Arsenal did very well in the Caraboa Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge despite having half the first team out injured including Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench.
The long and heavily congested Christmas fixture list is starting to take it’s toll on the Arsenal players, as the injury problems begin to mount up. We have had many intense and highly physical matches recently but the match against Liverpool was played at an even more furious pace than I could have imagined.
Olivier Giroud fell foul of injury as Arsenal overcame West Ham in the Carabao Cup last week, and is now expected to be ruled out until February.
The French striker limped out of our League Cup win over the Hammers, and reports are claiming that he will now miss the entirety of January with a hamstring problem, likely ending any hopes his potential suitors had in signing him.
Arsene Wenger is preparing for yet another game as the congested Christmas period is on full throttle, with the Gunners remaining winless in December. Surely we have to win a home game against Newcastle no mater which team Wenger plays tomorrow?
There were a lot of unhappy Arsenal fans this weekend when Arsene Wenger named the out of form Granit Xhaka in the side that faced Southampton while leaving Jack Wilshere on the bench. The Englishman has been performing well in the Europa League and the calls for Wenger to promote him was becoming overwhelming.
Arsene Wenger has given an uncomfortable interview about the latest injury update of Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard has been out of action since October last year, when he was only expected to be missing for a matter of months. Cazorla has since had his return date moved a number of times, and it remains to be seen whether he will return at all.
Due to a multitude of injury problems, Arsenal’s little Spanish maestro Santi Cazorla only played 7 League games for the Gunners last season, and only played 15 in the previous campaign, so you imagine that the 33 year-old is close to finishing his career at the top. But while Cazorla was on the operating table, Arsene Wenger gave the midfielder a one-year extension to his contract in the hope that he would be able to rejoin the team again this season.
After a hip injury that sidelined Calum Chambers for more than a couple of months, he has finally played his first game of the season and enjoyed a 1-0 win in the Caraboa Cup. It has been an ongoing struggle for the ex-Saints star to regain physical health and fitness, but he is now back in the Arsenal squad and at the age of just 22, he remains one of the team’s future stars.