Arsenal’s recent spate of injuries all over the pitch looks set to continue this week as the Gunners prepare to take on Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Galatasaray in midweek Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that his main concerns still lie with the fitness of his defensive players as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League this Sunday. With regards to his defensive options, Wenger said the following,
“Our main problems are still defensively because Laurent Koscielny (calf from Southampton match) looks like he will not be quite ready, Nacho Monreal (foot) is not back and Calum Chambers is suspended.”
Chambers, who was sent off in the 3-2 loss against Stoke will be forced to sit out this match and serve his ban which could leave Arsenal desperately short at the back considering Koscielny is unavailable as well as occasional stand in centre back Nacho Monreal. It seems likely that France right back Mathieu Debuchy will be thrust into action fairly soon after his return despite the fact that he played 90 minutes in midweek in order to plug the gaping holes in our defence.
Arsene Wenger also gave an update on the injury situation regarding some of his other first team players saying,
“Mikel Arteta (calf) is not ready and Theo Walcott (groin) is out. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will be checked today and tomorrow, so we’ll see.”
He also gave positive news on Theo Walcott’s recovery stating that the England winger was back in training and would be ready for first team action sooner rather than later.
“Walcott? The signs are quite good. He has had two days of training now but he now lacks competition and fitness to come back to a good level.”
It will be interesting to see how the Gunners line up this weekend, and serious shortages could destabilise the already erratic Arsenal backline which has come under so much pressure this season already.