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Vermaelen Ruled Out Of Chelsea Game With Calf Injury

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Thomas Vermaelen has picked up a calf problem and will miss Saturday’s crucial game with Chelsea.

Vermaelen made a shock start for the Gunners in tonights 2-1 victory over Bolton but was subbed off with just 4 minutes to go with what has now been revealed as a calf problem.

It was initially hoped that the Belgian would come through the game unscathed and would be in contention for the game at Stamford Bridge, but Wenger has ruled out his vice-captain:

He did very well. He had to come off for a minor calf problem but I hope it’s not too bad. He will be a bit short for Saturday, I don’t know yet what I will do.

We have to test him tomorrow, but it doesn’t look too bad. He has been out for a long time, he had only one training session yesterday with the team. I didn’t really expect a game of that intensity, it was a tough one for a centre-back.

They put us under pressure in the second half and the intensity of the game was very high. We don’t think it is a calf strain, it is just tight calves. He has not played a proper game for two months.

He wanted to come off. In fairness I did not want to take him off because I thought it was too stupid now with four minutes to go to concede a goal. He was adamant he couldn’t go on so I hope it’s not too bad.



  1. David

    October 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    This is surely a bad news….. Was suprise to see him been rushed….. We really need to rest mertersacker.. I was hoping with TV5 back he could take some rest….. Not happy… Up gunners

  2. Halesh

    October 26, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Kudos to ashavin and park.

  3. henry

    October 26, 2011 at 5:54 am

    chelsea will wipe the hell out of arsenal dis wknd….. Doubble 4 torres, chelsea 4 life

  4. manusupporter

    October 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

    both chelsea n arsenal r sh#te

  5. Tarquine, kisumu

    October 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I expect Chelsea to play their game especially now that Drogba who still uses old sylabus will not play, chelsea should stick to their free flowing football. I also expect Arsenal to do the same. Im a Chelsea fan but in this game, even if you’re a man-u fan, expect nothing from Arsenal en remember the event takes place at the bridge of Stamford. Chelse 4-1.

  6. jimmy

    October 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

    He has not been ruled out. AW says he has to under go a test today, therefore we await the result. mind u, not a calf strain, but a tight calf as a result of not playing full 90 minute for about two months. the verminator is surely going to be fit in time to demolish chelsick.

  7. bill

    October 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Vermaelen himself said he is available for saturday. There’s an article on the official site. I don’t know if he will start though as kos and mertesacker are playing well

  8. Sunday sam

    October 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Arsenal wil wap chalsea i am sure of dat because arsenal is more inform dan chalsean. Up gunness

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