenger has provided the latest team news ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Everton.

The Gunners have to get back to winning ways having lost 3-1 to Swansea on Tuesday, and there are some doubts over the club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whose participation from the start is in doubt after he was hit with illness and hasn’t been able to train fully since his £55m move from Borussia Dortmund.

Asked if the 28 year old, and fellow new arrival Henrik Mkhitaryan would start the game, he said, “Certainly Mkhitaryan will start. Aubameyang I have to see how well physically he is today. It’s sickness, fever.

“He wasn’t able to join in training properly, he started yesterday but still wasn’t completely well. I have to check with the medical department how well and how fit he can be.

“We had Jack who was sick, I will have to assess him today. I hope he will be capable to be in the squad.

“He’ll practice with the team today. Welbeck is not ready.”

Fingers crossed on Aubameyang, his inclusion would be a real boost for a game we really have to win.

For more on how he arrived at Arsenal, and behind the scenes in the January window, check out today’s Arsecast

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eternalflamini

“Aubameyang a doubt.”
Classic.

loose_cannon

He really settled in quickly..

Runcorn Gooner

“Welbeck not ready”. So nothing new there then.

Wendy Agnew

Welbeck not ready?? Thank f—k for that!!!

Teakster

Hearing he’s got a case of the Kallstrom fever

cygan\'sbaldspot

Heard he’s got a case of the being garbage at football fever

Arsene\'s zip

At least we haven’t bought someone with a broken back this January.

No MD

Why do our squad constantly get sick this season?

Ross

Hope he can make it looking forward to getting to see his debut and Mhki home debut

Ozenal

get well soon JackMeyang.
Looking forward to those lifted through ball goals soon

Salman

“Welbeck is not ready”: is that generally to lead the line at this level? or just not for this game?

Anonymarse

Usually when the ball comes flying into the box

Don Cazorleone

He’s alright in those moments, as there’s always a chance the ball might bounce off him into the net.
It’s when it’s at his feet that the real trouble begins.

Chris

Maybe it’s saving face due to him missing a court case because of “the flu”? 😀

UGooner

Everton’s not easy and our 2 games after this are definitely difficult ones. This is a must win to get the confidence up.

Can’t say I’m confident in anything especially with all the changes the team has gone through. Well, at least we at home. COYG

henry

Walcott scoring a hattrick?

Runcorn Gooner

Without not wishing him bad luck hope he is spitting out his usual dummy and then saying “Arsenal wanted it more”

1993

Holy cow, do we still have Welbeck? ?
How is that we’ve sold every striker who can score and he’s still here? Where was he hiding?

Dark Hei

We only roll him out for the Man U games.

Crash Fistfight

The answer was in the question: “…every striker who can score…”.

Fergie

So, to get the ball rolling on aubameyang songs how about this to the tune of Black Betty:
Whoah Pierre,
Aubameyang,
Whoah Pierre,
Aubameyang,
He makes us sing,
When we win,
He makes us sing,
When we win.

Runcorn Gooner

That ball doesn’t seem to be rolling very well !

Dial square

It’s got a punture

Paddy stood up

Nice and simple. From the muppets “manamana doo, doo, duhdoo doo”. Just use “aubamayang”

Stringer+Bell

That paddy is quality and could be wonderful after every goal. 57 thousand fans singing that will go down as greatest ever.

Goonerest

How about…..

“He came to us cos we were shit.
Auba, Auba.
He scores top goals and he’s quiet quick.
Auba, Auba.
He’s the new Henry,
Or at least we hope he’ll be
He’s got the longest name in our history
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal’s number 14!”

Renwahh

To the tune of Bangerang by Skrillex
Aubameyang! (Insert laser sounds)

Goontang

The news that Alex song is training with us. In all honesty, the guy is only 30. But with Coquelin gone, xhaka looking like he couldn’t find tackle in a fishing shop, and elnenys limited pass range to the bloke either side of him, would we be better off without him? No

The bloke can also fill in at center back.

Robm

Alex Song isn’t very good, he has the positional sense of a paper bag in a hurricane. The only question in our midfield he is the answer to is: “why were we so bad back then, too?”

eternalflamini

If you think Xhaka is infuriating, then Alex Song was doubly so. A talented player who literally could not be bothered to stand in the right place, let alone track his man back.

Northern Gooner

One part natural hability to 2 parts coaching.

I watched Barca vs Valencia last night and there was a very assured CB who made a couple of crucial blocks and tackles, never put a foot wrong despite facing Suarez and Messi, among others.

I also saw a DM who kept Messi at bay most of the match, despite only arriving at Valencia. and indeed the Spanish league, a short while ago.

Their names? Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin. The names sound familiar but they seem different players to the ones we had.

CzechGooner

The only thing is Coquelin didn’t play

CzechGooner

OK my bad, he did play ))

Northern Gooner

@CzechGooner

You didn’t watch the match, did you?

Goontang

Clearly everyone doesn’t remember the Alex song I do then. Maybe it was the pass to Henry’s comeback goal that got me blindsided. But I was gutted to lose him at that time. Especially for fifteen million.

Still stand by my comment. everyone’s crying out for a defensive mid. What are the other options for the next 6 months? Emmanuel Petit ain’t exactly looking up for 90 minutes in the commentary box.

Michael Young

I used to like Alex.

Robm

Remember him well. That’s why I said “isn’t very good”. Because he wasn’t.

He’s a defensive midfielder who thinks he’s got a free/roaming role. He might set up the pass for 1 great goal but while he’s trying to do that once a match, he’s letting 4 or 5 chances for the opposition go because he thinks he’s Messi.

He might be better than Xhaka, but while a broken arm is better than a broken leg, I still don’t want a broken arm.

Max Tilley

Alex-Demitri-Song-Belong!

Crash Fistfight

Plays the holding role,
Scores the occasional goal

Dark Hei

Aubameyang is really sick! He didn’t deliberately miss the court date.

KanoGooner

‘certainly Mkhitaryan would start’. I hope this means that Wenger has finally made up his mind to drop Xhaka.

Vladimir

More likely to be Iwobi

Bobby

I think it means Iwobi on the bench. But man I would love to see Xhaka join him there, and try Elneny as CDM.

Vin_Unleaded

He’d drop IwobI and slot Mkhitaryan in on the left of a front 3, I reckon.

Big game for Lacazette if he starts as Everton can certainly be got at down their right hand side so I’d expect Mhkitaryan to be creating at least a couple of chances for him.

The Squillaci Code

Well fuckmeyang

Vladimir

At least we haven’t signed someone with a broken back!!

Capetown Gooner

Where is Sead?

Rob Fuller

It’s been a bitter-sweet transfer window IMO. Losing Giroud was a blow although entirely understandable on his part, I just hope it doesn’t backfire on us, particularly in the Europa League. And as much as I’m super chuffed that Özil has signed a new contract, I’m a little concerned still that we didn’t also see a photo of a beaming Wenger standing with him as he signs his new contract as well.

If there was a time to do it, it was in January surely? Perhaps the agreement is that Jack has to prove his fitness and performance over a WHOLE season before signing a new contract in May. I’d rather he was just signed up now regardless. He wants to stay, the fans want him to stay, I’m sure Wenger wants him to stay, just get it done!

Robins Boost

Fever is sometimes derived from anxiety/ nerves. Dont worry auba, the goals will flow cos you got Mesut & Micky with you. Just pop a cpuple of M&Ms and the fever will go away.

Chippys chip

Wow. Theres a suprise.

gunnerdaremkd

auba is fine he trained, he had a little old and missed barta hearing and the boss has to protect him and said he was ill as those in germany labeld him disreapectful.

I think he will also start as lacazette needa a breather as we played shit and he ia our of form and played many games recently.

Billy Bob

I hate it when blogs says we have to win as, last time he said that we lost to Swansea!!

Chippys chip

Do we not have to win every game we play?

Futsboller

Just get that fever on the pitch!

Matt

To tune of “we’re on our way“:

Au-ba-me-yang
Au-ba-me-yang
Pierre Em-er-ick
Au-ba-me-yang
Why we signed him we don’t know
Where we’ll play him we don’t care
All we know is he is in our team.

Ok, so probably not the last few lines, but you get the point. (And hey, when we figure out how/if he fits with lacazette those lines are redundant anyway.)

Tyler

Is there a 24/7/365 bug that goes around the training ground at Arsenal? Seems like there’s always someone that’s ill

Alessandro

We need a little more cowbell

Nico

PEA gets sick he is proper Arsenal now !

How many PL teams have sick players every fortnight ?

Adriano

Is it often Wenger confirms that a player will start the match like he did Mkhitaryan ? “Certainly he will start”. He’s making him a big part of our first team, a key player, and trying to build his confidence back up

Ricardo

Please, Auba is gonna walk in your team.

Typical Arsene, always puts himself in a position where he it’s the last throw of the dice. This is no different. Shit management.