Latest Injury Team News by AH
Arsenal will face Manchester City at the Emirates this Sunday, in which will probably be our toughest game of the month in this very busy schedule against the top teams, however we have a relatively fit squad, meaning the majority of our options are available to us at this point.
Today Arsene Wenger revealed to Arsenal.com that everyone is available that was injury free last weekend apart from Olivier Giroud, who picked up a nasty cut right on his knee in the FA Cup game against Swansea which ended 2-2.
On Giroud’s injury Wenger said;
“We’ll have a final test on Saturday to see if he is involved against Man City. It is a 50:50. We’ll see.”
Wenger also said that Abou Diaby and Andre Santos made their returns in the Under 21’s midweek game against West Brom which ended 1-1, thanks to an equalising goal from Santos. However Wenger said he wasn’t certain about the roles (if any) they will play this weekend and that he wishes to see how they react from their respective comebacks.
I wouldn’t be surprised for Diaby to get a return in Sunday’s game however I don’t expect it to be for more than 20 minutes and I definitely don’t think he should be risked if it’s not necessary, because by rushing the Frenchman back we will only cause another strain on his body and it won’t be long until he’s back on the treatment table.
The last player Wenger mentioned was Polish goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski.
“He is not far away [from full training] now, two or three weeks”
Fabianski hasn’t been in the match day squad for a long time now, due to a supposed ankle injury, which I always believed was a cover up for his upcoming inevitable departure from the club. However the fact that he was mentioned by Wenger makes me think that maybe he really was injured all this time with an ankle injury, however it seems a bit strange that he’s been out for so long with the same problem. One thing that will no doubt disappoint fans is that it seems that Wenger still expects Fabianski to be with us come February.
Apart from that there is no other updates for the squad, and with almost everyone available and fully fit, let’s hope that we can push on and get maximum points in which is one of the most difficult football schedules in recent times. We face Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool in the Premier League and Swansea in an FA Cup replay at the Emirates. That’s 5 difficult games in 17 days and it could be increased to 6 games should we beat Swansea in the FA Cup replay, because we will then have to travel to Brighton on the 26th January for the 4th round of the FA Cup.