Injured Trio Return For Arsenal, But Should Wenger Rotate?

As Arsenal get set to lock horns with Liverpool, the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has given the latest team news ahead of the big clash in the fight for Champions League football. Both Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are likely to return to the squad this weekend, while Mathieu Debuchy has started full training and should be able to make the squad for next weekend’s game against Burnley.

But with the team doing really well at the moment, it will be interesting to see how the returning trio will be integrated back into the team. Francis Coquelin has been a revelation for Arsenal since being recalled from his loan spell at Charlton and there is certainly now way he’s losing his place in the side, while Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla have taken it in shifts to partner the Frenchman in the heart of the Gunners’ midfield.

At right-back, young Hector Bellerin, according to me, has been yet another revelation this season and ending his breakthrough season on a high note will certainly be crucial for the Spaniard. What I’m trying to say is that even though Wenger will now have the luxury of rotating his players, he should avoid it as much as possible. With just ten games to go in the season including the two games we’re likely to play in the FA Cup, I really don’t see the need for it.

In my opinion, since all three of these players are returning after long-term injuries, I feel that they should be used sparingly by the manager and the main objective should be to get them 100% fit for the next campaign. For now, I think Le Prof should stick to the players who are doing the job.

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    1. He has been a revelation; he said it would take him 6 months to change Arsenal’s fitness regime/habits/psychology towards fitness and that the benefits wouldn’t be seen until this happened, a couple of weeks ago we hit 4 injuries which is the lowest I have seen for 5+ years and now we are about to hit 0 (hopefully no injuries against liverpool) which I would have thought impossible last season.

      1. totally agree. This squad when fit is one of the top 6 best squads in europe if you ask me. Is all about fitness. the first 11 and the bench will be amazing. To win trophies you need a good bench because the last 30 mis of games can be very decisiv e interms of what fresh legs could do. Its great to have our players back.

        I rather have jack or Arteta on the bench than have them at home watching games from the sofas. great work my Mr Forsythe.

        Arsenal 0 injuries. when was the last time that happened? I can’t remember.

    2. So glad Arsenal FINALLY made a change in the medical department. I feel like this is the first guy who actually knows what he’s doing. He would be the Messiah if he could keep Diaby fit, lol.

  1. Lets not rush them back to quickly! But give them some playing time maybe in the last 20 minutes or so to see how fully fit they are to cope! Meanwhile the current gunners are progressing well! Coyg!

  2. Since we got the new medical team our players come back quicker. How many times this seasons have we heard that a so and so is back earlier than expected. So I think the medical guys are doing a great job.

    We just need to look at our training methods next, may be that’s why our players drop so easily. How many players come to Arsenal with no bad injury CV but the moment they play a few games for us they are injured for long periods..

    1. Hasn’t happened to Sanchez, Chambers, Welbeck this season. Sanchez was out less than a month, and Welbeck recovers quickly as well. Overall I think there a clear improvement. Hopefully Forsythe can help Ozil though. Two rather long injuries in two seasons for us when he essentially was never injured at any other club.

  3. Not sure if anyone of the them is going to be used in tomorrow’s game but certainly against Burnley..let cement the UCL spot by smashing the pool…am very confident.COYG

  4. Welbeck pictured on the main site training, so Ox is the only unfit player out of our entire first team. Has this ever happened post-invincibles era before???? Shame Ox has to be the one player out though :/

    1. hahaha, weird, even Diaby is back, i actually think Diaby wasnt injured at all, he was in special program, in those new pictures, you can clearly see he buffed

  5. I would’ve thought winning the lottery would have been more likely than seeing a fully fit Arsenal squad, it’s honestly incredible.

    Agree, no rotations yet and especially not in tomorrow’s game. Liverpool have been displayed as the underdogs so they’ll come to the Emirates with a vengeance. So come on you Gunners, let’s put Liverpool away tomorrow.

  6. when all fit we have an awesome team. great work shad! you can’t win jacksh*t with the injuries we had. i’m over the moon if this keeps up. #COYG

  7. look at city and chelsea when any of their key players are injured. they waver like mad. we deal with that ona regular, which is actually quite remarkable. 2. no one player is bigger than the whole team.

    oh and imagine spuds minus eriksen or kane. please.

  8. Off the bench starting in Liverpool

    Hopefully we can be up 3-0 and give one or two
    some minutes towards the end

    It’s better to ease them in slowly after injury.

    Thankfully, we have a lot of depth and no other injuries which is crucial for our remaining matches.

    We need to finish as high as possible and Win the FA Cup to have a successful season

    First step= Win against Liverpool

    1. bro i think you being cocky. pool have a decent squad and will make it hard. this isn’t the match to bring players back. we can do that if we’re 2-0 up at hull or something. even that s not easy. otherwise we stick with it and vs a weaker oponent we can bring debuchy/wilshere in or maybe the captain towards the end to see a game out. but don’t fix what’s broken

      1. How the heck is the word “hopefully” being “cocky”

        We all hope for the best.

        Liverpool could kick our butts if we don’t show up at our best

        All I was saying is that if we are ahead there is no reason to give them a few minutes at the end.

        How the Heck is that cocky?

  9. Certainly a deserved commendation for our medical Forsytle and his staff. I think I noted his good efforts earlier than now and I commended him. The boss knows how to ease his 3 comeback Gunners into a game. So let’s leave that to him. The main issue is the boss starts for our Liverpool home game. In that regard, a HALTING AMBITION GUNNERS STARTS must be done by the boss to start the game to take all the 3 points that are going be at stake tomorrow Saturday afternoon on the Emirates stadium playing turf. Redeem Sterling hasn’t come to Arsenal yet. He might come in the summer if money and Brendan Rodgers and his boss resistance permitted . But for now, he is definitely a Red along with Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Glen Johnson, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet and others. Who said the Reds will not be able to play their high intensity game against us without their banned Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard? The Gunners MUST be careful not to be sold on any absentee Reds and thus become game complacent. Complacency could be costly if the Gunners allowed it to creep into their hearts. The Gunners must police Mario Balotelli as he will want to prove a point to the boss for refusing to sign him in the summer after been heavily linked with Arsenal. The Gunners’ Halting Ambition Starts must halt the ambition of the Reds to win this game at the expense of the Gunners ambition to win the Barclays Premier League title. Consequently, the Gunners MUST nullify the Reds ambition to enhance their Champions League qualification at the Emirates stadium by hammering them in the manner of, AFC 5-0 LFC. FT 90′ +. My Starts: *Szczesny/Ospina. BellerinRhinosackerKoscielnyMonreal. CoquelinRamsey. WalcottCazorlaOzil. Giroud. Summary: As walcott is more of a natural goal geter than Welbeck, I am stating him ahead of Welbeck who often profigacate in front of goal in Arsenal games. Besides, the boss has got to help Walcott to regain his top form. I think he will score and assist in a scored goal for Arsenal if the boss starts him. Why? I think he is hungry to do well after his England disappointment at Italy. The boss must caution Rhino’ not to dodge shots or duck any heading from any Red as they will test him. He should decisively attacked the ball. I start him ahead of De Abreu because he has recharged his batteries as he has rested for 2 weeks. Thank you.

  10. Dilemna- do we congest the midfield n start ramsey or pay on the wings n start walcott

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