Arteta fine for Marseille clash

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Arsenal will have Mikel Arteta available for tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Marseille.

The Spaniard was substituted during the 2-0 win over Southampton at the weekend, sparking fears he could miss the crunch European encounter, but at his press conference today the Arsenal manager revealed there were no new injury worries.

Although Lukas Podolski was in training with the squad today he’s still a few weeks away from consideration, but Wenger welcomes back Mathieu Flamini who missed the weekend’s fixture through suspension.

The boss is aware that it’s a big game for his team, saying, “We know what’s at stake and want to qualify. Tomorrow is a big game in that stage.”

Thierry Henry and Robert Pires also joined in the training session this morning, and said of the club’s all-time leading scorer, said “At the moment he is invited just to practice when he can and when he wants.”

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Heroldgoon

Really Bizzare that Arteta went off on saturday. he must have felt one hair clip out of its follicle….

Glad he’s back, with flamini, walcott and to some extent poldi waiting on the wings wenger is about to have the biggest selection dillema he could remember…a good thing though!

Manchester Gooner

Precautionary in-game rotation is good on many levels: avoiding long term injuries, giving the bench some valuable minutes, keeping our compact squad fresh and motivated.

Hugo

Would start Rosicky tomo, and bring Theo on from the bench!

rajthegoon

Glad that Arteta is fine. A rather important cog in this Arsenal winning machine. Someone the younger lads can look up to as a role model. Top top top Captain.

Aiaccooner

Titi Henry, he trains when he wants!

Dan

“at the moment”

Xanthias

At the moment

Harsh

wow, arsene can tease the media all right. “at the moment”

the_blerch

I imagine this is a language issue: in his mind he was probably thinking “a ce moment…” which directly translates as “At the moment…” but can also be used more generally to mean “These days..” etc.

On the other hand, he could just be a massive tease.

Stephy kymernthy

Nice to hear Arteta’s positive news but why bench fit lukas Podolsky?

Ron Burgundy

Because he isn’t fit and has been out since August

GoonerBob

Good to see some old hands about the squad ready to offer advice to the younger and not so young players. They have been there seen it and won it..

Stone

So with Santi and Theo on the wings, we have to choose two of Jack, Arteta, Flamini and Ramsey to play in the two midfield roles…If that’s not depth, I don’t know what depth is.

little mozart

What about me?

Jgrant
the_blerch

Don’t forget Poldi & Chambo will soon be challenging for those wide positions too

TightArse

So glad your better, Mr Arteta

glory hunter

im actually getting used to the good vibes surrounding our club this last few months!
I could get used to this warm feeling,

Killbot

Can’t help but still feel nervy at times. I know as soon as I’m feeling totally comfortable will be the exact moment Giroud and Mertesacker will get injured.

Fatgooner

“Arteta fine for Marseille clash”

How much was the fine? And when was the clash?

Fatgooner

Sorry.

jack jack jack

Fatgooner: part-time whinger; full-time comedian.

indiangooner

Podolski still a few weeks away? Lol.. seriously what the hell did happen to his hamstring??

Freddy

The worst hamstring tear I have ever seen, according to some doctor bloke.

GoonerNelly86

I heard it wasn’t just a hamstring pull. There were torn ligaments or tendons. I don’t know for sure tho… The club hasn’t been very forthcoming with deets on Poldi’s injury. But from the length of time he’s been out we can surmise it was much more than a pulled hammy.

otariq

I heard the hamstring was pulled so hard, it pulled his balls down about four inches 🙂

percyofgod

Some good selection headache there with all the midfielders all available barring Diaby and the Ox!!! http://www.kalahari.com/Books/The-Professor_p_32695071;jsessionid=E9FBB0495FBFA25181C37265C4D0E64A?linkId=751046&affiliateId=8812&linkType=ORDER_REFERRAL

Heroldgoon

Over the weekend I pointed to two old drunks sitting across the bar from us and told my friend “That’s us in 10 years”. he said “That’s a mirror, dip-s**t!”

Gunner pundit

I woudnt mind the midfield against marseille being arteta ramsey – ozil wilshere cazorla and walcott coming off the bench. We dont beed two defensive mids against marseille at home.

eternalflamini

Anyone else notice the build up play to that Ramsey back flick? Arteta’s rifled in a 40-yard inch-perfect pass and Ozil’s first touch was so good I couldn’t even see how he did it. With his knee I think. That would’ve been a sensational goal if not for that pesky post…

santori

Yeah he didn’t have the best game by his inch perfect standards but he did do some things right.

His distribution from deep is where he may have an edge over Flamini.

Killbot

I’d like us to go with a Flamini (since he’s had a rest)-Ramsey axis and also start Rosicky at Wilshere’s expense. Cazorla, and Ozil will definitely be starting, so that only Leaves a decision to be made whether Gnabry or Walcott starts on the right. With Walcott’s fitness in mind, I’d go with Gnabry and bring on Theo on in the 60-70th minute.

Rest of the team picks itself:

Giroud
Cazorla – Rosicky – Ozil – Gnabry
Ramsey – Flamini
Gibbs – kos – Mert – Sagna
Sir Chesny

Bench: Walcott, Bendtner, Whilshere, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Fabianski

WizardOfOzil

12 man team, nice.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Ah, what they do is, they all come on in a bunch, and when the ref does his pre-game headcount Cazorla hides behind Mertesacker.

killbot

Crap my bad. Poor Gnabry someone’s got to tell him that he’s not making killbots fantasy team.

mohamedaziz

Hehehe fantastic dirty dozen

Indiegooner

How about a start for Nachoman today? He has been on the subs bench far too long and Gibbs would need a break sometime soon.