Arsene Wenger has named his 18-man squad fro the third round of the Capital One cup against Coventry City tonight. The main surprise, for me, is that Laurent Koscielny is not included. The French international central defender has been unable to get his place back to due to the excellent form of Per Mertesacker. He played against Manchester City, but only because captain Vermaelen was ill.
I had thought that Wenger would use this game to give him some time on the pitch, but maybe is being cautious. Perhaps Wenger is concerned that Vermaelen will not be fully recovered by the weekend or perhaps he does not want to risk an injury to Koscielny. .......Read the full article here
A keeper’s place is often the hardest to replace. Once a goalkeeper starts a match and performs well, chances are that he could retain that position until he proves otherwise. You could argue that all positions in football are like that, and you would be right, but in my opinion, none are as extreme as the man between the sticks. The reason why is because goalkeepers in a squad often explore the extremities of quality which is often very small or simply too great. .......Read the full article here
With the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal looming on the horizon, Arsene Wenger is edging closer to having a totally fit squad to choose from in the near future as just about all of Arsenal’s long term injuries are close to resuming training with the first team squad.
Obviously everyone is excited to see Jack Wilshere back in full training (hopefully with a new extended contract) although Wenger is certain to ease him back into the first team gently in the coming months. Arsenal fans can also celebrate the return of Emmanuel Frimpong to the first-team fold. Wenger said: “We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It’s been 14 months and that’s a long time for someone at his age. It’s an eternity, but it’s great news. .......Read the full article here
According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss tomorrow’s game following an ankle injury. The Polish international has not traveled with the squad for the Champions League clash against Montpellier.
What this essentially means is that Vito Mannone will get another start for the Gunners this season in what will be another chance for him to record another clean sheet. Szczesny was expected to start the match despite a rusty performance in Saturday’s match against the Saints. .......Read the full article here