A lot of the talk about Arsenal right now is the injury crisis and what Arsene Wenger might to do to boost his squad when the winter transfer window opens in January. One of the priority pieces of transfer business that the Arsenal fans wanted to see done was for the boss to sign a striker but after the French defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a long term injury last weekend the priority is now clearly to find a replacement for him.
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One Arsenal fan, who just happens to be one of our former stars and was a member of the invincibles that last won Arsenal the Premier League trophy, will be crossing his fingers harder than most this weekend and hoping that the current crop of Gunners can bring all three points home from the game against West Brom.
Robert Pires will also be nervously hoping that no more of the Arsenal squad picks up a knock because it is the current injury list and the possibility of it getting longer that the Frenchman feels is the biggest obstacle in the way of Arsene Wenger and the players this season, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Arsenal could not have reached the Top Four last season if Alexis Sanchez had not been in explosive form in the first half of the season. He practically carried Arsenal when half the team were out injured. Fast forward 12 months, and we yet again have an injury list longer than my arm, but our erstwhile saviour simply doesn’t have the energy to carry us any more.
After that shocking and below par display from Arsenal in the Champions League, despote all the changes to the starting line up, Arsene Wenger and the players need to get back into the swing and give us Arsenal fans something to cheer about.
Normally a trip to Chelsea would be the last thing you wanted in that situation but right now it could be just what the Gunners need. It was unfortunate that Chelsea got a good and easy win at home to the hapless Maccabi Tel Aviv this week but that only papers over the cracks and a Premier League clash with a major rival is a whole other matter.
You have to believe that Arsene Wenger and his huge team of fitness and medical experts at Arsenal were not taken completely by surprise by the news, reported on the Arsenal website today, that our England international striker Danny Welbeck would not be getting back onto the pitch as soon as we thought. And that has to raise eyebrows in the football world even more about the manager’s failure to sign a single outfield player during the summer transfer window.
It is just not fair! In the same week that Arsene Wenger has been bigging up the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere and declaring that a few months without injury will allow us all to see the true potential of this brilliant but unlucky midfielder, he has gone and picked up yet another injury.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Wilshere has picked up the injury in training this week and it will keep him out of today´s Wembley clash with Chelsea. He was due to start for the Gunners in the Community Shield, probably in one of the wide forward roles, so as well as being a major blow for the player it gives Arsene Wenger a serious worry as he attempts to end that long run of games against Jose Mourinho without a win.
It was a big surprise to see the name of Alexis Sanchez on the Arsenal team sheet today for the visit of \MIddlesborough in the fifth round of the FA cup. We had been told that the Chilean striker was not likely to play as his knee was still swollen after Tuesday night.
We know that Sanchez always wants to play and that this is an important game for the Gunners, but Wenger has made lots of changes, giving the likes of Chambers, Flamini, Gabriel and Gibbs rare starts. And with Theo Walcott finding his form and fitness, it is not as if the manager did not have a good option to play instead of Sanchez.
Arsene Wenger has already revealed that Mesut Ozil has regained full fitness and is available for today’s Arsenal game at home to Stoke City, but now he has gone even further in saying that he believes that the German has now regained his hunger to get out on the pitch and start winning again.
“It’s a frustrating season for him as he has not contributed yet,” Wenger said. “It was not a convincing start. He played six games, scored one goal against Aston Villa.
The Arsenal and England international Theo Walcott could be set to really get his football career back on track today, almost exactly a year after he was stretchered off in the Gunners’ FA cup triumph over our north London rivals Tottenham.
The lasting image of that moment was a grinning Walcott taunting the spuds from his stretcher but as we know, that happiness soon turned to misery as the extent of his injury became clear. If the 25-year old does start for Arsene Wenger today, it will be the first time since that day, but Theo has not wasted his recovery time, as a Sky Sports report explains.
Arsene Wenger recalled Francis Coquelin from his loan move at Charlton to help with Arsenal’s unrelenting injury roblems, and he was thrown in at the deep end against West Ham at Upton Park this week.
Although the young Frenchman performed admirably it seems that Wenger is not yet convinced that Francis is really good enough to become a regular Arsenal squad member. Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I believe he has the potential but he has played one game, so it is a bit early to judge that. He will make a career and hopefully he will make it here.