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Arsenal injury news: Unai Emery without six players for Watford after international break

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Arsenal are set to be without six players when they return to Premier League action against Watford following the international break.

That comes as a blow to Unai Emery who appears to have lost Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock and Lucas Torreira to injury.

He was already without long-term absentees Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney while Konstantinos Mavropanos has been injured as well.

But Emery is hoping to get his players back firing after the two-week lay-off.

Arsenal have won two, drawn one and lost one so far this season and sit fifth in the league.

They are already five points behind leaders Liverpool but have shown positive signs of progression.

They have a frightening forward line with new boy Nicolas Pepe starting to pick up speed alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

But they have issues at the back which have yet been solved by David Luiz.

Arsenal injury worries:

Hector Bellerin (Knee) – 3 weeks

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Hip) – 3 weeks

Kieran Tierney (Hip) – 3 weeks

Joe Willock (Calf) – few days

Granit Xhaka (Achilles) – few days

Lucas Torreira (Impact injury) – unknown

Emery this week has sent a message to his new recruits including Pepe, Luiz and Dani Ceballos by calling on them to adapt to their new surroundings.

“First we need to improve the adaptation of the different players who have come here in the last moments,” Emery told the official Arsenal website.

He added: “Also we need to improve in our way. For example, I think we can continue being very offensive with a lot of important offensive players.

“We also want to take the balance defensively to be strong and I think the first four matches allowed us to show our first characteristic – to be be offensive.

“Maybe we need to continue working to create a balance defensively in some moments and also tactically when making some decisions.

“But really the most important thing is how we can show our support and our energy, our spirit.

“We want to win each match but also to show them our speed, our energy playing with intensity.

“I think we are working to do that in our way, in our target of giving them a big characteristic for us. We want to play with energy.”

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[Image] No Lacazette or Ozil – How Arsenal should line-up vs Everton

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Arsenal take on Everton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the line-up I’d like Mikel Arteta to select…

We’ve kept three consecutive clean sheets so we shouldn’t tinker too much with the back four. David Luiz has been very good recently and fair play to Shkodran Mustafi too as he’s put-in some solid performances.

I’m a big Rob Holding fan and would like to see him playing more but right now it’s hard to argue that Luiz and Mustafi shouldn’t start, especially as Sokratis picked up a knee injury on Thursday and is a major doubt for the Everton game while Pablo Mari is lacking match fitness.

Bukayo Saka continues to be a revelation at left-back after grabbing another assist in the Europa League so he deserves to keep his place while Hector Bellerin should return at right-back after being rested in midweek.

Torreira returns

Lucas Torreira missed Arsenal’s win over Olympiacos due to illness but he’s expected to be back in contention to face Everton and I think he should come straight back in to partner Granit Xhaka.

Matteo Guendouzi didn’t really grasp his opportunity after being recalled against Olympiacos following his bust-up with Arteta so the Frenchman should drop to the bench.

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Mesut Ozil missed the trip to Greece to be with his wife for the birth of their baby and it’s unknown whether he’ll be available on Sunday. With the inevitable sleepless night’s that come with newborns, Ozil probably won’t be in any state to start! Therefore, I’d go with Dani Ceballos in the advanced midfield position as Joe Willock was disappointing against Olympiacos.

Lacazette out

Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the all-important away goal in Athens but I still don’t think we can justify playing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out wide any longer. He’s our best goalscorer so let’s start him through the middle.

That would allow Gabriel Martinelli to play from the left wing where he’s been far more productive as I think he’s struggled on the right in recent matches.

In addition, Martinelli switching flanks will pave the way for Nicolas Pepe to be recalled and I actually think Martinelli/Auba/Pepe is our best and most balanced front three right now.

Arsenal will have the likes of Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah on the bench along with Lacazette if needed.

Here is how I hope Arsenal line-up:

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Premier League fixtures: Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea find out April TV changes

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Sky Sports have announced their latest batch of Premier League fixtures to be broadcast in April. The key match of next month is undoubtedly the clash between defending title holders Manchester City and champions-elect Liverpool.

City will welcome Jurgen Klopp’s side to the Etihad Stadium on April 5, with their match kicking off at 4:30pm.

The game is a pivotal one for the Reds – who top the league by 22 points – as it could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

The second north London of the season will also be broadcast by Sky on April 26, with Arsenal travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 26.

The full list of fixtures to be broadcast by Sky in April can be seen below.

Fri April 10: Newcastle vs West Ham (8pm)

Sat April 11: Tottenham vs Everton (5.30pm)*

Sun April 12: Chelsea vs Watford (2pm)*

Sun April 12: Liverpool vs Aston Villa (4.30pm)*

Mon April 13: Wolves vs Arsenal (8pm)

Sat April 18: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (12.30pm)*

Sat April 18: Arsenal vs Leicester (5.30pm)*

Sun April 19: Sheff Utd vs Wolves (2pm)*

Sun April 19: Aston Villa vs Man Utd (4.30pm)*

Mon April 20: Brighton vs Liverpool (8pm)*

Sat April 25: Brighton vs Man City (5.30pm)*

Sun April 26: Sheff Utd vs Chelsea (2pm)*

Sun April 26: Tottenham vs Arsenal (4.30pm)*

Mon April 27: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (8pm)

*subject to progression in the Champions League

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Man City vs Liverpool moved as Sky and BT reveal April's TV fixtures

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Liverpool’s Premier League title showdown with Manchester City among games moved in April as Sky and BT reveal latest TV picks while first north London derby at Tottenham’s new stadium is also switched 

  • The Premier League has confirmed which games in April will be shown on TV
  • Manchester City will host Liverpool on April 5 as the Reds look to secure the title 

The Premier League has confirmed the games to be shown on live TV in April, with Manchester City hosting Liverpool at 4:30pm on Sunday April 5 on Sky Sports. 

Towards the end of the month, the north London derby will be shown at 4:30 on Sky Sports on April 26, as Tottenham host Arsenal

Sheffield United vs Wolves will also be shown on Sky Sports on the afternoon of April 19 as the two teams try and chase down a European spot for next season. 

More to follow 

Liverpool versus Manchester City is one of the games to be moved for live TV in April 2020

Liverpool versus Manchester City is one of the games to be moved for live TV in April 2020



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