Arsenal fans, good morning and welcome to the last round-up of the week - *breathes out.
Just in time for the resumption of the Premier League season, today’s round-up focuses on the latest rumours that might well impact upon Arsene Wenger’s plans for the forthcoming weekend.
Put your feet up, imagine it’s already the end of the working week and enjoy what’s below. Don’t forget to watch the video for the latest headlines, and leave comments in the box provided.
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Wilshere surgery blow
Injury troubles and Arsenal come together as frequently as Arsene Wenger and French players, so fans might not be too surprised to learn that Jack Wilshere is facing another crisis.
The England international was expected to be close to a return from injury, having recovered after suffering a hairline fracture to his left leg.
The Daily Mail though say that his progress has been far slower than it should have been, with the midfielder facing the possibility of being out for three months if surgery is required.
If it isn’t then he could still spend around four weeks on the sidelines, whilst teammate Danny Welbeck will be out until at least Christmas.
Wenger: 'I'm no liar'
On the latter front Wenger did plead this morning that he hadn’t lied regarding the extent of Welbeck’s issues.
The Frenchman had told the press on August 27 that the striker was recovering well, but the ex-Manchester United man now needs to see a specialist and so won’t be back anytime soon.
What that could mean for Arsenal’s title challenge is open to interpretation, but Wenger might well now be bemoaning his decision not to buy another striker.
Over to transfer news and Nacho Monreal was the subject of a summer approach from Athletic Bilbao, or so say new reports.
It seems that for once the transfer rumour-mill was correct when it suggested that the Basque outfit wanted to re-sign Monreal. However, it’s said Wenger turned them down, as he wants to keep the Spaniard to provide competition for Kieran Gibbs.