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. .......Read the full article here
It has been the story of the season for Arsenal; injuries, injuries and more injuries. And with a lot of the Gunners involved in international friendly games last night, there was always the possibility that Arsenal would be hit again.
As well as Jack Wilshere taking a painful whack to his foot, which could bruise, swell up or somehow put him out of Saturday’s game against Everton, Laurent Koscielny is also a worry. He didn’t play for France last night, but according to L’Equipe it was more of a precautionary measure after the defender felt a tweak in his hamstring during training. It can’t have been too bad because he was on the bench. .......Read the full article here
Is Vermaelen able to play at left back for the Gunners? by Ash
It may have been a while since we last saw Thomas Vermaelen ply his trade for Arsenal however he has been named fit enough to make the team squad that will play Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.
Vermaelen’s Arsenal career has had doubts cast over it for the past year ever since he picked up a number of recurring injures that eventually led him to lose his place completely within the Arsenal set up. Despite being club captain, Vermaelen has already hinted at making a move away from Arsenal this summer, although a counterargument has also stated that he later confirmed that his statement was misinterpreted and manipulated to cause rumours. .......Read the full article here
It was very worrying for Arsenal fans to see three more players added to the injury list in the last couple of games. The fact that two of them, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, were both left backs was even worse, especially as Thomas Vermaelen, who can play there as well as in the centre, was still unavailable. So of course the third player, Laurent Koscielny, had to be a defender as well. .......Read the full article here
I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that Arsenal have had one or two problems with players getting injured this season. So it was probably no surprise to see Kieran Gibbs have to be replaced early in the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, and then his replacement Nacho Monreal went off at halftime against Sunderland, closely followed by Laurent Koscielny. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have come through a horrible period of games a little bumped and bruised but in miraculously good shape, mentally and physically. The Gunners have a tough job to do in Munich but it could have been much worse. They have got a home tie in the FA cup quarters and are somehow still just one point off the top of the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 0 – 2 Bayern Munich player ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
After Arsenal slumped to a shocking defeat at the weekend, many football pundits and Arsenal fans have been calling for, or expecting, Arsene Wenger to make some sweeping changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s huge game.
Manchester United are the visitors to the Emirates and it is safe to say that both teams are in a bad way and desperately need of a win. But to be fair, David Moyes and United are in a much worse place than we are right now. Another defeat for us tonight will make it very difficult to win the Premier League, although Chelsea and Man City have both let us off the hook recently, whereas a loss for United almost consignes them to fighting for a Europa League place. .......Read the full article here
There are not too many surprises in the Arsenal team that Arsene Wenger has picked to keep up the push for the title with a home win against struggling Fulham. If I was Lukas Podolski, though, I would be wondering what I had to do to get a chance in the Premier league. The German is on the bench and I expect him to feature at some point, otherwise how on earth is he supposed to get the match sharpness that the manager seems to think he lacks. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have had to cope with some bad luck this season as you know. Injuries, draws for cup competitions and some fixture schedules have really put Arsene Wenger and his players to the test, but right now we have a lot to be thankful for.
Wenger has given an injury update, reported by Arsenal.com, and has revealed that Arsenal are set to have five big players back soon, which is a huge relief. However, they may not be available until the Premier League away game at Southampton on Tuesday 28th January. So the fixture list this time has been kind, because, with all due respect, Fulham and Coventry at home are not the most difficult of games, especially when the players have a nice rest before each one. .......Read the full article here
I know that it seems Arsenal are taking one step forward and two steps back on the injury front recently, somehow it seems that the Gunners are just about getting away with it. It really is amazing that Arsenal have managed to stay at the top of the Premier League so long while carrying more injuries than all of our rivals, but we have and as long as the bad run of luck does not keep going, Arsenal look set to have an almost full squad to choose from going into a the tough business end of the season. .......Read the full article here
Aston Villa 1 – 2 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allarsenal.com
Arsenal returned to the top of the table thanks to two quick fire goals, one scored and one assisted by Jack Wilshere who rightfully picked up the MotM accolade.
The Gunners were made to work for it though, especially in the final 20 minutes with Aston Villa pulling a goal back through Christian Benteke after Cazorla’s soft giveaway, applying plenty of pressure on Arsene Wenger’s side toward the end.
However Arsenal weathered the storm with a solid defensive display but lost both Nacho Monreal and Tomas Rosicky to injury, hopefully the duo will have suffered no broken bones (metatarsal and nose respectively). .......Read the full article here