Arsenal Injury Report: Will Szczesny Be on the Sideline Against Sunderland?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal directs his defence during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on October 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Adam HartAnalyst IOctober 4, 2011

After a devastating loss to Tottenham last Sunday rendered the Arsenal squad both mentally and physically damaged, the question on everyone's mind is, "What is to become of this ailing team?".

During yesterday's game, another player was critically injured after a collision with a Tottenham player. Bacary Sagna sustained a broken leg and is likely to miss almost three months. Because of his absence, Arsenal was forced to call on what later would be called the flop of the match, Carl Jenkinson.

Sagna is just one of the players that comprises a long list of injuries including Jack Wilshere, Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Laurent Koscielny, and Johan Djourou. With a list already this long, that potentially includes some of Arsenal's best players, additions would be very unfavorable. Yet a surprising development with another one of Arsenal's starting XI may leave him on the bench. 

Wojciech Szczesny has officially pulled out of International friendlies between his home country, Poland, South Korea, and Belarus because of a back injury. While he has been frequently criticized about his abilities, most recently the inability to stop a long range shot against Tottenham, he has not only been putting up otherwise great performances, but is Arsenal's only really good keeper. If they lose him to injuries there won't be any hope for them.

Arsenal's next match isn't until October 16, which will give Szczesny time to recover. Until then, Arsenal needs to continue to focus on defense. On a brighter note, many pessimistic fans of Arsenal say that there is no hope for them. Yet they forget with so many injuries, and still barely losing to rivals Tottenham, they aren't playing half-bad. Once their starters are back to full health, Arsenal may have a chance at a top four finish with the always unpredictable Liverpool and Tottenham.  

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