Arsenal Team News & Injury Update: Rosicky, Walcott, Wilshere & More…

By on April 11, 2013

Theo Walcott

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to go third in the Premier League table.

The Gunners currently sit fifth but can leapfrog Chelsea and Tottenham with all three points against the Cannaries as both of their rivals don’t play a league fixture this weekend.

Ahead of the game, boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update with the latest on Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky.

Wilshere has not featured since picking up an ankle problem during a 2-1 loss at Spurs back in early March but the boss has confirmed he returned to full training on Wednesday and has a 90% chance of playing this weekend. Walcott has missed the last two games with a groin problem collected while away with the England squad last month but he too is due back in full training on Thursday and is also in line to face Norwich on Saturday.

The bad news is that the in-form Rosicky could miss out after picking up a hamstring injury and defender Per Mertesacker is suspended after being sent off against West Brom last time out. Here’s what Wenger told the clubs official website:

on Wilshere and Walcott…

Jack has joined normal training since Wednesday and Theo should join in tomorrow. They are 90 per cent available for Saturday.

on other team news…

The other uncertainty we have from last Saturday is Tomas Rosicky, who has a little hamstring irritation. His involvement is yet to be decided as well but it’s fair to say that he is a big doubt for Saturday. And of course, Per Mertesacker will be out because of his red card.

It will be a huge boost to have Wilshere and Walcott back in contention and if Rosicky misses out, it means Jack can simply come straight in and replace the injured Czech midfielder. Although I think we’ll miss Rosicky’s presence as he’s added something different to our midfield dynamic in recent games.

Thomas Vermaelen will come in for Mertesacker at the back and it will be interesting to see who Wenger plays against Everton on Tuesday if the Belgian puts in a positive performance this weekend.

Now we’ve seen the team news what would be you starting eleven for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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13 Comments

  1. randy

    April 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    what a good news for gunners i.e the coming back of gorgeous jack wilshere

  2. Gunner boy

    April 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    If wenger opts to start Walcot,my hatred for d boss will increase….Wilshere shud start,half fit wilshere will offer more dan 120percent Ramey….

    • Michael Staley

      April 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      It might be that Wenger is better informed about the players than you, and in a better position to make the judgement. “Hatred”?????? Nice to know you have a sense of proportion.

  3. Chukwuma

    April 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    A fresh Walcott coming in at half time can be a defenders worst nightmare. Rosicky is a huge loss considering his current form, Wilshere is not necessarily a replacement for his because Rosicky is more attack minded. Gervinho could prove to be quite influential this period if he continues to get the backing he Needs. I just wish Wenger could play Jenkinson at right back and Sagna as center half. Sagna showed outstanding composure and reading of the game when he last played there while Jenkison is already the preferred right full back as far as I’m concerned.

    • karis

      April 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Sagna should be rested. He has no skills to give decent crosses into the box.Bring on Jenks

  4. peter

    April 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Let the Jack play. As for Theo, he should sit on the bench.. I want to see Poldi play too, if Rosicsky is not gona play

    • karis

      April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Save Podolsky for the next Everton game and we will be top 3

  5. jerry

    April 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I can’t wait to see both playing without injury again till the end of the season

  6. jerry

    April 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see both playing without injury till arsenal take second place in the log table

  7. Emmy true gunner

    April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Pls leave Jack Wishere and Walcot out till second half

  8. kingsley

    April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    If Rosicky is injuried wenger should start Jack and play Podoski let Giroud sit on the bench as for walcout bring him in second half,Gooner @ top three finish.

  9. Esekon

    April 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Play poldi as the main man, jenks at right back and let jack and walcott come at 70th minute.

  10. chibuzor

    April 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    pls AW let cazola play 10,jackson 2, vamalin 5, rosicky pair with cazola,podoski,geviho and olive at the front.jack.theo and sagna come in on second half if the need arise

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