There’s nothing but bad news on the injury front ahead of our clash with Bournemouth unfortunately, and there’s both short-term and long-term concerns.
We were already short in numbers heading into the game, with a plethora of injuries forcing Arsene Wenger’s hand with regards to team selection. And things have now gotten worse with the news that Mathieu Flamini is set to miss the game with an ankle injury (via the Mirror), and our midfield options are slowly dwindling.
On the long-term front we’ve had more bad news on Jack Wilshere, with the Englishman’s return date pushed back (via the Mirror). Wenger admits that he doesn’t know when the 23-year-old will be back, but insists it won’t be before February.
“He will not be back before February, that’s for sure,” the manager said.
“I said February but honestly I don’t know. I let him do his recovery. It’s going slowly.”
The ramifications of Wilshere’s setback are obvious, we’ll be without the dynamic midfielder for most of the season yet again. Injuries are destroying his career, and at the moment we just can’t rely on his fitness.
Mathieu Flamini’s ankle injury means a likely start in midfield for Calum Chambers, with the youngster handed a number of substitute appearances to prepare him for the role.
We’re also still without Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin, and Alexis Sanchez (via Arsenal.com), all of whom are out for quite some time.
Wenger would no doubt love to make a few more changes after the Southampton debacle, but his hands are somewhat tied through injuries. We’re likely to see a similar starting lineup to the one that took to the field at St Mary’s, although hopefully with a vastly different outcome.
Arsenal transfer news
The January transfer window opens in a matter of days, so hopefully it’s as obvious to Wenger as it is to us fans that our injury issues need to be resolved through signings.
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