Monday 27 March 2017

Gabriel injury adds to Wenger's woes

Gabriel was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short. Photo: Reuters / Adam Holt
Gabriel was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short. Photo: Reuters / Adam Holt

Jamie Holland

Arsenal's 3-2 pre-season victory over rivals Manchester City yesterday was marred by an ankle injury to central defender Gabriel late on.

Theo Walcott set up Alex Iwobi to equalise after Segio Aguero's opener and then scored himself to put City 2-1 up. Chuba Akpom pounces on a Joe Hart error to make it 3-1 and Kelechi Iheanacho's goal was nothing more than a consolation as both sides rounded off their pre-season campaign.

Gabriel, however, was stretchered off in the dying stages and with Per Mertesacker already facing a spell on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger admitted that his options are short.

"He's in pain. Let's hope that the pain is not a sign of bad news. It's certainly an ankle sprain."

Elsewhere, Andy Carroll scored his first goals at the London Stadium as West Ham officially opened their new home with a 3-2 friendly defeat to Juventus.

The Hammers may have already hosted their first game at the venue when they beat Slovenian minnows NK Domzale in a Europa League qualifier three days ago.

But their grand opening was reserved for the Italian champions and striker Carroll quickly looked at home in his new surroundings with two well-taken strikes.

However, Italy striker Simone Zaza, a reported transfer target for the Hammers, secured victory for the visitors with six minutes left.

Chelsea ended their pre-season on a high with a 4-2 win over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion in Germany.

Jurgen Klopp's return to Mainz ended in a one-sided defeat as Liverpool were beaten 4-0 in their final pre-season game yesterday.

Having made nine changes from the team that beat Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley just 24 hours earlier, the Reds produced a vastly inferior performance and created hardly any chances of note at the Opel Arena.

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