Bendtner in squad, and so is Viviano - what now for Fabianski?

Arsenal are said to have included Nicklas Bendtner and Emiliano Viviano in their match-day squad against Stoke City this afternoon.

Last weekend we brought you the rumours that Santi Cazorla was injured and out of the Sunderland game, and potentially his foot problem would keep him out for a period of time beyond the fixture.

We, like many on Twitter were sceptical as to why the first we were hearing about this was on match-day - so while we acknowledged the rumour, we all remained cautious.

In the end it proved correct, and Cazorla is now expected to be out until October with his injury.

Well the same man who first broke that news has dropped another bombshell or three this morning on Twitter.

Wayne Veysey of Tweeted his article earlier this morning - that confirmed that Nicklas Bendtner, Mikel Arteta and Emiliano Viviano would be on the bench for Arsenal this afternoon against Stoke City. 

The Arteta news was not a surprise. He has looked fresh in full training this week, according to all sources, so was always seemingly going to be involved in some way shape or form this afternoon.

Nicklas Bendtner is however something of a shock. The Dane, who saw several different moves away from North London fall through this summer had been told to get into shape before he could be considered selected for the Arsenal team again.

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And he must have, as it appears he will be on the bench for The Gunners this afternoon - which should receive a mixed reaction from the Arsenal faithful

Then there is loan signing goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. The Italian international is on the bench according to the report - leaving Lukasz Fabianski out in the cold.

Fabianski has already expressed his annoyance at the arrival of Viviano - questioning the need to bring in yet another goalkeeper when he sees himself as a perfectly good number one, let alone back-up custodian.

It perhaps is not a sign of who Wenger truly believes is his number two, but that question is likely to be answered against West Brom in the Carling Cup this week.

If Viviano starts that game, I think we can safely say that Fabianski’s Arsenal career has reached its end.

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