The international break is now over and we must draw a line and see which are the pros and cons before going on with the season and concentrating on the Norwich match. Arsenal is on a good run at the moment, but French manager Arsene Wenger is not entirely worry-free at the moment given the injury problems at the club.
The biggest problems Arsenal has at the moment are in the defence. We all know Sagna’s situation and the fact that he will still be almost 3 months off before returning, but let’s take a look at the others.
Left-back Kieran Gibbs underwent surgery and it was a success so he will start recuperating soon. We all wish him a fast recovery while we take a look at Wenger’s point of view:
“Gibbs has a hernia and had surgery on Thursday. He looks like he will be out for between four and five weeks. At first he had an abdominal strain, certainly caused by the fact that he had a hernia already. When the strain was healed we discovered that he had a hernia. We had a fear that could be behind it so we decided to do the surgery.”
Turning our attention to the right side of the pitch we have right-back Carl Jenkinson unavailable due to what Wenger calls a “stress fracture” at his back. Hopefully the defender will manage to “relax it” and carry on without surgery.
“Carl has a stress fracture in his back. That’s just about rest now. We discovered that because he had a pain in his back. First you monitor it, then play a little bit and then you check again because you are cautious. “
“We found a small stress fracture that we noticed at an early stage. If he continued to play it could have got worse and then he could be out for a long time. So at the moment the specialist has decided to rest him.”
Chamakh is back in training according to Wenger and he will be available for the weekend’s match, but Diaby is not so lucky. Although back in training, he will not be available yet.
“Diaby has been out for four or five months so he will need some adaptation.”, said the Frenchman
“Ryo has an ankle sprain and will be out four to six weeks.”, he added
So it seems that young hot-shot Ryo will also be unavailable, but hopefully when he will be back he’ll still get some Carling Cup time at least. Arsenal seems ready and well-prepared for the weekend’s game against Norwich. They need a positive start after the international break, so let’s hope nothing “funny” will happen.