Teams and injuries: how Arsenal will line up tonight and when the injured will return

By Bulldog Drummond

As so the final episode in our little series about Arsenal v CSKA Moscow.  Here is the injury top ten, and yes shock horror we have gone up the table to 7th according to Physioroom.

Pos Club Total men gone Last man down What he done
1 West Ham United 8 A Cresswell Knee Injury
2 Burnley 7 G N’Koudou Tight Hamstring
3 Crystal Palace 7 C Benteke Groin Injury
4 Swansea City 7 S Clucas Knock
5 Watford 6 G Deulofeu Fractured Foot
6 West Bromwich Albion 6 H Robson-Kanu Concussion
7 Arsenal 5 G Xhaka Illness
8 Everton 5 M Holgate Ankle Injury
9 Huddersfield Town 4 J Hogg Knock
10 Bournemouth 4 T Mings Fitness

As it shows, Xhaka has been added to the list.

And the players in detail

The man What happened When he’s back Today?
G Xhaka Illness April 15, 2018 Slight Doubt
H Mkhitaryan MCL Knee Ligament Injury May 23, 2018 No
D Ospina Ankle Injury April 29, 2018 No
A Maitland-Niles Muscular Injury April 15, 2018 Major Doubt
S Cazorla Plantaris Injury No Return Date No

What this shows is that although Xhaka and Maitland-Niles will probably be back after the weekend, Mkhitaryan is out for the season, which really is a shame and a half.

The commentary from the more scurrilous blogs is that they wish Mustafi was not playing.    The word seems to be that Ramsey has travelled and is expected to play.   And while we are doing the round up, it is interesting to hear that Giroud has scored once for Chelsea in seven games.   That issue has been raised by the Metro.

And apparently Arsenal supporters at the match have been warned about going out looking for adventures.

So what have we got for a team?


Bellerín, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal;

Ramsey, Elneny;

Özil, Wilshere, Welbeck;


In a lineup like this one might imagine Wilshere dropping back into a middle three of Ramsey, Wilshere, Elney, with Ramsey given the chance to venture further forward when the situation allows.

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51 Replies to “Teams and injuries: how Arsenal will line up tonight and when the injured will return”

  1. Our officials for tonight:
    _Felix Zwayer (GER)

    Assistant referees
    _Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
    _Marco Achmüller (GER)

    Fourth official
    _Rafael Foltyn (GER)

    Additional assistant referees
    _Daniel Siebert (GER)
    _Sascha Stegemann (GER)

  2. Lineup

    Bellerin Koscielny Mustafi Monreal
    Ramsey Elneny Wilshere
    Ozil Welbeck

    Bench: Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Iwobi, Chambers, Kolasinac, Nketiah


  3. No wonder Ozil was smiling as he clappeed hands with the officials – they are his country men.

  4. UEFA is reporting that there are about 500 visiting supporters at the stadium. TASS was expecting about 100, possibly that number is visiting from England.

    Let’s hope their noisy.


  5. Jack gets a wake up call from Mustafi – a headed ball in the face. Hope it makes him pass quicker.

  6. I hope Wilshere is okay.

    It’s 1-1 in Marseille.

    > Let’s hope they’re noisy. ** Oops!


  7. Ramsey was stepped on his calf. Jack is being stupid as usual with holding on to the ball for too long and attracting kicks to his ankles.

  8. The officials do not seem to be bothered by the trailing boots that step on Arsenal players. This must be the third or fourth late step after the ball has gone. They don’t look deliberate but there is an obvious technique.

  9. Statistics

    Shots on target _ _ 2:0
    _off target _ _ _ _ 4:0
    _blocked _ _ _ _ _ _2:1
    Corners _ _ _ _ _ _ 1:3
    %Arsenal possession: 50
    Passes _ _ _ _ _ _256:292
    _completed _ _ _ _203:245
    Balls recovered _ _25:23
    Blocks _ _ _ _ _ _ _1:2
    Fouls _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8:2


  10. If we don’t wake ourselves up we are going out of this competition. Our passing is awful and we are being bullied out of possession. Cech not having his best game although that was a decent save from the free kick.

  11. Jack is having a nightmare. So inconsistent when he’s actually fit!

  12. Never thought I’d see the day when I’d be happy to see Jack replaced with Chambers!

  13. We’ve no leaders on the pitch. Being totally overrun and we have nothing in response.

  14. Well done Danny – just made me eat my words!! I thought you were asleep but what a move with Mohd!!wiht

  15. Laca subbed but to be honest he’s had no service and been a luxury all night.

  16. Welbzz

    Won’t be needing to cancel my flights to Lyon now.

    Just need Lisbon to score. Other results in our favour I think.

  17. Gord. Seemingly Welbecks shot took a deflection off Kane’s elbow and will be credited to him as a Premier League goal.

  18. Hopefully the nerves have been settled now. The team have been shaky all night.

  19. Rambo in the witching hour & Savage starts to praise Arsenal – the two faced cnut!

  20. Elneny – Our man of the match!

    Not a great game but hey we’re through!


  21. Final stats

    Shots on target _ _ 2:0 _ _ _5:4
    _off target _ _ _ _ 4:0 _ _ _6:4
    _blocked _ _ _ _ _ _2:1 _ _ _4:2
    Corners _ _ _ _ _ _ 1:3 _ _ _2:6
    Offsides _ _ _ _ _ _0:0 _ _ _0:1
    %Arsenal possession: 50 _ _ _ 45
    Passes _ _ _ _ _ _256:292 _540:483
    _completed _ _ _ _203:245 _447:399
    Balls recovered _ _25:23 _ _43:45
    Blocks _ _ _ _ _ _ _1:2 _ _ _2:4
    Fouls _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8:2 _ _ 13:7
    Yellows _ _ _ _ _ _ 0:0 _ _ _1:0

  22. Next round opponents don’t matter we will have to beat Athletics to win the competition

  23. WOO HOO , HOO ! Good fight back , guys , keeping us unbeaten . Great assists by Elneny !

  24. WOO HOO , HOO ! Good fight back , guys , keeping us unbeaten . Great assists by Elneny !

  25. Elneny was superb. Welbeck was brilliant. Everybody was good (most of the time). I had the misfortune to watch in a pub, without the volume turned down, so had to put up with Savage talking the usual sh….

  26. Well done the lads, brilliant! Resilience, holding out, then The Becks swooped. Mo man of the match. Mr Wenger saw what he has and now every game we can see the quality.

    Inch perfect assist for the Becks, pins two CSKA players to passing between themselves, sets up Rambo. As fast at the end as he was at the beginning. Mo the man.

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