Arsenal Injury & Team News Update: Giroud, Diaby, Santos & More…

By on January 10, 2013

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Arsenal welcome champions Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon as part of ‘Super Sunday’ and boss Arsene Wenger has given a team news and injury update ahead of the game.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, the boss gave the latest on striker Olivier Giroud, midfielder Abou Diaby, defender Andre Santos and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Unfortunately Frenchman Giroud is a major doubt to face City after picking up a nasty cut on his leg against Swansea last weekend. The forward hasn’t been able to train all week and will face a fitness test on Saturday but Arsene rates him at only 50:50.

There is more positive news on Diaby and Santos who both made successful returns from injury with a run-out for the under-21′s on Wednesday. Santos got himself on the score-sheet while Diaby is said to have put in an impressive display, and the boss will see how they react to the game before deciding on their involvement this weekend.

It was also confirmed that Fabianski is now 2-3 weeks away from making a return to full training after missing the majority of the camping through injury. Here is what Arsene told the clubs official website:

on the latest updates…

Everyone is fit from last weekend apart from Olivier Giroud. He has not been practising because of the cut on the knee he got at Swansea. We’ll have
a final test on Saturday to see if he is involved against Man City. It is a 50:50. We’ll see.

on Santos and Diaby…

I want to see how they react to the under-21 game they played in midweek. But we have so many games coming up now, it is good they are back.

on Fabianski…

He is not far away [from full training] now, two or three weeks.

So the injury list is improving all the time and I hope Giroud is fit enough to at least make the bench this weekend. We could really do with him as an option from the bench if things aren’t going our way as without him, the alternatives up front are limited.

What would your line-up be for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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17 Comments

  1. Amihaf

    January 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Plz wenger dnt believe wit diaby in refuse 2 sign mvilla the difference x clear b/w dem

  2. Bilyaminu Tambuwal

    January 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Wenger; Don’t let us loose M’Villa again, am sure he will suit Arsenal style of game, We need him at Emirates.

  3. George Lyon

    January 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Pls Wenger, let us have atleast one world class star in order to convince our fans that u are able n capable. Fellaini is not bad; proof 4 once that u are a gud coach. Plssssss prof!!!!?

  4. Hungbo mauton

    January 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Wenger if u dnt sign any player next season u ar going 2 b sack cos am sure u wil lose.i know dat u have said dat u dnt need trophy last season,an u ar stil hoping nt 2 win any trophy i no u,WENGER al wat u ar saying dat,whenever people ar winning trophy u luk so sad it just a lie,u dnt have any mind 2 win trophy.i know dat by 2014 guardiola will replace u in jesus name.AMEN.IT Wil hapen

    • abroo

      January 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

      hey c’mon ……wenger is d best possible coach for d gunners……. he knows exactly wat arsenal lacks nd has always solved them ……..well, abt the trophies i’m sure wenger has a plan in his mind……… nd hopefullys our trophy drought will end soon…..so cheer up

  5. solomon kanake

    January 11, 2013 at 12:48 am

    wenger arsenal does not ned u you hve proven dat your tyme as de gunners coach iz over.you can only sell wid no new sinings my request iz fat u buy world class striker adawise u will lose.

  6. freshmayor

    January 11, 2013 at 1:09 am

    The cake is baked and ready to be eaten. But if you (wenger) allow it to be left on the bare floor, its very dangerous. Spurs, QPR and the likes will take up the deal. Last summer wenger said Diaby is like a New signing, he played for just two month and the end is the case. Now he is back from his spells again. A new signing for Arsene,playing politics with the club. Transfer window will close at the end of the month.Diaby will go injured and we will be grumbling and possibly losing out in the fourth place.

  7. Chinedu donatus

    January 11, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Up gunner’s i luv my club instade of me 2 leave arsenal bcos wenger and club board they ll leave 4 me bcos they dnt like our hapiness. Pls buy player no, winning trophies is abomination in his eyes, pls both wenger and board shuld leave arsenal fc bcos all of dem knw wat dey r doing if nt noting ll happen in arsenal 100yrs cuming up gunner’s

  8. Chinedu donatus

    January 11, 2013 at 4:49 am

    If wenger dnt buy player’s in next 2day’s i den knw he hate arsenal fc i pray 2 God 2 remove him bcos he is like phero 2 us

  9. Tony

    January 11, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I hate diaby comes bac wen the window is ope wen it closes goes back hibernating again…bt dats why wenger luvs him coz he gives him excuses

  10. Morgan

    January 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

    D only tin he(wenger) care abt dis days is money nt trophis. Wil sir alex eva loose players lyk henry,hleb,fabregas,n song 2 one team? As if dat’s nt enuf he sold v.p n bot waste Giroud as replmnt al in d name of french.. We dnt nid dis man Gird n his coach

  11. joeself

    January 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Up gunners brothers dis become too much for us why is dis man doing us like dis haba that is nt fair give just one year of joy let see hw it feel been and arsenal fan for 7years now without to show for it!!

  12. osuntunji ridwan adebayo

    January 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    arsene wenger is d man dat can make it cuz all wat is happen 2 d team is not wenger fouth is dos d manager dat is cusng d problem

  13. Med adeniyi

    January 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hey!stop agitatn 4 an unrealistic dream cus d self-centred WENGER wil never listen instead,lets dedicate more time in calling 4 his quick exit either thru prayer n pro-active measures.

  14. Elvisboy

    January 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    We’re only putting the blame on an innocent man (wenger), the problem of this club lies with the board.

  15. Pita

    January 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Wenger dont mind abt AFC.He minds how 2 help deadlcks plys frm french.I av lst faith in wenger.I nw supot Tottenham coz thy av a future.NO ECL 4 afc dz round.best pos.6

  16. dantony

    January 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    oh nw i knw, all u guys claiming 2 b an arsenal fan, what a shame, wenger is right,hw can u keep players dat want 2 b collecting more than what u earn,have u forgotten the overall balance of the team, if u are tired of arsenal at least u have ur local team out ther that need ur support!!!!!!with wenger the future is bright.

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