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Wenger – Arsenal fans SHOULD NOT judge our defence harshly

There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger should have invested in one more defender and a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, because injuries (and suspensions – like now) have left the Arsenal squad with practically no defenders.

But Wenger feels that the Arsenal fans have been harsh in constantly criticizing the weak state of our defence and suggests that we should also consider the ames when we have defended well. “I think we defended well in Galatasaray,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “Before that game we had three clean sheets in a row but that is the modern game – it is always the last game that is judged definitively on the quality of the team.

Bellerin to step up and solve Arsenal injury problems?

Arsene Wenger was handed a massive blow this week with the news that the Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal would not recover from their respective injury problems and so the boss was looking at having to cope with the in form Newcastle United with a real headache at the back.

With no Arteta, Wilshere or Diaby and with Chambers suspended for that harsh sending off at Stoke, the manager has got to be adventurous and somehow find a back four that can give the Gunners a platform to go and beat the Magpies. One good thing is that the course of the game is likely to see a lot of Arsenal ball possession and a strong and organised Newcastle defence.

BANG! Arsenal rocked by another HUGE injury crisis!

This time it seems to be even worse for Arsenal Football Club and Arsene Wenger, as the manager’s hopes of building on the battering we handed out to Gatalatasaray in Turkey and bouncing back in the Premier League after the horror show at Stoke have taken a massive blow.

Despite being able to rest a few key players for the trip to Istanbul, Wenger is faced with yet another injury crisis and the possibility that his depleted squad will include just one first choice centre back in Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal reserves can relax and WIN in Turkey

It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to rest as many of the regular Arsenal team as he can get away with for the final Champions League group game in Turkey tomorrow. But with no League cup games to give the fringe players and those trying to break through from the academy a chance, this game does offer that.

Also, the Gunners can play with no pressure and enjoy the atmosphere. If they do that, I see no reason why we can’t get the win which would give us a slight, 10 percent according to Arsene Wenger, chance of topping the group.

PHEW! Monreal and other Gunners give Arsenal injury boost

After more bad luck for Arsenal players in the weekend win at West Brom, it looked like Arsene Wenger might have to do some more juggling of his squad and experiment with yet another different Arsenal back four, as both of our left backs Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal picked up knocks.

And the manager revealed in his press conference today, reported by Arsenal.com, that there was some concern about the fitness of our in form England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well, while he was not sure how well Laurent Koscielny’s problematic ankle tendons would respond to his first game back.

Arsenal now HUGE favourites to beat Southampton

Why Arsenal are Overwhelming Favourites against Southampton! by AT

Ahead of a very crucial Premier League game against Southampton at the Emirates, Arsenal have been handed a massive injury boost. Firstly, the French duo of Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny both successfully returned to the Gunners’ starting eleven against West Bromwich Albion over the weekend and fit in perfectly into the Arsenal system.

Arsenal’s best option to solve looming left back crisis?

It would be just about typical of the bad luck Arsenal have had with injury problems this season. Just when we get our first choice central defender Laurent Koscielny back in the Gunners line-up, there is a chance that both of our front line left backs will be out of action after picking up knocks in the same match.

England international Kieran Gibbs was given a well earned rest, but that lasted just 20 minutes as our Spanish defender Nacho Monreal picked up a knee problem that looks certain to keep him out of the Premier League clash with Southampton. Gibbs then took a knock to his ankle which will be assessed this week but knowing out luck, there is a good chance that Wenger will have to shuffle the Arsenal pack again.

Three more injuries for Arsenal?

It was great to see Arsenal take all three points from the game against West Brom ths afternoon, but can you believe that we may have also lost three more players to injury? Nacho Monreal came off very early on, and his replacement Kieran Gibbs sustained an ankle problem himself.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com after the match: “Gibbs struggled a little bit with an ankle problem and Monreal with a knee problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a knee problem.”

And when asked if they could be serious, he replied: “I don’t know. We have to see how they recover on Monday. We have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal and Gibbs who have knocks but I don’t know how bad it is.”

Arsenal fans worry as Wenger hints NO defender transfer in January!!

Arsenal fans must hope that Arsene Wenger is just trying to keep his Arsenal transfer cards close to his chest as the January transfer window looms evcer closer. But we have all seen and heard this all before and the memory of the last winter window is still fresh and raw in many of our minds.

Back then it was glaringly obvious that we needed some more goal threat to keep our Premier Leagure title challenge alive, as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott had been ruled out with injury. We ended up with an aged and injured central midfielder Kim Kallstrom who managed to make zero impact for us as the season went on.

West Brom v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

West Brom vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and predicted score by KJ

We finally have a win under our belt against one of the bigger teams in midweek and I expect that to propel us onto better things starting with the game at the Hawthorns.

West Brom are always a bit of a difficult team to beat, especially away from home. They generally have a few good players and they always manage to upset a few of the top teams every season. Hopefully it won’t be us this time round.

Have Arsenal got any players left to face West Brom? Full injury update…

West Brom must really be relishing playing Arsenal tomorrow lunchtime. Not only have the Gunners had to play a crucial midweek Champions League match while the Baggies have had a weeks rest since losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but it looks like Arsenal are down to the bare bones of their squad.

For starters in goal Wojciech Szczesny is out with a pelvis injury, and with David Ospina not expected to be back until next year, we are going to have to hope that Martinez has another assured performance between the sticks and that is just the first problem!

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Dortmund – Sanogo starts!!

As wellas the injury problems continuing to pile up for Arsenal, with Jack Wilshere out for a while and now both of our first choice keepers unavailable as well as Danny Welbeck. At least Arsene Wenger had the good news about Laurent Koscielny, but the Frenchman has decided not to rush the French centre back and has stuck with the same back four that has struggled in recent games.

Another major talking point is the inclusion in the line up of our young French striker Yaya Sanogo, who is still looking for his firts senior Gunners goal. But his pace and power in the centre forard role means that Wenger does not have to change the system.