Wenger glad to have Bac back

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Arsene Wenger says he’s ‘relieved’ to have Bacary Sagna back after a 4 month spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.

The French international is one of the most consistent performers in the team and without him, compounded by injury to his replacement Carl Jenkison, we’ve had some struggles. Sagna could be back in contention for a first team place tomorrow against Aston Villa in the league and the boss is happy to see him return, along with some of the other injured players.

“Bacary is back in full training,” he said. Many players who are not specialist right-backs have been playing in this position so we are relieved to have him back.

“At the moment, many players are on their way back. I’ll have to look at them and see how much of a gamble I can take because we play again on Wednesday. Gibbs will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday, but the others could be involved. That will be decided before the game.”

The boss also hailed Laurent Koscielny who has emerged as one of the brighter spots in this, thus far, gloomy season. He had his first season problems but has shown real character and quality to become a fan favourite.

““I believe that last year you could already see the potential but he did not have that dominance in the duels that he has found this season.

“That makes him, I personally believe, one of the top-class central defenders in the Premier League.”

And Koscielny himself is aware of the importance of the cup in English football and wants to make sure that after the last few weeks teh fans have something to cheer.

“I know in England that winning the FA Cup is a very big trophy for the team. You know that the FA Cup is difficult because it is a hard game for 90 minutes. We know Aston Villa, we won away but it was a difficult game.

“Now it is at home we want to go as far as possible in this competition and so we have to win this game. It is important for the team because we have lost our last three games, and for the supporters because they were not happy after those defeats.”

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SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

He wont look like a wrinkly old upside down U now!

Jamie
Jamie

Broken leg and still back before Diaby…..lolz

SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

Bin Laden will be back before Diaby.

Master Bates
Master Bates

Bin Laden has had a setback , but he’ll still be back before Diaby

SmokingGunner
SmokingGunner

I heard his set back might just be inflammation.

Johnny Massacre

Interesting point.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

And Gibbs.

Phaniman
Phaniman

Did Kos give a statement???

Shits about to get real…..

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

Not just Wenger but the whole gunners are happy to have Bac back! With two noisy neighbours were kicked out from the FA cup competition, we should try our best to win the cup.

AGBOOLA SIKIRU

It great 2 ave him back

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

great news. Even better news that United are out of the cup now.
That just leave the shit down the road, the shit across town and the shit on the mersey left that are a real threat.
We really had better beat Hans Moleman’s shite this time.
COYG

Master Bates
Master Bates

God save us from ‘SETBACKS’

Voldermort
Voldermort

Cant believe it’s been four months. In a strange way it just don’t seem that long. Good to have him back.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

The cups up for grabs… With ManShitty out & Klanfield doing one over ManUre, and fingers crossed our wounded returning, we have a chance.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

you could’ve had LiverPoo oh well…

Gervinio's Forehead
Gervinio's Forehead

Duly noted… guess should have said..
The cups up for grabs… With ManShitty out, LiverPoo doing one over ManUre at Klanfield & our wounded slowly returning……

Johnny Massacre

Bac looks too fuckin cool in that picture. GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK MAAAATE!!

TenaciousDee
TenaciousDee

Bring Back Bac!

BobT
BobT

The cartoon army are down to Brighton too, let’s hope we can get the right result tomorrow, and put our recent poor form to an end.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Great News about Bec, the best RB in the league by far.

As for Kos, wouldn’t be wise to go and slap 5 years improved contract NOW or the summer before we wait till he has 2 years left in his cotract??????

I saw Kos potential last year and I thought he was one of the best defender in the league EVEN before the Barca game, He even reminds me of Adams when coming out of defense with the ball (neck stretched and hand bent to the body). His stats on one v one was 100% success. But, as he is not English and not a donkey defender like most that work in the media, the had some Arsenal Fans sadly believing Smalling was the better player..

Final thought;

TV5 & Kos = Phil Jones (price wise), Are we surprise England win FA!!!!!!

Alex
Alex

If we know Wenger by now, he would leave until Koz’s contract lasts less than 1 year, then he’ll renew it.

Andrew
Andrew

Wish I had 4 Koschers at the back!

Alex
Alex

2 Koz and 2 Verm would be better 🙂

heihaci
heihaci

this is one LAN I have no complaints about!

sJ
sJ

*Sagna could be back in contention for a first team place tomorrow against aston villa in the FA Cup

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Despite the damage already being done (Wenger: “it would be stupid to drop points because we didn’t have a fullback…” uhhh witness January’s losses), it’s great news that Sagna is on the way back.

As for the rest, it’s pure lunacy to expect Gibbs to ever contribute more than 5 or 6 games per season. With Santos out of the season, any sane manager would have bought a left-back.

It’s also pure lunacy to ever expect Diaby to return, yet Wenger will.

You know, you think of successful clubs like United. Do you think Ferguson would put up with player who could never contribute? No. Remember Alan Smith, that buy who got his leg broken by John Arne Riise? Yeah. He was gone pretty quick after that. If that broken leg had happened under Wenger’s watch, he’d still be playing for us.

That’s the difference. We just can’t compete with those clubs. We simply cannot afford to release players once we’ve invested in them even a tiny bit.

Spooner
Spooner

Can’t we have one day without weeping into our cereal BB? Even Cygan was totally positive above!

There are some things you forgot to mention about UTD, in that they’re based up north, have cretinous supporters, and their manager is bent as a 9 bob note.

If you feel we as a club should look up to them, then you’re way too objective, and kind of missing the whole point.

It will be a massive boost to have Sagna back. With Arteta back too, and the emergence of the Ox we’re starting to look like we can field a proper team again – I’m not saying that we’re without flaws, but try to enjoy some of it all without bringing the rest of us down.

Before ‘that’ substitution, I thought the support was terrific against UTD; really getting behind the team when needed. Hopefully we can all do similar this afternoon, eh? Let’s try to create a proper cup atmosphere, before Titi has to come on for the winner!

Brownman
Brownman

Really?? Well, I present you Owen Hargreaves.
Diaby is brittle agreed, but very talented and you don’t give up on talent – not when they’re still young.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Well, I present you Tomas Rosicky.

He’s actually played more than a season’s worth of football since his return from long-term and career threatening injury, often playing the full 90. That’s a proper comeback, not Hargreaves’ occasional leisurely guest appearances for Shiteh when there’s a “nothing game” on in Middle Eastlands.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Man u are a different animal, they are a money making machine that see the value in investing in the team in the hope success brings in more money,we are a money making machine but we don’t invest but hope our fans will continue to come and pay regardless.

ken

Aren’t we all?

nathan
nathan

Not 2 b disrespectful or anything but daiby shud be given free 2 teams like shamrock rovers. Dat way(if he can) but he’ll be d big man there.