Arsenal Pre-Liverpool Injury Update: Arteta, Vermaelen, Coquelin & More…

By on January 29, 2013

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Arsenal welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Liverpool to the Emirates on Wednesday night and boss Arsene Wenger has given a team news and injury update ahead of the game with the latest on Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin and Lukasz Fabianski.

The good news is that captain Vermaelen is back and in contention to face the Merseysiders after missing Saturday’s 3-2 win over Brighton with an ankle knock.

However, the boss has confirmed the game will come too soon for midfielders Arteta and Coquelin, with the pair also big doubts for Saturday’s game with Stoke City.

Goalkeeper Fabianski is edging his way back into the reckoning but will now need some game time, most likely with the under-21 squad, before being considered for the first team. Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger said:

on the changes for Liverpool…

Thomas Vermaelen is back available. And the players who were rested are back in contention, too.

on Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta…

They are a bit short – 100 per cent [they are unavailable] for Wednesday. Even for Saturday [they could be short], but there is a little chance they will be available at the weekend.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

He is doing very well in training and now he needs to play a game.

Arteta is going to be a huge miss tomorrow. His positional sense and economical use of the ball in midfield has been sorely missed in recent games. I can see Arsene playing Abou Diaby alongside Jack Wilshere in midfield in Mikel’s absence, which would be a big test of his match fitness. Aaron Ramsey has performed well in the deeper role in recent games so I’d actually like to see the Welshman start against Liverpool as his energy could be useful.

I’d also like to see Wenger go with Vermaelen and Koscielny at the back as their mobility would be important against the likes of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling, but we’ll have to wait and see who Arsene selects.

Now we’ve had the team news, what would be your preferred line-up? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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11 Comments

  1. Sammi

    January 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    i think it’s going to be a mid field battle tomorrow, we need a DM that can run in case of counter. for sure we’re going to dominate possession but we have to play a DM that is capable of backtracking fast. in that case, i do not trust Abou, i would rather go for Ramsey. he is the lesser of the two eviels

  2. Melese

    January 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    please winger don’t annoy us please think for us

  3. Melese

    January 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    arsenal 2-0 Liverpool

  4. Toye

    January 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Liverpool is nt a small team, dnt even think ramsey atall. I wish to see rosisky along side with carzola in the midfied with playing deeper role. Lets try this tommorrw and see what happen. We will beat any team with these guys in our midfield. Trus me

  5. Toye

    January 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Liverpool is nt a small team, dnt even think ramsey atall. I wish to see rosisky along side with carzola in the midfied with jack playing deeper role. Lets try this tommorrw and see what happen. We will beat any team with these guys in our midfield. Trus me

  6. amon

    January 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    carzola ,podolski,ramsey,wilshere,walcot en giroud could work than diarby Amon

  7. Emeka ezenwagu

    January 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Wenga plz buy players 4us

  8. amon nakasomgola

    January 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    if rosicky is dare then ramsey shd come in 70′s we wd love a must as dey nearing us. Thk u

  9. Jaoko

    January 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    wenger buy players pls, our squad is depleted just relying on non-performers

  10. Trick

    January 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    If liverpool play a 442 formation with sturidge and borini up front. With suarez as an attacking midfielder I’m sorry for the gunz

  11. ken

    January 30, 2013 at 4:25 am

    tuff match for boh teams which manager has does his maths right ,slow start for liverpool this season rogers will fin strong by the end of this season no doubt going well of late a slip up sat gone , even though there were key players missing , fresh experienced legs i dont rule out the liverpool tonight
    Arsenal need to be at there best tonight to beat liverpool all season they have been a team of two halfs win loose or draw ,with wenger loosing track of his coaching skills he has left the arsenal to play catch up , this arsenal team you can definately score against and every team that plays against arsenal knows itt and do not fear them , another good game i will go for a draw with a good chance liverpool may steal the show

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