If Arsenal Football club and our record on the return dates of players on the injury list being put back over and over again is to go by, then there is a huge chance that we will not be seeing the Spanish international midfield star kicking a ball in anger again for the Gunners this season.
Arsenal are probably famous for keeping injured players on the books ever since the Diaby fiasco, and more recently we have had Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky given an extra year, when Arteta was patently too old and injury-prone to play again, and Rosicky definitely didn’t want to stay and sit on the bench for another year.
Arsene Wenger was extremely agitated about Arsenal having to play against Bournemouth just two days after the win against Crystal Palace and the biggest gripe he had was that his players didn’t have time to recover from the tiredness and knocks that were sustained in the first game.
This is usually the time of year when Arsenal have a long list of injuries and Arsene Wenger gets to make full use of his squad, but for a change the list seems to be getting smaller. The best news of the day is the return of Mustafi in time to face Crystal Palace on Sunday. Wenger stated yesterday: “Shkodran is back in normal training and he will be back in the squad.”
Arsene Wenger spoke about the latest injuries to Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs following today’s match.
The Gunners overcame West Bromwich Albion today thanks to a late Olivier Giroud looping header, but the three points was one of very few positive points to take from the game.
Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison Park today and are missing a portion of our squad, but who is expected to be out for the coming weeks?
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi is expected to be out until January at the earliest, which looks likely to see Gabriel returned to his central role, with Hector Bellerin back in the manager’s plans following his own injury.
Arsenal went back to the top of the Premier League table this evening with a 3-1 win over Stoke City on match day 15. With almost half of the Premier League season played, Arsenal are in a good position to top the league over the festive period, but we will be wary of Chelsea who are yet to play this week’s fixture.
Many of Arsenal’s stars got a rest in midweek after Arsene Wenger made seven changes to the team that beat West Ham United last week. One player that will go straight back into the team to face Stoke City on Saturday is Francis Coquelin who was suspended in midweek. There is also good news from the boss on Hector Bellerin. “From Tuesday night we have no injuries, I hope.” Wenger said. “Everyone looks to have recovered well. Coming back into the squad, we have Coquelin who was of course suspended and maybe Bellerin who has a test today.”