Arsene Wenger Reveals Fresh Injury Worry

Arsene Wenger at his press conference on Friday dished out injury updates as Arsenal prepare to kickstart their FA Cup campaign for this season against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

While speaking to pressmen, he discussed both the positive and negative fitness issues. Most are good news but there is this one which will make many worried. Let's start with the former.

Arsenal are known for recording back to back (in Olamide's voice) injuries from almost every game but in recent weeks, the table has turned. The boss stated that no player got serious issues from last Saturday's clash with Newcastle United. A similar squad to the one we saw on that day should be expected against the Black Cats.

Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin had been sidelined since last year. Specialists have given their possible return dates to be around March, however Wenger believes Cazorla should make an earlier return as he had always done in previous cases. They are both progressing well in their rehabilitation.

As for Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, they are both healed. Rosicky will begin full training next week while Arteta is already back with his mates and has a chance of being named in todaay's squad.

Now to the bit scary one! Alexis Sanchez, em! Yes, he will not be playing today. We were all anticipating when he was initially scheduled to show up in late December but were disappointed when he couldn't make it. Then came another date and now it is not going to work out either. If all had gone well, the Chilean international, if not even fit for Sunderland should have been available for Liverpool next Wednesday. It is quite disheartening that we will have to wait a bit longer as the manager has revealed that the prolific forward is still struggling with his hamstring strain. When he will make his comeback is still unknown. #PrayforAlexis!

That's on on injuries for now. Let's hope for an injury-free win today. We are aiming to defend our title, shall we?

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