Arsenal’s latest injury update is a mixture of good and bad news. The good news is Thomas Vermaelen could return to action after the international break, while in-form midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are passed fit for this weekend’s North London Derby.
The very bad news is Lukas Podolski’s injury is worse then first suspected and will be out for at least two months, joining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the long-ish term injury table.
Arsenal’s wide options are slowly depleting which will surely force Wenger into the transfer market this summer. Matthieu Flamini has been recently announced as an Arsenal player and could be in line to feature this weekend albeit from the bench.
Wenger revealed the following team news:
[on Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere] The news is quite positive. They just had bumps and bruises. They will be involved.
[on Lukas Podolski] It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks. His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now.
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[on the more long-term injuries] Arteta is doing OK but there are few weeks to go with him. Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break.
The Fenerbahce second leg turned out to be a bit of a disaster on the injury front and it was essentially all for nothing as the Turkish side have now been banned from Europe. Why on earth the trial could not have been moved forward by a couple of days I do not know. But as a consequence we lost Podolski. Luckily Ramsey and Wilshere are fit.
We will bring you our predicted lineup for this weekend’s must win fixture against the Spuds soon so stay tuned.