Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday September 5 2012
Here we will be keeping track of the call ups, pull outs, fortunes and bone shattering injuries suffered by Arsenal players for upcoming World Cup / African Nations qualifiers and pointless friendlies.
The following are jetting away from London Colney until next week:
Abou Diaby, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have been called up for France as they play qualifiers in Finland this Friday and at home to Belarus on Tuesday evening. Bacary Sagna's injury keeps him out of Didier Deschamps' squad.
Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are in the Germany squad that play at home to the Faroe Isles on Friday night, then away at Austria on Tuesday in World Cup qualifiers.
Thomas Vermaelen is selected for Belgium for a qualifier in Cardiff against Wales on Friday, followed by a qualifier at home to Croatia on Tuesday evening.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain represent England in qualifiers in Moldova on Friday and against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Aaron Ramsey captains Wales for qualifiers at home to Belgium on Friday and away versus Serbia on Tuesday night.
Santi Cazorla is in the Spain squad for a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Madrid on Friday, before the defending World champions face Georgia in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.
Johan Djourou will join up with Switzerland for qualifiers in Slovenia on Friday, before returning to Zurich for a qualifier against Albania on Tuesday night.
Lukasz Fabianski has been called up for Poland's World Cup qualifiers in Montenegro on Friday before completing a double header at home to Moldova on Tuesday. Wojciech Szczesny's rib injury keeps him out.
Francis Coquelin will play for France U-21s in Slovakia on Friday for an U-21 qualifier, before playing a friendly against Chile U-21s in France on Monday night.
Gervinho will join up with the Ivory Coast who play an African Nations qualifier against Senegal on Saturday.
Interestingly, the Arsenal website doesn't list this, but Marouane Chamakh has been called up for Morocco's game against Mozambique on Saturday. ndrey Arshavin has been left out of Fabio Capello's squad for their qualifier against Northern Ireland.
Tomas Rosicky is injured for Czech Republic's game against Denmark and their friendly against Finland, ditto Jack Wilshere for England.
Update: Olivier Giroud has apparently been unable to train with France as yet due to "muscle pains." Sounds life threatening Didier, SEND HIM BACK AT ONCE!
Didier Deschamps has now confirmed that Olivier Giroud will miss France's qualifier with Finland on Friday. He has not been ruled out of Tuesday's game with Belarus yet.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Marouane Chamakh has been suffering with a form of malaria and has been left out of the Morocco squad for these reasons. It would tally with Arsenal.com's non reference to the out of favour striker.
From the sounds of it, everyone made it through unscathed last night. Not least Abou Diaby, who played the whole 90 minutes and scored the winning goal for France against Finland. Laurent Koscielny was an unused sub in that game. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain got 58 minutes for England against Moldova before giving way to clubmate Theo Walcott. Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen each played the full 90 in Belgium's 2-0 win over Wales.
Per Mertesacker played the whole 90 minutes of Germany's 3-0 win over Faroe Islands, Lukas Podolski was a second half substitute. Johan Djourou played the whole 90 as Switzerland beat Slovenia 2-0. Francis Coquelin was sent off for France U-21s in their 2-1 defeat to Slovakia. Lukasz Fabianski was an unused sub as Poland drew 2-2 in Montenegro, confirming that he has now dropped to 3rd choice for his country, with Szczesny injured.
Santi Cazorla played 60 minutes for Spain and opened the scoring in their 5-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia in Madrid. But most importantly, no injuries are reported from last night.
Gervinho scored once and set up another two as Ivory Coast beat Senegal 4-2 in their African Nations qualifier. Ivory Coast do not have another qualifier this week, so Gervinho will fly back to London and join up with Arsenal training again on Tuesday.
Theo Walcott has been sent home from the England squad due to a stomach bug, with Raheem Sterling of Liverpool called up in his place. Presumably the thought of asking for Ł100k a week whilst falling behind Chamberlain in the pecking order for club and country caused him a bellyache borne of pure laughter.
Abou Diaby is the latest to be sent back to London Colney. France boss Didier Deschamps advised that he would be leaving Diaby out of France's next game owing to "muscular discomfort." It sounds rather like they're handling Diaby with kid gloves and it doesn't sound like an injury per se. But there again, this is Diaby. He could rupture his spleen taking a dump.
Olivier Giroud played 61 minutes of France's 3-1 win over Belarus, with Laurent Koscielny an unused sub. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has not ruled Abou Diaby out of Saturday's clash with Southampton "He has a little pain in the hip, sartorius. It does not seem serious at all. He even has a small chance to play Saturday."
Lukas Podolski came on as a 75th mkinute substitute for Germany to earn his 103rd cap and equal Franz Beckenbauer as Germany's 5th most capped player of all time as Germany beat Austria 2-1. Per Mertesacker was an unused sub.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain played 75 minutes of England's 1-1 draw with Ukraine. Theo Walcott had already been sent home with a stomach virus.
Aaron Ramsey captained Wales to a humiliating 6-1 defeat in Serbia. Thomas Vermaelen played 90 minutes of Belgium's 1-1 draw with Croatia in the same qualifying group.
Santi Cazorla came on as a 64th minute substitute as Spain squeaked to a 1-0 victory in Georgia. Johan Djourou played 90 minutes of Switzerland's 2-0 win over Albania. Lukasz Fabianski was an unused sub as Poland beat Moldova 2-0.
Crucially, no fresh injuries from Tuesday night have been reported. Diaby and Walcott came home early with minor ailments. Arteta, Santos, Jenkinson, Mannone, Szczesny and Gibbs got to do more defensive work and Gervinho came home after Saturday night. Mertesacker, Koscielny, Podolski, Giroud and Walcott totalled less than 90 minutes along with Diaby. Arsene Wenger will assess minor doubts over Walcott and Diaby, but nonetheless, will probably consider this interlull to have been kind overall.
Date:Wednesday September 5 2012
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