Arteta and Giroud added to late test list


Arsene Wenger has revealed a whole host of players are facing late fitness tests ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby.

The boss indicated yesterday that Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny would be put through their paces in training today, but he’s now added the likes of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud to the list.

While the check on Cazorla may well be routine given his late return from international duty, it’s a slight worry that Arteta appears to have picked up a hip injury despite remaining at London Colney all week and Giroud is struggling with calf and hamstring problems. Without wanting to unduly panic anybody, it does appear that Marouane Chamakh is our only fit attacker. (Update – forgot about Podolski…)

Interestingly, there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with Thomas Vermaelen despite the Belgian pulling out of his country’s squad this week.

Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky remain sidelined for a match which the boss believes can shape the season: “We’re a long way off the leaders so it’s important to come back,” he stated.

Asked by the press if Spurs were closing the gap Wenger also took the chance to have a cheeky dig at them down the road what live in our shadows by retorting: “I get this question every year.”


  1. Is Arsenal stronger than last year? In Midfield, yes. Strikeforce, no. I have a question. Santos was a lovable Brazilian last year. He surely was making the same errors as he is this year. Why is he being castigated now?

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    • podolski is lazy, not marking opposition fullback. Santos is always in a “two on one” situation. Happened in the schalke and united game – even sky pointed this out.

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      • Truth be told I think poldi and santos prefer the same position, left wing. Santos isn’t a LB material purely because of his attacking mentality, because it causes his defensive positioning to be very erratic which confuses anyone trying to cover for him when he attacks. When poldi plays with gibbs you’ll notice how he has the stamina and speed to get back to his position very quickly which means less tracking back for poldi which means more running and pressing higher up the pitch by him.

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      • @aussiegunner
        Sky pointed it out? SKy commentators hate arsenal.the arsenal fans, the players and Wenger. I cant even watch a game cause even when we are winning they start talking about the arsenal that was and we are crap and all sorts of bull

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      • You are joking, right? You don’t know Arsene by now, he would start Ramsey on the right unless Arteta injured.

        He doesn’t care what you think, he doesn’t care if we win a real trophy as long as he wins the “keep the yank happy, make money and keep job 4th place trophy”, to him it is all about proven others wrong, he is using this club for that and making money. If 4 years of Almunia is a great player didn’t teach you any thing, I don’t know what will!!!!!!.

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  2. Chamack ?? Wats wrong wit podo or Theo up front , let Santos play left wing sorted.all so … All ye need is Jack da da dada da all ye need is Jack . Jack jack . Jack is all we need !

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  3. Are you kidding me? travelling from norway to london for this sick derby and first the team are totally out of form in the start of the season and probably the most important people who can give us this win are injured… PLEASE PASS THE TEST AND WIN AND MAKE THIS THE SICKEST DERBY EVER!!!
    COYG!!! <3

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  4. Mannone
    jenkinson mertesacker koscielny vermaelen
    Frimpong coquelin
    ramsey wilshire arshavin

    martinez santos djourou yennaris eisfeld gnabry chamakh

    thats if all the injured and doubtful dont make it

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    • Yes that’s a really good team,you should play them against sp#rs and put there injured players out in FIFA 13.Then you will have the result for tomorrow,simple!

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    • Go away with that mannone of yours.
      Schezzers is the guy.

      and i have a feeling wenger is fucking us over with the gibbs situation. if he’s fit please play him. The arsenal mojo dissappeared right along with his lay off.

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  5. i hope bale dont swap wings and run riot against santos otherwise were screwed. Alhthough i believe the game itself will bring the players up a notch in performance level. At least i hope! Asnl 3 – 1 Spuds

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  6. If you always play the same players without squad rotation, they tend to become exhausted then injured. Every season it’s the same story.

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  7. just saw the highlights of the ucl final 2006….it seems as if that was a very huge night in the history of the club as every day passes in hindsight…no wonder wenger calls it the worst experience he had…

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  8. “Arteta with hip injury”

    Getting too much hot kinky sex are you?. Whips, handcuffs and all that other shit ey?.

    Wenger transfer rule 101…….” No hot kinky sex before derby!…NO!”

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  9. What’s the injury status of the worlds largest forehead? Shit time to have all these injuries. Nothing worse than facing Spuds with a weakened squad.

    I’d love to see Theo & Podolski playing up front tomorrow. I don’t think Podolski saw the pitch against Netherlands so hopefully he’s recovered a little as it seemed he was a little burnt out.

    To his credit Chamakh did look pretty good against Reading. Maybe this is the game AA23 gets a start.

    Man I hope we buy a couple re-enforcements in Jan! I don’t think Rosicky or Diaby will be seen much the rest of this season.

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  10. Btw i suspect all these are just on purpose to get the spuds to loosen up their squad before the derby as they will see we are also weakened thus no need to rush their returning injured “star” player……or maybe they are REALLY injured, hmmh…

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  11. haha what a reply from King Arsene. Tottenham are a fucking joke. every year they start this shit saying that this is thr year The power is shifting in North London. ha for all the mouthing they did last year and they didnt even make the champions league

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  12. Fuck it if all else fails than I’d go with chamakh. I think players like poldi gervinho and walcott would thrive off his hold up play. If I remember back to a time when he was playing it was a certain player whose long term injury has been in line with how ling chamakhs form has dropped. There once was a time when Jacky boy and chamakkh seemed to be building a good understanding.

    But this is if all else fails.. off course

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  13. I’ll be happy if every one of our players tomorrow gives100% on the pitch, fight like crazy and is willing to die for our club.

    If we do that, whoever is injured, we’ll have too much for the Sp**d cunts.

    Come on lads this is the one!

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    • Indeed, I’d be tempted to start Frimpong and Jenkinson anyway, I know it isn’t only local players that understand derby’s as they happen all over the world but having a few more dyed-in-the-wool gooners out there might be nice to see.

      Sagna on the left, Jenks on the right and Frimpong in for Arteta (if he’s injured) or the Coq.

      Or finally reveal our masterstroke and let Djourou start in midfield, essentially converting to wing-backs and throwing AVB off his (normally astute) tactical game..

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  14. Mannone

    Jenkinson Mert Kosc Verma

    Ramsey Coq

    Arshavin Jack Santos


    I think thats probably the strongest team we have if all the late testers fail…

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