Koscielny set to miss Newcastle trip

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The reporters on the Arsenal beat, including John Cross in the Mirror and Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph, are suggesting that Laurent Koscielny won’t recover in time for this weekend’s game against Newcastle.

The French international missed the 0-0 draw with a back strain, a problem compounded by the absence of Per Mertesacker with illness.

It was the first time Arsene Wenger was without both of them at the same time since March 2012, a game against Wigan that Arsenal lost 2-1.

Mertesacker, however, is likely to be available again and should line-up alongside Gabriel who had a good display against the Mugsmashers.

Meanwhile, Calum Chambers, who had a more difficult night against the side managed by evil clown shark teeth, was full of praise for Petr Cech who is imparting his wisdom on the training ground.

“It’s good to train with him,” he said. “He’s always talking to me and helping me to improve my game, which is really useful.

“In training he’ll come up to me during the session or after the session and say, ‘This was good, you could maybe do this or try this’.

“It’s always great to have someone who can help you.”

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Tom Thumb

Gabrisaker

Julies

Per Gabriel, of Genesis fame

Mesut

It’s more fearsome sounding than Mertriel.

dggunner

Cech is so useful for the team

Deezer

Not as useful as a massive fucking striker, though…

GoonieGooGoo

What, massive like Grant Holt?

lonsdale

Massive like Peter Crouch.

cultofsix

Crouch? That poor fucker probably has a negative BMI.

Deezer

Evil clown shark teeth. Ha ha ha.

wash_dc_gunner

Gabriel’s got it.

Daft Aider

Isn’t it nice to be in a situation where an injured player doesn’t have to be rushed back, bliss. We just need to work on the pesky goals front now….

God is Bergkamp, Bergkamp is God

It’s nice to be able to cope for a player’s absence with a player for said position. A year ago, Mertecielny both out would have have sent us into bedlam. Now, I won’t say that Chambriel was as successful Monday, but for a 2nd string set against a potential top 6 squad, I was pleased, certainly at least with the second half.

Pearson

I thought Gabriel was very good last night. We’ll be good against the Magpies

David C

agreed. Mert and Gab will be a fine pairing!

It’s up top that needs to start clicking a bit. Do we shuffle it up a bit? A Wilshere/Welbeck or even Rosicky would be great right now. We are trying to pass around the opponent instead of dribbling and driving through.

Is our game actually on a Saturday for once?

Hurensohn

Yeh, 12:45 KO.. If anyone knows a decent bar in Edinburgh that will have it on I could do with suggestions. On a stag do up there and my mates are all from Newcastle. Should be fun.

Theo

The Frankenstein bar in royal mile is really good and entertaining

Smart-Arse

Oz bar on Candlemaker Row is good. Pool tables, multiple screens etc

GoonerN16

yes, 12.45 early doors…

Mesut Ohno

Every week someone states, we will be good in our next game and every week we are still waiting!!

AnonymousGun

Rambo started it!

Brady1967

How long before we get the news that ‘the injury is worse than expected & he will be out for a minimum of 3 months’…!!

Nasri's missing chinbone

Flamzil. Mertechielny. Could this be a blossoming Cechbers?

Time for me to hastily retrieve my coat perhaps.

Totalgooner

Mertegab should be a decent centre half pairing.
After watching last nights game, I think Cechbers needs slightly more work.

goonerbynature

think you mean Chambriel

Arseblood

Merteriel…sorted. 3-0 win.

Tshaka the gooner

Here we go again it’s unlike Arsenal to have so few injuries

AllGunsABlazin

Shades of last season anyone?

Bould's Eyeliner

Except thankfully it’s a back injury, which is much more treatable than an Achilles…

Bergkamp's shoes8

This year we took record time to get rid of annoying stuff like the title race and focus on priorities like screwing up the first half of the season to set up heroics in the 2nd half. Nice.

ClockEndRider

This year you took record time to throw toys out of pram 3 games into a season with a mere 35 to play.

deji

This year, you took record time to say the same old rubbish that you said last year. Let me guess, “The team just needs one more year to gel?”

Bergkamp's shoes8

Upvoted for the optimism. Just for the record, others are not going to lift off the gas till May

Naz

Chambersacker would nullify Cissovic

Mesut

This could be the transfer merry go round we were thinking could happen but not exactly what we hoped. Koscielny is a world class CB. Now Real or PSG might be in for him.

Andy Mack

And we’d sell him because???????
Don’t say ‘a profit’ because we don’t need the money now.

Serdar

Mertista

O'Leary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya19rvzRQYk

Just a reminder of Chambers exceptional talent!

OOzil

Gabriel is great .. only has a slight problem when a long ball lands in between him and the attacker(bouncing ball)

EVIL CLOWN SHARK TEETH

Arseblog, did you call for me?
because when you do, i unleash balotelli. oh, where is balotelli anyway?

Martin Finley

The injury train gaining momentum again. Bleh

Tomislav

I had a nightmare last night where Koscielny was playing for United, just remembered it when I saw this post and saw him in our jersey. What a relief. Phew!

EVIL CLOWN SHARK TEETH

Did someone call for me?

Goonerestgooner

So Gabriel’s gonna start 2 games in a row.

Dreams can come true.

n11gooner

Quality comment.. Think it went over most peoples heads though mate

Wang Coq

Chambers to start in place of Kos for me.
Cue thumbs down.

Wang Coq

Also, does anyone think this ‘back injury’ could have anything to do with the goals we conceded at West Ham and Palace? Wouldn’t be v Wenger though if that’s the case I guess. Although if he has dropped Kos for poor performance this would be one way of doing it without causing a media/fan meltdown maybe..?

Andy Mack

It could be that he had back issues in the previous 2 games and aggravated it in training.
But he wouldn’t be dropped if BFG isn’t playing.

Matt

Let s all understand that Wenger has become both negligent and complacent as somebody rightly pointed out. Signings like Giroud cannot be good enough for a title challenge. Thankfully Sanchez and Cech arrived, but only because they wanted to be in London! Schneiderlin was keen on coming to Arsenal and instead Wenger let him go to United. Not good enough, like the past 10 years!! Wenger is bot the same, needs to be changed.

Vonnie

Schneiderlin wanted the Spuds before he ended up at Yanited for more money, he was never keen to come to Arsenal. Probably why we passed on him.

Teish

Looks like Wenger is about to pull one out of his Arse, reports suggest he’s about to sign Francis Coquelin’s younger brother Alex Kokorin. Let’s hope he’s as bad*** as his brother

Andy Mack

Yeah, buying that Schneiderlin bloke would have sorted the Giroud issue!…………

jiminycrickets

Yeah buying a an upgrade to Giroud would have sorted the Wenger issue!………..

Andy Mack

Oh, is that what he ment?????

Shubham

The injury gods have started mischief making again. This time with the defense….God only knows when this will come to an end. We need a fully fit squad to even think of competing.

Mr Wenger, can we get a DM and a Striker please. We seriously need to score more to compensate for the weakness in defense.

C’mon the Arse..

Sammyoras

Ha! The injury curse is striking earlier than i expected. Seems to be particularly fond of our players. Here is to hoping that shad mojo is on overload