Arsenal go in to the weekend fixture with Liverpool with good news on the injury front with the return of two regular first teamers. Arsenal were without Wojciech Szsescny last week and were forced into playing Vito Mannone against Stoke at the Britannia but there is a real chance the Pole could return from a rib complaint ahead of the game. He faces a late fitness test on the issue and will hopefully return to rearguard action at Anfield.
Meanwhile Laurent Koscielny will definitely return to action after recovering from a calf injury. He has yet to feature for the Gunners yet this season and will look to take Per Mertesacker’s place in the Arsenal backline.
Transfer deadline day has affected Arsenal as it has all the Premier League's teams with the Gunners allowing a few of their fringe players to discuss and complete moves starting with Nicklas Bendtner who has pulled off an astonishing move to Italian champions Juventus. The Dane moves on a loan-to-buy deal and despite reportedly being Juve’s 6th choice in the market he is still overjoyed with a move to Serie A.
Another forward allowed to move on by Arsenal is South Korean Park Chu Young who has agreed a similar deal to Bendtner at Spanish side Celta Vigo. The newly promoted La Liga side had originally moved to bring in fellow Gunners Bendtner and Maraoune Chamakh; however Park is a cheaper option and completed his move on deadline day.
Another fringe player who looks set to stay at The Emirates is Andrey Arshavin although that may change as he has been dropped from the Russia squad for September's qualifiers by former England coach Fabio Capello. Capello has picked no players based outside Russia in the squad and with the Russian deadline not closing till next week Arshavin may consider a move back to Zenit St Petersburg in order to continue his international career.
In regards to potential incomings Arsenal have been linked with a possible loan move for Chelsea’s Michael Essien. The London clubs have a reasonably amicable relationship when it comes to transfers and have previously traded players and loanees such as Ashley Cole, William Gallas and Yossi Benayoun. According to The Independent any deal would most likely be a loan move as Arsenal look to solidify a weakened defensive midfield after Alex Song moved to Barcelona.
And again today Wenger is adamant that Theo Walcott will not leave, despite interest growing since Liverpool moved Andy Carroll to West Ham on loan.
What are your thoughts on everything happening at Arsenal FC on summer transfer deadline day 2012?