Arsene Wenger’s injury update and Van Persie’s inclusion in the squad

Van Persie and Fabregas were part of the Arsenal squad that travelled to Barcelona on Monday morning with Alex Song left behind.

Arsene Wenger, while speaking on Monday morning confirmed that Fabregas will travel with the squad with him being 90 percent fit as the manger added that his presence for the squad is vital with him being the captain and also the focal point of the attack.

While, Alex Song failed his test on Sunday and is ruled out, the manager confirmed that all the other players that were in the squad on Saturday are fit along with Wilshere, who also made a recovery from his injuries from Sunderland game.

Meanwhile, the surprise was of Robin Van Persie travelling with the squad, whose injury had him ruled out for at least three weeks.

Regarding Van Persie’s inclusion at the UEFA press-conference, the manager explained how he wasn’t fit enough to travel but added that he made a quick recovery in the last three days and that his test on Monday morning was very positive after which it was decided that he will be travelling with the squad.

However, Wenger made it clear that his inclusion will be decided on Tuesday morning and no gambles will be taken as he added that he will play only if he is hundred percent fit.

Arsene Wenger on Monday morning said:

“Fabregas will have a final test today. It is 90 per cent he will travel and be fit. It is vital for us because he is important in the transition between attacking and defending. He is also the leader of the team so we want him there. Alex Song is completely out. He had a test on Sunday morning and it was negative. Wilshere will be fit. Everybody else who played on Saturday should be available.”

Arsene Wenger, regarding Van Persie on Monday Evening, said:

“He is here as a player. He will have a possible test tomorrow. We are 19 here in the squad. Whether Van Persie will be included has not been decided yet. He has made quick progress in the last three days. When I spoke [with him] this [Monday] morning he was really unlikely to travel. [But] he wanted to have a go. We made a test and it was quite positive. We will see how he responds to that and I will make a decision tomorrow [Tuesday] morning. We will not take a gamble in a game of that importance. So he will have to be fit or not fit.

I am very bad at mind games. Whole truth is what I have given you here. We’ll see tomorrow morning. The medical team will assess him and I would like him to play. But I will only play him if he is 100 per cent fit. OK, I will consider 99.5.”

The 19-man squad that travelled is as follows which will be reduced to 18 after final decision on Van Persie’s inclusion on Tuesday:

Manuel Almunia, Wojciech Szczesny, Johan Djourou, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Sebastien Squillaci, Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri, Abou Diaby, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Robin van Persie

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21 Responses to Arsene Wenger’s injury update and Van Persie’s inclusion in the squad

  1. Victorkeys from nigeria says:

    If van persie must play i prefer him 2 start d game so as 2 get an early goal wit nasri n ashavin on d flanks. Wilshere, cesc n diaby in midfield. D 2nd half shuld b chamak on 4 vp n rosicky 4 ashavin 2 enhance defence. Bendtna can also com on 4 diaby den nasri joins cesc n jack in midfield 4 ball possesn 2wards d end of d game. If we can get one or two goals den d worst result shuld b a draw 2day. Arsenal pls make me sleep wit smiles 2day unlyk 9 days ago

  2. kesten banda says:

    Yes indeed this is a very important game in our history but we should also remeber we have man u very soon so don’t gamble only very fit players should play.Let s not despair barca are beatable even at camp nu.

  3. suleiman says:

    If VP is fit let him play,if not do not risk him.If GOD ordain that ARSENAL will win,we will definitely win.Up GUNNERS.

  4. yesterday nite l visited arsenal site with anger in my heart because of song failling fitness test, but astonished of my able RVP included in the 19 man list to face barca.l tell you my anger and fear all gone. Am happy to watch RVP play against barca this is because every defender own’s him respect and they are scared of him cos he can take from any angle.l believe arsenal will let my food digest to night and as well sleep like a baby just like our firt leg at emirate.lets keep our fingers crossed.l wish them good luck.

  5. fatuyi says:

    vp, jst a brace 4 us

  6. yesterday nite l visited arsenal site with anger in my heart because of song failling fitness test, but astonished of my able RVP included in the 19 man list to face barca.l tell you my anger and fear all gone. Am happy to watch RVP play against barca this is because every defender own’s him respect and they are scared of him cos he can take from any angle.l believe arsenal will let my food digest to night and as well sleep like a baby just like our firt leg at emirate.lets keep our fingers crossed.l wish them good luck.

  7. Suli says:

    If van persie is startin i wud play:

    Szczesny
    Sagna Djourou Koscielny Clichy

    Denilson Wilshere

    Nasri Fabregas Arshavin

    Van Persie

    • vled says:

      Bring in Diaby for Denislon and I will only start with Van Persie if he is 100 percent fit becuase we shouldn’t risk him with the big games coming up in the league and FA Cup.
      Otherwise, I will go with Chamakh to start today’s game

  8. Mayowa ojo mayor says:

    Hey up gunners…..we gonna beat dem…..barca….

  9. cesc fabregas akanni says:

    gunners let go and win 2nite..

  10. Steve Palmer says:

    Good news on the squad, would have liked Alex to have made it as well, also Theo will be a big miss.But on the positive side, we can get a result here as long as we keep our composure, the games not won in the first five minutes, concentration for the full ninty and if it should go into extra time, our fitness i hope will kick in, come on you Gunners

  11. Nothg but goals frm n distance en chance u get. In Gods glory we wil ovrcum barca. Guys show da wul world u r da 1 2 make an history tont. 1 shot 1 goal. 2dai entartainmt aside goals only wai 4ward. B like king David o israelist

  12. P/s arsene if RvP is fit play him but if not fit play chamakh & later bring on NB52 don’t risk a player’s carear bcos of barca, if it is d will of God 4 us 2 win,then we wil definitely win

  13. we can beat those Spaniards.

  14. Andy says:

    Up Gunners! dnt be afraid emirate boys cos barca r beatable. Go arsenal!

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  16. Up gunners,lets go camp nou gun dem down. by osigbemeh!

  17. DARPHUR says:

    Barca are beatable. arsenal can do it…

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