Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle, as the Magpies sold him to PSG for $30 million

Good news for Arsenal fans – five fit to go and Cabaye fancies a move to the Emirates


Okay Arsenal fans, time to give you some good news.

First, five of your heavy hitters were fit enough to train today and are expected to be ready for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first-leg against Fenerbahce.

Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs all got a run out on Tuesday and are slated to be fit to play in Istanbul.

Wilshere managed to make it through Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Aston Villa without aggravating a myriad of niggly injuries, Ramsey and Rosicky have recovered from knocks, Sagna has emerged unscathed after landing on his neck and Gibbs is good to go after suffering a nasty cut over his eye.

The only bad news, which was known this weekend, is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a prolonged stint on the sidelines after suffering a potentially serious knee injury on Saturday. He is set to undergo a second scan later in the week.

The second piece of good news for the Gunners is that Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is interested in a move to the Emirates. The Frenchman was held out of Monday’s contest at Manchester City after Arsenal’s bid frustrated Magpies manager Alan Pardew. As it turns out, his frustration was based on Cabaye reportedly fancying a move to North London.

Whether Cabaye is a player that Arsenal truly need, however, is a whole other issue.

The Gunners spent the summer searching for a world-class striker to boost the ranks, looking to bring in the likes of Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain. Arsene Wenger’s side also made a push for Luis Gustavo, who would have provided a boost to Arsenal’s defensive midfield or back four.

In Cabaye, the Gunners would have a box-to-box midfielder who possesses elements of creativity but is arguably not the playmaker to link the midfield to the front line. Regardless, the 27 year old appears keen on a move to the Emirates and given the recent outrage Wenger has experienced from fans, any new blood is good blood.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)