Arsenal don’t have any injured players

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Arsenal have confirmed that every member of the first team squad is fit and healthy.

All of them.

No dicky hamstrings. No sniffles. No tweaked backs. No compound fractures. No dislocated shoulders. No fractured spines. No runny noses. No bird flu. No ebola. No migraines. No blood infections due to dodgy tattoos. No ACL problems. No medial ligament issues. Nothing.

We’re not sure if this has ever happened in the entire time this site has been running. It’s mad.

It means one thing for Unai. No excuses.

Arsenal will travel to Portugal this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s game with Vitoria in Guimarães. It’s likely we’ll rotate heavily with one eye on Saturday’s must-win game against in-form Leicester.

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Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

What the fuck.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

That’s funny? I heard Aubemeyang was sick.

Yeah, I’m down with da youf.

Maul Person
Maul Person

I hate to tell you but if you have to say you’re down with the youth, you’re really not!

Monkeyknees
Monkeyknees

*whoosh*

Maul Person
Maul Person

No, I got it. You’ll note I wasn’t commenting on the play on “sick”, just having to speak of being down with yoot dem. Y’understand?

George
George

*dig, dig, dig, dig* 😉

baluku
baluku

Injury-free squad for the first time since I became an Arsenal fan. Even with a full squad, I can’t get excited about any game as long Unai is still in charge. Vitoria gave us a good run at the Emirates. Facing then at their home ground could even be tougher. I am wondering what Edu, et al. are waiting for.

C.B.
C.B.

Injury free so long as we are talking about physical injuries.

Mental injuries include Xhaka, most obviously, and all the rest of them suffering from nightmares about holdng onto a lead.

Mekus
Mekus

100% correct @ C.B. Mental injury is the worst kind.. There’s urgent need for urgent treatment.
#Emeryout

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

I heard Bayern is hiring

midgunner
midgunner

So are Stoke. He’d probably fit in well.

Goonsquad
Goonsquad

What, a cleaner?

A Different George
A Different George

The Xhaka saga, of course, comes in the context of the endless Ozil saga. Well, maybe it has ended at last–Emery’s brilliant man-management has turned Ozil into a fine number 10, who makes quick, incisive passes and is at the centre of all our attacking moves. LAN. Good work, Unai.

GUS
GUS

Does not bode well for Mr Emery,
A fully fit squad, and cant deflect the attention to the Mesut Ozil saga as ‘the club has no decided that he can actually play football after watching 64 videos of him in a row’

A loss on saturday and the severance package will need to be looked at in fine detail.
(stuck in a weird position for the first time in nearing 30 years im hoping we get turned over in the next few games and have a new manager by the turn of the year)
Short term pain for Long term gain

Mr Emery you were a pretender but you have been found out

Please close the door on your way out

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

I hope that Bayern will take Emery

Ketan
Ketan

You jinxed it, Arseblog.

Now be ready for 3 injuries on Thursday.

Matt
Matt

3 injuries during a recovery session would definitely get emery the sack…

Sue

Wednesday! Tomorrow afternoon we play! When was the last time we played in Europe on a Wednesday?! ☹

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

… at 3.50pm

PeteyB
PeteyB

9.20 pm here will be nice viewing time. No doubt we’ll shit the bed since I’m watching. I secretly believe that our good cup form and poor league form is entirely down to me watching the afternoon games but sleeping through the night games.

FRANK
FRANK

Same same

Goonerest
Goonerest

Any chance you can take an afternoon nap on Saturday?

Martin
Martin

The Europa League final v Chelsea was played on a Wednesday

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

And that ended fantastically well!

Sue

🤣 well I’d banished that from my memory! You can understand why!

Mekus
Mekus

# Ketan God forbid!

Skip To My Lou
Skip To My Lou

There was a time during the Wenger years when you sat and wondered what could have been if everyone had been fully fit at the same time.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I remember that time. 2006 to 2018 I believe.

GYWE
GYWE

Is Admiral Nelson fit?

Maul Person
Maul Person

Well, if there are no injuries… 🤔

GYWE
GYWE

Arseblog news article on November 1st… The England under-21 international continues to work his way back from knee ligament damage and won’t be available until later this month.

Nelson only played 45 minutes for the under 23s last week, but good news if he is back obviously.

Azurelas
Azurelas

The only time I’ve won money betting is when I predicted Arsenal to lose the Europa League final (as a sort of reverse-jinx might I add).

This time I’ve bet 20€ that Emery will be the coach after we lose on Saturday. Probably the best money I’ll ever spend.

PodB
PodB

Fake news. Abou Diaby is still out long-term as are Wilshere and Alexis.
And Unai Emery is officially brain dead … just look at his subs v Wolves.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

Welcome to five years ago?

utkarsh
utkarsh

Can we bring back Kolo Toure on trial to two-foot the manager then?

Savage
Savage

Excuse me? You’re an Arsenal fan right?

utkarsh
utkarsh

Just a silly joke mate, Toure did it to Arsene on his trial at the club lol

gooner
gooner

I thought Tactics was out for the season with his moment. Maybe he’ll be back after the international break. Hopefully

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

Is Xhaka still ‘hurts’?

Maul Person
Maul Person

Just butt hurt.

Dave M
Dave M

I thought he must have had some lower leg concerns given the rate he has been moving around the pitch…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

No, he’s been carrying the extra weight of an Emery on his back.

aberinkula
aberinkula

Whilst this is (from a purely footballing perspective) welcome, I’m fairly certain that this is cited along with blood red moons, planetary alignments and the breaking of seals as a portent of impending end times.

Rich
Rich

…….Martinez
…Mustafi Holding
Bellerin…….Kolasinac
…..Xhaka Willock
Pepe Smith-Rowe Saka
…… Martinelli

Vitoria 2-5 Arsenal

A Different George
A Different George

Bellerin and Pepe should start in the league, not tomorrow. Holding may need more time to sharpen his timing (he was just terrible in his last match).

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

It’s like the Jerome K Jerome book – Three Men in a Boat when he goes through the A-Z list of ailments and is disappointed to have all the conditions except 1. We must have had the record for the longest period without a fully fit squad but it’s all come to an end!!

SB Still
SB Still

Full squad healthy, just the manager then!

Cup performances were enjoyable but with the manager under pressure, not sure if tomorrow’s will be.

Also, what a weird timing for the EL match 3.50 pm GMT on a Wednesday!

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

I guess you didn’t see any of the articles about it then. They can’t play Thursday as there are 2 other clubs within a set distance (50miles I think) that play at same time (policing issue) & no match is allowed to play at same time as champions league game. Extremely stupid but unfortunately the only solution.

SB Still
SB Still

I actually did read the article and understand the reason but still find it a weird timing on a weekday.

I’ll have to record, stay away from internet (good test of the addiction), get back from work and watch!

GraeB
GraeB

Uefa really do have an overblown opinion of themselves if they think any of these points mean anything to viewing figures.

I feel sorry for the home fans forced into attending at such a time just because another team is playing up to 50 miles away. Nice for armchair viewers elsewhere in the world though – enjoy.

Snagger
Snagger

No injuries just wounded pride. Could be a sign that squad are not pushing themselves to the limit

David
David

Must win against an inform Leicester? There’s no way we’re winning that match with Emery in charge. We’ll be lucky to get a draw.

Savage
Savage

Not true, we’re decent against good teams

Dave M
Dave M

You need a new subscription on your glasses @Savage:
https://www.90min.com/posts/6439578-6-stats-that-show-how-unbelievably-abysmal-arsenal-have-been-against-the-top-six
Now add to those data a 3-1 away loss to puddles, 2-2 draw at home to sp*ds, and a 1-1 away draw to manure.
Your definition of “decent” is quite different to mine.

David
David

By decent you mean 2 points from 9 against lpool, terrible spurs and utd teams? Its a pity that that’s a decent return by your standards. It shows how far we’ve fallen.
Decent is 5 points from 9 NOT 2.

Tony Kampala
Tony Kampala

Unai Chambers out Freddy will Ozil it

Tony Kampala
Tony Kampala

Unai Emery and Chambers out

Man Manny
Man Manny

Even if Emery rotates with his two eyes on the game on Saturday, we’ll lose there.
My faith in this coach has hit rock bottom; it won’t be rekindled, I’m afraid, until I have seen the back of him.
Niko Kovac has just been booted by Bayern…after winning the double last season!
They might look trigger-happy but that is the hallmark of a big team.
Raul and co can borrow a leaf from there. I don’t like their seeming head-in-the-sand approach. Their indecision is damaging the club more than than Emery.
Lacazette and Aubameyang won’t sign new contracts if things are not sorted out quickly.
At this point, I don’t care about this season anymore; all I want are tiny shoots of progress; something that will rekindle hope. Sadly, I don’t look forward to our games anymore.

The Gooner
The Gooner

Of course we can’t beat Leicester, with Emery’s cluelessness. Brendan Rodgers will discipline him. And then voila! He is sacked

Dave M
Dave M

We’re so going to win that game and then go on some inconsistent run that keeps us barely in touch with the top 4 and have this drag on for the best part of the rest of the season [sigh]…maybe we’re destined to 20 years of Emriorcrity [sigh-sigh]

Chip
Chip

This did make me chuckle, because it will probably happen(eye roll and a triple sigh)

Mark
Mark

At least Emery is doing something right.

Savage
Savage

If our goal hadn’t been cancelled by VAR, the mood would be different. Fan politics is a fickle thing.

Dom47
Dom47

Savage, not to go into a fight, I honestly want your opinion – you are supporting
Emery and you think he should stay as a manager? Can you please give some arguments why is that? Besides this VAR argument as I don’t think we should have won that match besides that one situation, meaning if we played better and to our potential this one goal cancellation would be irrelevant.

Dom47
Dom47

*Meaning – we should not rely on one situation like that, should have played better and then this would not cost us.

Dave M
Dave M

It’s true, but we got away with two clear handballs that would have cost us points in other games too (one against Manure right?) so overall we have about the correct number of points – not enough!

Redbaron
Redbaron

Wrong news. The whole first team (and fanbase and backroom staff) is suffering from Emryitis.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

We’ll lose 2-0 to Vitoria, then 3-0 against Leicester at the weekend. Emery will keep his job. You heard it here first.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Are we currently playing well enough to lose 3-0 to Leicester?

Stuey
Stuey

Arseblog have downed tools…the apathy is killing me….Emery out!

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

Tactics(ACL)
Team selections(ACL)
Winning mentality(knee injury, requires surgery)
Motivation(shoulder dislocation)
all out of the season

btw
btw

Would you rather…
we lose the next 2 fixtures and Emery gets the sack
we win the next 2 fixtures and Emery stays

Do people want Emery out so bad that they hope the Arsenal loses?

Dave M
Dave M

No comment

Billy
Billy

Okay… well then where was Bellerin and holding this past weekend? I would enjoy an Un-injured first team squad consisting of our best players in their best positions.

poldimacht

Clean bill of health! WOOT WOOT

onenil
onenil

So whats this about Tierney?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50296744

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

“No dicky hamstrings. No sniffles. No tweaked backs. No compound fractures. No dislocated shoulders. No fractured spines. No runny noses. No bird flu. No ebola. No migraines. No blood infections due to dodgy tattoos. No ACL problems. No medial ligament issues. Nothing.”

Granit Xhaka- Blown head gasket

Martyn
Martyn

Strange, I’ve just been reading that Tierney has an ‘ongoing issue’, hence not selected for Scotland quad.

Martyn
Martyn

Strange, I’ve just been reading that Tierney has an ‘ongoing issue’, hence not selected for Scotland squad.

Santori
Santori

Don’t know why anyone would expect anything to be ‘rectified’ at present time.

The bigger picture is we are still in 5th and although we have been poor by any matrix, we are still at the moment competitive toward a 4th spot finish or better.

Good enough? Probably not but I don’t think creating more panic at this point and forcing ourselves to adapt to more change is a good thing.

Unai’s contract runs out at end of season. Unless you are in habit of crisis manufacturing which too many Arsenal fans are often prey to, it would seem the sensible choice to keep course, hope Unai can turn it around with a full squad and see where we land closer to the summer.

It would be extremely foolish to try and expect temporary bump in performance or a feel good pill with a new gaffer that may not be the ideal pick at this point just for the sake of change.

Unai needs to get back to basics. We were doing well till Lacazette went out injured, tinkering around seem to have gotten us in this current dour and stale situation. We play as if we are unfamiliar with each other.

Its never easy trying to find fluency in a squad.

We are also saddled with the result of poor decisions made in the summer not to properly address the Cback situation instead try to elongate Koscielny’s tenure or panic buy Luiz.

Midfield is also unresolved with Cebellos at best a (Temporary) Ramsey replacement but we lack that authority in midfield and ability to hold the ball. Many people’s fancy Torreira no better able to do so than many people’s scapegoat Granit.

There is no easy fix.

Get rid of Mustafi, defense still leaking goals. Get rid of granit, midfield still lost. Add Ozil, we are still not scoring or shooting sufficiently, get rid of the gaffer, likely we will still be in similar boat (As we are having got rid of Wenger)

Grow up is the reality. Stop throwing toys out of the pram.

Santori
Santori

As far as squad is concern, I think Unai’s problem is how to hold midfield. We do not have a balance at the moment. He tried to throw in a midfield diamond to better support Ozil and keep intensity with Torreira-Guendouz- Cebellos, but we still struggled for any form of control or fluency.

If we throw Pepe on into a 4-2-3-1, it is questionable if a midfield duo of Torreira and Guendouzi will be sufficient with Ozil pressing in the hole.

But it may be our best bet pending of course the unpopular (but probably sane) move of slotting Granit back in and having two of Torreira, Guendouzi, cebellos press higher with Ozil limiting our exposure in a deep lying two to shorter durations on the pitch for strong impact.

Like it or not, I think our options are (First choice left name) :

………………………………Lacazette/Martinelli………………………………..
Auba/Saka……………………………………………………………Pepe/Nelson
……………………………….Ozil/Cebellos……………………………………….
………………..Granit/Willock…………….Guendouzi/Torreira……………….
Tierney/Kolasinac…………………………………………….Bellerin/Chambers
………………..Luiz/Holding…………….Sokratis/Mustafi……………………..
………………………………Leno/Martinez……………………………………….

Thereafter there may be small role for AMN as a utility and maybe Smith-Rowe but frankly at the moment, the strongest 11 (left names) and the second 11 if you will even if there will be call for variations in terms of selection and rotation.

Be tempted to keep as familiar a set up as possible to hit some fluency.

The rest is tweaking on details in terms of positioning, concentration levels, set piece set up etc. Devils in the details.

There is no one big fix that will solve the critical issues. In an imperfect set of players (Thanks in no part to unresolved issues in the summer even if some people prefer to keep their heads in the sand.

No Wenger, any manager will do, don’t mind being out of top 4 for another 2 to 3 seasons they said. be careful for what you wish for.

Lempuruk
Lempuruk

Emery Is not serious in top four challenge…I see arsenal dropping back to Europa again…Yes the players are struggling very hard emery…we demand defensive action right away with no excuses.

Didrik Plehn
Didrik Plehn

Fantastic news, 50 years since last time we didn’t have injuries. Which means that Emery and his team are taking good care of our players.

Filpo
Filpo

This is the only area where we were improved under MRI. We have less injuries. This is great news actually.

Pete Plum
Pete Plum

Can’t read this without thinking back 5 years… we might have won the league if we’d had a few less injuries back then. Oh the ones that got away

John
John

An injury-free Arsenal squad… rare as hen’s teeth, solar eclipses over my house and Tottenham winning a trophy.