With the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal looming on the horizon, Arsene Wenger is edging closer to having a totally fit squad to choose from in the near future as just about all of Arsenal’s long term injuries are close to resuming training with the first team squad.
Obviously everyone is excited to see Jack Wilshere back in full training (hopefully with a new extended contract) although Wenger is certain to ease him back into the first team gently in the coming months. Arsenal fans can also celebrate the return of Emmanuel Frimpong to the first-team fold. Wenger said: “We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It’s been 14 months and that’s a long time for someone at his age. It’s an eternity, but it’s great news.
“We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it. That’s the delicate, sensitive stage – to choose when to bring him in and out. We’ll have to handle that day-by-day.
“We also have Emmanuel Frimpong who has returned to full training this week, which is great news as well. Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well.”
And also coming up is the return of our long-serving right-back Bacary Sagna, who is also hoping to begin talks over a contract extension in the near future. Wenger has indicated that the French international will be rejoining the squad next week, although it may be sometime before he can displace the much-improved Carl Jenkinson.
Tomas Rosicky is only expected to be a week behind him as well since his tendon injury sustained with the Czech Republic team during the summer, and the only position that Wenger really needs to worry about is the goalkeepers as both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski are both out at the moment. There were unconfirmed Twitter rumours that Szczesny’s setback may be a long-term one, and Fabianski has had trouble with his shoulder for many months now so who knows when they can return?
Vito Mannone is doing a fine job right now, but if anything should happen to him in the next few weeks Wenger may have to start depending on the very inexperienced pair of Damien Martinez and James Shea. Arsenal really need our newly solid defence to take good care of Mannone, especially for the next two weekends…..