Arsenal Pre-Chelsea Team News: Wenger On Flamini, Wilshere, Gnabry & More…

By on October 28, 2013
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Arsenal play host to Chelsea in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night for what is easily the stand out tie of the round.

Ahead of the game boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update with the latest on Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Eisfeld, Gedion Zalalem and Emmanuel Frimpong.

Flamini was forced off after just 10 minutes during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Cystal Palace on Saturday and Wenger has confirmed the midfielder will have a scan today on a groin problem but feels it’s too soon to determine how long he’ll be out for.

The better news is that Wilshere is available to play despite carrying a slight ankle knock in recent games, but Arsenal have decided against appealing Arteta’s red card he received against Palace so the Spaniard will miss the Chelsea clash.

Young winger Gnabry is a doubt with an ankle injury and Eisfeld is struggling with a back problem, while Zalalem and Frimpong are also on the sidelines leaving Wenger short of options in midfield.

The Gunners boss did reveal that Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi, Isaac Hayden and if fit, Gnabry, will all start the game tomorrow.

Here’s what Wenger told the clubs official website:

on Mathieu Flamini…

He has a scan today and then we will get the results as to how long he will be out. It doesn’t look like a bad muscle injury but honestly it’s too early to give you a precise answer. It’s a groin injury.

on Jack Wilshere…

Yes, he is OK to play.

on Mikel Arteta…

He is suspended for one game, so I will not appeal.

on other injuries…

Serge Gnabry has a problem, he got a kick on the ankle. He will be assessed tomorrow. After that we will decide who plays and who doesn’t play. I will decide [on Tuesday]. Eisfeld has a back problem.

on Gedion Zalalem…

He is not yet available. He had a knee problem. He is back in full training but he has not played yet. He will play 45 minutes with the under-18 team later this week.

on Emmanuel Frimpong…

He is still short of competition. Isaac Hayden will be involved, Ryo and Gnabry if he’s fit.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are expected to field weakened teams for the League cup clash, but it seems the Gunners have a few injury troubles to contend with as they prepare to welcome their London rivals to the Emirates.

What would be your team for the game Arsenal fans? Share your suggestions below.

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9 Comments

  1. Tony Laudrap

    October 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Wenger is jst jokin how cd he bring thoz boyz against chlc dats y we r not goin 2 win anaythin this season yet we are capable. Am jst tired of arsene wenger.

    • Agina O Anthony

      October 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      With the injuring of players, as the coach has said. I will want the coach to try what he has, but he should not risk the first team players. Our league match with liverpool on saturday is a must win match, and so Wenger should please play tuesday match with any of the reserve team players avialable to him.

      • ISAAC ADDAE

        October 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

        10X BUDDY,WE SHDNT PLAY E 1ST TEAM

    • panther

      October 29, 2013 at 3:49 am

      I don’t want to come across as rude or disrespectful but your writing and grammar is shocking.I don’t understand your comment

  2. alex edem

    October 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    No excuses will be entertained in the clash against chelsea!!! All I want is the full winning eleven in the game!!! As the saying goes a bird @ hand is worth millions in the bush!!! Let’s settle chelsea and then we can take care of the rest!!!the game is to our advantage as we play host to chelsea!!!

  3. ISAAC ADDAE

    October 29, 2013 at 12:27 am

    WE MUST WI DZ MATCH AGST CHLC,WENGER PLC DO UR BEST 4 US 2 WIN,STIL E GUNNERS

  4. ISAAC ADDAE

    October 29, 2013 at 12:28 am

    WE MUST WIN DZ MATCH AGST CHLC,WENGER PLC DO UR BEST 4 US 2 WIN,STIL E GUNNERS

  5. ISAAC ADDAE

    October 29, 2013 at 12:38 am

    MA DRM X 2 WIN TROPHY 4 ARSENAL 1 DAE, BT WHO 2 HELP X E PRO NOW ,WE WL NT GO TROPHYLEZ DZ C’SON,I B’LIV IN WENGER

    • panther

      October 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

      Why bother write a comment that is so hard to understand ? Basically your writing gibberish .

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