It is no surprise that Arsenal have a few injury concerns ahead of a vitally important away game against Hull City. It would only be a surprise if Arsene Wenger had a fully fit and complete squad of players to choose from. Things are getting better for the Gunners, with Aaron Ramsey already back and Mesut Ozil on the brink, but we still have to do without a major player in Kieran Gibbs.
It wasn’t pretty but we got there in the end! by Ash
As I am sure you are all aware, unless you have been in a coma, Arsenal have managed to reach the 2014 FA Cup final at Wembley for the 17th May in what will be an inviting encounter whoever the opponent, which looks like being Premier League team Hull City.
Arsenal knocked the current holders of the trophy, Wigan Athletic out of the competition after a tense game that resulted in penalties. Lukasz Fabianski, the forgotten man at Arsenal became the hero on the day, fantastically saving two penalties in the shoot out to take the pressure off of Arsenal.
There is good news and bad news for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger and his players attempt to book a place in the FA cup final in just over a month’s time. As usual, the Gunners squad is ravaged by injury, but at least two key players will be on from the start against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
Unfortunately, one of those is not the England international left back Kieran Gibbs, so we really neen his Spanish counterpart Nacho Monreal to step up and show the sort of form that we saw last season. Monreal has, for some reason, been pretty woeful recently and I’m sure that Wigan will be targeting that flank as a potential weak link.
I am not sure if it is just me, but judging from the comments from Arsenal fans over the week I don”t think so, but the crushing despair and worry that followed last weekend’s tame display at Everton has slowly been replaced by excitement and growing confidence in the last few days.
I really hope that the same has happened with the Arsenal players and, to be fair, they have got plenty of reason to look forward to the Wembley semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The Gunners are quite rightly strong favourites for the cup and they need to feed off that rather than let it weigh on them.
Are you sitting down Arsenal fans? Because I have a shock for you; Arsenal have got big injury problems for this weekend’s crucial FA cup semi-final against Wigan. Surprised? No I didn’t think so. This is beyond deja vu, as every week we seem to be sweating on the fitness of a few players, not to mention the long term absentees that we have to without.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an update on the latest injury news and it does not sound good. As well as still waiting for the return of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, the Gunners could be without key players Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs when we run out on to the famous Wembley turf to take on Wigna Athletic.
I am really surprised but hugely relieved at the same time. Arsenal have been handed a double boost ahead of what now looks like a crucial Premier League game against Swansea City. The FA have upheld the Gunners’ appeal for both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which will be a huge relief to Arsene Wenger and his injury ravaged team.
The Welsh club come to the Emirates on a terrible run of form, having not won since early February, but after Saturday’s disaster against Chelsea, they were probably fancying their chances, especially as we looked like having no real box-to box midfielder available. So they are probably as surprised as me, and a lot less happy, to see the FA’s decision, as reported by The Express.
Amidst all the awful performances by the Arsenal players and the terrible 6-0 defeat to the worst possible manager on the worst possible day, referee Andre Marriner took some of the heat off Arsenal by making a lughably poor decision to send Kieran Gibbs off for handball when it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
So it is no surprise to hear that Arsenal are appealing the one match ban handed down to Gibbs, but it is more of a surprise to hear that they are appealing against the sending off anyway. I didn’t realise this, but the FA have given Chamberlain the ban he would have received. I didn’t think they could do that after the game if the ref had made a mistake, but they have done.
What can I say Arsenal fans? I for one have had enough of this garbage and an heading for the nearest boozer! And on the landmark day of Arsene Wenger managing the Gunners for the 1000th competitive game. I am more ashamed to be an Arsenal fan than I have ever been.
The only small redeeming factor of that awful first half was that the referee was as bad as Arsenal and sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That probably means that Gibbs will have his red card rescinded and they cannot punish the Ox retrospectively.
Derby day is here Arsenal fans, and this one could be the most important in many years. A win for Arsenal today against our fierce local rivals will all but guarantee a top four finish for the Gunners. Arsenal would then be nine points ahead of fifth placed spuds with a game in hand to boot.
If we don’t win, then Liverpool’s victory over Manchester United will give them the edge over us in the Premier League title race and with a trip to Chelsea and a home game against Man City coming up, you would have to say that we were out of the race unless a miracle occurred.
I have got a funny feeling of deja vu writing this, probably because Arsenal seem to have an injury crisis every bloody week. The number of casualties this week is eight, according to the official website, but that list does not include the January loan signing Kim Kallstrom, who although he is back in training will probably not be fir enough to start against Tottenham on Sunday.
Also, according to physioroom.com, Nicklas Bendtner has an unspecified problem. Maybe he injured himself during a rough sex session with a taxi. Anyway, it would almost be quicker to list the players who are not injured than those who are.
The Curious Case of Keiran Gibbs by Buster
Kieran Gibbs has quietly become one of Arsenal’s most important and reliable players in recent seasons, a fact that was made painfully apparent after Nacho Monreal’s dodgy performances against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Blessed with great pace that has terrorized many Premier League defenses going forward and a work ethic that has seen his defensive game improve immeasurably, Gibbs has matured into a genuine all-round full back. And, at just 24 years old, he looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Arsenal back line for some years to come.
But Gibbs has had a hard time convincing the England selectors of his many talents, having won just three caps since making his debut against Hungary in 2010. The Arsenal man will be desperate to impress Roy Hodgson and earn a spot in England’s World Cup squad, but the fact that he did not feature at all during England’s qualifying campaign does not bode well. In fact if you bet online you can get a massive 16/1 for Gibbs to make the squad at the moment. So why has Arsenal’s first choice left back been so frequently overlooked by the national team? Essentially, it boils down to two issues: injuries and competition.
As if a Champions League game away to the current holders Bayern Munich was not a daunting enough task, Arsenal may have to attempt it without some key players. Arsene Wenger is already having to cope without Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey< kim Kallstrom and Jack Wilshere and now he could have a serious problem in defence.
With Nacho Monreal already having picked up a foot injury against Sunderland, the last thing Arsenal wanted was to lose Kieran Gibbs. According to Sky Sports, however, that is a very real prospect. The Englishman was replaced towards the end of the Everton game on Saturday after picking up a calf problem. He didn’t train today and I’m sure that Wenger won’t risk him if he is not right, especially with a massive derby coming up at Tottenham on Sunday.