Saturday, November 27, 2021

Report: Aubameyang injury fears allayed

Fears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up an injury while on international duty have been allayed by Goal.com’s Charles Watts who reports the player was back in training at London Colney today.

Arsenal’s club captain scored a match-winning penalty for Gabon as they beat Libya 1-0 at home last Friday, however, with other results confirming World Cup qualification was out of his country’s grasp, he didn’t feature in last night’s defeat to Egypt in Cairo.

Instead, the striker returned to London to focus on preparations for Saturday’s big match at Liverpool.

15 of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad were called up for duty during the Interlull with Thomas Partey staying at home to recover from the groin issue that ruled him out of the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Watford on 7 November. Karl Hein also pulled out of Estonia’s squad.

Mikel Arteta now faces an anxious wait to find out how many return home in good condition.

In addition to concerns over Hein and Partey, there are suggestions that Kolasinac – the victim of yet another ankle-crushing tackle (see below) – and Balogun – who suffered stomach cramps in England under-21s’ 3-2 defeat to Georgia – are also doubts.

Arteta isn’t due to face the media until Friday morning so we’ll learn more then.

In the meantime, it’s all eyes on Liverpool with several reports claiming Jurgen Klopp could be without several key men this weekend.

Premier Injuries lists nine players in the treatment room at the moment; Roberto Firmino (thigh), James Milner (hamstring), Naby Keita (thigh), Joe Gomez (calf), Sadio Mane (chest/abdominal), Jordan Henderson (groin), Curtis Jones (face), Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Andrew Robertson (hamstring).

Don’t go getting too excited. You know they’ll all undergo some miracle treatment in the next 48 hours and end up in the squad.

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The Kolkata Gooner

I hope Partey also recovers. We will need our best team, and a weakened Liverpool team to even stand a chance.

C.B.

Phew on Auba.

Not looking good for Kola.

Johnny 4 Hats

My heart was in my mouth for that bit longer as I don’t know what ‘allayed’ means.

So glad it doesn’t mean ‘confirmed’ or even ‘understated’.

A Different George

It comes from Middle English “all ayed” meaning “everything yes.” Or maybe not.

PeteyB

Time to trade one of those hats for a dictionary?

Futsboller

You just gave Johnny the Johnny. 🙂

Small Change got rained on with his own thirty-eight …

Johnny 4 Hats

Always wear a Johnny when you’re giving Johnny the Johnny.

Johnny 4 Hats

“Allay”
“Can you use it in a sentence?”
“I’m on a third date tonight and I think I might get allay”

Parisian Weetabix

I thought it was what fans shout every time someone passes the ball when their team’s 4-0 up

A Different George

And what the players sing when they wins a trophy: “campeones, campeones, allay, allay.”

Djgooner

That’s tough for sead. I think a January move is completely off the table now while he recovers.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

A few broken bones won’t stop Kolasinac.

PEA14

I agreed. No matter how limited some might think he is, you can’t take away the commitment that he puts in. Will always remember the scene in one of the match he he played when he ran till he puke. Mentally he is so strong that even his stronger body couldn’t take it

Lord Bendnter

A little taste of what’s around the corner come this AFCON

Nimski

If they are missing Keita and Henderson in midfield and Fabinho is only back from Brazil tomorrow after playing 90 mins against Argentina this morning, i think we could win the midfield battle. Hopefully a well rested Laca can give us 70 mins of non-stop running. I’m the most confident i have been going up there for quite some time.

UzesGooner

Yeah….I’m focusing on us being good not them being injured…COYG!!!

Partey is key for us 💪🏿

Djmexida

Point of order. If Arsenal can sign Leandro Trossard, Nii-Lante Lamptey, Kelechi iheanacho and wilfred ndidi when the next windows opens, then top 4 is a guarantee for us as the will add speed, steel and healthy competition to the already good first eleven.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

If we can just sign Haaland and Mbappe and then sell Auba and Laca to Newcastle in the January transfer window, we might have a chance.

Haaland and Mbappe fit Edu’s age profile, so I don’t see any obstacles here.

And then sign Kane to replace Nketiah. He’s a bit older, but at least he has experience playing with Saka and ESR as shown this week.

PeteyB

I thumbed up but took it away again. I can’t quite stomach the idea of signing kane, even when the suggestion is made in jest.

Futsboller

Yeah, seriously. Had to do the same. I hadn’t read it all the way through …

Goonerink

What if he signed for free at the end of the season like sol. Then confirmed he has always been a gooner with a tweet of him as a kid?

A Different George

But would he still breathe with his mouth open?

onenil

That was very decent of Gabon letting him come home, because they couldn’t qualify. Many managers would have played their best team regardless (partly in the hope of saving their own jobs).

Yando

Phewx!!Saw the heading and ran for my dictionary to see the meaning of allayed.

PeteyB

More than one made this comment…
Maybe Blogs can start a line in educational clickbait by using obscure language in his headlines. You have to read the article to understand the context of the heading!

Andy

Love that people are giving a shit about a word (I love them, words are the fucking best). But I’d challenge either of you to write a clearer headline. Don’t think Blogs is interested in click bait as he removed ads with the new update. There’s not much benefit to having heaps of article traffic when you’re not making money from it. Seriously. Try writing the line. It’s hard! Report: Aubameyang’s fine. But he was always fine so is it still a report then? So is it: Report: Aubameyang injury concerns unwarranted. But then you’re writing unwarranted which is a… Read more »

Goonerink

Aubameyang injury fears unfounded?
Aubameyang fit for mugsmashers clash?

Eric Blair

‘Arteta Ambivalent After Auba Injury Attenuation’

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Amen; Arsenal And Arteta’s Aubameyang Alright After African Adventure.

Safe Hans

Andy; have you read Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson? I’m reading it at the moment, it’s a truly fascinating look at the history of the English language. If words are your bag, you may find it cromulent.

Andy

@Safe Hans No I haven’t! I will check it out. Thanks for the recommend.

Nice lines guys! Had a chuckle at the ‘Arteta ambivalent’ one Eric. Also liked the African Adventure one. Sounds fun!

Hypothetical; who would take a draw at Anfield if offered beforehand?

A 0-0 wouldn’t surprise me and would be another real statement from our back 5.

I expect the gameplan will be much the same as it was at Leicester, where we will have to expect to soak up sustained periods of pressure and perhaps hope for a few slices of luck defensively and on the counter.

If Partey doesn’t make it, AMN will slot in again. Tierney should come back in, although Tavares has done exceptionally well.

PeteyB

Aye I’d take it. Hoping for a win. Its always the hope that kills you…

mc1892

I’d hope we’re going to go there and go at them- there are goals there for the teams brave enough to have a crack for sure.

I have a sneaky feeling that they might have a 15 game winning streak in them to make a late charge at the title, but I’m hoping it won’t kick off just yet..

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Yep I still think Liverpool will win the league.

But hopefully we get at them early on like we did at Leicester. Anyhow I would certainly be happy getting to half-time not losing anyway.

Arsenal will likely only have around 30% possession in this game so will have to be brave on the attack to make the most of our chances.

Futsboller

Yes, absolutely take the draw. Absolutely. We’re not even remotely close to their level of play, and though they haven’t been as blindingly good as in the past, nothing, nothing gets a team quite on track like playing the Arsenal.

I think scoring goals for us is more important at the moment than conceding (we know we’re good at defending now), so 2-2 would be a tastier draw if it could so be arranged.

Goonerink

A 0-0 at Liverpool is rare for us, I think it’s statistically one of the highest scoring fixtures in our history?

zeke60

I read a report that Sane is already fit and trained regularly yesterday.

Ad72

Do we have Bayern at the weekend? If so, I dont fancy our chances…😀

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Great news for Bayern Munich and Germany.

zeke60

Oops I meant Mane, sorry I do always confuse those two.

Hakuna Matata

1 is sane and the other has a mane

NZGooner

Is the squad any weaker for not having Kolasinac or Xaka though?

bob

Actually yes. You may not rate them, but in most circumstances having players with ankles that aren’t smashed to bits is preferable, even if they aren’t first choice.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Xhaka would be handy to have available before AFCON starts.

Kola might have been given the Sunderland game but we can still roll out Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tavares.

PEA14

I was getting excited until Arseblog brought me to earth

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