Wenger confirms latest Arsenal injury blow is a BIG one!!

Whenever and Arsenal player picks up an injury these days we tend to fear the worst and that is not because the Arsenal fans are naturally pessimistic or anything, but because our fears are usually well founded. Danny Welbeck, for a perfect example, is only just back in the side 10 months after he was said to have a minor knock.

So the latest injury update by Arsene Wenger, reported by the Daily Mail, sounds pretty ominous to me. The Frenchman did talk about our England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in terms of weeks on the sidelines and he tried to sound positive about the young midfielder’s chances of being alright for the Euro 2016 tournament this summer.

Arsenal line up with 3 changes for Bournemouth

Because the Arsenal injury list has not really allowed Arsene Wenger to rotate his players much in recent weeks, another Premier League game less than 48 hours after a trip to Southampton was always going to be difficult. So when you add in the fact that we lost our last game heavily and need to bounce back quickly you can see that the Frenchman has a problem on his hands.

I think he has little choice but to make a few changes, to add some fresh legs as well as protecting certain players from injury. Unfortunately he cannot make too many because of the need for consistency as well as the limited options available.

Arsenal line up for Southampton – Ox to start

With Arsenal about to play the second of three Premier League games in the space of a week, and with our reasonably lengthy injury list meaning that the squad options available to Arsene Wenger are a bit limited, it might not be an easy job for the boss.

The last thing the prof needs is to lose any more players and so he will be concerned about overplaying certain key players. That is perhaps why we saw that Mesut Ozil had jetted off somewhere warm for a break both before and after the Man City match.

Arsenal starting line up for Aston Villa – Ox to start

What with all the injury problems facing Arsenal at the minute, Arsene Wenger may wish that he had more players to choose from but at least it makes his team selection for each game a relatively easy one. There are a few choices that the manager could make though.

Wenger could rest his hard working full backs Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin, or one of them and if it was me I would give the young Spanish right back a rest as he has begun to lose his edge in recent games. The boss could bring Gabriel in for one of the centre backs and he could give Chambers a go in the holding midfield role.

Arsenal team confirmed with Ramsey in middle and Walcott on bench

While the Arsenal squad has been wracked with injury problems, Arsene Wenger has at least had some good news with the England international striker Theo Walcott returning to the squad and Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny also coming back off the injury list.

Only one of those three returning Gunners is in the starting line up chosen by the bodss though, with the France international centre back completing the strongest possible Arsenal back four alongside Mertesacker, Bellerin and Monreal and with Flamini preferred to Chambers in the holding role in front of them.

Here we go again for injury hit Arsenal – Giroud off?

Can you believe it Arsenal fans? Just after getting back to the top of the Premier League after 20 months, the injury problems that badly hurt our title challenge back then came back with a massive bang in the Capital One Cup today.

You have to feel for Arsene Wenger because his team selection showed how important it was to rest the big players, so Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil did not even travel. How unlucky then were we to lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the first 20 minutes?

Arsenal team for Sheffield Wednesday – Giroud to start

Arsene Wenger has so far been proved largely right in his decision not to sign a striker in the summer transfer window and he now has two different and effective option to lead the attack in Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. Each brings a very different skill set to the side and are seen as the better choice depending on how the manager thinks the game will pan out.

Arsenal travel to Swansea at the weekend and the Welsh team´s style of play as well as the fact that they have a good recent record against the Gunners and their win last weekend means that it should be an open game, set up for the pace and counter attacking threat of Theo.

Arsenal XI for Everton clash – The Ox starts

Even with Arsenal having been reminded by Aaron Ramsey of how much the team has suffered in recent with injury problems, it is also crucial for Arsenal to keep up the recent level of performances and results in the Premier League.

In Everton the Gunners have an opponent that can give anyone a hard time on their day and Roberto Martinez will be keen to at the very least play well and put last week´s home defeat by Man United to one side. So I will be amazed to see Arsene Wenger rest any key men like Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez.

Four changes for Arsenal v Olympiacos in Champions League

Even though Arsenal are right up against it after losing the first Champions League group game two weeks ago and even though we do not play again until late on Sunday, Arsene Wenger is going to rotate his starting XI for the second group game against the Greek side Olympiakos tonight.

I think the Frenchman will make four changes, which might sound a lot in a game we simply have to win, but there are good reasons for all of them. David Ospina was promised plenty of game time by Wenger in the summer to stop him leaving and so he is likely to feature in most, if not all, of our cup games.