Team News: Wenger Gives Update On Ozil, Arteta, Podolski + BFG

By on August 21, 2014

Per-Mertesacker Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Saturday nights clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Among other things, the boss has given a team news update with the latest on Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

As I reported earlier, Arteta has been ruled out of the trip to face his former side after spraining his ankle following a clash with Demba Ba against Besiktas on Tuesday night.

While Arsene confirmed his skipper wont be available, he didn’t give any indication of how long the Spaniard will be out, but reports suggest he won’t play again until after next months international break.

Arsene also said he will make a late check on our German World Cup winning trio to see if they will be available this weekend, but widespread reports suggest that Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski will all be in the squad to face the Toffees.

Obviously it’s a blow to lose Arteta as it gives us even fewer options in an already weak area of the team, but it looks like Mathieu Flamini is going to have to step up over the next few games and hopefully we’ll have a new defensive midfielder on board by the time Arteta is available again.

The return of the Germans is a big boost and I’d expect Ozil and Mertesacker to start – although Arsene has been saying how it will be a big test for Chambers to face Lukaku so perhaps he’s going to stick with the youngster?

Here’s what the boss has been saying on the team news this morning:


  1. maz

    August 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Mr. Wenger has made a joke of himself n if he dosnt kick out diaby n arteta he wl make a fool of himself again & gooners….
    Chelsea forwards- costa, drogba, torres, even schurrle vn reqd.
    Arsenal- giroud, sanogo, campbell

    Judge for urself…..
    Mr.wenger enuf of ur stupidity n stubborness now go n get sum champions…..

  2. Ashlyfab

    August 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Am very sure wenger wunt bid for any other stricker,
    looking at the curent squard the main priority is a central back and a DMF. if theo finaly arives then sanchez wil definately take the forward role…….that’s just the plan wenger looks forward to.

  3. niyi

    August 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Mr wenger arsenal is biger Dan u.stop using are team to build ur national team.an don’t make full of ur self because u a stubborn man.get us a good striker

  4. Ebrima Jarbo

    September 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Welcome Danny! You are the type we wanted so much. Is a big chance to prove your critics wrong.

  5. Ebrima Jarbo

    September 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Now that Danny has arrived, with the help of his excellent team-mates he will contest for the golden boot. It is also a great chance for Wenger to be remembered in England should he play him in his rightful position. He can make him the best in the UK.

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