News and gossip from The Emirates.
The career of Abou Diaby has been struck once again after the French international midfielder suffered a severe knee injury in training. The 26-year-old injury prone star was expected to undergo a medical on Friday ahead of this weekend’s game against Reading but the injury he picked up in training on Wednesday has been confirmed as torn cruciate ligaments.
He is to undergo surgery and has been ruled out for at least nine months leaving Arsene Wenger with the realisation he must dip into the transfer market this summer to replace his injury prone star for good.
Theo Walcott has also been ruled out of the game against Reading with the hip flexor injury he picked up on international duty with England.
Jack Wilshere will also not feature and Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will not be rushed back into action. His ankle problem was luckily not as bad as first feared but in order to preserve his most talented youngster’s fitness Wenger is keen to not overuse him this season.
Wenger estimates he will be back in two weeks’ time but would not put a definitive mark on his comeback.
FIFA football agent Guido Di Domenico has revealed his belief that Stevan Jovetic has ALREADY agreed a deal to join Arsenal in the summer. The Fiorentina player has been on many big clubs wanted lists for this summer - with Juventus the favourites to sign him.
However Di Domenico, who is a respected FIFA agent, says that Jovetic is ‘fascinated’ at the idea of playing for Arsenal and has made his intentions to come to North London clear.
Arsenal defender Johann Djourou, currently on loan at Bundesliga outfit Hannover, has suggested he would like to stay at the club. The Swiss international is enjoying playing regular first-team football once again and is very keen on a permanent switch to the side this summer.
He even suggested he would be willing to take a pay-cut in order for the deal to go through.
Andrei Arshavin continues to be linked with a move to Azerbaijan side Khazar Lankaran today. The side finished in the bottom half of the Azeri League this season but their billionaire owner Mubariz Mansimov has moved to try and change their fortunes by bringing in former Wales manager John Toshack.
His number one target is Arshavin and they feel they could change Arshavin’s views at wanting to stay in London with a massive wage offer.
Finally, and other strands of the Arsenal brand are enjoying European success. Arsenal Ladies completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over ASD Torres and the win against the Italian outfit takes them into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s NextGen side are in action against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the NextGen Series tomorrow afternoon.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 28th March 2013?