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Flamini Injured - How Bad Is It?

Arsene Wenger will be concerned after seeing yet another of his star players suffer an injury while playing for their national team on Tuesday.

Mathieu Flamini had to be replaced in the second half after suffering an unknown injury.

The Arsenal midfielder has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring goals, setting up goals and making goal-saving tackles.

It's certainly a worry for Wenger. More news on him when we get it.

On a brighter note, Gael Clichy finally got the recognition he deserves from Raymond Domonech as he made his international debut against DR Congo.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 5 2008

Time: 9:35PM

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Well as chuffed as I was for Clichy, I don't care now. So ******** annoyed. Flamini's been everywhere this season. It's no coincidence we started to wobble without him in early December. I hope it's not serious. I'm not having the out-of-form and now extremely unreliable Gilberto up against Kaka and Seedorf!
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05/02/2008 21:38:00

just wondering if any of you had heared the rumour thats going off in sheffield that walcott is coming on loan to sheff weds
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05/02/2008 21:42:00

The quote says it is not that bad. Hope so.
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05/02/2008 21:47:00

mick i havnt seen that rumour... and to say the least i wouldnt get ur hopes up of that hapening... u heard the one bout Messi signing for Yeovil?
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05/02/2008 21:48:00

This, alongside with the Milan news that they're 'hopeful' with Gattuso and Pato's recovery, is worrying. Hope, as the news and Goofle said, Mattuso's injury isn't that bad. And LOL Rob don't be so mean! Speaking of Theo, did you guys see his goal? Not bad huh!
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 22:18:00

Song can back him up if he can repeat his good performances with Cameroon in the DCM position. He's still better than Gilberto right now tbh.
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 22:38:00

Hopefully it's just a knock, but as Lou says, Song is back in about a week and apparently he's been in fine form in Ghana, and Diaby can play there too (he might see the game better and have more space there too, so maybe he'll dribble less and pass more). Wouldn't it be ironic if Diarra missed his chance to stamp his place in the first team by a month! But I really hope the Flamster is okay- no matter how good any of the others are, he's really formed an understanding with Cesc and nobody works harder, although Ade and Clichy are close if not level in that regard.
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05/02/2008 22:57:00

Sorry Elbondo, Diaby did NOT play the France game precisely because he had a 'minor problem'... And Denilson's still a couple of weeks away as he was supposed to spend 3-4 weeks out and it's only been a couple since that CC game where he got injured... And for the Blackburn game on 11 Feb, Song can only make it if they get knocked out by Ghana on 7 Feb. The match for 3rd place is 9 Feb, final is 10 Feb...
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 23:05:00

Now let's hope Mattuso comes back ok and gets fit soon, Diaby ok, Song and Gilberto come back unscathed from their int'l matches this week (in that order tbh).
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 23:12:00

Sorry for posting short and peacemeal. But this is funny, and in case not all of you subscribe to Arsenal TV Online. Speaking of attitude towards international matches, I really love Gallas' response in an interview. When asked "How are the French preparations for Euro 2008?" our captain said, "Ah you know, we have some friendly games you know. And uh, (big sigh), you know for me it's a little bie... it's still far. I don't think about Euro 2008 because I have to be focused about what I have to do with my club, you know, with Arsenal. On Wednesday I have a friendly game you know, so (lighter sigh) you know, we want to prepare very well to be ready for Euro. But for me, I don't... it's not really important. What is more important is my club." Legend! :D
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 23:24:00

I didn't know about Diaby. Wenger should get a bit more creative in creating 'minor problems' like Jose and old Purple Nose- their top players often picked up a minor knock on Saturday, missed a mid-week friendly, but were back to full fitness by the weekend. Back to Flamini, to make matters even worse today's match was just the B-team- the full French squad plays Spain tomorrow. So he got injured in a match that is less than meaningless. Three reports out of France- one says ankle, one says knee, and one says thigh, so it's probably his elbow.
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05/02/2008 23:40:00

You're right, it had less meaning than a meaningless friendly. So at the slightly more meaningful meaningless friendly tomorrow, we'll still worry about Gallas, given France's record of playing our players... Reminds me of Arsene's quote: "It's like someone borrowed your car, and they return it to you with no petrol in it." Now 2 of our cars had a 'minor crash'. :( Well at least Ade, Hleb and Almunia are definitely staying home...
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 23:55:00

And on the contrary, I feel lucky not only bcos Togo didn't qualify, but also bcos Ade chose to play for Togo (where he's born) instead of Nigeria (he's Nigerian by blood through both of his parents) in the very first place...
Lou the Gunneress
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05/02/2008 23:59:00

******** pointless friendlies, ***** me right off!!!! Grrrrrr.
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06/02/2008 02:29:00

Clichy and Flamini doesn't get a cap each, because it was the French B team that played against Congo. The A team will play Spain, and Gallas is the only Arsenal player that will feature there.
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06/02/2008 02:55:00

I hope none of our players get called up for international duty....Everybody is happy clichy got called up, Im not.
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06/02/2008 03:25:00

entropy13 - I think B internationals also get caps... anyway, who cares? Flamini, I hope will become ok.. he got subbed for an unknown injury? I don't even understand the French National Team at times.. they make everything sound so complex.
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06/02/2008 04:23:00

B team players does not get capped. Kanoute has played for the B team before. He played for Mali afterwards.
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06/02/2008 04:33:00

not a good player to lose he's been all class as far as i've seen
ozanne park rangers
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06/02/2008 05:11:00

******** stupid international friendlies. Frustrating. I hope its not serious.
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06/02/2008 06:17:00

no one can really replace Flam. I mean players can come in but no one can touch him at the moment for quality. if he is out for man u and milan we are completely fu///d. **** you Diarra you ****.
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06/02/2008 09:49:00

lucky for us we don't have any english players, cos tonights friendly is totally pointless when we arent' even in a competition this summer, bet chavs, spuds, mans and scousers are pooping themselves.. i hope flamster is ok, he is made of stern stuff and will be ready for saturday i hope :)
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06/02/2008 10:39:00

Did Sagna play? Or will he feature against Spain?
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06/02/2008 11:01:00

I think Sagna also played in the B team game.
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06/02/2008 11:38:00

Hi everybody...... Sagna played in B team, with Flamini and Clichy, Diaby was injured...... I'm sad cos i would love to see Diarra play more for Arsenal, i really like this Player, i think he is an amazing player, but Wenger didn't really trust him, did he? What do you think about him now he's gone?
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06/02/2008 14:14:00

Read about Sepp Blatter's proposal to enforce the 6 homegrown players rule as early as this August! Although it won't likely happen this soon, you can see the real thing it is all about is that club football is becoming more and more powerful and FIFA is worried that interest in international football will dwindle, and then there'll be no need for a FIFA!
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06/02/2008 14:38:00

Well, looking at how international football itself is going, this is laughable. There was an interesting article in the Guardian on the Singapore national team, which has no less than 7 'foreigners'. There is an Englishman who played for Exeter, who has given up his English passport, become a Singapore citizen, and is now eligible to play for their national team. If nationality laws can be so flexible, really makes me wonder what Blatter is on about.
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06/02/2008 14:54:00

Two of our top players in the national team, James and Philip Younghusband, were born and grew up in England. Luckily they have a Filipina mother so they were eligible to play for us. Same for Matthew Hartmann, and the Filipino-Italian player we have...
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06/02/2008 15:08:00

Blatter just likes to hear his own voice on a regular basis. It will come to nothing because it is in direct violation of freedom of movement in Europe. Unless I missed something, FIFA does not have jurisdiction of national governments. If he pushes it too far, it's more likely national FAs will pull out of FIFA and start a new organization and World Cup. Hey, that's not a bad idea, FIFA is completely out of control. Still no word on the extent of Flamini's injury, but that's typical Demonic, isn't it.
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06/02/2008 15:15:00

Senderos is walking off after challenging Bentley. Doesn't look too bad. At the same time I hope Eduardo isn't working too hard for Croatia.
Lou the Gunneress
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06/02/2008 20:06:00

Must admit Flamini has impressed me his season. Very underrated!!!
Real Deal
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06/02/2008 20:12:00

Lou, I watched the first half hour of Croatia vs Holland before the England game started, and I'd have to say Eduardo wasn't really getting into the thick of it- and in a useless friendly, this is a good thing!
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06/02/2008 22:23:00

Elbondo, yeah that's why I switched to Spain v France, and using another web TV player to watch boring England. But in the first 20 mins I watched the Croatia game, I thought Holland did quite well. And I wouldn't be sad if Croatia were crap or Eduardo's not playing his socks off for them tbh! The only scare moment was that Senderos was taken off around 60 mins. Guess that's just precautionary/tactical.
Lou the Gunneress
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07/02/2008 00:36:00

I can't believe more than 24 hours later we still don't have a clue what's wrong with Flamini- no announcement from the French team or Arsenal. But yeah, I thought Holland looked pretty good and much like Arsenal will be even better with RvP back playing! The England game was a waste of 90 minutes of my life, but I caught most of Czech Republic v Poland and that was a pretty good game.
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07/02/2008 03:09:00

God i hate friendlies :(
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07/02/2008 06:38:00

I hate friendlies too, but then again, the new manager needs to see what resources are available to him. I thought England played quite well yesterday, not running around like headless chickens as they did under McLaren - every player knew what was expected of him and got on with it. WHy did it have to be Jenas to open the scoring though!
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07/02/2008 13:46:00

What is even the point of friendlies this time of year anyway? Nearer the championships I can appreciate but now? Bloody Domenech.
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07/02/2008 14:25:00

i guess flamster is allrite.. he was on the bench in the french tema last night so its lookin good i'd say.. bendtner was terrific for the danes
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07/02/2008 17:04:00

The FlaminATOR said: "I'll be back! (for Blackburn)". I'm off to celebrate.
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07/02/2008 18:29:00

Gael Clichy rocks!
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08/02/2008 00:20:00


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