The young Englishman has not featured for the Gunners this season after suffering an ankle stress fracture, and had another setback in January. Naturally Wenger is cautious over the return of his midfield maestro after the Frenchman admitted they are analyzing his recovery week by week.
On the brighter side, Andre Santos is deemed as fit to start against Everton and Sebastian Squillaci returns to the squad fit.
Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of Wednesday Everton game:
on changes in the squad from the Newcastle game:
There are no changes. Vermaelen had a kick on his calf and after the game he had a big pain but he is alright. Diaby is back but he is with the reserves at Liverpool. He will play for an hour.
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He is fit enough to start but he was like that for the Newcastle game.
He is back in full training now.
on the injury list now, which only includes Wilshere, Mertesacker, Coquelin and Frimpong:
Coquelin will be the quickest back. It will be a few weeks until he is back in training. It is difficult to set a deadline on Jack. We go week by week with him. But his last scan was very good so we don’t have worry anymore. It is about progress and fitness, however I can’t set a date.
Kieran Gibbs, it seems, has established himself as the number one left back for now after a series of impressive displays that has seen the Englishman retain his starting spot despite the return to full fitness of Brazilian international Andre Santos, so don’t be surprised to see him lineup again for the Everton fixture
The return of Squillaci will be very well received by Arsenal fans who are itching to the see the Frenchman back in action…….for the reserves!! But one player that will add real value to the first team will be Abou Diaby. The Gunners lack of injuries recently is unprecedented, while I’m not trying to curse the fact that we haven’t lost a first team player for a couple of weeks, one of the midfield trio is bound to suffer some sort of injury in the next few weeks so the return of the lanky Frenchman will be welcomed as he can add some more steel and finesse to the midfield when required. He is also a useful utility player to make a difference off the bench, so personally I’m excited to have him back and I pray that he doesn’t suffer any more injuries.
Bring on Everton!
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