Bad team news for Gunners ahead of Aston Villa

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Song and Djourou playing yesterday

Arsene Wenger will have a few gaps to fill in his team selection against Aston Villa in two days.

Alex Song will be joining Johan Djourou on the sidelines after the Cameroonian received his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester City – resulting in a one-match ban.

Song’s Swiss teammate Djourou injured his groin on Sunday while deputizing for Bacary Sagna who will take a couple more months to return.

Laurent Koscielny went on to play at right-back and the French defender will have to continue doing so for three more weeks at least, after Djourou was ruled out with a groin strain.

“It is a groin problem. Usually that is 21 days (for a recovery).” Wenger said.

“I must say we have four full backs out and the first injury we get in the game is a full back. It’s not only down to resources, you cannot buy 17 full backs anyway. That is why I think we were a bit unlucky today.” he added

Arsenal’s squad is growing thinner as January approaches with injuries in the defensive department to Andre Santos and now Johan Djourou adding to the need for cover in attack for Robin van Persie.

But despite admitting his woes, Wenger remains coy over any moves in next month’s transfer window.

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“We hope to have Wilshere and Diaby back so in midfield we have the numbers required. But at the moment we are short at the back and if Gervinho and Chamakh go to the Africa Cup of Nations we are short up front more than midfield” the Frenchman said.

5 thoughts on “Bad team news for Gunners ahead of Aston Villa

  1. The Ref deliberately gave Song the card knowing that a card given in the game would mean Song staying out of our next games. The He saw the rough tickles from Nasri and Zabaleta, yet, the Ref did not book them; instead he booked some of our players.

    Secondly, he saw the deliberate hand that Micah Richards played in the box yet, he chose not to award us the penalty…..SHAME on you Ref Phil Dowd. Had it been an Arsenal player, oh yes, he would have awarded Man City the penalty.!!!!

  2. Plz arsenal manager, do us afavour n buy new players in january cos th’gz ar n’t good at all! Now which cup ar we fighting for cos they already eliminated us 4rm da carling cup n da chances ov taking p.league ar so limited?

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