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Wenger plays down injury worries

9 February 2013 19:34

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny did not sustain long-term injuries against Sunderland on Saturday.

Wilshere was bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye midway through the second half of the game at the Stadium of Light, before being helped from the pitch.

Centre-back Koscielny was a late withdrawal from the matchday squad after aggravating his calf in the warm up for the game, which Arsenal won 1-0.

But Wenger has tempered fears of an extended period on the sidelines for the pair.

"(Koscielny has a) calf problem. We think it's a question of days because he had a positive scan," Wenger said.

"He limped out with the French national team (against Germany on Wednesday) and we decided to give him a try in the warm up but it was not good enough, but I don't think it's long term.

"Jack (has) a big kick on the thigh, he could not walk. Again it's just a question of four or five days."

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, meanwhile, admitted to initial teething problems regarding Steven Fletcher and new signing Danny Graham's partnership - but is confident the pair will soon click.

"It was a great game from start to finish. The tempo was very high early on, obviously Arsenal are a top quality team and caused us a lot of problems in the first half," he told reporters.

"In the second half we were roaring at them before the man was sent off. I just don't know how we didn't score. I think the two players (Graham and Fletcher) can play together, it's not a problem it will just take time."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
9 February 2013
Game week
26
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Stadium of Light (Sunderland)
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Goals

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36' Cazorla
 (assist by T. Walcott)

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