Wenger Offers Ozil & Bendtner Injury Update

By on January 1, 2014

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Arsenal needed two late goals to see-off Cardiff City 2-0 at the Emirates on New Year’s Day to remain top of the Premier League.

Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to open the scoring with a close range finish but unfortunately the striker twisted his ankle when doing so and was forced off the pitch after receiving treatment.

After the game, boss Arsene Wenger gave Arsenal.com an update on the striker’s injury as well as giving the latest on Mesut Ozil – who missed the game with a shoulder problem.

Wenger confirmed that Bendtner sprained his ankle after scoring his goal and is likely to be out for ‘weeks’ not ‘days’, while he also revealed that Ozil could be back to face Tottenham in the FA Cup on Saturday but more than likely will return against Aston Villa the following week.

Here’s what Wenger told the clubs official website:

on Bendtner…

He is a player who has gone through some difficult periods so I just want to give him great credit. I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team. Unfortunately he got injured today and it looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks, with a sprained anke. I am very sad for us, but for him as well.

on Bendtner’s bad luck in getting injured…

Usually he is not a fragile player, he was a bit unlucky. He said he landed on the foot of a Cardiff player and turned his ankle.

on Ozil’s fitness…

He thinks Ozil could be ready for Saturday. It is no big damage, just the pain now. I believe he will be short for Saturday and should be ready for Aston Villa.

Bendtner’s injury means Arsenal are now left with something of an injury crisis up front with Olivier Giroud also out with an ankle sprain. Lukas Podolski started in attack today but was unconvincing so it will be interesting to see who Wenger goes with against Spurs.

Who would you like to see start up front at the weekend? Share your suggestions below.

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7 Comments

  1. odilians

    January 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I think THEO will be better in that position in order to give us speed upfront and we also needs gnabry in order to commit defenders

  2. Ian Hawthorne

    January 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I would like to see Jackson Martinez start up front on Saturday. This is unlikely so I would give podolski another go but actually pass the ball to him this time.

  3. dieumerci

    January 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I like to see wallcott in the attack against spurs (

  4. STEVE

    January 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    THE ONLY CHOICE YOU HAVE GOT IS WALCOTT ARSENE,HOW ABOUT BUYING ONE?

  5. g clarke

    January 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    5 or 6 players score goals for arsenal all cannot be held the press brain wash repeating need striker need striker

  6. rowland

    January 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I tank we need 2 get serious about morata and costa,i jst wish we’il get them bt 4 nw use podoski

  7. MAHMOOD.ISMAHEEL

    January 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Let us all kw that we will need a striker that can play in the UCL

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