Arsenal Injury Update: Szczesny, Wilshere & More…

By on August 30, 2012

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on Liverpool looking to register their first win of the season, here is the latest team news ahead of the game.

Boss Arsene Wenger has completed his weekly pres conference and in between being quizzed on transfers and the future of Theo Walcott, the Frenchman gave injury updates on Laurent Koscielny, Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere.

The good news is that there are no fresh injury worries going in to the game and Koscielny is available again after missing the first two games of the season. However, Szczesny will face a late fitness test after missing last weeks draw with Stoke with a back complaint.

There was also some positive news on the fitness of Sagna and Wilshere, with Wenger confirming both will be assessed after next weeks international break and are close to returning the full training.

Here is what Arsene told Arsenal.com:

on the latest developments…

Koscielny will be back in the squad. Szczesny has a test tomorrow and Saturday. Everybody else should be alright.

on Sagna and Wilshere…

They are doing well but of course they are not available for Sunday. We still have to assess them again after the international break. After that they should not be too far away from normal training.

After keeping two clean sheets in our first two games, should Koscielny be brought straight back in to the team? Vermaelen is captain so it’s highly unlikely he will be replaced, so the man set for the chop is Per Mertesacker.

The German has performed very well in our opening two games, particularly against Stoke, so would it be fair to drop him? Many will say we needed Per against Stoke because of their aerial threat but will be exposed when we face a team like Liverpool, which could be a fair point.

Mertesacker would much prefer to face Peter Crouch than Luis Suarez, that’s for sure. So perhaps it’s best to bring in Koscielny for this one?

Would you replace Mertesacker with Koscielny this weekend? Get involved in the comments section.

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13 Comments

  1. Jeff Wright

    August 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Never change a winning team,alright a unbeaten one , Mertesacker is fit and has played two games. Kos must wait for his chance. Anyway Anfield is not a lucky ground for him.

  2. Akandemuyiwa

    August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Well i’ll say if koscelney is 100% fit,he shud play bcoz of squares’s pace.but if not let’s go 4 per.gooners 4 life

  3. Big T.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Ya for real per can’t run and will need kos to fill the space.

  4. tobechukwu

    August 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    i ‘ll like wenger to use kosicieny rather per…because suarez , and their midfield need to be handled very well…moreover kosch is very fast than per…so when needed ..wenger ‘ll feature per..

  5. Lawson of Lagos state University

    August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I strongly think per should be replaced with kos bc per is technicaly gifted bt slow while kos if fit is more technical has speed and a good reader of the game.

  6. adama

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    PER, is playing well-leaner,meaner and faster and with 2 solid games under his belt.He had a good pre season and the xperience that goes with it.So what if he goes up against Suarez,his spreadeagled legs will contain Suarez’s close dribbling.If things don’t work out than there is plan B…Verminator on Suarez.
    Kos could find the Kop intimidating,for his 1st appearance of the season,and usually one might find a muscle twitch or two if not carefull.
    TIP:If Per manages to keep Suarez quiet,than the other forwards of the Premiership Teams–xCEPTION being RVP&Aguero would not stand a chance against Su PER !

  7. GoonerGlyn

    August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    Leave the team unchanged and see how it goes.
    The bench will be be stretched enough to cover defensive positions. Anyway need to defend Liverpool’s CBs.
    Would like to see the Ox in centre mid when Cazorla tires.
    Poldi to score in 2-1 win. Believe!

  8. cameliz

    August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    ooooooooooopz kos should com and play az the holding midfilder

  9. Tayol amin

    August 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Suarez is very fast, i thing coaching staff should no that.so if kos is fit enough start him.normal agaist liverpool if we play well then victory is alwayz for d gunners. But who will convert our chances easily is d big question cos presure is on Gir&pod. @least we need to score first to make it easier thank u.

  10. t-max

    August 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    per should play, he had a good run in our 2 games , if i was the coach i ‘ll used kos in the right back position

  11. merkin

    August 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Per has played very well against Sunderland and Stoke. I’d like to see Kos held back for maybe 20 minutes at the as a sub as a fullback or halfback. The pace of the match is going to be very high and I don’t think that Kos should try to go 90 minutes. Per does alright against pace, he positions well and tackles early and cleanly.

    I am more worried about the keeper situation. I want the Pole in goal. This is going to be a much tougher test for the keeper than we have had so far.

  12. Agba Reginald

    August 31, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I will advice wenger to play kos on CD against liverpool and i bliv he will do well in that position.

  13. Mohammed Hassan

    September 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    In this case i think mr wenger is rith,i prefer kos to face liverpool stracker then per mart at anfild on sunday.

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