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Cazorla & Arteta Join Seven-Man List Of Doubts For Spurs Game

Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of Saturdays north London derby and claims he has a long list of injury doubts for the game

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday’s north London derby and claims he has a long list of injury doubts for the game.

As reported on Thursday, Wojciech Szczesny, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all facing late fitness tests. Szczesny hasn’t played for over six weeks due to an ankle injury but is expected to be recalled in place of Vito Mannone to face Spurs.

Walcott and Chamberlain both missed England’s friendly with Sweden on Wednesday with buttock and hip injuries. While Chamberlain is expected to be fit after making a substitute appearance against Fulham last week, there is a slight doubt over Walcott after he was forced off in that game and both will be assessed on Friday afternoon.

However, Wenger has also revealed that Bacary Sagna, Santi Cazorla, Mikle Arteta and Oliver Giroud will face tests today to make it a busy afternoon for the doctors at the clubs training ground.

Cazorla only arrived back in London late on Thursday night after his long trip to Panama with the Spain squad and will be assessed for fatigue, Arteta has a hip problem while Giroud picked up hamstring and calf injuries while away with France. Wenger said:

“Apart from long-term injuries I get a bit confused because we have so many players who come back with injuries or small injuries. We need to see how they are today.

“Cazorla only landed last night and we will see how he is this morning (Friday). Szczesny, Sagna, Walcott, Chamberlain, Arteta, Giroud – there are so many – I think I will need a few doctors this morning.

“Arteta has a little hip problem and Giroud has come back with a hamstring and calf problem.”

Wenger is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

Arsenal are already without Kieran Gibbs, Gervinho, Tomas Rosicky, Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby so Wenger could be facing something of an injury crisis if any of the above are ruled out.

However, the Frenchman is known for his ‘poker tactics’ and likes to give very little away so don’t be surprised if Szczesny, Sagna, Cazorla, Arteta, Walcott, Chamberlain and Giroud all started on Saturday lunchtime!

What would be your starting line-up for the game, if all the above are passed fit? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Aslam Khan

    November 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Sagna Per Kos Verm

    Arteta Jack

    Cazorla Oxlade

  2. farisabdulrazak

    November 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm


    sagna mertesacker koscielny vermaelen

    arteta wilshere

    walcott giroud chamberlain

  3. dave

    November 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’d have the shock of my life if Wenger told the truth. Never known a manager to bend the facts as much as him. I wonder if he won’t see the ubiquitous contentious incident this time around.

    10) Following the altercation between Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner in the League Cup tie against Spurs, January 2008
    “I did not know anything about it. I didn’t see it.”

    9) Following a seemingly offside goal from Robin van Persie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, November 2008
    “I do not want to score offside goals but I didn’t see that, frankly.”

    8) Following Sol Campbell’s foul on Wayne Rooney which led to a penalty against Manchester United, October 2004
    “I think we were a little bit robbed. I didn’t think there was any contact at all.”

    7) Following the infamous Pizzagate incident after the same game, October 2004
    “I don’t know about food throwing. I did not see if something was thrown – you’ll have to ask someone else, because I don’t know.”

    6) Following the alleged spitting incident involving Cesc Fabregas at the end of the FA Cup tie against Hull, March 2009
    “I know nothing about that at all. I’m sorry, I can’t speak about something I haven’t seen.”

    5) Following Emmanuel Eboue’s sending off for two yellow cards against Tottenham, February 2009
    “The first yellow card was very harsh. I didn’t see the second one.”

    4) Following Sol Campbell’s serious foul on Eric Djemba-Djemba of Manchester United in the Community Shield, August 2003
    “I didn’t see Sol’s challenge.”

    3) Following an incident against West Ham when Dennis Bergkamp appeared to strike Lee Bowyer in the face, January 2003
    “It did not look intentional. Dennis caught him with the elbow but the player ran into him.”

    2) Following claims that Ashley Cole pushed Nicolas Anelka during a match against Manchester City, February 2004
    “I didn’t see that Ashley pushed him in the face. If the replays show it, then it’s the referee’s problem.”

    1) Following newspaper photos depicting Arsenal captain William Gallas smoking a cigarette in a nightclub, October 2008
    “I didn’t see the picture.”

    • Stev

      November 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Nice one dave. I had like us to be friends search for me on facebook. STEPHEN ONODU.

  4. ryan

    November 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    scezny-sagna,metersacker,koscienly,vermaleen-Arteta,willshere,cazorla-walcott,ox,podolski—subs arshavin,giroud,ramsey

  5. Acton_Yid

    November 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    >”Walcott and Chamberlain both missed England’s friendly with Sweden on Wednesday with buttock and hip injuries”.

    Nice to see Wenger’s reputation in the treatment room is still intact…LOL !

  6. Tony

    November 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm


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