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Wenger’s Injury Update – Bad News On Vermaelen & Arteta

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has provided an injury update ahead of this weekends clash with Manchester United, and on the whole it’s not good news for Gooners

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has provided an injury update ahead of this weekends clash with Manchester United, and on the whole it’s not good news Gooners.

The week started on a positive note with the Evening Standard reporting that Vermaelen and Arteta were fit, and even Twitter rumours suggesting Sagna may also be back to face the champions. Finally we could see light at the end of the injury tunnel and it looked like we could be going in to a big game with something that resembled our first team.

But the optimism was short-lived, as we soon learn’t that Thierry Henry had picked up a calf strain in training and was a major doubt for Sunday’s game, and now Arsene has brought us firmly back down to earth with his latest injury update.

Speaking to, the boss confirmed that Mikel Arteta and Bacary Sagna will definitely miss the match, Thierry will need a late fitness test and to make matters worse Thomas Vermaelen remains a major doubt with Wenger saying “he looks short” for this weekend.

The Frenchman also gave updates on the progress of other injured stars including Wilshere and Gibbs, here’s the update in full:

on Thomas Vermaelen (calf)

At the moment I don’t think he will make it for Sunday. Let’s hope we have a good surprise. Let’s see how he develops. There may be a test. At the moment we just go day by day but he looks short.

on Mikel Arteta (calf)…

He has no chance. The earliest for him is Aston Villa.

on Thierry Henry…

He will have a test on Saturday. He has a calf problem.

on Jack Wilshere (ankle)…

There is positive news about him because he is back to running after he had a little setback with the inflammation of his bone. He is able to go outside and practice but he is a few weeks away.

on Bacary Sagna (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (groin)…

Both of them are about two to three weeks away.

on Francis Coquelin (hamstring)…

He is three, four or five days away from full training. I did not see him on Thursday but he is not far away. He could be available for Aston Villa.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

He is fit again.

on Carl Jenkinson (back)…

He is like Wilshere. He is back running but it will be a few weeks.

on Andre Santos (ankle)…

He is two months away. He is progressing well. We planned 12 weeks and he is on schedule.

So it looks like we could end up having a weaker squad against United than the one that lost to Swansea last week! Vermaelen is probably the most important player to have back in the side so let’s hope for a miracle there.

I was expecting Thierry to start if he was fit but that’s looks highly unlikely now, so Arshavin will no doubt continue on the left. I mean, it’s not like Arsene has the balls to start Chamberlain, does he?

So we head in to another huge game without half of our first team. No Sagna, no Vermaelen (probably), no Gibbs, no Arteta, no Wilshere, no Gervinho and perhaps no Henry either. The only saving grace is that United have their own injury problems to worry about.

However, lets end on a positive note. We should have Sagna, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere and Gervinho back in time for the Tottenham game on February 26th!



  1. Thundetinygooner

    January 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Never assume Arsenal will have all their players fit at he same time.Our record of picking up injuries and getting players back is awful.A recent table showed us at the bottom of the table of injured players with Cit at he top. Wenger needs to reflect on that just as he should reflect on sending us up against United for the second time with an inadequate squad. Planning?He doesn’t know the meaning of the word

  2. talib

    January 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Well done mr.wenger that your believe player are in injuries list as gooner i wish if man utd teach another lesson at own field this sunday. as ever fan know how sturbun you are not buy new player to fight top 4 and if good to support own team loosing so that the board will ask you to leave and happy to get new manager soon. i know you and mr.kronker are making profit by saving the investment so that you could be reach manager and go to new club. you are big culprit now evil so let the evil team teach you lesson this sunday

  3. Abdullahi E. A

    January 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

    AW is d causes of all these problems bcos if he wud’ve buy players nd we have gud benches it wud hav b problem. Nevertheless, i kno we going to win. Up gunners

  4. talib

    January 20, 2012 at 10:17 am


  5. Temple

    January 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Is it dt whn sm pple grow old their brain became dull, Mr wenger is nt helping arsenal, this Sunday match is going to be another defeat by the red devils, Mr wenger is time for u to go, we need a serious manager- anceloti r u ready, pls come we need trophies next session

  6. Mahat abdi

    January 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    4 arsenal 2 win a cup wenger must go.

  7. Goonerabroad

    January 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    have always backed Wenger, but my support is beginning to wear thin, we never have a half decent team fit, all we ever get is oh he’s had a setback, oh he is a few days/weeks/months away, this is nothing new, yet still he refuses to look at getting in suitable cover, not happy

  8. teekenny

    January 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Hmmm what is meaning of this , is failure d joy of AW ? Anyway we are waiting for ur excuses

  9. herbergooner

    January 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

    ” coach are hired to b fired” it seems ths say doesnt apply to our club coz aw has done enough destruct while board seat & watch him happily we r sick & tired of ur xcuses go hell

  10. herbergooner

    January 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

    ” coach are hired to b fired” it seems ths say doesnt apply to our club coz aw has done enough destruct while board seat & watch him happily we r sick & tired of ur xcuses go h*ll

  11. Haykay

    January 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I really dont know what d problem is…..with AW s destroying arsenal. I’m sick n fed up with his tactics in signing,WENGER please we need backup players n not just mere speculations

  12. ibrahim umar

    January 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Well, i feel it’s better i kept quite over issues at the emirates cos am tired of how making comments on how these cabals are killing the club. My hope is we get punished and i know many arsenal fans are hopeless and has no confidence taht the team presented by wenger could harm United even at the emirates. Time to go ARSENE. lETS HAVE BREDAN RODGERS, his logic makes more sence.

  13. Bonje

    January 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Don’t u knw AW he’ll nt buy,he’ll continue use those Xtra-tire till d whole club collapsed…Wenga get a f**k

  14. sactowngooner

    January 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    wow this is crazy how come every player we are liked with go to another team and play fantastic we have such a great scout team but no money to bring them to the emirates this is crazy sell sell sell say good by to the flyindutchman and who else wants to follow but in all honesty i cant wait till we are heathy we will take over just be pacetient ppl trust in wenger if we dnt hav him who would be better i would only pick gus hiddink or how ever u spell his name

  15. James

    January 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Arsene wenger is a foolish manager if i wz d fans at d emirate knowin well we will lose again against united we will do somtin stupid durin or after d match to show we re fade up wit his policies,wenger should jst go and do his business else were and leave arsenal fottball club

  16. Jonz

    January 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    a guna 4 lyf,but its tym we got a rough beat so dat AW can get da match-out oders.a manager who values not da fans?2 hel wid him.

  17. Patrick seuli Nyirenda

    January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Guyz, we r tired of wenger.

  18. Gunner

    January 21, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Whoever created this BLOG is an IDIOT of massive proportions. Get a life you MANURE supporter.

  19. Gunner

    January 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Emirates almost paid for while OLD TOILET has a 1 B pound mortgage.

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