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Arsenal Pre-Newcastle Team News & Injury Update: Arteta, Wilshere & Giroud

Arsenal take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday looking for a win to secure a top-four finish in the league. Here’s an injury and team news update.

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Arsenal take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday knowing victory will secure a place in the top four and with it qualification to the Champions League next season.

There is still the chance we can avoid a two-legged qualifier by finishing third, but we’ll be relying on Chelsea to drop points at home to Everton, while failing to beat the Geordies is likely to mean we finish behind our north London rivals Tottenham – which doesn’t bare thinking about.

Ahead of the final weekend of the season, boss Arsen Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update. Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Wigan came at a cost as midfielder Mikel Arteta was forced off late on with a calf problem and the boss has confirmed he’s a major doubt to face Newcastle on Sunday.

Wenger is making preparations to be without the Spaniard and that could mean a recall for Jack Wilshere. The England ace hasn’t started in recent weeks due to discomfort in his right ankle caused by a pin from when he had surgery last year. Wilshere’s set to have further surgery to remove the pin next week and it was hoped he wouldn’t be required to start again this season but the injury to Arteta has forced the boss into a rethink.

The good news is that striker Olivier Giroud is back in contention after completing his three-game ban after being sent-off against Fulham. Despite scoring twice in midweek, Lukas Podolski hasn’t really convinced through the middle so Giroud may come straight back into the side this weekend.

Otherwise, we have no fresh injury concerns so it’s very much the same squad that took on Wigan. Here’s what Arsene Wenger told the clubs official website:

on Arteta…

For the weekend, we have the uncertainty over Mikel Arteta, who had to come off just before the end of the Wigan game with a calf strain. Honestly, his chances of being available are minimal. I have to be realistic and prepare for another solution.

on the overall injury situation…

Everybody else should be alright. There are no other real uncertainties.

on Wilshere replacing Arteta…

He is an option yes. We will monitor him until Sunday and I will make a decision very late over what I will do.

on Giroud’s return…

I am happy to have him back. He missed some games and will be full of enthusiasm.

What would be your preferred starting eleven this weekend? Get involved in the comments section below.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. AFCNOR

    May 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Starting Giroud now after 3 games out would be a mistake. Podolski should get the chance up front again. Wilshere should step in for arteta.

  2. henry

    May 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I think wenger should replace arteta with eisfeld to protect jack and maybe get gnarby on right wing and walcott as striker

    • MR.soski

      May 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I dnt think u are an arsenal fan,because u dnt knw wot u are saying,go and sleep my dear,if u dnt know wot to say,close ur mouth and Watch us win,

      • mo

        May 17, 2013 at 2:45 am

        I think da Ox will play in da middle.. rosicky wit ramsey behind him

  3. ismy

    May 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Sagna per metaserker koscielny gibbs. Wilshere ramsey cazorla. Walcott giroud poldi with sczesny at d bak

  4. Coleon

    May 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Ramsey is playing well, his goal was fantastic!

  5. Steve

    May 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Sczesney,Sagna,Per M,Kozza Gibbs Vermailen, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky, Walcott, 2goalski

  6. aniekan

    May 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I think d defence y ok wenger shud replace Rosicky 4 Arteta nd podolsky @ d lelf wing

  7. aniekan

    May 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I think d defence ok wenger shud replace Rosicky 4 Arteta nd podolsky @ d lelf wing

  8. Victor kay

    May 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Same here Steve.

  9. Adesola

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    What is Coquelin doing i think he can step in 4 Arteta

  10. odilians

    May 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    the defence is okay but in d mildfield, ramsey, rosicky and carzola, y upfront should b either theo, giroud, Poldolsky or ox to replace poldoisky

  11. john obot

    May 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Wojciech s,per metsa,laur kos,kieran g,bacary sag,tom rosicky,francis coq,santi cazo,theo wal,podi n rambo

  12. ifeanyi klinsmann

    May 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    vermaelen/le coq should replace Arteta unless wenger thinks that coquilin is not good enough as 4 me he is a good option than wilshere at d moment.

  13. mike

    May 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I also think le coq should replace arteta. some say he will be too rusty but I have never seen him step into the side and have a really bad game. he always looks sharp to me. big fan of his, I hope he doesn’t leave permanently this summer.

  14. Abdulrahman

    May 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    The last week squard is okay the only thing is to reples mikel arteta with wilshere nd there is no need of putting olivier giroud

  15. Joshua L. Maren

    May 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Sagna, p/man, koshlny, gbbs, ramsey, roscky, catzola, poldi, giroud, walcot. i think dis will b perfect.

  16. Joshua L. Maren

    May 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Shzny, Sagna, p/man, koshlny, gbbs, ramsey, roscky, catzola, poldi, giroud, walcot. i think dis will b perfect.

  17. MR.soski

    May 17, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Our defance line is ok,ramsy cazola vanmaline/rosicky. walcot.giroud poldi

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