Injuries force Arsenal to bring U23 players into training for Forest game

The Arsenal injury crisis goes on and Arsene Wenger has lost nearly half of his First XI players ahead of another congested fixture list in January. We had already been deprived of Olivier Giroud, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and, of course, Santi Cazorla before the Premier League draw against Chelsea on Tuesday, and then Granit Xhaka was also added to the list after that game after suffering groin strain.

Mesut Ozil did manage to play in that game despite an injury, but has only been given light training duties. So Wenger is going to have to bring in some youngsters to augment his squad ahead of our FA Cup defence at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, and the U23 players that have been training with the first team recently have been Krystian Bielik, Ben Sheaf, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Josh Dasilva, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.

I fully expect Reiss-Nelson and Joe Willock to be in the starting line-up, and with our defensive crisis being the worst right now it is possible that Bielik could get a start as well. The big young Pole was bought from Legia Warsaw as a defensive midfielder but has since been converted to a centre-back by Wenger and has had experience of 10 games in that position on loan at Birmingham last season.

Wenger will not want to give up our trophy easily so I am not expecting a totally second string side, but it looks like the boss will have no choice but to play some more youngsters than usual in the FA Cup…



  1. Eat Pie says:

    Excluding Santiago & super sub (OG) when played as a sub who should not be on this list, it is a blessing in disguise.

    Everyone on the list barring the above mentioned are playing really poorly and should be nowhere near the starting XI

  2. shark says:

    If we keep on like this with the injuries, Ostersund FK will be our new Bayern Munich.

  3. Durand says:

    Does it matter? I’m sure Reiss and AMN both will be played out of position as defensive backs. I’ll guess this

    Chambers. Mustafi. Holding
    Reiss. El Neny. Coq. AMN
    Walcott. Welbeck. Iwobi

  4. shark says:

    If the fossil will strangle himself while playing with the jacket zipper, our medics will not gonna be able to save him. They do nothing at this club.

  5. TheAnalyzer says:

    Those players have been playing with the first team for a while now, and even playing some games. Lying doesnt bother you anymore as long it paints a bleak picture for the club?

  6. sadat says:

    Chambers Meteserger holding
    Nelson Elneny Couq 30
    Walcott Welbeck Ewobi

  7. omonla says:

    Wenger knows best

  8. Atid says:

    Injuries haven’t forced the u23s to train with the first team. At least 5 or 6 train with the first team every week. If you haven’t got a decent story just let the last one keep running, this is rubbish.

    1. GoonerP says:

      It doesn’t matter what the story is about. You will find a reason to moan regardless….

  9. Grandad says:

    Whatever team Wenger picks there is unlikely to be one left footed player in the team. So much for a balanced squad

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