Well the defeat at old Trafford has seriously made the line quite visible among the supporters who doubt this team and the ones in favor (more on this later). I feel that what’s done is done and we must move on from it with of course learning from the mistakes we made there. The match against Stoke is next and we must focus our attention to it.
Arsene Wenger today gave an update on the squad for Stoke while speaking to Arsenal TV online. The manager revealed that there have been no new injuries and the same squad will be available for Stoke as it was against Manu. With Bendtner’s wife is in labour, his involvement is still in doubt as Wenger is unsure to include him.
“We have not lost anyone else. Nicklas Bendtner’s wife is in labour and he is due to be a father today or tomorrow. So I don’t know if I will involve him. But otherwise the injury news is looking quite positive. Abou Diaby is back in full training and is not far away. But the weekend is too early for him.”
Almunia, surprisingly, has twisted his ankle. I feel his time is done at Arsenal.
Fabregas and Van Persie are also getting better every day and they will be available.
As for Vermaelen, the manager revealed that he might be back in January (I hope so).
“Manuel Almunia has twisted his ankle but Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie are getting better and better. Also Thomas Vermaelen could be back in January we think.”
Besides that, Fabianski is still to undergo tests as he injured his hip muscle just before last match. As a result, if he doesn’t pass his tests, we might see Szczesny in goal against stoke after an impressive performance against United.
“We have to test [Lukasz] in next two days. He has a hip muscle injury.”
Wenger has often been criticized for not having world class keepers but in the past couple of months we have seen some good performances form Fabianski and Szczesny alike. With Mannone also doing well on loan at Hull, the situation of keepers looks under control.
Wenger spoke about this as how the keepers are proving their quality.
“But Wojciech did well. People always questioned the goalkeeping position at Arsenal Football Club. But I always said we had four good goalkeepers – look at how well Vito Mannone is doing at Hull. We have plenty of quality.”