Team News: Wenger Offers Update On The Ox, Debuchy, Arteta & Diaby

By on May 1, 2015

Mikel Arteta

It’s been another busy day of team news at Arsenal so I’ll bring you a round-up of all the latest team and injury news ahead of Monday’s game with Hull.

Arsene Wenger was in front of the media this morning and he confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy is highly unlikely to make the trip to the KC Stadium after picking up a hamstring injury in training this week.

The injury isn’t a serious one so he could return to face Swansea City next weekend, but Hector Bellerin is now expected to once again start at right-back on Monday.

Arsene also confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t ready to make his long-awaited return. The midfielder is back in full training after two months out with hamstring and groin injuries but he’s still lacking match fitness.

Abou Diaby is another who’s back in training after another lengthy injury absence but he too is still not considered fit enough to play for the first team.

The final update was on Mikel Arteta with Wenger confirming that the Spaniard is slowly progressing but he still needs more time to get his fitness up after over five months out wit an ankle injury.

Here is what the boss told Arsenal.com:

on the latest news…

We have a full squad available, the only one who is really a doubt is Mathieu Debuchy. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not completely ready, nor Diaby, but they both practice in full training sessions now. We have no major injuries apart from Debuchy.

on Debuchy…

He has a little hamstring problem. Monday could be too early for him. He got the injury in training.

on the rest of the squad being fit…

We are at a period of the season where it’s going to be important to have everybody on board and to see everyone fit makes us stronger. We are on a good run, we want to keep it going and the fact that we have plenty of [selection] opportunities is very interesting for me.

on Arteta’s availability…

He makes progress week by week, but he needs more time.

So it will be much the same squad that drew against Chelsea last weekend. I’d expect Arsene to make a couple of changes to freshen things up with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott pushing for recalls.


  1. ndaona idi

    May 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    thats good

  2. foreverinourshadows

    May 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Playing Debauchy for 120 mins in the semi final was another reason Wenger is a clown, three months out and he does this

  3. ernie

    May 2, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    He played debuchy in that game bcos bellerin wasn’t fit. And chambers lack of pace on that wing would’ve been suicidal. You’re the idiot.

  4. steve odera

    May 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    it is high time to talk about who to play and not,all arsenal players are good,and we can not do with only one player..so to wenger,understand that every player wants to play,so give them equal opportunities so that to make them improve their games

  5. Ibrahim Y. Yusuf Fulatan

    May 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I support @forever idea that is a mistake to played Debuchy for 120min just after returng from long spell injury. Atleast he suppose 2 be substitutd after d final 90min. And Arteta we thanx 4 his service but he has to calls it a day ds season and find new challenge, so that we can go for new DM that could work wd Coquelin.

    • sello

      May 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      U absolutely right,if wenger cud bring schneiderlin and play him wth francis with ozil/carzola/ramsey in front of dem wil b deadly

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