Arsenal latest: Szczesny injures ankle and Giroud 'is feeling fatigue'

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Injury troubles have hit Arsenal today, after Wojciech Szczesny pulled out of Poland training with an ankle problem.

It is believed to be an aggravation of a previous injury problem, and he is now set to be in trouble for the upcoming international games against Slovakia and Republic of Ireland.

The Poland stopper, who recently received a new contract at The Emirates, may even return home from international duty should it not recover in time.

He is not the only Arsenal player to have suffered a small injury blow, as Thomas Vermaelen has been taking for an independent assessment on a calf problem before linking up with Belgium for international duty.

The club captain had only just got back into first-team action after a time on the side-lines, after Per Mertesacker missed the game against Manchester United with illness.

Nicklas Bendtner is another Arsenal player to have picked up the Arsenal bug doing the rounds. Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky both missed the United tie with the problem, while Mesut Ozil has since been confirmed as suffering with the problem.

Now Bendtner has been put in isolated training with the Danish national team after displaying symptoms of the illness - it is not yet known if he will play against Norway this Friday.

He has also been told by his national team coach Morten Olsen to leave the club. The Danish boss stated:

"Bendtner scored two great goals for us in the game against Italy, but there were also things he lacked in the match and this only comes through playing games. It is for this reason that he should find something new this winter, and so, we know that well. I think he will make the recommendation to himself and that is the main thing. Footballers want to play football. He has maybe 10 years left to go; he must use them well."

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has been speaking about the pressure Olivier Giroud is currently suffering. Giroud was poor against Manchester United at the weekend, which ended a long period of good form.

And his France team-mate says:

‘’It's true that he's not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund. But he's also playing game after game and hasn't had a rest, so maybe he's feeling a bit of fatigue.’’

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