Wojciech Szczesny did not take part in Poland’s training session after reportedly aggravating an ankle problem, however it is unclear what the extent of the injury is as of yet.
The Gunners number one suffered a nasty head clash in the weekends 1-0 loss to Manchester United but has since recovered from the concussion to link up with his national team ahead of their matches with Slovakia and Republic of Ireland.
Arsene Wenger will be hoping there is nothing too serious with the shot stopper who has been immense this season, while his countryman Fabianski will be hoping for an opportunity to impress again.
Elsewhere, Thomas Vermaelen played in his countries friendly loss to Colombia, shaking off any injury fears that forced him to link up late with his national team after the weekend’s loss to United.
He consequently ended Wednesday’s training session early, but has clarified that he is fact fine and was just tight from his first Premier League start this season.
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The Arsenal captain revealed:
I have no injury, I just was a bit stiff after the game on Sunday so nothing is going on and I am fit to play.
Vermaelen had recently stated his desire to remain in north London despite playing second fiddle to Mertesacker and Koscielny this season, but when quizzed on his future ahead of next years World Cup in Brazil the 28-year-old remained tight lipped as to not put a foot wrong.
I don’t want to speak about the situation because if I do I make it worse, so I don’t want to speak. It is not about my situation it is about the team and they are doing well, it is not about me.
Of course you want to play as much as you can, so I was really happy to play on Sunday.
[on quotes from Belgian coach Marc Wilmots suggesting he is guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad next summer] I don’t know if he said that, I didn’t hear it.
Nothing is for sure, there is still along way to go – there is big competition in the national team and you have to work hard.
Certainly the Belgium international demonstrated his ability against United, playing well alongside Koscielny in the absence of Mertesacker. He cannot be faulted for the goal, and otherwise kept one of the most menacing striking partnerships in the country quiet. His ability to slot in for such a high intensity game at the last minute will certainly not dent his future with the national team.
His commitment to the Gunners is vital to their hopes of silverware this season, he will be utilized and will have plenty of opportunities to play. As he recently clarified, he is ready to step in when the chance comes and he should have no trouble maintaining his position in the Belgian squad for next years tournament in Brazil.
Lastly, Mesut Ozil will join in with the German squad for their final training session ahead of their ties with Italy and England, with Per Mertesacker expected to return to action for the latter.
Further updates of our players on international will be provided in the coming days.