Injury Crisis Already? [Updated]

Afternoon folks.

The last couple of days has been a whirlwind of news, everyone seems to be talking about Arsenal. Who we’re going to buy, who we’re going to sell. Paul Merson, Freddie Ljungberg, Thierry Henry, Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Bob Wilson have all been in the press giving their views of all things Arsenal.

The consensus throughout all the players wavers, but on the whole focuses on the fact that there is a decent core of players and they are definitely capable of winning a trophy – but only if we do not suffer the injuries that our club is being famed for.

News broke yesterday and appears in many newspapers today (although unconfirmed by the club) that Rosicky is out injured for 6 weeks with a hamstring injury. This of course, is a blow as he’s just returned and has been looking very good. Nasri is also out for the same period of time, so from having a fully fit squad for the first time in many years, we now have two of our main attacking midfielders out through injury.

Update from Arsene Wenger:

“He could be out for six weeks. It’s worrying because he was so sharp. It’s difficult to accept that suddenly he has a muscle injury. It’s not major problem, but you get these kinds of injuries when you’ve been out for 18 months.”

With Theo Walcott also yet to start training, for the league games against Everton and Portsmouth and for the Champions League qualifiers, we may be without 3 of our first choice wingers. With Vermaelen out too and not clear when he is going to return, we’ll be fielding a weaker side than we anticipated a couple of weeks ago. Our only wingers who will realistically play against Everton being Arshavin and Eboue.

Cesc said this yesterday:

“For the last three seasons, we have been unlucky with injuries so hopefully this year we can all stay fit”

And as soon as he has said it, bang, three injuries to big name players. Many people have said that the injury to Rosicky is a blessing in disguise and may force our hand in the transfer market, but having said that news is that Arsene is still in negotiations with Bordeaux for Chamakh, so a striker joining means more attacking players. If Chamakh did join, we could consider Carlos Vela in the winger role too, but the buy has yet to return to main pre-season training.

The Daily Mail reporting:

Arsenal are set to make an improved £7.5million bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh. The French club felt the original £6m was ridiculous for a player they valued at £15m, but the Gunners have played hardball on player who is out of contract next summer. Bordeaux are now desperate to do a deal after conceding that Chamakh will not sign a new contract and they are aware that the 25-year-old has his heart set on north London despite competing interest from Sunderland and Blackburn.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, according to the player’s agent – we are still talking to Sporting Lisbon about the signing of Miguel Veloso.

“Bolton, Manchester City and Arsenal are all still interested.”

News is that the initial £20m asking fee has been reduced to £15m, but at £15m, it’s still not something we’d do.

Finally, UEFA have confirmed that with Shakter Donetsk’s early exit from the Champions League, Stuttgart will be seeded, meaning we will be drawn against one of the following five teams:

Fiorentina

Athletico Madrid

Celtic

Anderlecht

FC Timisoara

Le’ts hope we avoid Fiorentina and Athletico Madrid!

And finally, finally, The World of Arsenal will be joining the club in supporting The Great Ormand Street Charity this year as part of the Be a Goooner, Be a Giver campaign and will be running a series of money raising events throughout the year to help raise money for the charity.

For more info, check out this link.

  • Pete

    The fact that SSN, the BBC and other official news broadcasters haven’t mentioned anything of Rosicky being injured is very telling. As far as I can tell, this story originated in The Sun, as did Eduardo’s “injury setback” that was reported last week. So I’m hoping that it’s just another BS “report” from the tabloids.

  • Pete

    Huntelaar has gone to AC Milan today, so Chamakh is probably our best option. He’s definately a hard-working striker, does lots of running for the team, so I’d like it if we signed him.

    Also, Roy Hodgeson has been speaking about possibly loosing Hangeland, so maybe we’re biding our time.

  • Fo

    @Pete – Indeed, the Sun does make a lot up – but I read this in the Daily Mail and Telegraph too.

    @WOA – News is that Gael Clichy has a problem with his back despite his appearance in the Emirates Cup? We’ve got Gibbs and Traore so not too worried.

    Any idea where Diaby has been hiding, I don’t think he’s been around this pre-season!?!

  • Fo

    @Pete – Yeah, I heard the interview re Hangeland – I don’t think we’re going to stump up another £10m for a defender – but news on the grapevine is that Spurs and Villa have both made an offer for Hangeland…!

  • Vazy

    Bad news (although as an arsenal fan expected) about the injuries, ah well see what the official line is soon enough

  • Leeroy.N

    Looking at the squad and the injuries we still are pretty much on par with last year. Even though we have swapped two players like for like, Arshavin for Adebayor & Vermaelen for Toure. We havent lost or gained much in numbers but I will argue that the desire from Arshavin and Vermaelen wil be greater than who we have swapped them for.

    It does’nt really matter who we buy in, for how much and when, if we don’t stop making the silly mistakes at the back and we are not more clinical upfront. I don’t believe one or two new signings will drastically mould or shape the team and win the Prem. It’s not how it works. I believe if we stop going to sleep after scoring, holding the line and being more focused we will mount a better challenge. Of course I would love 2 maybe even 3 more signgings to bolster are squad, to make the dynamics different and for better options off the bench. But it will be spending money in vain if we do, and we still end up without anything at the end of the season, due to conceding too many, or not finishing off teams like we are more than capable of doing.

    I have been looking over some other blog sites and they are ripping The Board, Arsenal and Arsene to pieces. Most of it is justified because of the seeming transfers we are missing out on and lettings slip through our fingers. Tension is thick, deep in the ranks of the Arsenal fans and people are tired of hearing the same old stories, rumours and seemed money problems. Lets stick together, through thick and thin or it’s gonna seem a long lonely season.

    Gooner Til I Die!!!

  • Kuka

    @Lerroy:
    I do agree with you and as I said in my previous post, am not as concerned regarding our going forward. If you look at our attacking-make-up, we are in a position to collect a whole lot of goals by the end of the season. This is between Theo, Arshavin, Nicklas, Edu, Fab (Thomas & Nasri when fit). Unlike the previous teams, what I find special about this current squad is the belief that each individual player has. Even young Gibbs was in the media today (ATVO) speaking about the prospects of this current squad…I can also feel it in my guts, irrespective of who leaves, comes in or gets injured….

  • Fo

    @Leeroy – if we did sign Chamakh – that means we wouldn’t play Bendtner as much – surely that is a good thing?

    Also, if we signed Veloso, surely he’d be better in midfield then Denilson or Song?

    So of course signing two new players will make a difference – a big difference!!

  • Fo

    @Kuka

    I do think we have more belief this season. But it will fade quickly if players get injured!

  • hello

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    Officially the most boring day of the transefer window!! SSN and BBC aren’t saying wak all!!

    Has anything actually happened today apart for speculative links between Huntelaar and Milan!!

    MAYBE THE QUIET BEFORE THE STORM??

  • hello

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    Or it it cos Real Madrid have actually brought everyone!!

  • Kuka

    ….and City are bidding for everyone

  • Leeroy.N

    Fo – Definatly. I think Chamakh’s work-rate alone would relegate Bendtner to the bench. I don’t dislike Bendter as a player, he just lets himself down while he plays sometimes. Chamakh attacks the ball so well, never gets dis-heartend when stuff doesnt go to his plans, he just gets back up and goes at it harder, he’s good in the air, really good ball control and is deadly in the box. He would be an awesome addition.

    Veloso could be good for us admittedly. He will be in his natural position, so we cant ask for anything more, just do what you do best. Song I feel can’t decide on what position he prefers and Denilson is more attack minded. We need that DM to be a solid DM, defensive minded and who can break up and/or slow down plays when a team is attacking on us.

    I’m not arguing that two new players, under the circumstances won’t make a difference, but coming from the french and portuguese leagues is quite a step. For those two in particular will be a massive test to see whether they have what it takes to compete and make a serious impression and impact. It only works for certain players. Other than that.. they could just end up being average. In a perfect scenario I would love every player we sign to be perfect for us and to do well. In reallity it might not work out that way. But I hope and pray it does! HAHA! Come on you Gunners! Let’s prove them ALL Wrong!

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    We have no Nasri, Rosicky, Clichy and a 85% fit Eduardo and only a week until the start of the season…brilliant.

    Why are we not buying anyone….are they not aware that the season starts in 9 days!!! Didn’t AW say he would sign people before/during pre-season…that doesn’t leave much time. Looks like our Carling cup team will get a lot more 1st team action this season…come on Wilshire and Ramsey.

    On a side note I think Walcott needs to step up this season, especially as it is a world cup year, if he doesn’t I fear for his future in the top flight.

  • alex

    @Gooner Get Ya
    “On a side note I think Walcott needs to step up this season, especially as it is a world cup year, if he doesn’t I fear for his future in the top flight”

    That is a bold statement to make lol. give him a chance fella

  • bayo

    why does it take arsenal an eternity to buy players

  • Yemi

    we need at least 3 more players (DM and Defender and striker)

  • hello

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    I agree ‘Yemi’…

    Realistically:

    MATUIDI + HANGERLAND + CHAMAKH + A pinch of VIEIRA…

  • Pete

    According to SSN, Vermaelan has been named in the Belgium squad for an upcoming friendly game, so I guess he’s ok. Seriously, been searching for confirmation on all this injury news regarding Rosicky and Clichy and haven’t found anything official.

    Fo and Leeroy – definately agree about Chamakh. Two things the guy has going for him is work rate and heart. Those qualities would certainly be welcome into the squad, similar to what Dirk Kuyt does for Liverpool.

  • kenneth

    Arsenal just increased their bid price for Charmakh from 7m to 9m.
    How about that from goal.com

  • Fo

    @Yemi – I don’t think we need another defender – Vermaelen, Gallas, Djourou, Silvestre, Song are fine in there.

    We do need a DM and could do with a striker!

  • Pete

    The Arsenal Press Office just confirmed to GoonerTalk that Rosicky is indeed injured, according to their website.

    “Tomas is injured. We have no further comment at this stage.”

    Cech rep manager Ivan Hasek also said.

    “We hoped he would come (to play against Belgium). We have no detailed information about the injury. It was clear that after such a long time minor muscle injuries have to come,” Hasek told Czech paper Sport, having talked to Rosicky by telephone late Wednesday.

    “I don’t know the diagnosis and it’s hard for me to judge if he would be able to help us against Slovakia [Sept. 5]. But muscle injuries take at least three weeks. It’s tough for him. But compared with the previous serious injury, this is a minor thing.”

  • Pete

    Get well soon Tomas!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Fran Merida is going on loan to Levante. At least can rule him out of our starting 11… lol.

  • Fo

    Why is Merida leaving us on loan? I thought this year, he’d break through!!!

  • Leeroy.N

    What a shame. Now I really don’t understand what the thinking is behind it. He seemed to fit in well and have a good understanding of our game. He is a good young talent, who was willing to prove himself for a place on the bench, if not a start when asked. I just hope by the end of the loan deal, the grass isn’t greener on the other side. If he is going we MUST be signing someone soon. Hold tight lads, it’s gonna be a Big One!!!

    Gooner Til I Die

  • hello

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    As much as I love Wenger and his youngsters… I really don’t think this was MERIDA’s year… Although his work rate is unquestionable, he gives away possession far to easily.

    … although that doesn’t seem to stop Wenger playing BENDTNER!!

  • Leeroy.N

    But the question is who’s year is it then? A brand new player to the team, to england and the Prem? I mean it’s unconventional to rely on youngsters, but it’s what we have and we have to use what we have at some point in time. They are the ones who have been here trophyless for the past four or so seasons they are the one who it will mean to the most when they get that piece of silver. Players like Bendtner need to show us on the pitch how much they are willing to give and work for that trophy, alot of lack-luster performances have shadowed what talent he has actually got. If we could mould him into the Adebayor of 07/08 I would be totally happy and convinced going forward.

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • Fo

    I really think it will be the year of:

    1) Eduardo – he’s not had a full / proper season since he’s joined and he’s got one waiting to happen

    2) Theo Walcott – he’s shown in glimpses how awesome he can be, last season was supposed to be “his season”, this season will have to be

    3) Carlos Vela – more game time for him should see him really make an impact

    4) Andrei Arshavin – our best player and one who will shine this season…

    and then finally

    5) Jack Wilshere – it’s time for him to make an impact as a sub and prove he’s the gem of the future.

  • Leeroy.N

    Fo – True

    Walcott has seemed to be a one trick wonder so far, if he can bring out something else other than his blistering pace, it will leave defenders thinking. People like Evra and such didnt have too many problems dealing with him, if he links up better and quicker with a player he will be a serious force.

    Vela – I feel just needs more minutes, he has to be (next to Eduardo) one of the calmest, coolest and most clinical finishers we have got. Give him more time and starts and he will produce some good numbers for us. He has pace, skill, holds up the ball well, strong and vision.

    Arshavin – What is there to say really. You saw the stats and number he put up in a new team, in a new league and a new country. This year is HIS!!! No question.

    Wilshere – Will be integral coming off the bench. He will provide great cover for injuries as well as bringing his own mix to a game, whether winning or losing. Players dont seem to know how to handle him.. other than running up and clattering him. For his age, his strength, vision, determination and understanding of our team and the way we love to play is Amazing!

    Eduardo – Again, given enough time and starts, as well as being rested when needed will give us alot of goals upfront. He is capable of producing something out of nothing. For his size he is strong and great in the air and we all know how clinical he is with either feet. So Important.

    Bendtner – I feel he can shine. But it’s if he wants to. He is mighty talented and i KNOW he is capable of great things with us. I only question his desire. He has to be stronger in the air. He has to be quicker making decisions and he has to stop getting caught out wide too much. He will be our target man for sure, partnering Van Persie and Eduardo at times I would be sure. He just lingers out wide a little too much. Give and go.. get himself back in scoring range and he will be massive for us too.

    Gooner Til I Die!!

  • Yemi

    I am waiting patiently on the boss. As i said and will continue to say, till edu is 100% fit, rosisky 100% fit, RVP injury free, The attacking line up is still weak although a talented, skilled attacking line up and a dangerous one (if injury free).
    we need at least 3 more players (DM and Defender and striker)

  • Yemi

    The boss speaking on one or two more signings but not mentioning names: I will be patient !!! and pray its not any 15, 16 year old again!!

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-points-to-new-players-but-not-vieira

    However when asked about the much-rumoured re-signing of his former captain, Wenger replied: “Not at the moment, no.”

    He went on: “We can still make do with one or two players more.

    “One could be in the defensive areas, and one in the attacking areas.

    “We make a few enquires for players, but we are nowhere near to signing anybody at the moment.

    “Usually the transfer market only speeds up from August 26 up to midnight on August 31 – and especially in the last two hours.”

  • Gooner Get Ya

    AW has actually spoken on the official website about possible transfers:

    Speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s Charity of the Season, the French manager suggested he was interested in “one offensive and one defensive player” to add to his squad.

    However when asked about the much-rumoured re-signing of his former captain, Wenger replied: “Not at the moment, no.”

    He went on: “We can still make do with one or two players more.

    “One could be in the defensive areas, and one in the attacking areas.

    “We make a few enquires for players, but we are nowhere near to signing anybody at the moment.

    “Usually the transfer market only speeds up from August 26 up to midnight on August 31 – and especially in the last two hours.”

    At least we now know that he is intending to buy…I am excited again now.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Sorry Yemi didn’t have your post showing when sent mine through…bloody iPhone doesn’t auto refresh web pages.

    I have also discovered that Real Madrid’s M.Diarra is for sale at around 10m, I know he has been injured but this guy would be a class signing for us if he is back to his best…which he thinks he is.

  • Pete

    Champions League draw: Arsenal v Celtic

  • sam

    ouch!

  • Pete

    Pretty happy with the Celtic draw, could have been a lot worse. If we do to them what we did to Rangers in the Emirates Cup, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • sam

    We’ll have to beat bigger teams to lift the trophy, so let’s start by kicking some Celtic butt…

  • Yemi

    No probs gooner, shows we are all looking for info all around !!! celtic is not too bad… Hope we overrun them

  • Yemi

    We are off to celtic park 18th or 19th !!! Best wishes to the boys. Stay fit and injury free y’all