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TEAM NEWS: Latest On Walcott, Koscielny, Ospina, Diaby, Gnabry & Ryo
We start the new season at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening and Arsene Wenger has offered a team news update ahead of the match.
The boss has confirmed that Theo Walcott is well on the road to recovery from his knee injury and should be back in full training in late August or early September. It’s going to take a few weeks for him to get back up to speed and be in contention for a first team place, but it will be a huge boost when Theo is back as we’ve really missed him.
Forgotten winger Ryo Miyachi is also close to a comeback, but unfortunately there was some worrying news on Serge Gnabry as the boss revealed that the German isn’t ready to return and he has no idea when the youngster will be available again.
Goalkeeper David Ospina is at least two weeks away from recovering from his thigh injury that he picked up while on duty for Colombia at the World Cup so Wojciech Szczesny is guaranteed to keep goal for a little while longer.
Arsene confirmed that Abou Diaby has been looking good in training recently but I wouldn’t expect to see him near the first team yet as he needs to get some game time under his belt first.
There was also a positive update on Laurent Koscielny. Reports earlier this week suggested the Frenchman was a doubt for the Palace game due to a niggling Achilles injury but Wenger has eased those fears and revealed that Kos should be fit to play this weekend.
He told Arsenal.com:
on Theo Walcott and Ryo…
They are not available. Ryo is very close after injury and Theo is, as I always said, end of August or start of September. That is back into training of course.
on Serge Gnabry…
He is not ready as well. I am not sure about the timeframe at the moment.
on David Ospina…
Ospina is two or three weeks away. He has a thigh strain from the Brazil vs Colombia game.
on Abou Diaby…
He’s back in full training – that’s good news. He needs to play a few games but this week he looked good in training.
on Laurent Koscielny…
Koscielny had a knock on his Achilles but he should be available for Saturday.
We’ll be without our German trio after their World Cup winning exploits but we should still have more than enough to see off Palace and kick off the new season with a win
I’ll have my preview and predicted line-up up on the site on Friday…..