Coquelin, Arteta and (probably) Diaby to miss Arsenal v West Ham

Tonights game is a must-win for Arsenal after losing their last two League matches, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is yet again going to have problems with picking a strong midfield. Abou Diaby has just made his comeback and I’m sure Wenger thought he was going to be “like a new signing”, but he is doubtful to be playing so many games in such rapid succession.

Wenger said last night: “Diaby is one of the guys I will have to check. You could see he was not completely physically fresh from the start on Sunday and he did dig deep to do what he did. He has played four games on the trot after being out for three months, so I will have to check him.”

Francis Coquelin has impressed since he came back into the team, but like Arteta, seems certain to miss tonights match after getting injured last weekend. Wenger revealed: “Coquelin is out because he has a hamstring problem from the Chelsea game. Everybody else has to be assessed individually but there is no major injury. Arteta is still out.”

The GOOD news is that Wenger also announced that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski should return to give Arsenal more options in attack. “We could have Podolski back in the squad because he is back to full training today.” he said. “And maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the squad because he has been sick. Maybe he will go out today and practise again.”

Thomas Rosicky was supposed to return last week, but seeing that Wenger has decided not to mention him this time, I guess we will have to assume that he has had yet another setback, and we will have a hard time predicting the midfield line-up for tonight.

Wilshere, Frimpong and Ramsey anyone?

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37 thoughts on “Coquelin, Arteta and (probably) Diaby to miss Arsenal v West Ham

  1. budgie

    Oi Wenger, our season starts tonight, get the team fired up and hit the ground running, fat Sam is getting lippy, its time to put some stick about and shut him up!

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  2. Goonish

    The Gunners should have signed Mohamed Diame from West Ham in the first week of the month, yet on Wednesday the Senegalese midfielder will be lining up for the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium.

    Apparently, Wenger feels he needs another look at a player who has played in the Premier League since 2009 and is available for a cut-price £3.5 million thanks to a buyout clause inserted in the contract he signed when joining West Ham on a free transfer from Wigan last summer.

    The 25-year-old has recovered from a hamstring injury and would have provided much-needed steel in midfield in Arsenal’s last two league matches, defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

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    At Stamford Bridge, in particular, the Arsenal midfield was dissected with ease by the hosts as they fell two goals behind in the first half.

    Against City, Abou Diaby was thrown straight into the starting line-up following a four-month absence as Wenger was so short of midfield options.

    There is no excuse for Arsenal not to have dipped into the transfer market given the obvious deficiencies in the squad, the £50m budget available to Wenger and – most crucially – the fact the team is sixth in the table and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

    Wenger has continually seemed to find an excuse or an explanation for the club’s lack of action. At first, the Frenchman claimed the Gunners were waiting for Theo Walcott to sign the three-and-a-half-year contract extension officially announced last week.

    On Tuesday, Wenger tried to insist that Arsenal did not attempt to sign Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who is close to joining Manchester United in a deal that could be worth up to £15m.

    Wenger had previously admitted Arsenal were “looking at Zaha” yet struck a very different chord once it emerged the forward is heading to Old Trafford.

    “We were never in for Zaha,” Wenger said. “I don’t know if he will go to Man United. If he goes to Man United, good luck to him.”

    It was almost insulting to Arsenal fans to deny any interest in Zaha when the club have been scouting the 20-year-old and held talks with Palace and the player’s representatives over a deal this month.

    In attack, Arsenal fans continue to watch the lumbering frame of Olivier Giroud following a failed attempt to sign David Villa and continued haggling with Atletico Madrid over a £12m move for Adrian Lopez.

    Giroud, who was signed as a replacement for Robin van Persie but has scored just six Premier League goals, is the most recent example of Wenger’s increasingly questionable judgement when bringing players to north London.

    The list of ‘flops’ arriving at Arsenal – from Marouane Chamakh to Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young – appears to grow by the year. There is an argument that the only bona fide successful signings in recent years have been Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.

    And that is why Arsenal right now face their biggest challenge under Wenger to achieve a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League – something they have managed in all of the last 15 seasons.

    Wenger has always been a slow decision-maker, treating the club’s money like his own as he analyses and scouts players to the tiniest detail. Arsenal is run as an autocracy and everyone knows it; even the chief executive answers to the manager.

    But surely it is not that hard to find players who could quite easily improve this Arsenal squad and plug some holes?

    Perhaps, at the heart of it, Wenger is even doubting himself as he reflects on recent poor signings and a history of failures when it comes to spending big, club record-breaking money on the likes of Andrey Arshavin.

    Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 but if has not learnt lessons from the fact Arsenal are approaching eight years without winning a trophy, what will it take?

    The money is in the bank and there is a desperate need for reinforcements, not least to galvanise a group of players lacking confidence and belief.

    It is gob-smacking that Arsenal are yet to make a signing in January – and unless Wenger can sign one or two quality players in the next eight days, they can kiss goodbye to their famous record of qualifying for the Champions League 15 years in a row.

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  3. Badfan

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  4. caribgooner

    Every morning i wake up and i am more depressed…only bad news about Arsenal…i cant wait for January to end…my transfer window anxiety will be gone…when will we sign man???

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  5. Mark

    The positives are that players who haven’t played for a while can be more hungry to win…and then I woke up.. ;-)

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  6. JW101

    COYG!!!!! I think we must play a 4-2-3-1 formation:

    Giroud
    Podolski Wilshere Walcott
    Ramsey Ox/Diaby
    Gibbs Vermaelen Metersacker Sagna

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  7. Ru

    Due to recent perfomances Ramsey deserves a start, the more confident he gets the better he becomes, yes he will never be as good as jack, but he is good enough to start when 2 or 3 of our cms are out! :P

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  8. brian waldron

    He should rather shoot Diaby,Sagna,Ramsey and Giroud and finally himself!On current performances , the Hammers must start as favourites with Wengers inability to put a side on the park who are able to challenge anybody for anything. Fact, the biggest problem at arsenal is wenger,nothing else!

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  9. Goonish

    We need to stop writing on websites n blogs ….we needs serious protests n massive boycott before we are taken seriously ….wenger talks to the fans like we are kids. Wenger is way too comfortable for my liking, its clear to me that he isn’t just selfish but a big liar too

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  10. Doris

    There’s something to blog, why is Esfield not getting any game time? During pre-season he looked good and like a guy that could become something good for the club.

    If we can all see what is going wrong with the club and know the players that could change things and who we could sign to make a difference, what the hell is our scouting team, management and the board seeing?

    I admire Arsene for sticking to his project and I myself am one off the most stubborn people there is, but even I know when to stop, re-think and say enoughs enough, my idea is not working and its time I just sucked it and said sorry guys lets try that idea. Surely Steve bould needs to have a say somewhere?

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  11. TIME BOMB

    Ain’t watching the game. Its one defeat I can gladly forecast.
    Goodluck guys. In arsene wenger we lose!

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  12. Alex

    Frimpong eisfeld and gnarby should be given a go whether that be in the first team or on the bench tomorrow. I believe frimpong should play to give us thy defensive steel we will be missing. As others have said Ramsey had done well in recent matches even though irony like him ill give praise where it is due. Front 3 should be podolski up front with Walcott and carzorla on either wing

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  13. manorhouse

    Just remember, after all’s said & done, passed the gloom of kroenke, AFC is still the greatest team. Form temporary, class permanent

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  14. John-Legend

    Since he has refused to make meaningful signings, he should fiil-in foя Arteta…. Mchewww

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  15. Clintm15

    Wenger needs to keep doing what he’s doing. We have cash in the bank, our own stadium and a plethora of young talent emerging.

    Real Arsenal fans understand this. In Wenger we trust. The rest of you can go and support Man City.

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  16. ablindman785

    diaby having a fitness test for a thigh problem. sorry but he’s gotta go. why are we paying for someone who gets hurt getting out of bed.

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  17. AFCEdwards

    Funny how Eisfeld puts in one good performance in the league cup and all of a sudden he’s become our saviour. Also why are people still slating Ramsey, he’s performed well and at the same age as Eisfeld was a much greater talent, still is really. Then again, I guess you work with them at training everyday and are much more informed, right?

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  18. RT

    I was starting to love Jack playing CAM when Diaby and Coq were starting in the deeper roles! And Cazorla on the wing too, Jack just powered the team forward, we looked a different team 2nd half against Chelski – Theo’s right they don’t believe in their talent could have beaten them easily without that miserable first half!!

    Fresh start tonight now COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Maxigooner27

    Best time to deploy a 4-4-2 (1-1) formation!
    Because we have less fit midfielders we should have this formation
    Szez
    Sagna – Mert – Verm – Gibbs
    Walcott – Wilshere – Frimpong – Cazorla
    Podolski
    Giroud
    Bring Rosicky on for Frimmy if we aren’t attacking fluidly enough and Chambo when Cazorla gets tired
    Hope we win
    And buy a defensive midfielder!

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  20. NT

    We have a vampire lunatic created by the board in order to help them suck blood out of this club. People keep talking about the successes of the past, but those successes were based on the foundation laid by previous coaches. But since the current manager dismantled that foundation our club has become also-rans. Wenger is mindlessly shameless to get 7.5m for winning nothing over the last eight years. It suits the board because he sells our star players every year to make money for them. As long as Kroenkie, Wenger and the board are in charge, we should forget about Arsenal competing with the likes of Man United, Man City and Chelsea.

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  21. Deaf Ears

    I’d prefer if Arsenal LOST tonight! We MIGHT actually buy someone worthwhile then. Arsene keeps feeding us nonsense about “This team has quality” or “Sometimes we play with the handbrake on” etc etc. Everyone knows we need new impact players (e.g. Carzorla), but one player alone is not enough.

    Rumor has it, we are not willing to pay over the odds for David Villa (10-16m), that’s strange, He say “We are looking for Exceptional Players” then, “We’ve tabled a £4m offer for French youngster Florian Thauvin.” which is more believable knowing “Le Prof”.

    Sometimes I wish Stan was a bit more DEMANDING like Roman when it comes to transfers… Arghh!

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  22. Deaf Ears

    @Goonish

    I just realised all the players which Wenger has signed during the “David Dein” era have now left the club. RVP was the last.

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  23. eric john

    i just pray we dont start wiyh giroud,that chap do not run and think i wonder what impressed wenger about him

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