Team News: Latest On Arteta, Cazorla, Monreal, Miyaichi, Diaby & Vermaelen

By on August 15, 2013

The team news is in for Saturday’s Premier League opener with Aston Villa and it’s not encouraging Gooners. Boss Arsene Wenger has given the clubs website an update on the fitness of the squad and we really are going to be down to the bare bones this weekend.

Santi Cazorla is due to arrive back late on Thursday night from his long-haul trip to Ecuador with Spain where he played the majority of the game during a 2-0 win, with the midfielder scoring the second, and his fitness will then be assessed on Friday.

He hasn’t picked up any injury but fatigue is certainly going to be a cause for concern so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Santi on the bench on Saturday.

There is also very worrying news regarding Mikel Arteta with Wenger revealing that the midfielder has a thigh problem and will have a scan today to assess the damage. Losing Arteta would be a huge blow and if the injury is bad, he could be ruled out of the Champions League double header with Fenerbache. Fingers crossed it’s only minor though.

Wenger also confirmed that Nacho Monreal is still 10 days away from returning to full training while he describes the progress of Vermaelen as ‘OK’. Abou Diaby is of course still months away from fitness but Ryo Miyaichi should be back in training next week.

Here’s what Wenger told Arsenal.com.

We have positive news from the players on international duty. All the texts we had have back are OK. The games were quite intense but we hope everyone comes back in good shape.

on Cazorla’s international in Ecuador…

He played almost a full game. He only lands in London tonight [Thursday] so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.

on Mikel Arteta…

Mikel has a slight thigh problem. We have to check that. I don’t know if he will be out for the weekend. He has a scan today.

on Nacho Monreal (back)…

He should join up with the squad for full training in 10 days. He is out for the weekend of course.

on Thomas Vermaelen (back)…

It is a while longer for him. It is difficult to put a timescale on it but it will be a bit longer. He is progressing OK.

on Abou Diaby (knee)…

It is longer still for him but again the timescale is difficult. He is a few months in and it was expected to be nine months.

on Ryo (rib)…

He is close and he should be back with the training group next week.

Interestingly, there was no mention of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott or Bacary Sagna. Reports this morning suggested Bacary Sagna had picked up an ankle knock while away on international duty with France and was a major doubt, but the boss failed to mention it. Maybe he’s keeping it under wraps until he knows the full extent, or maybe it was a false alarm? Lets hope the latter!

Ramsey was sent home early from the Wales camp in midweek with an ankle problem while report also suggest that Walcott may be a doubt for Villa, but again Wenger didn’t give us an update so we’ll have to assume they’ll be fit and available.

So with no new signings other than Sanogo, our bench is going to look extremely limited this weekend. In fact, it’s difficult to name seven senior players. I think we’ll see the likes of Akpom and Zelalem among the subs. My advice to those who are going to the game, take your boots.


  1. Salisu Journalist

    August 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Please don’t care about Arsene Wenger, he is a liar, and he is very stupid old man,

  2. ayo

    August 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Mr Wenger, what is delaying you from buying best players? You have about £70m cash with you. Without new signing defensive and attacking midfeeder, reliable striker and at least 2 experience defender, we can win trophy. Wenger wake up. Up gunners!

  3. rellends

    August 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    our bank balance is very healthy. surely we can play him.

  4. Solomon

    August 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Guys i think we need to wake up from our slumber. Do you really think Wenger has 70m to spend? Who is the man that will have money to improve his house and will refuse to spend that money?
    I doubt if Wenger has that kind of money available to him.

  5. donbest

    August 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    You guys that hoping for that stupid man call wenger r waiting ur time………..he ll not sign anybody instead he will bring flamin of ac milan………..arsenal is a stupid club…..that will not longer attract big players shame unto arsenal

  6. suleiman bagama nass

    August 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    why arsenal boss,pls if u are slping wk up.

  7. donbest

    August 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Arsenal is a laughing stock in the whole african……..when he sell song did he replace him……instead he bring abou dieby……..

  8. Gab

    August 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Arsen wenger is not serious, season has not started a lot of injuries, what is he doing with the 70million warchest given to him? Why should a big club like arsenal into ramsome. Arsenal FC is too big to be handle in this form. He made arsenal what it is today by history. But enough is enough of his stingness. Liverpool is going down every year, when it happen to arsenal the must be relegated to nation wide. Wenger will only be sacked after putting the team in disorder. A stitches in time save…………..! Hmmm Mr wenger what have done you. Please forgive us and buy players. You must be a man of your words. You made a promise to build a great team this is season. What is wrong that we don’t know

  9. Gab

    August 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Arsenal fans are calling for your head everyday, but you don’t care why?

  10. donbest

    August 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Arsenal have link to all players but what is happening now…..he ve sell and loan many players this summer……but to replace them is problem

  11. Vilal Omars kano..

    August 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Wenger is all the cause.. What makes him to delay signing since early pre-season? What is he waiting for..

  12. matete

    August 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    The entire mgt of arsenal is stupid, they ar all liars who do nt care abt the fans bt only their pockets. No world class player wil ever come to arsenal fc, until all the old fools ar driven out of the house

  13. donbest

    August 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    All i want now is more injuries@arsenl fc….now arsenal have loss many fans cos of greedness of manegment…….

  14. Mick

    August 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Most of you people who comment here obviously do not enjoy the way the club is run. I would therefore advise you all to go and support another team like Chelsea who obviously do things in a manner you would probably like. Good riddance to you childish so called fans.

  15. Keezy

    August 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Hmmm…O.M.G..Season wil start dis wk wenger nd Arsenal hav’nt sign gwd top9 nd DM… I pray arsenal wil nt end-up in 20th dis season..Bcoz totham, liverpool nd fulham top4 na die dis season..

  16. brian

    August 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Wenger is a clown! nothing else but a useless french clown. Abou Diaby,a total waste of time ,always injured and braindead to boot. With a squad of softees like Ramsey,Wiltshire,Jenkinson,Sagna etc we will have another poor season ahead of us with no chance of success. Why is MANU so sucessful,good management as well as a squad which has talent and physical strength! Both traits sadly lacking in most of our players. wait for the stupid excuses to eminate from Wengers mouth. As for Suarez,he is not a good buy for Arsenal,too tempremental and headstrong for wenger to handle!

  17. yakubu

    August 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Wenger is not somebody u can trust. is time for him to go and rest

  18. Abdul

    August 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Arsen is a big liar, he promise nd failed to fulfil his promises, he has been doing this for long but this time he will surely regrets, if he dosen sign quality players

  19. triple000zero

    August 16, 2013 at 1:46 am

    A lot of players will only join Arsenal when we qualify for the champions so please when we qualify and buy them I will be back to make you eat your words. Why does Arsenal have so many gutless fans.


  20. triple000zero

    August 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

    A lot of players will only join Arsenal when we qualify for the Champions League so please when we qualify and buy them I will be back to make you eat your words. Why does Arsenal have so many gutless fans.


    Ps sorry for the typo

  21. amara solo

    August 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I JUST believe Wenger understands the consequencies of his actions.
    Wait A LITTLE, is arsenal sure of qualifying for CL WITH this depleted squad?.IF Wenger fails to sign quality players which I strongly doubt, AFC can only struggle for a place in Europa nxt season.Just look at what SPURS has done, consider they narrowly missed CL spot this season. I doubt if AFC will b that lucky again. pls fellow gunners take heart for one day God will hear our cry.

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