Arsene Wenger’s problems are still far from over if we take into considerations the huge list of absentees for the Swansea game.
So many missing players for such a long period of time would shake even the biggest teams in the world, and Wenger felt that himself in this season’s English Premier League start.
Wenger’s problems start with the two suspended players since the Newcastle game. Gervinho is out due to the red card he received in his well known fight with Joey Barton, and Alex Song is out because he stepped on Barton’s foot intentionally in the same game, and although he was not shown the red card by a messy referee, the FA suspended him as well.
That’s all for the suspended list, but the fun begins when we start looking at the injury list. Djourou is out with a hamstring injury he picked up, and he is a doubt for the weekend, despite that he will be back soon. If he would have been the single defender to be out it would have been great, but the list continues with Vermaelen, who recently went through a surgery for an ankle injury, Sagna, who came back sick from the International leave, Gibbs, who is also out for a hamstring and is expected to be back soon, and finally Squillaci who is still having a calf problem.
In the midfield area the suspended Song is not the only absentee, and the list goes on with long term injuries of Abou Diaby who has an ankle problem and has suffered surgery, and Jack Wilshere who was expected to be back by now, but will probably be out for another two months.
The attacking side of the team is the most unscathed part of the team. Gervinho is the only one that will not be able to play, but fatigue might be an issue with some of the other players.