Arsenal today will play the crucial first leg of Champions League play-off against Udinese.
Arsene Wenger on Monday gave an update on the squad in his pre-match press conference. He revealed that Rosicky faces a late fitness test ahead of the game despite being included in the squad. Apart from that we are going to be without Van Persie and Nasri through suspension.
“We have an uncertainty from Saturday about Rosicky. He is in the squad and will have a fitness test on Tuesday morning. Of course we have Van Persie and Nasri suspended.”
Wenger himself is going to carry out one-match touchline ban.
On respecting the ban, Wenger said:
“I can be in the hotel with the team. I just cannot be in the dressing room pre-match so I watch the game from the stands like everybody else. I do not want to cheat with the rules but I can watch the game.”
In interesting bit of update, we might see Bendtner in action today after Arsene confirmed that he is still an Arsenal player. No club has until now acquired his services and the manager added that if things remains the same, he will stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.
These were Wenger’s words:
“In his interview Bendtner said he was gone, but I checked and he’s not gone at all! I promised I would let him go if he found the right club and that has not changed because when I make a promise I keep it. But if he doesn’t find the right opportunity he will stay and fight for his place like everybody else. He looks sharp in training.”
In other news, FA has pressed charges against both Arsenal and Newcastle in the aftermath of the game on weekend. The incident, during the game, involved mass confrontation between players from both sides that ended in Gervinho’s dismissal.
Also during the game, Alex Song acted out of order when he stamped on Joey Barton. He is separately charged for violent conduct. Both the clubs have to respond by 18th while Song has until 16th.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have also lodged a claim, following Gervinho’s straight red card.
following is the statement that was released by FA:
“Newcastle United and Arsenal have been charged by The FA with failing to control their players following Saturday’s (13 August) fixture at St James’ Park.
Both clubs have been charged following a mass confrontation of players following an incident in which Arsenal’s Gervinho was also shown a red card in the 75th minute.
Following Gervinho’s dismissal Arsenal have today lodged a claim that the standard punishment of a three-match suspension is clearly excessive. A regulatory Commission will hear that claim on 16 August.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s Alex Song has been charged separately by The FA with violent conduct following an incident earlier in the same fixture.
Both clubs have until 4pm on 18 August to respond to the charge, whilst Song must reply by 6pm on 16 August.”
As things stand, we are going to face Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea without Gervinho and Alex Song.Follow @Rgunners