Szczesny to miss Montpellier trip

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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.

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Josh
Josh
7 years ago

For once I’m not worry about the replacement keeper!

Oxford dictionary
Oxford dictionary
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh

*worried.

Stop using the macmillan, it’s shit!

Josh
Josh
7 years ago

Forgive me for my lack of grammar.

Koolio
Koolio
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh

To be honest, Mannone looked VERY shaky and was terrible in the air. He had tremendous help from the back four. But im sure he can handle it. Hope Sczesney gets back to his best though, he was amazing and save our asses in the first half of last season.

Grrrrr!
Grrrrr!
7 years ago

Grrrrrrr!

west belfast gunner
west belfast gunner
7 years ago

Come on don vito ! Another corn sheet plz

sJ
sJ
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

^ Hahahahhahaahaha

I don't comment here often
I don't comment here often
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

There’s a kernel of truth in that.

Frimmers
Frimmers
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

So you don’t COB-ENT here often eh?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

is all this rotating ‘keepers to sort the wheat from the chaff do we think?

Goon Squad
Goon Squad
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Geez, I hope Don Vito will deal with the CORNers well..

Vito Corneone
Vito Corneone
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Amazing. How quickly everyone’s popping with the corny jokes.

Wale
Wale
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

I’m A-MAIZE-D by all this mannone jokes.

Wale
Wale
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

I’m absolutely chaff-ed by all this.
Coyc!……oh sorry coyg.

Henners
Henners
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

When it comes to long shots, Manone is a cereal killer. He stops them dead.

The Loving Hands of Wenger
The Loving Hands of Wenger
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

But Italians don’t even like corn.

UEFA
UEFA
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Too many puns. 5 match ban.

Blogs, you are not allowed to post reports for the next 5 UCL matches featuring Arsenal. You can let Tom write reports though.

The Law
The Law
7 years ago

Surely you mean a cannolo sheet?

Mooro
Mooro
7 years ago

Ohhhhhh, Wheat-o Mannone.

gooner
gooner
7 years ago

this CORNdition damien martinez will be on the bench? So more changes to the squad.
Plus the youngster gets more experience. He might learn a few tricks in italian kung fu hustle

nishanth
nishanth
7 years ago
Grrrrr!
Grrrrr!
7 years ago
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Cheekycheekyszczesny
Cheekycheekyszczesny
7 years ago

If Mannone is in the team for the next couple of weeks it will give me the opportunity to try and implement the Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Mannoneeeeeeee chant to the tune of the theme from the godfather which I’ve been singing to myself of late. Competition between the keepers is no bad thing for the team lets just hope Cheeky recovers and finds his form again. Love them both.

Wenger's Waterbottle
Wenger's Waterbottle
7 years ago

Guessing that will bother the Gooner community very little after the weekend’s fluff fest. Who’d have thought in a million years we’d ever wish for Vito to be guarding the sticks?! Fate has a funny way of twisting reality, that’s for sure.

kierangibbs'legs
kierangibbs'legs
7 years ago

This will be the ultimate test for manonne. I am sure he will do well but, we need to see consistency from him to prove that he is the second option.

Fellonious
Fellonious
7 years ago

Don Vito can stop a shot, he just needs to man up and boss the space in the air.

percyofgod
percyofgod
7 years ago

Quick recovery Szczesny!!! The depth in this squad is amazing!. If one is out, you can be confident the lad that will deputize him is as good as the lad out.!!!! COYG!!!

Fellonious
Fellonious
7 years ago

Is it too negative of me to hope Diaby gets saved for the game against City? I’d also like to see Ramsey get a run and Cazorla get a rest too.

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM
7 years ago
Reply to  Fellonious

I think he will be. I was more surprised to see Arshavin being left out presumably in favour of more Cazorla – you’d think maybe Wenger would want him completely fresh for City.

Then again, maybe Cazorla will be on the bench and the advanced mid position will be taken by Ox or Ramsey, that sounds more likely.

Ebouefan
Ebouefan
7 years ago

I shat a brick before Stoke but not today. It helps that the defence is protecting the GK better.

Fozzy
Fozzy
7 years ago

Doesn’t matter who we have in goal tomorrow night because with the likes of Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielney, Gibbs and Jenkinson all guarding him we won’t have any problems against Montpellier who lost 3-1 at the weekend.
4-0 tomorrow night is my score line. Giroud will get off the mark and podolski will carry on scoring when he wants, scoring when he wannnnnnts, lukas podolski he scores when he wants.
Come on arsenal!!!!!!!!

squillaci
squillaci
7 years ago
Reply to  Fozzy

heeee dude tu forgot moi

Gearoid
Gearoid
7 years ago

For every news item that features Mannone, I feel compelled to watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F39vAn3veHE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Greatest song ever…

JP1
JP1
7 years ago

everything goes down the shitter for szcz since last season ended.
I hope he can recover and get back to his brilliant best!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
7 years ago

I’m happy for Mannone. He deserves to start against Montpellier. The big question is whether or not Chez is really injured.

SlimGooner
SlimGooner
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Is he?

willyblog
willyblog
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

He is

My name is CAZORLA
My name is CAZORLA
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Yeah but is he? IS HE?????????

My surname is SANTI
My surname is SANTI
7 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

He is

Burak
Burak
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Szcz doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to let one mistake shake his confidence. However, it would’ve been nice if he could’ve gotten back on the horse right away after falling off.

Cromulus
Cromulus
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatgooner

Stop the presses! Fatgooner is happy!

Just kidding, man. Just kidding. It’s all in good humour.

mjc
mjc
7 years ago

Is that 5 or 6 keeper out of 8 injured now. I guess Martinez will be travelling with the suad to France. God knows who will playing for the under 21s tonight. Under 18s finished without a keeper on the pitch against Norwich yesterday. Previously the 48 year-old youth goalkeeping coach was named on the bench for the NextGen game against Bordeaux. This is getting ridiculous.

Attasmani
Attasmani
7 years ago

I like the optimism that surrounds Arsenal right now, but sometimes i’m puzzled how quickly the perception of a player changes. I rate Mannone, i think he’s a good number 2 and I’m not afraid about him repleacing Szczesny again on tuesday. But I think in the long run he’s not good enough to be no. 1. He’s a good shot-stopper but he lacks the presence that f. ex. Szczesny has. His run of two clean sheets, that seems to have convinced a lot of people, didn’t convince me so much of the opposite. He wasn’t tested too much against… Read more »

Conor
Conor
7 years ago
Reply to  Attasmani

I have always liked Mannone and when he’s hada chance he’s proved to be one hell of a shot stopper, I didn’t really understand the negativity towards him prior to this season. Szczesny is definitely number one but a part of me is glad that Vito is getting a huge opportunity to prove himself here.

Conor
Conor
7 years ago

Mannone deserves a chance in a big game like this so it’s not all doom and gloom, I just hope szczesny doesn’t become injury prone as he shined last season.

Chidiandrew
7 years ago

The sqard is all rounded any body chosen by the boss is as good as the other gunners for life

Rocket Diary
Rocket Diary
7 years ago

Ankle Injury version of the mystery Almunian virus ??

mjc
mjc
7 years ago

Martinez not eligible so Shea is on the bench.

ShahiGooner
ShahiGooner
7 years ago

Ah poor lad, hasn’t has the best history with injuries. Mannone will want to prove a massive point against Montpellier.

mjc
mjc
7 years ago

In fact, according to this link, Shea is playing:
http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-name-18-man-squad-for-monpellier-game

Although they’ve only got 17 players listed, so I’m guessing the missing name is Mannone!

Der Springer
Der Springer
7 years ago
Reply to  mjc

No Arshavin on the list. I guess there is no point in me posting the suggestion that AA be given a center forward start in Montpellier.
Is he injured, dropped, or is Arsenal hoping he will not be ‘cup tied’ for January transfer business. I’m not sure how CL rules work exactly.

Seven year itch needs scratching
Seven year itch needs scratching
7 years ago

Ahh well, Hope Wojciech is back fit soon enough, seems slightly precautionary. Good luck Vito! Keep the clean sheets going pal. Trust me to have Verm, Gibbo and Wojciech in my Sun dream team….Lost me a few points other day with that flap…I am now 2 points off the top of the league of 43 players and 20 quid a head…Good start for the Arsenal and myself. Come on Giroud, lets have one off ya pal, get the pressure off you a bit…Bet he was gutted not to be on the park first half when they were flying in!!!….He will… Read more »

argonaut
argonaut
7 years ago

When Ches bungled for their goal it did look like he had collided with Jenks, or at least landed awkwardly. If the injury happened then it might explain his sudden attack of buttery fingers.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
7 years ago
Reply to  argonaut

sorry, didn’t see your post. I just said pretty much the same thing but more long-winded. So yeah. What you said.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
7 years ago

Szcz did go down holding his ankle immediately after he dropped the clanger on saturday so I’m assuming it came from that incident.
I guess he either jumped awkwardly (which could explain him dropping the ball through pain) or landed funny (he did seem to knock into Jenkinson as he came back down.

Kizito juma
Kizito juma
7 years ago

Both are the best choice,so quick recover for no 1

Wale
Wale
7 years ago

I’m absolutely chaff-ed by all this.

Coyc!……oh sorry coyg!

Spooner
Spooner
7 years ago
Reply to  Wale

Chafed? You should try having a posh one Wale, treat yourself.

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Henners
Henners
7 years ago

Manone looks like he would be on the front cover of an Animorph book turning into an eagle.

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM
7 years ago
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Aamir
Aamir
7 years ago

Hopefully Mannone tries to take his chance and also that means Szcz will have to up his game to make sure of his place as Number One.

Denizo
7 years ago

Another clean sheet for Vito Mannone

The Loving Hands of Wenger
The Loving Hands of Wenger
7 years ago

I know this sounds harsh but I prefer Vito to Szczesny.

Szczesny can be arrogant, his Tweets before the Carling Cup final dissing Ca$hley blew up in his face (as tempting as it must be to diss the ‘roach) and I just think Mannone is more humble and goes about his business in a calmer way right now.

Lord Teddy Ears
Lord Teddy Ears
7 years ago

Lets get behind Vito the team and keep our good spirits up as we win tomorrow and smash 17 past Man City on Sunday. I have to say City’s defence looks really crap at the moment which must be a positive for us.

COYG !!!!