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Arsenal Face Injury Crisis With Mikel Arteta Out For 4-6 Weeks

mikel arteta Arsenal Face Injury Crisis With Mikel Arteta Out For 4 6 Weeks

It’s not the news that Arsenal supporters wanted to hear on the eve of a new Premier League season. After having a scan on his thigh today, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is expected to be out of the squad for 4 to 6 weeks with a torn quadricep. That means Arteta will miss the UEFA Champions League playoff matches against Fenerbahce as well as the opening weeks of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

To make matters worse for Arsene Wenger, here are the other Arsenal footballers who have injury worries:

Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard is still suffering from a back injury, but expects to rejoin the Arsenal squad for full training in 10 days

Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian is progressing well from his injury, but Arsene Wenger isn’t ready to put a timescale on when he’ll return.

Bacary Sagna. Arsenal’s right back sustained an ankle injury while on international duty with France this week, and faces a race against time to be ready for Saturday.

Abou Diaby. The skillful midfielder is still recovering from his knee injury, and won’t be back in action until the end of 2013 at the earliest.

Yaya Sanogo. New signing Sanogo is still suffering from a hamstring injury, and is a doubt for this weekend’s match.

Santi Cazorla. Arsenal’s midfield maestro is expected to return to London tonight after playing for Spain in a friendly in Ecuador. While there are no injury worries, whether the Spaniard will be physically ready to play after so much traveling will be a concern.

Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh midfielder pulled out of the Wales squad midweek as a precaution after suffering an ankle injury last week against Manchester City. He’s in a race against time to be ready for the match against Aston Villa this Saturday.

Ryo Miyaichi. Wenger revealed that “He is close [to being back in the side] and he should be back with the training group next week.”

Incredibly, after letting 17 senior players leave the club this season, Arsenal may only have 11 match-fit players to choose from for their squad on Saturday. That means Wenger will have to put some players on the bench who are either youngsters, not completely fit or out of favor at the club.

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9 Responses to Arsenal Face Injury Crisis With Mikel Arteta Out For 4-6 Weeks

  1. Larsky says:

    I just luv this since Wenger is too stubborn to go to market for better players. He should rather be ready to play in their positions and collect the whole money to himself.

  2. FreddyFreak says:

    Sounds about right for us. Seems like everything is in order for another 4th place trophy.

    • David says:

      Right. I can’t imagine either club from Manchester outside the top 4. Ditto for Chelsea, their manager is too good and the squad is too talented. Which leaves Spurs and Arsenal battling for 4th again this year. Arsenal BARELY squeaked into 4th. Tottenham has significantly improved their side this year while Arsenal has thinned theirs out. I have a hard time seeing Arsenal pulling it off this year.

    • Ian says:

      I thought for the past 2 years that 4th place would be VERY difficult. It was. Tottenham have gotten MUCH better and we’ve gotten, if anything, worse. Even if you count addition by subtraction, our injuries in defense are terrifying. If we don’t get UCL-quality (and non-cup-tied) players in time, we will fight for 5th, not 4th.

  3. hoosiergunner says:

    Trying to stay positive, but this season is going to be an uphill battle. Really confused by our transfer (or lack of) activity this summer… oh well.

  4. nicc says:

    “Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard is still suffering from a back injury, but expects to rejoin the Arsenal squad for full training in 10 days”

    did you mean to say Monreal would be available for selection in about 10 days?
    Wenger said a week or so ago that Monreal had rejoined training.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Wenger’s direct quote about Monreal is:

      “He should join up with the squad for full training in 10 days. He is out for the weekend of course.”

  5. Ian says:

    EVERYONE CALM DOWN. God. We’ve got Nicklas Bendtner. Nothing can possibly go wrong!…

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