Arsenal Injury News Ahead of Manchester City Clash.


Arsene Wenger has briefed us on the players' fitness as we prepare to lock horns with Manchester City on Sunday. The Etihad Stadium is the venue for this big game.

I posted here earlier in the week concerning Mathieu Debuchy's injury. This guy sustained a dislocation to his right shoulder against Stoke last Sunday and revelations had it that he will be out for at least three months if the issue required a surgery. We all hoped it would be tackled without the Frenchman going under the knife but unfortunately for him and Arsenal, that was the only option. The operation has since been successful meaning we will not see him play till around April. This is definitely a big blow for us. Our manager confirmed this too.

"Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday," Wenger said at his pre-match Press Conference.

"It's very unfortunate for Mathieu, it's unbelievable because he's had two surgeries in the same season. He just came back, he played seven games and he's out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder."

Danny Welbeck is still nursing a thigh injury. He is not fit and so not available for the Man City trip. He should be back in the next two weeks if all goes as planned. Ramsey, Ozil and Walcott are available.

Speaking on Kieran Gibbs' problem, Wenger said that the English defender has not totally recovered. He went on to say that Gibbs will have to take some scans to see if he will be able to play or not. From Wenger's optimism, I see our left-back returning on Sunday.

Another good news on the injury front is that Jack Wilshere is recovering ahead of schedule i.e. he will make a return earlier than planned. The predicted estimated return date for the midfielder is the end of February.

There is one other news on injuries and it's that of our captain. We have missed Mikel Arteta for a while now all because of repeated inflammation on his left ankle. This has caused serious pain for the Spaniard and after consulting a specialist, a surgery was conducted to take out a bony spur which had been responsible for his woes. He will begin rehabilitation immediately. He will also have to stay on the sideline for about three months just like Debuchy.

That's all on injuries for now. If I may ask, do you see Arsenal winning against Manuel Pellegrini's side this weekend? Do you think we have a squad that can hold them down? Let's hear your views via the comment box below.

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