Sport Wenger admits to concerns over defence amid injury crisis

17:22  12 october  2017
17:22  12 october  2017 Source:

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Arsenal are notorious for suffering injury crises over the years and Wenger has admitted it is a growing concern especially during a vital period of their season.

An exasperated Arsene Wenger lamented an injury to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal's 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Aside from their injury concerns , Wenger was pleased with his side's defensive performance after it was heavily criticised for its 2-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester

Premier league side Arsenal face a defensive crisis with German defender Shkodran Mustafi ruled out for four to six weeks, with Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac doubtful for their clash with Watford this weekend, according to a report on The Independent.

Mustafi injured his thigh on international duty with Germany and it was not clear how long he would be sidelined for until manager Arsene Wenger confirmed today that it was approximately one month.

Wenger admitted that he had “defensive concerns” ahead of their trip to Watford and will be required to shuffle his defensive unit.

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Watford have started the season well and will be hoping to unsettle the Arsenal side early on in their encounter.

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Arsène Wenger has hinted that Petr Cech will start in goal for Arsenal in the FA Cup final against Chelsea rather than David Ospina and the manager admitted Kieran Gibbs was an injury doubt, deepening his defensive selection crisis .

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“I am thinking about sorting out the [defensive] problem, but overall I will completely decide what I do tomorrow,” Wenger said.

Koscielny will take a late fitness test to decide whether he will be able to play or not as he recovers from a long-term achilles problem.

“He worked quite hard physically, he looks like he is capable of playing if he survives the test. If he has no pain on his Achilles tendon, he can play. I will decide that tomorrow. At the moment, he’s not available,” commented Wenger.

The Gunners could face further disappointment if Kolasinac is deemed unfit to play and the injuries could see young defender Calum Chambers step into the back-three.

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Wenger escapes FA charge .
Arsene Wenger will face no FA punishment for a confrontation with referee Neil Swarbrick after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Watford. Wenger was furious at the award of a second-half penalty for Hector Bellerin's challenge on Richarlison.Sky sources indicate Wenger then pursued him down the tunnel and into the referee's changing room after the final whistle, where words were exchanged.That in itself is not necessarily an offence, depending on the words Wenger used to the referee. In his post-match interviews, Wenger called the decision "scandalous".

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