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  • Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer spe...

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona. Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany internationa...

    Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer speculation

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona. Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany international. However, Wenger is uninterested in speaking about the possibility of a move during the January transfer window, along with the future of Alexis Sanchez. "What kind of control can I have over that [speculation]? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody," Wenger said. "That doesn't disturb people, that happens all through their career. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance. "Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn't do well they get more criticism. I'm more concerned that the team performances are strong performances." Arsenal's form has been patchy of late, with last Saturday's Premier League win in the North London derby over Tottenham splitting defeats to Manchester City and Cologne. Now having to back up from Europa League competition away to Burnley on Sunday, Wenger is not fazed with Ozil and Sanchez's transfer speculation. "They are honest. I don't question their honesty," he said. "Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts. "Our worry is to perform on Sunday. That's it."  

  • Gabriel: I deserved more chances at Arse...

    Gabriel Paulista says he faced undeserved criticism during his time at Arsenal and should have been given more chances in the first-team. The defender joined the Gunners from Villarreal in January 2015, but spent spells on the sidelines and started 37 of his 46 Premier League ap...

    Gabriel: I deserved more chances at Arsenal

    Gabriel Paulista says he faced undeserved criticism during his time at Arsenal and should have been given more chances in the first-team. The defender joined the Gunners from Villarreal in January 2015, but spent spells on the sidelines and started 37 of his 46 Premier League appearances for the club before being sold to Valencia in August this year. Valencia 3/1 to beat Barcelona The Brazilian has become a first-team regular in Spain once again, but feels he barely had the opportunity to cement his place in Arsene Wenger's starting XI. "I deserved more of an opportunity. Sometimes I played because my team-mates were injured. I did play and sometimes even after playing well, I'd go home sad, given that I was only playing because my team-mate was injured," he told Sky Sports.  "I don't think I deserved that. I think I had the ability to play and to start games because I deserved to do so, or because I did well in training, but that didn't happen. "Sometimes I'd play three or four games and if Arsenal lost, I'd be dropped and everyone on the outside would say: 'It's Gabriel's fault'. "That wasn't good for me. People thought: 'When that guy plays, Arsenal always lose.' When [Hector] Bellerin got injured, I played at right-back and Arsenal started to lose. "I think I played in four or five games en route to the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City and I played brilliantly in that game. I played really well and I received plenty of praise. Then I think we faced Tottenham away and lost, I gave away a penalty in that game and lost my place in the team. I didn't play again. "I played in the last Premier League game because everyone was injured, all the centre-backs were out…I was quite down about how it went because of these reasons and it didn't sit well with me." Gabriel, 26, signed a five-year contract with Valencia and has made nine appearances in all competitions for the current second-place team in La Liga.  His side welcome league leaders Barcelona to the Mestalla on Sunday.

  • Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions...

    Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham in the north London derby emphasised that they have a squad capable of winning big games but the question going into Sunday's match against Burnley is whether they produce similar results against teams in the second half of the table. The perform...

    Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

    Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham in the north London derby emphasised that they have a squad capable of winning big games but the question going into Sunday's match against Burnley is whether they produce similar results against teams in the second half of the table. The performance encapsulated everything good about the Gunners with the likes of Shkodan Mustafi putting in an impressive defensive shift upon his return from injury and Mesut Ozil starring as the link between midfield and attack. Burnley double chance 5/4 Sunday’s match against Burnley represents a different task to a derby match. Traditionally a difficult place to go, Sean Dyche’s group are a physically powerful side who will look to stem Arsenal’s attacking flow throughout the game. “Turf Moor is a very difficult place to go for everybody," said Wenger.  "I believe that their capacity to be efficient with a restricted possession as well [is a big strength]. “They have won games with 25 per cent or 30 per cent possession. That means they are calm, they know what to do and they are patient with that killing instinct of a snake. They put you to their face and then they bite you.” Wenger's men lost to FC Koln in the Europa League on Thursday but are likely to make a number of changes for Sunday's game. ARSENAL INJURIES Theo Walcott misses out through illness and despite returning to training the Englishman hasn't been deemed match fit. Danny Welbeck was hauled off at half-time of Arsenal's defeat to FC Koln but Wenger reassured supporters that it was planned substitution as he steps up his recovery from injury. "The last time he came back from injury, we played him at Watford and after an hour he got a bad hamstring," said Wenger. "This time I didn’t want to take that gamble. I wanted to be a bit more progressive with him. Almost certainly, nothing would have happened but I felt it was more sensible to do it. He’s fine. He’s completely fine." Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury and is likely to resume training at the turn of the New Year. ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game. ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Wenger is likely to make wholesale changes for the trip to Turf Moor with Petr Cech returning in goal and Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac occupying the wing back spots. The likes of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi will start in defence while midfield pairing Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will support the lethal attacking triumvirate of Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal are expected to stick with the same formation which worked so successfully against Tottenham. BURNLEY TEAM NEWS Sean Dyche's side go into the game against Arsenal off the back of three successive wins for the first time in their Premier League history. The Clarets haven't recorded a top flight win over the Gunners since 1974 but welcome back Chris Wood into the squad following his long-distance travels with New Zealand during the international break. “We were unfortunate last season [against Arsenal], the two games, home and away. I thought we played very well in both and two big decisions went against us. “I’m really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment. “But there is still a lot of work to be done and we continue to work at the details in our performances.” Jon Walters is yet to return to full training while Dean Marney won't be fit for Sunday's match. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Burnley have won just one of their last 13 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D3 L9), winning 2-0 in a League Cup tie at Turf Moor in December 2008. Arsenal have won their last six meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last two in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline. Arsenal won both Premier League meetings with the Clarets last season courtesy of 90th minute winners – only the second ever occasion of a team doing this home and away against the same opponent in the competition (after Manchester United v Manchester City in 2009-10). Turf Moor has only seen seven goals scored in six Premier League matches this season; fewer than any other stadium in the competition. Mesut Özil has created 30 goalscoring chances from open play this season in the Premier League; more than any other player. Only Eden Hazard (343) is above the German (310) in this category in the competition since his debut in September 2013. Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in his five meetings with Burnley in all competitions, though each of these goals has come at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud has been used as a substitute on 10 occasions in the Premier League this season; more often than any other player. The Frenchman has scored seven of his 13 league goals since the start of last season as a substitute (54%). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK and kicks off at 14:00 GMT. 

  • WATCH: Can Liverpool and Salah end Chels...

    Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea travel up to Merseyside this weekend hoping to continue a fine recent run of form at Anfield. The Blues haven’t lost away to Liverpool in five matches, dating back to May 2012, but old friend Mo Salah will be out to put an end to all tha...

    WATCH: Can Liverpool and Salah end Chelsea's Anfield joy?

    Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea travel up to Merseyside this weekend hoping to continue a fine recent run of form at Anfield. The Blues haven’t lost away to Liverpool in five matches, dating back to May 2012, but old friend Mo Salah will be out to put an end to all that. The Egypt international has now hit nine goals in just 12 Premier League appearances for the Reds - the most by any Liverpool player in their first dozen appearances in the competition. Moreover, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has proved himself the king of the competition’s big games, with no team having claimed more points in all-Big Six clashes than the German’s side (37 in 22 games) since his October 2015 arrival. Elsewhere this weekend, second-placed Manchester United will be desperate not to let runaway leaders City out of their sights. Jose Mourinho’s men host Brighton safe in the knowledge that they are unbeaten in 38 games at Old Trafford in all competitions and have won their last 18 home Premier League games against sides in their debut season in England's top division. They can ill-afford to slip-up, with Pep Guardiola’s City facing Huddersfield knowing victory would take them to 37 points, the outright best points tally of a side after 13 games of a Premier League season. Meanwhile, fourth-placed Tottenham will be looking to continue their good form against manager-less West Brom, and Arsenal will be out to kick-on from their north London derby victory last weekend when they meet Burnley. Who will handle the pressure? Can Liverpool end Chelsea's Anfield run? Can Liverpool end Chelsea's Anfield run? Posted by Goal.com on Friday, November 24, 2017 The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.

  • Wenger calms Welbeck injury fears after ...

    Arsene Wenger has revealed Danny Welbeck's half-time withdrawal at Cologne on Thursday was pre-planned and not due to a recurrence of his groin injury. The striker was making his first appearance since October 14 in the 1-0 Europa League loss, but came off at the break for Alex ...

    Wenger calms Welbeck injury fears after planned substitution during Arsenal's Europa League clash

    Arsene Wenger has revealed Danny Welbeck's half-time withdrawal at Cologne on Thursday was pre-planned and not due to a recurrence of his groin injury. The striker was making his first appearance since October 14 in the 1-0 Europa League loss, but came off at the break for Alex Iwobi. Arsenal 8/5 to beat Burnley to nil The change sparked fears that Welbeck - with just 27 Premier League outings in the previous two seasons due to injury - had suffered another setback ahead of Sunday's trip to face Burnley. Wenger, though, has allayed those concerns. "It was planned before the game that he would only play 45 minutes," the manager said. "He has only just come back from injury, and we have three more games on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday again. "Medically, the risk was a bit too high to play him for longer because he has been out for a while. He has no problem. "Of course, he was ready to stay on and frustrated to come off, but he's in good shape." Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has hinted his future may lie away from Emirates Stadium, with his only starts this season coming in Europe and the EFL Cup. "Of course I want to be playing. It's difficult when you play every three weeks," he said. "It's the same as every player. I'm still determined to win my place back, I'm working hard and we'll see what the future holds - if I can get in or I can't."

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