Arsenal team news! Three Gunners to miss Crystal Palace?

Arsene Wenger has given us the latest update on the injury and fitness situation at Arsenal Football Club. And while there is a little doubt about two more of the players, the news is generally good and positive as we head into a crucial and busy period of the season.

The Frenchman revealed on the official Arsenal website that there are doubts about the fitness and availability of our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin, who has a minor ankle problem, and our French defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who has an issue with his hamstring. The medical staff will test the pair further tomorrow to see if they can face Crystal Palace, but really I expect Wenger to err on the side of caution and replace them for the trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The manager revealed, “Ramsey is still out. The two other injuries are Arteta and Debuchy. Apart from that we have some uncertainties about Flamini and Bellerin – they are doubtful for Saturday. Everybody else is OK.

“Bellerin is his ankle and Flamini has a tight hamstring. We’ll see. We’ll have tests tomorrow [Friday].

“[Ramsey] is nine days into his three-week rehab.

“Jack is fine.

“[Chamberlain] is close. He will join in normal training today.”

With the problems we have had with injuries for well over a year now and with a big Champions League game with Monaco in midweek, there is no need to take any risks, especially as we have Calum Chambers and Francis Coquelin to replace them.

The other player I expect to miss out tomorrow is Tomas Rosicky, but only because Wilshere needs the game time and Arsenal need our Czech midfielder for the Monaco clash as he is our best bet with Ramsey still out. The rest of the players are well capable of playing two games in five days so I assume that will just be a selection issue for the boss to deal with.

What would your starting XI for Crystal Palace be?

Tags Bellerin Flamini Rosicky


  1. good news, not too many injuries.
    will be good to get debuchy an the ox back.

    very keen to see more of this connection thats showing between santi ozzy and alexis, trio of trouble, the house of pain, the three amigos, when harry met sally …an barry

    1. You got that wrong, the triangle that has been pushing us forward has been Coquelin – Ramsey – Santi, before Ramsey was injured and now Coquelin – Santi (playing deeper for Ramsey) – Ozil.

      It is the players above who are the triangles in midfield that make it happen.
      Ramsey fit: Coquelin stopping attacks, plays to Ramsey who transitions to attack passing to Santi on the break.
      Ramsey out: Coquelin stopping attacks, plays to a deeper Santi who transitions to attack passing to Ozil on the break.

      Sanchez doesn’t really play the triangle, he goes off and does what he wants, popping up all over the pitch to stretch defenders.

  2. Question: If an English team wins the Europa League and therefore qualifies for the Champions League, is fourth place still worth a Champions League spot too?

    1. He should be sold, he simply isn’t good enough to play for Arsenal.
      No point in ‘giving your all’ when all you’ve got comes up short.

  3. i know i will probably get some down votes for this one but to not even read Diaby’s name in the injury updates is depressing. I know I’m probably one of his last supporters I just feel he could offer so much if fit and its truly bizarre how fragile he is for such a massive, talented guy.

    1. I agree that a fit Diaby would really give us a different dimension in our play, I feel for him, and he comes across as such a nice guy. But it’s bizarre he hasn’t retired yet. His body is clearly not cut out for not just football, but probably sport in general. I imagine the medical staff must have advised him to retire for the sake of his future health.

    2. its the same cycle every season. There’s a reason he doesn’t even get mentioned in injury updates anymore. Unfortunate, but it’s time to let him go.

  4. A healthy Diaby was imperial. He was better than Yaya. But life will destroy your hopes and dreams. I hope he goes into coaching.

    Look up Diaby, one door closes another opens.

    1. I used to love watching Diaby play. One of the best players ever to play for Arsenal. Also I would never criticise Wenger for hanging on and hoping too for a miracle. I suppose that if he had made it he would probably be playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid now. Better that than spending his best years in the treatment room.

  5. Hopefully Bellerin will be okay for Monaco. If not then we have Chambers.

    Otherwise, we should still be okay for February and March as long as no more injuries

    I’d rather Bellerin sit out Crystal Palace, so he Can play Monaco (if well enough). Chambers will do fine at RB.

    Wenger should rotate more often.

    Is Ox healthy?

  6. This article states that Arsenal have had injury problems “for well over a year now.”

    In truth?? Arsenal have actually had injury problems for MANY YEARS now.

  7. Dont risk Bellerin, we need him for Monaco. Chambers at RB is still a liability. Flamini injury hopefully isn’t too severe, he’s good for squad depth with Arteta also out. Otherwise everything else is looking up. Having Ox back will be a huge boost, and Ramsey is only two weeks away it looks like, when we all thought it could’ve been months out. 🙂

    1. Like it but it’s a more attacking formation/line up than Wenger usually starts games with. I’m guessing Walcott on the bench, Rosicky starting.

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