Arsene Wenger on injuries, search for a centre back and Vela’s loan
Written by Jeffrey on January 28, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed defender Sebastien Squillaci and midfielder Abou Diaby have recovered from a hamstring and calf injury respectively and will be in the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup against Huddersfield.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday, the Frenchman admitted he will rotate for the two upcoming games against Huddersfield and Everton as he explained midfielder Tomas Rosicky is the only question mark ahead of the game with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and centre back Thomas Vermaelen certain to miss the game.
Asked about right-back Bacary Sagna who suffered a head injury in the Carling Cup game against Ipswich Town on Tuesday, Wenger explained the player left hospital after recovering from the injury and if not this weekend, he will surely feature next week against Everton in the Premier League.
Wenger concluded by giving an update on in and out transfers as he said how he is still searching for a centre back although the Gunners are not close to sign one and how a decision on striker Carlos Vela will be taken on Friday with one of three Premier League Clubs set to sign the Mexican talent.
Ahead of the FA Cup game, Wenger said:
Squillaci and Diaby will be in a squad. The only uncertainty I have is Rosicky. I don’t know if he’ll be fit or not. He was really sick. Almunia has a chance, Fabianski no and for Vermaelen we need to be patient.
Sagna is as good as you can be. Yesterday he was at home and he still had a little bit of a headache. All the examinations made at the hospital were clean. He should be available for Sunday. If not Sunday then Tuesday.
We play two games in 48 hours so I will make complete use of the whole squad as I always do when we play two games in 48 hours. It is very difficult to give you at the moment the team that will start, I will see in what kind of shape are the players who played many games recently and make a decision then. But it will be a strong team, that’s for sure.
I have not given up on [the centre back search]. But we are not close to sign anybody. The deadline is not far away but we still are looking. We are down to three clubs for [the loan of Carlos Vela] and the decision will be made today or tomorrow. I am confident we will reach an agreement very quickly and that personally I will get my wish, that he plays in the Premier League.