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Bayern Munich and Sebastien Squillaci won't happen... will it?


Arsenal have a real headache defensively. Surely their worst nightmares are not about to come true?

Arsenal have not had much luck with international break's in recent years, breaks occasionally being the operative word.

Bacary Sagna found that out when he broke his leg playing for France, and Robin van Persie missed weeks of the season in 2009 after being stretchered off for Holland.

Even this season Theo Walcott suffered a 'bruised lung' after a San Marino goalkeeper took him out with a brutal challenge.

Now they may be gearing up for more of the same.

In midweek it is being reported that Laurent Koscielny limped off with a calf problem for France against Germany in the midweek friendly, with Thomas Vermaelen's ankle injury which caused him to miss the game against Stoke - not even making the bench - an ongoing concern.

Per Mertesacker is fit, but with Johan Djourou on loan at Hannover, Arsenal's centre-back options extend to the error-prone Sebastien Squillaci and the untried youth of Ignasi Miquel.

Arsenal have had a luxurious problem of fitting three superb centre-backs into two all season long, so it would be devastating if an injury crisis ruined their season at a crucial time.

Firstly, they must negotiate the weekend's fixture with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, where Squillaci made his last appearance in English football for Arsenal, in last season's FA Cup defeat.

He has played just once since, in the 2-1 defeat to Olympiakos earlier this season.

Vermaelen is pencilled in for a 9th of February return, according to physioroom.com - but there is no word right now from Arsene Wenger as to his fitness.

We have seen numerous times before with Abou Diaby, Thomas Rosicky and the like, how players are 'scheduled for returns' at Arsenal, and don't quite make that date. Jack Wilshere's numerous setbacks were a case in point.

The good news is Arsenal don't play Bayern Munich next week when Manchester United face Real Madrid- but the week after.

Arsene Wenger's press conference tomorrow (Friday) will hopefully for Arsenal fans hold better news.

If Squillaci does play against Sunderland on Saturday, it may be the lesser of two evils, as it would allow Vermaelen and Koscielny to properly recuperate from their injuries in time for the Bayern clash.

Arsenal play Bayern on the 19th, in just over 10 days time. Time in which Vermaelen or Koscielny need to hit full fitness, or even part-fitness. Just one of them will do.

Supporters must cross their fingers and hope there are no setbacks for either player.

Because the prospect of Squillaci facing Thomas Muller and co is not a prospect fans want to see, already having to deal with the fact Andre Santos may have to play in the ties as Wenger bought a left-back who is cup-tied.

If Squillaci had to play against Bayern - Would you dare even watch the match?

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