Arsene Wenger on Van Persie’s injury and why Rosicky was withdrawn

March 3, 2011

Robin Van Persie has a tear in his ligament that is going to rule him out for at least a month, if not more. Van Persie was already sidelined before last night’s match as Wenger revealed the extent of  his injury after the game.

Speaking after the match against Leyton Orient, Wenger revealed that he tore his ligament when he scored the goal against Birmingham by overstretching his leg as the manager added he continued with his injury during the game but had to be withdrawn in the end.

When asked about his return, Arsene replied that it is three to four weeks if there are no setbacks as the manager added it cannot be guaranteed and hoped that he will be available after the International break.

Meanwhile, Rosicky was also withdrawn last night due to an injury concern. Regarding him, Wenger said that he is good and how an elbow to his head left him a bit dizzy and had to be withdrawn.

On Wednesday, Arsenal qualified for the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Leyton Orient comfortably to set up a match against Manchester United.

Wenger, after the match, said:

“I am not a specialist but he [Robin Van persie] overstretched his knee at the back of his knee when he made the volley [to score on Sunday]. He got kicked or blocked by the defender and overstretched when he hit the ball. In fact we lost Van Persie after 30 minutes, we tried to keep him going in the second half but he was injured.

It is a ligament at the back of the knee, a tear in the ligament. It is three to four weeks, I take the short delay because I am an optimist but it could be four. As well it is the international break during that period so is it three or four, for us it is the same. We have two weeks to play now and then there is a two-week break because of international games. We have to hope it is only four; he cannot play before the international break, that is for sure. Let’s hope he can play after the international break. I listen to what the medical people say to me and you never know, he can have a setback. You can never guarantee.

He [Thomas Rosicky] is good, he had an elbow on his head. He was a bit dizzy so we took him off.”


Eboue recovers, Squillaci out, Wenger yet to decide on Van Persie, Leeds in FA Cup and Ramsey appears for Forest.

November 30, 2010

Eboue: Has made a quick recovery

Coming to matters at hand, Wenger has given away the injury news ahead of Wigan’s match tomorrow. Emmanuel Eboue, who was last week judged to be out for at least four weeks due to a knee injury, has made a remarkable comeback. He had a swollen knee but his ligament was intact. The latest tests reveal that he has recovered.

“Emmanuel Eboue is back in the squad much quicker than planned. When we made a scan his knee was swollen but the ligament was intact so we decided to push him back as quickly as possible and the tests were successful.”

Fabregas: 'Couple of weeks away'

Squillaci: Suffered a knee injury

Cesc Fabregas on the other hand is on his course to recovery. It will be 10 to15 days’ at least before he will be fit. Squillaci on the other hand has a suffered a knee problem from Villa’s game. Rest of the squad is available as it was on Saturday.

“Cesc is still out. He has ten more days or two weeks maximum. Sebastien Squillaci has a knee problem from Saturday. He is out, everyone else is available.”

Wenger has also said the he will take the tie seriously without revealing the team. He said that he will decide on who to include and who not as they have been playing football every three days for the past 6 weeks. He said that it will be a strong team with the regular players.

“I don’t want to give the team today. The only thing I promise is that we will take the tie seriously. I have to consider how many games my players play. For six weeks we have played every three days with Champions League and internationals. I will consider who needs to play and who needs to rest. But we will play with a strong team. You will see regular players.”

Van Persie: Will he play against Wigan?About Van Persie he said he has yet to decide. He said that he will speak to him on how he feels before he plays him or not.

“Van Persie? I don’t know. Do I get him a week of work or do I play him? I have to speak with him frankly to see how he feels. We will see [on] Monday.”

FA Cup third round draw: Arsenal vs Leeds

On Sunday, draws for the FA Cup third round took place. We have been drawn at home against Leeds united. The ties for the third round will be played on the weekend of 8th and 9th January. The other ties are here.

Leeds is currently at 8th place in the championships. Still they will be looking for a repeat of last season when they overcame Man Utd in the third round. They took Tottenham to a replay in the fourth round. Their manager said that it is amazing for the club and fans to be having such draws. He said that they have been giving the performances and the support they have had is really good. Yet he added that they have plenty of games before the Arsenal game and they have to focus on them as the Championship is important.

“It’s a fantastic draw. Arsenal are one of the best teams in the country and are one of the top footballing teams in Europe. I’m sure our supporters will look forward to the game and will sell the full allocation once again. After knocking Man United out in the third round last season and taking Tottenham to a replay in the fourth round, the current crop at Leeds have shown they relish the big occasion. It’s amazing when you look at the draws we’ve had and the performances and the support we’ve had. In an 18-month period, we’ve played Liverpool, Man U, Tottenham, and now Arsenal in the cups which is fantastic for the club and the fans. But…as I said before the Man U game last season, we have a lot of league games to come before then and that is our focus. The players will all want to be involved for the Arsenal game and the league games are so important to us.”

In other news, Aaron Ramsey made a first competitive appearence in a match after suffering his injury. He came on as subsitute for Nottingham Forest in a match against Leicester. They went onto lose the match but his appearence was good to see.


Fabregas’ injury investigation, Wenger’s injury update and Ramsey loaned out

November 26, 2010

Wenger: Gives an update on the injuries

It has been confirmed today by Wenger that Fabregas is going to be out for a couple of weeks at least. Wenger said that we will be a bit cautious with him as it is a recurrence of his hamstring problem. He said that he will listen to the medical team and Fabregas before deciding to play him. It all however depends on how he feels and if he is ready.

On being asked about the injury, Wenger said that he is not sure if it’s because of the World Cup. He said that the one thing he is sure of is that they will have to be cautious because if you have a hamstring injury you have a chance to get another. As for occurrence of the injury on the other leg, Wenger said that it is very difficult to predict. He further added that he doesn’t know much about it scientifically as the medical staff they have seen can’t say more about it. He said that they are investigating his injury. They have analyzed his body and it is not due to fatigue or tiredness. They will consult every specialist but the problem he said is that despite having scientists today you still get injured.

“It could be two weeks but we are in a position where we may need to be a bit more cautious with him because it is a recurrence of his hamstring problem.
I will follow what the medical people tell me and Cesc tells me – if he feels perfectly alright after two weeks then I will play him.
I don’t know if [the injury] is down to the World Cup. What is for sure is that every hamstring injury you have gives you more chances to have another one. That’s why I say maybe we have to be a bit more cautious.
This time we were concerned with one leg before the game and it happened on the other leg. It is very difficult to predict – I am not scientific enough to speak about that and none of the medical people we have seen yet can tell us more.We have analysed his body and it is not fatigued and he is not tired.
We are investigating as much as we can. The problem [is] before when you were injured you waited at home and when you could play again you played again – today you can have ten scientists around you but you still get injured.
We will consult every specialist we can. But at the end of the day it doesn’t stop him from being injured.”

Fabregas: We need him at 100 percent!

So with this time line, Fabregas is sure to miss the Aston Villa, Wigan, Fulham and Partizan Belgrade matches. He might be back for the Manchester game but seeing the past record I have my doubts about it. It will be a bonus if he will be back for that match but we have seen Fabregas takes time before getting to his best.  So playing him just because he gets fit might not be enough.

As Wenger has said that we have to be patient with him, so let’s not push him hard.  We need to give him time because if he gets another injury, he will be out for far too long then the two weeks now. Wenger has already gambled with him and let’s not go on the same path. The Christmas period is coming up and we don’t want to have a large number of players out with injury. I believe that he shouldn’t be played until he is hundred percent the rest is up to the Boss.

Speaking about others, Wenger said that Eboue is going to be out for a minimum of 4 weeks with a medial knee ligament strain. Everyone else will be available for the next match. Speaking of Almunia he said that he will be capable of playing but it will depend on how he responds.

“Eboue has a medial knee ligament strain. It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum. We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available. Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts.”

Ramsey: Goes out on loan

The thing that has surprised me is that Aaron Ramsey after making a positive return in the reserves game has been loaned out. He has joined Nottingham forest on loan until 3rd January 2011. It is a surprise because Wenger had said before it will better if he stays here and makes his comeback with us. Now all of a sudden he is loaned out to a championship team. Maybe Wenger did give a hint when he said that he needs competitive games.

“Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes and he did well. We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode.”

It is good for him in that he will get some match time but we know how it is in the championship. If he is pushed too hard it might hamper his return.  We know what setbacks can do if one tries too hard on returning from injuries. Diaby, Eduardo and Rosicky are a few examples. At first I was behind the notion that he should go on loan but the thing that changed my mind was that if he can get his match fitness by playing with reserves then it will be ideal. Still I really hope this move comes up good for him and he returns with no setbacks. Good luck to him.

This is all for now. The next game is just round the corner. We have to be ready for that and bounce back better than ever. We sure need a win this weekend.