Speaking ahead of the match against Fulham, Arsene Wenger in his pre-match press conference gave his update on the squad. Everyone is available for tomorrow except Almunia. Almunia, he said, has suffered a setback in training and is out. The other injured players are still not back including Diaby, Vermaelen and Fabregas.
“The team news is that we have everybody available and not Almunia who had a little setback in training yesterday and is out of it. But apart from that, of course Fabregas, Vermaelen, Diaby are out.”
About Fabregas he said that it is still two weeks at the most before he can return. The initial sign for Fabregas are good but Wenger is unsure if he will be available for the Man Utd game.
“The first signs [for Fabregas] look quite good. I still think two weeks. I don’t know [whether he will be available for the Manchester United game].”
On Vermaelen he said that he is with a protective boot on and it will have to wait before it can be confirmed if it helps and how early he can be back.
“At the moment [Vermaelen] is in a boot and we have to wait until he comes out of that to see if he has a reaction.”
Wenger also made it clear that there will be no new player or keeper coming in January unless injury forced him. When asked about a new keeper in January, Wenger responded that he has already come out on that. He said that they are not on the market for any player. The current keepers are all performing. Fabianski, he said, has shown quality in the last couple of months and that he has the ability. Szczesny also has done well in his appearances. As for Almunia he said that injury won’t keep him out for long and he will return soon.
“No, I came out already on that.
That [Almunia’s injury] will not be for a long time, we have Szczesny coming up very quickly and we have Fabianski who has proven in the last two months that he has the quality.
At the moment we are not on the market.”
When asked about Schwarzer’s deal extension he said that he is pleased for him. He said that the deal doesn’t bother him as he has his own squad to focus on. He also said that he can understand the decision made by Schwarzer as a two year deal at his age is good and that it shows the club values him. On the interest of Arsenal he said that it is history and he would like it to remain discreet.
“I can understand that decision. At his age a two-year contract is a great deal for him and it shows great confidence of the club for him. I don’t have a problem with that.
It is important that we focus on our players and the squad we have. I am pleased for him [Schwarzer] that he got an extension to his contract but all the rest is history that has to be a little bit discreet.”