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Arsenal Injury Update: Chamberlain, Szczesny & More….

Arsenal make the short trip to Reading tonight for the 4th round of the Capital One Cup and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of the game

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Arsenal travel to Reading tonight for the 4th round of the Capital One Cup and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of the game.

The boss currently has several first team players out injured and gave the latest news on Gervinho, Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gervinho was forced off with an ankle injury shortly after coming on against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and Wenger confirmed the forward is definitely out of tonight’s match and had a scan to find out the extent of the problem on Monday.

Szczesny has been out of action for over six weeks with an ankle complaint but despite returning to full training on Monday, the Polish stopper is still not fit to face Reading.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is also missing and joins Kieran Gibbs, Lukasz Fabianski, Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky on the sidelines. Speaking to, Wenger said:

on Gervinho…

“He has an ankle problem. How long he will be out, we don’t know. He has a scan today (Monday).”

on Szczesny…

“He is close, but not ready for the Reading game.”

on other team news…

“Oxlade-Chamberlain is not available for this game. He would have loved to play. Apart from that, I don’t think anyone else will be back.”

on any other young players being out…

“No, the players we want to be available are available.”

So while the injury list is slowly subsiding, we’re still a couple of weeks away from having a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Szczesny and Chamberlain should be back to face Man Utd on Saturday though so with Jack Wilshere also successfully returning at the weekend, we’ll have a far stronger team going to Old Trafford than we did last year, that’s for sure.

But the focus must be on tonight when Andrei Arshavin will lead the youngsters out against Reading. We’ll have a match preview up shortly.

What would your team be against Man Utd if Szczesny and Chamberlain are fit? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Kay

    October 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The major problem arsenal will be facing in old trafford would be our left back, santos is poor defencively and Valencia would be exploring like what he did with Ashley Cole. If gibbs is still injured then i think Vermaelin should be our left back so that koscielny would be in place of him.

    • nattyboy

      October 31, 2012 at 1:03 am

      guy you are blessed
      that is our main concern the leftback postion i think vermalen shold fill in cos valencia will kill santos

  2. emmanuel kahuma

    October 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

    i want Theo in the starting line up against man-u

  3. Ziko

    October 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

    how comes no talk of Rosicky….Arsenal are hiding the truth

  4. Val Gozie

    October 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Önly if we start vermnator at left back than santos dat is way we shuld win dat game aganist man u

  5. Matheu saitoti

    October 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Sagna should play at left back and jenkinson maintains his place at the right.

  6. Lumakanda joash

    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

    i think vaminata should play at the left ahead of santos, so that laurent c can partner with per m

  7. Ahmed ali

    October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    If verminater play the lft ful defense it mean we can win

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