Wenger gives update on Rosicky, Theo, Jack & Ozil


In addition to using his weekly press conference to unveil Mesut Ozil to the British media, the first time we’ve made such a big deal about a signing in quite some time, Arsene Wenger also gave an update on his squad’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland.

The news is both good and bad…

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are fit to start at the Stadium of Light despite their ‘exploits’ on international duty with England. Both men were subbed off by Roy Hodgson in Ukraine, Walcott having endured a pretty horrific tackle that took his ankle out.

Further good news is that new boy Ozil, having had his first proper training session at London Colney, will also play a part.

Unfortunately, Tomas Rosicky is ruled out. The midfielder limped off during the Czech Republic’s game with Italy on Tuesday evening having caught his studs in the turf and has done  damage to his thigh muscle apparently.

The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby remain long-term absentees and Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta are also still on the sidelines despite edging closer to their respective returns.



  1. Must admit when I saw Theo hobbling off in Kiev I thought we were looking at a few weeks out. Seems to be made of sterner stuff these days though, maybe the thought of getting on the end of some Ozil through balls took the pain away.

    Shame about Rosicky but I think we’re covered 🙂

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    • Twisted ankle? Sore thigh? You need the best painkiller money can buy – Özil 11 – We’ll have you back on your feet in no time.

      Caution: Not to be used to treat teams under 4(th).

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    • Sadly we’re not really covered… the only forward-motivated possible game changers on the bench at the weekend will be two of the likes of Gnabry, Miyaichi, Akpom or Bendtner.

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  2. will our amazing ANS (flans, ozil) stop us from ever hearing about all those who are soon to become LANS (poldi, mikel, verms) ?

    i for one hope we don’t discontinue this pioneering tradition

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  3. Just cannot fucking wait to see Ozil’s debut. No pressure or anything, but he’s going to tear Di Canio’s boys a new one. Each. One by one.

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  4. If Theo gets injured we are seriously lacking pace in our attack. Especially with Poldi and Chambo out. That’s why I don’t understand why we didnt sign a decent winger. I guess beggars can’t be chosers.
    Can’t wait to watch Ozil in action!!

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    • If walcott gets injured it means either myiachi or gnabry gets a start if Rosicky is also unavailable. Both those players are pretty fast.

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    • Yeah, we need 2 players for each position. That’s 4 wingers for two spots. We’ve got Podolski, Theo, Chamberlain, Cazorla is a wide playmaker, Ryo, Gnabry. Yeah, we should have signed a new winger just because Podolski and Chambo are out for a few weeks. When they’re back fit we’ll just return the new winger back to where we bought him from.

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      • Clearly, you are unaware of the new UEFA-forced policy that allows any team to return one player per transfer window to the original club within three months after the purchase provided that the player is returned in the original packaging.

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        • And you have to show the receipt of course, if not, anyone could return the player and that would make the transfer market much complicated than it’s already is

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  5. Szcz

    Subs: Viviano/Fabianski, Nacho, Jenko, Flamini, Ryo, Gnabry, Sanogo

    Bring it on Paulo!

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    • I’d swap Jack for Flamini. Those cunts are gonna kick us around and the last thing we need is for jack to get his ankle smashed. The Flamster can give Cattermole a taste of his own medicine. Play Flamini-Ramsey as in deep midfield then sub Rambo for Jack after we’re comfortable. Rambo needs a rest too, even if he is, you know, Rambo.

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      • I agree with starting Flam but I would, and I know I am going to get it for this, Jack along side of him with Santi in the hole and Rambo on the right, then switch Oz for Jack, move Rambo along with Flam, Santi to the left and Oz in the hole….just my thought….

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      • De Canio doesn’t like Clattermole (who does).
        He’s not likely to play.

        I think MF will be
        Rambo & Flambo
        Theo, Jack, Santi

        Then at half time or 60 mins Ozil will replace jack.

        But I could be wrong.

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    • I’d put Park on the bench rather than the injured Sanogo, and bring him on when we’re in control and well ahead. I want to see him come on and show us he isn’t the joke so many people make him out to be. I think he deserves a chance to do so. I’ll be much happier when he goes if I know for sure, one way or the other, that it wasn’t our fault that he had such a strange time with us. Anyway, he’s an Arsenal player. I want to see all Arsenal players have at least one moment of glory and give us something really good to remember them by.

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      • Park had his beauty of a goal (and only goal) against Bolton in the League Cup, I’m sure he could call that his moment of glory. I agree with you though, he should be considered for the bench more often.

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  6. @amusa.. your dreaming about our pace problem. Ryo is not shy of walcotts pace by any means. Gnabry is no sloth either. For young back ups for ox and poldi… thats a pretty quick squad..

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    • I agree that its lacking in quality (in the forwards department) but I’m sure our starting 11 will do enough to squash the opposition.. I mean, you know.. özil

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    • It will look better once Arteta, Poldi, Rosicky, Vermaelen, Ox and *cough* Bendtner return. Hopefully, all but Ox will return by November.

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    • Gnabry was pretty impressive in his few cameos last year, although they were few. Having the manager’s confidence to be included in the preseason, one can only imagine that must mean he’s improved. And nobody knows what Ryo’s state is – he hasn’t played nearly enough of anything.

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      • Ryo Miyaichi may be two years older than Serge Gnabry, but, on the evidence of tonight’s U21 Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion in front of over 2000 supporters at Emirates Stadium, it is the young German who is closest to making an impression in the senior side

        This was part of a report of the U21 game

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    • Anywhere in MF. He’s not that creative but when he drives forward he creates space for others and he makes thing happen. The most important thing about him is he needs to get fit and have a bit of good luck for a change.

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    • With our injury record, we will not need to sacrifice anyone. Even without the injuries, I am sure we can start Rosicky in sufficient games, when the others are rested.

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