Arsene Wenger was hoping for a good test for his Arsenal team this week as it was the last warm-up before the beginning of the Premiership and he put out the strongest team available to him, but not ony did it end in defeat, the Gunners also sustained a few injuries.
Walcott, Wilshere, Diaby, Nasri, Koscielny and (of course) Fabregas are already on the treatment table and today Wenger revealed the problems inflicted during todays defeat. He said: “Regarding Van Persie, it is an ankle problem, I don’t know how bad it is. Gibbs has a muscular thigh problem and Vermaelen has a slight back problem.”
With Van Persie’s record of having ankle problems, the fans can only expect the worst, and we all know that Gibbs is also in and out of the treatment room. Vermaelen may be the biggest worry as he was expected to tighten up the defence after missing the whole of last season through injury.
A big problem could be the usual pre-season international games, as Arsenal always seem to get a couple of injury problems after these matches. Wenger himself admitted that things weren’t looking good.
“The injuries are making things difficult. We start the season next week and then we have a Champions League qualifier. We need to qualify and hopefully we won’t have any more injuries from the international matches. We could be hit hard if we lose any more.”