Arsenal Pre-Spurs Team News & Injury Update: Sagna, Diaby & Gibbs

By on February 28, 2013

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Arsenal take on north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon for what’s going to be a vital game for both clubs hopes of securing Champions League football next season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update ahead of the clash with the latest on Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby and Kieran Gibbs.

We’ve been dealt a huge blow with the news that right-back Sagna will not feature after failing to recover from a knee injury. The Frenchman missed last weeks win over Aston Villa after tweaking ligaments in his right knee and there were reports earlier in the week that he was winning his race to be fit, however Wenger has confirmed the 29-year-old is not yet ready to return.

There is also a major question mark over midfielder Abou Diaby, who is rated at around 50-50 to be fit after picking up a minor calf problem, but left-back Gibbs is still working his way back to fitness and is still some weeks away from returning.

Here’s what the boss told the clubs official website.

on Bacary Sagna…

He is not ready for Sunday. It is too short for him.

on other team news…

Abou is an uncertainty. He has a calf problem, a minor one. It is question of days. He will have tests and then we will see if we can use him on Sunday or not. It is a 50:50. Actually maybe a bit more for him playing.

on Kieran Gibbs…

Kieran is not back. That was as we expected.

With Sagna out, young Carl Jenkinson will continue to deputise at right-back. Bac is going to be a huge miss as he’s a true warrior who’s played in his fair share of NLD’s before, but Jenko is a Gooner so will know how much this game means to the club and fans, so should be right up for it.

I can’t see too many changes from last weeks starting line-up. If Diaby misses out I think Arsene will bring Aaron Ramsey into midfield and keep Santi Cazorla out on the left. The only other possible change may come at the back with Koscielny pushing Mertesacker for a starting place alongside Vermaelen.

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

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13 Comments

  1. Aicher

    February 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Jenkinson trying to keep Bale quiet
    It doesn’t bare thinking about
    Jenkinson was bought from a div 1 club and that’s exactly
    what he is ……….. div 1

  2. Gowineish

    February 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Why not put Kos the Boss at RB. He is extremely fast for a CB and he is a great tackler. He should keep up with Bale

  3. melberg09

    February 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    hmmmm lets all wait n see pray we win dis .1 cos it will go along way in detrmining d remaining games of d seasn but carl vs bale ahhh a gooner till devil repent

  4. captinweestain

    February 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Diaby again!!!!! Jesus, get rid of the cripple.

  5. Onadairo Festus Sunday

    February 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    We need Rosiky to play against Tottenham on Sunday. Diaby shld be left out of Sunday clash even if he is tested ok

  6. Barry

    February 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Dey shld 4get abut diaby and bring on rosicky d shakira in place him.nt even ramsy 4 starting x1.up guners

  7. Josh

    February 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Why not coquelin in 2, he is fast and read game very well

  8. olawale

    February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    pls arsene use rocisky wit arteta together wit wishere bcos diaby wil not play again dis year,jesus should get ride of d criple

  9. olawale

    February 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    pls arsene stop buying average players for arsenal bcos diaby is not a kind of player we should buy,squillasi,gervinho,ramsey,sagna,metasacker,vermalen,al dis people should not have play for arsenal if not because of you.because they are not of standard quality,pls stop buying cripple for arsenal ooooo

  10. mohd

    February 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Let rosicky play tomorrow arsin please we need to win not ramsey the most useless player in the world

  11. O.A.Iniesta

    March 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I need 2 see Podolski in the left wing,Carzola on free role,Walcott on the right wing & Giroud on the attack.

  12. ken

    March 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    diaby wont be fit for this game so no need for people to panic
    this is an important game for arsenal sunday if spurs qualify for the champions league this year instead of arsenal that will hurt arsenal fans big time more than not getting a trophy so at worst a draw but arsenal need to win as for bale arsenal shouldnt make too much of a fuss over him to much attention will make the arsenal players nervous everyone needs to watch this game should be goodun

  13. Bamise blessing

    March 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Well, i pray for sunday winning. Arsene Wenger is the one spoilling the team

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