Backpage Roundup: Koscielny Blow for Arsenal, ‘Deadly’ Walcott Delighted with Personal Form, Wenger Satisfied with Everton Draw, Frimpong Gets FIFA Clearance and more

Koscielny Blow for Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny picked up a groin strain in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday and is now expected to be sidelined until Christmas.

The French centre-half was substituted just four minutes into last night’s game at Goodison Park and the club manager Arsene Wenger later revealed that he would need around three weeks to fully recover from the injury.

He [Koscielny] has a groin strain. That’s usually three weeks,” Wenger said.

It should be noted that Arsenal are also missing the services of Abou Diaby, Lukasz Fabianski, Tomas Rosicky and Andre Santos due to various injury problems.

 

‘Deadly’ Walcott Enjoying His Rich Goal Scoring Form

Theo Walcott has described his recent goal scoring form for Arsenal as ‘deadly’ and said that he is enjoying his football this season.

The 23-year-old winger already has 10 strikes so far in the ongoing campaign despite starting only a handful of matches and is very satisfied with the way this season is shaping up for him on a personal level.

He was once again on target against Everton in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday and talking about his deflected goal, he told Arsenal.com: “Those are the sort of positions [at Everton] that this season and in the last few seasons I have been quite deadly in. When given a little sniff I am able to take it now. The goals [I have scored] show that.

“I think I scored 11 last season and 13 the year before. Not just that, but my general play [is getting better] as well. The assists are coming now, which is fantastic, and I am enjoying my football. I am very happy with the way I have started and it has got to continue. Hopefully I will take it into Saturday’s game.”

 

Everton Draw a Fair Result for Wenger

Arsene Wenger expressed his satisfaction despite his boys dropping two more points in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday.

The Gunners took the lead very early in the game, thanks to a deflected Theo Walcott goal but a careless pass by right-back Bacary Sagna allowed Marouane Fellaini to equalise the game for the home side in the 28th minute. Despite many efforts by both the sides, a winner never came for either side and Wenger believes that it was a fair result.

In the post-match interview, he said: “You have to give credit to both teams who gave absolutely everything. It was tense, uncertain and with total commitment on both sides. I hope we will recover in time for Saturday as we have now had three very physical games. My players have given a lot; it was a fair point for both sides. I’m happy with the commitment and desire, overall it is encouraging.”

 

Schalke GM Downplays Huntelaar to Arsenal Rumours  

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has revealed that Arsenal have yet to make an offer for their star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and believes that the Gunners don’t have the sources to pull off a transfer of this magnitude.

The Dutch international’s current deal with the German club is scheduled to expire at the end of the season and it was thought the Arsenal would try and tempt them into selling him in January with a cheeky bid. However, Heldt’s recent views on the subject have put any potential deal in jeopardy.

The Sun have quoted him as saying: “There have been no offers or any sign of Klaas-Jan leaving. If someone comes to us six months before the expiry date, and has a lot of money, we will deal with it. But from Arsenal circles we hear there is no money anyway.”

 

Frimpong’s International Switch Approved By FIFA

Emmanuel Frimpong’s request for a nationality change has been approved by FIFA, which means that the Arsenal midfielder is now free to play international football for the country of his birth Ghana.

The 20-year-old Gunner did represent England at under-16 and under-17 levels but had always maintained that he considers himself Ghanaian and would like to play for them at senior level. After fulfilling a number of formalities asked by FIFA, he is free to represent the Black Stars, who are now expected to include him in their squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

In 2010, while addressing this issue, Frimpong had told the press: “I have always said that, no matter what, I will always play for Ghana because I believe I am a Ghanaian. England has done a lot for me and my family but at the end of the day I can’t see myself playing for England because I am not English – I am from Ghana.”

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