Arsenal FC facing injury crisis against Newcastle United
Per Mertesacker is the only fit Arsenal centre-half ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Magpies
December 12th, 2014
Arsenal were a defensive shambles against Stoke City last weekend and they face more of the same on Saturday, with Laurent Koscielny among those players ruled out of the weekend encounter against Newcastle.
The Frenchman is sidelined with injury and joins the suspended Calum Chambers in the stand for this game, with Arsene Wenger having just one fit centre-half available for the match.
Per Mertesacker will be partnered by someone highly inexperienced or a player out of position against a Newcastle side who have accrued the same number of points as their opponents this season.
Wenger said: “Our main problems are still defensively because Koscielny looks like he will not be quite ready, Monreal is not back and Chambers is suspended.”
Alan Pardew is looking forward to the match and scoffs at suggestions that Wenger shouldn’t be in charge of the Arsenal team right now.
The Newcastle boss even went so far as to claim that the Emirates should be renamed to celebrate the club’s French manager!
He said: “This is a guy that’s done an unbelievable job, and in some ways the stadium should be named after him. If he hadn’t been as astute in the transfer market as he’s been they couldn’t have competed in the Champions League with that stadium debt.
“He’s done an absolutely marvellous job. He’s had a couple of difficult results recently, but Arsene has those as every manager does. He’ll get through it.
“His treatment in that train station was was total disrespect, and I’m sure every Arsenal fan was ashamed of that. They may be looking to put that right on Saturday night.”
Premier League Tips
Saturday 13th December 2014
Burnley v Southampton 15:00
Chelsea v Hull 15:00
Crystal Palace v Stoke 15:00
Leicester v Man City 15:00
Sunderland v West Ham 15:00
West Brom v Aston Villa 15:00
Arsenal v Newcastle 17:30
Monday 15th December 2014
Everton v QPR 20:00