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Ospina CONFIRMS he is set to leave as injuries mount, but wait, what’s this? Wow!

By Tony Attwood

On 13 August Amitai Winehouse published an article in the Telegraph about the comparative strengths of various squads.  It includes this paragraph on Arsenal…

However, fitness troubles tend to befall the north London side with more regularity than any other team in the Premier League, with Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere all currently unavailable due to injury.  David Ospina’s apparent departure would also leave Arsenal struggling for experience if Cech was injured.

Now I must admit I was taken aback.  Ospina leaving?  That surely would be odd.  Wojciech Szczesny is with AS Roma while Emiliano Martinez is not only with but has played in a victory for Wolverhampton Wanderers.  They beat Newport County 2-1.

So goodness knows where the Telegraph got this one from.  But just in case I had fallen asleep under a spell from a dubious wizard and a few months had passed by I thought I had better check.  What I found was

“However, fitness troubles tend to befall the north London side with more regularity than any other team in the Premier League, with Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere all currently unavailable due to injury.”

But now think back to Coquelin’s arrival.  He was on loan at Charlton and recalled, and as far as I know, all loanees have recall clauses in their contract.   So that makes it worth thinking: who are the backups and who could come back from loan?  Try this for size…

Our backup team for the Telegraph is:

Giroud

Welbeck Rosicky Oxlade Chamberlain

Wilshere Arteta

Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Debuchy

Ospina

And what they don’t mention is that beyond that is our loanee list

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sanogo, Gnabry, Maitland Niles, Hayden, Martinez, Akpom, Crowley, Toral

Now since we are likely to play our backup players in the league cup this season that looks like quite a dominant league cup team.  We might win that competition too.

Either way, it certainly is quite a squad.

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15 comments to Ospina CONFIRMS he is set to leave as injuries mount, but wait, what’s this? Wow!

  • Mandy Dodd

    think A Winehouse should learn the sad lesson of another A Winehouse and lay off things that alter your perception

  • John

    I thought premier league rules stipulated loanees could only be recalled in transfer windows? And I’m also fairly certain recall clauses are not included in paid loans.

  • chris

    Its hard to read a lot of your articles recently as there is 2 advertisements from ‘Footballfancast’covering half the writing.

  • Al

    I think if you find yourself believing everything you read in these papers regarding transfers, especially articles from the metro, torygraph, express, star, daily wail (I can’t understand why anyone would want to read the last three, but hey, each to their own) then you need your head examined.

  • nicky

    @Chris,
    You are not alone. Most irritating. 😉

  • Mandy Dodd

    Chris 10.14, me too

  • TailGunner

    This article “Ospina confirms …..” Is now featured as a top story in Arsenal NewsNow.
    Irony or what?

  • TailGunner

    Chris
    Agreed. I get the Premier League tables intruding into the comments section, which today is a bonus.

  • Pete

    Agreed re Football Fancast. Also keep getting the betting sites countdown screen covering ads as are frequently disparaged in the editorial – which seems quite dissonant to me?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @Mandy Dodd – August 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm – very true !

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  • Menace

    chris
    August 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Me too!

    The league table has lost its anchor & drops to the left. Issue on both Firefox & IE.

  • Andy Mack

    As I understand it the loan system is as follows;
    Coquelin wasn’t on a season loan, he was on a short term loan and although I think it was month by month which had a natural break for his return, it could be that short loans can have return clauses. However season loans cannot have return clauses for outfield players (although GKs can be recalled at any time).

  • Mick

    Ditto Menace and Chris, league table is over the comments.

  • OlegYch

    what’s up with Welbeck though?
    every couple of weeks we get a message that he will be back in two weeks… that’s been going on for like five months already…