Chelsea star Costa finds out fate for violent conduct against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea have suffered a massive blow after their star striker Diego Costa is suspended for three matches by the Football Association.
The Brazil-born Spain international was involved in an incident where he slapped Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny just before the break during the Blues' 2-0 victory over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge.
Laurent Koscielny is an injury doubt for Arsenal's match with Stoke this weekend, but his lost may not be as big an issue as it has been in the past because of the development of Gabriel Paulista.
The Brazilian was third choice in the Arsenal pecking order at the beginning of the season, with regular centre-back duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny preferred to the 24-year-old and rightly so.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla, and Aaron Ramsey are all frequently referenced as Arsenal's most important players, and rightfully so; however, central defender Laurent Koscielny is as important to the Gunners as any other player in the squad.
The France international arrived in north London in the summer of 2010 as a relatively unknown 24-year-old skinny center-back.
It is difficult to look at Arsenal's record before and after the home loss to Manchester United and not be filled with some combination of regret, rue and rage. Before it, Arsenal had played 18, won 7, drawn 7 and lost 4. Since then, they have played 26, won 21, drawn 1 and lost 4. The start to the season stings, especially now as things are becoming that bit closer at the very top of the table.
Arsenal have doubts over several players for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom, including England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.
Huge blow! Arsenal star ruled out for another four weeks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal suffer huge injury blow after Arsene Wenger confirms that central defender Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out for at least four weeks, and the France international is likely to miss crucial games againstManchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Although Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are back from their respective injuries, and Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott will soon be featuring in Arsenal matches, Laurent Koscielny's injury appears to be a bit more serious than first expected. The central defender returned to London while on international duty earlier in the month because of an achilles injury.
A traditional 3pm kick-off today, and what I'd give for a traditional one nil to the Arsenal. Don't get me wrong, I'd take a 2-0, a 3-1, a 4-3 or any shape of win, but a clean sheet would be nice given how often we've conceded this season.
The team news is that Jack Wilshere misses out through suspension having picked up five yellow cards, and I think Mikel Arteta will come into the midfield for him.
This game was as fiery as it ever was as Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 today at Stamford Bridge and although there were no red cards dished out there quite possibly should have been three on the field of play and one off the field of play.
Laurent Koscielny was the lucky party here after taking Eden Hazard completely out of the game when looking to go one on one with the keeper a penalty was given and scored but under the auspicious rules of the game Koscielny should have been sent-off as he was last player back.
I don't know what it is with the Arsenal medical staff, but the Gunners seem to lose more top players to injuries every season than anyone else in Europe,. And barely six weeks into a new season another injury crisis is hitting Arsenal.
On Monday ESPMN reported that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to be out "for about a month" with the hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham at the weekend.
The Barclays Premier League returns to action this weekend and to kick off the busy weekend in British soccer, Arsenal will host the reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday at 7:45 AM (ET). With both sides having some injury issues, let's take a look at who the managers could select to start the important match.
For the second successive year, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side travel to Turkey hoping to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas the Gunners' final obstacle.
Arsenal do however have some significant fitness issues ahead of today's clash with Yaya Sanogo, who had been given the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud for the start of Arsenal's domestic campaign, being deemed not fit enough to travel.
It does feel like a particularly unwelcome one given the momentum we have going right now, but on the other hand it may give a few of them some time to rest and recuperate. Francis Coquelin has done enough to become an integral part of this team but not so much that he's away on international duty.
It's my sad duty to report to you this morning that every Arsenal player has been devoured by a wolf. I mean, I haven't read that anywhere but I'm just assuming that's what happened.
The youth team are too afraid to make the step up. Gedion Zelalem tried, the brave little soldier, but no sooner had he declared himself ready for the first time than he developed super-leprosy and his right arm fell off.
So an interesting first Premier League weekend is almost over. Only Burnley v Chelsea left, but we've seen wins for Man City, Sp*rs and Liverpool, and a defeat for United which included a bird doing a poo in Ashley Young's mouth. I don't know that you can ask for more unless someone launched a gnu with a septic colon into the air and it covered van Persie in .
Morning. It's that time of the year when it's hard to remember what day it is, so in case you need reminding it's Monday. Sunday.
Today we visit high-flying West Ham. Not so long ago The Walrus seemed certain for the sack, now he's got his team playing very well indeed and sitting a point above us in the table, just outside the top four.
Good morning from the rainiest place on earth. As we have no match today I took the liberty of sleeping in a bit. It has led to me question why it is I don't it more often.
Anyway, a quick round up for you this Saturday morning, beginning with the sterling news that Laurent Koscielny is expected to be out for another month (and based on the vagueness of what the manager said it wouldn't surprise me if it were longer than that).