I don't know if you're aware, but Arsenal have had a few injured players lately. I understand this may come as a shock to you - it's not something that's talked about all that much and the reasons for it are clearly understood, uncontroversial, and easy to explain. So, I'll give you a minute to process the thought that Arsenal may have a couple injuries, and resume this post shortly.
Are we all caught up? Good! Let's get into some specifics, shall we?
INJURY THE FIRST: DANNY WELBECK
Not sure if you noticed (I didn't), but Welbeck actually limped off the pitch following England's game with Estonia (oh right that's why I didn't notice). It turns out to be nothing, though, and with an extra day or so of rest in training he should be fine for Saturday.
INJURY THE SECOND: LAURENT KOSCIELNY
Kos also picked up an injury while on
stupid ridiculous international duty; he has an "Achilles problem" which, while not enough to sideline him, is enough to warrant some rotation and close observation, particularly with another three-game week coming up.
INJURY THE THIRD: TOMAS ROSICKY
Rosicky got kicked in the calf in his international against Turkey (seriously, why are there internationals?), and he said he couldn't do any "sharp movement", so I guess no Dancing With The Stars? Anyway, this one also doesn't appear to be serious, and Rosicky can be called on if needed at the weekend.
INJURY THE FOURTH: MIKEL ARTETA
Arteta is expected to return to action soon, whether that means Saturday or Wednesday no one is quite sure yet.
INJURY THE FIFTH: AARON RAMSEY
Ramsey is also expected back soonish; what that means, again, we're not sure. But he will probably see time in a couple games in the next week or two.
Add that to yesterday's good news and it's a moderately optimistic outlook overall; Arsenal are on the mend, and all the injuries picked up on internationals seem minor. I know that doesn't fit the narrative, but if I see a grain, dammit, I'm going against it.