Arsenal Team News & Injury Update: Koscielny A Doubt, Mertesacker Back & More…

By on February 18, 2013

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal welcome German giants Bayern Munich to the Emirates on Tuesday night for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash.

Boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update ahead of the game with the latest on Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson.

Defender Koscielny played the full 90 minutes during Saturday’s shock 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers but has picked up a knock and is a doubt for tomorrow’s game after being forced to miss training on Monday.

January signing Monreal is ineligible after playing for Malaga in the group stages but Jenkinson returns to the squad after being suspended at the weekend. Fellow defender Mertesacker is also back in contention after being left out on Saturday. Here is what the boss told the clubs official website:

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What has changed is that Monreal is not available, Mertesacker will be back in the squad and there is an uncertainty about Koscielny. Jenkinson is also available again.

If Koscielny misses out we’ll be left with a huge problem. Thomas Vermaelen is expected to fill in at left back in the absence of the injured Kieran Gibbs and ineligible Nacho Monreal so we’ll either have to move the skipper back into the middle and come up with a solution for left back, or possibly move Bacary Sagna into the middle and play Carl Jenkinson at right back.

That would be my favourite solution if Koscielny is ruled out. Sagna was superb in the middle against Sunderland and Jenkinson at right back is better than having to play someone like Miquel in my opinion. But lets hope Kos makes it. I think he probably will and a back four of Sagna, Mertesacker, Kosielny and Vermaelen looks OK on paper.

Otherwise, I think the team picks itself with Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski and Giroud making up the rest of the starting eleven.

What would be your preferred team for the game? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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16 Comments

  1. mohd

    February 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    scezeny
    sanga mertsaker koscliny vermalen

    arteta wislhire
    rosicky
    walcott podlski cazola

    giroud will be uselees agains byren defense

  2. mohd

    February 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    and please no ramsey+gervnho+giroud= lose

  3. KinG

    February 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Rosicky in for giroud…. We need walcot on the counter . giroud will not come close scoring a goal.

  4. Nsidav

    February 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Wojo, sagna, per mertesacker, koscielny, vermalaen, Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, Carzola, Podolski, Walcot. Subs: Vito, Coquelin, Chamberlain, Rosciky, Diaby, Giroud, Jenkinson

  5. Jimmy

    February 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    If Wenger could not play love but form, then he should not play Ramsey, Giroud and diaby because they look all useless..

  6. Israel

    February 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Szesney sagnal mats kos vam ateta wilsh rocsiky pod caz walc

  7. Aypeters

    February 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Giroud must lead arsenal attack while podolski n walcott operates from flank. Santi, jack n Arteta in d midfield n Koscielny if dclared fit at CB wit Mert while Vermaelen left n sagna right. If Kos is nt fit, sagna wil oper8 frm left while Jerkison on right. Let Rosicky n Chamberlain comes in as subs.

  8. Alo

    February 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    If koscieny isp not fit,lets put in coqlin @ leftback,he’s a utility player.

  9. Muzefa

    February 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Coqlan shd play Rt or Lt back. If wngr not quit z club Gunners never regain its superiority. from Ethiopia

  10. Foolishgooner

    February 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Giroud is useful in some areas but lacking the speed of the counter. Theo,Poldi, Cazorla combo is deadly on the counter.. Only if Poldi can hold up play and attack areal balls defensively and offensively as we’ll as Giroud!
    Despite the hurtful defeat and mistakes, I didn’t leave the Blackburn match thinking ” man we suck”. We actually played good, tried hard. Injury problems in the back can be covered grit, determination of mids and lethal finishing of strikers… We dictate the pace of the game we win and I don’t mean useless crosses (less than half player attacking), slow passing so opponents can set up shop on their 18 and wait for us to make a mistake.. Our mistakes are often deadly, because they come in bunches! Example; Cup loss to Sunderland two years ago, Blackburn goal in fresh memory… Theo didn’t follow the fullback Richards assuming Coquelin will win a header, Woj Z cleared the ball in the middle, and arsenal defenders hoped the ball pounces their way instead of marking remaining danger (opponents)… Balls don’t kick themselves into the net players do. So find the the freaking player and chase the ball…. If we get early goal… Sit and counter because away goals rule. If Arsene doesn’t believe that there will no reason to go to Munich because tie might be over on Tuesday! Go gooners..

  11. Ezekiel

    February 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Wojo sagna vermanlen per jack arteta rosicky walcot carzorla nd podolski center

  12. Marukuavi Loverz Katjeho

    February 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Cn our coach arsene wenger start wth metsesacker,kociently,vermaelen ad saga in ze mild field wilshere,arteta,cazorla,walcot,ad podoski ad giroud mst be ze attckr 4 2mrw ad on sub rosicky,gervinho,chamberlin

  13. levi Adejoh

    February 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    arsenal hve d materia 2 win that game but d selection wil kil arsenal i don know waitin ramsey nd giroud d do 4 dat squad let giroud play wit team b lik eduado do b4 he wil be promoted 2 d ful squad

  14. Ugochukwu ojukwu

    February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Ugo ojukwu fro uyo akwaibom state Nig. My selection will be ,wojo sag, mets.koz, vermi,arteta,jack,rosicky.cazorla,poldi and walcot.if koz not fit let coqu play on the right side.up gunner.

  15. ekele emmanuel

    February 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    if we must win,there should be no diaby and ramsey. Woj if koseny is fit he should play alongside metersaker but if he is not sagna should play their while vemalen should play from the leftback and couqline from the rightback.arteta,wilsher,cazola.podoski walcot giroud.

  16. Auae

    March 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I wonder how many fans were arunod before wenger, or if he is all they know. The reason ours standards are so high now are because of what he did for us. If people can’t see the real reason for us losing ground is the cheating going on with billionaire owners then that’s fine. I agree wenger does make curious decisions, and now we actually have money we should invest it. But at the same time everyone loses sight of the amazing job he actually has done on limited funds. Seriously, who out of man utd, man city and chelsea would be doing what they have done with our budget? If wenger was at city would he really not spend the money? He hasnt had a choice with us. He wanted Rooney, hazard etc but we couldn’t compete. Im as frustrated as the next person but losing to Norwich was fucking horrible, then after the reading game we were happy again, now we’re back down, us as fans need to get a grip. We’re playing with a front 3 who all speak different languages. Te goals we conceded today were from a mistake and a set piece, if we stop doing this to ourselves who knows what would happen. Yes we were shit but utd wasted a lot of chances and we scored at the death, who’s to say that couldn’t have easily been snatching a point or grabbing all 3 points in the last min. We’re all angry, I don’t know whether to try and be positive or be negative like we have every right to be, so much so I’m losing where I was going. But hey, there’s always the next game and if we win 5-0 I’m sure we’ll all feel a lot better. We are the Arsenal, let’s stick together in this fickle age! 22 1

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