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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced the return three of his injured stars for the game against Chelsea on Sunday.

The good news is that [Mesut] Özil certainly will be available,” the French coach announced in his press conference.

Then he added: “For [Alexis] Sánchez, the next two days will be decisive though, this time, I think he will make it for selection.

Francis Coquelin is also back in full training today,” he announced then.

Ahead of schedule, and Danny Welbeck will be in full training next week.”

 

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Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who has received a three-match ban for a stamp on Francis Coquelin after he was sent off against Arsenal last month insists that he is not a ,,dirty player”.

Mitrovic should be back to the team for Newcastle’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday at St James’ Park. The Serbia international has stated, that he despite his difficult and controversial debut for the Magpies he is determined to prove his worth against the Blues.

Mitrovic told The Sun:

”I want to show I can control my emotion and aggression and stay calm,”

”Sport is dirty if you want to win, but I am not a dirty player.”

Mitrovic joined Newcastle from Anderlecht for £13million.

 

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Arsene Wenger will make a late bid to sign Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets before Sunday’s Community Shield against Premiership champions Chelsea. 

Barcelona newspaper Sport is reporting this evening that reinforcing Arsenal’s midfield is Wenger’s priority before the transfer window is out and that he could use the Spaniard alongside Francis Coquelin to give the defence greater cover.

Sport says that the North London side are willing to meet the midfielder’s wage demands and pay a substantial amount in transfer fees. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, however, is reluctant to let Busquets go and may refuse point blank to sell him.

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Coquelin started in the recent FA Cup semi-final for Arsenal

Arsenal defender Francis Coquelin says that he wants to emulate at Arsenal the importance of midfielder Nemanja Matic at Chelsea.

The Serbian has been a key member of the Chelsea starting XI this season, and has been consistently impressive performer for Jose Mourinho as the south London side close in on their first title since 2010.

Coquelin himself has also been impressive for the Gunners, after returning from a loan spell at Championship side Charlton Athletic. It is likely the Frenchman will come up against Matic when Arsenal clash with Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday.

“What he’s done is unbelievable,” Coquelin told Arsenal Player.

“At Chelsea he is one of the main men so credit to him, he’s had a great season and is a great player.”

Arsenal are currently 10 points behind their London rivals in the table, and if Chelsea win on Saturday and then beat Leicester, they win the league.

However, despite the hype before the first vs. second clash, 23-year old Coquelin says that he is looking forward to testing himself against the former Benfica man, who Coquelin believes epitomises the importance of defensive midfielders.

“It’s always good to play against players like that.

“It’s an important position and Matic has shown how important he is – that’s what I’m trying to do as well for Arsenal.

“The fans want a good defensive midfielder, they know it’s important for the team.”

 

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