English international forward Danny Welbeck has confirmed via social media that he won’t feature for Arsenal in their FA Cup 5th Round clash with National League side Sutton United on Monday night.
The former Sunderland and Manchester United man made this known through his Twitter account on Sunday as he revealed that the coaching crew at Arsenal has decided that the plastic pitch at Sutton United is not a good idea for him having just returned from a serious knee injury in the 3rd round of English FA Cup (2-1 vs. Preston North End) last month. With Danny Welbeck, who has made six appearances and scored twice against Southampton in the 4th round of the English FA Cup since his return ruled out of Monday’s game, he featured for the Arsenal U23s as he played for 70 minutes against Leicester City U23s.
Ahead of the game with Sutton United, Arsenal top scorer Alexis Sanchez is back in training and could likely feature after his much-publicised tax fraud case but German playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to be rested after he missed training. French right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has only played once this season, is expected to make his long comeback from a lengthy lay-off having been ruled out with a hamstring injury since last year.
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Arsenal legend and Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry has called on the club’s players to use the next league clash at title rivals Liverpool to answer the recent criticisms they have received after the 5-1 thrashing the North London side suffered at the hands of German Champions Bayern Munich in the 1st leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash on Wednesday evening.
Henry, who is the club all-time top scorer for the 3-time English Premier League (EPL) winners told the players to record a significant win against Jurgen Klopp’s team at Anfield, where other title rivals like league leaders Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs have failed to win in recent league matches.
The race for UCL qualification for next season is gradually hotting up in the EPL with the top six teams, Chelsea (60 points), Manchester City (52 points), Tottenham Hotspurs (50 points), Arsenal (50 points), Liverpool (49 points), and Manchester United (48 points) vying for the top four spots.
Liverpool has reportedly moved ahead of title rivals Arsenal in the battle for Leicester City left- back Ben Chilwell ahead of the summer transfer window. The 20-year old English defender has only played just three EPL games however that has not stopped clubs from queuing up for his signature having been identified as a hot prospect for the future.
Liverpool made a summer bid for Chilwell last year but it was subsequently rejected by EPL Champions Leicester City and they are expected to bid again for the player according to popular news outlet Daily Star but the same can’t be said of Arsenal with the present uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Arsene Wenger whose current contract will expire at the end of this season.
Wenger has been offered a two-year extension despite recent criticisms following the 5-1 mauling from Bayern Munich has put the signing of a contract extension in serious doubt
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