Arsene Wenger in his latest presser after the third round League Cup home defeat to Southampton gave the latest on those who are in or out of the treatment room. It is no longer news that Mat Debuchy will be out almost till the New Year after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle. The update was a mixed spice bag with sweet and sour flavours.
No player was injured from the Saints game. No concerns to any of Alexis, Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Koscielny or “That Guy”. *breathing out*
Walcott has suffered a torrid year having played less than 10 games since the beginning of last season. First, it was absurd abdominal strain which he suffered after the Champions League game at Marseille. He came back from that only to last till the FA Cup game against Tottenham few weeks later in January. Of course, he played his part in the culmination of the victory in May with the legendary ‘two O’ sign while being taken off on the stretcher during the game with the spurs. This weekend’s clash with the same spurs will come too soon for him though.
The news of his return must be very good news to Arsene Wenger, considering we suffered significantly from a lack of width and pace in the team last season. There was hardly any outlet for the pass masters in the team after so much build up touches. Walcott is a genuine goal threat, having finished as the club top scorer the season before last. Walcott-Alexis-Welbeck… WAW!
Serge Gnabry too will return with Walcott, most likely after the International break.
Don’t ask me what a ‘gluteus’ injury is, just know it doesn’t have anything to do with the ankle, back, hamstring, knee or thigh. Wenger said the club vice captain had been bearing the injury even before the trip to Aston Villa last Saturday, but declared himself fit for the Southampton game. The obvious shortage of personnel especially in defence meant Wenger decided against risking him, giving an opportunity to Isaac Hayden to pair Calum Chambers. Good to go for the Spurs.
With Giroud and Debuchy out on the long term, Nacho Monreal is on a mid-term injury holiday with the back problem that kept him out of the Dortmund game. It was restoring to see that Francis Coquelin can step up to the plate if Kieran Gibbs picks up a bug, as he was able to hold his own against the bullish Southampton side. Yaya Sanogo… *sighs*… After the International Break.
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