Latest Injury Updates Ahead of Southampton Clash
The hectic December schedule was exhilarating and grueling no doubt but it has paved the round of fixtures set to take place in January with a difficult trip to Southampton coming on New Year’s Day. Arsene Wenger’s Christmas wish was probably to have his entire squad to select from but even Santa Claus couldn’t grant the gaffer such a request. Arsenal and injuries have become a bonded pair and it’s very rare seeing a season go buy without one or two long-term absentees here and there.
Speaking of long-term absentees, there’s some light at the end of the Theo Walcott tunnel, as the manager stated that he’s fully fit but he’s a bit short (not based on his height) due to the fact that he hasn’t gotten enough match fitness. With Olivier Giroud still suspended and Lukas Podolski’s future uncertain, Wenger may need to summon Walcott ahead of schedule, especially with the saddening news that Danny Welbeck has picked up a thigh strain. Welbeck hasn’t been prolific in front of this season with just four goals in 16 Premier League appearances but what he lacks in composure and finishing, he gives in pace, work rate and determination. Another potential reason why Walcott hasn’t been selected has been the emergence of the Ox. This season, the young lad has really stepped up his game this season and I’m sure his manager must be proud.
Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey is still out injured following the thigh injury he suffered. Wenger intends to take a subtle approach in handle the Welsh Jesus and with Tomas Rosicky returning to fitness after resting at home, it will be great to see the Czech maestro strut his stuff. He scored a vital goal against QPR in his first start in ages. Besides, Rosicky needs a run of games in his bid to reach full fitness.
The usual suspects are still out injured, but Mesut Ozil is close to returning to full fitness next month.
I’d keep you updated as more news on the players as the day goes by.