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Arsenal injury news: Welbeck, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain still out

While the squad is mostly healthy overall, there are a few nagging injuries still.

"damn I need a nap"
"damn I need a nap"
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Aside from Aaron Ramsey's 50-50 status for the Swansea match on Monday, Arsene Wenger discussed a few other Arsenal players' fitness issues in the leadup to the game. Overall the squad is in pretty good shape, but there are still some players with nagging problems to deal with.

First off, Danny Welbeck. He's been out a few weeks with a knee injury, and had a scan on it to check for structural damage. The good news is that Wenger says nothing was found in that scan, and that the injury is "nothing major" and Welbeck will play again this season. The bad news is that it won't be this week, as he's still a little short.

Also unavailable to start the Monday match are Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who Wenger ruled out yesterday as being a little short of fitness. Arseblog News said that "it wouldn’t surprise us to see one of them make the bench on Monday night," so like a tyrannosaur in your rearview mirror, the pair might be closer than it appears.

In his pre-Swansea press conference Wenger named Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, and Kieran Gibbs as a few players who haven't been at full health and readiness lately, but who now are (theoretically) good to go. If Ramsey can't play, it's conceivable that Wilshere would get the start, though it's also possible that Walcott could get that spot -- Ramsey has been playing on the right flank anyway, and it would be nice to get Theo on the field for more than four minutes.