Arsenal Lose Van Persie And Walcott For Crucial Barcelona Clash

Chris Wright

1st, March 2011

25 Comments

By Chris Wright

Breaking news (by way of the BBC) that Arsenal will have to travel to the Camp Nou for their Champions League second leg with Barcelona next Tuesday without injured duo Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott.

Interim captain Van Persie limped out of the Carling Cup final on Sunday after wrenching his knee in the act of scoring Arsenal’s equaliser, while Walcott has been laid out since spraining his ankle against Stoke the Wednesday previous.

After the tabloids spent this morning speculating, the BBC’s Sport team are now reporting that both players will be unavailable for the Barca clash.

However, the Beeb are also carrying quotes from Arsene Wenger, in which the Gunners’ manager appears relatively positive that skipper Cesc Fabregas will have shaken off his hamstring twinge in time to square-off against his boyhood club.

Said Wenger:

“Cesc is looking possible. He is making quick and good progress. It is possible.”

Any thoughts?

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25 Comments

  1. Goon says:

    Fuck…

  2. Elmyr says:

    Bugger.

  3. Danish Gooner says:

    WENGER HAVE HAD 5 SEASONS TO PUT TOGETHER A TEAM TAKING IN TO ACCOUNT INJURIES AND FATIGUE AND STILL WE NOW FACE THE END OF ANOTHER SEASON WITH EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEMS AS THE LAST 4 SEASONS BEFOREHAND,IT IS RIDICILOUS, 3 OR 4 OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS ARE AGAIN OUT WHEN WE FACE THE MOST IMPORTANT WEEKS AHEAD.GAMES AT nOU cAMP AND OT.THIS SQUAD IS WOEFULLY UNDERMINED BY 2 OR 3 INJURIES AND IT SHOULDNT BE LIKE THAT.WENGER IS KILLING THE CLUB WITH HIS PROJECT YOUTH WHICH IS NOW PROJECT GERIATRIC HE IS SO TIGHT HE WONT INVEST IN THE POSSIBILITY WE MIGHT FACE AN INJURY CRISIS AND AFTER 4 SEASONS WITH INJURIES A PLENTY HE STILL IS SHORT WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH,DERELICT OF DUTY AND TIME HE PACKED HIS BAGS.

  4. Chris says:

    @Danish Gooner:
    This is exactly what I would say barring the complete ousting of Wenger and the way you are SHOUTING IT. Cheers.

  5. gunner cian says:

    THINK THE MEDICAL TEAM NEED TO TAKE A LONG LOOK AT THEMSELVES,,,,,WHY DO OUR PLAYERS SEEM TO HAVE CHOCOLATE LEGS???????? VAN PERSIE INJURED 50 PER CENT OF EVERY SEASON,THIS CANT BE NORMAL….

  6. theirishembassy says:

    his players are made of glass and his club posted a 4mil loss.
    let’s recant the two things wegner is most vocal about:

    1. arsenal’s amazing youth system
    2. their magnificently balanced budget which should be looked up to

  7. Scott says:

    Injuries happen. It sucks that it occurs right now, but it’s part of the game. Hopefully get Cesc back and Aaron Ramsey back in the squad at some point.

  8. Paul Kirkland says:

    Let’s go 10 men behind the ball now!

  9. vsmit says:

    @Danish Gooner:
    you are right wenger should have gotten rid of bendtner so long ago and bought a proper striker.

  10. vsmit says:

    @Danish Gooner:
    you are right wenger should have gotten rid of bendtner a long time ago and bought a proper striker.

  11. Z says:

    10 men behind the ball? With your defense???? Can’t wait to see Barca clipping through you in Camp Nou!!!

  12. TravisKOP says:

    robin van glass ankles hurt again? jesus it seems like everytime i turn around he gets injured

  13. goonerdan says:

    @Danish Gooner
    shut the fuck up

  14. ABDOOLA.EBRAHIM.BARMANIA. says:

    for ‘god’s’do not be misers when the transfer market opens.we know our weaknesses …mr.wenger ..please ‘open your eyes’….DOOLEY..SOUTH AFRICA.

  15. Cedric the Entertainer says:

    Let’s not forget Barca’s not at full-strength either.

  16. Nicko says:

    I’m a utd fan and i’ll be shouting for arsenal to beat barca. Come on lads!!

  17. Bon Jovi says:

    Yeah not a big fan of Bedtner. Can’t think of one performance where he has impressed me for the whole game. All his goals are lucky or tap-ins.

  18. goonerdan says:

    ^ i guess that goal against ipswich was a tap in then..

  19. Maurice says:

    we(Gunners) are in serious trouble with the absent of both Van and Walcot. Why this always the situation whenever we are out against Barca? Can’t depend on Bentner then who??????

  20. Maurice says:

    We(Gunners) are in mess without Van and Walcot. Why such situation always happen? We need them at all cost on the field.

  21. noisy says:

    arsene should hve known how prone rvp is to injury & lets face it nicholas has not proven his worth. Chamakh has started well and arsene should have kept wit him as rvp made his return to full fitness. where does that leave us ? Chamakh would do good against barca ….

  22. nigussie says:

    can the gunners beat barca with out RVp? it is impossible, b/c rvp is the heart beat of arsenal with out him don’t excpect to move the next race not only barca but also we can’t beat man.united realy van is so important at this crucial time.

  23. sylvio belle says:

    with the youth project since 2005 we fans have not receive satisfaction with the club. where are reyes,a.cole,cygan,pennant, eduardo,c.toure lastly vela and many others.its time to make good recruitement so that the club may not have a slow dead.otherwise mr. arsene its time for you to step down and leave place for others,and sorry for this comment.

  24. V says:

    Before: improbable yet possible

    Now: just play impossible

  25. V says:

    that’s plain*

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