Arsenal decimated even more ahead of massive Chelsea clash

As usual Arsenal have a ridiculous injury list going into the crucial second half of the season, with a glut of games coming up in the Europa League and FA Cup as well as trying to get back on track in the Premier League. We are playing Chelsea tomorrow just three days after a very tough match against Sheffield United and Arteta has very few choices for trying to rotate for tiredness.

This weekend we now have Reiss Nelson and Kolasinac joining our crowded treatment room, both with a hamstring injury. Arsenal.com are saying that they will be back in training in a couple of weeks but these things don’t normally heal quickly. Of course we already have Tierney and Chambers as long term occupants and Sokratis has a mystery illness. Bellerin was back on the bench at the weekend but is far from being matchfit. And who knows what is happening with Holding?

We already have Saka and Maitland-Niles out of position as full-backs so Arteta has no choice but to pick them again, and Luiz and Mustafi also have no backups either, so we will be mostly fielding the same side as on Saturday in a game that is now becoming a must-win, just as Arteta said today on Arsenal.com

“It’s very, very important for us to win this game to fight for that [top-four place]. Also, the game we played at home, it could have made a big difference and we were very close to it. Tomorrow we need to win.”

Can we finally win an away game with all those players out?

16 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    I think we can steal the first goal. But the second half is worrying, because we don’t have super substitutes to play with different tactic

    I can understand if Arsenal lose at Stamford Bridge, but losing against Burnley and Newcastle will make us a strong relegation candidate. Arsenal only have eleven days to bring reinforcement

    1. Allanball08 says:

      Gotanidea
      Your posts are becoming increasingly more infuriating to read
      Why is it that we should accept losing against chelski is acceptable but losing against Burnley and Newcastle is not?
      I dont think.losing against anyone is acceptable
      Think positive and please stop talking about relegation on here…

  2. Sylva Olabanji says:

    FanS cannot expect too much in terms of matches results considering Arsenal injury least. Arteta can only work with what he has now. My fear is that the available players may want to play safe which is not unexpected. Arsenal will be lucky to win Chelsea away from Emirates stadium, a draw is realistic if they do their Best. I don’t expect Arsenal players to be too adventurous against Chelsea but be tactical.

  3. Innit says:

    We aren’t decimated.

    We were decimated when we lost 8-2 to United

    2nd Worst memory of my life behind my dad dying

    1. Paul Le'Dain says:

      l totally agree with you mate, that’s the worst thing ever when we lost to
      Manc’s 8-2 but when I lost my dad just over a couple of years ago now that was just the worst thing that ever happened to me and my mum!!!!!!!! 😪😪😪😥😥😥⚽⚽⚽🥅🥅🥅🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

    2. jon fox says:

      Decimated actually means to reduce by ten percent. Not many know that and it is widely misused to mean badly damaged. Latin in origin, from the Roman age.

  4. Reggie says:

    We are not decimated, amn has been at RB for ages and is no worse than Bellerin, Tierney not really figured, saka good replacement for kol. Both center backs played for first team often enough. Midfield, plenty of choice and auba out but plenty to com in. Injuries are all part of the game and we are only really worse off with a suspension.

  5. Shakir says:

    We can win tomorrow,we need to mark jorginho and our wingers need to put an extra effort to hold willian and hudson odoi

  6. jamdownyouth says:

    Arteta admitted today that there is a possibility that we have no additions this window. I have longed maintained that Arsenal will continue to be a mid table team as long as the Kronkes remain at the helm even though Arteta seems to be getting certain players to improve, but the fact is that the squad needs major personnel overhaul. When the head of a football club does not share the same goals as supporters who see winning as most important there are bound to be problems, and the longer we languish mid table the harder it is going to be to get us challenging for the title in the future. To Kronke Arsenal is just an investment and a return on the investment is the primary objective, so the necessary additions that is needed to get us near top four or even challenging again will never happen. For the once proud and mighty AFC’s sake I hope I am wrong.

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    1. SueP says:

      A fair but depressing analysis

      The trouble is that there isn’t much up for grabs this transfer window and there is no point in pursuing dreams. Nobody we have been linked with fits the bill with the people posting on this site so why bother bringing in a likely mistake.or a cheap option

      I hope that the hierarchy have given Arteta promises for the summer to improve the squad and to sell on the ‘deadwood’. If Arteta is expected to make do and mend after the next transfer window then I will despair.

    2. Akbest says:

      I feel your pain brother,but we need to realize that good players are not really available in this window.Haven’t you wondered why we have not heard announcement of any player by a major club except Haaland.
      I think we should be patient and hope for the better transfer in the summer.

  7. S says:

    Good luck trying to win at a ground where we haven’t tasted victory since 2011. The next longest drought is of course Anfield, followed by the Spud Hole. As for old Trafford, we won there at FA Cup but if you leave that out, the barren run goes back to 2006.
    In all that time, the other clubs have won at the Emirates. Multiple times. We’re distinctly average and of no concern to the rest of em

    1. Pepe says:

      Thank you
      Seems I was the only one thinking about the same

  8. Mohsan says:

    What’s been happening to us now will happen to liverpool, they got our medical head now right? Hahaha…that’s a master stroke by Arsenal.

    1. Sue says:

      He’s taken the ACL’s with him 😜

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