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Arsenal Injury Update: Walcott Out, Gervinho Back & More….

Arsenal welcome Montpellier to the Emirates on Wednesday night for their Champions League encounter. Here is Arsene Wenger’s injury update ahead of the game


Arsenal welcome French champions Montpellier to the Emirates on Wednesday night looking to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Ahead of the game, manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update with news on Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Kieran Gibbs. Contract rebel Walcott, who has been in excellent form of late, has been ruled out after picking up a shoulder injury during our 5-2 thrashing of Tottenham on Saturday. Theo will have a scan today but Wenger is hopeful it’s only a short-term problem.

The good news is that Gervinho and Gibbs both return to the squad. Gervinho has been out for three weeks with an ankle injury while Gibbs has been on the sidelines for over six weeks and has been badly missed, so his return is a big boost.

Here is what Wenger told

on the latest team news…

From Saturday, we have [almost] the same squad. But one player who will miss Wednesday’s game is Walcott. It’s the injury he got during the game with his shoulder. We have to scan that today and see if there is no damage. He will be out for tomorrow but it should be short-term. We will miss Santos as well, who has an abdominal muscle strain.

on players coming back…

The two players coming in the squad are Gervinho and Gibbs.

on having Gervinho back…

He had quite a bad ankle strain. Kieran Gibbs as well was out for a while.

Vermaelen has been doing a decent job at left back, stepping in for the hapless Santos in recent weeks, so unless Gibbs is 100% fit there is no point risking him against Montpellier.  With Walcott out, i’d like to see Oxlade-Chamberlain given a start on the right hand side. He made a real impact off the bench on Saturday and deserves a start.

I’ll have a preview of the game up tomorrow at some point. Till then….



  1. Festtos

    November 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Good news for arsenal on the injury front.With the return of gervinho and gibbs the confidence of the team will be boosted.not to forget rosicky i have missed him.

  2. Abdi-GUNNER

    November 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Oh what a great news ! We can keep clean sheets now

  3. olufemi oladayo

    November 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Gunners4real Gunners4life Gunners4ever By Oladayo 9ja base

    • femi

      November 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

      ode illiterate. ta lo bi e ibi ti oti wa

  4. easy

    November 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    pls wat about rosicky,i miss him alot.

  5. Daniel

    November 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Nice news from the gunner


    November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Am happy that gervinho and gibb is back,but what of rosicky will really miss him in the squad

  7. oladipuposunday

    November 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Having Gervinho and Gibbs back in the squad is a big boost for arsenal.

  8. alagba

    November 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    getvinho is my man and waiting abou diaby thomas rosicky wishing theo walcot and santos quick recovery ipray that all stay feet

  9. Rampantgooner

    November 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    the most missed of all is Gibbs d kid will boost team’s confidence.

  10. Allen anpes

    November 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    They should use a defensive mode,i believe it will help like how it help out in the totteham game.

  11. Abuo Emmanuel

    November 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Am happy for having kibbsand gervinho back .i wish dem good play tomorow.but am realy missing Rosicky .

  12. smith

    November 21, 2012 at 3:37 am

    oh no can,t we ever get lucky i was hoping Gervino would be out 4 the season & Ramsey might break another leg


    November 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

    gud news but i miss rosisky very much


    November 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    am hapi dat gervinho n gibbs.a wish walcott quick recovery

  15. Savage

    November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Pls what of rosicky? i miss him much but still hapi 4 gervinho nd d great kid gibbs

  16. Savage

    November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Pls what of rosicky? i miss him much but still hapi 4 gervinho nd d great kid gibbs. gunner 4 life

  17. Evans ndege

    November 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    How i could love to see santi carzola play along side rosicky and wilshere in the midfied. what aflare it will be!!

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