Arsenal trio set for return from injury, Relief for Giroud
According to ESPN Journalist, Ben Dinnery, the trio of Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs have returned to full fitness and will be available for Arsenal’s encounter against Burnley on Sunday.
Coquelin has recovered from his hamstring problem, which was picked up against Bournemouth, quicker than anticipated and will return in time to cover for absent Mohamed Elneny while full-back Hector Bellerin also returns after missing two matches.
Kieran Gibbs is available once again after recovering from a knee injury and in a huge boost, revelations can be made that even Olivier Giroud’s ankle injury is not very serious and Arsenal are confident that the Frenchman will be available on Sunday.
Mertesacker set to sign extension with Arsenal
According to the Times, Arsenal are close to handing veteran defender Per Mertesacker a brand new contract.
Mertesacker’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and it was widely expected that the Gunners would be allowing the ex-German international to depart during the upcoming summer.
Surprisingly though, Arsenal have gone on to offer Mertesacker a one year extension to his current deal and the 32-year-old will be earning a sizeable £70,000-per-week wages once the agreement is officially put into paper.
Arsenal identify potential replacement for Sanchez
Due to the ongoing contractual wrangling, Arsenal face a real possibility of losing star man Alexis Sanchez this summer and the Chilean has fueled rumors regarding his desire to leave by showing uncharacteristic behavior on the pitch over the past few matches.
While Arsenal would surely like to keep hold of Sanchez for as long as possible, they are said to be preparing for the worst case scenario and now according to reports from the Sun, the North London giants are currently lining up a move for AC Milan attacker M’Baye Niang as a potential replacement for their unhappy attacker.