Arsene Wenger reveals the latest Arsenal injury news. Theo Walcott back in training and Aaron Ramsey close to a return…
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given an update on his injury ravaged squad, revealing that despite losing Mesut Ozil for a reported three months, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey will be returning soon.
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Walcott is set to return to full training any day now, as is youngster Serge Gnabry. The pair have been out for a number of months, with the former missing almost an entire year of football after a cruciate ligament injury in the North London derby match against Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Ramsey and captain Mikel Arteta are a little further away according to the French manager, but he expects both to return in a week or two at the most.
“Theo is not too far away now. Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back,” Wenger was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“They’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news.
“For Ramsey it’s day 13 today (Thursday) and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training. Arteta may be back with the group late next week.”
The return of these four players will be key to the Gunners’ season, as the squad is currently looking extremely thin and completely incapable of challenging in multiple competitions.
Walcott could entirely change the nature of the campaign, with the Englishman vastly improving his goalscoring ratio in recent campaigns. His pace has the potential to completely alter a game, and with he and Alexis Sanchez on opposite flanks opponents will find it difficult to handle the pace.
Ramsey and Arteta will also be welcome returns, with Mathieu Flamini the only option in the defensive pivot role for the side at the moment.
For once the international break has come at a good time for the North Londoners, with these two weeks allowing them precious time to reintegrate players into the squad.
Wenger will just be hoping no more of his players pick up knocks on international duty.