Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates Stadium this evening looking to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners go in to the game without right-back Bacary Sagna, so Carl Jenkinson is set to deputise while the game has come too soon for Lukas Podolski, though the Germany forward has returned to training following a hamstring injury.
Tags: Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bacary Sagna, Barcelona, Carl Jenkinson, Hull City, Liverpool, Lukas Podolski, Pedro, Ryo Miyaichi, Yaya Sanogo
Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil has been passed fit for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Norwich City.
The Germany international as substituted with a knee injury in the victory over Sweden midweek but is available for selection, along with Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla, who have recovered from their respective injuries.
Tags: Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Yaya Sanogo
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has rejected claims that he could sign for Arsenal in the summer.
The Czech international told Sky Sports that he deemed the rumour unworthy of comment, saying that it was nothing more than speculation.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is reportedly a target for Spanish giants Barcelona.
The Sun claim that the Belgian, and Daniel Agger of Liverpool, are being lined up as replacements for Eric Abidal and Carlos Puyol, who at 33 and 34 respectively are coming to the end of their careers.
A figure of £15 million has been mentioned regarding the Gunners skipper, who moved to the Emirates from Ajax in 2009.
Elsewhere, right back Carl Jenkinson has been linked with a move to Manchester City.
Nacho Monreal is set to return to Arsenal’s starting line-up for tomorrows Premier League clash with Aston Villa after being ineligible for the midweek Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Carl Jenkinson is also available following his suspension, though Keiran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna will both miss out through injury.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has assured fans that they aren’t underestimating the relevance of tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The game comes four days before their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, though Mertesacker says all thoughts are on Saturday’s tie for the time being.
Arsenals have risen to fifth place in the Premier League following a narrow victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Santi Cazorla’s 35th minute strike was enough to give the Gunners the three points, though some gloss was taken of the result after Carl Jenkinson was sent off for a second bookable offence just after the hour mark.