Arsenal travel to Udine tonight to prepare for Wednesday’s second leg of their Champions League playoff against Serie A side Udinese, and could see the return of some key men, arsenalfc.com reports.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere could return for the Gunners after his ankle injury and defender Johann Djourou also has a chance to return. This will be a massive boost to Arsene Wenger, as he looks to ensure Champions League football for the Gunners this season. Wenger himself will not be at the touchline after UEFA inflicted a two-match ban on the Gunners boss following an accusation of sending messages to the touchline whilst he was banned in last week’s first leg.
The Gunners hold a 1-0 advantage over Udinese after Theo Walcott’s goal at the Emirates. Arsenal will be hoping they can do enough to hold off the threat of Udinese, but face problems in defence after the way Udinese carved open the Gunners backline at certain parts in the game.
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No takers for Squillaci.
Arsenal are desperate to offload defender Sebastian Squillaci, but cannot find a taker for the Frenchman, talkSPORT reports.
The defender joined the Gunners from Sevilla for around £4m last summer, but has endured a torrid time in his first season at Arsenal. Squillaci has reportedly been suffering a calf problem, which is why he has not been part of the squad in the opening two Premier League games, but Wenger is still unhappy with the 31 year old’s performances and is looking for a sale.
No club has come forward with an official enquiry yet for the French international, but Arsenal are looking to ship Squillaci out as quick as possible.
Fabianski to fight.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski intends to fight for the goalkeeping position at Arsenal and is hoping to beat Wojciech Szczesny to the number one spot, arsenal.com reports.
A shoulder injury suffered in January by Fabianski gave Szczesny the chance for the number one spot and he has performed admirably in that position for the Gunners. The 21 year old Polish keeper is keeping Fabianski on the sidelines, but Fabianski hopes that he can fight hard enough to regain his place in the Gunners goal.
Fabianski said: ‘I am fighting hard, really hard. Since we came back to Germany, I can say I have been fully fit. Now, I am ready to play. It has been a difficult time for me, because I was No. 1 last year and I lost it due to my injury. Now, I am fit again, but Wojciech is doing well.
‘Of course I am not happy with my position, because I want to be No. 1, but I have to accept it and fight for it. I am fighting really hard to get where I was before’, the Polish keeper added.
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