Arsène Wenger has produced some positive team news prior to Wednesday’s trip to Bolton, with Sagna set to be included and Gibbs returning to full training, finally producing a light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been Arsenal’s defensive injury curse.
Wenger revealed the following latest player updates:
[on Bacary Sagna] He is in the squad. Sagna is a bit ahead of Kieran Gibbs training-wise. Sagna is a bit early still [for tomorrow] but you never know. I might consider it because I have to check all the recoveries of the players who played on Sunday.
[on Johan Djourou] Johan was back in full training today so he is available.
[on Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta] They are both ready.
[on other injuries] We have no injuries. But it was a very demanding game physically against Villa on Sunday and it is important that we recover and prepare well for tomorrow night.
[On Kieran Gibbs] He had a normal training session yesterday.
He is still short to play now but it is good news to have him back and I think one or two more weeks practice will get him back to being available again. That is very positive.
[On Marouane Chamakh] Marouane is playing his last game today, then he should be back in 48 hours.
He played in the first game, and for the second game he was in hospital because he had a stomach bug, but he should play tonight.
The Gunners side is finally starting to look stronger and it will not be long until Wenger will be able to name a full strength XI. It seems as though it is onwards and upwards from here. Personally I can’t wait to see Sagna back in action out wide in the League, and to see Gibbs return for his week or two period until he sustains his next injury… Hopefully the poor Englishman can outgrow his injury nightmare and string some matches together.