Wojciech Szczesny is out of tomorrow night’s Champions League game with Montpellier with what is being reported as an ankle injury.
He’ll be replaced by Vito Mannone and his absence comes just after the Pole was given the backing of his manager after a poor display against Southamton. At one point on Saturday his Italian counterpart was warming up on the sidelines so it seems likely there is an injury, which would also explain his kicking in the second half.
Mannone will be hoping to add to his clean sheet collection and, obviously, looking for a better time than on his last Champions League trip.
There was better news for Arsene Wenger though as Abou Diaby took a full part in training and should be available to play if selected. It’s a chance for Arsene Wenger to rotate his squad a little bit with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Andre Santos, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott all hoping to make a rare first team start.
Former Montpellier man Olivier Giroud returns to his old club and is tipped to start tomorrow night. How very football it would be for him to get off the mark on his old stomping ground.