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Arsenal update: Good and bad news on the injury front

By Stefano on February 11th, 2013

So the nightmare didn’t happen. Rather than calling up Sebastian Squilacci Arsene Wenger chose Bacary Sagna as his makeshift centre half and played Carl Jenkinson at right back against Sunderland. And it kind of worked too. Sagna played well and Jenkinson looked comfortable until his second rather rash tackle that is.

Jenkinson’s misdemeanor means that at least Ignasi Miquel got a bit of a run out. Wenger clearly doesn’t feel that he is ready for first team action yet, which is a shame both for Arsenal and for him.

This weekend Arsenal host Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup in game that the team should feel fairly confident of winning. The good news for Arsenal fans too is that it looks like Laurent Koscielny will be back to partner Per Mertesacker at the back.

Wenger said of his injury

“It’s a calf problem. We think it’s a question of days [until he returns] because he had a positive scan.”

“He [came off for France] at half time [on Wednesday] and we decided to give him a trial in the warm up.

“He was not good enough. I don’t think it’s long-term.”

More of a worry, for The Mail at least, is the status of Thomas Vermaelen. The paper suggests that he will return to training this week, but will struggle to make the squad for the Bayern Munich Champions League a week on Tuesday.

He has had an anti-inflammatory injection in the hope of avoiding ankle surgery. An extended lay off for the captain would be disastrous for Arsenal as they look to close in on at least a fourth place finish in the Premiership.

As for Jack Wilshere, it seems like Arsenal’s talimsanic midfielder will be out for a week or so. Wenger has the choice of whether to play him against Blackburn on Saturday or give him a few more days to recover before starting him against Bayern.

Wenger has plenty of midfield options including Ramsey, who had another good game on Saturday, Diaby, who played for most of the second half, Rosicky and even Oxlade Chamberlain who can all play in the central midfield berth alongside Arteta and Cazorla.



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Bad news for Arsenal fans – Sebastian Squillaci could start on Saturday against Sunderland

By Stefano on February 7th, 2013

Some rather worrying news for Arsenal fans. It seems possible that their old friend Sebastian Squillaci could start Saturday’s game against Sunderland partnering Per Mertesacker at the heart of the Arsenal defence.

Sebastian Squillaci hasn’t played for Arsenal in the Premiership this season (he has played just one game in the CL against Olympiacos), but with doubts over both Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen his moment may have arrived again.

Koscielny picked up a calf strain during France’s 2-1 defeat to Germany on Wednesday night, while Vermaelen has an ankle knock.

There still sees to be a reasonable chance that at least one of them will be fit for the games against Sunderland but if not Squillaci is clearly in the frame. Wenger could also choose Ignasi Miquel who played a few times in the Premiership last season, and if memory serves me well did a fair job of marking Andy Carroll against Liverpool. The Spaniard has played well when given the opportunity, but the 20 year old’s slow progress does suggest that Wenger has concerns about playing him.

It underlines how annoying Arsenal’s failure to capture Etienne Capoue, who can play in both central midfield and the centre of the defence, in the transfer window was.

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