Offensively, the Gunners have big problems with the Frenchman explaining how Arsenal were hoping to have Theo Walcott sidelined for only a week but after assessing the injury it was confirmed he will be out for more than a month. Dutchman Robin van Persie and Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner will also be out for four weeks.
In midfield, Frenchman Samir Nasri made a speedy recovery from knee surgery and could be in the regular eleven to face Bolton. If not risked on Saturday, the 23-year old will definitely be fit enough to face Braga in the Champions League.
Wenger concluded by explaining that Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou and Denilson are all physically available although the Frenchman has little worries for the defensive department where decisions on who to start will have to be made.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Wenger said:
The [Theo Walcott] tackle looked quite bad. When you see how it turned his ankle I thought it would be three or four days or it would be four to six weeks. Unfortunately it will be four to six weeks. We had some good news about the scan because at some stage we were scared it could be worse. But overall it is a question of patience and rehabilitation.
The same is true for Van Persie, who suffered his ankle injury at Blackburn a fortnight ago.
That is bad news. At the start we were optimistic. Maybe a bit too much, thinking it would be one or two weeks. But the damage was bigger than expected and he will be four to six weeks.
[Samir Nasri] could even be involved against Bolton. He has had a very good preparation and joins in [training] tomorrow. If needed I will integrate him in the squad for Bolton but for sure he will be back for our first Champions League game against Braga.
[Squillaci, Djourou and Denilson] are all physically available to play and to start. It is just a question of selection. Aaron [Ramsey] is running. He is in the normal process but he is a little bit more long-term.
[Nicklas Bendtner] is still three to four weeks away.
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