Wenger gives update on Mertesacker, Wilshere and Rosicky

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Per Mertesacker is facing a late fitness test as he looks to overcome the illness which kept him out of Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos.

The towering German was rested for last weekend’s defeat by Chelsea although the subsequent defensive mishaps by Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny saw much criticism arrowed in Arsene Wenger’s direction as a consequence.

Given Sam Allardyce’s proclivity for a long-ball game and the physical presence of Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole, it seems likely that the boss will want Mertesacker available in some capacity.

There are no other injury problems or returnees, although the boss did touch on Wojciech Szczesny’s troublesome ankle and Jack Wilshere’s first action for the under-21s.

“Szczesny is two to three weeks away from practising normally. It takes five or six weeks to heal,” Wenger told journalists in his weekly press conference.

“He [Wilshere] is doing very well but we need to be patient. He needs a progressive build-up. His next game should be next week [for the Under-21s].”

It looks as though Wilshere could beat Tomas Rosicky to a first team return. Rejecting suggestions that he had hinted that the Czech captain should retire from international football, the boss said his midfielder won’t train until the end of the month.

“I never did that [ask him to retire from internationals]. He is three weeks away from training.”

It’s not the first time an international manager has picked a fight with Wenger and it won’t be the last.

As they say in Alsace…“comme l’eau sur le dos d’un canard.”

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Quotes courtesy of @Arsenal

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Fergie the Gooner

Can’t wait to have them back.

What’s the latest on Sagna?

Sensible Gunner

why ? because thats an area where we are really screwing it up is it? with the replacement doing fuck all at RB?

sigh

Andrew

Or he’s just curious…

The Erotic Hands of Wenger

Jenks we all know that’s you.

Fergie the Gooner

Just curious that he wasn’t mentioned, I thought he was back in full training.

I’m really please for Jenkinson, he’s been a revelation this season.

Leah

He’s back in light training as reported earlier this week. Supposed to step it up and join the first team next week.

Ifaz

I miss Rosicky. Think about a midfield with Arteta, Rosicky and Cazorla. Damn.

Blu

… your forgot Jacky boy, mate.

Eisfeld

cazorla should play on the right wing.
Prob have a midfild Arteta,Jack and Rosicky rockin it. Jack creates chances, Arteta stays solid and Rosicky scores the goals. Cazorla and Podolski find the back the back of net from the wings. With Giroud and Gervinho occasionally chipping in through the middle. One man Team indeed.

Blu

Shut up and back to training Eisfeld. (I kid)

gooner

So i assume the boss has his fly zipped up.

TurkishDelight

Is it me or does the photo of Arsene look like his penis is hanging out? 🙂

Los Polandos

Does it look like a french baguette? No? Then it’s too small to be his cock, which in some circles is known as “le intimidator”.

Blu

It’s way too small.. 😀

Usmanov's Seat

He’s got his AVB hanging out.

Merlin's Panini

Maybe he got confused when Bouldy said he should bring out the Coq.

Merlin's Panini

oh wait… I got one! Arsene’s Wanger.

Jeffde

Here’s my take, 29 year old rosicky should retire from international football and fully focus on his next three years with us. He’ll be 32 then and ofcourse retire an arsenal legend!.

ETID

Im assuming this is some sort of sarcasm as rosicky was 32 yesterday

Rosicky

It’s my football age. you dumbass

Vishal

Thats got to be the most compromising photo of Arsene ever. what the hell was he doing “hangin’ out” like that.

gooner

probably giving nas*i his good bye

sJ

it’s the index finger from his right hand, relax

Dr Baptiste

Is it?!? Thank you kind stranger for letting us all know something that we already knew…….

Nep Gooner

What’s the news about Coq…is he OK???

Jeffde

No he gave pictures only of his coq. No news yet.

One Arsenal

I’m for PER and Kos at the back and a start for Olivier….

Up Gunners.

And i hate that anti-Arsenal **** Mark Lawrenson of BBC. I think he tries too hard to hide it.

AGunner

Graeme Souness is worse, never said a positive thing about us!

Heh

Alan smith?, makes sky look like arse. What an arse.

Naija Gunner

I miss them all, Wenger will have a lot of selection solutions to do, if everybody is fit and ready.

The Erotic Hands of Wenger

I wish Diaby wasn’t injured. That swine.

big black clock

2 weeks ago Szcz and Rozza were ”2-3 weeks away” too. I’m not getting my hopes up.

One Arsenal

yeah…. he keeps telling same “untruths”.
Not raising my hopes either

Andy Mack

I’ve been expecting this cold I’ve got to clear up in a day or two, but life doesn’t work that way.

Blu

That’s hand sign is really Wanker.

Naija Gunner

I wonder what a week stands for in Arsenal Land?!

But I will gladly welcome them anytime all our injured players are better and 100% okay again.

COYG!

FATGOONER

relax fellas.Arsene knows.and just to say, my attitude changed ever since Ramsey scored.I’m happy

Dr Baptiste

Even Fatgooner uses spaces in his writing. Also, I’m not sure just using capitals for a name means you are suddenly happy….. In fact I don’t think you’re Fatgooner at all, you’re an imposter. GUARDS! GUARDS!!

Davidson

Please my fellow gunnerz, when exactly is Whilshere and Sagna coming back to play?

One Arsenal

When you’ve learned to spell their names correctly….

Davidson

Spelling of their names ain’t my business.

essien

I want rosicky and wilshere back! And why am I the only one in AWE of coquelin?! I think that kid WILL BE a better DM than capoue AND M’VILA wen Hez 23! Please Never bench coquelin for diaby as he gives Arteta that NECCESSARY LICENSE to go forward! Maybe wit time. People wil start seeing wat am seeing now already!! UP ARSENAL

Merlin's Panini

YES I think YOU’RE right…

Dr Baptiste

When will people learn that using copious amounts of capital letters and also misspelling words, really weakens their ability to have their opinion listened to…. Being in awe of him is a little over-the-top don’t you think? He may turn out better than those DM’s stated but he is also very raw, as shown by some of his play against Olympiakos. He still has a long way to go before we start saying he’s going to be amazing and you never know how a player is going to turn out (if he got a bad injury, he might not have… Read more »

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Fergie

Nice dick! Arsene

Arsene Ocran

arsenal now need neymar and cardosdo to survive

Chinedu

Rosisky/arterta/carzola/wilshere midfield & poldi+ gerv attack will kill defenders

docbrody

I’m as big a fan of Wilshire as anyone, but lets be realistic about how good he is. I’m sure most of you recall that his finishing was pretty weak. I doubt it’s improved in the last 14 months. Personally, I like Rosicky a lot. He really passes the ball forward into dangerous spaces. As good as a year as Ramsey is having, I think an in form Rosicky would be hard to leave on the bench. Unfortunately, neither Wilshire, Rosicky or Ramsey is a proper replacement for Diaby. They are different players for a different role.

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