Arsenal Receive Tripple Injury Boost Ahead Of Bayern Munich Clash

By on February 15, 2013

Laurent Koscielny

We’ve received some positive news on the injury front ahead of next weeks crucial Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich with the Telegraph reporting that Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny are all expected to be fit to face the Germans next Tuesday at the Emirates.

Vermaelen has not played since the 2-2 draw with Liverpool in January after picking up what looking at first to be a minor ankle knock. There were fears the defender may be forced to miss the Bayern game but it appears he’s now winning his fitness fight with Arsene Wenger telling Arsenal.com on Thursday that he may even make the squad to play Blackburn on Saturday:

He is looking quite good and is possibly back for Saturday. He should be in the squad.

Vermaelen also confirmed that he’s been back in training all week and is feeling ‘great’:

“At the moment I feel great, I trained all week, so hopefully I will be back really quickly,” said Vermaelen is quoted as saying by the Telegraph

Wenger also revealed to the clubs official website that Wilshere and Koscielny will face late fitness checks for this weekend’s FA Cup game but the Telegraph claim both players should be back to face Bayern next Tuesday.

Wilshere picked up a thigh injury against Sunderland while Koscielny aggravated a calf problem in the warm up for the game last week but it appears both are on course to make the Champions League last 16 clash.

With Kieran Gibbs out injured, Nacho Monreal cup-tied and Andre Santos off on loan to Gremio, the return of Vermaelen will be vital to face Bayern as he’ll be expected to cover at left-back.  Without the Belgian, we’d be left serious short of options.

I’d like to see Vermaelen, Wilshere and Koscielny all rested for Saturday’s game with Blackburn. A defence of Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker and Monreal should be solid enough to keep the Championship side at bay while Abou Diaby or Aaron Ramsey can step in for Wilshere in midfield. No need to take any unnecessary risks with them, we should have more than enough squad depth to beat Rovers.

Would you risk playing any of the trio against Blackburn? Get involved in the comments section below.

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10 Comments

  1. Esekon

    February 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Not at all! Let them rest.

  2. Flo

    February 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Kos,verminator and wilshere shld b rested 4 saterdei match we wnt them fresh 4 byern

  3. Mark

    February 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Jenkinson suspended for Saturday!

  4. sm

    February 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Jenkinson is suspended

  5. Austin

    February 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Pls let rest dem including Cazola and theo

  6. Desmond

    February 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Jenkinson is suspended so he’s out of the picture for saturday atleast. I’d love to see Vermaelen on d field, maybe 75mins downwards just to hav a run of d game before munich match.

  7. Amaka

    February 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

    My predicted line up should be: szny, ramsy, sagn, sacker, miqul, arteta, rosisky, oxlad, theo, podo, giroud.

  8. richard morgan

    February 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I would leave vermalean and kos out give them extra recovery time miguel is capable enough. Wilshere though is another debate his drive and energy is better than ramsey’s if you were going with a team for me it would be szcesney-sagna-mertsacker-miguel-monreal-diaby-arteta-eisfeld-gervinho-giroud-oxlaid-chamberlain subs: martinez, Coquelin ramsey Walcott poldolski cazorla wilshere. that means with thirty minutes to go if you need result throw on the big guns but give them a rest if possible maybe leave cazorla out and put Akpom in as striking alternative.

  9. afc

    February 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    how can you have sagna, monreal, jenks and mertesacker in defence? thats only one cb! Kozza needs to play lets not forget the importance of the F.A cup.

  10. ositadinma justice junior

    February 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    d 3players shld rest, blackborn is nt rili a tough side, munich means alot, more especially, we must rest wilshere nd vermalen cus he is d only option in d left, plz tell wenger 2 rest den play miquel, mart, monreal, sagna, arteta, rosiky, carzola, ox, gervinho nd poldolski

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