Wilshere back but Rosicky a big doubt for Norwich

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Tomas Rosicky is a big doubt for Saturday’s game with Norwich meaning Jack Wilshere, who is 90% likely to be available, could be thrown straight in the deep end again.

Giving an update to Arsenal.com on the status of his squad Arsene Wenger revealed that the  Czech midfielder, who was Arsenal’s match winner last time out with a brace against West Brom, has a hamstring problem.

“The other uncertainty we have from last Saturday is Tomas Rosicky, who has a little hamstring irritation. His involvement is yet to be decided as well but it’s fair to say that he is a big doubt for Saturday.”

In better news Wilshere, who has been sidelined as a precaution for the last month, and Theo Walcott, who hurt his pelvis on international duty, are back in contention.

“Jack has joined normal training since Wednesday and Theo should join in tomorrow,” confirmed the boss. “They are 90 per cent available for Saturday.”

The only other player certain to miss the visit of the Canaries is the suspended Per Mertesacker. It means Thomas Vermaelen will return to the starting line-up partnering Laurent Koscielny.

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LG
LG

Well that somewhat neatly solves a little selection conundrum. Wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed to see cazorla brought back in the middle and one of poldi theo and Ox alongside gerv fill out the flanks. Keep him healthy!!!

THEEEO
THEEEO

Potentially solves the dropping Gerv for Walcott conundrum, play both.

ForeverYoungGun

“. . . and one of poldi theo and Ox alongside gerv fill out the flanks. ”

Never thought i would see that comment this season.

SickOfThisPuffyCoat
SickOfThisPuffyCoat

I’ve never been a huge fan of Cazorla on the left wing. To me, his creativity and ball-holding capacity is essential for our midfield and putting him on the wing is a bit mis-using him. A bit like Ramsey to a lesser extent.

nicc
nicc

didnt 7am put up some stats recently that showed Cazorla puts in better goal/assist numbers from the wing than through the center?

jedi
jedi

Big mistake would be to start with Wilshere in place of Rosicky. I’d rather see Cazorla in the middle and play Podolski.

Rosicky’s clever runs interchanged with Cazorla’s movements works for us. This is because they can swap positions SO easily. Wilshere doesn’t/cannot do that, he is not slick playing wide. When Wilshere and Cazorla pair up in advanced areas, the two often get in each other’s way. Also Wilshere doesn’t make enough runs into the box (Like Rosicky for his first)

Rosicky can switch to both flanks allowing both Cazorla to switch places and this is what made it tough for Albions to cope up with, the movement is just so confusing.

I’d rather play a midfield of Ramsey-Cazorla-Arteta and start podolski on the left.

Not including wilshere there coz Ramsey deserves his spot for his recent performances. He needs to win his place back.

jedi
jedi

both Cazorla and Gervinho*

joice
joice

i dont think poldiis fully fit

Only1Arsenal
Only1Arsenal

Well said mate

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

I hope everyone stays fit, I can remember one match (October?) where a commentator said of the introduction of Walcott, Wilshere and Podolski as subs, “that is some cavalry”.

With this good form I wouldn’t mind this kind of depth would occur from time to time.

Perry S.
Perry S.

Yeah I remember that match too. It was against Tottenham and immediately after they came on, we allowed two goals. A big WOMP WOMP WOOOOMP.

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Hibbernian
Hibbernian

Bring back jack, take rosicky away. Why not ever bring back jack to play with rosicky. Arsenal, Never gets the whole pie. Stupid nature.

London
London

What pie is that?

Arsenalman31
Arsenalman31

Do you read or do you just skim through? Rosicky has Hamstring troubles!
what part of that statement do you find hard to understand?

molly malone
molly malone

If unselected, the form stats for a player are preserved if the manager says he’s injured. He might just be a bit off-peak but rather than loose form we’ll just pretend that its injury that’s stopping him play. It also stops the fans from asking questions about the manager’s selection. Of course, he could also be injured.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

the fact that he’s been out for three weeks suggests it isn’t an injury as three-week injuries at the Arsenal usually involve a 6 month absence

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

where “he” is whichever squad member you choose

apart from Abou Diaby

Master Bates
Master Bates

Afterall it’s Rosicky aka Lite Diaby

Sean
Sean

Lol cut the crap Arsene, Rosicky is being dropped to make way for Wilshere…

The Other Sean
The Other Sean

That’s stupid.

Sean
Sean

I agree, but hey, Wenger knows best right 😛 ;)…

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Wonder if Jack brought back into full training early due to Trickys’ hamstring? Not sure how these aggravated injurys work but I’m I nervous that if Jack plays Norwich he could be pulled for Everton, where I reckon he could be crucial for retaining quality possession. Perhaps a second half sub on sat?

matt whiteshite
matt whiteshite

FUCK JACK WHILSHERE soooooo overatted

Not the admin
Not the admin

Oh hi there, Spurs fan!

matt whiteshite
matt whiteshite

LOOOOL you got me! im matt w and i love the spurs!

matt whiteshite
matt whiteshite

COYS

King Julien from Madagascar
King Julien from Madagascar

Hey Spud, you can’t be here, its a blog for a first class team! Nothing personal, we’re just better than you.

Micko
Micko

You spuds should be concentrated on finishing 6th!!!

Usmanov
Usmanov

Hey, There’s a surplus “white” in your last name 😉

kalus
kalus

Fuck ur mama 2

Norn Iron Gooner
Norn Iron Gooner

Learn to spell, spud. Now run along.

TJ
TJ

Don’t risk Jack or Tomas play The Ox centrally. Shame we are now a club that worry about having enough to beat Norwich.

GeeFive
GeeFive

I don’t thinks its a fear of not having enough to beat Norwich, but more a case of having to win every match from here on in to secure a 4th place finish or better. COYG!!!!

petits handbag
petits handbag

I love Jack,enjoy Theo,but look at the winning ratio with them in the team and without,makesmy brain hurt

Not the admin
Not the admin

Oh hi there, Spurs fan!

Hulk
Hulk

As we seem to tick better with Tomas in the middle of the park but he is injury prone, I would love to get Isco in as he seems like just as direct a player.

Ramsey, Jacky-boy, and Isco would be a central midfield to contend with for the next 10 years.

Bossicielny
Bossicielny

Rambo + Jacky + Isco = happiness

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

I’ll be right back, I’m just spending £30 million on Isco.

Bossicielny
Bossicielny

Okay that made me laugh out loud

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

Honest question – why not try Theo in that role? I’d love to see his pace in that position against the shaky Norwich defence. Just a thought.

TO Gooner
TO Gooner

His game is not technical enough for that. And his off-ball movement, with exception to his understated runs behind the defense, is not good. He will be a poor, poor option in that role.

Bossicielny
Bossicielny

Arteta-Ramsey-Cazorla in the midfield, Ox and Gerv/Theo on either wing, and Gerv/Theo up top. Rest Giroud, the man is cutting an increasingly tired figure. Bring on Poldi for Gerv/Theo depending on performance later in the game, and get Jack some match fitness by resting Cazorla on the 60-70th as well. With Cazorla moving in, maybe start Gibbs over Monreal to give him a rest too. We gotta look to Everton on Tuesday as well, and we need everyone to be at their best for that game.

To be honest I’m a bit worried with TV5 starting with Koscielny, but who knows, since he’s fighting for his spot maybe we’ll see a rejuvenated Vermaelen.

Aero
Aero

I agree it is hard to predict in how Vermaelen will perform. Ideally he has been humbled by his omission and that his focus is now on his performances as player not as a captain. Both defenders have to be on their toes without Per and the whole team, easpeacially, needs to do their bit also.

TO Gooner
TO Gooner

I agree with your midfield except Gerv should start, no question. Theo should come in later for Gerv, as I think Poldi will not be used unless its a mus; injury concern and all. I’m also a little worried about TV5 and Kos, and because of that Monreal starting is a MUST. I love Gibbo, but we shouldn’t risk compromising the defensive side of our game any further.

Bossicielny
Bossicielny

Oh no I agree that Gervinho should start, just a matter of where, with Theo coming in as well.

Aero
Aero

It is very good that we can allow players to sit out due to injuries thanks to a better players in the squad capable of playing in the same position. Normally we would be over reliant or let players play with injuries until the last possible moment. After all I guess we had to, but now we can be more relaxed about it.

Letting Rosicky rest up and not aggravate this injury would be best for everybody and although he has been amazing we are not short of quality to replace him. Jack for Tomas is not a bad thing at all and what is even better is that we can even afford to shuffle the team even if Jack was not available. Cazorla could play there, Ox even, COquelin could come in and shift Ramsey and Arteta further forward or to a lesser extent play Gervinho or Podolski (haven’t seen this guy for ages) as 2nd Strikers. However, we don’t want to mess the teams dynamic too much as we have been very good as of late. A fresh Jack Wilshere is far more effective than an injured one so I don’t fully understand why some do not want him to play, I do get that we have played very good without him and at this point in the season we can’t afford slip ups but Jack, I’m sure, will not ruin that at all.

I just mentioned some real quality players there and they all play for us (duh), this is what this squad has been craving for a while and whilst its early days yet, It is finally starting to gel and showing real promise. It is quite stunning that last season and seasons before our reliance was on one player or our focus was on one player and in less than a full season we have about 3-5 players which we can focus on and we have the rest of the squad becoming more and more capable and responsible. If Cazorla’s not doing it, we then have Jack, if he’s not doing it then you have Rosicky and that’s just in one single position of the team.

If only Cesc had this quality around him it makes you think what could have been… a real shame he never had a winners medal with us.

Norsegooner

What about giving Coq a shot? Coq, Ramsey and Santi. Solves the DM issue, and i think he does a great job – deserves his chance.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

what about Arteta?

I would be happy to see Arsene thrust the Coq in between Arteta and Vermaelen…

TO Gooner
TO Gooner

God, how come more people are not bummed about Rosicky picking up a knock?? He was exactly the dose of midfield redbull the team needed at a rather low time. I’m honestly worried how we will fare against anyone without him at such a crucial point in the season…

Glory Hunter
Glory Hunter

Because if we can’t beat Norwich at home without Rosicky, then we don’t deserve a champs league spot!

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

I hope Thomas comes good. The straight red card means Mertesacker is out for 3 games. Hopefully Vermaelen finds his form as I think his pace would make him better suited to a high line than Mertesacker (as we saw with what happened when he got sent off). Unfortunately Vermaelen does not provide the same aerial presence as Mertesacker, which may be very important against a side like Norwich which has no technical quality but has a lot of mental strength and physical power.

SDDutchgooner
SDDutchgooner

Actually, if I’m not mistaken, vermaelen’s stats are much more positive in the air than Per’s. Height is not everything.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

I am here in this job for 16 years, I think I deserve better than lies and misinformation which has only one intention: to harm.

But in all seriousness I think you are probably right. My post wasn’t really well thought out, but I still think the bit about Mertesacker in the high line is valid. I think he has great quality, but he did get caught out at West Brom.

ollie
ollie

mertesacker is out for one match because he was last man and denied a clear goal scoring opportunity. Its similar to kos’s ban after man city

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Are you sure? I thought a straight red = 3 match ban and two yellows = 1 match ban.

Irrespective, this is a chance for Vermaelin to shine and I hope he takes it.

damien joyce

i actually believe there is a cut off date where, red card for anything other than reckless/dangerous play is a one game ban, and it now takes 10 yellows to pick up first 1 game ban instead of 5 yellows.
Could be wrong though

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Merci.

SDDutchgooner
SDDutchgooner

At some point I’d like to see Arteta utilized up front in the CAM slot. I think he’s earned a go at some glory.

Hulk
Hulk

You mean he and HFB so close together on the field. All you need is some rain and the game will have to be suspended for all the panties on the field.

davo57
davo57

The squad has played 46 games this term so by now any player should be able to play any where any time
with who ever in any style. Thats all they do every day of the year. They should know the game by now.

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