So the Arsenal boss gave another of his many positive injury predictions before the current international break, and I seem to recall the Frenchman saying that at least two of the first team players currently on the Arsenal injury list would be back in action after the break and I am pretty sure the word definitely was used.
Imagine my shock and surprise, then, to see an Arsenal.com report today in which Arsene Wenger spills the beans on the players coming back, or not as it turns out. Not a single extra first team player is available to the boss for the Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday.
He said, “Wilshere and Rosicky are back in full training. Basically they are all progressing well.
“[Wilshere won’t play for the under 21s] yet, no, we have not decided that yet. It is his first week back in full training and we’ll see how he responds to that, but the first signs are quite good. We’ll assess our options next week.
“Cech is going back to normal training. It’s too early to say if he will be available for the weekend. He might be a bit short to be competitive.
“Ramsey will not be available for this weekend, but hopefully next weekend.
“Santi Cazorla is running again outside so it should be three to four weeks more training for Santi.
“Flamini is short for this weekend but could be available next weekend.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is progressing well.”
Now I am not saying that there are not some positive news there, but I seem to think that Wenger is always giving us positive injury updates. The problem is that they rarely come true. Was Cazorla not supposed to be available for the Champions League games against Barcelona? And I cannot help but think about the Welbeck saga which dragged on from the end of last season.
We never hear much about setback’s but the return dates of the players just keep moving and it never seems to be forward. So do we really expect to see Ramsey, Cech or anyone else back next week? And will we really see the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky and Santi again this season?