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Theo won’t play again

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on March 20, 2007

61019.jpgArsene Wenger has said that Theo Walcott will not play again this season.

The 18-year-old will go under the knife on Tuesday after aggravating his shoulder injury during a substitute appearance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Surgery had been delayed because of injury and suspension problems within the Arsenal squad.

Wenger said: “Walcott’s season is over. He will have surgery on Tuesday. The medical advice is to do it now.

“He was doing well until he damaged his shoulder, now he is only 50% of what he was before.

“You can see that now. He was on for only 10 minutes and his shoulder popped out, you cannot play football like that.”

Henry wont play again this season

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on March 12, 2007

60089.jpg Thierry Henry suffered a torn groin and stomach muscle while playing PSV in the Emirates Stadium and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Henry was sent for a scan and the results have prompted the club to draw a line under his season.

Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League this month and with the Premiership effectively out of reach, manager Arsene Wenger has opted not to take any risks with Henry.

“Thierry Henry will be out for a minimum of three months,” said Wenger.

“Unfortunately this means he will now miss the rest of this season both domestically and internationally, but we are confident that he will be ready for the start of next season.”


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Adebayor ban increased

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on March 10, 2007

60764.jpg Emmanuel Adebayor has been given an additional one-match ban by The Football Association (FA).

Adebayor was slapped with a three-match suspension after being sent off during the Carling Cup final against Chelsea on 25th February.

Adebayor had refused to accept the charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately, and had requested a personal hearing.

The hearing took place on Friday and the FA Disciplinary Commission gave an extra suspension and also fined him £7,500.

A statement on The FA’s website read: “In sentencing, the Commission stated that it had taken into account Adebayor’s playing record and the mitigation offered.

“Adebayor is currently serving a three-match suspension following his sending off during the match, this additional suspension will come into effect after those three games have been completed.”

The FA has also confirmed that Arsenal have admitted a charge of failing to control their players and/or officials, also relating to the Carling Cup final.


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I’ll be back – Bendtner

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on March 6, 2007

Niklas Bendtner has said that he will return to Arsenal at the end of the season.

The striker, who is currently on-loan to Birmingham City, said that despite interest from a host of top clubs including AC Milan, he would still like to try and make it at Arsenal.

Bendtner is confident of his ability to make the grade at Arsenal.

He said: “This is a fantastic experience for me, but I’m an Arsenal player, it is still my ambition to break into the Arsenal team and I hope to do that next season.

“I believe I could play in this Arsenal team, otherwise I wouldn’t be going back.

“It’s going to be tough, because there are some great strikers at the club, but I can compete for a place.


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