Arsenal media round-up: Oxlade-Chamberlain on £35m teammate, manager on transfer plans

A round up of news stories this morning related to Arsenal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has piled praise onto teammate Alexis Sanchez following his performance against Stoke City.

Sanchez bagged a brace and provided an assist as the Gunners closed the gap on the top four with a 3-0 victory.

“He is amazing. He shows it week in, week out and I think that’s the most important thing,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports after the game.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mathieu Debuchy’s shoulder injury will not change his transfer plans for the rest of the month.

The Frenchman suffered a dislocated shoulder during the win against Stoke City yesterday and Wenger has revealed that the club are already in the market for extra defensive support.

“Not so much because we were in the market anyway. Nacho Monreal and Debuchy can play centre-back, but if Kieran Gibbs is not here Monreal can not play centre-back and if Debuchy is not here he can not play centre-back,” Wenger is quoted as telling reports after the game.

Wenger has also revealed that he hasn’t made a decision over whether Wojciech Szczesny will come back into the team for the game against Manchester City next weekend.

Szczesny was recently dropped after reports that he’d been caught smoking after the recent game against Southampton.

“I haven't made a decision yet. It was a decision for today's game. Szczesny is our No 1 competing with Ospina and [Damien] Martinez - that's our job,” he told the Arsenal website.

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