Arsenal Injury Update: Djourou, Vermaelen, Nasri & Song

By on February 8, 2011

Johan Djourou Johan Djourou laughs prior to a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group H match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the club's complex at London Colney on November 2, 2010 in St Albans, England.

There is yet more woe for Arsenal on the injury front. The Barcelona game in the Champions League is fast approaching, and Arsenal are facing an uphill battle to field a strong enough team who could challenge the goal hungry Catalans.

Facing Barcelona is a match that can border on impossible to win at the best of times. With a front line that strikes fear into even the strongest defence in the land, and a defence that can drive out some of the most potent attackers around, when you play Barcelona with the objective of winning, you need a strong team.

Losing a four goal lead away to Newcastle on Saturday isn’t going to inspire confidence into the Arsenal side, and at the same time, the poor result certainly won’t see the Barcelona team quaking in their boots. It is made worse then, that some of Arsenal’s brightest players this season look likely to miss the first leg on the 16th February.

The injury list is as follows: Samir Nasri, Lukasz Fabianski, Alex Song, Thomas Vermaelen and now Johan Djourou. Johan Djourou was taken off in the eight goal thriller at Newcastle on the week end, and may be out for the rest of the season with damage to his knee ligaments. Samir Nasri will return in around three weeks after suffering a hamstring strain last week which certainly rules him out of the Barca game.

Thomas Vermaelen has been out since early September but Arsene Wenger can now see the finishing line for his Belgian centre back. “Thomas Vermaelen is making very good progress so he should be [back in] three to four more weeks,” said the manager on February 3rd, which again, rules him out of the Barca game.

Lukasz Fabianski, the Polish goalkeeper has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The Polish goalkeeper has been sidelined since early January with a shoulder injury and he is about to undergo surgery to cure the problem. Alex Song’s injury isn’t as serious as the above, and will most probably be back for the 16th, as he only suffered a kick, but the injuries above still highlight the problem that will face Wenger when the time comes for him to pick the defence against Barcelona.

In the immediate future however, Arsenal will be hosting Wolves at the Emirates, and it is Wolves who have all of the momentum. After ending Manchester United’s 29 game Premier League unbeaten run, the players in orange will be on an almighty high as they continue in the fierce relegation scrap. Arsenal meanwhile will be deflated after their astonishing  breakdown at St James Park. They will be without Abou Diaby due to his sending off in that game, an, of course, the casualties will be missing.

Tell me what you think!

***UPDATE**** Since writing this article it has been reported that Djourou has only sustained bruising to his knee and may be back in time to face Barcelona next week. Although this is yet to be confirmed by Arsenal.com.

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  1. Martin90

    February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    The squad has too many players who are not good enough for Arsenal. Squillaci is totally inadequate as a top quality CB, Rosicky through too many injuries has lost all his talent and Denilson/ Eboue/Fabianski should have been shipped out some time ago! No reinforcements in January again show the the worst side of Wenger season after season!!!

  2. tomstoned

    February 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    injuries happen..fact..

    what is shocking is the fact that wenger is playing russian roulette with Our XI…..we have 24 loanees and no back up for Our XI….plain stupidity……
    but this is the way that lunatic wenger has done for a long time now…we havent had a real goalie since Lehman left…and Chezzer is a great goalie but far too young….the CB discussion is ridicilous…we have had this prob for years and wenger’s to blame..Silvestre what the feck…Squillaci oh my god…wenger again relying on crocks like Johan….Wermy ok lets say he’s back in 14 days…still he needs 3-4weeks to get back in form…
    and we’re still relying on RvP..who is a crock…

    nope wenger has lost the plot..and should be sacked…and please send hilly woody up Kentish Country where he could grow tomatoes…that man is a disgrace for The Arsenal..

  3. mohamed

    February 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    i fear what barca wil do to arsenal Wenger wil regret for not beefing up his defence u can forget champion leaque also BPL n FA cup arsenal might beat birmingham that abt the best u can get out of arsena If u r 4 nil at half time n ended up with a draw big question on ur mental set up soft belly have been said of arsenal to me experience is what is lacking insted of laying down n pretend to b hurt Burton wight get a card if not red it cld b yellow bcause it was a bad challenge instead he got send out U got youth but not experience mr wenger good luck to sir

  4. Bongo

    February 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    You need to get your facts straight my friend. Djourou is fine, he got kicked and was in pain, he got a knock and was just taken off as a precaution because it was his bad knee.

    Source http://twitter.com/#!/JohanDjourou
    “Hello. Thanks for the support. I was hit on my knee on saturday as you saw it. I’m feeling better. For more infos check arsenal.com. Cheers”

    2nd Source from Bacary sagna’s best friend http://twitter.com/#!/yiannimize
    “On route to drop @johandjourou car. Told me he is fine so that’s good news re injury.”

    So he’s okay and has pulled out of the Swiss games with the same mysterious “illness” that our other key players have. Quite a coincidence that Van Persie, Fabregas, Djourou, Ramsey and Gibbs have all contracted this mystery illnesses. In the same month we play Barcelona and a cup final.

  5. Amrit

    February 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Wenger is to blame for the 4-0 hiccup we had. If he had bought Cahill, Mexes, or even Mertesacker we would have half a chance at winning something this season. Now I can’t see him even beat Birmingham. The manager is so tight he should be a Bank Manager in a recession rather than a football manager.
    Change your attitude Wenger. It is the lack of squad. And why pay £8m for Squillaci and not pay £10m for Cahill???? Where is the logic? Is it cos he is English and not French?!?!!

  6. William

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Djourou back within a week. So calm down.
    And would Cahill or Mexes make our defense so much better that we would definitely have won against Barca? Doubtful. I’m sure that we can beat Birmingham, just as I’m sure that Squillaci did not cost £8m. (He cost around £3m)
    And Bolton wanted £20m for Cahill.

    http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/50208/Swiss_FA_Djourou_back_training_in_a_week_.aspx

  7. Thundertinygooner

    February 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    “Wolves have all of the momemtum”-Wolves near bottom of the table/Arsenal second! This suggests that leaving aside the tendency to consider only the short-term Arsenal might still have a bit of momentum left. Over the past six games (in fact all year in the Premier League) we are undefeated.Wolves’ win (and praise the Lord for it) against United was their first for yonks.
    Less short-termism please.

  8. Bergs

    February 9, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Can everyone please remember what the score was when Djourou went off. 4nil methinks.

  9. OzGoonerGuy

    February 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

    AW hasn’t managed our situation well. For the sake of saving money and avoiding an oversupply of CBs next season, he has not reinforced the squad at CB now. The available players and reserves are not of the necessary quality for us to beat the likes of Barca, Madrid, Milan, United etc to win silverware. AW does not admit this.

    The best teams win with the best players. You will only win titles by beating those teams. Ask yourself what top teams would buy Denilson, Squillaci, Diaby, Rosicky, Bendtner, Almunia right now – the answer is none of them, because they are not good enough.

    AW needs to first consider the winning of the big titles as the highest priority, then admit that our chances winning them are at serious risk if first choice players are missing, and then bring in players of the needed quality to reinforce the squad. I’m afraid he is miles away from this thinking.

  10. ayeni adebayo

    February 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    wenger is not serious because he take the club like father properties that why he is not buy defender in january.

  11. choma babaw baba

    February 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    now surly, we lose vermalen& fabiski for barca the surprise is now the return of djouru ..if song is available …is so fantastic!! and beyond doubt we will beat barcelona.And let see squilaci as silvester ,he is nothing for arsenal!!

  12. Gag

    February 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Wow, how rubbish is this site? Deleted.

  13. james

    February 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    can’t believe some of the people on here… yes the CB situation is a little desperate atm, but me being a glass half full person would say that Johan Djourou has been the story of the year for Arsenal his development was for me surprising and refreshing… a perfect partner for Vermaelen when he gets fit. We might still lack depth but at least we have two good CB’s. Good to see RvP in some form too who is for mine Arsenal’s talisman and most important player even more so the fabregas

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