Arsene Wenger’s injury update: Three weeks for Gallas and Arshavin, end of season for Fabregas
Written by Jeffrey on April 2, 2010 2:00
Let’s face it. If Arsenal are to win something this season, it will definitely go down as one of the most impressive achievements in the history of football. With only two signings this season – one of which a 35-year old who was close to retirement – and an incredible amount of injuries, Arsene Wenger’s squad are getting ready to face the last weeks of football knowing that they can still win the Premiership and the Champions League.
With Robin van Persie close to make his long-awaited comeback, the Gunners lose Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas, Andrey Arshavin and more players after last Wednesday’s epic battle against Barcelona in the Champions League. The Frenchman and Russian will be sidelined for three weeks whilst the Spaniard’s season is prematurely over. Luckily, Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell, Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo and Carlos Vela should all be fit to face Wolves this weekend, an easy game on the cards before the trip to the Camp Nou.
Speaking on Thursday, Wenger said:
At the moment, we are like an army who have come back from a big battle. We have some bruises but we need to recover and then go to the next battle. Who will be available for the next one? I have to wait 24 hours more. William had a recurrence of his calf strain. That is at least three weeks. The next one is Arshavin – calf strain, three weeks.
Gael Clichy is struggling with a back problem. He might need a breather as well. I don’t know yet, we will assess that tomorrow. Denilson has a groin problem, we will assess that too. The first three are out, Clichy and Denilson are ‘possibles’ to play at the weekend. We have Silvestre and Campbell available. Then of course there is Rosicky and Eduardo. Vela is coming back too.