Arsene Wenger confirms huge fitness blow ahead of Liverpool clash

By on August 12, 2016
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Arsene Wenger has offered the latest team news ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League opener with Liverpool this weekend.

Unfortunately the boss has confirmed a huge blow with the news that Laurent Koscielny is not ready to face Merseysiders on Sunday afternoon.

Koscielny only began his pre-season training on Monday after enjoying an extended break following his exploits with France at Euro 2016 this summer.

So with just five days training under his belt, Wenger has confirmed that the 30-year-old won’t be fit when Liverpool arrive at the Emirates this weekend.

With Gabriel ruled out for up to eight weeks and Per Mertesacker out for another four months, it leaves us without our three first choice centre-backs for the start of the new season.

It’s a disastrous situation to be in and now Arsene is going to have to either play youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers or move Nacho Monreal in to the middle of defence.

There was no word on Mesut Ozil or Olivier Giroud from Wenger but if Koscielny isn’t available, then it’s safe to say both attackers will also be out against Liverpool meaning we’ll have to play a much weakened squad this weekend.

Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez are expected to start up front while Aaron Ramsey could be deployed in a more advanced attacking midfield role in the absence of Ozil.



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  2. Alex T Borbor

    August 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Wenger, if you done want to buy any C B for us this season than it is better for you to start parking you things and leave the club before we sent you out of the club by force. On Sunday, we are playing Liverpool with out no good C B how do you want the players to wine the game?. Or do you think that your Holding is good enough to be our C B?. I know you that you will say young man you done know the game. this is not thing about knowing the game. we are seeing your friends buying good players and you are here doing not thing. Let me tell you some thing if you use your Holding and Liverpool beat us on sunday. I personally will pay my air way feel from Liberia to the U K and park all you things out of the emirate. So you better do somethings quick before it is too late.

    • Ojo Olayiwola

      August 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      The Frenchman could put on his own jersey and play as the club Centre-back on sunday. Let’s wait and see what will happen.

  3. Saint white

    August 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Alex T u are a Nigerian I bet u that even if arsenal use less experience difender Liverpool will not win I believe mine arsenal cause in Mr Arsene I trust.

    • Ojo Olayiwola

      August 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Is that how low you think of Liverpool. I’m also a die-hard Gunner fan and once upon a time, i do believe in the word ‘In Arsene We Trust” but where as that lead us to. Top 4 every season i guess. The manager has to wake up and realize this is 2016 and not 2004. No Club in the Premier League of today can be underestimated, not even those that just came in. COYG!!!

  4. gibrilla conteh

    August 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    For sure brother if we loose that game against Liverpool pack his bags and kick him out…a professor coach with no ambition….when ask him to buy men he goes and buy school boys…what are f**k..

  5. Ojo Olayiwola

    August 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    We are now playing Liverpool without 8 first team players. I wonder what the score will be…..


    August 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    My thought on these mata is dat the man arsene Wenger is old and has lost the mentality to lead the club to the dream land,the only solution change him sick and tired of the same story everyday

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