Amidst all the news of smashed bones and mashed ligaments, Wenger has given an update on the true situation of the treatment room, and it’s not quite all dark and gloom.
The biggest gist is obviously the tear suffered by Mesut Ozil to his left knee ligament, which was supposed would keep him out on the sidelines for at least 10 weeks, per the German FA. Wenger, however, stated that the player has been assessed by the medical team at London Colney and there is actually no definite statement yet on the nature of the injury and how long a rehabilitation would take, suggesting that Ozil could possibly be back before the period as forecast by the German team.
The manager said, as quoted from Arsenal.com: “When he arrived the national team, they didn’t think it was a lot at the start. He was supposed to practice on Wednesday but, in the end, he said that wasn’t possible for him”.
“Then he had a scan and it was bad news. We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations”.
There is a fear that a disparity in ‘recommendations’ may be in the process to be followed for Ozil’s recovery, in terms of whether surgery would be required or not.
Despite the bad news about Ozil, Wenger was in a much more optimistic mood when responding on Walcott and Gnabry, who have been away from first team duties for a long time, none having featured in more than one full game since the beginning of this calendar year.
“Theo is not too far away” Wenger said. “Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back. they’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news”.
As for Ramsey and Arteta, they will both not be available immediately after the break, though Arteta has the chance of making the bench for the next game away to Anderlecht. Ramsey could still be two to three weeks away from reintegrating into full training, while Sanogo’s hamstring remains locked. The scare of both Koscielny and Ospina was not mentioned by Wenger, an indication that both might be alright.
You kind of wonder how mixed the injury situations has been for Wenger who must have been expecting that the International break would bring him much relief with the return of the speedstars, Walcott and Gnabry, who would give his creative supremo, Ozil, more weapons with which to wield his magic. Ozil now joins Olivier Giroud and Mattiue Debuchy as our ‘January signings’, while we now have to rely on a rather thin squad for the long haul to and through Christmas.
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