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Players Injured On International Duty? Surely Not

Players Injured On International Duty? Surely Not

As usual, after an international break, football teams across the globe are sweating on the injury update of their players. Non more so than our beloved Gunners.

The number of times in recent memory that we have lost vital players to injury incurred on international duty is uncountable.

Unfortunately, this time is no different.

Arsene Wenger gave news on Gallas, Sagna, Bendtner, Cesc and Djourou to the clubs official website.

"Unfortunately we have lost some players over the 10 days - William Gallas (hamstring), Bacary Sagna (knee) and Nicklas Bendtner (ankle)," said Wenger.

"These are heavy losses and we have to compensate them.

"Fortunately the three of them don`t look to be out for a long, long time but they will be out for the weekend game and I think the game on Tuesday.

"As well as them, Djourou got concussion during his game with Swizterland and will be assessed tomorrow to see if he is available. He does not look too bad and he could have a good chance to play.

"I am still waiting for Robin to come back [after international duty] so I don`t know about him. However he should be OK. He went with a muscle problem but he came on after 56 minutes last night and, from the reports I got, he should be alright. Both of them will be assessed.

"Also I am told Cesc has a broken nose. It should not stop him playing. He is here now [at the training ground] and is being assessed.

"At least Abou Diaby is back in the squad again," the manager added. "Even though he has not played games he will be used, at the least in the squad, because we have lost those three players."

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday October 17 2008
Time: 10:56AM


FFS, it's just typical. When was the last time France played under that **** Domeniech and we didn't get an injury? RVP and Cesc will play according to Wenger. Atleast countries are now obliged by law to compensate the clubs for the loss of layers through injury whilste on international duty. About bloody time to. A club spends millions and millions on a player only for its country to whisk them off in the middle of a season and then send tham back injured. personally i wouldn't shed a tear if the whole international football calendar was scrapped and I didn't see another international game again!
17/10/2008 11:29:00
International football is only for managers who don;t have the abiolity or can't handle the day to day running of a football club. The standard is very often far below club level as clubs can pick from any nationality they want. So in a way, International football is already mediocre befor eit starts as it is limiting each team to only a small selection of players.
17/10/2008 11:37:00
On current form, Gallas isn't much of a loss, it might be good for him actually. I'm comfortable with Eboue at right back, strangely the one I feel most is Bendtner who has really impressed this season and I think he definitely would have started tomorrow. That said, it might give Vela a look in if RvP can't do ninety or if we really need a goal.
Little Dutch
17/10/2008 11:42:00
Well, said LondonGooner, couldn't agree with you more! Why can't we just have a big touranment where the Internationals teams managers play each other in say cards, and the winner get the Cup?!!
17/10/2008 11:43:00
Just read the rumours. althogh they are just that, rumours about Juventus wanting greedybayor in the January transfer window. LD what would you consider a reasonable price for Arsenal to get for the greedy ones services. Considering imho Brendtner is a superior player in everything bar pace to Adepaymemore. and would anyone be willing to get rid of him?
17/10/2008 11:44:00
hackneyval - always been partial to game of tiddly winks meself!
17/10/2008 11:45:00
Adebayor's too important to the way we play, it would take a massive, massive price. Too many people look solely at his goals, but he's crucial to the way we function. I'd give Bendtner a year or two, but he can get to Ade's level, he's just not there yet. I would work very hard to keep Adebayor.
Little Dutch
17/10/2008 11:53:00
Almunia, Eboue, Toure, Silvestre, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Vela(RVP), Adebayor. Im happy with that
17/10/2008 12:01:00
The reason I ask about Adepaymemore is purely his ability to infuriate and disrupt things. He is centre to the way we currently play, but can you honestly say the way we currently play is going to bring us major trophies in your opinion? This is the first time under Wenger we have played with a battering ram upfront and it has conincided with our most barren patch in terms of trophies, maybe going back to the quick fire counter attack and pacy thrusting game would be more suitable to the speedy little players we currently have? I'm not questioning Wenger's decision only the fact it has so far proved unseuccessful and we all know how stubborn Wenger can be even when things aren't going to well.
17/10/2008 12:07:00
Oh dear, I almost managed to forget how feckin ugly he is....What can I say? I am happy he is doing crap for you. May it long continue.
Blue is the colour
18/10/2008 19:07:00
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