Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to blame the sickness which swept through his side for the defeat at the hands of Manchester United yesterday. Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky were withdrawn from the squad and there were unsubstantiated rumours that other players, including Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry were also feeling the effects. Speaking to the official Arsenal site, Wenger said
Look I don’t want to speak about that because that can happen the whole season – it doesn’t mean that you have to lose the game.
No I don’t think [it affected the other players]. They declared themselves fit so when you play, you play so there is no excuse. I felt that physically we were alright, maybe we lacked a little bit. I just think we were too nervous in the first half but until the end we looked like we could score. We were always dangerous but we lacked a little bit of quality in our final ball or a bit of sharpness maybe to finish on crosses but the opportunities were there.
About Wojciech Szcesny who seemed to be knocked out by Phil Jones’ face but carried on playing, Wenger said
I listen to the doctor, if he says to me he has to come off then he comes off no matter. Even if we have seven players on the pitch I do it. You have only one life and you have 60 games per year.
Manchester United’s Michael Carrick looks like he could miss England upcoming fixtures over the next two weeks as the midfielder struggles with an Achilles injury.
Speaking after Manchester United’s win at Old Trafford yesterday, Carrick said
I got through it but it doesn’t look too good.
Danny Welbeck is also expected to withdraw from the England squad.
Meanwhile Nemanja Vidic was taken to hospital after he was injured in a collision with Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini. The defender was substituted at half-time and after the match, David Moyes told the media
He has gone to hospital, I have only just seen him myself and I didn’t see how bad it was from the touchline, but it was a terrible clash. It was an accident but hopefully he will be okay, I will find out more from the medics later on.