Monday, July 22, 2024

Ozil, Rosicky and Diaby join first team training

Tomas Rosicky, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Nicklas Bendtner and Abou Diaby all joined first team training today as Arsenal prepare for tomorrow night’s game with West Ham United at the Emirates.

Earlier this morning Arsene Wenger revealed that Lukas Podolski, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberalin and Aaron Ramsey would require late fitness tests, although the latter pair have been pictured in training.

Prior to the FA Cup semi-final the boss had suggested Koscielny could return for tomorrow, while Ozil was a possibility for Sunday’s league game with Hull City. Questions still remain as to the availability of both, but with faitgue likely to be an issue for those who featured in the draining shootout win on Saturday it’s possible they could be drafted onto the bench.

The sight of Rosicky is also a welcome boost given the absence of Flamini who serves the second of his two-match ban for reaching the ten yellow card threshold.

As things stand the only two long-term absentees are Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

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It’s nice that we can rely on maybe up to 20 minutes of Diaby as the season reaches it’s climax.

not a proffesional footballer

Diaby will score on the 17th of May and then he can retire in peace, soon he becomes the best physiotherapist and club doctor


And you the best comedian.

Loop A Hole

By the way, If Poldi require late fitness tests, why was he upset about substituting?


He might as well be unhappy that he has to take fitness tests.

Freddie's Red Hair

I think Poldi has been reading Arseblogs comments about him being too happy all the time and figured to change things up a bit


With his extended battles Diaby could be invaluable in mentally coaching players through long term recovery. Serious determination despite the shit luck and criticism.

El Capitano

I don’t expect Diaby to get a game.
Its a slightly scary prospect him coming back into the first team in a match of this calibre, after being out for so long.

Kim has to get a start for me.

DL Gooner

I think someone that actually recovered properly form a serious injury would be more inspirational than Diaby. If he can’t keep fit this time he has to go and leave his place for someone that will be able to contribute something to the team , its sad but nobody can say that he hasn’t been give every chance.

El Blondo

20 minutes is just long enough for him to get a call up to the French squad this summer so they can ensure he’s bojangled again in time for the start of the 14/15 premier league season.




If there was a country called Injury, Diaby would be given citzenship and made captain of Injury.

Saffa Gooner


2014-2015 = 2003-2004

Go Diaby! Take the place of chinless twat Samir Nasri in the French team!!

Little Swede In The No14 Shirt



Bendtner will drag us into top 4


On the Persons of Interest list?


Just by playing Bendtner, we’ll get 6 points in each match and win the league.


Oh my god, totally forgot about Diaby. Kind of player we need right now..


What about Gnabry? Injured? Available?

Virginia Goon

I’ve been wondering the same thing mate. It’s like he just fell off the face of the earth, maybe just a case of pulling back the reigns on the young bull just to be safe? if so it wouldn’t bother me. He’s gonna play a big part next year in my opinion. Can easily see him being option #2 right behind Theo out on the wing. He showed glimpses of becoming a top class player during his spell early on. Anyhow, most excited about Diaby. Seriously we are playing with house money, a wage is a wage, were paying park… Read more »


As far as I’m aware I believe Diaby has refused to receive his wages since the last injury setback.

Sir HumpAlot

Probably restraining him abit yes. The Worst thing that can happen to a young footballer is to receive a big injury. Because it will weaken his body’s structural integrity for the rest of his career making him more injury Prone. However, if a player gets passed his 20-21th birthday injury free, his chance of a prosperous career without any major injury setbacks become alot more likely.

Or so i have heard 🙂

not a proffesional footballer

Hopefully no more new injuries on Sunday, and everyone returning will be a good sight (aoart form long terms like Feo and Jack).
Ramsey should get a rest, Kallstrom to start


I love Rosicky. I would like to be his woman and give birth to our babygooners. Simply loved it.

Stuart Steele

Koscielny makes last ditch tackle, passes to Ozil, threads to Tomas, crosses to Diaby who heads in to seal 4th.

Or sumat..

Türkiş Gooner

This is söööö great. Just in time to have our best play makers back….FA glöry and 4th place is awaiting us…dare I say 3rd alsö?!

Stuart Steele

Like the optimism my friend!


Don’t push it

Virginia Goon

Hes always watching, always. God that is……

Easy tiger

Just in time would have been in mid january, while we still played for the title. Now we are losing the Battle for fourth or even Fifth……. Tragic


Losing battle for fifth? I know I haven’t been checking the table lately, but still…


Would u look at that, we finally have a group of players that resemble a football team for the 1st time this year (?).
Anyway, let’s go and finish off this season off, which has been a complete disaster if u listen to most media outlets, in the best way possible – By doing the (Arsene) Double: FA Cup & Top4 trophy

Toby C

Hope Diaby doesn’t play – can’t possibly be ready for Prem league. Would like to see Kalstrom play – reckon he could have a big part to play in FA Cup final if he can get a bit more match-fit!


Exactly, everyone is so excited to see Diaby back but he should take no part in the rest of the season or the WC and aim for a fit 2014-2015.

Where is the excitement for OUR BEST PLAYER? The one and only MESUT OZIL.


Diaby should start preseason training now – maybe he will be fit for the 2016-2017 season – he will be like a new signing.




Lads i can see whats coming now… Fa cup final extra time stoppage time.. Diaby turns his marker sidesteps one beats another and drives in a low cross .. Bendtner gets on the end of it and thumps it in the roof of the net . Boom!!!


I would die laughing and celebrating.

Perry S.

I would piss, shit, and vomit simultaneously. Basically, what you said above but in more detail I suppose.


and in the process does a cruciate knee injury to both his legs

Dr Baptiste

Would Bendtner then rub this arse on the opposition ‘keeper? If not, your idea is pure fantasy.


My dear Doctor – lovely (if disturbing) comment….


I’d laugh my bloody head off if Diaby’s only contribution to afc this season is to score in the final and win afc the cup. The irony of it would be unforgettable.


But highly unlikely


This is actually fantastic news


We have kim kallstrom should start pls mr Wenger!


Something condescending about Diaby to assert my privilege over the unfortunate.


And something additional to emphasise that those who combine talent and commitment to their goals are merely more “lucky” than the rest of us if their subsequent profession pays well.

Don't believe the hype

Something about the unquestionable wisdom of the ‘self-made’, and about how there’s no such thing as society, only smugness.


Abou, Abou he’s our man,
If he can’t do it Kallstrom can!

gooners n roses

Diaby to score the winner in FA CUP. That is justice.

Less ramble pete

Always liked Diaby, recon if he could well and truly banish the injury gorilla off his back he could be our own Yaya Toure. He totally bossed a game against the mugsmashers at the start of last (?) season before disappearing again.


Diaby shouldt play the season get him fit and training ready for next season we have rushed him back far to many times but its nice to hear he is back in train

glory Hunter

A few 10min cameos in our remaining 5 league games(when winning) wont hurt

Wish I Had Charlie George's Hair

This is Diaby, always be careful using “won’t hurt” in a sentence with him.


I miss Özil. Damn glad he’s back in training.


West Ham aren’t exactly known for the breakneck speed of play, more lumping it into the box.
Kallstrom will be ideal for this shit. He’s over 6ft.


Saw a comment (Guardian, I believe) that it would be great if Diaby could give us the one game we get a season where he looks like a midfield maestro during the run in. I can remember one box-to-box run (Eary fall 2012?) where he carried the ball about 80 yards with opposing players just bouncing off him. Really a shame what’s happened to his career. A player like Diaby could have been- a big, badass, Viera type to sit in front of the back four and wreck shop- would be great for this team. With respect to Arteta, a… Read more »


The liverpool game at anfield last year had a good moment. Diaby won the ball, and took off on what looked like to him a jog. Henderson (or allen) took after him at full speed, and looked like they were going backwards….

bergkamp's hooped sock

haha, i remember, that was nuri sahin in diaby’s wake

Thierry Bergkamp

Or the Fenerbache game a few years back. Diaby was a beast in that game playing behind the striker.


Weird the official Arsenal Site does not mention Ramsey as an injury doubt.

Did Wenger say it during his press conference?

SA Gunner

Dream on guys! Even Wenger does not really believe that we can again win the Wenger trophy (4th Place) As long as Wenger remains the one buying and selling players, selects the players for any particular match and remains in charge of or top side – we will win nothing. Hull will thrash us in the final. Our porcelain dolls are to Soft to play with the hard men of the division. How is it that no one querries the fact that arsenal have more injuries than the hard sides? (like Hull) answer is simple – Our guys are being… Read more »

A Yank in King Arsene's West Stand

“How is it that no one querries the fact that arsenal have more injuries than the hard sides?”

I’m going to assume based on this sentence alone that your whole comment is satirical. Cause basically it’s either that or you don’t bother to read anything anyone ever says about Arsenal Football Club.


put the daily mail down and start watching matches please. 1- the players wenger buys got us to the top of league for longer than any other team this year. 2 – We have a great record against the ‘hard men’ of the league this year. 3 – Everyone has queried the fact that we have a lot of injuries, wenger himself has come out publicly to say hes investigating why. 4 – If wenger is physically illitirate, how did he get a squad to go 49 games unbeaten, win 2 doubles, whilst playing champions league through to knockouts for… Read more »


This guy is talking absolute sense. Why all the thumbs down?


Because we’ve read it ad nauseum in every single article comment section. Tired Of It. That’s why.

Arsene Wenger's Penguin Suit

Aside from your patronising tone, one that sounds like an 11-year old mocking his parents, “physically illiterate” is the stupidest thing I have ever read.

gooners n roses

To be fair, Diaby is not similar to Viera in many ways. As Bendtner to a typical centre forward.


Good to see even Diaby in the picture. Need everyone fit now. Crucial period. There have been to many disruptions to the squad since the start of the season. Luck has played its part in pulling us down. Hope it will balance out with good news during the remaining 6 games. COYG!


if diaby can get a few games under his belt and get a good pre-season in he can be a huge asset for us next season. we’ve really needed someone with his physical presence in our midfield the past couple of seasons. fingers and toes crossed that the injury curse doesn’t strike again. if anyone deserves a run of good luck it has to be him…

Aussie Goon

if we had even half as many injuries this season I really think we would be seeing a whole other scenario in the league it is a real shame thing have gone the way they have. Lets hope we finish strong COYG!

Anton Brisman

So what do you Reckon we will see against West Ham tomorrow? If all goes well and we dont see any problems in late tests. Maybe-

–Källström–Rosicky— (or do we try TV5 instead of Kim? Probably be Arteta though but God! he needs a rest!)
Özil—–Santi—-Poldi– (Santi could perhaps use some rest as well…maybe start Gnabry?)


I don’t believe we are ever going to see TV5 in the DM role.


SA gunner, so why bother? Seriously, if we won’t win anything with Wenger in charge ever again (as you stated), then why are you wasting your time posting here?




Diaby to come back on the day of the final, score the winning goal – a 40 yarder, and fly kick Mourinho’s ugly mug into an oblivion 🙂


I think the diaby hype is too damn high.just because he was out for so long,people only rmb the good times we had with him around.He has always been in the bench or down the pecking orders last time.inconsisent performer.He is like the cheap imitation of yaya toure and i cant see wenger puting him above the pecking order infront of this crowded midfield area.Arteta or flamini or ramsey or kallstrom will probably get the nods for the remaining game.but wenger will probably safe keep him till preseason.just let that man die in peace alrdy ffs.we need a statue of… Read more »


I just want Diaby to give us a season like Rosicky has. Such a shame all that potential will never be realised.



it's me

They are all welcome back to the course, especially Abu, he’s missed a lot. If fit, his contribution cannot be overemphasised


It was reported that Roy Keane criticised Arsenal players for celebrating our victory over Wigan last Saturday. To this I say shut up Roy. What’s your problem? What is wrong celebrating a hard won victory such as that? It could have been against a Championship side, it takes nothing away from the victory. Keane was only exhibiting his small-mindedness by his argument. What did he achieve as a manager? Now every small-time ‘pundit’ seems to take great pleasure in criticising Arsenal. What a shame!


It would perhaps also be fair to say that Keane’s old lot have considerably less to celebrate than Arsenal this season.


Dear Roy (cunt) Keane: If Arsenal are shit for reaching the FA Cup final and finishing fourth or fifth in the league, what does that make your old team that didn’t make the FA Cup final and will do well to finish seventh? Sincerely, the rest of the world. PS, you are a cunt so please shut your gob and fuck off.


Ozil is back, 🙂


don’t play with my emotions blogs, Diaby training full throttle? am I still dreaming, it’s 10:30am on the east coast.


Great news we need everyone back available, for the final games of the the season,
and good too see Diaby back in full training.


Diaby is still like 25 btw….

Drink your milk or the big bad Wenga will come and SACK YOU

I dreamt of TGSTEL last night! What is wrong with me??

Bouldy's Tupee

SA Gunner you need to stop reading to those cunts Piers Morgan’s & Gary Neville’s twitter posts & BACK your team. Your constant whining is alike to those Chelski & ManUre fans! Critizing the boss and the team before the season is over is premature.
I’ve had enough of these whining twats!


Finally some good news! The icing on the cake would be Sagna extending his contract! COYG!


I can’t believe the return of MESUT OZIL is hardly getting a mention in these comments. He’s our best player! We signed Mesut Ozillllllll


I think it’s just the fact that Diaby’s is such an epic storyline.

It’s critical to have Mesut back. Missing him has been a huge loss, as we will see!


I just don’t see who would take diaby off our hands considering his injury record. Not sure how much longer he has on contract, likely he will be released at end of contract. Until then, we should just hope he can stay fit and play him as much as possible. Without injury, Diaby is a devastating player to have and what he brings to the squad in speed and power (and control) through the middle has been missed for a long time. He has also in recent seasons improved his defensive abilities. Absolute shame if his career finishes here and… Read more »


Özil is a very welcome return.

It would also be good to see Bendtner giving a final few good games before leaving in the summer. For all the antics and disapointments I still wish him a dignified departure from the club.


Those gunners bemoaning his contribution would rue his loss to injury now. Wenger was absolutely right to have snapped Ozil up. Just a pity keeping an eye on the situation in the close of window distracted us from sealing a deal with either of Higuain or Suarez. Wenger likely did not want to break the 40m glass ceiling in view of the possibility of the discrete raid for Ozil at the end. The loss of Ozil, Walcott, jack and Ramsey at a critical point was tantamount in many ways to City without Silva, Nasri, Fernandhino and Toure (not saying of… Read more »

Neil #2

I wish Bendtner well — but he deserves the stick he’s been getting. To fly off to Copenhagen when he’s out with a “knee injury,” and when the club is beset with injuries (and he should be focused on rehab) is so extraordinarily wrong.

palace gunner

It is nice to hear that the injured players are regrouping back to fitness level, i & other gunner supporters would now like to see afc get at least 4th spot & win f.a cup final feb & march the team had big games of all the prem teams afc fixtures was hardest & the best teams we played look at the outcomes coyg


Uplifting to have Ozil, Kos, and Rosicky back!

Now…make those runs for Mesut and give him a target!


Would like to see Koscielny slot right back in with Metersecker provided he is fully fit. Otherwise Vermaelen has been doing a reasonable job and growing into it.

Mental strength

At arsenal if a player gets injured, it’s contagious, it spreads to all the other players like the flu. I guess that has to be one explanation as to way players keep getting injured. In a my case this is a welcome news, now we can hopefully kick on coyg.

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