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Wenger: Our season starts this weekend

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Bendtner and Gibbs back for BirminghamBy Richard ClarkeThe real Nicklas Bendtner is back, according to Arsène Wenger.The Danish striker is not only fit for the first time this season and set to be named in the squad for Birmingham on Saturday but his manager believes he is back to his best shape since last November.Kieran Gibbs is also fit after a calf injury while Theo Walcott (ankle) could be involved if he comes through Friday’s training session.Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Manuel Almunia (elbow) are nearing returns while Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Bacary Sagna (thigh) are estimated as “ten days” away.Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) will not figure until next month. However, overall, Wenger’s mood was upbeat when he updated Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon.“We have some good news because for a while we've had only bad news,” he said. “Nicklas Bendtner is back in the squad and Kieran Gibbs is back too.“Let’s not forget that since last November Nicklas has produced here and there but never had a consistent presence because of his injuries.“Apart from the fact he went to the World Cup we have not seen the real Nicklas Bendtner for a long, long time. He is the closest he has been to his best for a while. He was really, really handicapped by groin problems but they have gone now.“Theo might be involved on Saturday as well. He has normal training tomorrow. I might put him in the squad. I will see how he is but he looks very, very sharp. The only uncertainty is his ankle but he might be involved.“Cesc is very, very short and unlikely to be involved [on Saturday]. He has a little chance for Tuesday.“Sagna is ten days, Vermaelen is ten days, Almunia is a question of days but Van Persie looks to be a bit longer.”TV Online subscribers can see the full interview on Friday morning. In it Wenger talks about: * the fall-out from the Chelsea defeat * Robert Pires training at Arsenal * the lessons from losing to WBA last time at Emirates * why Birmingham might approach it differently * the return of Alexander Hleb * his thoughts on the takeover saga at LiverpoolFree Videohttp://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/34977/injury-news
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Theo Walcott is also back!!He was on fire b4 he got inj, he scored a hatrick against the mighty Blackpool & scored a screamer (goal of the month contender) against Blackburn..We were undefeated when he was playing..

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Theo Walcott is also back!!He was on fire b4 he got inj, he scored a hatrick against the mighty Blackpool & scored a screamer (goal of the month contender) against Blackburn..We were undefeated when he was playing..
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Injury news: Walcott back in the squad to face Birmingham. Koscielny is out with an injured back.

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Koscielny is out with an injured back.
Blessing in disguise, he's been a major disapointment and played a major part in our defensive downful this year.No room for emotions or sympathy, at £10.25m you should be ready no excuses.
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Yeah but this means Djourou & Squlliaci, with either a injury away from Nordtveit or Song.

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Koscielny is out with an injured back.
Blessing in disguise, he's been a major disapointment and played a major part in our defensive downful this year.No room for emotions or sympathy, at £10.25m you should be ready no excuses.
SMHOne man doesn't make/break a defence.
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Koscielny is out with an injured back.
Blessing in disguise, he's been a major disapointment and played a major part in our defensive downful this year.No room for emotions or sympathy, at £10.25m you should be ready no excuses.
SMHOne man doesn't make/break a defence.
One mans mistake may cost a teamOne mans constant inexcusable liability will cost an organisation.
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Koscielny is out with an injured back.
Blessing in disguise, he's been a major disapointment and played a major part in our defensive downful this year.No room for emotions or sympathy, at £10.25m you should be ready no excuses.
SMHOne man doesn't make/break a defence.
One mans mistake may cost a teamOne mans constant inexcusable liability will cost an organisation.
'Mistakes' happen. Only has made 2 mistakes IMO.1 against Blackburn & 1 against Chelsea. Neither has really 'cost' us or better yet, neither were representative of a poor performance or defined those performances.Arsene Wenger spent £10.5m on Kocielsny. The player had no influence on that fee, therefore IF his purchase doesn't justify his fee, the player isn't 100% accountable.'Inexcusable liability' is a harsh & inaccurate term to throw out there.
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Koscielny looks a decent player, the problem is unlike Vermaelen he hasn't at least proved his initial Arsenal doubters wrong. He arrived looking too lightweight & his career history a little inexperienced, and so far he has played as such.It hasn't helped him that Vermaelen got injured at all.

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I felt extremly comfortable watching Djourou and Schillachi, never at one point did I feel an error coming or never did I feel we would be out muscled at the back.Koschielny could well be dropped after the pairing today but more notably the rapid improvement defensively - even Fabianski looked good.Impressive.

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