Arsenal Injury & Team News Update: Podolski, Chamberlain, Arteta & More…

By on January 22, 2013

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Arsenal play their game in hand when they welcome London rivals West Ham to the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Boss Arsene Wenger has given an injury and team news update ahead of the game with the latest on Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger confirmed that forward Podolski should be back in the squad after returning to full training after missing the Chelsea game through illness. Chamberlain is also pushing for a recall after also missing the Blues clash with sickness but Coquelin is out after picking up a hamstring problem.

Arteta remains on the sidelines with a calf strain and Diaby’s fitness will be assessed after he’s played four games on the bounce after returning from a long injury absence. The boss told the clubs official website:

on players returning…

We could have Podolski back in the squad because he is back to full training today. And maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the squad because he has been sick. Maybe he will go out today and practise again.

on Podolski…

Yes he’s better. He was sick. He was in bed but I think he will be in full training today.

on players dropping out…

Coquelin is out because he has a hamstring problem from the Chelsea game. Everybody else has to be assessed individually but there is no major injury. Arteta is still out.

on Diaby…

Diaby is one of the guys I will have to check. You could see he was not completely physically fresh from the start on Sunday and he did dig deep to do what he did. He has played four games on the trot after being out for three months, so I will have to check him.

So, rather predictably for Arsenal, we’ve started to pick up injuries during a busy period and the squad is starting to look stretched. Central midfield is an area of concern with Arteta, Coquelin and potentially Diaby missing. With no defensive midfield cover brought in yet, it looks like Frimpong might get a rare run-out unless Wenger decides Diaby can play a fifth game in a row, which would be a massive risk.

The alternative, and most likely the option Arsene will go with, is to play Aaron Ramsey alongside Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park. Not ideal, but it’s where we find ourselves at present.

Now we’ve seen the teams, what would be your starting line-up to face West Ham? Get involved in the comments section below.

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16 Comments

  1. hebron

    January 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Still have faith in wenger.

  2. Ndyetabura Hamisi

    January 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Yes and No

    He is a good coach but slow to adopt new changes

  3. Washington Mutseneke

    January 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    He is irreplaceable (Wenger)

  4. Teeve stephen tyolumun

    January 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Arsenal team against west-ham back four same as chelsea game midfield frep.,wilshere and carzola & attack,theo,GE.n pol.gud luck.

  5. Sanusidanladi

    January 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    AW is morning sun so the good idea is wenger out

  6. yusuf kabiru

    January 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    We need more players. Please

  7. Badaru sa'idu

    January 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Pls wenger we need 2 playas lyk gustavo nd villa.

  8. Abdullahi idris

    January 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Pls wenger buy more players.

  9. Sunnypa de gooners

    January 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    The problem of arsenal now is wenger and he need to leave the club unease we true gunners fans send him out with our gun.all the good player are injured now and he not do anything 2 it.we need two players now striker and defencivemidfielder.if wenger did not sign any player arsenal will be out of top 4 and wenger will retired himself saying his going to psg.if wenger fail to qualify for top 4 all the london fans should go to his house and belt him to death.i love arsenal hate wenger cause his the one that did not want our great club move foreword.sack wenger,sack wenger,and pls sack wenger

  10. Yusufady

    January 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    mtseww!! But mr AW what about rosicky? you forgote to update us!!!

  11. p.Henry

    January 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Arsenal cant become better again under mr wenger.He has tried,exausted all he had for Arsenal.nothing is remaining.let him go now or…

  12. p.Henry

    January 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Arsenal cant become better again under mr wenger.He has tried,exausted all he had for Arsenal.nothing is remaining.his time has expired.let him go now or…

  13. Adeniran olusanjo simon

    January 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Pls sack wenger and get another coach,wenger time is over at emirate.up gunnners for life

  14. suleiman

    January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    We need revolution in arsenal,Diaby,sagna,Ramsy,frimpong,djouro,chamahk nd squilaci all out buy Dawson,walker,fallaini,Diame,Ben arfa nd David villa.Gunners till d end of my life.

  15. Fm soundz

    January 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    D man s out of his 4mer touch, u want to reach top four without a gud DM and Hot striker. And pls wen has top four become another trophy???

  16. Itothesak

    January 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Why aren’t rosicky getting more playtime now as arteta is injured? To me Rosicky is one of the most talented players in our squad and rarely has a bad game

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