FULL Arsenal injury update – Lucas returns to replace Giroud

Arsenal are preparing for tonight’s League Cup game and, although we have great deep looking squad, there are still quite a lot of injury news to report. Wenger couldn’t give us an update on Matthieu Debuchy’s scan yet after he was taken off on Sunday after playing his first 16 minutes for a year, but everyone is expecting it to be a serious problem. “Mathieu has a scan today [Tuesday] but we don’t have the results yet,” Le Prof said.

Olivier Giroud is also out of the squad after a small hamstring pull, but that is not expected to be such a big problem and he probably wouldn’t have played tonight anyway, but his place in the squad will definitely be taken by the returning Lucas Perez, who hasn’t played since the last round of the League Cup five weeks ago. “Lucas is in the squad and will will have a mixture of youth and experience, but still 90 per cent of the first-team squad.” Wenger admitted.

We already know that Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck will not be available until January at the earliest, and that is probably going to be the same for Hector Bellerin who admitted this week that he likely to be another month away despite returning to training imminently. Bellerin said, “It’s going really good. Better than I expected. It is a hard injury to recover from and a bit painful.

“But I am going to try to be running from this week and hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch in less than four weeks.”

But with Debuchy out again, and with Jenkinson suddenly disappearing off the face of the Earth with no explanation whatsoever, I am fully expecting Maitland-Niles to be given another chance to impress in the right-back position this evening.

Worryingly there is still no news on a return date for Santi Cazorla and we had better get used to the fact that he won’t be playing much until the New Year either, but hopefully our squad depth will be good enough to cover and keep in touch until he returns to the team…. Fingers crossed!

Get well soon boys….



  1. Trudeau says:

    Jenkinson misses one game and he’s “fallen off the face of the earth”? That’s a tad premature. Odds are he starts tonight.

  2. Franko says:

    If I was a Manager, I would only scout for players with pace, technical ability and skill in all departments….including the goal keeper.

    1. citrenoogeht says:

      Essentially you are right however we mustn’t misconstrue technical ability for “Jacks of all trades, masters of none”. It is good to have all players in a squad that are comfortable on the ball with good technical ability but at the same time they need to have specialist positions. I think this is why we have an almost embarrassment of riches when it comes to squad depth this season. At the moment, it is only Giroud that has no flexibility regarding his position on the pitch. The others have some flexibility of movement. This gives Wenger an enviable headache when selecting his team. From a player’s point of view it is equally dangerous to be pigeon holed into one position.

      1. Franko says:

        Like I said ‘In all departments’. Meaning each player is a specialist in his position but has pace, technical ability and skill.

  3. Franko says:

    Lucas should be given game time in the league from now on. If Wenger had played him in the league games from the start, he would have become another Alexis Sanchez terrorizing defenses every game judging by his form from last season in the Spanish Liga.

  4. Simon_MrMac says:

    Despite our plethora of midfielders still miss Carzola when his not on the pitch to pull the strings

    He absent cost us dear last year

  5. Onochie says:

    On Cazorla,I will say,he should be sent to spain to be looked at by his doctor,don’t know what’s happening at Arsenal,all we hear is “he’s not available and no return date” we don’t even know how long he’s going to be out. I think Jenks would start at),gibbs LB if he’s fit. Wishing others speedy recovery.

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