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Arsenal Injury Update: Wilshere, Sagna, Oxe & More….

Boss Arsene Wenger has given us the latest team and injury news ahead of this weekends game against Sunderland at the Emirates, as the Premier League kicks off

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The 2012/13 Premier League season begins this weekend and Arsenal kick off with a home tie against Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Ahead of the game, boss Arsene Wenger has given us the latest team and injury news.

Speaking to, Wenger gave updates on the fitness of several of his squad memebers, including positive news on Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna.

Wilshere, who has been out for a year with ankle and knee injuries, is well on the road to recovery and could be back in training within a month. This is excellent news and slightly ahead of the predicted October return date set by Wenger last month. However, we’ve been here before and Jack’s had a setback (or three!) so let’s be cautious for now.

There is good news on Rosicky and Sagna too, with the pair likely to join Wilshere back in training in around a months time, while Emmanuel Frimpong is also ahead of schedule and should be back training in three weeks after suffering a serious knee injury while on with Wolves last season.

Mikel Arteta is back fully fit and available but Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Alex Song will also be assessed after picking up slight knocks during the week.

However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny are both ruled out of the Sunderland game with ankle and calf problems.

Here is what Wenger told

on Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (tendon) and Bacary Sagna (leg)…

They are all doing well but of course they are not available tomorrow. They are all good news though. Jack is moving very well and quickly forward now. Rosicky is running, Sagna is running too. They should all be available soon. It is more or less a month for all of them to start training properly.

on Mikel Arteta…

He is fit and available.

on Emmanuel Frimpong (knee)…

He is three weeks until he is training that is a bit ahead of schedule. It is very good. We think he will be back competitively in October.

on other team news…

We have a few tests today because some players came back today [from internationals] and played 90 minutes, like Cazorla in Puerto Rico. Some players like Song have little knocks. We will see about them today.

on Walcott (thigh)…

We have to assess Walcott, who had to pull out of the national team. But he should be OK to play.

on Koscielny and Oxlade-Chamberlain…

We miss Koscielny and Oxlade-Chamberlain for the injuries they got in the last game against Cologne. They had to pull out of their respective national teams as well so those two will miss the game tomorrow. Oxlade-Chamberlain has an ankle problem, Koscielny a calf. Both have a chance to be fit for Stoke.

Hopefully Cazorla and Walcott are fit enough to start. It would be great to see our new-look attack starting together. The quicker they can gel the better.

Koscielny’s injury means a likely return for Per Mertesacker alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the back. With Sagna still out who starts at right back is anyone’s guess. Jenkinson, Coquelin and Yennaris are all in the running.

Song’s predictable ‘little knock’ tells us Barcelona’s reported interest in him is real. If they make there move in the next 24hrs, expect to see Song among the substitutes tomorrow.

What do you think will be the starting eleven against Sunderland? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. ArsenalTalks

    August 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I can pnly pray for Wilshere to recover early

  2. saidu kamara

    August 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Good! U wat wenga go fuk urslf,cause u ar just a good business man.U dont care abt the fans feelins.

    • Cal

      August 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Please go support another like man city don’t need your negativity !!

  3. Ayokunle Odewumi

    August 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Wenger’s decisions of signing world star players has been so impressive since the time VrP made it known to us that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal. Podolski, Giroud and Carzola are the kinds of players Arsenal needs this time around. The question now is: Have we (Arsenal) fully equipped our squad enough to fight for trophies next season, or Wenger still needs to go to the market to search for the best of the best players?

  4. Olanrewaju

    August 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I pray dat they should return quickly…..

  5. Thiery

    August 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I hate wenger, cos he prefers bussines dan d luv of d game, i tink he shud quite club side & go start coaching in contry side. F**k u wenger & evry member of arsenal board. Mtcheeeeeew!!!

    • Dylan

      August 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Learn to spell. You’re on a computer obviously it has spell check- use it

  6. Prince samuel

    August 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Since rvp as move to man u. We nw need to sign javier harnadez chicharito to replace rvp.

  7. Daniel

    August 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Van persie is a very stupid player.he’s not goin 2 survive at man-U.he broke our hearts 2 d call.wenger shud jux sign 2 more playerz so dat we all will 4 get every thing abt RVP?

  8. Prince samuel

    August 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    We should keep alex song instead of going to barcelonia or instead of sign nuri sahin on loan.

  9. Aussie Jack

    August 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    It`s not possible to suggest a starting eleven at this point, even Wenger doesn`t know.

  10. Dominic

    August 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Disappointed skipper finally for man u .i hope he will go back to his worry seasons again. Have a bad luck mr robin!!!

  11. George Philip Mulbah-Liberia

    August 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Former RVP, expect a long term injury after your first ten games at Man U. The Gunners style of playing is quit different from those football rebels.I wish ARSENAL victory to put shame those celebrating the exit of the Gunners’ football rebel.

  12. James

    August 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Letin song go to barca wil be a big blow for arsenal,coz for arsenal to see a player like song wil be dificult..i pray barca lose interest in he {song}cn be a gunners til 2015..

  13. Double bee

    August 18, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I hope RVP and Rooney run into each other in training and sustain severe ligament injury,

  14. ahaiwe

    August 18, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I don’t see a reason why arsen wenger will be our stars every season to our rivasls…he have salready sold the ingrate skipper so he should keep song cos he still have contract till 2014 gudluck gunners

  15. Bayem

    August 18, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Song should go, so we know that all of deins client have left the club, henry, rvp, song, fabregas,nasris,toure

  16. s dollars

    August 18, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Dis Is a team dat have no passion 4 their fan , with gud eight years without trophy an they still sold there key players,I promise if u sell song 2day am going 2 dicamp 2 man city ,power without. Sense is vanity.

  17. Solomon

    August 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I still prefer song 2 stay cuz if song should go arsenal r in a big mess. As for winger, arsene wenger as turned arsenal 2 becoming a selling club, y must he kept on selling our key players 2 our rivals its saden 4 d fans.

  18. Otieno Stephen

    August 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Its good Vav have gone he was a hero to us but he betrayed all the trust we had on him.We wish him good luck there but for sure there is no reason to miss him coz we arent in the same position we were last year at the same time we bought and we can still buy.

  19. oluwasegun

    August 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

    arsenal cn still win without VP n l knw dt those player will be bk v soon

  20. Jemal

    August 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Schezny, Gibbs,verminator,martsacher,jenkinson,walcot,carzolla,song,arteta,podolisky,geroud. (on z bench) diaby,jervinho,chamack,fabiansky,

  21. hasani

    August 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

    i think wenger is gay.

  22. Ikemadu

    August 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Wenger if u sale song to so barca it simple means dat rvp z 100% right 2 say dat arsenal fc doesn’t had ambition

  23. Ikemadu

    August 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Wenger if u sale song to so barca it simple means dat rvp z 100% right 2 say dat arsenal fc doesn’t had ambition

  24. Fosterchristian.

    August 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Vampesie is indeed a good player but his tallent is likely to land him into an unforgetable and an evergreen mess, this is bkz he betrayed us from the leader to the last man standing. In other way round, am happy that he has fetched us money nd hv created opportunity to buy new creative nd lucrative players. Why i said this is bkz his glious days hv passed, he has reached his menopus. Looking at his perfosmance in the immediate passed Euro 2012 nd our last friendly with cologn, u will understand that he did us a favour so no cause for alarm, he is presently living on his past glory. I predict Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland. Gunner till motherearth.

  25. Emmanuel Ibeh

    August 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    wenger!fool Arsene!! Stupid all arsenal board members idiots. Hw could wenger thnk of sellin song afta sellin ungrateful rvp. I thnk at the end dis gat 2 shw dat arsene and the management gat ambition 4 money not trophy n dat makes van persie right. Useless wenger shame on u.

  26. Ame peace

    August 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Am sorry wenger I think this is a bisness senter for u plz if u can alex song stay at arsenal other wise we will be down please learn to spurs they will stay garth bale somthing …….

  27. Tymer 4u

    August 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

    we shld nt pray bad 2 rvp. Our problems ar so cal wenger nd d management,

  28. Eleja

    September 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Kroneke and Gazigi are arsenal problem,may allah punish dem

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