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Team News: Wenger’s update on Coquelin, Welbeck, Wilshere & Cazorla
It’s been another hectic day of team news at Arsenal HQ so I thought I’d bring you a round-up of all the latest updates from Arsene Wenger.
The boss gave Arsenal.com a full update on our injured players earlier today and was pleased to confirm that Coquelin is now considered fit and available for selection against Burnley this weekend.
Coquelin has been out since suffering a knee injury in November but has made a swift recovery and after training over the past two weeks, the midfielder could now feature in our FA Cup fourth round clash on Saturday.
There was also positive news on Rosicky as he too has been declared available for selection this weekend but it looks like it’s going to be a while longer before we see either Wilshere or Cazorla in the first team shirt.
Jack hasn’t featured so far this season after fracturing his fibula in August while Santi has been out with a knee injury that he sustained against Norwich in November.
Arsene says the midfield duo are ‘progressing well’ but are still ‘a few weeks’ away from making their respective comebacks, so I think it will be early March before they are available for selection again.
The final update was regarding Welbeck and the attacker is now set to play for the under-21′s after returning to full training following a knee injury that’s kept him on the sidelines since way back in April 2015.
Danny isn’t ready to play just yet but he should be alright to take part in the under-21′s fixture against Brighton next weekend. If all goes to plan, he could be back in the first team squad in mid-February.
So, all-in-all, the squad is slowly getting back together and we should have just two players [Wilshere and Cazorla] unavailable once Welbeck is back in a couple of weeks.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley, which Mertesacker will miss through suspension, here is what Wenger told the clubs website:
on the team news…
Mertesacker is out because of the red card, and everybody else is available, apart from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. After that it is just a question of selection and decision-making, that is the key.
on Wilshere and Cazorla…
Jack and Santi are progressing well but they are at least a few weeks away. But these two apart, it is just about competitiveness and match fitness.
Danny Welbeck is not completely ready but he is not far. He needs a game or two because he’s been out since last April. The Stoke [under-21] game is too soon because he only had one session with the team, and that is too short.
on Coquelin and Rosicky…
Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training. Tomas is also available for selection.