Team News: Sagna and Wilshere might face Norwich

| October 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

The Gunners may have some more options for the upcoming fixture against QPR with first teamers Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere possible inclusions in the squad.

Otherwise there aren’t too many changes from the side that faced Schalke with Kieran Gibbs unavailable and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a 60-40 chance of selection after his recent hip knock.

Arsene Wenger revealed the follow team news and his thoughts on the Wilshere conundrum:

[on the latest updates] There could be some players coming back, like Sagna. Wilshere I have to consider. We’ll make a decision [on Friday], if I put him in the squad or not. That’s basically it. Kieran Gibbs is still not ready. All the other players are still not ready.

[on Oxlade-Chamberlain] He has a chance [of playing]. He is 60-40 for playing, positive. Of course it is a boost. It will be vital as [on Wednesday] some players finished very tired.

[on Wilshere] What I am considering is that he wants to play, it is an important game, but we want the players to be ready physically and he has not played for 14 months.

It was planned for him to play next week at Reading and also we consider how the squad are physically and mentally. Physically Jack is at 80 to 85 per cent.

The Gunners may require some flair from Wilshere against QPR it they fail to create chances from the midfield. He has taken a more attacking role with the U21 side so hopefully he can inspire a recently faltering Arsenal front line if Ramsey and Cazorla fails to fire.

Hopefully he won’t be required though as like Wenger said if he is not ready 100% physically for tough challenges and an intense atmosphere then he could suffer another injury. A more suitable match will be the Reading fixture in midweek in the Capital One Cup.

As for Sagna, his experience will be of great help to the Gunners defence that have made a few mistakes of late. On attack, like Jenkinson, he is solid and always a threat. Wenger may actually start the Frenchman with Jenkinson perhaps requiring some rest, but with the youngster performing well this season it can go either way.

Lastly the return of Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a huge boost and inject some fresh legs into the tired attack. Hopefully the Englishman will be fit and will tear Rangers to pieces!!

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  • Nikkogunners

    Arsenal must get off the blip, Winning the championship is still possible. Say we do not loose again and have less that 5 draws, then we will have 80 more points on top of the 12 we have currently. But easier said that done.

    My suggestion is that we have players who are good in the central and few who are experts in the wings. My suggestion would be we play a generic all central attack formation with little focus on the wings. Her is my line up

    ——Gervinho, Wilshere, Podolski—-
    Jeckinson, Matsecker, Vermaleem, Sagna

    Here, Gervinho,Wilshere and Podolski operate at the hole and all operate from the central behind the striker Giroud, playing on their strengths. Walcott, Rosicky and Arshavin too can replace the three without a blip, again playing in their strengths.Carzola, a specialist in both wings and central plays the free role and can appear from either wing, or from the central behind the three, depending with the game, linking up with Arteta. The OX and Ramsey can play in the Carzola Role or either of the three holes. The back four remain with Sagna coming in the left to give some competition and get match fit for the time being.Once in a while Other strikers like Chamakh can cameo as we prepare to bring in a new striker to help Giroud out. This team up will ensure the creativity is restored, our players play to their strengths and goals can be easily gotten from all the four central attack players in one match.

  • Aussie Jack

    NORWICH? I thought we were playing QPR…must be my age I do get confused…..sorry!

  • LOL

    the final countdown

  • Daja

    My XI will be

    Santos Giroud Gervino

    Cazolas Arteta

    Djourou vermallen BFG Carl

    Don vito
    Bench; Ashavin Chamack kosenily sagna gnarby frimpong shae