Arsenal Team News & Injury Latest: Wenger Gives Update On Cazorla & Arteta

By on September 20, 2013

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action this weekend as they welcome Stoke City to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

Ahead of the game boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update with the latest news on the fitness of Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.

Arteta has not featured yet this season after injuring his thigh just before the season opener against Aston Villa last month but he’s now on the verge of a first team comeback after returning to full training today.

Wenger confirmed that the experienced midfielders fitness will be assessed on Saturday before a decision is made over his involvement against Stoke.

However, there is less positive news on fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla with the Arsenal boss confirming the playmaker is still three weeks away from full fitness. Cazorla picked up an ankle injury while on international duty earlier this month but is now likely to be on the sidelines until after the next international break.

That would see him miss the next five games with a potential return being made against Norwich on the 19th October. Here’s what Wenger old Arsenal.com.

on the team news after Marseille in midweek…

The news we have after the game is quite positive. Mikel Arteta is coming back in the squad maybe. He’s back in full training today so we’ll have to assess how ready he is until Sunday. He could be in the squad.

on Arteta’s return being a boost…

Of course because at the moment, in midfield and upfront, we are short.

on who’s next on the list to come back…

I think the next one that will be back after that is Cazorla. It’s difficult to assess but maybe that is three weeks away.

Arteta’s return is a huge boost as Arsenal’s squad is being stretched to it’s limit by injuries at present. As well as Cazorla, the likes of Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Tomas Rosicky are all currently on the treatment table leaving Arsene Wenger with very little room for maneuver when it comes to rotating his team.

But it remains to be seen whether Arteta will come straight back into the starting eleven if he’s passed fit, as both Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini have been forming impressive partnership in recent weeks.

Do you think Arteta should start if he’s passed fit? Share your views below.

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21 Comments

  1. Omjay Flaafata

    September 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Yes.On my opinion. i think Arteta should be features in the 1st 11.so that he can strengthen the team.

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  3. manu

    September 21, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Arsenal medical team sucks…

  4. samuelolaleye

    September 21, 2013 at 4:25 am

    i love gunners

  5. KIABI

    September 21, 2013 at 5:39 am

    If arteta is back things are alright gunners

  6. gunner bonny

    September 21, 2013 at 5:39 am

    we really need to get the OX ,ROSICKY ,CARZOLA and POLDOSKI fit sooner than later
    !

  7. Elewure

    September 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Honestly, all gooner fans want all the injured players back soon to make things easier while we pray against injury for those fit to play for the team presently.

  8. Fwinbe samuel

    September 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Wit inform Ramsey nd Flamini in d squad,i tink Arteta should nt start.He should recover fully rather than being rushed into d first team.up gunners

  9. toyex

    September 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

    the best thing 4 mr arsene is 2 rest arteta, so dat stoke city w’ll not add to his injury.

  10. francis

    September 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

    i tink arteta should comning for wilshere in second herf.

  11. Mudassir othman Gwale

    September 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I think he may be include to strength our attaking middle field becoz of his technicality

  12. dwi

    September 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Cazorla is important

  13. Mas'udu Muhammad Faskari

    September 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I think mikel will start on the bench so when he come on he can change the game.

  14. rumor monger

    September 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I prefer mikel 2 start on the bench, this is stoke we are playing against and u know how good stoke players are in terms of physicality and hard tackles

  15. Danielames

    September 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I give toArsenal agaist stoke but United all d way

  16. Sammy

    September 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Giroud – Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott – Ramsey, Flamini – Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna……….

    SUBS – Monreal, Vermaelen, Arteta, Fabianski, Ryo, Jenkinson, Gnabry..

  17. Henry Obidimma

    September 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I think Arteta should not be in the starting 11, cos since it is confirmed that Flamini and Ramsey are partnering well, they should make Ist 11, then later on Arteta can come in the 2nd half. I think that will easy him for the d start.

  18. sollex

    September 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    ii
    i tink arteta should start on the bench,so that he change the game on the 2nd half when the need arise

  19. cedric

    September 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    i have got a question here guys: why our players(arsenal players) are so fragile? most of them that left arsenal are holding the all season with their new clubs. i think arsenal physical training is not good enough and our medical team is sucks

  20. cedric

    September 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    bentner

    whilsher, ozil, welcott

    ramsy, flamini

    gibs, kosc, mart, sagna

    i may sound weird but let try bentner

  21. Davy

    September 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Afta recovering,Arteta should start at the bench coz this is stoke with the likes of showcross whom Ramsey n real gooner can’t 4get

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