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Arsenal round-up: Injury update; Cavani would welcome Sanchez at PSG; Gunners to ask for players in exchange for Bellerin

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Arsene Wenger has provided an injury update ahead of his side’s match against Sunderland this week. Alexis Sanchez faces a fitness test today to prove that he is ready to take part in this fixture. The Arsenal boss’ comments were reported by the Mirror:

“We have a little bit of a problem with Koscielny but we should have everyone available. Gibbs should be available but Oxlade Chamberlain is out.

“Alexis should have a test today. It didn’t look good but with him he is always so eager.”

It is important that Arsenal don’t pick up any serious injuries before the FA Cup final and for that reason, it might be wise to rest Sanchez against Sunderland. This is a game that they should be able to win without him and there is no real need to risk a more serious injury. They have players such as Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, who could come into the team and offer a goal threat in the absence of Sanchez. The news about Koscielny is concerning as he has been suffering with injuries for the last few weeks and he is a player that they need to be fully fit for Wembley.

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Alexis Sanchez has been the talk of the media for the last nine months as his contract is coming up to its final year. A move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer is possible and the forward has been heavily linked with a move to PSG. Edinson Cavani has been speaking about the Chilean moving to Paris and stated that he would be welcomed at the club, along with another possible target in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The following quotes, given to French news outlet Canal Football, have been reported by the Evening Standard and The Sun:

“If they come, they are welcome. We always hope that new players complete the team with their qualities.

“As for what the club is missing, I will never tell you. For me, my team-mates are the best.”

It is going to be difficult to keep Sanchez at the club this summer and if they are to do so, a top four finish is required. Although a move to Ligue 1 may not be at the top of his wish-list, PSG are a club with a lot of potential and it would be hard to turn them down, especially if Arsenal don’t have Champions League football to offer him. The Gunners must resolve his future quickly as they will need to replace him sufficiently if he was to leave and they would need time to do that.

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Don Balon are reporting that Arsenal could ask for players in return if they are to sell Hector Bellerin to Barcelona this summer. The La Liga side are interested in bringing the defender back to the club and have the funds to complete a deal. However, the Gunners won’t be keen to lost the right-back, therefore they may choose to get players back in exchange. The report states that Arda Turan and Marc Cucurella are the names being mentioned.

It would be a significant blow to lose Bellerin this summer as he has the potential to be a great full-back. However, he has struggled at times this season and hasn’t progressed at the rate that the club would have expected. If a good offer is on the table from Barcelona, it could be the right decision to take it and use the funds to rebuild the squad. Arda Turan would be a good pick-up and his experience would help Arsenal in what is going to be a transitional season. Meanwhile, Cucurella is a talent and would offer good competition in the squad.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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