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Arsenal Team News & Injury Update: Latest On Sagna, Gibbs, Monreal & More…

Arsenal travel to Turkey on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for tomorrow nights clash with Fenerbache. Here’s a team news and injury update ahead of the game.

Bacary sagna

Arsenal travel to Turkey on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for tomorrow nights vital Champions League play-off first leg with Fenerbache.

Ahead of the game boss Arsene Wenger has given the clubs official website a team news and injury update with the latest on Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.

Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa left us with a number of injury concerns, none-more-so than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the midfielder picking up a nasty knee injury that looks likely to keep him out for at least three months.

Wenger didn’t reveal any further details on the injury following a scan on Monday but he did say that everybody else who took part at the weekend should be available tomorrow, with Sagna and Gibbs set for late tests.

Sagna was forced off in the final minute after landing awkwardly on his neck but he trained this morning and should play as long as he doesn’t have any adverse reaction overnight. Gibbs was also taken off earlier in the match after receiving a nasty cut above his eye but he too is likely to play.

Wenger also revealed some positive news on Monreal with the defender fit enough to travel with the squad after recoving from a back problem that’s kept him out of pre-season. Here’s what the boss told

on the team news…

The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem. Everybody else should make it. There’s a final decision [on Wednesday] but Sagna and Gibbs should be available.

on if Gibbs playing with a plaster on his head…

You get touched there once out of thousand. It’s just a cut. Nacho Monreal is back and will travel.

By saying that everybody else is fit, Wenger confirmed that the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are all fit and available after picking up minor knocks against Villa. On Sunday, I feared we’d have to put out a severely weakened starting eleven but now it looks as though we should be able to field a team that’s more than capable of getting a result.

I think we’ll see a very similar side that started against Villa with Lukas Podolski coming in for Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left.

Now we’ve seen the team news, what would be your preferred starting line-up? Leave your suggestions below.



  1. blaro

    August 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    ooh if all of them are fit we’ll no longer defeat like a first day in epl so we need wenger to reinforce our team please

  2. Duncan

    August 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    But thats all we’ve got any more injuries we’ll start panicking again and its only the start of the season.

  3. Edet Akedo

    August 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Wenger should get the right players at the right time an stop moving around like a baby coach. Get us men an not boys

    • Abdulsalam Ismail Omeiza.

      August 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      You have to start from boys to men, if others refused to sign them because they are boys, how do they turned to men. Wenger should sign three more players. One defender, one defensive midfielder and one striker, then we are good to go.

  4. ibrahimbah

    August 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    the team that u depending on is not complete u need to sign an atacker who is a goal mouth

  5. Charlie

    August 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Still without a DM. At the Emirates Cup and Villa, showed how easy its to play Arsenal. Have runners from the wings and long balls for striker to knockdown. Nobody will pick them up, giving them a free run at the defenders. Made Villa’s striker look great. But truth us that a DM will pick these guys up or slowed them down for the defenders to tackle them.
    I feel we should put someone there, Sagna, Kos, Jenkinson just to defend those areas. Ramsey is box to box, he was caught square with Wilshire most of the time; not his fault. At least with another defender we have a chance of getting a draw.

  6. bob

    August 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    sack the board and wenga

  7. Pierre

    August 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Its quite unfortunate that a world class coach behaves this way season after season. We dont have a second team… Purchase players! Buy Men NOT boys Mr. Wenger

  8. Christian

    August 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    arsenal needs signings like,williams,fellaini,pizskeck,suarez,and there are no problems

  9. Macky

    August 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Arsenal needs 3 to 4 very good players to compete…top 4 should not be our target we are too big a club for that….p/s wenger be more hungry for trophies.

  10. Sylvester Shima

    August 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I wish to calm all arsenal fans dat dey shuld calm down there are secret deal going on now nd i promise u dat things will change in d next matter of hour. Call 08086500735 for detials frm emirate. And as for wenger his wil be handle with immerdiate effect.we d arsenal supporters trust we have taken actions nd there is tension in emirate now. Just call me for more information

  11. Livi B

    August 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Charlie you are spot on. While every one is calling for attackers what we need is some muscle in the DM area. most teams play with two. Some play with one. We have half in Arteta who is a Ball player filling in very well as DM. He reads the game. See’s the problem and solves it before it is apparent to most. Just look at our record when he doesn’t play. We need one or two more DM’s. I wish we had ALEX SONG!

    PS: This is not the teams fault or Wenger failings. It’s the board and their fear of rich Russians.


      August 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Its Wengers fault he always made Board belief he can do it while in this world did wenger want to solve problems without necessary tools, at the expense of his own personal profile, players achievement records and fans pride, the board is making more money while his own profile is getting deteriorated whatever shares he may be getting from this stupid collaboration with board, I still see him as a fool because other top managers are making more money as well while they never compromise trophies its a pity especially for those players, look at those injuries it would not have happened if not that they’re trying to do more to limit the shame ASTON VILLA PUT ON THEM.

  12. ogbusu skc

    August 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love the Arsenal loss to Villa. Wenger didn’t learn his lesson after the Emirates Cup. What on earth could be his justification for not buying the needed players in the neccessary positions?

    I truly wish that Fernabache will relegate Arsenal to the Europa League! Then and only then can Wenger stop his stubborn, illusionary mirage of his obstinate concept.

    The major problem is that I can’t even think of another club. Maybe Wenger virus has infected me! Hope I will get out of the cyclic circle.

  13. wase

    August 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    @ogbusu you are not a true arsenal fan,how can you wish for a loss for a team you claim to support,that is parthetic…smh


    August 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    @Wase nothing is pathetic about that its only glare now that Wenger only responded if things go wrong, very stubborn man, let us all see them collapse may be their will be total change the world has been expected so long.

  15. Abraham

    August 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Well, we all have a point, one way or the other. I sincerely wish wenger gets to see all these. Its high time wenger knows how our hearts have been broken over the years. How long shall we continue in this heart break?

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  17. Gabriel

    August 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Am totally weak with arsen wenger’s policy, Williams to Liverpool, arsenal is out of top four

  18. Gabriel

    August 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Arsen wenger is an idiot. Because only one man makes millions out there unhappy. He is stupid, sturbon, and madness is the next stage of his problems

  19. Ahmed Rufai

    August 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    good to know that it is only. ox that is missing from the squad we use on Saturday but I think arsene should bring in some established players. we need dept in the squad. some good player that can change the game from the bench.

  20. Marad Aik

    August 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    My advice for pa wenger is that .He should convert Sagna to be play the role of 5. And found another 2, 3, 4, one more 6 and one attacker. Making 5 able players. May God help him. And he (pa wenger) should stop to be coward.

  21. vicent

    August 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Dear Board
    Y can’t you differetiate btn a manager and funs. We funs wea there 4eva not like wenga who ll leave the club we his contract iz done. Every tym breaking our hearts. Y sh’d we deserve all dis. U sell players n don’t buy, y a u too greedy? Dis is a big club. Wen ll start competing for trophies wiz de likes ov manu, real m, Bac. Munich. Wenga u ll also go lyk any aza manager. But don’t bring down our TREASURED ARSENAL. Thanx

  22. Maradesa Aiki

    August 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Defence is the main problem. Convert Sagna to become 5 ,found 3,2,4,6 to strenghting our dear team and one attacker.

  23. OKENE

    August 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    wenga is playn wit asenal fans n supotas so bear wit him bcos i didnt tink asenat wil smell champions leauge dis year. make una take heart ooo

  24. OKENE

    August 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    suarez? heemmm


    August 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    suport if u like stop complaining dat is gun witout bullet hahahaha.

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