Arsene Wenger has given the latest news from the injury room in preparation for Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City.
Mikel Arteta was the only casualty of the midweek engagements against Anderlecht, having limped off mid way into the second half of the Champions League draw against Anderlecht. Arteta had only just returned to the team from injury in the game at Sunderland two weeks ago. He calmy stepped up to give us the lead from the penalty spot – the 500th Arsenal goal at the Emirates, and put in a very commanding display. Little wonder the team seemed to lose its shape when he leapt off mid-way into the second half at 3 – 1. According to the manager, the hamstring injury qualifies for a grade one, and as such the midfielder will be expected to return after the International break.
Roy Hodgson’s inclusion of Jack Wilshere in the squad to face Slovenia next Wednesday in Euro Qualifying duties is a confirmation of the midfielder’s full recovery from the flu which had kept him out of the Anderlecht fixture. Wilshere has not made an appearance for Wenger’s team since the trip to Belgium and will be keen to get some minutes under his belt as to be fit for England duties. With Arteta out, Wilshere may return to the partnership with Aaron Ramsey in midfield, as against the double pivot of Flamini and Arteta.
While some have raised eyebrows over Theo Walcott’s call up to the Hodsgon’s squad after only 10 minutes of action in over ten months, the player will be eager to get more than ten minutes against Swansea on Sunday after being snubbed in midweek against Anderlecht. Wenger is likely not to hand him a start, he will want to make him get more contact against the Swans in readiness for more demanding action, with the likes of Dortmund and United to come after the break.
Danny Welbeck’s struggles in front of goal will see some alleviation with the impending return of Olivier Giroud after a three month absence. Giroud has not played for us since coming on to score a last minute equalizer against Everton in August, injuring his ankle afterwards and has since undergone the requisite medical process to treat it. Earlier booked to return in the New Year, Giroud has moved ahead of schedule and is now set to join the squad in full training after the International break. Yaya Sanogo will likely be on the bench again on Swansea (unless Campbell has scored a hat-trick of rabonas in training, perhaps) as he has been for the past two games after returning from a hamstring mid-term injury.
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