Arsenal Handed Quadruple Injury Boost Ahead Of Chelsea Showdown

By on May 22, 2017

Arsenal have been handed some positive injury news ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea with four key players expected to be passed fit, according to the Evening Standard.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to resume full training after missing the last three matches with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Southampton earlier this month.

Arsene Wenger told reporters last week that the midfielder had an 80% chance of being fit to face Chelsea and the Evening Standard claim the Gunners remain confident Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available as he’s set to return to full training this week.

The news will come as a major boost to Wenger as the the 23-year-old had been excelling in the right wing-back role before picking up his injury so he’ll now battle-it-out with Hector Bellerin for a starting spot at Wembley.

In a further boost to the Gunners, the newspaper says that Alexis Sanchez is also expected to be fit despite limping out on Sunday’s win over Everton with a suspected hamstring injury.

Sanchez was substituted in the 68th minute and was seen with strapping on his thigh during the lap of honour following the 3-1 win but the Evening Standard say that Arsenal are confident the Chilean international will be fit on Saturday.

The north Londoners were facing an injury crisis at the back as Shkodran Mustafi was reportedly a doubt after missing the Everton game due to illness.

The German international was showing signs of concussion after being kicked in the head against the Black Cats last week but the report says he’s expected to be passed fit to return this weekend.

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The news will be a huge relief to Wenger as he’s already without Laurent Koscielny following his sending off on Sunday while Gabriel is also set to miss out after suffering suspected knee ligament damage against the Toffees.

Mustafi’s availability means Wenger will be able to stick with the recently adopted 3-4-2-1 formation with the former Valencia man likely to start alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal at the back.

Monreal had been performing well on the left side of the back three in recent weeks but was moved back to the left wing-back role against Everton on Sunday as Kieran Gibbs was ruled out with a minor thigh injury.

However, Monreal is free to move back in to the defence against Chelsea as the Evening Standard claim Gibbs is set to return this weekend having recovered from his knock.

8 Comments

  1. Blazor

    May 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    The 3-4-2-1 system is working much better for Arsenal. The only problem is the holding mid-field position, where both Ramsey and Xshaka fail to handle. It is unclear why Wenger do not use Elnany and Couqlin who are a much superior pair than the current ones. Ramsey had a terrible season and Xhsaka is not far behind. The pair could not make a decent pass to Alexis or Ozil for the entire 90 minutes and as usual Wenger sits on is hand not able to make the necessary change. Another weak link is Gibbs, who needs more coaching help on his passes. Welbeck had an excellent game against Everton, covering the entire field.

  2. Romeo Myles

    May 22, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    for me I’m glad we have gotten sead kolasinic. because Gibbs for me a too much a nice guy for that position (left wing back) he lacks the force strength and finally good crossing to make that position his own

  3. Hummer

    May 23, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I think arsenal fc should go for Monaco’s Bakayoko for power and skill then hulk up front Sunchez and welbeck on the sides

  4. Kingsley

    May 23, 2017 at 8:41 am

    So the formation in England now is 343,thanks to conte.professor can’t stick to his idea must he imitate?

    • ayodele seun ogunjemilua

      May 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      wenger was the first manager to make use of this 343 formation in 1997 not conte

    • I 5hit on ch3ls34

      May 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Shut up, glory hunter

  5. Boyd

    May 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Evening gooners.Contrary to what everyone thinks I THINK WE DONT Sanchez, he is a selfish player who has brought disunity and bad spirit in the dressing room. Arsenal play the beautiful football that Pele dreamt about when he was a small boy, not the moneygame type played by Sanchez. He is a very divisive character and I agree with Kewon, please let him go. Yes he is good but not exceptional. He is not a Thiery and definitely not a Beckamp.

    Now I understand why Barcelona let him go, he is not a team player, holds on to the ball too long and often gets dispossessed. Sanchez my adapt to the Wengerball based on team work not tantrums.

    Fed up Gooner. This team is greater than a short little spoiled overrated prick who thinks he is Messi.

    • Alebaba

      May 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      i do not concur wt ds,no wonder u tagged it contrary… he isnt a team player but has the most assists for d club ds season. pls let the young man be.

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