Wenger Gives Injury Update On Walcott, Rosicky, Podolski & The Ox

By on September 24, 2013

Arsenal take on West Brom tomorrow in the League Cup and we’re going to be taking an injury-hit squad to the Hawthorns.

Boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed the bad news we brought you earlier that Theo Walcott wont play again until mid October after being ruled out with an abdomen injury.

The club revealed that Theo will fly to Germany on Wednesday to under a small operation on the injury and it will keep him out of action until after the next international break – which means his next potential game for Arsenal is on the 19th October when Norwich come to the Emirates.

Wenger said today:

 “Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It’s not a hernia, but it’s a little structural problem in his abdomen.

“He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.”

Arsene also gave the latest on the fitness of Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukasz Fabianski.

It seems Rosicky will be the next back but he’s not expected to return to full training until next week meaning he’ll continue to be unavailable for the next two games against West Brom and Swansea.

After that it looks as though Podolski could be the next to return but he, Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain are ‘nowhere near ready’ according to the boss and he doesn’t expect the Ox back for at least six more weeks.

Fabianski is expected to start tomorrow night after Wenger confirmed he has overcome a ‘little’ problem, with Viviano likely to be on the bench.

The boss told Arsenal.com:

on Tomas Rosicky…

Rosicky is the first back [of the injured players], but not in time for this week. Next week we will start to speak about that. He could come back in the squad for Sunday or Monday.

on long-term absentees Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby…

It’s fine, they are doing well but they are nowhere near ready. The next one back [of those three] might be Lukas. Alex will be one and a half months more.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

Fabianski will be alright [to start on Wednesday]. He had a nasal problem but he will be alright. Fabianski and Viviano are the two goalkeepers in the squad.

Our bad luck with injuries is well documented but it really is becoming ridiculous now. Theo’s injury leaves us with no senior wide men available to choose from during a busy period with key games in the league, Capital One Cup and Champions League. What other top club has that sort of problem to deal with?

But it opens the door for Ryo Miyaichi and Serge Gnabry to make a stake at a more regular first team place. They are both still young and raw but they are going to have to play a big part over the coming weeks. Let’s see what they’ve got!

What do you make of Arsenal’s injury crisis?


  1. Ahmed Aboki Usman

    September 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    This injuries crises will actually affect the strenght of the team considering the kind of players been injured play a vital role in the team. We lost Ox already & now Theo in the same position & Rosicky is not yet back! the manager need work on that.

  2. OMGArsenal

    September 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    What other teams have that problem? Try United (RVP is out and nobody near his skill level available), Liverpool have Suarez unavailable (and nobody obviously up to his level available)…..what IS your stupid point you clown,writing such idiotic comments? We do have a full 25 man squad and they ARE capable of filling in quite nicely thank you. Stick to shagging your nanny mate!

    • Kumalayer

      September 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Liverpool was without suarez,man u is[or was if he is now back] but arsenal is now without podolski,walcott,alex,rosicky…4 solid players,u have just make a stupid comment,try to be more sensible next time.mug.

    • G Man

      September 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Hey OMGArsenal take a breath man! Why so hostile? Tough day? And how can you argue that Arsenal don’t have a more perpetual injury crisis than other teams? Ox, Cazorla, Rosicky, Podolski, Walcott, Diaby out plus Arteta and Vermallen not yet match fit. Sagna and Mertesacker have missed matches. Giroud had a knock and was an injury worry. And Fabianski. Jack missed nearly 2 seasons (not as much as Diaby, mind) and doesn’t look 100pct. currently. And this is what happens every season. What’s the Man U equivalent? A knock to Van Persie? Get real, something is not right that nobody seems able to explain but is there for all to see.

    • horpe

      September 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

      If u hv notin to write jst shut ur mouth and throw ur face in d mud arsenal has over 5 players out wit injury and u re talkin abt only RVP or SUAREZ…..thnk well b4 writing
      u re comparing 5 players wit one ……u re sick

  3. muyiwa damilare

    September 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I trust wenger…he will surely bring a player who will play well as a wide man on d ritgh flank…..Ozil can always do that….

  4. Hallemichael Abebe

    September 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    What about Santi Cazorla?

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  6. Abdulmumin

    September 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    it is very important to hv a strong squart 4 all game now as we became the target ‘all eye on us’

  7. Adejorin bunmi

    September 25, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Arsene wenger is always der to fix tins,why disturbing ur freaking head wen u re nt a coach

  8. Norbet

    September 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    What about Santi Carzola. He is one of our injured key players. I was expecting to hear an update on him. Actually Arsenal’s injury list is now becoming a crisis. Is it our style of play that is causing all this?

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