Arsenal Team News: Wenger Gives Injury Update Ahead Of Chelsea Clash

By on December 21, 2013

Lukas Podolski

Two of this seasons title challengers go head-to-head on Monday night as Arsenal entertain Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have slipped to third in the table following wins for Liverpool and Manchester City on Saturday, so the north Londoners will be looking to reclaim top spot with a win over Jose Mourinho’s men.

Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news update ahead of the game, with the Frenchman giving the latest on Laurent Koscielny and Lukas Podolski’s fitness.

Unfortunately, it seems Koscielny will be unavailable for the clash. The centre-back was forced off against Manchester City last week with a nasty cut to his knee and Wenger claims he is ’80 or 90′ per cent likely to miss out.

Koscielny’s absence will see Thomas Vermaelen given another chance to impress with the Belgian set to start alongside Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal defence.

The good news for Gooners is that Podolski should be back in the squad for the first time since August after recovering from a hamstring tear. The German is unlikely to start but could be among the substitutes giving Wenger another option in attack.

The only other piece of team news is that Jack Wilshere will miss the game after being slapped with a two-game ban for swearing at Man City supporters last weekend. Here is what Wenger told the clubs official website:

on the team news…

The team news [compared to Man City] is that Koscielny is out for the game. It’s 80 or 90 per cent he is out. Jack Wilshere of course is suspended. Everybody else will be available.

on Lukas Podolski…

He is available to be selected.

on the boost of having Podolski back…

It’s a big boost because he can score goals in big games. He has shown that before. He is a clinical finisher and a great football player.

A win will see Arsenal move back to the top of the table and give them the perfect start to what’s going to be a hectic Christmas period.

What team would Arsenal fans like to see start the game? Share your views below.

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48 Comments

  1. Abdirahman

    December 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Plz dnt start giroud coz he iznt so quick lyk podolski nd vermalin shuld focus cz wen u giv balls away 2 a team lyk chelsea,u’l surely pay 4 it.

  2. ebere

    December 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Gunnerz all d way start: siz, mart, ver,sag,gibs,art,ram,caz,ozil,walct.guld. 3pnt 4 gunnaz

  3. Yahaya

    December 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ds is d way. I c it : Sez, Pervarma, Sagna, Gibbs, Arteta Flamini. Walcott. Mesut. Ramsey. Lukas

  4. aan

    December 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Szcz
    Sagna-Mertesacker-Vermaelen- Gibbs
    Arteta-Flamini
    Ramsey
    Walcott-Giroud-Özil

  5. eminent

    December 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    My preffered lineup: scezny, per verm gibbs sag arteta flam rosicky ramsey walcott poldi

  6. master prince

    December 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

    hi gunners all fans,araund the glop.arsen wenger should not start with flamini.

  7. goodluck

    December 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Pls am concern of verm and arteta use rosicky in d rplace of arteta tanks

  8. Adeniran A Adeola

    December 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I think i would prefer, Szczesny, Sagna, Merteseaker, Vermalaen, Flamini, Ozil, Ramsey, Rocisky and Giroud in first half and probably give Podoski a chance 2 show

  9. Adeniran A Adeola

    December 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I think i would prefer, Szczesny, Sagna, Merteseaker, Vermalaen, Gibbs Flamini, Ozil, Ramsey, Rocisky and Giroud in first half and probably give Podoski a chance 2 show

  10. Falemu oluwadare

    December 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres, lampard, mikel, ramires, cech, terry, ivanovic, cole…..chelsea winnin is certain

  11. Adrian hamangaba

    December 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Squad sszyen, sagina, gibs,metersacker,kosecion,arteta,ramsey,wacot,oilz,poodisk,cazola.

    • marc

      December 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      kos is injured adrian so verminator is the one to replace

  12. EZE PASCAL

    December 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Arsenal all the way

  13. Remigius Akinbinu

    December 23, 2013 at 12:50 am

    *Sch Sag Gib Per Ver Fla Caz Ozl Ram Wal Pod!
    *Jrk,Mon,Grd & Ros can come in as subs!
    *Ars:3 Chl:1
    *Merry Xmas from top of the table!

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