Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Friday, September 18.
Luiz injury boost for Arteta
Arsenal have received an injury boost with news that defender David Luiz is back in full training following a neck injury.
Luiz missed the Gunners’ opening-day win over Fulham with a neck spasm having played a key role in the latter stages of last season, earning him a one-year contract extension.
“Neck spasm. Making good progress. Back in full training.” read a statement on the club’s website .
New signing Gabriel Magalhaes ably stepped up to fill the Luiz-shaped hole in Mikel Arteta’s defence against Fulham, with the Brazilian scoring in the 3-0 win to cap an impressive debut.
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“Ideally I wanted to give him some time because he only trained for a few days with the team,” Arteta said when asked about Gabriel.
“Physically, he hasn’t played a competitive match in six months so it was a risk with injury as well but credit to him. He performed really well, physically he felt good and I was very happy today.”
No way back for Ozil – Wright
Ian Wright admits it is difficult to see a way back into Arteta’s line-up for out-of-favour playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Ozil last featured for the Gunners on March 7 in their final game before lockdown.
And Wright admits it is ‘devastating’ that nobody at Arsenal has been able to spur the German into fighting for a place in the team during the final year of his contract.
“If you could have got Mesut Ozil onside in this particular team with the way the manager thinks and the intensity that we now have, he is literally the perfect player,” the former Arsenal striker said on the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
“But it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. It doesn’t seem like there is any way back for Ozil. I was in the ground the other day and he was…