There may be a simple explanation for this, and to be honest I couldn’t care less if the Arsenal boss has been economical with the truth or not, as long as Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski are available to play against West Brom at the Emirates tomorrow.
Yesterday, Arsene Wenger released the information that the two players, along with Theo Walcott, would miss the vital Premier league game through injury, Sagna with a foot problem and Podolski with his hamstring. Imagine my surprise, then, when I looked through the pictures of the Arsenal team training today and saw the French right back and the German striker togged up and training. Now, I am no medical expert, but a training session is surely not the best way to recover from a hamstring or foot injury.
Maybe the two have made miraculous recoveries or have had the magic sponge treatment. Whatever the reason, it is great news for Arsenal. Podolski and Gibbs have a great understanding on the left and they combine well with Cazorla also. Sagna can put in some great balls from the right. Hopefully, Wenger will play Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right. The youngsters speed and energy can help cover for Sagna if the Frenchman overlaps and West Brom push forward, and the team will have a great balance.