Koscielny and Gibbs face fitness tests

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Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs both face late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s game against Sp*rs, but Arsenal are hopeful both will be involved this most crucial of derbies.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Arsene Wenger said, “Koscielny may be back, and Gibbs. We make a decision about them tomorrow.”

However, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin both miss out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. It would suggest that Tomas Rosicky will continue in the more forward role in the midfield trio, while the whisper is that Theo Walcott is set to return to the starting line-up at the expense of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

As well as the importance of the derby itself, coming as it does after two successive defeats, Wenger is focusing on the race for a top four place.

“It is an important game because we have an opportunity to strengthen our position in fourth place. Tottenham are doing well, so it will be an interesting game. Every game is massive now.”

The manager also ruled out any loan move by Zenit St Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin.

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Sabrina

PLEASE BE BACK! We need as strong a team as possible.

Speaking of fitness and stuff BAE is supposed to be fit! Did he not supposedly have SURGERY this week?!

Cygan's Right Foot

He did but is unfortunately winning his battle to recover. Adebayor and van der Vaart are also likely to recover in time….

ramgooner

dear GOD,

please keep RVP fit for the rest of the season.i have a bad feeling arry has told his players to kick him.

Malaysian Gooner

I would play Ox on the left and Gervinho on the right. Walcott as sub. Then again, the boss will decide it. Will be a cracking match!

COYG!

Nick

Lets hope it’s a real craking match instead of a 3rd game in a row with no heart. At least we’re playing on a proper pitch this weekend!!! GOYG!!!!!

Nick

No Ramsey…. oh no! All joking aside, I really hope GIbbs and Kos are both in the squad. We are gonna need to be defensively perfect on Sunday.

How on earth is Theo starting over the Ox a good idea?

How’s about we play AA23 in place of Ramsey in the midfield with Gervinho on one wing, Ox on the other and Song beside Arteta in the DM roles with AA23 playing slightly in front of them feeding RVP.

The NLD this Weekend

NICK ABOVE: “How’s about we play AA23 in place of Ramsey in the midfield”

Stuart little is not strong enough to play in midfield, especially at the moment. He will lose the ball…. and then it will be an Aria of Sound “Why did Arsene do that”.

We all know he plays in that position for Russia.

The Ox will come off the bench at 65 minutes when Theo gets tired.

I love my team, but we have never won a game where the Referee this weekend has been charge of the game… I’m expecting a high scoring draw.

critic

i think it’s time to bring out the champagne.

goontang

I would love to see rosicky finally net a goal against those cunts, he deserves one, deflected off adebayors face and into the net would be preferable

Cygan's Right Foot

Rosicky to score and copy Henry’s celebration?

the only sam is nelson

cruciate ligament goes *twang* as tomas slides on his knees…

Cygan's Right Foot

I think he’s going to go the same way as van Persie and now play for another 20 years, fitter than most and injury-free to make up for lost time

Ian allinson's tache

Gotta get behind the boys on Sunday & stop all this infighting with my life of Brian head on I propose we start the arsenal peoples front or is it the peoples front of arsenal with blogs as our leader! We will win!

Munich Gunner

Just read that Mike Dean is ref. I’ve abandoned the hope of luck getting us through the game following that news.

Looks like we’ll just have to put in a brilliant performance instead. Stranger things have happened this season.

critic

it;s not possible, he ref the reverse game also, it’s just not possible.

critic

OH FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!

Sp*rs start with a man advantage on arsenal. FUCK!

Voldermort

Gibbs 1 game then out two weeks and now needs fitness test. What was people saying about not signing a full back.

Cygan's Right Foot

That he’s just coming back from injury and so will need a bt of time to get back up to full match fitness. Even Sagna isn’t there yet, has made some mistakes and needed a rest

M249

Who cares if Ramsey is injured, he an average player…fuck the result, we want trophies………………..

Cygan's Right Foot

Yes, “fuck the result”. It’s only our biggest rivals but that doesn’t matter….

Dragonborne

How on earth are they our biggest rivals?

*facepalm*

Cygan's Right Foot

I really hope that is a rhetorical question. Have you only been supporting Arsenal for the last year or something? They are our North London rivals and have been since 1913.

Burger

Rival implies some form of equality and competition. Biggest enemies, biggest adversaries maybe.

I want to aim higher than rivaling spurs. I want whipping boys.

Josh

Rival or no rival, its still a great feeling shafting up spuds, smack their head around and putting them in their fucking place!!

gooner

We need this. We beat them and they are seven points ahead and they face united next? And chelsea very soon.
Dreams, dreams, they come true some times

Ross

Hooray!!! Ramsey isn’t starting! He looks like a chicken with his head cut off and can never push the ball forward. Always to the sides. Our build up play is too slow with him on the field.

gooner

Now is not the time for this.
As much as i hate it when he starts ahead of TR7 or yosi, i can’t understand how you’ld wish for an arsenal player to be out injured. He might not be good enough for a starter YET, but he got us out of jail in france and that stadium of mud.

Dick Swiveller

I reckon there’ll be something of a surprise this weekend, someone like Ozyakup or Afobe will sneak into the squad; Ozzy has been in great form for the reserves and been pimped out on Arsenal.com. I’d be glad to have Rosicky in the team though, he’s been one of the few guys trying to drive us forward and his energy could be vital.

Cygan's Right Foot

I’d like to give Yossi a run out in Ramsey’s place. Seems like he’s itching to get on the field at the moment and so would probably work his ass off

Dick Swiveller

Maybe, I’ve always liked him but his performance against Swansea has forever coloured my perceptions, it’s notable that before that he was getting a lot more gametime so maybe I’m not the only one either. If we’re happy to play more of a 4-4-2 I’d play him off RvP, at least he can score the odd goal.

Cynical cunt

Koscielny is a worry.

Gibbs? He’s shite, I’d prefer Vermaelen there

Boaz

Coq

RocCityGunner

I would play Wolcott on the left…side of the bench.

Boaz

Go back to tot. Support our players. Even if they have patchy times

Rodders1971

If Wenger plays Walcott instead of Ox against those mouth breathing inbred cunts,that would be a big coq up-in my opinion.

bdotm

Support our players when they have patchy times. Even if the player is Sylvester?