Amid the postgame interviews following Arsenal’s 7-1 win over SC Columbia, manager Arsene Wenger addressed the status of a couple of first-team Gunners — one who appeared in the friendly match in Austria and another who was surprisingly left out of the squad for the game.
Wenger used Phillipe Senderos in a defensive midfield role when inserting the Swiss international into the game for the second half. It was the first Arsenal appearance in almost a year for Senderos, who returned to the club this summer after spending last season on loan at AC Milan.
There was some speculation last month that the 24-year-old defender might return to Italy, either with Milan making the move permanent after the loan period or by Senderos being included as part of a deal with Fiorentina to bring Felipe Melo to the Emirates.
When questioned by arsenal.com’s Declan Taylor on the status of Senderos, Wenger admitted that the defender’s future is still undecided. “He has offers and it is open,” the manager said. “He has come back here with us still looking for solutions but he is still yet to decide on his future.”
Taylor also questioned the manager on why Lukasz Fabianski did not yet join his Gunner teammates for the pre-season tour, mentioning that “the 24-year-old goalkeeper was the only surprising omission from the squad which landed in Austria on Monday.”
But Wenger revealed the reason after Tuesday’s match, noting that a slight knee injury has sidelined the Polish international. “He has a little knee problem,” the manager told Arsenal TV Online. “But he should be available for the Emirates Cup.”
Fellow keeper and countryman Wojciech Szczesny was included in the lineup on Tuesday, coming on for the second half of the 7-1 victory and not being seriously challenged while in goal.
While Fabianski’s injury is not too severe and should allow him to be back for the first weekend of August, Samir Nasri will be out for much longer, having fractured his right fibula in Tuesday morning’s training session that will require two to three months on the sidelines.