Vermaelen back in 3 weeks, Alex Song out + other news


At the pre-match media briefing this morning, Arsene looked in good spirits but he gave us a combination of good and bad news.

The best news of the lot is that Thomas Vermaelen will be back in a month. The Belgian has hardly played any part in our season so far and it will be a major boost to have him around again. By my calculation, it seems we will have him in time for the Barcelona second leg. Who Arsene is going to pair him with is another debate entirely.

In not so news, Nasri will also miss 3 weeks and should be back for the Champions League second leg too but more worrying is the revelation that Alex Song will miss this weekend’s visit to Newcastle. Arsene said in his previous press conference that he thought Song had been kicked by Koscielny and that Song had not been able to walk. It is as though the injury is worse than first feared as he will sit out the trip to St James’ Park.

Wojciech Szczesny has now been confirmed as the Gunners new Number One but he has admitted that he directly caused the injury to his team-mate Lukasz Fabianski. Szczesny has certainly benefited from taking out Fabianski who is out for the rest of the season, and he told Sky exactly how he did it. He said:

I was warming Fabianski up before the game with Manchester City and I took a very powerful shot. He made a beautiful save but also got an injury. I didn’t do it on purpose, I was just doing my job. I feel stupid about it. I even told him it would have been better if he didn’t save that shot. I take advantage of my team-mate’s misfortunes.”

One man expected to make that trip though is Theo Walcott as he looks to have shaken off an ankle niggle in time for the game. This is great news and comes as a relief because it would have been a big blow to have Nasri and Walcott out at the same time. Arshavin has been able to deputise for Nasri, who would have played Walcott’s role had he missed out too?

Arsene also seems to believe that Chelsea are still in the run for the Premier League. While I think they are in it mathematically, I think it’s unrealistic for Chelsea to expect a slump in form for Man United, Arsenal and Man Citeh at the same time. And considering the matches still coming up, I think Le Boss is just being modest.

News of Nasri signing a new contract have been further validated with the boss suggesting that he expects the midfielder to tie up his new deal at the end of this season. This is especially great news considering the amount of attention Nasri is due to command over the summer break after an outstanding season.


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Posted on February 3, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. With this injury news my fears have only intensified song + nasri out!! Tlk of wrong tymn .. Let’s hope players lyk rosciky, diaby wld be perfect replacement.

  2. Nasri will recocover so quickley to face Barcelona and Brazil…the guy is our main goal machine so he may consult specialist in US to solve that Hamsting sprain within few days!
    Regarding Alex we hope to see him back sooner for Barca as Diaby is not sharp in DM fo stop like Messi,Villa etc.

  3. It’s a great news to have both Nasri and Velm for the second leg march with Barcelona.

  4. That’s lovely. I don’t think we’ll miss Song this weekend. Diaby did pretty well in the 2nd half. And if you noticed when Wilshere went off and we switched to 4-4-2 with Cesc deeper, we won the game. Mayb Le Boss shld try that this weekend. Play RVP and Bendtner then Arsh-Fab-Diaby-Theo behind them.

  5. Shaine Shizzle Blessing Bonnie

    Lets hope that the likes of Diaby and Rosicky does their job now that our outstanding players are out..we support u all n together u can make it

  6. Abdulfatai agbojulogun

    why arsene wenger not buy player in january tranfer window?… If nasir out for 3weeks and vermely too. Let forget first leg of champion leage.. But let see.

  7. Gomih. Let hope for best outcome. We pray for both nasri & others that are yet back

    Why arsene refuse to sign in janaury transfer window

  8. True guys, I think we’ll have Song back soon enough as we have no adequate cover for him. Diaby just recovered from an injury and Denilson is pants ATM.

    It’s great news meanwhile, that we SHOULD be facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp with our starting eleven…provided no one breaks down before then.

    Thanks for the comments guys, please keep ’em coming.

    In The Spirit of The Arsenal!!!

  9. Great news dat theo has shaken off his injury…we cnt afford any more injuries 2 any of our 1st team players….I expect nasri 2 take part in d barcelona game bt I dnt expect vermaelen 2 start d 2nd..itz stil great news tho…cos I’d rather av a half fit vermealen on d bench dan a 100% fit squillaci

  10.  just can’t wait to see vermaeleen back in action..Good to have theo back.

  11. Muhd J. Yusuf Zarewa

    Wenger why dont you sing a new player in this transfer window?
    What is really disturbing my player Nasri?
    When is he likely to be back because we have so many challenges a head?

  12. I’m sure Song will be fully fit for the Barcelona game but for Vermaelen, considering the fact that he went through surgery, I think Wenger shouldn’t rush him. He should make sure he is fully fit before he features again.

  13. hurray to arsenal. however u have a whole of work to do at the camp nou.well we shall see whether arsenal can pass the nou camp test. i guess not cos barcelona are messiless with goals over there. expect mind blowing defeat for the gunners and a sailing victory for the catalan giants.

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