Arsenal weekend round-up: Ramsey brace, injury worries and Rooney link

All the news and gossip from the past 48 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal made hard-work of what was a comfortable performance against Sunderland on Wearside yesterday afternoon.

The Gunners should have put the game out of sight in the first half - with chances wasted. They did however go into the half 1-0 up thanks to current goal-machine Olivier Giroud. The French international scored once again but it acted as a mere supporting act to the assist. Mesut Ozil laid the ball on for Giroud - much to the delight of Arsenal's travelling faithful.

But a silly challenge from Laurent Koscielny in the second half gifted Sunderland a route back into the game - and Craig Gardner did what he does best from 12 yards - giving Sunderland an equaliser.

But then it was the Aaron Ramsey show. He scored a volleyed finish and then added a second in pure Arsenal style to complete the win.

However the game could have turned on a goal disallowed from Jozy Altidore - when advantage should have been played - which left Paolo Di Canio furious.

Transfer rumours refuse to disappear as it is believed Arsenal will go back in for Wayne Rooney this January. The Daily Mail believe that the presence of Mesut Ozil at The Emirates could convince the England international to take a chance on the club.

However he did blow kisses at the United fans after scoring on Saturday against Crystal Palace so this may be just a spurious rumour.

Arsenal have some injury concerns this weekend.

Santi Cazorla has injured his ankle, turning it in training this week, and according to Arsene Wenger the injury will not be a quick fix. Cazorla is in fact expected to miss every Arsenal game up until the next international break at the start of October:

"Cazorla has an ankle problem. He will be out for a few weeks as well. I don't think he will play before the next international break."

This is obviously not great news for The Gunners, who already have serious injury problems across the pitch - and would have hoped to unleash the creative talents of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla over the coming weeks.

Olivier Giroud also picked up an injury to his knee.

Wenger said after the game, in regards to the injury:

"That's my worry today after the game. We are very thin at the moment. [It is] a knee problem. He is the player at the moment that would be very difficult for us [to replace]."

With knee problems there is always a worry - and with Arsenal’s injury list growing by the day Gooners would have been worried that their leading marksman would be joining Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski in the treatment room.

But after the game Giroud announced via his Twitter account that his knee was, and I quote, ‘OK’.

Finally, and Mathieu Flamini has revealed he wants to one day finish his career at former club Marseille. The summer free signing stated:

‘’You should never say never. I did my apprenticeship there. Of course it’s the club of my heart. I’ve always stayed close to it, because I’m in contact with Jose Anigo, someone who knows me very well.’’


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