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Team News: Wenger’s Update On Welbeck, Debuchy, Wilshere + Gibbs
Arsene Wenger has given an update on the fitness of several first team players ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Man City on Sunday.
The boss kicked off by speaking about Debuchy and said it’s ‘unbelievable’ that the full-back has been ruled out for three months with a dislocated shoulder just weeks after returning from a four month absence with an ankle injury.
It’s certainly a huge blow to lose the Frenchman, particularly when you consider how ‘freak’ both injuries were.
There was further bad news with Welbeck suffering a set-back in his recovery from a thigh injury. The striker has already been out since Boxing Day but he’s now going to be on the sidelines for another two weeks.
There was some positive news though, as Arsene confirmed that Gibbs would have a late fitness test on a heel injury but he’s confident he’ll be back in the squad.
If so, he’ll join the likes of Walcott, Ozil and Ramsey, with all three fit and available after making recovering from their long-term injuries recently.
Wenger also confirmed that Wilshere is recovering quicker than expected from his ankle injury and is due to be available again by the end of February.
The boss told Arsenal.com:
on Debuchy (shoulder)…
Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday. It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he’s had two surgeries in the same season. He just came back, he played seven games and he’s out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder.
on Welbeck (thigh)…
Danny Welbeck is not ready yet, he is still feeling some pain, so we will have to be patient. I think he has two more weeks [before he’s back].
on Ramsey, Ozil and Walcott…
They were already available for last week and they are available for Sunday.
on Gibbs (heel)…
He has a test today. He should come back into the squad.
on Wilshere (ankle)…
He’s doing very well. He’s a bit ahead of schedule. We always said that he should be alright by the end of February.
It’s a shame that Welbeck won’t get a chance to face his old Manchester rivals but we should have enough options in attack without him.
This is the time to stand up and show us what your made of Arsenal. Let’s hope we can finally pick up a win against one of our main rivals…..