Arsenal Injury News: Almost Everyone Ok!

Yeah, all 4 of these guys should be ok on Monday

There's been some good news ahead of Arsenal's home fixture against Newcastle on Monday night. According to Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are relatively injury free. There's some knocks and bruises from the Milan game, but those should clear up by Monday.

Having had no fullbacks just a month ago, Arsenal are now back to their full complement, as Andre Santos returns to full training on Friday. Well, when I say full complement, I mean 3.5 fullbacks, because Kieran Gibbs has a slight groin problem. If he doesn't play, it may mean a quick return for Santos, or having Carl Jenkinson play left back. But Arsenal have options at fullback for the first time in months, which is a good thing.

There's also very good news in the midfield department. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are both back in the squad. I think Arteta is more likely to start, as his injury was not related to a muscle, bone or joint, whereas Aaron Ramsey's was. Also, with Tomas Rosicky in such fine form, it'd be harsh on the Czech to drop him as soon as Ramsey is fit.

Theo Walcott should also be alright, having just received a kick on his hip. That means he probably has a bruise, which is a very treatable injury for a football player. Yossi Benayoun returned to training on Thursday, and could be in the squad for Monday night. I hope he is; last time at home in the league, Benayoun was instrumental in Arsenal's attacking play, and I think starting with Benayoun, Rosicky and Gervinho or Theo Walcott behind Robin van Persie is better for Arsenal's ball retention than starting with both Gervinho and Theo Walcott. Having been ill, I don't find it likely that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start, but if it is, it wouldn't be the most shocking thing Arsene Wenger did.

The only players who remain out of action are Francis Coquelin, who should return in a couple of weeks, and long-term absentees Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker