Arsenal Team News: Wenger Gives Latest On Walcott, Flamini, Podolski & More

By on November 1, 2013

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Premier League leaders Arsenal welcome third-placed Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening in what may prove to be a vital top-of-the-table clash.

Ahead of the game Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been in front of the media for his pre-match press conference and he gave a team news and injury update with the latest on Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini.

The good news is that Arteta returns from suspension after serving a one-match ban against Chelsea in midweek following his sending off against Crystal Palace last weekend.

However, none of Arsenal’s other injured players will make comeback’s on Saturday meaning Walcott, Gnabry, Podolski, Chamberlain and Diaby all remain sidelined.

Flamini was forced off in the early stages of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Palace with a groin problem and Wenger has confirmed the midfielder will miss the Liverpool clash as well as Wednesday’s trip to Borussia Dortmund but may return against Man Utd next Sunday.

Winger Walcott will definitely not play against Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool tomorrow either but he also has a chance of facing the champions if he proves his fitness following abdominal surgery.

Here’s what Wenger told

on the team news…

Basically we have just Arteta back because he was suspended. Gnabry, who was not available for Tuesday, will not be available again, and all the other long-term injuries are not back – Walcott, Chamberlain, Podolski, Diaby.

on Flamini…

He is a short-term injury, he could available for Manchester United. He is out for Liverpool and Dortmund.

Arsenal fans – what would be your preferred line-up to face Liverpool? Share your suggestions below.


  1. GunnerPete

    November 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This is the crunch I have been waiting for. Yet again we reach the point where we play a few teams who are quality and loe all three and AFC will be no different than they ha been for the past 8 seasons ie; week in front of the defence. The answer should have been Flamini but he (as usual) is out. So will AW at last have the sense and guts to try something different like playing Vrmaelen in Flaminis position beside Arteta or will he as usual play another tiny tippy tappy who will be overun by Gerrard & co.

    My team would be:

    Chesney, Sagna (told to say back) Per Kossy Gibbs.
    Vermy Arteta

    Wilshire Cazorla

    Chances are he will play Rosicky and Ramsey. I say bring them on after 60mins when the pool are tiring.

    • Gunner26

      November 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm


    • Arsenal Fan Talk

      November 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Cannot play Vermy for the FIRST time as DM against Liverpool, would be madness. Arteta is capable but will miss Flamini shouting out orders but we still have to be disciplined and not get caught on the counter again.

      Should play with Arteta and Ramsey ahead of the back 4 with Carzola and Rosicky on the wings.

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  2. abdulai

    November 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Good news for guners at all

  3. Oscar

    November 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Its a gud news arteta is back nd would have luv to see flamini on d pitch to easy the pressure in our defence. Althesame my lineup will be our no1, sagna, per, kos, gibbs, arteta, wilshire, ozil, ramsey, giroud, carzola.

  4. Gooner Preeyesh

    November 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I think we will have to adjust our guys to have two players marking Suarez who is in super form. Mer cannot handle his speed alone. At the other end, Sagna’s crosses are a must with Ozil, Giroud combo to score

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