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Arsenal's Alex Hleb I.I.A.

Alex Hleb is set to miss Arsenal's clash with Wigan at Ashburton Grove on Saturday as the great international curse strikes again.

Hleb, arguably Arsenal's best player so far this season, was hauled off at half time after suffering an injury to a unknown part of his anatomy.

The Belarusian coach give his prognosis. "Hleb could miss up to two weeks."

Hleb is set to join five other Gooners on the sidelines. Although the news coming from is not yet available, Hleb, van Persie & Cesc (along with others) will all be missing.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 22 2007

Time: 5:39PM

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add to that abou diaby (back) and gilberto (fatigue) .. flamini too and hleb's thigh is injured
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22/11/2007 17:56:00

sorry i meant flamini thigh and alex hamstring injuries .. just saw it on
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22/11/2007 17:57:00

Jeez, our central midfield has taken quite a hammering. Who'll play? Denilson & ...........
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22/11/2007 18:00:00

The whole midfield is looking thin. Denilson, Diarra, Rosicky & Eboue look as though they will be all we will have. Gilberto & Song making the bench maybe. Walcott for one of the wide positions?
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22/11/2007 18:25:00

Diarra, of course. I keep forgetting about him.
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22/11/2007 18:26:00

Yeah Diarra, I keep forgetting about him too, I even forget what he looks like.
Professor Calculus
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22/11/2007 19:09:00

he's a younger twin to Makelele - but looks different - but could play in the same way as him - even though the French use him at RB and we will use him as DM. Simple eh?
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22/11/2007 19:17:00

Interesting midfield choices for Le Boss on Saturday. It's Wigan at home, but you can't take it for granted what with their off the field problems. Usual back four, I'd like to see Eduardo and Ade up front. Eboue, Diarra playing Flamini's role, Denilson and Tomas making the midfield four. Mad Jens, Senderos (back according to, Theo, Bendtner and who knows which unknown midfielder we have available to complete the 5 subs.
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22/11/2007 19:24:00

we still look strong even with all these players missing
fran merida
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22/11/2007 19:46:00

I agree with Fran, I'm looking forward to seeing Diarra, he's really impressed me in his limited outings. This is why a big squad is crucial, we've lost all those players and yet can field Eboue, Diarra, Denilson and Rosicky, that's still pretty strong.
Little Dutch
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22/11/2007 19:54:00

hleb is a big loss.. and fabregas can't play.. diaby is injured.. where are we gonna get our creativity from.. van persie must play if we're gonna win this one.. and rosicky must play with his shooting boots on cause we'll need a long distance goal to force wigan to come out
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22/11/2007 20:13:00

Why dont we just get rid of internationals?!
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22/11/2007 21:10:00

its 3 weeks and I make that 6 games. some hard games in there as well. bummer.
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22/11/2007 21:33:00

Two weeks? I heard the injury wasn't serious, awww crap. It's quite a loss, especially since he's in great form. I want Dudu to play against Wigan. Just look at that sweet defence splitting pass he made against England! Sorry, can't help admiring it.
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22/11/2007 23:13:00

Hleb will miss Wigan (H), Sevilla (A), Villa (A), Newcastle (A), Boro (A) , Steaua(H) and Chelsea(H) games. A lot of away games but newcastle and boro shouldnt be a problem with fab, gilberto and maybe flamini back. Champions league games arent as important since we have already qualified but still would like to win the group. Should have majority of injured players back for home game against chelsea.
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22/11/2007 23:49:00

Damn internationals.....always injuring our players :(
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23/11/2007 00:21:00

Yes Dudu and Diarra please! Almunia (Lehmann/Fabianski as sub); Sagna, Kolo, Gallas (Senderos), Clichy; Eboue, Denilson, Diarra (Gilberto), Rosicky; Dudu (Walcott), Ade (Bendtner)
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23/11/2007 02:45:00

Theo also did well against Bulgaria and Portugal (whose home fans even chanted "Theo, Theo!" That's how good he looked to them.) And Bendtner and Rosicky scored for their countries. That should be more than enough for Wigan. :)
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23/11/2007 02:47:00

MikelLebo Hleb should be back for the home game against Chelsea. we need him fit then..
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23/11/2007 10:13:00

Its fortunate that the fixture has thrown up Wigan at home after this international break. A good opportunity for Diarra and Denilson, with Gilberto on the bench. Hleb is out for 3 weeks which is a big blow. But I still think that the current squad ought to step up, esp if we hold title aspirations.
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23/11/2007 10:16:00

The big problem with the injuries in central midfield is that it leaves our side desperately lacking height, whilst Wigan have some big, strong players. Set pieces could be a real danger.
Little Dutch
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23/11/2007 12:47:00

LD Flamini and Fabregas aren't tall and they aren't great defending a set piece situation..
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23/11/2007 19:00:00

Chance for the younguns to step up. This could be a real incentive for them, and the drive we need to rack up a cricket score!
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23/11/2007 23:51:00


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