Arsenal FC will be without Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey until the match against Southampton, revealed Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal put on a wonderful first half performance against Aston Villa in their last game, but allowed the home side back into the game in the second half. In the end, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud’s goals provided them the crucial three points, but it came at a price. Both Nacho Monreal and Tomas Rosicky had to be substituted in the second half with injuries. Rosicky was bleeding profusely from his nose after a challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor, while Monreal was withdraw with what was feared to be a broken metatarsal at that point. But thankfully for the Gunners, Monreal’s injury is not as bad as it was initially feared.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Monreal remains a doubt for the Fulham game after twisting his foot, while Rosicky could be available along with a mask after undergoing facial surgery.
“Monreal looks a doubt for Saturday, a big doubt, because he twisted his foot on the kick. It is not the bruise, he turned and twisted the ligament. Rosicky had surgery with a general anaesthetic for a broken nose in two places. With a mask he may be available, but we have to monitor it closely.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Wenger also revealed that Theo Walcott, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after picking up an ACL injury, has successfully undergone surgery and is now looking to recover in time for the start of the next season.
“It went very well. The damage was real in the knee so he will have to take the needed time, so let’s not be hopeful that he will go to the World Cup – that is not possible. But overall his long-term future is very positive. It’s about being fit for next season now.” – Wenger added.
Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen also missed the match against Aston Villa, and are now out of contention for the match against Fulham as well. Wenger insisted that the trio are likely to miss Arsenal’s FA Cup fixture against Coventry as well, but should recover in time for the game against Southampton. Nicklas Bentner, who has been struggling with his fitness in recent times, is also likely to miss the FA Cup match.
“Ramsey and Arteta are both out for this game. Vermaelen too. I personally believe the three will miss the Coventry game as well and will be available after that.
“He has a little chance to make Coventry. But in all probability it will be after that.” – Wenger said.
Expected Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Wilshere, Flamini; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud