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Team News: Wenger’s Update On Wilshere, Debuchy, Arteta & Rosicky
Yet again it’s been another busy day of team news at Arsenal so I’ll bring you an update on the fitness of several of our players….
Arsene Wenger gave his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of our game with Newcastle on Saturday after he gave Arsenal.com a team news update.
Let’s start with the good news and the boss revealed that Rosicky is due to return to the squad after missing the last three games through illness. He’s unlikely to start at St James’ Park but he’ll give us another option from the bench.
I reported last week that Arteta and Debuchy had resumed light training and Arsene has now confirmed that the duo are going to need two to three weeks before they’ll be considered for the first team.
Wenger feels Mikel could be available after the upcoming international break – which means he could face Liverpool on April 4th – but Debuchy may take a little longer after being out with a dislocated shoulder since early January.
The more worrying news was regarding Wilshere as Wenger revealed that he is also still two to three weeks away from full fitness.
Jack underwent a ‘minor’ operation at the end of February and was meant to be back inside a week. However, if he’s out for another three weeks then the ‘minor’ surgery would have kept him out for around seven weeks.
Why on earth does it take us so long to get Wilshere fit? Every injury seems to take far longer than we first expect. Sadly this isn’t an isolated incident and it’s something we need to address quickly.
Anyway, here’s the bosses team news update:
on the team news…
We have no new big injuries, we have some knocks, but nothing major. Mathieu Debuchy is two or three weeks away, Arteta and Wilshere as well. Arteta will maybe come back after the [international] break. Tomas Rosicky is hopefully available again for the weekend.
on Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy…
They are still two or three weeks away.
on concerns about fatigue…
West Ham was a very physical game. In the second half of the Monaco game we played some of our players offensively. We paid a little bit for it. It is a concern. We have to see how everyone recovers.