Bournemouth vs Arsenal
The dark clouds gathered over Arsenal long before kick off against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Leaks spread out on social media in the build up to the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium.
In a drip-drip fashion, Arsenal fans first learned that their XI against Bournemouth was going to be “average”.
Soon after the papers confirmed that Chilean star Alexis Sanchez was not involved against the Cherries.
Sanchez isn’t injured. Rather he’s angling for a move from Arsenal this January.
Mesut Ozil missing vs Bournemouth
And then another blow followed.
When it comes to Arsenal inside information, one of the most well-known ITKs is Twitter user @AFCAMDEN.
He confirmed that German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil was also out of the Bournemouth game.
Ozil, of course, is in the final six months of his Arsenal contract.
But, unlike Sanchez, Ozil was missing on Sunday due to a knee injury.
It’s unclear how long Ozil will be sidelined for.
If we want to keep Özil, who is close to signing a new contract & loves London, Wenger must act and build a side around him. In terms of today, Mesut hasn’t travelled either – knee problem. #afc.
— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) January 14, 2018
Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere remains a doubt with an ankle injury. The player who spent last season on loan at the Cherries was forced off in the FA Cup, although he has confirmed that the injury was not serious.
Olivier Giroud is expected to be out for another fortnight, while Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are still a week away from returning.
Theo Walcott looks like he may have already played his final match for the Gunners as talk of an exit increases.