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Arsenal Injury Update: 3 Ruled Out, 2 More Doubtful

Arsenal face the (almost) impossible task of over-turning a 4-0 deficit against AC Milan in their Champions League tie Tuesday, here is the latest team news

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Hot off the back of a vital league victory over Liverpool on Saturday, Arsenal face the (almost) impossible task of over-turning a 4-0 deficit against AC Milan in their Champions League second leg on Tuesday night.

Manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of the Milan tie and has revealed that we will be without the services of Abou Diaby, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta, while Kieran Gibbs and Thomas Rosicky are also doubtful.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger said:

on injuries from the Liverpool game…

“We have paid a big cost because we have lost Benayoun (sickness), Diaby (hamstring) and Arteta (head). Arteta has no major problem but he has to rest for a week so he will be available against Newcastle but not Milan.”

on other doubts…

“We have a few other knocks like Kieran Gibbs (groin and calf) and Rosicky (groin) is doubtful for Tuesday too. We will see. We will put out the best possible team for us to qualify.”

on whether Van Persie will start….

“Yes. I would not be very credible telling you we want to score five goals and then I leave Robin van Persie out!”

Whilst the win against Liverpool was a welcome one, the injuries picked up in the game certainly aren’t! Luckily Benayoun and Arteta should be short term issues, and Gibbs and Rosicky also sound like minor knocks, but the loss of Diaby is a blow. He is a hugely talented player who has seen his career blighted by injuries. You’ve got to feel for the bloke.

But back to the Milan game and hopefully Gibbs and Rosicky are passed fit. We’re beginning to lose players again, especially in midfield, so if we’re to have any hope of pulling off a miracle we’ll need them fit.

Match preview will be up in the morning.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Tim.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Lets see how it goes. Up gunners.

  2. Samuel juju kenneh

    March 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    WANT TO SEE THE RETURN OF JACK… THE GUNNERS WOULD SURELY DEFEAT AC MILAN BY 5 GOALS…

  3. Akinyemi olanrewaju

    March 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    By God grace,we will overcome in jesus name.up gunners

  4. Abdullahi E. A

    March 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I know by His grace we can turnaround nd score 5 goal at the emirate. Lets watch out and see if we can do that. Up gunners.

  5. nicky

    March 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    There is no way we are going to score at least 4 goals WITHOUT REPLY. We have 7 first-teamers injured or doubtful.
    We simply must concentrate on retaining 4th place or better in the EPL so as to guarantee CL football next season. That is our No.1 priority.
    For the moment we should avoid at all costs further injuries and chasing a miracle tomorrow by gung ho tactics is an unnecessary risk. We have a more important game against Newcastle next Monday. 😆

  6. Olajide peter muyiwa

    March 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    All what is best in arsenal fc shall surely become better becuase in wenger i trust. Gunners for real

  7. Agbaso Promise

    March 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hi beloved teaming, and patrotic fans of my most suporting club in the Universe. I believe dat it is nt yet over, until it over, i also believed on UNPRECEDENTED MIRACLES Dat God often allow 2 hapen 2 his children, by d name of JESUS CHRIST, IS 5-0, Bt we should avoid them scoring, they wil undaret us and also feel relaxed thinking dat dey hav qualified already, bt believ me, notin is imposible, record and history ar made 2 be Created! UP GUNNERS till INFINITY

  8. NURU

    March 6, 2012 at 1:14 am

    UP MILAN

  9. Alih peter chukwuma

    March 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Hello my beloved gunners fan i greet u all, let us keep our finger crossed and see what will happen. Good luck to de gunners.

  10. Ohakwe obioma

    March 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Pls let us forget about overturning goal deficit against AC in the cl this yr and concentrating on securing a place in premier leaque.up gunner

  11. Eduspeechless

    March 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I belive we can still win AC MILAN if only our defenders should avoid mistakes and our players should be ùstrong i attack d God of emirate will never let us down. Arsenal fans we shall(KEEP THE FAITH) UP GUNERS

  12. Christopher Atwijukire

    March 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

    with our defence, we can’t go through this stage because even if we score five AC will score atleast agoal. lets fight for a champions league slot

  13. bacardi

    March 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Give it 45 mins and if there is no chance, bring off RVP, TV and Song. We’re close to getting a decent pts buffer on Chelsea if we win the next few games. Agree about Diaby, he’d be a top player if it wasn’t constant injuries. Maybe, like Rosicky, he’ll get over them in tiem.

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