Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave his pre-game injury and squad updates in his press conference ahead of the Gunners’ trip to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion. The biggest and most worrying news to emerge is that England international Theo Walcott has been ruled out of action until after the international break next month after developing slight damage to his posterior abdominal wall. Theo will need to undergo a minor procedure and will fly out to Germany this week to have that taken care of.
Arsenal’s squad as a result looks increasingly depleted but Wenger did have some good news to share as well. The Gunners boss told the club’s official website, “[Tomas] Rosicky is the first back [of the injured players], but not in time for this week. Next week we will start to speak about that. He could come back in the squad for Sunday or Monday.”
Wenger will be glad that Rosicky is return to action. Honestly the squad is way too thin and even a single first team player back is good news. Rosicky started the season well and he should be in contention to make the Napoli game.
On the likes of Lukas Podolski , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby, Wenger said, “It’s fine, they are doing well but they are nowhere near ready. The next one back [of those three] might be Lukas. Alex will be one and a half months more.” Wenger continues to be in desperate need for some wide players with the all his first team wingers out.
Lukasz Fabianski has recovered from the health issue that saw him miss out on making the bench at the weekend, but Wenger shared that he would return for the trip to the midlands. Arsene shared, ”Fabianski will be alright [to start on Wednesday]. He had a nasal problem but he will be alright. Fabianski and Viviano are the two goalkeepers in the squad.’ It’ll be interesting to see who indeed starts from amongst the two.