More problems are added to the club’s growing list.
Ahead of the Premier League clash with Fulham at the weekend Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has delivered some more injury news.
Along with long-term absentees Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott there are six new players that have been added to the list of those to miss the match with fitness concerns.
“[Nacho] 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,” Wenger told the club’s website.
“[Tomas] 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.
“[Aaron] Ramsey and [Mikel] Arteta are both out for this game. [Thomas] Vermaelen too.
“I personally believe the three will miss the Coventry game as well and will be available after that.”
The Gunners face Coventry City in the next round of the FA Cup in the next game after the clash with the Cottagers and it seems Nicklas Bendtner will also be absent from the next two fixtures.
“He [Bendtner] has a little chance to make Coventry. But in all probability it will be after that,” the manager continued.
As for Walcott, the forward has undergone surgery on a anterior cruciate ligament problem the 24-year-old picked up during the FA Cup triumph over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Although the operation went well Wenger has laid to rest any belief that England fans may have about the attacker making a surprise return for the World Cup.
“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,” the Frenchman said
“But overall his long-term future is very positive.”
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