This season has been particularly difficult on the injury front since it commenced in August. Arsenal has seldom had a break from injury this season with injuries spread across several areas of the squad. However, the injuries have eased up in recent weeks with the return of Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry and Oliver Giroud. The latter only returned to training on Thursday after two and half months out. However, there are still several players side-lined.
- Laurent Koscielny
The 29 year old French defender is still out with tendinitis of the Achilles tendon. He last played against Chelsea in October. Arsene Wenger has failed to give enough clarity as to when he would return. The boss spoke that Koscielny had not started to run and still finds it difficult to move freely. His situation looks grim. He could be spending more time side-lined. He might just be out until the New Year as Achilles injuries are notorious and they take time to heal.
The positive is Arsene Wenger stated that he would not need surgery as scans shows that his Achilles tendon is fine.
- Mathieu Debuchy
The former Magpies right back is still making his way back from an ankle ligament injury. It was an injury that required surgery. There were pictures a couple of weeks ago that showed him in the gym undergoing physiotherapy. At the time he was injured in September, he was ruled out for three months. So far he has spent two months on the side-lines, which means he should be back by the end of December.
- David Ospina
Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper is still out with a thigh injury. He had a bad thigh before he was signed in July, he was not fully fit at the Champions League match against Galatasaray, but had to come on after Wojciech Szczesny was sent off, which caused him to exacerbate his thigh injury. He still faces three months out with the thigh injury.
- Mesut Ozil
The German playmaker suffered a knee ligament tear against Chelsea in October, he was initially ruled out for six weeks by Arsene Wenger, but Mesut Ozil stated on Wednesday that he would be out for a further seven weeks, meaning he would not feature in any match until the New Year. The conflicting time frames initially caused confusion as to when he was to return from injury. But with this clarity, he is completely out of Wenger’s plans until January.
- Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s captain suffered a hamstring strain in the match against Anderlecht at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger stated that it was a minor strain, and he is expected to return after the international break. The 33 years old season has been blighted by injuries, with the hamstring injury he picked up against Anderlecht, the fourth time he was leaving the field injured.
- Abou Diaby
The perennially injured French midfielder is still out with a combination of hip and thigh injures; injuries that are reactions from his long spell on the side-lines. Arsene Wenger is expected to give more clarity on his situation in his next press conference, but the club put the record straight this week that it was untrue that he was out for three months with a hamstring injury.