Arsenal latest: Arteta trolled, Vermaelen 'opportunity' and no injury boost yet

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

Arsene Wenger has given an update on fitness issues at the club - and it is not good news.

The gaffer explained that none of the current injured crop will be back in action for the match v Manchester City this weekend - and that it is a ‘few weeks’ before we see any of the other big names involved.

He stated:

“Compared to Tuesday night, we have no new injuries and no-one coming back as well. Monreal should be the first one back in training because he is just starting to run in the next few days. After him, Ramsey is progressing well but we need to be patient for a few more weeks.”

Wenger has also spoken of his club captain Thomas Vermaelen - saying that he now has a chance to prove himself in the team due to the absence of Laurent Koscielny.

The Belgian has been largely used as a substitute or stand-in this term and has been linked with a summer exit from the club.

But Wenger said today:

"We know Thomas has paid a heavy price for having Laurent and Per who worked well together. But he has an opportunity to show how good he is and I'm sure he will take it."

Arsenal will take on New York Red Bulls this summer - in their first visit to the US since 1989. The game will take place in the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and will see them take on former captain Thierry Henry on his new stomping ground.

Henry has already expressed his excitement about the fixture.

Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for the ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun.

The Rubin Kazan midfielder is highly rated and also linked with AC Milan and Juventus.

It is a deal reportedly worth £2 million.

Mikel Arteta has been trolled.

The Arsenal midfielder celebrated his 32nd birthday this week - and Arsenal gave Gunners fans the chance to wish him a happy birthday on Facebook.

But it backfired - with a pocket of Arsenal fans instead deciding to tell him to leave the club.


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