Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wenger confirms Welbeck cup final absence

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck will miss the FA Cup final on Saturday, and subsequently the England internationals in early June.

The striker has been suffering from hamstring and knee problems and hasn’t recovered sufficiently to be considered for Saturday’s Wembley showdown.

“We called the FA yesterday to explain his bone bruising had not healed,” he said.

Other than that it seems the rest of the squad is fit with the Arsenal manager saying both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy are available – although he hinted they’d probably be too short of fitness to be starters.

“Everyone else is available. Arteta is back in full training. We have no new injuries from the weekend.”

As you’d expect, he wouldn’t be drawn on who will start in goal with a decision to be made between current no 1 David Ospina and ‘cup keeper’ Wojciech Szczesny.

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BelgianGoon

He will play Chezzer, like he played Fabianski last season. Fine by me, Ospina wasn’t that convincing the last couple of games.

CB

Not sure, he would have played Szcz in the last match if so?

We’ll find out Saturday.

Coq Au Vin

What are you talking about? He kept us in the game against Sunderland.

Goon

Ospina is a good shot stopper but isn’t convincing at all during set plays. I’d go with Szcez

Johnwaynesimpson

Theo theo theo!

the only sam is nelson

in relation to not much at all if you have a while and possess a healthy dislike of the scousers (“5 times”) then this is worth a chucklesome read http://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/377ddf/scary_levels_of_accuracy_from_a_liverpool_fan_on/

He's got no hair but we don't care...

Such a shame Welbeck is out. When teams park the bus against us (which almost all of them do!), he adds the pace element, which Giroud doesn’t have, that can get behind them.

Anonymous Physicist

I don’t think Villa will park the bus though. Sherwood got them playing much better by being a bit more positive, so I don’t think he’ll want to abandon that completely.

Block4Gooner

Last season he played Fabianski but also played him in the final league game as preparation.
As he did not play Szechezny against West Brom I assume that Ospina will start which will seriously bring in to question Szechezny’s future at the club.

Alexstratz

If Szczesny doesn’t start in goal, it’s all but confirmed that he’s gone.

CB

No it isn’t. Logically:

Fabianski played and left.

Szcz doesn’t play (maybe) and stays.

We don’t know so let’s wait and find out.

AS17

This week isn’t moving at all!!! When many light years are we from saturday? Actually somebody please tell me what date and day it is today

AS17

This week isn’t moving at all!!! How many light years are we from saturday? Actually somebody please tell me what date and day it is today

CB

Double posting – not helping!

AS17

It wouldn’t be an issue if Mr. blogs had created an edit or delete button. At times its like that WC striker some crave for all day. Its arrival is always pending. Anyway it wasn’t intentional

ferngunner

Arsenal is well-beck in the FA CUP final. He helped get us here. We will now wrap this up for him.

Sigijohnson

Years back the boss played rich Wright all the way to the final then played seaman in the final , personally I hope he plays ooooosssssooooopppppiiinnna ,
Scez doesn’t deserve it. Being dropped may make him think he’s not as good as he thinks …. Resulting In him working harder next year

Jon

I really hope Szczesny stays. I’m convinced that he has the potential to make it at Arsenal and to be an absolutely outstanding goalkeeper. He was impressive last season and made some real strides. This season has been a bit of a blip (to say the least), but his form was partly affected by the defence in front of him. The real issue is quite clearly his attitude. He’s been dropped before and there’s certainly the argument that his antics after the Southampton game should be the final straw, but personally I don’t reckon he’s be stupid enough to make… Read more »

Alabo

Nobody seems to ask about Diaby’s fitness this last month. I was hoping he’d be available and come on to score the FA cup-winning goal in stoppage time but for all we know he’s been cryogenically frozen and buried 5 miles underneath London Colney….

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