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Premier League fixtures: Headache for Klopp as Liverpool face big guns early

Liverpool will take on Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham inside the first nine weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

After opening their campaign with games away at Watford and at home to Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp will have to prepare his team to play four of the other five teams who finished in the top six last term.

Liverpool are at home to Arsenal on matchday three and then travel to play Manchester City in their following game.

Matches against Burnley (home), Leicester City (away) and Newcastle United (away) follow, before the Reds then face another major double-header, as Manchester United visit Anfield on October 14 before they travel to Wembley to play Tottenham on October 21.

They do not have to wait much longer to face Chelsea either, with the champions coming to Anfield on November 25. 

The home Merseyside derby against Everton comes on December 9, with the return game on April 7.

A potentially decisive match away to Chelsea on May 5 is Liverpool’s penultimate fixture of the season, with the campaign ending with a home clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day.


Liverpool’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures in full:


12/08/2017 - Watford v Liverpool

19/08/2017 - Liverpool v Crystal Palace

26/08/2017 - Liverpool v Arsenal

09/09/2017 - Manchester City v Liverpool

16/09/2017 - Liverpool v Burnley

23/09/2017 - Leicester City v Liverpool

30/09/2017 - Newcastle United v Liverpool

14/10/2017 - Liverpool v Manchester United

21/10/2017 - Tottenham  v Liverpool

28/10/2017 - Liverpool v Huddersfield Town

04/11/2017 - West Ham v Liverpool

18/11/2017 - Liverpool v Southampton

25/11/2017 - Liverpool v Chelsea

29/11/2017 - Stoke City v Liverpool

02/12/2017 - Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool

09/12/2017 - Liverpool v Everton

13/12/2017 - Liverpool v West Brom

16/12/2017 - Bournemouth v Liverpool

23/12/2017 - Arsenal v Liverpool

26/12/2017 - Liverpool v Swansea City

30/12/2017 - Liverpool v Leicester City

01/01/2018 - Burnley v Liverpool

13/01/2018 - Liverpool v Manchester City

20/01/2018 - Swansea City v Liverpool

30/01/2018 - Huddersfield Town v Liverpool

03/02/2018 - Liverpool v Tottenham 

10/02/2018 - Southampton v Liverpool

24/02/2018 - Liverpool v West Ham 

03/03/2018 - Liverpool v Newcastle United

10/03/2018 - Manchester United v Liverpool

17/03/2018 - Liverpool v Watford

31/03/2018 - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

07/04/2018 - Everton v Liverpool

14/04/2018 - Liverpool v Bournemouth

21/04/2018 - West Brom v Liverpool

28/04/2018 - Liverpool v Stoke City

05/05/2018 - Chelsea v Liverpool

13/05/2018 - Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion

Premier League fixtures: Headache for Klopp as Liverpool face big guns early

Liverpool will take on Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham inside the first nine weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

After opening their campaign with games away at Watford and at home to Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp will have to prepare his team to play four of the other five teams who finished in the top six last term.

Liverpool are at home to Arsenal on matchday three and then travel to play Manchester City in their following game.

Matches against Burnley (home), Leicester City (away) and Newcastle United (away) follow, before the Reds then face another major double-header, as Manchester United visit Anfield on October 14 before they travel to Wembley to play Tottenham on October 21.

They do not have to wait much longer to face Chelsea either, with the champions coming to Anfield on November 25. 

The home Merseyside derby against Everton comes on December 9, with the return game on April 7.

A potentially decisive match away to Chelsea on May 5 is Liverpool’s penultimate fixture of the season, with the campaign ending with a home clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day.


Liverpool’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures in full:

12/08/2017 - Watford v Liverpool
19/08/2017 - Liverpool v Crystal Palace
26/08/2017 - Liverpool v Arsenal
09/09/2017 - Manchester City v Liverpool
16/09/2017 - Liverpool v Burnley
23/09/2017 - Leicester City v Liverpool
30/09/2017 - Newcastle United v Liverpool
14/10/2017 - Liverpool v Manchester United
21/10/2017 - Tottenham  v Liverpool
28/10/2017 - Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
04/11/2017 - West Ham v Liverpool
18/11/2017 - Liverpool v Southampton
25/11/2017 - Liverpool v Chelsea
29/11/2017 - Stoke City v Liverpool
02/12/2017 - Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool
09/12/2017 - Liverpool v Everton
13/12/2017 - Liverpool v West Brom
16/12/2017 - Bournemouth v Liverpool
23/12/2017 - Arsenal v Liverpool
26/12/2017 - Liverpool v Swansea City
30/12/2017 - Liverpool v Leicester City
01/01/2018 - Burnley v Liverpool
13/01/2018 - Liverpool v Manchester City
20/01/2018 - Swansea City v Liverpool
30/01/2018 - Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
03/02/2018 - Liverpool v Tottenham 
10/02/2018 - Southampton v Liverpool
24/02/2018 - Liverpool v West Ham 
03/03/2018 - Liverpool v Newcastle United
10/03/2018 - Manchester United v Liverpool
17/03/2018 - Liverpool v Watford
31/03/2018 - Crystal Palace v Liverpool
07/04/2018 - Everton v Liverpool
14/04/2018 - Liverpool v Bournemouth
21/04/2018 - West Brom v Liverpool
28/04/2018 - Liverpool v Stoke City
05/05/2018 - Chelsea v Liverpool
13/05/2018 - Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion

Stoke City fixtures: The Potters' complete 2017-18 Premier League schedule

Stoke City’s fixtures for the 2017-18 Premier League season have been released.

Revealed: Premier League 17-18 fixtures

The Potters will begin the campaign with an away match against Everton, while their first meeting with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion will take place on 26 August at The Hawthorns.

After a mediocre 2016-17 season ended in a 13th-place finish, the pressure will be on Mark Hughes to deliver improvement at Stoke over the coming year. Their full league fixture list for 2017-18 is below.



STOKE’S 2017-18 FIXTURES





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Stoke take on three of the top seven from the 2016/17 Premier League campaign in their opening five games, with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United coming after their trip to Everton.

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Stoke City v Leicester City

Manager Hughes will go in search of a rare opening day win when his side take on Everton, having won just two and lost seven of his 11 fixtures on matchday one

Stoke - who face rivals West Brom in the reverse fixture at home on 23 December - will finish the 2017/18 campaign away at Swansea City.

Stoke City fixtures: The Potters' complete 2017-18 Premier League schedule

Stoke City’s fixtures for the 2017-18 Premier League season have been released.

Revealed: Premier League 17-18 fixtures

The Potters will begin the campaign with an away match against Everton, while their first meeting with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion will take place on 26 August at The Hawthorns.

After a mediocre 2016-17 season ended in a 13th-place finish, the pressure will be on Mark Hughes to deliver improvement at Stoke over the coming year. Their full league fixture list for 2017-18 is below.


STOKE’S 2017-18 FIXTURES


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Stoke take on three of the top seven from the 2016/17 Premier League campaign in their opening five games, with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United coming after their trip to Everton.

04/11/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Leicester City

Manager Hughes will go in search of a rare opening day win when his side take on Everton, having won just two and lost seven of his 11 fixtures on matchday one

Stoke - who face rivals West Brom in the reverse fixture at home on 23 December - will finish the 2017/18 campaign away at Swansea City.

Stoke City fixtures: The Potters' complete 2017-18 Premier League schedule

Stoke City’s fixtures for the 2017-18 Premier League season have been released.

Revealed: Premier League 17-18 fixtures

The Potters will begin the campaign with an away match against Everton, while their first meeting with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion will take place on 26 August at The Hawthorns.

After a mediocre 2016-17 season ended in a 13th-place finish, the pressure will be on Mark Hughes to deliver improvement at Stoke over the coming year. Their full league fixture list for 2017-18 is below.



STOKE’S 2017-18 FIXTURES





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Stoke take on three of the top seven from the 2016/17 Premier League campaign in their opening five games, with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United coming after their trip to Everton.

Manager Hughes will go in search of a rare opening day win when his side take on Everton, having won just two and lost seven of his 11 fixtures on matchday one 

Stoke - who face rivals West Brom in the reverse fixture at home on 23 December - will finish the 2017/18 campaign away at Swansea City.

Stoke City fixtures: The Potters' complete 2017-18 Premier League schedule

Stoke City’s fixtures for the 2017-18 Premier League season have been released.

Revealed: Premier League 17-18 fixtures

The Potters will begin the campaign with an away match against Everton, while their first meeting with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion will take place on 26 August at The Hawthorns.

After a mediocre 2016-17 season ended in a 13th-place finish, the pressure will be on Mark Hughes to deliver improvement at Stoke over the coming year. Their full league fixture list for 2017-18 is below.


STOKE’S 2017-18 FIXTURES


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Stoke take on three of the top seven from the 2016/17 Premier League campaign in their opening five games, with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United coming after their trip to Everton.

Manager Hughes will go in search of a rare opening day win when his side take on Everton, having won just two and lost seven of his 11 fixtures on matchday one 

Stoke - who face rivals West Brom in the reverse fixture at home on 23 December - will finish the 2017/18 campaign away at Swansea City.

Liverpool 2017/18 fixtures: Jurgen Klopp's men discover their schedule ahead of next season

Liverpool’s fixtures for the 2017/18 season have been announced.

The home and away playing schedule for all 20 clubs was released on Wednesday morning.

Jurgen Klopp’s men finished in fourth last month, securing their return to the Champions League in the process, but will be looking to go one better next season.

As ever, they’ll be focused on crunch fixtures against the likes of Everton and Manchester United.

Here is Liverpool’s full fixture list for the 2017/18 season:

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remember when arsenal won 3-1 against everton and google was like “full time: everton won 1-0”, well that’s my mood rn, the only goal scored was mario’s

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Antonio Conte confirms clean bill of health for FA Cup final

Unlike Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will have the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from this weekend as the two London rivals go head-to-head in the FA Cup final.

The Gunners are dealing with something of a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday’s (27 May) clash at Wembley Stadium, with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel Paulista injured and Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Gibbs both considered doubtful.

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Club captain Per Mertesacker is likely to make his first start of the season after appearing as a substitute against Everton on the final day of a bitterly disappointing Premier League campaign.

Chelsea have no such problems to contend with, however, with Conte confirming their latest clean bill of health during a pre-match press conference held on Friday afternoon.

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“All the players are available and I have to make the best decision for the team tomorrow,” Conte said in the press conference ahead of the game.

Conte could not confirm if outgoing captain John Terry would play an active part in the final, although expressed a desire to see him bow out by lifting the 18th major trophy of his 22-year spell in West London.

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The long-serving skipper caused quite a commotion during his Stamford Bridge send-off against relegated Sunderland last weekend, receiving a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his teammates after being substituted in the 26th minute as part of a pre-arranged agreement between both clubs. Terry subsequently said that he “could not care less” about those who denounced the farewell gesture.

“It is very difficult to say if John Terry will play,” Conte said. “He will be with us, and for sure he will be on the bench and then we will see what the game needs in the moment we are playing. Our aim is to reach another trophy and to see him lift this trophy. I have this dream and also my players have this dream.”

On Arsenal’s well-documented selection issues, he added: “Tomorrow we will see if we are able to exploit this opportunity in the Arsenal team. In this type of game, this is a final, it is not important to miss one or two players. It is very important to play with the right hunger, will and desire. Good organisation is important, but it is not enough. Tomorrow our desire must be more than them.

"It is not important the players we have to play, to do what we know. I think this is the most important thing. If you think that this player will miss the next game, it is not important. Arsenal have a lot of great players.”

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4 Key Battles That Could Decide the FA Cup Final Between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, in the midst of the summer heat, two London giants will take part in what should be a fiery FA Cup final. Arsenal, pride damaged and injury ravaged, will look to end a disappointing season on a high by winning the game’s most prestigious club cup competition. Arsene Wenger’s charges have flattered to deceive in the league and Europe this season, and face an extremely uncertain future with several stars entering the last year of their contracts. Opponents Chelsea…

Per Mertesacker vs Diego Costa

Club captain Mertesacker has made a single substitute appearance in the entire season, surprisingly entering the field on the weekend against Everton following an unfortunate turn of events for the Gunners. 


Indeed, the north Londoners lost the talismanic Laurent Koscielny (suspension) and fellow defender Gabriel Paulista in what turned out to be a meaningless victory over the toffees.


Brazilian-born Spaniard Costa, fresh off 20 goals and 7 assists in the league, will relish the opportunity to face old foe Mertesacker, who’s lack of game time will be a source of great worry for Gunners fans heading into this one.

Source: 90Mins

Alexis Sanchez vs Victor Moses

Sanchez has been a shining star in a dark period for his club, with his 24 league goals and 10 assists keeping the Gunners in the hunt for a Champions League finish.


Victor Moses meanwhile has been a revelation for Chelsea in a right wing-back role, adding defensive reliability to his attacking instincts, and proving one of the blues’ most consistent performers this season.


He has yet to face Sanchez in this role, however, and will be tested by the Chilean’s movement inside. Should he fail to handle this sufficiently, the Gunners will have a fantastic chance of victory in this game.

Source: 90Mins

Hector Bellerin vs Eden Hazard

Hazard has been a consistent thorn in Arsenal’s side over the years, and his sublime performance in the 3-1 Chelsea victory over their rivals in February further cemented this fact. 


Having returned to the world class form that had pundits and rivals alike effusive in their praise, he will look to repeat the trick in this most crucial of games.


Faced with the thankless task of keeping the Belgian quiet is young Spaniard Hector Bellerin. On his day easily up to the task, the right-back has endured a dip in form similar to that of his club, going from the cusp on the Spanish team to the Arsenal bench with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain favoured at right wing-back.


This will be a fantastic individual battle for the neutral, and the victor will most probably find himself on the winning side when all is said and done.

Source: 90Mins

Granit Xhaka vs N'Golo Kante

Xhaka has endured a topsy turvy first season in England, following a much heralded £35m move from Borussia Moenchengladbach in the summer.


Mixing superb passing displays with a frustrating tendency for ill discipline, the jury is still out on the Swiss international.


He can expect a combative clash with Kante, the PFA player of the year. 


The little Frenchman has once again lit up the Premier League with all action displays that have thrust Chelsea to the very top of the league, providing superb positioning and tackling ability with an ever improving offensive repertoire.

Source: 90Mins

Arsenal sweat on Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injuries ahead of FA Cup final

Arsenal go into Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea sweating on the fitness of star Alexis Sanchez, though Arsene Wenger is hoping to have the Chilean available despite suffering a thigh injury last week.

Sanchez limped off the field during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Everton that ended their Premier League campaign on Sunday, with Wenger admitting afterwards that he was unsure if Sanchez would recover in time for the Wembley final this Saturday.

Sanchez is one of a number of injury concerns that Wenger is having to manage, with a defensive crisis striking his side in what it the most important week of their season. Beat Chelsea and Arsenal can consider their season something of a success, despite missing out on the top four and next season’s Champions League.

The prospect of beating the newly-crowned Premier League champions appears increasingly unlikely, given Arsenal will be without regular captain Laurent Koscielny after he was sent-off against Everton, earning himself a three-match ban in the process. Once the Football Association confirmed that the club’s appeal against his sending-off had failed, Wenger was left to try and piece together his defence which could yet see the Frenchman revert to a back four, despite the successful experiment with a back-three.

As well as Koscielny being unavailable, Wenger is without Gabriel Paulista after the centre-back damaged his medial knee ligament during the same match, which will keep him out of action until August at the earliest.

In midfield, Wenger is unsure if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will recover from his latest setback in time to feature, with the England international struggling with a hamstring injury. Wenger is optimistic that he will be able to play a part in the match given it will free up the options that he has with a severely limited squad.

Arsenal squad: Cech, Ospina, Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Perez, Welbeck, Giroud.

Mertesacker to make most of unexpected FA Cup final chance

REUTERS - Arsenal’s injury crisis has handed captain Per Mertesacker an unlikely opportunity to start his first match of the season in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and the German centre back plans to make the most of it.
Mertesacker, who underwent knee surgery after picking up an injury during a friendly last July, was sidelined all season until he came off the bench in Arsenal’s final Premier League game against Everton on Sunday.
The 32-year-old now looks set to start at Wembley with fellow defenders Laurent Koscielny (suspended) and Gabriel Paulista (knee injury) out of the final, while Shkodran Mustafi (concussion) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh injury) are major doubts.
“It is completely unexpected… ” Mertesacker told reporters on Wednesday.
“It was unexpected but you need to be ready at any time. It was good to get a run-out and obviously make my first appearance of the season after a long, long injury. I was very grateful I got the opportunity.”
The German is confident that his experience can help him excel despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines as Arsenal look to win the FA Cup for a third time in four years.
“I haven’t played this year,” Mertesacker said. “But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes.
"That is my mindset, no matter what happens or what is facing me on Saturday, I am going to go for it. I owe it to this team and to this club. I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is ‘120 minutes plus penalties’.”
Arsenal, who finished fifth in the league, extended Mertesacker’s contract in January.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)

Mertesacker to make most of unexpected FA Cup final chance

REUTERS - Arsenal’s injury crisis has handed captain Per Mertesacker an unlikely opportunity to start his first match of the season in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and the German centre back plans to make the most of it.
Mertesacker, who underwent knee surgery after picking up an injury during a friendly last July, was sidelined all season until he came off the bench in Arsenal’s final Premier League game against Everton on Sunday.
The 32-year-old now looks set to start at Wembley with fellow defenders Laurent Koscielny (suspended) and Gabriel Paulista (knee injury) out of the final, while Shkodran Mustafi (concussion) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh injury) are major doubts.
“It is completely unexpected… ” Mertesacker told reporters on Wednesday.
“It was unexpected but you need to be ready at any time. It was good to get a run-out and obviously make my first appearance of the season after a long, long injury. I was very grateful I got the opportunity.”
The German is confident that his experience can help him excel despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines as Arsenal look to win the FA Cup for a third time in four years.
“I haven’t played this year,” Mertesacker said. “But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes.
"That is my mindset, no matter what happens or what is facing me on Saturday, I am going to go for it. I owe it to this team and to this club. I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is ‘120 minutes plus penalties’.”
Arsenal, who finished fifth in the league, extended Mertesacker’s contract in January.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)

seeing per out on the pitch in an arsenal shirt after so long really gets me emotional. i’m so happy and so proud that he’s put so much work into coming back. and his latest quotes just make my heart burst:

Mertesacker played the final 37 minutes against Everton as a substitute and when asked if he was ready to play at Wembley, the 32-year-old replied: “I cannot tell you. I haven’t played this year.”

“But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes.”

"That is my mindset, no matter what happens or what is facing me on Saturday, I am going to go for it.”

"I owe this to this team and to this club. I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is 120 minutes plus penalties.”

FA Cup final team news: Arsenal defender Gabriel out of Chelsea clash

Arsenal are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea after confirmation Gabriel will miss the game at Wembley with a knee injury.

The Brazilian was taken off in the final Premier League match of the campaign against Everton and is out for between six and eight weeks after suffering medial ligament damage.

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Laurent Koscielny is unavailable due to a three-game suspension after being sent off in the 3-1 success over the Toffees, while summer signing Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt having not trained since missing the win at The Emirates Stadium.

The Germany international was absent due to illness and remains worse for wear just three days before the final.

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Club captain Per Mertesacker made his first Arsenal appearance of the season against Everton and could be enlisted again to cover the desperate injury plight.

Twenty-one-year-old Rob Holding is likely to be retained in a back three which could see Nacho Monreal moved into a central position. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit again after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

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“Gabriel is out for 6-8 weeks,” said a downbeat Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at a press conference to preview the game, according to The Mirror. “We had a scare about his cruciate but it’s medial. He avoids surgery. Alexis Sanchez is ok; Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention for final. Mustafi is still sick and hasn’t trained yet.”

Sanchez, Arsenal’s top scorer this season with 29, limped off after 68 minutes against Everton, raising fears the Chile international may be the victim of another fitness concern. But Wenger is confident the forward will be fit for the game given his remarkable powers of recovery.

“He [Sanchez] needs to go through some tests at the moment,” added Wenger. “We’ll see how well he comes out of that. Knowing his player, knowing his commitment to the club, he’ll do everything to be fit for Saturday.”

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Wenger confident Sanchez will be fit for FA Cup final as Gabriel is ruled out

Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez will be passed fit to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, although Gabriel is definitely out and Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt.

Arsenal face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday looking to salvage silverware from a campaign that has seen them miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 seasons.

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And they are hopeful forward Sanchez will come through fitness tests on a hamstring problem in order to play against Antonio Conte’s men.

However, Gabriel is definitely out after being taken off on a stretcher against Everton on Sunday with a knee injury, while Mustafi is “still sick” and doubtful with a suspected concussion.

That leaves Arsenal with big problems in defence given Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off in the Everton match.

Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker – who has not started a match for over a year – are the club’s only other senior centre-backs.

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“Alexis is alright,” Wenger said at his pre-match media conference.

“We will see as he needs to go through some tests. But knowing the player, knowing his character and commitment to the club - which I don’t question at all - he will do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.

"Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks. We had a scare about his cruciate but it is the medial ligament and the positive is he avoids surgery.

"Shkodran Mustafi we have some worries. He is still sick at the moment and has not trained yet. I don’t know how much chance he has, I have to listen to the medical people.”

Wenger continued: “It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home when your mind is on attacking and we lost two centre-backs. 

"It is absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable. We are hit hard in a position where we have to be strong on Saturday. 

"We have to find solutions and hopefully I can find some good ones. I have to decide that until Saturday. We will test things in training until then.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention because he is back in training.”

Wenger confident Sanchez will be fit for FA Cup final as Gabriel is ruled out

Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez will be passed fit to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, although Gabriel is definitely out and Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt.

Arsenal face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday looking to salvage silverware from a campaign that has seen them miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 seasons.

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And they are hopeful forward Sanchez will come through fitness tests on a hamstring problem in order to play against Antonio Conte’s men.

However, Gabriel is definitely out after being taken off on a stretcher against Everton on Sunday with a knee injury, while Mustafi is “still sick” and doubtful with a suspected concussion.

That leaves Arsenal with big problems in defence given Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off in the Everton match.

Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker – who has not started a match for over a year – are the club’s only other senior centre-backs.

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“Alexis is alright,” Wenger said at his pre-match media conference.

“We will see as he needs to go through some tests. But knowing the player, knowing his character and commitment to the club - which I don’t question at all - he will do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.

"Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks. We had a scare about his cruciate but it is the medial ligament and the positive is he avoids surgery.

"Shkodran Mustafi we have some worries. He is still sick at the moment and has not trained yet. I don’t know how much chance he has, I have to listen to the medical people.”

Wenger continued: “It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home when your mind is on attacking and we lost two centre-backs. 

"It is absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable. We are hit hard in a position where we have to be strong on Saturday. 

"We have to find solutions and hopefully I can find some good ones. I have to decide that until Saturday. We will test things in training until then.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention because he is back in training.”

Koscielny loses appeal, will miss FA Cup

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is to serve a three-match suspension after his appeal against his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Everton was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old received a straight red card for his reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia and will therefore miss Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and the first two domestic fixtures of next season.

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 despite his dismissal, but his confirmed absence is a further disappointment for manager Arsene Wenger, who also has fitness concerns over fellow defenders Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi.

“Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful,” an FA statement read.

“The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday (21 May 2017).

"An independent regulatory commission heard the case today (Tuesday 23 May 2017).”

Laurent Koscielny to miss Arsenal's FA Cup final against Chelsea after Football Association upholds his ban

The Football Association has rejected an appeal from Arsenal against the red-card Laurent Koscielny was awarded against Everton.

The Frenchman will serve a three-match man, which means that he will miss Arsenal’s next match – Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Koscielny saw red against Everton for a dangerous foul on Enner Valencia after just fourteen minutes of the match at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went on to win the match 3-1, but Liverpool’s 3-0 home win over Middlesbrough saw Arsene Wenger’s side miss out on the top four and a place in the Champions League.

Arsenal appealed the ban, but on Tuesday the FA confirmed that the red card and subsequent ban would stand.

“Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful,” a statement read.

“The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday [21 May 2017].

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard the case today [Tuesday 23 May 2017].”

Koscielny’s suspension leaves Wenger desperately short in defence for Saturday’s showpiece final.

Gabriel picked up an injury in the victory over Everton and is unlikely to play, according to his manager.

“Gabriel’s injury looks quite serious, especially for next Saturday,” Wenger said.

German international Shkodran Mustafi is meanwhile a doubt with a suspected concussion.

The crisis leaves Wenger with only two available centre-backs: 21-year-old Rob Holding and the veteran Per Mertesacker, who has only made one appearance all season.

Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected

Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup after Arsenal’s appeal against the defender’s red card in a Premier League game against Everton was rejected.

Koscielny was dismissed in the first half of Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium after a late challenge on Enner Valencia.

Arsenal launched an appeal against the decision of referee Michael Oliver but the Football Association rejected the club’s plea on Tuesday.

Koscielny will therefore serve a three-match ban, the first game of which will be Saturday’s FA Cup final against Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley.

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis for the final, with Arsene Wenger also expected to be without Gabriel after the centre-back was substituted due to injury against Everton.

Per Mertesacker came off the bench to make his first Premier League appearance of the season, while Shkodran Mustafi missed the Everton game with a head injury sustained in Arsenal's victory over Sunderland.

Alexis Sanchez was also substituted in the second half of the Everton match, with the Chilean forward limping out of the game with 22 minutes to play.