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Arsene Wenger Team News Update: Szczesny, Walcott & More….

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given a team news update ahead of Saturday’s north London derby with Tottenham Hotspur with three players facing fitness tests

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury and team news update ahead of Saturday’s north London derby with Tottenham.

Speaking to, the Frenchman provided the latest on several injured players including Wojciech Szczesny, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Gervinho.

Szczesny, who has been on the sidelines for over six weeks with an ankle injury, is in line to return to the squad and will face a late test on Friday. Walcott was forced off against Fulham last weekend and subsequently missed England’s friendly with Sweden on Wednesday, but is also expected to be in contention but will be tested along with Szczesny on Friday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain should take his place in the squad to face Spurs after overcoming a hip problem and came off the bench to face the Cottagers last weekend. Right back Sagna has only recently returned from six months out with a broken ankle and Wenger confirmed the Frenchman will be tested for fatigue ahead of the game, but Rosicky, Diaby and Gibbs remain out.

Winger Gervinho is also at least a week away from returning from an ankle problem he picked up in the 1-0 win over QPR at the Emirates three weeks ago. Here is what Arsene told

on team news…

Of course we have long-term injuries like Rosicky (tendon), Diaby (thigh) and Gibbs (thigh) who are not back at the moment. All the others have little knocks and those decisions will be made on Friday.

on those ‘others’…

Szczesny (ankle), Walcott (muscle), Chamberlain (hip) – they all have a chance to be in the squad. Walcott came off against Fulham and will have a test tomorrow [Friday]. So will Szczesny.

on Sagna…

He has a test tomorrow [Friday]. It is just for general fatigue. He’s played three games quickly but before that he didn’t play for six months.

on Gervinho…

He is still out [with an ankle problem]. He has a chance to be fit for next week.

So it looks like Arsenal could be set to welcome back three players as they entertain their fierce rivals at the Emirates on Saturday lunch-time. The news comes shortly after Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he could be without up to seven first team players for the game, with Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Defoe and Kyle Walker all facing late tests on hamstring injuries.



  1. okeyo vicky

    November 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Probable line up for us to win;shcezny(1),jeckinson(2),vermalin(3),koscielny(4),per(5),carzola(6),walcot/gnabry(7),arteta(8),podolski/giroud(9),wilshere/coqueline(10),chamberlin/arshavin(11)

  2. Samtex

    November 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Mr wenger should started use Arshavin form bench & also make them defence in mass.


    November 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    With all his troops returning from supplement sickness he should have plenty of runners fro the Derby

  4. Kobby

    November 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Mr.Wenger should stop playing fantasy game and let’s accept the fact and move on….

    • Kennedy okello

      November 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I’ll support u rather frankly.its high for gunners to entertain fans with wins,i mean crazy soccer

  5. Kobby

    November 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    more like it

  6. Lere

    November 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Wenger should start with ashavin and the number one goal kèeper

  7. biye

    November 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    potable lineup hope wenger wil win the march.

  8. ola

    November 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Mr wenger, pls let Ashavin play @ least 40mins he is better than Ramsey

  9. Luka emmanuel

    November 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Let start with
    sagna mtsaka kosny vmly
    walcot arteta carzola

    podlsky Giroud

    wsh them best of luck 2morrow. A bip thanks 2 all Arsenal fans. .

  10. Luka emmanuel

    November 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    sagna mtsaka kosny vmly
    walcot arteta carzola

    podlsky Giroud

  11. Prince Onipe

    November 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Wenger please, start Ashavin he is technically fit for the wing, he is experienced and Giroud will be waiting for his and walcot crosses. l welcome veteran artistry Roscisky back, wishing him injury free for the remaining fixtures ahead. Our number one (1) goal stopper, you are welcome back. The players should show commitment the way the second goal Giroud score against Fulham last weekend. Good luck!

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