Arsenal latest: Injury news and 3% ticket price hike

All the latest Arsenal injury and team news.

Arsenal have announced a 3 per cent ticket price hike, a move which has been met with criticism by supporters groups.

The club wrote on their website: "Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be increasing its ticket prices by three per cent, in line with inflation, next season.

"It will be only the third across-the-board increase on prices in the nine seasons the Club will have been at Emirates Stadium."

The Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA) responded: "Whilst it is the case that this is only the third ticket price increase in the last nine years, the announcement will be met with disappointment by many supporters."

Arsenal face Manchester City on Saturday  in the weekend's 12.45pm kick-off, a fixture which has been criticised by midfielder Mikel Arteta, angry at it's timing.

He told The Telegraph: "I don't understand why we play Sunday afternoon [against Everton], Wednesday evening [against Napoli], get back at 4am and then play again on Saturday morning in Manchester.

"It will just be about recovery. It's not ideal. We will have a late warm down, try to get our legs back for Friday, travel on Friday and be as well prepared as we can. They will be ready for us because they rested seven or eight players in Munich."

Arsene Wenger has given mixed team news ahead of the fixture, the positive being his announcement that Lukas Podolski is fit to play, although is likely to start on the bench at best.

"He is available. I feel he is still a bit short to go into a match of that level of intensity but after this weekend I will consider him to be available."

We wrote an article earlier today detailing the positive boost Podolski's presence on the bench can bring the Gunners even if the manager has no intention of using him.

Bacary Sagna was rated at 50-50 and underwent a late fitness test today, the results of which have not been made public. Wenger did say ahead of the test, "I am optimistic but it's my nature." If not then Carl Jenkinson will continue to fill in.

Opposition manager Manuel Pellegrini has pledged to keep Arsenal guessing, and won't even divulge which of Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon will start in goal. You can check out five interesting stats ahead of the fixture here.

And finally, Arsenal supporters have been revelling in the news Manchester United's Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury.

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