Arsenal injury update ahead of Hull tie

Arsenal have had two very poor defeats on the trot in the Premier League and will be hoping that they can pick up all three points against Hull City. On paper, it should be an easy fixture for the Gunners; but then nobody expected a defeat against Watford and so we will need to be up for the test.

Arsenal cannot afford to be slack and underestimate their opponents. It’s vital that Wenger picks the strongest team available to him, in what has turned out to be a far more important fixture than many would’ve anticipated a few weeks back.

On the injury front there are no new issues as such and in fact the squad has already been boosted by Mohammed Elneny’s return from AFCON. His national side reached the final, in which the Egyptian scored the opening goal. His side however went on to lose the match and he has returned to London straight away to get back to his club commitments.

As for Hector Bellerin, the player remains under a risk assessment plan after picking up an injury concern away to Chelsea last Saturday. Bellerin hit the ground after being left concussed by Marcos Alonso in a challenge for the ball. Initial reports outlined it was not anticipated to be a serious concussion, however the player must remain in the care and risk assessment of the club doctors. FA guidelines state that a player must be in such care for at least six days, meaning that he would be clear to play this Saturday, if the doctors give the go ahead tomorrow.

On the matter, Wenger told ‘We have the question about Hector Bellerin. He’s going for tests and the process every day and we’ll only know tomorrow if he gets the green light from the medical people to practise or not. At the moment he has not practised.’

Although the reports have suggested that Bellerin is showing no issues in relation to the concussion, I personally think it may be unlikely that he’ll feature in the match. Bellerin would be allowed to return to full first team training tomorrow, but only if the club doctors give Wenger the go-ahead. He may therefore partake in training tomorrow, however I still think there would be a level of uncertainty as to whether Wenger would pick Bellerin to be in his starting eleven.

Bellerin hasn’t trained all week with the squad and so although one week out surely won’t affect match fitness, you have to consider that likelihood that he’s probably missed out on all the tactical training and physical preparation the squad has had in place for the match against Hull. To throw Bellerin into the mix with one days training may not be a move Wenger wishes to do and so even if the Spaniard is given the all clear to play, I’m not sure if he’ll be starting the match come Saturday afternoon.


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  1. Ugabooga says:

    Admin who is Thieet Henry?

    And do 70% of us want this unknown person to manage Arsenal?

    Thiery Henry maybe, but Thieet never!

  2. Ugabooga says:


  3. Ugabooga says:

    The errors in articles on here lately has increased some what, from spelling to plain factual.

    Example: There was an article about Debuchy replacing Clichy. Um don’t you mean Sagna???????

    Sorry for rant, just used to better on this site you know.

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    “You have to consider that likelihood that he’s probably missed out on all the tactical training and physical preparation the squad has had in place for the match against Hull.”

    ? Get real, What tactics might that be then?
    I ain’t even gonna bother mentioning anything about the Physical preparation…. And neither does Wenger ?

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Bellerin’s greediness to play so soon after he was concussed at the Bridge last weekend MUST be resisted by Le Prof in his 18 man match day squad for our Hull City game at the Ems this Saturday. Paulista is capable of holding a starting role efficiently in that spot until Bellerin can get fully well to start to play again.

    I think Elneny rushed back to London immediately his country, Egypt lost in the Afton final because he wanted to be with his family in London as soon as possible. And for him, of course life goes on after his Afton final loss. He can’t come back to London healthy and not report to Arsenal’s London Colney training ground for training, can he?

    I believe the Gunners must have learnt their lessons after surprisingly losing at the Ems to the Watford team they were expected to comfortably beat. But they failed to beat them because they had taken beating them for granted in the first place. And also failed to put their game together to overcome the stubborn Watford defending as the game wore on, thereby reducing their game on the night to mediocre performance.

    I believe the Gunners who are responsible for their game performance.would have realized by now that every PL game as from now on is a big game. While the actual big game like the one the played against Chelsea last weekend is a bigger game. Therefore, the Gunners MUST physically and mentally prepared big, if needed prepared bigger to overcome any resistant Hull will offer in this game against an Arsenal victory on Saturday.

  6. Budd says:

    Get Emi Martinez in the goal. Can’t be worse than Cech.

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