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Arsenal Injury Update: Oxe, Koscielny & More….

Arsenal face a tough trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of the game.

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Arsenal face a tough trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of the game.

Speaking to, Wenger confirmed youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should return to training on Friday after missing last weeks 0-0 draw with Sunderland with an ankle injury. Despite the lack of action, Chamberlain is expected to be in the squad to face Stoke.

There is less positive news on Laurent Koscielny, who also missed the Sunderland game with a calf strain, with the French defender set to sit out this weekends action once again. However, Kos should be back next week.

Lukasz Fabianski had a test on his back on Thursday and should be ok to take his place on the bench on Sunday.  Here is what Arsene told

on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle)…

He should be back in the training group from Friday. He has not practiced with the team yet. But he should be in the squad for Stoke.

on Laurent Koscielny (calf)…

He will not be back. But he should definitely be back next week. So he should play in the game after Stoke.

on Lukasz Fabianski, who missed the Sunderland game…

He should be OK. He has a test today [Thursday] and, normally, he will be back. He has had a problem with inflammation of the back.

on other team news…

Touch wood, we have no further problems apart from the guys who are out in the longer term.

So things are looking on the injury front, other than long term injuries victims such as Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, we have a relatively healthy squad at present.

It will be interesting to see what line-up Wenger goes for on Sunday. The absence of Koscielny could be a blessing in disguise as we will no doubt need Per Mertesackers height to deal with Crouch and the bombardment of long-balls we’ll no doubt face.

Diaby is also likely to keep his place as his height will also be valuable at set pieces. So i could see an un-changed line-up for the Stoke game. The only possible change could see Giroud come in, once again for his height and physical presence, with either Gervinho, Podolski or Walcott making way.

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  1. latinwo isaac

    August 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Arsene should make haste cuz time is goin al we need 4 now is song’s replacement which is m’villa one who is rude on field those are the kind of player’s we need to fight those small clubs that snatch our point with there rough takle.

  2. Akeem Abdulkareem Lanre

    August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    We still need to replace van persie not only song, then we can offload players like bendthner, chamachk, park, arshavin, squillaci.

  3. Chimba

    August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wenger is wenger

  4. Bensol

    August 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I said earlier we arsenal fans shuldnt strt fantasizing or jumpin up 4 sahin or dat n dat,wenger is a miser n wil nt buy nobody,his statements says it al..wat we wil see again dz season is him smashin water bottles again wen we lose matches we ought 2 win as if he cares or bothers abt us winning..he nw tink he hz a squad dat cn challenge witot a gud DM..He is a dreamer n i hate his guts n wat he anoda trophyless season comin,n as a diehrt gunner,am alrdy mournin n hrtbroken.

  5. Aklage80

    August 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Mr Wenger will have to end this season once more without anything to boost of-no trophy. The team cannot match up with his rivals,I thought the departure of RVP and Song will make him sign more quality players. Wenger is making Arsenal fans to look like fools, supporting a team that dont want trophies for nearly 10yrs. Yet still he is not ready to make way for other coaches.

  6. Enumah Belvina

    August 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

    i see no reason why mr wenger should find it difficult to sign players,after making huge amount for selling our top players…for crying out loud we need a perfect replacement for these players,the signing of poldoski,Giroud and carzola will never replace vanpersie and song.

  7. Hashimu zaraddeen

    August 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Arsene wenger we only need the replacement alex. song which is nobody but m’villa with m’villa i think arsenal midfield will be strong. Gunners for life and ever. In arsene i trust.

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