Arsenal host Everton in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, looking to keep alive arguably their best chance of ending their trophy drought, which stands at nearly nine years.
They are currently four points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, a gap which will be extended furthermore if they Blues avoid defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge while they face the mammoth task of overturning a two goal deficit against Bayern Munich in the last sixteen of the Champions League.
Jack Wilshere has revealed that he has suffered no serious damage after taking a heavy knock to his ankle in England’s 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley yesterday evening, the Mail Online understands.
The Gunners midfielder needed lengthy treatment following a hefty challenge from Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and was replaced by Southampton’s Adam Lallana after an hour.
Kim Kallstrom could make his Arsenal debut in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter final against Everton as he closes in on a return to fitness, the Mirror understands.
The Sweden international became the Gunners’ only new signing during the January transfer window, but is yet to feature having arrived at the club carrying a back injury.
Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have finalised their new deals with the club, according to the Mirror.
Germany international Mertesacker, who has formed a consistent partnership at the heart of the Gunner’s defence with Laurent Koscielny, has committed himself to the cause until the summer of 2017.
Arsenal have slipped to third place in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Chelsea after losing 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A penalty from Jonathan Walters, awarded after Laurent Koscielny had handled in the area fourteen minutes from time, was enough to secure all three points to Mark Hughes’ men and give Liverpool the opportunity to leapfrog the Gunners into second place, which they look after winning at Southampton later in the day.
Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea as they return to Premier League action at Stoke City.
A whole host of players will be assessed ahead of the game, with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelan and Kieran Gibbs all in a race to be fit while Kim Kallstrom, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are definitely out.
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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has opened the door to a return to the club by saying that he ‘would definitely’ relish the opportunity to coach at the club, the Mail Online understands.
A statue of the former Dutch international, who made over 400 appearances in an eleven year spell with the Gunners, was unveiled outside of the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.
Sky Sports understands that Joel Campbell has revealed that he still has an ambition of making his mark with Arsenal, after scoring a wonder goal for Olympiakos in their 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie yesterday evening.
The 21 year old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011, but was immediately loaned out the French side Lorient for the season after failing to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England.
A survey conducted by the Metro has shown that Arsene Wenger still has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans, despite having not guided the club to any silverware for almost nine years.
Gunners’ legend Bob Wilson earlier this week claimed that the Frenchman was working miracles with what he continues to achieve with the North London club.
Arsenal have kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea after thumping relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners took the lead after just five minute through Olivier Giroud before the France International, who sat out of the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, doubled the host’s advantage just after the half-hour mark.
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