Arsenal Team News & Injury Update: Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla & More…

By on April 18, 2013

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Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon looking to reclaim third place in the Premier League table.

Ahead of the game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update with the latest on Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Lukasz Fabianski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky.

Wenger confirmed that goalkeeper Fabianski will once again miss out after picking up a rib injury against Norwich last Saturday. The Pole had been enjoying a good run in the first team but was forced to miss the Everton stalemate on Tuesday and it looks like Wojciech Szczesny will once again play with his compatriot still out injured.

We also have some doubts over the fitness of Cazorla, Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain with all three set to face fitness checks but the boss feels they should be OK to face Fulham. Czech midfielder Rosicky is also facing a late fitness test after only being fit enough for the bench in midweek after suffering a slight hamstring strain last week.

Here is what Wenger told the clubs official website:

On Fabianski…

Fabianski is not back. The keeper situation is similar to what it was before. It is a rib injury. It is game to game for him.

On other team news…

At the back everyone should available. In midfield we have a few people to check like Cazorla, Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain. They will all have tests but I hope they should be alright.

On Tomas Rosicky…

We have to test Rosicky who was not ready to start on Tuesday. There are a number of uncertainties about our squad but I will sort that out on Friday morning.

So it looks like Everton’s overly-physical approach has taken it’s tole on the squad with Cazorla, Wilshere and Chamberlain all facing late tests but hopefully they, along with Rosicky, are fit to play this weekend as we are desperate for three points at the Cottage so we can leapfrog Chelsea back into third ahead of their clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Now we’ve seen the team news, what would your starting eleven be for the game this weekend? Get involved in the comments section below.

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9 Comments

  1. atid

    April 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    If there is doubt leave them out. In the most part we could see those 4 competing for one slot anyway
    Szczesney
    Sagna mertesacker koscielny monreal or gibbs
    Ramsey arteta
    Cazorla or wilshire or rosicky or chamberlain
    Walcott giroud podolski

    Who ever is the fittest of the 4 should play with the other 3 joining mannone vermaelen and monreal or gibbs on the bench. If none of the 4 are fit then perhaps gervinho could come in with podolski playing as a no.10 just behind giroud. If none of the 4 are fit enough for the bench then coquelin and jenkinson come in with 2 of gnabry yennaris eisfeld akpom arshavin joining them. I have seen far worse options.

  2. adegoke oluwasegun

    April 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Any how, should pray for wining and i’m very sure God will grant our request in Jesus name

    • Aussie Jack

      April 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      If we had HIM (Jesus) in midfield the rest could have the day off.Hope your prayers are answered.

  3. Evarest muriu

    April 19, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I wnt 2 c wenger givin walcot or podosky chnce 2 play in central strikin

    • Dad

      April 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Learn to spell muppett

  4. seini

    April 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    scez,gibbs,kos,mets,sag,art,rambo,ros,gerv,pod,wal.

  5. Theo Loubser

    April 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I wish for the following team:
    Szczesney

    Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs

    Arteta Cazorla

    Chamberlain Wilshire Podolski

    Walcott

  6. Prince Onipe

    April 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Selection should not be a problem, dig inside ur academy and bring few fresh blood and u will be surprised to see the outcome of the game, since our back four is intact, reshuffle the midfield with your young boys and the magic will be done. Just warn our backline to be at alert of Barbatov, detail a player to polish him any where he operate.
    We shall laugh best at the of the game. Gunner for life.

  7. erickson

    April 20, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Plz arsenal don’tgiv fulham chance

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