There has been a timely double injury boost for Arsenal ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck set to feature. One of the Gunners’ French stars has also suffered a set back however…
Arsenal have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their visit to Sunderland this weekend, with both Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck expected to be in the squad, according to the Telegraph.
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The Englishman has been out since January after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during a clash with North London rivals Tottenham. He has been in full training recently however, and even managed 45 minutes for the Under-21s last week. He is expected to be named in the squad to face Sunderland, although a start is highly unlikely.
Deadline day signing Danny Welbeck will also be in the squad, despite suffering a knock in Arsenal’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Anderlecht on Wednesday. With a number of Arsenal’s other striking options still injured, losing Welbeck now would be a huge blow.
It’s not all good news for the Gunners however, with news emerging that French international Laurent Koscielny won’t make the trip. The centre-back has been struggling with an ongoing Achilles problem, and Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to rush him back.
It appears as though the Frenchman will not need surgery as was originally feared, but he could still be out for a while. Arsenal have been looking extremely suspect in defence recently, with unconvincing Spaniard Nacho Monreal deputising in the centre along with Per Mertesacker. Gooners will be hoping Koscielny returns sooner rather than later.