Rosicky to miss Swansea with calf injury


When Tomas Rosicky wasn’t even on the bench for the game against Man City, the Twinternet went made with theories about why that would be. They included:

  • Injury
  • Falling out with Arsene Wenger
  • Imminent transfer
  • Been eaten by Michael Johnson
  • Running off to join a heavy metal rock band called ‘Billy and Boingers’

The truth is a lot more mundane, with Arsene Wenger confirming a calf injury.

“Rosicky is still out,” he told the official site. “He has a little calf problem. I wanted to involve him tomorrow night but it’s too short.”

But, along with Lukasz Fabianski and Mikel Arteta, they’re Arsenal’s only absences for tomorrow night other than the suspended Laurent Koscielny.

And there was even some encouraging news about Arteta, with Wenger saying, “Arteta’s injury could be shorter than three weeks because it’s a minor calf strain. It’s a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.”

Fingers crossed.


  1. Why mention it !? Even if he wasn’t injured AW wouldn’t play him?? It’s Fxking Odd considering we really needed him in several games when he was fit 2 play.. Sigh

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  2. It won’t be shorter than 3 weeks, he’s saying that to cover his tracks and has a ready-made excuse not to buy anyone. Hooray. Hope he’s back soon though, we need him badly and neither Coquelin or Diaby are solutions for me

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  3. Damnit. We really need to give Cazorla and Wilshere a breather. Hopefully Coquelin or Eisfeld can get some games…..or………….. Diaby stays fit…….

    Arsene says “We are ready to spend big.”
    and that he wants two new players….. I will believe it when I see it Arsene.

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    • He also apparently said in the same interview that his time at Arsenal is coming to an end. Surely both things can’t be true? If he’s going to retire, he can’t be spending big – or he shouldn’t be – but rather leaving what money we have to his succesor to use as he sees fit at the more sensible time in the summer.

      I started to listen to that interview, then I thought, what’s the point, it’ll probably be just a bundle of half-truths, like the one about the availability of money being a very new thing – this is rubbish according to the AST. Sad after such a distinguished career it’s ending like this.

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      • I agree with what you said and maybe that’s what has been in arsenes thinking, but then surely he would want to leave the club and new manager in with a chance of a cl place. Everything he is doing at he moment, by not signing new players, overplaying existing ones and relying on perma injured players to stay fit just doesn’t look like someone determined to make cl football.
        It’s all very strange what’s going on over the arsenal right now. Gave up trying to make sense of it seasons ago.

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  4. Arsene needs to get his act together with this transfer window. With all these injuries starting to mount up.

    I think Treebeard would act faster than he has!!

    Jack Wilshere: Hey Arsene. I was thinking, you know how it’s the transfer window and all, maybe you should think about bringing in a couple of players.

    Arsene: Whoooa! Leeeeeet’s nooooooot beeeee haaasty maassssster Jaaack.

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      • A sword day! A red day, ere the sun rise!

        Death! Death! DEATH! Forth Eorlingas!

        I can’t help but feel the atmosphere at the Emirates might be a little more intimidating for the opposition were the team to enter on horses and act that scene out before matches. And when Stoke come it’ll be even more convincing given the presence of actual real life orcs.

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  5. Why does this news make me glad? Twitter rumors had me believe he must be on his way out. Thank you for atleast mentioning him this time, Gaffer.

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  6. i LOVE rosicky. but reading this left me feeling – the players that are continuously missing for arsenal due to injury need to be moved on. they are a massive liability as we rely on them yet they are not there for us when we need them. We have too small a squad, too little quality, to be looking to risocky and diaby over a whole season for creative input. their inevitable absence costs us many points. It’s sad but true. We need to get rid of one at least and replace. you can carry one player who is worth it based on what they can bring to a game (rosicky) but not two.

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  7. Who? We have a player called Rosicky?? I thought he was one of the medical staff. Jesus!! As for new signings AW says we have just signed some new guy called Walcott and he has no plans to buy any more, not with us doing so well. Back to plannet Earth & Arsenal face an uphill challenge against Swansea in the FA Cup.

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  8. He wasn’t always injured when his contract was up for renewal, of a matter of fact he played like he was 25 years old, contract signed and suddenly back to type. ARSENEnal fc are the biggest joke in football.

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    • why not ramsey? yes, he wasn’t really convincing in the attacking role last season and also couldn’t impress when he had to play out of position this season. but on sunday i think he did very, very well when he came on.

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  9. Maybe the biggest ‘what if’ of this period in Arsenal’s history is the one involving both Rosicky and Diaby.

    If only their fitness problems were average.

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  10. We needed some additions before these injuries in midfield. Now look at the numbers.

    Arteta – injured currently
    Diaby – ALWAYS injured or about to be injured
    Rosicky – often injured, injured currently, and the wrong side of 30
    Wilshere – needs a rest
    Cazorla – needs a rest and needs form
    Coquelin – needs time
    Ramsey – needs consistency
    Eisfeld – please!

    We were in a battle for fourth before the month of January, and now these developments… It looks like Chelsea will shore up at least 3rd based on current form. They have the best defenses, and second best attack (game in hand on Man City). They might bring in Fellaini according to L’Equipe. If so, then they may push the top two. That move would weaken Everton as well, probably enough to drop them out of contention for 4th. West Brom is a faded force. That leaves only the other club in North London, who alarmingly are still above Arsenal in the table. AFC needs some help reeling them in. Surely Wenger would acknowledge this.

    Fellaini ticks all the right boxes. He would undoubtedly make Arsenal a better squad right away and has many years left in the game. He reportedly has a 22 million pounds buyout clause and has been offered 5 million a year for five years to play for Chelsea. That’s roughly what Arsenal will have to stump up for Walcott. If TW14 is worth it then so must be Fellaini. Arsenal supposedly has more than enough money to compete with this offer, so I cannot understand why Wenger is not trying to bring him in (as far as anyone knows).

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  11. it beats my understanding as to why Wenger plays Ramsy and seats Rosicky that man should style up we are not for there money we want to be happy as well it is like we fans are making loses so do something for this jan

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  12. Whats weird is I remember him not playing much last year and the year before…

    Wikipedia reckons he played 38 times for Arsenal in 2011-12, including 28 times in the League. What? I remember him playing, like, five times….One time rather wellm which annoyed me even more when he got rosicky for the billionth time…

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  13. According to Wenger every time Rosicky and Diaby return from injury it is like a new signing. By this measure, Arsenal sign more players than any team in the league.

    Who says Arsenal do not sign players?

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  14. Not great news, Santi is badly in need of a rest and Rosicky would have been very useful to back him up. Oh well, its another Diaby situation, no point mulling over ifs and buts, just see it as a bonus when they do manage to get fit enough to play a few times.

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  15. Rosicky has managed to injure his calf not playing and just as the pressure mounts to buy some players, artetas injury has miraculously got a bit better and might not last 3 weeks! Quick sweepstake: (a) he comes back in march (b) wenger picks him rather than buy anyone and he ends up out til May. Take your pick!

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    • Ya that’s what I was thinking. Let’s rush him back before he’s properly healed, than play him non stop untill the calf tears in half and he’s fucked for 6-9 months. I’m so sick of Arsene.

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  16. Rosicky and Diaby have invented a ‘calf wrestling game’ during their lay-off. Now its catching on the the squad, Arteta is pretty good at it.

    Sadly our players have good mental strength. It makes the game dangerously competitive.

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  17. But he’ll be back this month as yet another LANS! Diaby n Rosicky, always ‘return’ to fitness during transfer windows. Sick!

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  18. Dear me,this website is funny,so often I see amazing good quality articles here,I mean objective,informative,realistic…and every time there is comment that makes sense or carries load of truth and well established ideas with good arguments for each point they somehow happen to get a lovely amount of thumbs down…funny how people prove themselves time and again to be simple animals or mostly neandertals(spelling) but if you don’t know something you get scared,if you get scared you become aggressive…that’s the pattern I notice here,most of people here can not live with a fact that opinions might differ…and if they do it’s not wrong,simply people are different,that’s natural,so face it…

    Regarding rosicky: thought he might be involved/included in some sort of transfer dealings since the end of December,now arsene gave us the ‘real reasons’. I guess only people inside the club know THE real reasons…

    Regarding kompany’s red card cancelation: I think they have forgotten to include an order to hunt jack down and break his legs. If it was not a dangerous tackle then I promise you we will see some broken legs before the end of season.

    Regarding arsenal transfers In this window: we will promote from within,as it looks wenger can not observe any talent,that means younglings,I am not talking about felainis of this world…Or callus, or that Brazilian guy from olympics(forgot the name)…

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  19. See willian could be on the move…£20 million. Looked pretty good to me when they played Chavski…. What you reckon arsene…? Super quality enough…? No, thought not… Of course, silly me, walnut will sign a new contract soon and that will be….well, like new signing….

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  20. What grinds my gears is how Arsene makes it sound like nothing else can happen unless Theo signs, as if the areas of weakness in the squad are somehow directly tied to him.

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  21. Capoue’s signing for everton….. Getting more and more depressed…. Whats next? Diame to scum? Fuck u wenger….. Fuck u to hell!

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  22. Morning in Blighty: from Daily Mail website

    “Despite the heartache of recent years and the cup upset at Bradford, Wenger retains unswerving faith in his squad and hinted that he may resist the temptation to gamble in the transfer market.
    ‘It has become more difficult for one simple reason: We have a good squad,’ said the Arsenal boss.
    ‘I know people don’t believe that. We have improvements to make and we know where. In January it is difficult to find the players who are really better and can give something special to the squad. We are working very hard to find what we want.”

    So there you are: in all likelihood there willll be no signings, as most of us already guessed.
    Meanwhile the signings at other clubs continue, and ‘Arry says M’Vila is going to QPR.

    Wenger is deluded beyond belief. Until he goes, there’ll be no change at the Arsenal.

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  23. M’vila and Remy gone QPR. For a total of like 15mil……what a BOBBY DAZZLER!! Good old Harry, convincing 2 international players to join their cause……. Wake up Arsene!!

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  24. latest news on signings Wenger tell us.
    “Arsenal are ready to “spend big” again – but not until they have tied Theo Walcott to a new contract at the Emirates.

    Wenger added: “We have a very good squad. We have some improvements to make and we know exactly where.

    “But in January it is difficult to find the players that are really better and can give something special to the squad.”
    ahhahah what a joke liar.This guy needs to go serious!

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  25. A wise old Arsenal supporter (for over 45 years) said to me three seasons ago “arsenal will not win a trophy all the time that accountant (Wenger) is running the team.” I told him he was an old fool and didn’t know what he was talking about. Im afraid to say it but im starting to think I will owe him a big apology.

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