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Team News: Wenger on Wilshere, Sanchez, Arteta, Flamini & Rosicky
It’s been another busy day of team news at Arsenal HQ so I’ll bring you a round-up of all the latest updates surrounding our players….
Arsene Wenger held his pre-match press conference on Wednesday morning ahead of this weekends Premier League clash with Newcastle and he gave Arsenal.com an update on the team news.
The boss was pleased to confirm that Flamini is expected to be back in contention after recovering from a minor knock that saw him miss the win over Bournemouth.
There was a positive update on Sanchez too as Arsene revealed that the Chilean international could be available for the FA Cup meeting with Sunderland next weekend after missing our entire December fixture list with a hamstring injury.
Arteta is also on the comeback trail as he’s now back in full training after recovering from a calf problem but the midfielder is still short of match fitness so isn’t under consideration for a first team return just yet.
Another forgotten midfielder is closing in on his comeback with Arsene revealing that Rosicky is due back in training in around three weeks time, while he also says he’s confident Wilshere will be available in February after missing the entire season so far with a fibula injury.
Thankfully we didn’t suffer any fresh injuries against Bournemouth on Monday night so the boss will basically pick from the same squad that faced the Cherries last time out with the addition of Flamini.
on if anyone will be back for Newcastle…
We might have Flamini back. Alexis will be too short for Newcastle. He [could] be back for Sunderland.
Arteta is back in training but is too short [of match fitness] to be selected in a competitive game.
on post-Bournemouth updates…
We have no new injuries from Bournemouth, only fatigue. Everybody is alright.
He is three weeks away [from training] now.
Certainly we will rotate again. Everybody else in the squad against Bournemouth should be available.
on if Jack Wilshere will make Euro 2016…
I maintain what I said that he could make it back for February. He will be available again. Considering you play the Euros on June 10, that is a long way.
So while we may only have Flamini back for the Newcastle game, several of the other injured players are close to making a comeback. Sanchez’s return in particular will be a huge boost as we head into the second half of the campaign sitting top of the table and in great shape to push for the title this year.