Arsenal latest: Flamini fit, Cazorla set to return and 'Pizzagate'

Cazorla Corner

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the game with Crystal Palace this Saturday morning, and had good news on the injury front.

He revealed that Jack Wilshere has been passed fit after his jarred ankle against Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile Mathieu Flamini, who suffered a nasty looking concussion against Norwich City in the last Premier League game Arsenal played, is now fit again after, assumingly, remembering who he was since the Borussia Dortmund tie.

There are no new injury worries but in good news youngster Benik Afobe is back from a knee problem, while Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain step up their recovery and rehab periods.

Wenger is set to play both Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla against Crystal Palace this weekend. Ozil had a virus for the game against Dortmund, while Cazorla has only just recovered from injury himself.

There is also a question mark over whether the pair can play together considering their similar playing styles.

Now it is believed that both will start the game.

Rene Adler is being linked with a move to Arsenal today, which seems slightly presumptuous of the wider press. Adler admitted yesterday that he has had the opportunity to sign for Arsenal twice before, but in the end became a Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper.

He then claimed he would possibly like to play in England at some point in his career - so an imminent arrival is not necessarily a likelihood.

Wenger has been speaking today about the infamous ‘Pizzagate’ game against Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has addressed the game in his autobiography and Wenger, who also made it clear that he would not be writing such a book once his career are over, he stated:

‘’Pizzagate was a little bit of unrest in the tunnel area. Mike Riley was the referee and he didn't have the best day, Rio [Ferdinand] shouldn't have been on the pitch after 20 mins. Yes it was aggressive, to lose after such a long defeated run and the way we did was not acceptable. It's difficult for me to speak about the book, because I haven't read it yet. I will read it, but I've not got time yet.’’

Finally, and it appears that the arrival of Gareth Bale, and Carlo Ancelotti’s preference for Angel Di Maria in a side containing the ex-Tottenham star is why Mesut Ozil was allowed to join Arsenal this summer:

"Yes, that was a football decision. For the balance of the team I preferred to have Di Maria. He has less quality than Ozil but I wanted him for his character and his help for the team.’’

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