Walcott out, Gibbs back in contention for Montpellier

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Kieran Gibbs

Despite being refered to, rather confusingly, as ‘long term’ by Arsene Wenger just a short time ago, Kieran Gibbs is back in full training and in contention for a place in the team ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League tie against Montpellier.

The left back’s last appearance was in the 3-1 away win at West Ham and the thigh injury has kept him out for eight games (should be make a return tomorrow night). There was also good news Gervinho comes back into the squad having been out since picking up an ankle injury against QPR.

However, Theo Walcott will miss the game with a shoulder problem having fallen awkwardly on it in the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-2 win over Sp*rs. Andre Santos also misses out, like Walcott he took a knock towards the end of the game when Sp*rs lost 5-2 and Adebayor got sent off.

Arsene Wenger is after three points though, knowing his team don’t enjoy Greece too often, saying, “We want to win because we have a good opportunity to finish the job and qualify.”

Injury updates via @arsenal

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Tottenhams reckoning

Gibbs coming back is massive… Hopefully it will bring poldi back on form again!

Aalekh

It also sparks up the debate for CB too. I think he’ll stick with TV5/Mertesacker even though Koscielny hasn’t given any reason to be dropped in this second spell in the first team(with TV5 at Left back)

Dick Swiveller

Truth be told, Mertesacker has probably been our worst defender in the last few games, not by much but with the nippy forwards Montepellier have it wouldn’t surprise me to see Vermscielny in action tomorrow if Gibbs starts.

nishanth

So basically in Arsenal’s case players with long term injuries return after 3-4 weeks and the short term ones return after 9 months

TG

Did you see the game on Saterday when we beat Adebayor&co 5-2, poldi scoring and assisting cazorla? Podolski is back!

Tottenhams reckoning

He was still better when Gibbs was fit… Therefore poldi with Gibbs will be even more juicy!

bopalula

Juicy with damp patches.

goonerbynature

Poldi seems to have developed a rather useful knack for managing the odd goal or assist even when not quite bang in form. That’s something our squad has lacked in the past, and it’s a good trait to have. And just makes me salivate even more at the prospect of a properly in-form Poldi!

Aalekh

Seeing Walcott on this great run also highlights what Gervinho lacks in his game. I just don’t see the Poldi-Giroud-Gervinho attacking trio being too much successful. The Ox would be better maybe?

Dick Swiveller

Wouldn’t surprise me if he got the start after is blistering cameo against Spurs, seems like he’s ready to go.

Jb

Sell Gervinho FFS. Weak link. Brings zero balance to the side.

MalayanGooner

how did santos injured himself?

Aalekh

I hear super-fast driving takes its toll on the body

Heh

I suspect he wore rvps cunt infected shirt.

Arxavin

Give it a reay already. I havent really noticed before in brazilian serie a…but i saw two matches last weekend, and in both matches all the players swapped shirts at halftime.

Arxavin

a rest, i mean. Damn mobile

Heh

Good thing the bpl is in england and whats that about “when in rome?”. I like santos though, dont let this small chat make you think otherwise. I’ll not defend the “rvp – cunt” part though

Nick

Maybe in the tunnel after the game he asked to swap jersey’s with Adebayor?

heihaci

Gibbs will free up Podolski
Great news!

Gearoid Kelly

Hear hear, Gibbs is huge to the way we play.

I loved how Walcott always looked like a great option to break lines on Saturday. He really is so dangerous. With a little improvement at dribbling, he could be even more so.

If we can’t up our offer to £80-85k for this guy,we could be in real trouble.

up-to

The guy isn’t after 80-85, he is after 100k+ and he will do (almost) anything to get them. Though I’m sure whether he would go as far as lpool to get them.

xxxrob

I’ve read that he has lowered his demand to 90,000 a week and we have upped our offer to 80,000 so there is progress. Ever so slowly. Surely 80,000 is a fair compromise… he’s getting an extra 20,000 a week.

My pay rises are typically in the area of a couple of dollars an hour. Fuck’s sake sign the contract boy!

Up the Arse

I would like to see Chamakh get a chance if this turns into a null and void affair. He played (relatively) well against Reading, and if he isn’t going to be given a chance, AW should simply free up the wages and let him go in Janaury for a box of Jaffa cakes.

*puts flame suit on*

Aalekh

He should have takers though, and offloading him without purchasing another striker seems impossible

Midfield Corporal

If only It were that easy. Even if we gave him away for nothing, I can’t see many Foreign team of his standard being able to pay his current salary. My understanding is that because he came on a Bosman transfer, we in effect pay the transfer fee to him over the term of his contract, Consequently his monthly salary is artificially high.

Dr. Silent

This is very good news. We need a proper left back to play there, and Gibbs is the only one at the club.

Shame about Walcott. Bring on the Ox!

top,topquality

Its a good news but the medics need to learn how to keep Gibbsy from treatment table just as they did to d “little boy crying inside” Gibbs absence has really caused us valuable points.

nick

wait, just to clarify these injuries happened in the game we beat sp*rs 5-2 AND adebayor got sent off, right?

CharlieS

Gervinho…

Sp*rs

I heard Adebayor got sent off, and We beat spurs 5-2

damien joyce

I don’t see Gibbs starting, in fact I’d be disappointed if he did because it would probably be Kos making way, I’d like to start:-
Szcz
Sagna-Mert-Kos-Verm
Arteta-Jack
Ox-Caz-Pod
Giroud

If Vermaelen doesn’t improve and Mertscielny play well then drop Verm for Gibbs at weekend

Come on Arsenal

Bucks

Lennon was in TV5’s pocket on saturday. I hope it is a return to form.

Chamakh

I think we will start with this:
Szcz
Sagna-Verm-Mert-Clichy
Song-Jack
Nasri-Cesc-Pod
Persie
What a team we got!

Dick Swiveller

I dunno, Cazorla and Arteta should probably start, being better than the options there.

Gunnertastic

so you would sit yourself?? and certainly Cazorla over Nasri any day… but since we are living in your world… we’ll go with your lineup

manfredi

the ox must be the natural replacement for wally walcott

wouldnt be surprised to see wenger gamble a bit and give arteta or jack a break and start ramsey or the coq instead. Just a feeling…

Percy Dalton

I didn’t realise Santos was really injured on Saturday when we beat Spurs 5-2 and Adebayor got sent off. I thought he was just running down the clock as we were beating Spurs 5-2 with Adebayor having been sent off. Good timing for Gibbs to come back to training.

Will certainly cause a selection headache in central defence though as Koscielny played well on Saturday when we beat Spurs 5-2 and Adebayor got sent off, and the BFG also scored a cracker in our 5-2 win over Spurs when Adebayor got sent off.

Squillaci

We beat spurs to close the gap? even though we beat them im sure they will be playing in Europa Cup, isnt that the cup everyone wants to get into?

Red Cannon

Not everyone. Just Man City.

sube

Gibbs will come back and get injured again. Diaby and Gibbs have had similar stories. What a waste of talent and at the moment, it seems it is a waste of wage too

Squillaci

Gibbs has injury free after the big full back crisis. sube when did you last watch a game?

Frog

Heh. Injury free? It says in plain English he’s missed the last 8 games. What a twat.

SSADVAPPRG

Juice by that

Zeddington

I would hesitate to start both Gibbs and Gervinho who’ve been out with injury. I suspect Wenger will go with Gervinho as RW and Vermaelen as LB. (Now that I’ve said that, he’ll surely start Gibbs and Ox).

Horgoomiki

I’m a fan of Gibbo but if it means Kos back to bench and Verm as CB, then no, thanks.

Nick

I’m very happy to have Gibbs coming back. I do hope he is 100% and we’re not risking him. We really need him at LB long term this season for the good of the campaign. I would have to go with Kos and TV5 at CB against Montpellier as their speed will give BFG more than a few problems.

Arsezilla

I just wanna know what’s gnna happen to Kos if Gibbs returns !!? He been the highlight on our back 4 ? Him n Mert.!!!

Chrispy

Theo’s out with his glass shoulders.

Gotta feel for the guy trying to survive on his £65k per week sick pay.

Trevor

Gibbs coming back will also allow for some rotation at the moment.

I fear the the 11 who started on Saturday will become so relied upon, I hope there isn’t going to be some burnout in the future. Everyone needs the occasional rest!

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Sausage carpet

I like the debate about the defence. Last year we would have given anything to have such a debate. Two starters are mert and sagna and the rest should be picked based on opposition- Gibbs, verm and kos are good enough to be chopped and changed. Pacey wingers = Gibbs. Height from set pieces verm and kos. Here’s one. Rest jack, verm and arteta in def mid. Verm can be our new keown/petit/gilberto.

Deano

Verm is captain so first name on the team sheet. Its harsh on who drops out if Gibbs comes in. Verm will be back to his best soon enough. Bring on a good winning run.

Ped

To whoever makes the call. I hear we are close to turning the financial corner. Just give Walcott the 100k, he’s in form, sign him up and send a message that we are closed for business as a feeder club. JFDI. And let’s get on with winning.

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krekis

The partnership btw mert and kos is perfect.I think gibbs shld still have a little rest for montpellier game

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The sooner Gibbs is back the better!

Without both functioning full backs, running at speed and overlapping the shape of the team and the style of football we try and play never quite comes off.

Take tonight. There are balls going astray. Looks round from are midfield players. The balance isn’t there.

When Gibbs is back (and stays fit!!!) we’ll kick on.

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