Arsenal Injury Update: Wenger On Wilshere & Koscielny

By on February 10, 2013

Arsenal produced an excellent display of attacking flair in the first half and defensive resilience in the second period to beat Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. However, the win came at a cost with defender Laurent Koscielny pulling up in the warm up and midfielder Jack Wilshere being forced off early in the second half and boss Arsene Wenger has given an update on the duo’s injury’s to Arsenal.com.

Koscielny was a major doubt for the game after picking up a calf strain while away with the French squad last week but looked set to play against the Black Cats before aggravating the problem while warming up for the game. However, Wenger feels the injury isn’t a serious one and he is expected back in a matter of days.

Wilshere was singled out for some rough treatment by the Sunderland players on Saturday and was forced off after taking a kick to his thigh early in the second half, but again the boss doesn’t think it’s a long-term problem and he hopes Jack will be back in four or five days.

Wenger told the clubs official website:

on Koscielny’s injury…

It’s a calf problem. We think it’s a question of days [until he returns] because he had a positive scan. He [came off for France] at half time [on Wednesday] and we decided to give him a trial in the warm up. He was not good enough. I don’t think it’s long-term.

on Wilshere’s knock…

It was a big kick on the thigh. He couldn’t walk. He doesn’t walk properly now. I hope it’s four or five days [until he’s back].

With no match during the week, it looks like Koscielny and Wilshere could be fit in time to face Blackburn in the FA Cup on Saturday. Personally, I’d like to see Wenger give Wilshere a rest at the weekend even if he is fit. We’ve got Bayern Munich next Tuesday in the Champions League so let’s give Jack the weekend off and keep him fresh. We should have enough to see off Blackburn without the boy wonder.

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18 Comments

  1. Aussie Jack

    February 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    If he`s fit let`s compromise and give Wilshere half a game against the Rovers on Saturday. The first half.
    We can`t afford to drop our bundle this close to silver.

  2. Ituna-Eno

    February 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    no need 2 play him against blackburn. he should be rested 2 avoid a burn out.

  3. Sulyman hammed

    February 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    If jack fit let him be in the bench agaist rover because we can not afford to loss that march.

  4. Sunnypa de gooners

    February 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Pls wenger gave my lovely wilshare a rest because we have barham munich.we have squad that can beat blackbum and pls do something about diaby his not sharp.

  5. Sunnypa de gooners

    February 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Pls wenger gave my lovely wilshare a rest because we have barham munich.we have squad that can beat blackburn and pls do something about diaby his not sharp.

  6. Adedigba olusola shollex

    February 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Wilshere must rest untill second half of the game agaist rovers because of our champions league clash.

  7. rasheed olawale

    February 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Pls let’s rest wilshere against rovers

  8. T..flow

    February 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Let all pray for better recovery for wilshere nd other injured arsenal players..nigeria don win trophy we too must win

  9. Ibeabuchi francis

    February 11, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I think they(Wilshere and Koscelny)need rest possibly let do it against blackburn at worst play Koscelny at the second half.

  10. matthewedemakpan

    February 11, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Ah tink restin wilshere wil b a veri gud option… Le prof can koscelny

  11. Washington Mutseneke

    February 11, 2013 at 5:11 am

    It is a good idea to rest the two and hope to get our ‘no injury squad’ up to the end of this EPL and finish with 80 points.

  12. Musa tanko

    February 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Plz mr wenger give my wishere a rest against roba…cos we hav bayer on tuesday nxt week

  13. Musa Daura Umar

    February 11, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Salam.Hey mr.let them rest until 70mins becouse have German riders(top)a head of us.Please

  14. Musa Daura Umar

    February 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Salam.Hey mr.let them rest against bbrovers until 70mins becouse we have German riders(top)a head of us.Please

  15. Yusuf Sumaila

    February 11, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Wenger u should loan out Diaby because he is our felt with inconsistency. Or u should keep him benched. We dont need him in our midfield.

  16. Uchenna odinga

    February 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Good morning mr Wenger,i am a gunners fan,i want you to rest jack against blackburn and use rosicky.i know by the grace of God Arsenal fc will win trophy this season because yesterday the God Almighty did it to Nigeria national team. I hope that (ARSENAL FC) will take a silver wear also Jesus name Amen.

  17. Garang Joe

    February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Mr Wenger, please rest wilshere and play Tomas Rosicky for Blackburn match. Sell Diaby or loan him out. he is the real sickness and a misfortune Arsenal have this season.

  18. geoffreid

    February 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Wenger has been the problem all january he had to add to the squad-if gibbs had not got injured again he would have done zilch-of course we have rosisky and diaby like new players.

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