Szczesny in fitness battle for vital WBA clash

Wojciech Szczesny is struggling to be fit for Arsenal’s vital Premier League encounter with West Brom on Sunday. Reports suggest the Polish keeper has a back problem and a knee injury and faces a race against time to be in shape for the crucial game at the Hawthorns.

Arsenal go in to the game with their destiny in their own hands as far as finishing third and qualifying for the Champions League is concerned. If Szczesny loses his battle to be fit then it would appear that Lukazs Fabianski, seemingly on his way out of the club in the summer because of lack of first team action, will act as his stand-in.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger says there should be no need for Arsenal to worry about what the Tottenham and Newcastle results are on Sunday with the Gunners one point ahead and with a better goal difference.

If Arsenal fail to get the required result, we could finish fourth or indeed fifth if Newcastle, who are two points adrift, win and we lose. And if we don’t achieve third spot it’ll mean a nervous wait to see if Chelski win the Champions League final in Munich, which would mean they take the place in the group stage next season with the fourth-placed Premier League side dropping down into the Europa League rather than going into the qualifiers.

We could have sealed our position last week against Norwich but, as you know, were held to a 3-3 draw and Wenger insists Arsenal cannot afford any more defensive errors like they displayed against the Canaries.

And the week before, a win at Stoke would have helped our cause but we came away with a point from a 1-1 draw.

Wenger said: “We were focused and switched on in the last couple of weeks. At Stoke we had a good game and offensively against Norwich we had a good game. Defensively, though, we had not the expected level.

“Maybe we were focused too much on winning the game and forgot that to win the game you need to defend as well.”

26 Comments on "Szczesny in fitness battle for vital WBA clash"

  1. a nightmare scenario.

  2. Arsenal GK MUST stop being nervous on big occasion or when his team is under pressure. He must be calm and most importantly give confidence to other field players by:remaining in his by-line and NOT 5 or 6 yards in front of the by-line. Being chipped over isnt the best when you are a world-class GK. 

    • How does this make any sense at all ? I would argue and most on here I’m sure will agree some of the goalkeeping has been very relaxed, too relaxed to be honest, some of the risky passing out by sczezsny has been so relaxed it’s unreal , the last thing anyone can accuse the Arsenal number 1 of is nerves, he has been superb and made it his own

  3. Happy St Totteringhams day and mind the gap. Best season for 50 years, 4th.

  4. That’s another team that’s won more than 2 titles.

  5. WELL DONE ! GOOD BANTER ALL SEASON AND STILL YOU FINISH ABOVE US, A SHAME REALLY THAT WE ARE BOTH A MILLION MILES FROM THE MANCHESTER CLUBS BUT HAD OUR OWN LITTLE DUAL ALL SEASON, I SAW NASRI, CLICHY AND TOURE PARTYING, LETS HOPE RVP DIDN’T !!!

    • Not sure a million miles is a huge exageration…well for us anyway, 10 men, at the Etihad 2-1 up with minutes to go? Yeah, brilliant.. and a ManUre team that admittedly stuffed us looked quite ordinary for the rest of the season, take Rooney away and the dives from young…and they call us  a one man team.

      • not about individual games though is it mate, its all the others we have both thrown away that they dont. you should know that !

        • Definitely. Here’s hoping with the couple of changes as a result of Pat Rice’s exit performances will improve, not that I think PR was to blame.

      • We missed a superstar for the whole season. And we have signed a superstar for next season. That puts us in a great position already. We are not as far away as people think. But let them beloeve what they want. And just remember, our player of the season wasn’t loaned to us and had his wages paid for by his parent club.

        And a big big thank you to William Gallas for scoring for Villa. Always a Gooner.

    • What like Bale ? Hopefully Young Boys or whoever you get will hold on to their lead this time.

  6. Never mind boys, it’s all about competing with Spurs these days… “Once upon a time there was a big succesful club called Arsenal………” Ha Ha

    • John_in_Norfolk | 14/05/2012 at 10:13 |

      You know as well as I do that Arsenal could give Spuds a ten point lead and still finish above them.   For Arsenal to compete with Spuds presupposes that Spuds can compete with Arsenal and you and I know that that is just not the case.

      Spuds are like those early attempts at putting a satellite into orbit, They take off with a lot of sound and smoke, get close to the target and then run out of puff and plunge back to earth and reality.

      Old ‘Arry will keep on talking about buying big players and keeping the two or three classy ones there are in the squad, but the poor deluded old fool, even if he is there next season, wont get Levy to spend the money.

      Finishing above Spuds is merely a side show for Arsenal fans, we are looking forward not over our shoulders where we can dimly see Totteringham Hotspur fading back into mid-table obscurity.

      C’mon the Chavs!   Bayern are there for the taking!

      • I really couldnt give a shit about next weeks champ lge final, Bayern won’t slip up and anyone who knows about football knows it too, Chelsea have 3 of their 4 centre halves out, you cant compete in a champ lge final with no defence against a team who can graft and play silky, Bayern win hands down so Redknapp will end up getting the plaudits unfortunately because I want him out he is clueless, as for Arsenal and Spurs I think it is sad to be honest with you, we are miles off the pace and sadly that hits you harder than us as we have never been up with it..end of school reports for nth london reads..

        Harry Redknapp – talks far too much for his or anyone elses own good and loses focus of the real agenda whilst doing so..must use his full range of players to ever be a success and think long term..

        Arsene Wenger – Far too stubborn and unwilling to accept when a formula that is not working needs to be changed, he has unrivalled ability but just cannot seem to identify the areas where his superior knowledge is needed first.

    • Still are mate, still are, just dormant at the moment. 3rd is an achievement after the poor start and STILL finished above you in your best season, Ha Ha !

    • Ha Ha Ha Championez !!!  We will buy RVP and Hazard now watch this space…. I bet Nasri was on the phone to Robin.

      • You used to be a United fan. You sad twat. Switching teams because the money came rolling in… Genius….

      • John_in_Norfolk | 14/05/2012 at 17:06 |

        You’re talking to the wrong person, Bigsy’s a Spuds supporter. 

        You must be really  proud of your team, they’ve just won the league and you’re already bragging about spending another fortune to buy more players.  What does that say about you and your squad?

        This season is a brief time in the limelight for City Oilers, you just know that old bacon face will be back there crowing over you at the end of next season.

    • You need to stop deluding yourself like the in breds on Dear Mr Levy. Not bothered about finishing above you. Is all about finishing as high as possible this year after the shocking start we had. And we have finished as high as possible. And we have had a stinker and finished 3rd. I will take that.

  7. DANTHEHOTSPURMAN | 14/05/2012 at 09:58 |

    LUCKY LUCKY ARSENAL U SHUD MAKE A STACHU OF DA WEST BROM KEEPER ME FINKS COZ HE GIFTED U DA GAME YESTERDAY…NOW US YIDS  HAVE TO BECOME GERMAN YIDS NEXT WEEKEND AND HOPE CHELSKI LOSE….CMON U BYERN!!!!

  8. A positive end to a poor season. We finished 3rd, better than last season when we had Cesc and Nasri and Clichy.

    Winning the league in the near future is going to be tough, especially against a team who, by the time next season starts, will have spent over £1 Billion.

    Clichy and Nasri and Toure can celebrate all they like. They have won the league with a team more expensive than every one bar Real Madrid. Not something to gloat too much about, but it shows the calibre of the players. Yaya Toure sums it up when he says he would like to go back to Barcelona. Man City will have short term success, not sure it will be anything like United have had.

    Lets hope we have less key injuries next year and with the additions we are looking at, we could have a squad to challenge again,as we have done most years recently. Spurs never was and never will be what we measure ourselves against. Let’s leave that to the knuckle draggers. Have looked on some of their blogs with amusement this week. They actually think we are gloating about finishing above them. Maybe some are, but for me, we have finished 3rd, our highest place for a few years and we have dropped at least 18 points against lesser teams.

    AW will get it right.

  9. DANTHEHOTSPURMAN | 14/05/2012 at 19:17 |

    CAAAAMMMMMOOOOON YOUUUUUU SSSSPPPUUUURRRRSS!!!!
    JUST WATCHED DA NEW SPURS DVD OF US BEATING U LOT…PURE CLASSS!!!!

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