Arsenal suffered a blow today with the news that midfielder Santi Cazorla will be out until the next international break in October with an ankle injury which he picked up while away with Spain.
Olivier Giroud also picked up a knee problem although it is not clear if he is likely to miss Arsenal’s next match against Marseille in the Champions League.
After the match Wenger said about Giroud
That’s my worry today after the game. We are very thin at the moment. [It is] a knee problem. He is the player at the moment that would be very difficult for us [to replace].
And about Cazorla
Cazorla has an ankle problem. He will be out for a few weeks as well. I don’t think he will play before the next international break.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen did, however, make his first appearance of the season after a back injury, coming on as a second half substitute.
Fulham fear that winger Bryan Ruiz, who was stretchered off during their game against West Brom, has suffered a serious ankle injury.
Speaking after the game manager Martin Jol said
“The injury to Ruiz looks quite serious.
“We will have to wait for a scan and see what the problem is – but it is with his ankle. We do not know how severe it is yet but we will see.”
Dimitar Berbatov was also substituted with a hamstring problem, however Jol confirmed that he does not believe that to be serious, adding
“Hopefully we brought him off just in time. I don’t think it will be serious.”
David Moyes confirmed that Shinji Kagawa missed Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace in the today’s early kick-off as the midfielder is suffering from ‘flu.
Speaking at his press conference after the game, Moyes said
“Shinji hasn’t been in that much; he’s been travelling back and forth between us and Japan.
“Today, it looks as if he’s picked up ‘flu through flying so much and he’s been tired. He trained yesterday and didn’t feel great. We hoped he’d improve in the hotel overnight but he didn’t, so there’s no need for us to take the risk.
“We’re trying to get him back but we’ve not had the chance to see him and he’s not been here that often, so we’ve not had the chance.”