Having already scored 12 goals in two games against them this season, Arsenal should be confident of beating Reading on Saturday and I’m sure they will be. We must not be over-confident, however, and there are a couple of reasons for Arsenal fans to be concerned as two of the most influential players, Wilshere and Walcott, are not available.
It is doubtful whether Arsenal will have Jack Wilshere available for the game against Reading on Saturday, but if not then he should be ready for the following weekend when the Gunners travel to West Bromwich Albion. There were fears that Wilshere would miss most, if not all, of the rest of the Premier League season after injuring his ankle against Tottenham recently.
Noooooooooo. Not again!! Theo Walcott is returning to Arsenal after picking up an injury while training with the England squad for the World cup qualifiers against San Marino tonight and Montenegro on Tuesday. The news is very worrying for Arsenal fans and will be a real concern for Walcott and Arsene Wenger.
The Mirror reports that the 24-year old is suffering from a groin injury and will definitely not be available for The Gunners in the next Premier League match against Reading next weekend. The extent of the injury is not known and he will be assessed back in England.
Amazingly, having just turned 24-years old, Theo Walcott is one of the Arsenal old guard. He joined the club in January 2006, only one week after Abou Diaby and over a year before Bacary Sagna. Walcott has played more games than either of the French internationals, though, and so could be seen as the longest serving Gunner in the current team.
There has been no further official statement from Arsenal about the extent of the injury to Jack Wilshere’s ankle. With conflicting stories in the papers, there is some confusion as to when the 21-year old will be ready to return to the Arsenal team, which is understandably worrying for Arsenal fans.
The story broke yesterday that Jack had been seen by a specialist who then advised that he should not play unti around the beginning of May. This would mean him missing the key Premier League games against Reading, West Brom, Norwich, Everton, Fulham and Manchester United.
Arsenal injury update by AH
Providing there are no further injuries in training we are just two weeks away from having a fully fit squad. Its highly important that we have strength and depth in our squad into the run up to the end of the season, with every game being played like it’s a cup final. If we do lose a player through injury, suspension or bad performances then its important we have other options to turn to.
Every Arsenal fan will have slumped inwardly when they heard that Jack Wilshere is in the treatment room for the next few weeks. He is the fans favourite and the inspirational force of the team, and will be sorely missed tomorrow in Munich, but this injury could actually benefit Arsenal in the long term.
The reason for this is purely the timing. If Jack is back as expected in three weeks, he will have missed just one Premier League game, away to Swansea this weekend. Arsenal do not play again until March 30th, which is at home to Reading. Even if Wilshere does not make this game it should be okay, because the tougher run in starts in April. The key games he will miss are the two England internationals.
Dear ARSENAL fans……..by KM
I know you all might be in shock after losing to the championship side Blackburn Rovers. I don’t want to add to your grief but please do read this article. We can’t completely blame Mr. Wenger. He was the one who brought up so many talented players to the world, whether it be Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and so on. But I assure you that there are hardly a handful of names you will remember if I ask you to name some players who retired at Arsenal (as a gooner).
Arshavin Set To Have One More Chance? by AH
Wenger has today confirmed that Andrey Arshavin will be returning to the squad to face Swansea City in tomorrow’s FA Cup reply at the Emirates.
Arshavin has featured hardly at all for Arsenal this season, not even managing to make his way onto the substitutes bench for match days and many fans assumed his time at the club had ended as there was no news that he was injured or anything. However, it seems he is still very much part of the club, despite his lack of action so far this season, and he is now set to start (I presume) in tomorrows game.
Arshavin set to be another player to leave the Emirates by AH
If Arsenal are to buy anyone in this transfer window, it will be most dependent on who leaves the club and at the moment it seems we have a number of players who could be heading for the exit door this January and Andrei Arshavin is set to be one of them.
If Arsenal are serious about clearing some players off the wage bill and making room for some new additions to the squad, then the manager and board may have to accept some deals that they do not like. Arsene Wenger has got a well deserved reputation for doing well in transfer dealings, but he will find it hard to get anything close to the true value of the players he wants to sell.
The most talked about Arsenal transfer rumour this morning is the fact that the Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is set to join Reading as soon as the window opens. It has even been reported in the local Reading Chronicle yesterday who are known to have contacts at the Majedski Stadium.
The deal with the Gunners is expected to be finalised quickly in early January, although the Chronicle says that Reading are only willing to pay £4 million whereas Arsenal are wanting £5 million.