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Arsenal Injury and Team News Update: Arteta, Rosicky, Arshavin & More…

Arsenal welcome Swansea to the Emirates on Wednesday night for their FA Cup third round replay and Arsene Wenger has given a team news update ahead of the game.

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Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates on Wednesday night for their FA Cup third round replay and boss Arsene Wenger has given a team and injury news update ahead of the game.

Speaking to, the boss gave the latest news on Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabianski, as well as confirm defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the game through suspension after seeing red against Manchester City at the weekend. The Frenchman will be replaced by Russian outcast Andrey Arshavin in the squad for the Swansea game.

Arteta missed the City clash after picking up a calf strain in training on Friday but Wenger has confirmed it’s only a minor grade one injury so Mikel should be back in around two-to-three weeks time.

Many Arsenal fans are wondering why Tomas Rosicky hasn’t been featuring in recent weeks and the boss claims the midfielder has picked up a calf problem and won’t be fit to face the Swans on Wednesday.

Forgotten goalkeeper Fabianski hasn’t played at all this season due to injury (and lack of ability) but is closing in on a return and should be back in full training in around a weeks time. Here is what Arsene told the clubs official website:

on the FA Cup replay…

We have Koscielny suspended for tomorrow night and everybody else will be available. He will be replaced in the squad by Arshavin.

on Mikel Arteta…

Arteta’s injury could be shorter than three weeks because it’s a minor calf strain. It’s a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.

on Tomas Rosicky…

Rosicky is still out. He has a little calf problem. I wanted to involve him tomorrow night but it’s too short.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

He’s the only one injured, along with Arteta now. He’s one more week away from full training I think.

Now we’ve heard the team news, what would your team be for the game tomorrow? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. haimbodi

    January 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    wenger need to sign defensive midfleid(song back) and striker

    • chris

      January 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Yes but let’s look on the bright side …. Flappyhandski is nearly fit. And he’s only paid some £2.5m p.a. WOW!

  2. Agber patrick

    January 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I wonder when wenger will buy this his exceptional players

  3. Agber patrick

    January 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Haba i discover that arsenal board is not serious cos they are geting there share from selling quality players and 4get about the fans

  4. osalt

    January 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    hmm,arsenal,am feedup with this ijebu man wenger,let us pray to lose tomorrow mach so that he can get sme players,if he wins tomorrow match, he will nt buy a single player, instead he will accept any loan transfer, like henry,pires. i dnt why he still keep, squcallic, diaby,ramsey,santos,fahibisk,charmak,jeckenson in the square.since 2005 noting has being won

  5. Samkyle

    January 16, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Wenga u jst playin wit ur stupid sef.

  6. matthew

    January 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Wenger shld buy Fellaini,Ben arfa,and mpiwe nyanga from montpellier, thats all arsenal needs..create chances for Giroud and he ll score and then walcott back to the wing where he belongs..these players wld cost just 40million and stupid wenger knows

    • jimbo - nigeria - afc expert

      January 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      init – seen

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