Arsenal v Reading Injury and Team news

When Arsenal host Premier League strugglers Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, it appears that Arsene Wenger will have more selection problems than we thought. The Gunners have five players unlikely to be available for the game, which might actually make the manager’s job easier for him.

“We have a little problem with Diaby but I cannot tell you more,” said Wenger. “But he is out for the weekend. Gibbs is sick and in bed. I don’t know if he’ll be involved or not. At the moment we don’t know. We haven’t seen him in the last three days.”

Even if \Gibbs recovers from his illness, it is doubtful that Wenger will throw him straight into the starting line-up, but we have an able replacement in Monreal. The same could be said of Diaby, with Aaron Ramsey’s recent form meaning that he would be more likely to start anyway. It was almost a perfect international break for the Welshman, as far as Arsenal are concerned. Ramsey put in possibly his best performance in a Wales shirt on Friday before a late sending off caused him to miss Tuesday’s game and keep him fresh for us.

As expected, Walcott and Wilshere are not fit to play, but it sounds like they soon will be, according to Wenger. “It is one week, basically the next game for Theo. Jack will start to run again outside next week, but it might make two weeks for him. On Monday next week he will have been out for four weeks.”

The good news is that Lukas Podolski and Bacary Sagna are available. The German striker should start on the left of Giroud in our usual 4-3-3 formation. The main decision that Wenger has to make for Saturday is, who will fill in for Walcott on the right. Personally I would go for the pace and directness of Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it might be the perfect time to play Gervinho and capitalise on his form and confidence. I would also like to see Carl Jenkinson keep his place at right back.

The only definite injury concern for Reading is the big striker Jason Roberts, as Kebe, Guthrie and Federici are supposedly back from injury. As long as Arsenal don’t take the game for granted, we should have no problem making it three wins out of three against the Royals.

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56 thoughts on “Arsenal v Reading Injury and Team news

  1. A Goonersville Citizen

    Just start the German lad upfront, Arsène! You’re going to love his work up there! And so are we!!!

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  2. WhenRamiresDiesThereWillBeMassiveParty

    Felt sorry for Adkins when he was dismissed from the saints, but give him no mercy Gunners!

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  3. Paulligar Akuom

    No more complacency gunners.a top prize is up for grabs..d top 4..hit them soo hardddd.i would love to see rosicky in the team against reading.

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  4. ks-gunner

    ramssey his best performance….lol he had a go on a penallty and scored…oh boyyy hurrrayyy what an archivment …tllk about fan boys….even u bob seem to be one of them….

    u failed to mention the way he got send of…..it was on the latest minutes of the game…and he lost the ball like an amatuer which could cost wales a goal….if not he grapped his opponents legg at the last minute….

    ramsey does play at best from the bench…coz he is not more then a bench player….

    gervinhio will start and poldi has to push us a little more forward aswell…coz even teams as reading can be a thread to us nowdays…coyg

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  5. nico deb

    szcesny
    sagna-vermaelen-koscienly-monreal
    ramsey-cazorla-rosicky
    chamberlain-giroud-podolski

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  6. african gunner

    fabianski jenk koschielny vermaelen nacho ox arteta ramsey casorla rosic podolski good enough to demolish reading

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  7. ThirdManJW

    Diaby’s injured yet again! Please just get rid of him in the summer.

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  8. Mo Owais

    My line up suggestion..

    …………..Fabianski……

    Jenko…..Kosch……Vermalean….Monreal

    ………….Arteta…..

    The Ox…….Cazorla……Gervinho

    …………Podolski

    Think Reading is a good game to give Kosch and Verm a chance to play together again..

    Most likely wenger will play Podolski on the left and Giroud up front!

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  9. papercutz

    You know what I want is the united arab consortium to take over and I want us to smash spending records and I want us to win the treble and if you don’t like over spending than fug you!

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  10. the king

    i am getting board of diaby how many times dose he get injured i rather ox play in all games diaby players. dibay needs to be sold we cant keep him paying him so he ca get injured most times enough is enough. podi and ox on the wings lets hope wenger dose not play his best freind gervinho

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  11. Mo Owais

    @ papercutz- Im with you on that 1…

    Had enough of these cheap buys!!

    I wana see some WORLD CLASS PLAYERS!!

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  12. gunner4life

    Italian football agent Guido Di Domenico has revealed that Stevan Jovetic is set to join Arsenal in the summer and has already agreed terms on a move.

    Is this true? Can it be??

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  13. gunner4life

    ‘Jovetic was among the possible options for Juventus, but my information is that the boy has already given the go ahead to move to Arsenal,’ said Di Comenico.

    ‘He seems fascinated by their project.’

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  14. Mo Owais

    I personally want to see Gervinho play because…

    Apparently he is playing well recently
    FFS its only Reading!!
    Give him a chance to boost his confidence against a weaker oppposition

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  15. rman

    i think wilshere is a happy feet with England rather than arsenal .His main aim is to take on players unnecasarily and get injured or sent off .He 4 or 5 mazy runs against bayern did’nt want to pass .I felt that rocisky chambo would have done a better job.He is tactically unfit.The fact is wilshere is better off in bench a impact player.The reading match is basically to perform respectively before thier new manager.Wilshere would have taken on 5 players at one go leaving him to be the weakness by the halftime arsenal fans get restless.Look at the bayern game arsenal players maintained perfect cover.

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  16. Mo Owais

    @ Gunner4Life- Good news about Jovetic…However…

    He is not an out and out striker! His is more of a playmaker… Do we not already have Cazorla for this role??!

    If he does join us- expect him to operate on the wings! Traditional Wenger Philosophy

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  17. GoonerNL

    Italian football agent Guido Di Domenico has revealed that Stevan Jovetic is set to join Arsenal in the summer and has already agreed terms on a move.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made Fiorentina ace Jovetic his top transfer target for next season, with the club keen to recruit a big name forward to help lead the line.

    And according to respected Fifa agent, Di Domenico, the Gunners have already agreed terms to bring the 23-year-old to north London, after he snubbed interest from Juventus.

    ‘Jovetic was among the possible options for Juventus, but my information is that the boy has already given the go ahead to move to Arsenal,’ said Di Comenico.

    ‘He seems fascinated by their project.’

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  18. Jaymo

    I think Diaby has a fantastic attitude. He does not drink he eats correctly
    And looks after his body as well as he possibly can because he loves to play!

    He is so unlucky injury wise especially when players like Rooney and Ballotelli are constantly drinking smoking and in Ballotellis case blowing shit up!

    However I think we’re at the point now where he has to part ways with Arsenal.

    And he can then be added to the long list of players that could have been so special but injuries wouldn’t allow it!

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  19. John

    Perfect time to start gerv on the left ox on the right (both in form) then podolski through the middle!..

    Reading wont know what to expect from that line up n should be more than enough to cause them problems

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  20. John

    Fabianski

    Sagna kos mert monreal

    Arteta
    Santi rosicky/Ramsey

    Ox podolski gervinho

    Few positions maybe could change I went with Sagna over jenks love jenko but this stage of the season Sagna is the more experienced player n think that will benefit us right now.
    Toss up between Rambo n tommy both played well recently.. Again maybe rosicky for the extra experience n calm that you need at this stage

    Then the front three all have so much to offer us right now- ox doing very well progressing n in form will want to stake a claim for starting position especially as Walcott is out this could be his chance to shine. Gervinho- got so much to prove think he knows he’s better than what he’s shown so far for the gunners n what better opportunity than against ready. Then podolski for pure tactical surprise also think its long overdue to see if he can play the front man for us. Again it’s reading if not now never!

    Any team that goes out for us on sat tho should turn over reading

    ARSENAL FOR LIFE

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  21. John

    ———-Fabianski———

    Sagna– kos– mert– monreal

    ————–Arteta————
    ——-Santi——- rosicky/Ramsey—-

    Ox ——-podolski——– gervinho

    Few positions maybe could change I went with Sagna over jenks love jenko but this stage of the season Sagna is the more experienced player n think that will benefit us right now.

    Toss up between Rambo n tommy both played well recently.. Again maybe rosicky for the extra experience n calm that you need at this stage

    Then the front three all have so much to offer us right now-

    OX- doing very well progressing n in form will want to stake a claim for starting position especially as Walcott is out this could be his chance to shine.

    GERVINHO- got so much to prove think he knows he’s better than what he’s shown so far for the gunners n what better opportunity than against reading

    PODOLSKI- for pure tactical surprise also think its long overdue to see if he can play the front man for us. Again it’s reading if not now never!

    Any team that goes out for us on sat tho should turn over reading

    ARSENAL FOR LIFE

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  22. leo

    diaby injury no. 38 in 6 years time to move on had we given vela 1/10th chance we gave diaby he would have been a great player for us

    the good news is that the like of dojoru/santos/bendtner are looking to leave along with chammakh/park/squid/arshavin/denislon

    hope wenger doesn’t sell gervinho he can still get better

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  23. Mo Owais

    @ Leo- I agree with you for the 1st time lol that we should keep Gervinho!

    I think he still has part to play to get us back to winning ways (Talking about Trophies)

    With 2-3 World Class signings we will be transformed!!

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  24. 03/04

    @Mo Owais

    Your line up has a 4-1-3-1 formation. You’re missing a player.

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  25. art

    Why not play an attacking formation for once….stay away from the 4-3-3. Isolates the forward and has not worked well with Giroud up front all by himself.
    Play the 4-2-3-1 and play Podi. up front. Gevinho, Giroud and Ox behind him? Then Arteta and Santi to run the show.
    Speed on the wings, Giroud to feed Podi as he can’t finish but has displayed great control and power at times.
    Who would like to see this work???

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  26. true goon

    did you watch the Wales match?Ramsey was his usual clumsy self,made a schoolboy error an gave the ball away 10 yards from hi area an then brought his man down an was sent off.Please lets have some honesty,Ramsey is still mediocre must be replaced,Coquelin’s a much better player

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  27. true goon

    Gervinho,form an confidence?What are you talking about @Bob,1 goal doesn’t mean good form an confidence,WAKE UP

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  28. Aiiity

    @John.
    Sagna over Jenko? U must be high on bull shit. Like u haven’t been watching Jenko put his heart out in games for us..and Sagna just walks back into the starting line up? What do you think that’l do to Jenk’s confidence? Sagna should be made to work hard for his spot in dat team. For all I know he’s been costing us games lately(Bayern at home comes to mind) with his ineffective displays and commitment. He should be made to know the time for getting game time based on ability and class is gradually coming to an end at Arsenal. From now it’s strictly on current form and on current form( AW said so himself)..JENKO’S head and shouders above Sagna ATM. Rant over!

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  29. John

    @Aiiiiity

    it’s a fair rant. Jenks is a boss just think the break may not have come at the best time for him in terms of keeping his momentum going. But more than happy for him to start. Think I’m on point with the rest of the line up tho.

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  30. Rory

    Anyone else think Arshavin should get a run out, atleast as a sub? hes lost his pace, but his ability is still there!

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  31. Vazis ouse

    As i said before Diarby is there for the treatment team to learn more on how to treat injuries on other players.He is there Guinea pig. CB

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  32. JADON

    ABOU DIABY IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME..THE TIME IS PERFECT FOR WENGER TO GIVE UP ON HIM…OUT FOR 8-9 MONTHS?..WHAT THE F**K.

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  33. leo

    diaby has ankle injury how long will he not available no one knows 3-4 clubs in summer wanted him

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  34. Gunner

    Who knows who will get in at right back, Jenks has progressed well so we will see?

    To be honest, when he is available Diaby’s work rate is questionable anyway. He is unfortunate with injuries for sure but even when he is available he just doesn’t usually get stuck in enough for what is needed at midfield.

    Likely that LP will come in on the left up top. Over on the right? It would seem like a good opportunity for AOC to build on what he showed at Swansea. However I get the feeling that AW will put Jervinho in there instead, not sure why but that is a wild guess at least. To me Jervinho is not as effective on the right, and in the middle he is too inconsistent a finisher! He is best wide left

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  35. victorakporuere

    When listing arsenal players,I don’t including diaby cos he is always injured.

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  36. Gunner

    One more point about the article!

    It says that Monreal is an ‘able replacement’ for Gibbs?

    Why is he a ‘replacement’ for Gibbs??

    Both are left backs and fighting for the same spot so how can one of them be a ‘replacement’ for the other I have to ask??

    Monreal will play because Gibbs is not available, however if both are available then both are contenders, not replacements for each other.

    It seems that in the UK etc everyone always wants to know who the ‘FIRST CHOICE/STARTER ETC’ is????? First choice according to who??

    The ‘first choice’ is like the yellow shirt in the Tour De France. A player earns it for one day only! After that day is over they have to earn it all over again!!!!!!!

    I don’t care who they are!

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  37. crmv

    Wenger said little pborblem with díaby and he will miss9 months Haha thats lucky, and he havent seen gibbs In 3 days, i dont want to cause any panic, but kierran RIP…

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  38. aman

    @GUNNER.Though i agree that nacho is not a replacement i think gibbs is the replacement.there has to be a first 11 for any team and i think presently monreral is first choice

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  39. palmer17

    Actually cant wait to go the game 6hour drive hopefully worth it

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  40. gunner4life

    @True goon
    Clearly you didn’t watch the whole game. That was the only error he made in that match. You’re just an idiot always making Ramsey a scapegoat.

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  41. Gunner

    AMAN you are entitled to your opinion but once again I have to ask ‘first choice according to whom’???

    Bacary Saagna has been Arsenal’s most selected Right Back over several seasons now!

    So if I speak the ‘first choice’ lingo for a minute I assume that BC is the ‘first choice’ Right Back am I right????

    If that is the case then Jenks should lose his spot right?? Because the ‘First choice’ is back????

    Or is Jenks all of a sudden ‘FIRST CHOICE’???

    Folks this First choice theory is nonsense!!! First choice is a one day title, no guarantees after

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  42. Jathusanthegunner

    Szczesny
    Sagna Vermaelan Mertesacker Monreal
    Arteta Wilshere
    Oxlade-Chamberlain Cazorla
    Walcott Podolski
    This will do

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  43. Quinton

    Guys i think geroud is rubbish ,no ball control, cant even drible , poor positioning and slow . Podolski a by far better option

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  44. frisco

    HSOMETIME I THINK THIS SITE IS RUN BY RAMSEY FAMILIE,CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT RAMSEY? IS GOAL SCORING ABILITY?,IS PASSING ABILITY? OR IS DEFENSIVE ABILITY? OR IS HIS ABILITY TO LOOSE THE BALL?SECOND GOAL AGAINST BAYERN!,SECOND GOAL AGAINST SPURS!SENDING OFF AGAINT SCOTHLAND? HIS ASSIST RATE? PLEASE GUNNERS WE ARE IN DANGER OF THINKING JUST LIKE WENGER!!!ACCEPTING MEDIOCRITY,IF WE WANT TO BE A FORCE NEXT SEASON WE NEED WORLD CLASS PLAYERS WE GOT CLASS PLAYERS JUST LOOK ATNEXT GEM!!!COMPARE RAMSEY WHIT EISFFIELD,GNABY AND WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ROSISCKY WOLD CLASS, GENUIS NOT ABOUT PODOSKY WORLD CLASS AND COMPARE HIM WHIT OUR RIVALS PLAYERS THE LIKE OF FELLANI,DEMBELE,SISSOKO,CABAYE,RAMIRES, HAZARD,MATA AND CHOOSE ONE PLAYER WHO IS WORST THAN RAMSEY,PLEASE WE NEED WORLD CLASS PLAYERS NOT PLAYERS WHO DOES OK!!!WHO YOU WOULD CHOOSE ISCO OR RAMSEY? FELLANI OR RAMSEY? GOTZE OR RAMSEY? IF YOU REALLY WANT YOUR BELOVED ARSENAL TO BE ON TOP AND THINKING BEING 4 IS LIKE WINNING TROFFIE THEM YOU MUST AGREE WE NEED TOP BUT REALLY TOP PLAYERS AND NOT PLAYERS LIKE RAMSEY,OR GERVINHO,BY THE WAY WHO IS WORST RAMSEY OR GERVINHO? GERVINHO SCORED 5 GOALS AND 2 ASSIST RAMSEY SCORED O GOAL IN PL AND 2 ASSIST,MAKE YOUR CHOICE.

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