Arsenal Team News: Wenger Confirms Quadruple Injury Blow Ahead Of Wigan Clash

By on April 10, 2014

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Arsenal have been hit by a quadruple injury blow with boss Arsene Wenger confirming that Kieran Gibbs, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all major doubts to face Wigan this weekend while defender Laurent Koscielny is definitely still out.

The Gunners face the Championship side at Wembley on Saturday evening and Wenger has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning where he gave reporters the latest team news.

Gibbs missed our 3-0 defeat to Everton last week with an ankle injury and it seems he’s still struggling to overcome the problem as the boss confirmed that the left-back remains a major doubt. If he fails to make it, Nacho Monreal will once again deputise in defence.

Arsene also revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are doubts after picking up knocks this week and will also face late fitness tests, with some reporters claiming the trio are unlikely to be passed fit.

If the duo miss out, it’s going to leave us extremely short of options in midfield and attack. As expected, Mesut Ozil remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Arsene says the German could be back for next weekends clash with Hull City at the earliest.

With Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere also injured and Mathieu Flamini suspended, we’re down to the bare bones and I’m honestly struggling to come up with a team in my head. Serge Gnabry also missed the Everton game through injury and there was no update on his fitness today so it looks like he could also still be out.

We also have problems in defence as the boss confirmed that Laurent Koscielny isn’t going to be fit in time to feature but could return to face West Ham on Tuesday. It means Thomas Vermaelen will once again start alongside Per Mertesacker at the back but we’ll have few options to call upon if we pick up an injury in defence.

There was one piece of good news with Arsene confirming that Aaron Ramsey will make his first start in nearly four months after returning from a calf injury last weekend. Ideally he may have had another substitute appearance before being asked to play the full ninety, but we’ve been left with little option given our injury problems.

Here what Arsene told reporters this morning:

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9 Comments

  1. Delford Magaya

    April 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

    We do not want many excusses anymore, he should have the required number of players, Arsenal is not a small club, he is the one incharge of the team,so he should not give any execuse. its something we do not want to hear.

  2. mryony

    April 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    what a sad news,i hope whoever arsen plays will give his all 2 make sure we win the match.coyg

  3. poa sana

    April 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    ARSENE TIME IS UP

  4. SOCCERGURU

    April 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Either Wenger gets a bigger squad or sack the medical team. There is definitely a problem

  5. Wam

    April 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

    If Vermaelen plays I will give up hope on Arsene. He will be out muscled all game long.

    Team to face Wigan:

    Fabianski

    Bellerin, Mert, Sagna, Nacho

    Kallstrom, Ramsey

    Eisfeld, Cazorla, Podolski

    Sanogo

  6. immaculate

    April 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Wenger and the board have a big problem.It is only a fool that make same mistake everytime. What stop him from having a solid bench? why is the squad so thin?
    what will Wenger and the board gain by refusing to buy top quality players.
    Chelsea defeated PSG cos they have a good bench.

    ENOUGH OF EXCUSES………..The fans of football are tired of hearing or reading it

    The injuries to players is a cause for concern. The medical team and the training regime should be looked at more closely

  7. shina Adefila

    April 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    you Wenger is the problem of this club you dont have any excusses during the transfer market you did nothing soo you dont hanve anything to say if this club fails you bring the problem.

  8. Oluwaseun bakare

    April 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    We do not want many excusses anymore, he should have the required number of players, Arsenal is not a small club, he is the one incharge of the team,so he should not give any execuse. its something we do not want to hear.

  9. Borntobeagunnr(btbag)

    April 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Chicken headed glory hunter supporters who called themselves fans. I know you guys will come for Wenger once you fault finders can get your hands on anything against him. Why not lament when we were on top of the league? Or is it not the same squad that was leading the table before injury and heavy schedules, coupled with those refs who hated just the outlook of intelligent Wenger just to prove him and his principles wrong. Gooner even unto death. Walcott, Ramsay, Wilshere, Ozil, Koscielny, Kibbs are all topmost first team players. Only Sagna, Mertesacker, Arteta and Giroud left. No club, manager(s) in England can survive this condition(s) as stated above.
    Mourners stop mourning and truly support your team through thick and thin; that doesn’t make you less ambitious. COYG!!!

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