Arsenal have a series of doubts ahead of tomorrow’s fixture away to West Bromwich Albion with a number of players facing late tests.
Arsene Wenger provided an update this morning with one big boost in particular – a likely start for Laurent Koscielny who has been missing for over a month but returned to the squad in midweek as an unused substitute.
Elsewhere it doesn’t look so good however with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Wojciech Sczcesny and Yaya Sanogo all believed to be injury doubts, while Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are both suggested to be absentees m.
The diagnosis isn’t too bad for Arteta who looks set for two to three weeks on the sidelines, however the worrying trend is how often he is re-sustaining calf injuries. Theo Walcott’s injury is frustrating. Why on earth he went on England duty when he’s not even match fit is beyond me. But anyway…
Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news this morning:
I will have to check this morning how available everybody is. Szczesny (pelvis) has not practiced yet at all. Arteta is out for sure of course and I think Sanogo (cramp) has problems as well because I had to take him off. We have a few other players that we have to check.
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[on Laurent Koscielny] He is well. If I want him to start, he will start.
Welbeck will have a test this morning. He has not practiced yet. I can’t tell you at the moment [if he’s okay].
Arteta has now had a calf problem for the third time. It’s always a small grade one but it’s minimum two to three weeks.
Theo is not okay for the weekend, he has an inflamed groin coming back from England and has not been available since. He will not be available for this game, nor Wednesday.
After reviewing the recent photographs from today’s training session it appears Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo all trained. It’s a big boost for Sanogo and Welbeck, however Walcott seems unlikely to be risked.
Predicted lineup to follow..