Arsenal’s early season matches have been blighted by injuries, several players have succumbed to various degrees of injuries since the season started, a situation that has severally weaken the squad in some areas. While some players are away on international duty, we take a look at the players currently sidelined and when they are likely to return.
- Theo Walcott
The speedster has been out since the beginning of the year when he damaged his knee ligament. Since then his return date has been repeatedly shifted. However, Arsene Wenger confirmed before the match against Chelsea that the 25 year old has returned to light training, and would join up with the first team for full training after the international break.
- Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s captain lasted just 27 minutes in the North London derby before he succumbed to a calf injury. His recovery time was put at two-three weeks by the manager. Going by that time frame, he is expected to be back after the international break. It is the second time that the Basque player has been injured this season.
- Aaron Ramsey
The Welsh midfielder is currently out with a hamstring injury. The 23 year old was also a casualty from the North London derby. He is expected back by the beginning of November at the earliest. It is the second straight season that Aaron Ramsey would sit out at least six weeks of Arsenal’s season.
- Yaya Sanogo
A lot was expected of the France Under-21 international after Oliver Giroud got injured. However, he has not played for Arsenal since the match against Leicester City in August. Troubled by a hamstring injury since the season started, he is now expected to be back after the international break if Arsene Wenger’s words are anything to by.
- Serge Gnabry
The 19 year old has been out since last season by an undisclosed injury. Arsene Wenger disclosed last week Friday that he would join the main group for full training after the international break.
- Oliver Giroud
The 28 year old France international recently agreed a two year contract extension with Arsenal that takes his time at the club to 2018. He has been out since August with a fractured bone. He is not expected back until the New Year at the earliest. His contributions have been solely missed especially against teams that defend very deep.
- Mathieu Debuchy
The former Magpies right back joined Arsenal’s injury list in September after he damaged his ankle ligament against Manchester City, he joins Oliver Giroud on the long term injury list, and it is estimated that he would return in three months time, which is late December or early January.