Arsenal Injury & Team News Update: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Arteta & More…

By on January 25, 2013

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Arsenal are away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and boss Arsene Wenger has given a team news and injury update ahead of the game.

Speaking at his weekly press conference this morning the manager gave the latest on Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabiansk.

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The bad news is that captain Vermaelen will miss the game after being forced off against West Ham on Wednesday night with an ankle knock, but he’s only likely to be out in the short-term. Arteta and Coquelin are also still out but the pair are only days away meaning they could be in contention to face Liverpool next Wednesday.

The good news is that Rosicky and Diaby are available to face Brighton after recovering from their respective injuries, and Fabianski is also pushing for a recall after returning to full training on Friday. Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger said:

on players dropping out from Wednesday night…

Vermaelen will not be available. He did his ankle against West Ham. He could have played on and I took him off as a precaution. It got a bit worse yesterday so we will not gamble on him. It is short-term.

on the players coming back…

We have Rosicky and Diaby available.

on Arteta and Coquelin…

Arteta and Coquelin are still out. Arteta is closer than Coquelin. It is still a matter of days for them.

on Fabianski…

Fabianski has been back in full training since yesterday. He is still short but it is the first time since pre-season that he has been in full training. With him and Rosicky coming back we are gradually getting everyone back.

So the squad is gradually getting back to fitness. The return of Diaby is important for this weekend as it gives us another option in the middle of the park. Although I hope Aaron Ramsey is given another chance to shine after impressing in midweek.

I think this weekend gives us a good opportunity to give Wilshere and Cazorla a well-earned rest. The pair have played a lot of football lately and I think they should be rested with Diaby and Rosicky coming in.

Anyway, I’ll have a full match preview up later tonight. Until then, what would your starting eleven be for this weekends game? Get involved in the comments below.

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7 Comments

  1. Leke Adegbite

    January 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Sheczney,jenkinson,koscelny,per,gibbs,rosicky,ramsey,diaby,podolski,chamberlain,walcot

  2. Jimoh

    January 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    They should be kept on the bench in case of flop from Diaby, Rosicky is good

  3. ASNLthruNthru

    January 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Ramsey certainly showed great improvement against W Ham.Hope he continues on this curve.
    As for Diab-olical,ship him out asap

  4. okpuje nsukka

    January 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Gunners 4 real ,in ramsey I stand good job well done

  5. Rocket

    January 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    We can not rest players we need to win a trophy this gane is more important than ever do like utd do start with best team get a couple of goals up then bring players of thats the only way the team must remain unchanged barring injuries to the team that beat west ham so convincingly anything less is a severe managerial blunder in my opinion

  6. asenalist

    January 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Syczeny,koscielny,per,sagna,gibbs,diaby,ramse,rosicky,podolski,walcott ,chamberlain

  7. Sam

    January 26, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Not a lot of options really, some key players injured. I’d rest some players, not because we shouldn’t take Brighton seriously (and we certainly shouldn’t overestimate ourselves) but we have quality that is not being rotated enough in my opinion. I agree Ramsey looked better in central midfield and deserves an opportunity to build on that, and Rosicky and Diaby are creative enough to make openings. Sagna out to rest and take the pressure off from his recent poor form (he did come back from injury not that long ago after all), Jenkinson has impressed me this season so he deserves a chance.

    Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Diaby, Rosicky, Oxlade, Podolski, Giroud.

    Giroud and Podo are fresh, on form and linking up well at the moment. Oxlade has been a great asset this season and will definitely terrorise the Brighton defence.

    Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla need a rest but I’d keep them on the bench because knowing Arsenal and cup ties against lower opposition, they are quite likely to be needed.

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