With the defensive issues in the team receiving significant attention this transfer window, the situation in attack seems to be getting better with two more injured players set for a return to the team within the next two weeks.
Debuchy is surely booked as the last on the current list to return this season but Wenger has revealed some good news on England striker Danny Welbeck as well as his International teammate, Jack Wilshere.
Wenger has said, in his pre-match press duties for the Aston Villa game, that
“Welbeck is very close” to being back in the team and should be “available for Tottenham game.”
Welbz is yet to play any game this second half of the season since scoring and going off in the win at West Ham on the final day of 2014. He has nursed a hamstring strain for more than 4 weeks now but the manager expects that he will be up and running again after this weekend. Maybe he actually could have a chance of being on the bench but there cannot be any reason to want to rush him back. He has scored just 7 goals since that deadline day move last summer from United but you get the feeling that a reformed Danny will be spanking them when he makes it back into the squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta and Wilshere are still out, according to Wenger and will not be in the Villa squad. However, the news of Wilshere is much more positive as he could be available before the FA Cup fifth round home tie against Middlesborough.
Speaking on the trio, Wenger said:
“They are not completely there yet but they are not far. Jack should joining normal training in 10 days. Welbeck on Monday. That’s where we are at the moment. Arteta is a bit longer”
So then Giroud will have more competition for his Number 9 spot having enjoyed something of a free ride for the first month of the year. Gooners cannot wait to see a forward four of Alexis, Ozil, Walcott and Welbeck interchanging positions and using their pace to pose a formidable threat on counters. Giroud has been very important, no doubt, like in the game against City but there is still the need for variety which Welbeck, and even Chuba Akpom, could bring to the attack.
It also means Francis Coquelin can get more assurances of his place in the team with Arteta not likely to return anytime soon. Some still say the captain should be played ahead of him when he returns but what is clear for now is that he is the obvious first choice ahead of Flamini.
Wilshere’s impending return has been the subject of some analysis as to what his role will be and if he is the reason behind a supposed snag on Coquelin’s part to sign a new deal. it’s still some time before he returns and while we wait, Coquelin should keep doing enough to make Wenger believe more in him.
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