Today in the (a little bit late) news round up we have some good and bad news from the treatment table along with some quotes from a new bully on the team.
Let’s get going.
Massive blow as Ramsey ruled out with another hamstring injury, Alexis a doubt.
Aaron Ramsey is expected to miss at least four weeks with his latest hamstring injury sustained against Leicester City on Tuesday night. It’s the second consecutive winter where Ramsey has picked up an injury, having sat out three months with a thigh problem at the beginning of 2014. It’s his third hamstring trouble of the campaign and is a real worry.
The Welshman has struggled to recapture the same outstanding form that made him such a key component in the 2013-14 campaign but has nevertheless been the backbone in midfield. In his absence, the north Londoners will look to the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla to plug the engine-room void.
Palermo president claims striker likely to leave; Argentine ace voiced desire for Arsenal switch earlier this season
Palermo owner and chairman Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that he would allow Paulo Dybala to leave the club in the next transfer window. Dybala recently admitted he would like to play in the Premier League, more specifically for Arsenal. He has netted 11 goals in 18 appearances this season and has also contributed six assists.
The striker is known for his quality on the ball, vision for a pass and has an electric turn of speed. He is growing in stature and has become a more confident leader for Palermo. His price will continue to increase if he maintains his rich vein of form until the summer.
Arsene Wenger keen to bring talented Eredivisie defender to the Emirates
Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Santiago Arias after the defender admitted he would be open to a move to the Premier League. His best position is at right-back and although the Gunners need defensive reinforcements this is one area of the back line in which they are pretty well stocked. Mathieu Debuchy has done well when fit, youngster Hector Bellerin represents an exciting deputy and Calum Chambers can also fill in if required.
Francis Coquelin not afraid to give senior Arsenal stars an earful for not tracking back
Francis Coquelin insists he has no problem in demanding attack-minded players to help out defensively. The Frenchman has been a revelation since his return from a loan spell at Charlton, so much so that he has earned a new contract at the Emirates.
With one of the criticisms of this Arsenal squad centred around their mental weakness, it is good to see Coquelin stand up and take charge of the situation despite his young age. If he continues to develop on the pitch, there is no doubt he will become a key player and his current off-pitch attitude makes him look like future captain material.
Arsenal injury update: Super Sanchez should return for FA Cup
Arsenal are hopeful that Alexis Sanchez will make a quick recovery from his knee issue to take part in the FA Cup tie on Sunday. He was brilliant since his summer move and without him the attack looked non-existent against Spurs. If Sanchez were to miss time on the pitch, there will be a greater burden placed on the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla to impress as the club’s main creative weapons.
It’s a big boost to have Sanchez back for the FA Cup tie as he was initially expected to miss the game, but losing Ramsey is definitely a blow both on the offensive and defensive side as his tractor like engine will be difficult to cover for. Coming to Coquelin, he has been very good since his return and it seems he is bullying the attackers to help out in the defence which is just the sort of personality we have been missing in the middle for some time.