Arsene Wenger is likely to have most of his squad at his disposal including Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal host Bournemouth on Saturday.
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic' agent could try and facilitate a swap deal with Arsenal for his client, with Alexis Sanchez going the other way.
Arsenal defeated AFC Bournemouth on Sunday to keep their fine undefeated run going thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez
Kieran Gibbs starts on the left side of the defence with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being Wenger's choice for left midfield. Xhaka is replaced by Coquelin, who partners Cazorla in the holding midfield role.
According to former Chile international Ivan Zamorano, Alexis Sanchez is happy with life at Arsenal despite the Gunners' failure to challenge for the Premier League title.
Gameweek 27 saw Barcelona get back some form after a decent win against Deportivo at home. Real Madrid leapfrogged Atletico Madrid and are second in the league table now. Valencia lose to Bilbao.
The 2012-13 season seems to be going great guns – perhaps to a certain extent. However, there’s always more to it than meets the eye. Vilanova has a squad of superstars, who surprisingly are extremely cohesive. His team is doing reasonably well and holds a 9-point advantage over their nearest rival. In the Champions League, they face AC Milan, certainly one of the powerhouses of European and World football, but currently lying seventh, 17 points adrift of reigning champions and league leaders Juventus. The team primarily remains the same and so does the philosophy. But Vilanova has made a few amendments, and the team has now learnt to grind out results against oppositions like Getafe (last season they lost 1-0; this season they won 4-1) and Osasuna (last season they lost 3-2; this season they won 2-1). More importantly, they have somewhat learnt to convert draws into wins. With 7 draws and 3 losses last season, Barcelona dropped 23 points […]