News, views, and gossip relating to Arsenal over the past 24 hours.
Arsene Wenger has discussed the need to return to form in the Premier League, after a disappointing run of results over the last fortnight which has seen the club slip to 10th. The Gunners face surprise package West Brom on Saturday, but the Baggies have lost their last two and are also looking to bounce back. Wenger urged his side to show 'strength and unity' to get back to winning ways.
The same Telegraph report discusses Tomas Rosicky being taken off at half-time in last night's game, with the Czech midfielder suffering no new injury, but suffering 'tightness' around his hamstring which led to the need for him to be substituted. Wenger said he will need assessing before the weekend, and a place on the bench is most likely with Cazorla, Wilshere and Arteta all rested last night.
Rosicky himself has admitted the players need to start winning the fans over, and emulate last season by sticking together through their slump in form. He added: "It will be difficult but we are capable of doing it again."
Wenger says he is hoping for a 'kind draw' in the Champions League when it is made on December 20. By missing out on top spot in the group the Gunners could end up drawn against Barcelona or Borussia Dortmund.
Francis Coquelin says the Gunners cannot afford to dwell on their defeat, despite being disappointed, and must move on. He said: "We have a really important match against West Brom...we had a few bad results recently, so we need the three points at the weekend."
Arsenal are ready to look at recalling young striker Joel Campbell to add to their striking department in January. The striker is currently on loan at Real Betis and has not started in La Liga this season but has made some impressive cameos as a substitute, including bagging a winner against Deportivo at the weekend. The Express claim Wenger is strongly considering recalling the Costa Rican.
Arsenal's chief commercial officer, Tom Fox, has risked infuriating fans, by claining 'football is not only about winning.' Arsenal are on a four-game winless run, and it is likely fans will not have the patience for his sentiments at present. The full interview can be read here.
Wilfried Zaha let slip last night he is an Arsenal fan, admitting he was frustrated watching the Gunners lose. How this affects his desire to switch to Arsenal remains to be seen, Palace manager Ian Holloway recently hit out at Arsene Wenger' pursuit of the player and is unlikely to want to sell his star man.
Gervinho has been attracting flak from supporters after last night's performance, with his assist for Rosicky's goal not enough to save him the ire of Arsenal fans. Here's a look at some of the stick he has been taking.
Arsenal fans hoping to see Andre Santos off-loaded in January may be disappointed, the Brazilian is said to have his heart set on staying with the club. He says that despite receiving enquiries from clubs in Turkey and Brazil his family are settled in London and he has a three-year contract he wants to honour.
And finally, Goal.com claim Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal for a third spell is a done deal, but the club themselves have yet to confirm it. Arsenal are still attempting to sort out the terms of the loan agreement with Henry's clun the New York Red Bulls. Read the report and decide for yourself here.
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