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'Minor Setback' For New-Boy Silvestre While Nasri Remains A 'Doubt'

Arsenal new-boy Mikael Silvestre is unlikely to make his debut against Blackburn this Saturday after the Frenchman sustained a “minor setback” on his current thigh problem.

Silvestre, 31, has yet to make his debut for the Gunners’ since joining from Manchester United last month but Arsene Wenger believes he will be fit for next Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Dynamo Kyiv.

“We had a minor setback with him,” said the manager. “But if he is not available for Saturday he will be OK for Wednesday certainly.

Fellow countryman Abou Diaby is still a fair few weeks away from full fitness while Carlos Vela has been completely ruled out after starring for Mexico in midweek.

“At the moment I do not know about everybody because some players finished their game at 4am, for example Carlos Vela in Mexico,” he said.

Samir Nasri is another doubt after the 21-year-old felt a nagging pain after Tuesday’s training session, and coach Raymond Domenech decided to rest him “only as a precautionary measure,” according to team press officer Francois Manardo.

Wenger is still undecided on the midfield maestro though:

“The only injury news that we have is Nasri, who could not play last night for France. We have to assess him later.”

Gooner Talk will have all the build-up to Saturday’s match with a preview coming tomorrow afternoon as well as a match report immediately after the full time whistle blows.

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Fabregas' Dad
Fabregas' Dad
13 years ago

What is wrong with Diaby? He was supposed to be back by now and now we have to wait probably until the end of September for him to play. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't manage to nail down a place (despite having the talent to do so) due to injuries and the fact that he's missed pre-season and probably wouldn't be on the same level (physically and mentally) as his team mates when he returns.

GoonerChris
13 years ago

He should be back soon, I think Wenger doesn't want to put him in too early just in case of any reoccurances.

neil
neil
13 years ago

will theo start?, where do you think is his best position, upfront or out wide??

Potter
Potter
13 years ago

Sadly Diaby is failing to get to any regular state of reliable fitness. I can't see him being any more than a fringe player for us. Cetainly not one you can hang your hat on.

JohnV
JohnV
13 years ago

Remember on the subject of fitness many people said the same things they are saying about Diaby and Rosicky about Gael Clichy when he had 2 years of bad injuries which set him back and now look at him he played more games than any other player last year. Therefore dont be to quick to judge a player as being unreliable fitness wise.

GoonerChris
13 years ago

I don't know whats in Wenger's head mate.

He could choose to rest Theo and play Eboue and possibly Cesc on the wings, it's difficult to predict.

I personally feel his best position is wide right, he can exploit the opposition fullback and captalise on any chances given to him.

Goonerdaniel
Goonerdaniel
13 years ago

Do you have any info on Nasri?

GoonerChris
13 years ago

He'll have a fitness test tomorrow afternoon.

Ivanov
Ivanov
13 years ago

That injury month could be the chance for Wilshere and Ramsey.

jack
jack
13 years ago

same back 5 v blackburn, with a cesc, denilson, theo, eboue midfield.
Thats a decent team despite the injuries , with ade and rvp up top.

Does anyone know what new signing Bischoff can bring to Arsenal, i havent
seen him play??

JS
JS
13 years ago

Nice Picture Chris =]

xxx

Stu
Stu
13 years ago

I could see AW playing a 4-5-1/4-3-3, especially against a tough team and after the international break. Maybe with Song, Cesc and Deni in midfield. A front three of Ade, Theo and RvP. However, Wenger has already said Theo will be on the bench so its hard to predict. I just hope we dont have to play Eboue at all.

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Bischoff is similar again to Fabregas. He may be cover for him or sometimes play on the wing. His main position is Attacking Midfielder and his game involves passing the ball. He is probably a month or two away from being in contention for the first team.

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