Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways when they host title favourites Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League.
The Gunners’ took just one point from six available over the past seven days, following up last Saturday’s 6-0 humiliation at Stamford Bridge with a 2-2 draw with Swansea City three days later.
Premier League title favourites Manchester City have offered a three-year deal to Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna, according to the Guardian.
The France international is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, and after nearly seven trophyless years in North London, is considering his options.
A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s humiliation at Stamford Bridge when they take on Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners will have both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs available after the red card shown to Gibbs for the incident involving them both at Stamford Bridge was rescinded, though Laurent Koscielny is out after he picked up a calf injury at the weekend.
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Arsene Weneger’s 1000th match in charge of Arsenal ended in misery as his side were thumped 6-0 by league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Samuel Eto’o put the hosts in front on five minutes, and their advantage was doubled just two minutes later through Andre Schurlle – both goals coming from clinical counter-attacking from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Then, on seventeen minutes, the Blues were awarded a penalty after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped an Eden Hazard shot away with his fingertips.
The incident led to a sending off, it was defender Kieran Gibbs who was dismissed after referee Andre Marriner appeared to have mistaken him as the culprit.
Hazard duly converted the penalty, before Oscar made it 4-0 three minutes before the break.
The Brazil international then scored his second and his sides fifth on sixty-six minutes before substitute Mohamed Salah completed the Gunners’ misery with his first goal for the club five minutes later.
The result sees Arsenal slip to fourth place, after both Liverpool and Manchester City beat Cardiff City and Fulham respectively.
The Gunners will however be able to close the gap between themselves and Chelsea back to four points when they take on Swansea City tomorrow evening,
Arsenal will look to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just a point as they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, in what will be manager Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the club.
The Gunners go into the game on the back of last weekend’s narrow victory in the North London derby, and another three points here will see them well and truly back in the title race, so much so that they would return to the top of the league if they were to follow up victory at the weekend with a win at home to Swansea City on Tuesday evening.
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1000th game in charge of the club, the Daily Star understands.
The Gunners’ boss, whose first match was a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on October 12th, 1996 will reach the landmark at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, when his side take on league leaders Chelsea, and Flamini has hailed the achievement as ‘unbelievable’, before congratulating the man who re-signed him from AC Milan last summer.
Meanwhile, the Mirror understand that the club are considering a move for Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier as they continue to search for a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast international has made twenty-five Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, scoring five goals, and is valued at around £6m.
However, an alternative option could be Southampton prospect Callum Chambers, according to the Independent.
The 19 year old is the latest in a long line of graduates from the Saints famed academy to have broken into the first team, appearing in seventeen league games so far this season.
Gunners duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both cut their teeth in the South Coast side’s youth set up before securing big money moves to the Emirates.
Injured Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has said that he has no thoughts of retiring, according to the Daily Star.
The France international has been side-lined since picking up a serious knee injury last March, and that was the latest in a long line of serious problems that have blighted his time in North London.
Arsene Wenger is set to be hand a £100 transfer kitty by the club’s hierarchy this summer, according to the Telegraph.
The Frenchmen, who is expected to wait until the end of the season before signing a new contract as not to disrupt the Gunners’ run in, will be rewarded for his loyalty with funds which will allow him to make signings akin to last summer’s record purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.