More injury worries for Wenger
Arsene Wenger was left counting the cost of Arsenal's 2-0 win over Stoke with injuries to more of his squad.
Last Updated: 06/12/09 10:10am
Arsene Wenger was left counting the cost of his Arsenal side's 2-0 win over Stoke with injuries to more members of his squad.
Tomas Rosicky, Armand Traore and Emmanuel Eboue all limped out of the game while William Gallas was left hobbling late on with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.
Add to that the absence of Eduardo who pulled out of the Potters match late on with a pulled muscle and Wenger is left facing more injury problems ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League game with Olympiakos.
The Gunners boss admitted after the Stoke game he was hoping for good news when the casualties from the match are assessed on Sunday.
"Hopefully we will have good news tomorrow," Wenger said. "Eboue and Eduardo have muscle problems. It is too early to say whether (Eduardo) will be back next week."
However, the Gunners boss expects better news from other members of his wounded squad.
"Theo Walcott should be back and available for Wednesday along with (Abou) Diaby while (Alexandre) Song will return after suspension so we should have two or three players back."
Wenger reflected on what was a pretty straightforward afternoon for the Gunners but felt for skipper Cesc Fabregas who had a penalty saved by Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen and was also denied a certain goal when Eboue blocked his shot on the goalline.
"Sorensen had a great game but on at least one occasion we saved them," said Wenger. "I believe the penalty played a part on (Fabregas') mind today. When you are captain and you miss a penalty and you get away with it that means your team wins and it helps."