We’ve had more than our fair share of injuries this season already, and that trend looks set to continue with the news from Arsene Wenger’s latest press conference on Arsenal.com.
The Frenchman didn’t have a huge amount of good news for us this morning, and it looks as though a number of key players are still going to be sidelined for quite a while.
Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta have undergone surgery, and should miss a substantial amount of the remainder of the season. The French right-back is still likely to miss three months of action, while our captain should only be out for a further six weeks; as opposed to the three months originally suspected.
Deadline day signing Danny Welbeck is also going to miss another two weeks, but may return in time for the North London Derby.
Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City, but will face a late fitness test to determine if he’s ready. Nacho Monreal did an excellent job against Stoke, but our back four looks far more solid when the Englishman is fit and firing.
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Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Ozil were all passed fit, with the trio likely to play some part in the weekend’s fixture.
We managed a respectable 2-2 draw against the Premier League champions in the return fixture earlier this season, with goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez securing the point. We don’t have a fantastic record at the Etihad in recent times, but after our 3-0 demolition of Stoke City there should be an air of confidence around the team.