Arsene Wenger’s latest update on the squad including Vermaelen and Fabianski

February 3, 2011

Arsene Wenger today gave the latest update on the squad ahead of the match against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger revealed that Walcott will be available for the match but ruled out Song’s inclusion in the squad after both players had picked up knocks in the game against Everton.

Regarding Vermaelen, Wenger updated that he is making good progress and will be back in three to four weeks. As for Nasri, Wenger maintained that he is going to be out for three weeks as he had revealed in his last update on Nasri.

The manager also gave the bad news regarding Fabianski’s injury as he confirmed that the pole is going to miss the rest of the season due to a surgery on his shoulder.

With Almunia back from his injury, Wenger added that the competition for the goal keeping position is now between Almunia and Szczesny, who is already confirmed as our first choice keeper.

Wenger, however, confirmed that Szczesny is going to start in goal on Saturday.

Wenger, at his press conference, said:

 “ Alex Song has a nasty kick, yes. I think he will be out for Saturday. Walcott, we have good news, he will be available.

Samir Nasri, as I said, we predict 21 days from his injury [so] that means three weeks. Thomas Vermaelen is making very good progress so he should be [back in] three to four more weeks.

We had bad news for Lukasz Fabianski because he need surgery on his shoulder. He has decided after having seen a few specialists that he will have surgery in Germany. It means his season is over.

The competition for the places at the moment will be between Wojciech and Almunia. Wojciech will play the next game.”

Wenger on Vermaelen’s surgery: It’s not a real surgery but a procedure, will take 4 to 6 weeks to return

January 18, 2011

Arsene Wenger has confirmed the reports regarding Vermaelen’s surgery while speaking to Arsenal TV online. But according to Wenger it’s not a real surgery. Wenger said that the correct medical term for it is procedure in which a little tendon, that has been the cause of discomfort, next to the Achilles tendon will be cut out.

It has taken long for the doctors to diagnose the problem but Wenger is very optimistic that this procedure will cure it.  As a result Wenger said that there will be a delay in his return.

A minimum of four up to a maximum of six weeks is the time frame that Wenger gave for Vermaelen’s return.

The time frame given by Wenger puts the return date near to the first leg tie against Barcelona in the Champions League. However, being out of action since September last year, Vermaelen will be short of match fitness.

Wenger knows this as he said that Vermaelen will need some games to be completely fit and ready just like Ramsey as he has been out for a long time.

Wenger regarding Vermaelen said:

“It’s not a real surgery. It is to take out a little [tendon] next to his [Achilles] tendon. It is to open it a little bit and cut out the [tendon] that has been causing the friction. It is a procedure, that is the right medical term.

We are very optimistic that [this will cure the problem]. But of course it is now what you call in football a little bit longer delay of four to six weeks.

Let’s count the weeks to Barcelona and you will know. I count a minimum of four weeks, maximum six, so it is not an unrealistic target.

But don’t forget as well he is a little bit in the situation of Aaron Ramsey, he has not played since the beginning of September, that means he will need some games to be completely fit.”