Arsenal latest: Bad news on injury front, Ntep confusion and Bendtner Instagram mishap

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

Arsene Wenger has updated fans on the injury problems at the club - ahead of the tie with Fulham this weekend, and did not have much in terms of immediate good news.

It was reported earlier in the week that Aaron Ramsey was back for the game - but he soon ruled that out along with Tomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta - also ruling the trio out of the Coventry City FA Cup game.

“Ramsey and Arteta are both out for this game. Vermaelen too. I personally believe the three will miss the Coventry game as well and will be available after that.”

The two potentials for the game were Nacho Monreal and Tomas Rosicky, who both picked up knocks in the Monday night game against Aston Villa.

Monreal has a twisted ligament in his foot and is rated as a ‘big doubt’ while Rosicky underwent surgery for a broken nose in two places. But Wenger confirmed he could play with a mask - but it again seems unlikely.

He also ruled out Theo Walcott for the World Cup stating that such an occurrence was ‘not possible’ and Nicklas Bendtner until after the Coventry game.

Rosicky has been speaking to about his time at the club. The Czech Republic midfielder, who recently received assurances over his future at the club, is perhaps The Gunners in form player at the moment revealed his current content at The Emirates:

"I have always been attracted to the style of play. It's one of the reasons I'm so happy here. You could see the type of football they played before I came, with [Patrick] Vieira, [Emmanuel] Petit and [Thierry] Henry. It was great to watch – even when I was at Dortmund I enjoyed watching Arsenal."

Arsene Wenger will sign a new deal at the club according to The Mirror’s Arsenal expert John Cross.

He stated:

“Yes, we all think he'll stay. But he's making us sweat. Incidentally, another factor in his contract is that all his staff's deals mirror the manager's. So when Wenger signs, they all get new extensions. So, as you can imagine, they have sought and, from what I hear, got assurances. There's no panic. He is staying.”

Auxerre president Guy Cotret says Arsenal are not interested in Paul-Georges Ntep. The talented forward recently posted a picture of himself on the Eurostar to London - fuelling rumours of an Arsenal switch being imminent.

That now appears to have been a visit to talk a deal with QPR, as despite earlier reports of a €10 million deal being imminent, Cotret says Arsenal have not been in touch:

“Arsenal have not even expressed an interest. We just received one offer for the player and it was Rennes.”

Reported Arsenal target Dominik Furman has joined Toulouse for €2.7 million.

The Polish midfielder was linked with a move to join international team-mates Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in North London - but sealed his move from Legia Warsaw today.

Finally, and it wouldn’t be a day in the life of Arsenal FC if Nicklas Bendtner wasn’t doing something stupid.

He has posted a picture of his ‘afternoon refreshments’ for after training on Instagram - complete with cigar and tall glass of red wine.

Not exactly going to hasten his recovery from an ankle injury.


image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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