Arsenal Team News: Walcott, Wilshere, Podolski, Rosicky, Ox, Ryo, Sanogo & Diaby

By on November 21, 2013

Arsenal take on Southampton this weekend looking to extend our lead at the top of the league and boss Arsene Wenger has given the latest team news.

His update on Arsenal.com includes the latest on the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski, Ryo Miyaichi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby.

The excellent news is that the boss confirmed Wilshere is NOT injured, contrary to reports today, so he should be in the squad this weekend:

“First of all Jack is not injured, that was not the right information,”

The boss also confirmed that Walcott is fit and back in the squad to face the Saints. Theo has been out for the best past of two months with an abdominal injury and has been a huge miss, so to have him back is a massive boost.

Rosicky missed the loss at Old Trafford before the international break because of sickness and he’ll face a late test to see if he’ll be involved this weekend, while Arsene also revealed that Podolski will be back from his hamstring tear in the next two-three weeks but Miyaichi has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.

The boss also gave an update on when we should expent to see our other long-term injury victims back with the Ox still at least a month away, Sanogo won’t be until the New Year and Diaby will be lucky to play again this season.

on Theo Walcott….

Theo will be back for Saturday in the squad. He’s completely fit again. He has not played for a long time, of course, he has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday. Yes [I will use him cautiously].

on Tomas Rosicky…

Tomas was ill, he had one or two [normal] training days, he could be in the squad as well on Saturday. We have a final test on Friday.

on Lukas Podolski…

Podolski is not too far away, I would say three weeks. He is doing fitness training on the pitch. He starts to do some ball work too, he still needs two or three weeks before we see him on the pitch for Arsenal.

on Ryo…

Ryo has a hamstring problem that he got from the Norwich game, he will be out for Saturday.

on the longer-term injuries…

Chamberlain is at least one month, Sanogo is January, Diaby will be March.

What would be your team to face Southampton?


  1. Abraham

    November 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    We are okay, the rest can take their time after all we can’t have 22 player in the pitch at one go!

    • tom

      November 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      has diaby eve played for Arsenal this season lol

  2. terry

    November 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    i just thank God jack and theo is here”!!!!!fastest man on earth @wAlcott

  3. OdongoJimmy

    November 22, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Gud morn’ 2 all d aRsEnAl fans.I see no reason why aRsAne wEnGeR still keeping the long term injured aBoU dIaBy at aRsEnAl.Or is it ‘cse he wants him to fill the squad numbers???

  4. john forte inegbese

    November 22, 2013 at 6:31 am

    i wish arsenal gudluck on saturday………

  5. Vincent nyongesa

    November 22, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I think its high time wenger should let diaby leave. And also sign an additional striker maybe dzeko or chicharito can make us complete.

  6. Abu Rahman

    November 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Good news! To have Theo and Rosicky back is a massive boost really. Their kind of football has always been attack-attack. Theo runs down defences with his mesmerising speed especially on the counter ( hope Giroud will benefit from this), while Rocisky always brings the ball to you by utilising space and closing down opponents – restricting them to their half. Wilshere too has similar attributes but his problem has been holding onto the ball much longer, thereby exposing himself to “wicked” tackles especially as he’s not getting the adequate protection from referees. The game against the Saints will end up 3-0 in favour of the Gunners.

  7. uche

    November 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    i’m happy 4 theo watcot 2 be back in d squard

  8. Bernardesther

    November 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Nice update, am glad that theo and Rosiscky are back, Arsenal must win! Up Gunners.

  9. siraji halfani

    November 22, 2013 at 9:14 am


  10. amuletola azeez

    November 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    i am very happy with walcott

  11. aliyu mamman likita

    November 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    O. Giroud is nt a realiable striker. Pls sign reliable striker eg benzema, dzeko, pato

  12. jamescadar

    November 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’m personally happy that Theo is back same as Rosiki. But I’ll miss Flamini d most in the midfield.

  13. Calvo mc ngare

    November 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Wenger shud jas sign astriker if at al we want a trophy this season….someone like Diego costa of atletico madrid…gud eve

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